If you haven’t heard of kratom, don’t feel alone. The tea has been enjoyed in Thailand for thousands of years. However, it’s still quite new to the English speaking world. And given the hectic pace of that world, many would say that this relaxing tea has come at just the right time.
What is kratom?
Kratom is the common name for a plant which grows in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The plant itself is visually unremarkable. What sets it apart is the fact that it produces a number of psychoactive chemicals. As such, ingestion of the plants at the correct dose will create a pleasant state of enjoyable relaxation. The most common traditional method of ingestion is leaf chewing. Around age 25, one is considered mature enough to chew the leaves. And this enjoyable pastime will typically last one’s entire life.
Another method has become more popular over the years though. And this is kratom tea. It’s fairly simple to make. Basically one simply needs to boil kratom and then drink the resulting tea. The kratom can be either fresh, or dried for preparation. In either case, the end result is a tea which has a unique but not unpleasant taste.
One of the more interesting aspects of the plant is that it’s in many ways analogous to coffee. It’s not really seen as a drug, despite containing psychoactive chemicals. Coffee produces a mild but enjoyable burst of energy. Kratom produces a mild but enjoyable state of relaxation. In many ways, the addition of kratom to one’s lifestyle can be seen as a nice way to balance out the other side of the equation.