An overview of Kratom and Alcohol
There is no question that on its own, kratom has a lot to offer. While there is a wide range of benefits of kratom to be explored, many simply enjoy taking kratom for its recreational possibilities. There is a strong argument that can be made for its value and use in this specific arena. At the same time, one certainly wants to exercise caution. This is true for any drug, including kratom. It should also apply to anyone who is considering the possibility of taking kratom and alcohol together.
Is this something that should be done? What can one expect from the experience? These are questions that require a number of factors to consider, in terms of defining an answer in the most realistic possible terms.
Combining kratom with alcohol is a relatively new concept. Furthermore, it is not something that is known to have any medicinal value, except perhaps where it concerns physical pain. Combining the two is almost entirely an extension of kratom’s modern-day recreational popularity.
The history of kratom on its own is certainly fascinating. Southeastern Asian countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. This member of the coffee family exists in nature as a tree. For a number of centuries, the leaves would be used to create a beverage. This beverage was often utilized for its anti-diarrheal, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting properties. By the end of the 19th century, kratom was being explored to a significant extent as a considerably-safer alternative to opioids. This specific use has gained considerable traction in the United States and elsewhere, due to an ongoing opioids crisis.
Nonetheless, in the present, it is reasonable to say that most people are currently using kratom for recreational purposes. This includes combining kratom with alcohol. The recreational use of kratom ultimately comes down to its three most significant benefits. You will also want to keep in mind that in the present, there are several different strands of kratom on the market. It is important to find something that will match the recreational experience you would like to have. There are several potential benefits in this specific arena, as well as the possibility of side effects. Let’s first take a closer look at some of the biggest kratom benefits, and how those benefits can be connected to combining kratom and alcohol.
As a matter of fact, some people use kratom to wean themselves off alcohol dependency. This is due to the fact that kratoms’ various properties, including its thirty alkaloids, can assist with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. This even takes into consideration that kratom can produce rather unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if too much is taken for a prolonged period of time.
At the end of the day, most people who use kratom with alcohol are doing so for purely recreational purposes. This is worth keeping in mind, as we explore the benefits of kratom on its own more closely.
One of the most popular benefits of kratom is its ability to deal with pain and discomfort. This is one of the biggest reasons as to why more people are exploring kratom as a means of pain management, as opposed to more dangerous opioids. While that doesn’t mean kratom is completely lacking in potential side effects, it is clear at this point that kratom has much to offer for those experiencing chronic pain or discomfort. When kratom is combined with alcohol, it is entirely possible for the pain-reducing qualities of kratom to increase to a noticeable degree.
Kratom is also appealing to those who appreciate its sedation qualities. This, of course, depends on the particular strain that you are using. As you will find with some basic research, there are strains of kratom on the market that work as a stimulant. Given that kratom originates from the coffee family, this obviously makes sense. It is also obvious that the results of combing kratom with alcohol can vary wildly, depending on the individual, as well as the strain they have chosen.
Another key benefit to kratom comes down to how quickly it can go to work on the system of the individual. Most users report feeling something in as few as fifteen to twenty minutes. Alcohol is notable for working with similar efficiency. That naturally depends on the type of alcohol you are consuming, as well as how much you drink over a specific period of time. Even so, alcohol clearly has the potential to enhance an individual’s experience with kratom.
Is this experience entirely positive? Like many issues related to kratom, the answer to this question is largely dependent on factors related to dosage, whether or not you are taking kratom on an empty stomach, and so forth. Some users have experienced kratom and alcohol side effects. Some haven’t. It is for this reason alone that kratom use must be closely monitored on your part. You will want to make it a point to follow all directions for use carefully.
Finally, one of the most interesting potential benefits concerns the idea of consuming kratom prior to drinking. In doing so, there is an excellent chance that because of the physical effects of taking kratom, the individual is likely to consume less alcohol. This is of itself has a wide range of possible benefits, including the simple fact that going this specific route means consuming fewer calories, spending less money, and potentially doing less damage to your short-term and long-term health.
The concept of kratom and alcohol side effects is a little tricky to explain. Simply put, it is difficult to say what the side effects will be. Indeed, depending on a variety of factors, it can also be difficult to say if one will experience any side effects in the first place.
One of the first things to keep in mind is that kratom itself has very few side effects from short-term use. Headaches and nausea can occur for newcomers. However, this is more often than not attributed to taking higher doses of kratom than what is considered customary for a beginner. There are also potential withdrawal symptoms that can occur. This itself is dependent on how long you take kratom for, as well as how much you are taking per dose.
With alcohol, one of the most important things to remember is that alcohol can enhance the feelings one experiences while taking kratom. This includes taking kratom for pain management, as well as the possibility of your kratom strain offering strong sedation possibilities. The amount of kratom can also influence what happens when you also drink alcohol. If you are a newcomer to kratom, or to drinking alcohol and consuming kratom, it is strongly advised to start with low dosages of both. This is something we will discuss in greater detail below.
If you experienced poor sleep, increased stress, feelings of sickness or weakness, or anything else along these lines, stop using alcohol and kratom concurrently.
If you are new to taking kratom, it is strongly suggested that you begin in the low dosage range. This is generally considered to be somewhere between 2g and 3g. Some take upwards of 5g initially, upping the dosage later on as they see fit. Although kratom is available in several forms, the powdered form is widely considered to be the best way to take kratom. However, some choose to take kratom in capsule form, while others opt to smoke kratom.
In terms of kratom and alcohol dosages, here is what you should keep in mind:
- Low dosage: Combining alcohol with kratom seemingly produces a mild enhancement of the effects one would experience with either of these substances on their own. To put it another way, if you experience feelings of relaxation when you drink or take kratom, it seems likely that combining them in a low quantity will increase this effect.
- Medium dosage: In the medium dose range, which can be described as roughly 5+ grams, while also increasing the amount of alcohol consumed (these actual figures can vary from one person to the next), one of two outcomes is likely to occur. The results can either be highly positive, particularly with respect to the benefits of taking kratom, or they can be highly negative. On the highly negative side of things, users can expect such side effects as stomach nausea, dizziness, and much more.
- High dosage: While experiences can vary from one person to the next, virtually all recorded experiences of combining high dosages of kratom with high dosages of alcohol have been extremely negative. This includes elevating the side effects we mentioned above, such as spinning sensations, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and much more. Furthermore, these reports also indicate that the “hangover” feeling the following morning is a considerably more extreme variation of the more traditional hangover one experiences from drinking too much alcohol.
Clearly, the most meaningful takeaway from this article on alcohol and kratom is the notion of caution. If you are planning to combine kratom with alcohol, take care to monitor your portions, as well as any positive or negative experiences after a dosage of both.