What Is Kratom Tea?


If you’ve ever researched how to make kratom tea, you know that finding accurate information online isn’t easy. Whether it’s deciding how long to brew or figuring out if you can use boiling water, there’s rarely a clear answer.

For those of us who don’t moonlight at a local tea house, it can seem hopeless. But fear not, Top Tree is here to help! In this post we’ll go over the basics of kratom tea: what it is, why people like it, and how to make your own brew. 

The Basics: What is Kratom Tea?

At Top Tree, when we say “kratom tea,” we’re talking about crushed kratom leaf steeped in hot water. Literally, tea made from kratom tea bags. On other vendors’ sites, the term usually refers to products that could be used for kratom tea. 

If you’re looking for ready-to-brew kratom tea products, we recommend checking out pre-made kratom leaf tea bags. Searching for “kratom tea bags” will also help narrow down the search results. 

Regardless of whether you use crushed leaf or powder, what makes this brew unique from other kratom beverages is that the plant material is strained out. Even though this takes more time than other popular preparation methods—like mixing kratom and grapefruit juice—tea is a great option for people who have a hard time digesting the raw leaf. 

Why People Love It: Kratom Tea Benefits 

Considering the extra work involved, you may be wondering why so many people are making the switch to tea. It’s a fair question, especially if you’re used to kratom capsules. 

Despite the convenience of kratom capsules, a lot of people have trouble digesting raw leaf. In one of the largest kratom surveys to date, which included feedback from over 8,000 US kratom users, almost a quarter of people said they have experienced nausea or constipation from kratom. 

Even though the research suggests that serving size is the most important factor, we believe consumption method plays a larger role than is often recognized.

In our experience, 4 grams of tea is much easier on the stomach than 4 grams of powder. It’s important to note, however, that we’re not doctors, so if you’re having issues it’s best to speak with your regular physician.

Thinking About Kratom Tea Bags

It’s not a perfect solution, especially if you’re consuming large quantities per serving, but it’s worth trying if you’re not a fan of eating the plant fiber.

We think this is the major benefit of tea, but two of the other benefits people talk about are faster onset times and sterilization. In our experience, the onset difference is negligible relative to the toss & wash method, but it’s slightly faster than capsules. 

In terms of sterilization, our view is simple: if you have to clean your kratom before using it, it’s time to find a new vendor. There are companies like us that only work with AKA verified sources that operate GMP compliant facilities, so you shouldn’t need to use a DIY decontamination method at home.

The last reason people love kratom tea is that you can enjoy it anywhere! Instead of popping capsules at work (we’ve been there), you can enjoy a cup of tea in a meeting without anyone raising an eyebrow. Sipping some tea is a little more work-friendly than whipping out your bottle of pills – you get the point. 

Best Practices: How to Make Kratom Tea 

Even though people have been brewing crushed leaf tea for hundreds of years, there isn’t a consensus on the best technique for making a powerful brew. That said, if you’re looking for a simple preparation method that works, here you go. 

If you don’t have Top Tree tea bags, the first step is preparing your kratom. We recommend using crushed leaf—in a French press or with fill-it-yourself tea bags. But if you only have powder, you’ll need a cheesecloth or coffee filter.

The next step takes place while your water boils. Place your tea bag into your cup and add some lemon or lime juice. Note: soaking kratom in lemon juice helps with the alkaloid extraction. Once the water comes to a boil, pour 8 oz into your cup and let it steep for 20 minutes. After it’s done brewing, remove the tea bag. Add a sweetener (we love using CBD honey), and your tea is ready to go! 

Note: these are basic instructions intended to get a new user started. For more advanced techniques and alternative methods, check out our How to Make Kratom Tea article. A lot goes into brewing the perfect cup of kratom tea, so please use our Better Brewing Blog. It’s a great a resource for learning and sharing your strategies and tips! 


Tea is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enjoy kratom. Whether you have a hard time eating raw leaf, or you like being able to consume your kratom at work, there are lots of reasons to try kratom tea

At Top Tree, our mission is to help simplify your tea journey. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, ideas, suggestions, concerns, or anything kratom tea-related! As our community grows, we’ll continue doing our best to share the latest-and-greatest in kratom tea. That said, we hope you stick with us. Until next time, to better brewing. 

Join the conversation and let us know in the comments: why do you love making tea?

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Sam Weber
Sam Weber is the co-founder of Top Tree Herbs. After serving in the Air Force and graduating from Columbia University in 2019, he worked in cannabis quality control. Sam founded Top Tree to make serious improvements to quality standards in the kratom industry, and to make kratom available to everyone - especially veterans. Sam organized the largest kratom tea survey, and continues to add to the scientific understanding of his beloved kratom tea leaf.

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