The guide to Kratom Stomach Pain
Kratom usage worldwide as absolutely skyrocketed, with news coverage (traditional and online media) as well as word-of-mouth creating quite a bit of buzz for this all-natural healing agent.
At the same time, not all of the news coming out in regards to kratom is sunshine and roses.
In fact, there are some media outlets that have started to wonder if kratom is dangerous if it poses a short or long-term health risk, and if people should be taking kratom at all – even though we as humans have been using kratom in one way or another for literally hundreds and hundreds of years.
Trying to get to the bottom of this new turn of events in regards to kratom can be a bit of an uphill battle. Some really reputable sources are getting out on a limb and talking about the dangers and risks that kratom may pose, but others are pushing back and saying that these fears are totally overblown and that people shouldn’t be anywhere near as nervous as they might be when it comes to this all-natural compound.
We have put together this quick guide to help you better sift through all of the noise and confusion out there.
By the time you’re done with the inside information below you’ll have a much better idea of whether or not you should be using kratom, the dangers and risk factors (if any) that kratom comes attached to, and so much more.
Best of all, you’ll learn how to deal with some of the kratom side effects – like kratom stomach pain – that people have contended with in the past, learning how to manage, mitigate, and all but eliminate the potential for the side effects to pop up in the first place.
Ready to dive right in?
Is Kratom Dangerous?
Right out of the gate, it’s important that we tell you that the verdict is officially in – and kratom (100% pure, 100% all-natural kratom) is about as safe as can be for the overwhelming majority of people on the planet today.
It’s impossible to say with concrete certainty that you aren’t going to have to contend with any side effects when you start to use kratom on a regular basis. But that’s only because each and every one of us has a totally unique and distinct biochemistry that may or may not react negatively with kratom even if the overwhelming majority of people have no trouble whatsoever.
We can tell you with concrete certainty, however, that there is very little reason to get sucked into one of the latest media narratives of kratom somehow being as dangerous as the chemical cocktails cooked up in pharmaceutical laboratories all over the world, dangerous over-the-counter and prescription drugs that have some really scary side effects.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As we alluded to a little bit earlier in this quick guide, people have been using kratom as a 100% all-natural medicine – particularly in Southeast Asia – for hundreds and hundreds of years. The odds are pretty good that if there were real, serious, and significant health risks to consuming this substance that it wouldn’t have continued to be used for as long as it is.
At the same time, no two people are going to respond to kratom in identical ways.
For example, people that have been diagnosed with hypertension, folks that have a history of cardiovascular or heart diseases, and those that are obese or pregnant are advised not to use kratom until they get their health issues under control.
Some folks do report some minor side effects with regularity when using kratom, however, with the most common side effect being stomach pain and stomach discomfort.
Obviously, it’s important to understand exactly what you might have to deal with if you decide to use kratom on a regular basis from here on out when it comes to stomach discomfort and stomach pain. And that’s what we’re going to focus on now.
What Causes Kratom Stomach Pain to Begin with?
Right out of the gate, you should know that many of the kratom stomach pain issues or digestive issues that this compound and biochemical can bring about have been closely linked to the actual plant structure of the kratom plant these products are made from.
Kratom leaf “raw” can be next to impossible to digest on its own, and the slow absorption of raw kratom in the body can lead to all kinds of digestive havoc – and has caused digestive issues and stomach pain for hundreds of years.
It isn’t at all uncommon for people throughout Southeast Asia that consumed kratom in its raw leaf form to have issues with diarrhea, nausea, and flatulence on a pretty consistent basis. Stomach cramps and stomach pain are a little more rare (but not all that much rarer) and are just considered to be part and parcel of the overall kratom experience.
Thankfully though (as we touch on in just a little bit) there are ways to manage and mitigate these issues so that you don’t have to deal with them with any real regularity.
Kratom also is a powerful stimulant. The kratom plant is in the coffee family, which means there’s a lot of potential for the: to be stimulated with regular consumption. That’s going to lead to looser stool on a regular basis, can lead to cramping, and can cause quite a bit of stomach pain and discomfort all on its own.
Of course, researchers have looked into whether or not kratom stomach pain and stomach discomfort is in any way a hindrance to your short or long-term health.
While it isn’t going to be very comfortable to deal with while you are fighting through kratom stomach pain issues the reality is you aren’t going to notice any short-term impact on your health and wellness aside from having to deal with discomfort.
In the long-term, scientists and researchers are a little mixed about whether or not kratom is a good thing for your stomach and your overall digestive system.
It’s not that kratom itself does anything to your long-term health but instead comes down to the fact that kratom can lead to tolerance, addiction, and withdrawal issues if you quit it “cold turkey” after an extended amount of time that can really do a number on your digestive system.
Protecting Yourself From Kratom Stomach Pain
One of the very best ways you can minimize the amount of stomach pain you’re dealing with when the consuming kratom on a regular basis is to eat or consume it on an empty stomach.
Not only are you going to get a lot more bioavailability when there isn’t anything else in your digestive system to work on after consuming this aromatic herb, but you’re also going to see better break down and total digestion of these elements as well.
On the other hand, some people report that consuming a small amount of protein about 30 minutes before they consumed kratom helps them to eliminate all stomach pains and stomach cramps that would have cropped up otherwise.
You’ll want to consume a little bit of water (extra water, anyway) when you are using kratom, too. This is going to help you hydrate, avoid cramps and discomfort, and ease the overall digestive process quite a bit.
Still struggling with kratom stomach pain and discomfort?
If so, you might want to consider adding a couple of extra ingredients to your “kratom shakes” to help smooth things out.
A little bit of extra virgin olive oil (a tablespoon per serving of kratom) can help to grease things a little bit for you, streamlining and smoothing out digestive issues that would have popped up otherwise. Folks also have a lot of positive results with consuming ginger, peppermint oil, spirulina, and yogurts that actually have live bacteria cultures (like Greek yogurt, for example) with kratom, too.
At the end of the day, you really shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to consuming kratom on a regular basis.
The overwhelming majority of folks aren’t going to have to worry about any real negative side effects from kratom whatsoever, and even those that do have some stomach discomfort or stomach pain stemming from kratom use can manage and mitigate those issues almost entirely with the tips and tricks we highlighted above.
Of course, you’ll need to tinker with the tips and tricks we broke down earlier to find which ones work best for you if you’re dealing with kratom stomach pain or discomfort. Some will work better than others (again depending on your own biochemistry) but the odds are very good that you’ll find something works wonders for sure.
Most people agree that the benefits of kratom far outweigh the potential side effects you may have to deal with every now and again. You’ll never put your short or long-term health in jeopardy with regular kratom usage, but it’s always a good idea to know how to contend with stomach pain and stomach cramps caused by this natural herb all the same.