Kratom has been a source of natural stimulant, pain reliever, and natural medication for ages. It is derived from the leaves of kratom tree, a native plant in Southeast Asia. Kratom is commonly used in the form of kratom tea, and has become quite popular especially in the Western world. Additionally, it is sold as an herbal supplement and is available in stores. Albeit kratom tea has been made illegal in many countries, it is still legal in the US owing to public and political support.
Currently, there are few sources on how to prepare kratom tea. However, the traditional way involves mixing kratom powder or leaves into simmering water at a stable temperature. Comparatively, kratom powder mixes more efficiently (10 to 15 minutes) because it is highly soluble. Leaves typically take 30 to 40 minutes to mix with water. Due to the bitter taste of kratom, people tend to mix the substance with milk and sugar to neutralize the bitterness. Also, a standard method of preparing kratom tea is adding ice and flavors (e.g., raspberry flavoring) to chilled kratom tea.
Kratom tea has several benefits when consumed in moderation: it is used to lower the effects of opioid withdrawal, increase sexual arousal, heighten the mood and lower appetite. Further, kratom tea has also been used to relieve pain, and this particular effect has contributed significantly to the popularity of the substance. Kratom tea is usually a source of natural high due to its opioid effect. Although this effect of kratom is prone to abuse, the drug can be an effective substitute for illegal and lethal drugs and has been used to reduce dependency on drugs including cocaine and marijuana. Kratom tea is beneficial to the user if used in the right quantities, but harmful if abused.
Despite the numerous benefits of kratom tea, it has its side effects, some of which pose significant harm to the user. To mention a few; if used in high quantities, the drug can cause anxiety, depression, seizures, constipation, respiratory depression characterized by slow breathing or difficulty in breathing, change in heart rate, and coma. In worst case scenarios, kratom tea can lead to death especially if used in accompaniment of other drugs. Moreover, the product is known to cause severe addiction and consequently dependency. On the latter, the user can find it difficult to live without the product, and the situation can get worse during withdrawal.
So far, kratom (and its many forms of existence including kratom tea) has not been sufficiently proven safe for human consumption, and therefore imperative to be careful when dealing with it. The fact that kratom is available in stores all over the US does not necessarily mean that it does not pose significant harm to the users. In any case, its presence in the market is still a contentious issue and a subject of debate. The logical step to take is to practice caution with the substance, and if possible to avoid it altogether.