Benefits & Side Effects of Kratom Tea

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Drinking kratom tea is a practice that is common in some parts of Asia, and while there are some potentially dangerous side effects, there are also quite a few possible health benefits when used in moderation.

What is Kratom Tea?

Kratom tea is a traditional tea brewed in Thailand and neighboring countries using the dried leaves of the kratom plant, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa. These leaves have been used in that region for hundreds of years, primarily for their energizing and stimulant qualities. The leaves are often chewed, which produces a slightly stronger effect than when the leaves are brewed into a tea. Perhaps most famously, it is known to help people overcome the debilitating effects of opioid withdrawal. There are more than a dozen active compounds in kratom leaves, some of which can lead to addictive symptoms. Due to the heavy dependence and occurrence of abuse of these leaves in Southeast Asia, the drug is illegal in places like Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar.

In terms of taste, many people compare the taste of kratom tea to green tea, although it may have a slightly more bitter aftertaste. Despite not being ideal when served alone, you can simply add sugar or honey to this tea to improve the flavor.

Kratom tea is made by brewing the dried powder of kratom leaves.

Kratom Tea Benefits

The benefits of kratom tea primarily come from certain alkaloids found within the leaves. These active ingredients help provide many benefits that include:

  • Increase energy
  • Stimulate the metabolism
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve digestive processes
  • Boost skin health
  • Regulate moods
  • These alkaloids act as antioxidants to prevent chronic inflammation

Kratom Tea Side Effects

The major side effects include its potentially addictive quality and mind-altering nature. Although it is used as a means of suppressing withdrawal symptoms, it can also have opioid-like effects, and can thus be difficult to stop using.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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