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With more people looking for natural ways to treat a variety of physical and mental health issues, kratom is becoming more popular all the time.
As of yet, this drug is not FDA approved, but it also is not considered to be illegal in most states. Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree, native to various parts of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. The leaves of this tree can be eaten, smoked, made into capsules or tablets, and made into tea.
These various forms of the drug are used to treat pain, withdrawal from opiates, anxiety, and depression, and are used as mild forms of stimulants. But, there are some side effects to using kratom, one of which we are going to discuss in this article.
Does Kratom Cause Nausea?
Many kratom users don’t realize that taking too much of this drug can cause some pretty serious side effects, including nausea and vomiting. The problem is that when people first start using kratom, they have no idea of what their tolerance level is, and often end up doing too much, leading to nausea, the most common side effect of this drug, particularly with the Indo and Bali strains. A low dose is fine, and is recommended until you are more used to it and know your own personal tolerance level. A low dose will help to increase your energy levels, treat pain, reduce anxiety levels, etc., but a high dose can make you feel very ill.
Why does Kratom Cause Nausea?
The reason why kratom causes nausea is that its molecules bind to opioid receptors in the brain. Unfortunately, these are also the receptors that can be the source of sickness and nausea. When one experiences kratom nausea, it is not uncommon for them to vomit, the nausea is so severe. But, it can be avoided if you take the drug properly and do not abuse it.
Another cause of nausea for many kratom users is the flavor, which for many is just plain disgusting. If you have an issue with either the smell of the flavor, it may be best for you to take kratom in capsule form, or mix it in with different recipes, including various types of tea.
How to Take Kratom without Feeling Nauseated
When using kratom, it is important to always take it with food, or to take the drug within an hour of eating. Taking this drug on a semi-full stomach will help to prevent nausea. Something else to keep in mind is that kratom is water-insoluble. This means that if you take it with water, the kratom powder is going to sink into the stomach, resulting in nausea and even constipation. Here are a few things that you can do to prevent nausea after using kratom.
Know Your Dosage Limits
This may take a bit of experimentation (and some nausea). It is best to start out with a very small dose, such as 2-3 grams. The longer you use this drug, the more your body will build up a resistance, and the nausea will begin to go away. To ensure you are getting the right dosage, it is best to measure doses with a digital scale.
Readjust Your Dosage
If you change strains or suppliers, you will likely have to start all over again, as other strains may be more potent. When you no longer feel the results of kratom, or nausea, you can start to increase the dosage by one gram at a time. Take the additional kratom about 45 minutes after the first dose. You can keep on gradually increasing the dose as needed.
It is a good idea to get into the habit of taking an antacid, followed by a light meal, about one-half hour before using kratom. Even though you should eat before taking this drug, it is not a good idea to eat too much, as a heavy meal can actually lead to more nausea.
Instead of taking kratom with water, which can cause worse nausea, it is better to drink it as a tea. Put a small dose of kratom in a cup of tea. The tea can be strained to ensure that you get the most potent alkaloids, and you won’t have to worry about the ingredients in kratom that can be harmful, including chlorophyll, waxes, and fibers.
Take Motion Sickness Medications
Many people find that they are able to avoid kratom nausea by taking motion sickness drugs within a half an hour or so of consuming kratom. Taking these medications can also help to prevent you from getting high from kratom, so you just get the medicinal benefits.
Use Ginger Root or Ginger Ale
There is something to the old-school advice from your grandmother, including drinking ginger ale to soothe an upset stomach. Another option is to chew on a piece of ginger root. Ginger is known to be good for various stomach issues, including nausea from kratom.
Drink Grapefruit Juice
Another natural way to prevent kratom nausea is to drink grapefruit juice, before or after taking kratom. Grapefruit can help to inhibit this type of nausea thanks to its polyphenolic compounds, preventing an upset stomach and vomiting.
Cannabis is well-known for easing stomach upset, and it is often advised that people who take kratom also use a little bit of cannabis to help alleviate any negative side effects from the kratom. You don’t need to smoke enough to get high. A couple of puffs is all it takes to ease nausea.
As long as you are taking the right dosage and being careful, it is perfectly safe to use kratom for a variety of health issues. It is important that you stay well-hydrated, and that your diet includes plenty of fiber, both of which are going to help to alleviate many of kratom’s side effects. The water is going to help to rid the body of kratom alkaloids, which cause nausea and vomiting. The fiber will help to treat the constipation that can also go along with kratom use.