When people think of Kratom, they generally think of capsules, ground leaf or awful tasting liquid shots that taste similar to wheat grass. That’s why we’re going to talk about a tasty and pleasant alternative and the new research being done in relation to how people take it and why.
The first time that I tried Kratom tea, I took crushed leaf and mixed it with a bag of Lipton English Black tea and seeped it to create a nice warm cup of tea. I then added a lot of honey and citrus to make it more palatable.
It turned out to be my most pleasant experience. The tea tasted great, I got a nice and smooth energy boost 5 minutes after drinking it and it lasted for about 45 minutes and faded away nicely without notice.
So, the question is why there aren’t more options for this more enjoyable way to experience Speciosa. There are a couple of new companies out that are diving into this new product option and we’re going to talk about it.
We recently sampled a new line of tea products from Top Tree Herbs after speaking with Co-founders Soren Shade and Sam Weber. The lemon lime infused tea, Passion Fruit, and Peach afternoon blend were sampled during the day while working. The tea was well blended, pleasant to the taste and had good energetic effects lasting between 1 – 2 hours.
According to Shade and Weber, they were able to leverage the socially accepted practice of tea-drinking to help normalize Kratom use. Normalization and correcting the negative public-image of Kratom is necessary to protect and advance the industry and its consumers.
Another sizable problem which Kratom faces is the lack of scientific research. As a result it has received a negative public image, along with many false and derogatory claims.
Some of the studies that we’ll mention later are positive measures being taken to better understand how and why Kratom is so popular and how to share this information with the medical and scientific community.
Top Tree Herbs recorded a podcast with leading science journalist Hamilton Morris and Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D. to spread awareness for this survey and the existing science surrounding Kratom.
Hamilton Morris directed a documentary about Kratom in 2017, and is considered a leading expert in his own right. Co-founder Soren, produced the third season of Hamilton’s TV show, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, before linking back up with Weber to found Top Tree.
Other areas of interest are in the domestic cultivation of Kratom. Shade and Weber hope to help answer the questions of how the alkaloids vary based on geographic location, as well as resolve the mystery surrounding whether the Biosynthesis of 7-Hydroxymitragynine begins in the plant itself or through the drying process after harvest. Their team is currently analyzing three year-old trees to assess this, along with general best-practices for cultivation.
Geographic regions vary in regards of climate and ore composition and can have an important impact on the strength of the alkaloids contained. It is known that certain regions produce slightly different effects concerning how long it lasts and the level of energy it offers.
The idea of these further studies to help vendors understand how to cultivate these trees here in the United States versus importing.
To take part in the current study being conducted by Oliver Grundman you can scan the QR code on the back of any Top Tree Herbs products which will take you to a website for the University of Florida.
The survey is approximately 20 questions, easy to follow and provides their team with basic information on how people use Kratom and why.
Some other interesting studies by McCurdy can be read through the links below.
Dr. Chris McCurdy’s Kratom alkaloid study featured on the cover of ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science
In an Oliver Grundman study which was a follow up to 2017 survey, 10,000 Kratom users were surveyed and they learned interesting dimensions, such as how users take Kratom.
Approximately 20.93% of users reported some sort of negative side effects such as gastrointestinal issues.
More can be read about the study here
For more information on Top Tree Herbs you can also check out this new article called Food closures impact tea sales published by Bevindustry.com