Although I spend most of my time on this blog posting about my beloved cannabis, today I’d like to talk about my other lesser known plant ally, kratom. Although I could talk for days about the benefits of kratom, such as pain relief, mild euphoria, focus, etc, today I’m going to talk about the lesser known subject of a kratom hangover.
For those who haven’t heard of kratom, hangover like effects are very rare, and I wouldn’t want to scare you off. In fact, for almost everyone who has tried kratom, only a very minuscule portion ever experience a kratom hangover, and I experienced my first one with over a year of kratom use, hence this post.
What is a Kratom Hangover?
While I will attempt not to go into too much depth about kratom hangovers. I’d like to go over the basics. The first thing to note is that a kratom hangover is not like an alcohol hangover, and the mechanism of action is completely different: no acetaldehyde in this one.
Hangover effects from kratom include:
- Mild Headache
- Nausea (rare)
These side effects typically only occur after a heavy night of kratom usage, much more than the suggested doses. Additionally, it seems from my experience that these effects tend to occur more in stimulating varieties of kratom and may have to do with dehydration.
I am a very hydrated individual (love me some water), and this may account for the fact that I hadn’t experienced a kratom hangover until several days ago.
How to Avoid One
From my experience combined with the reports of others who have experienced this phenomenon, it is quite easy to avoid a kratom hangover. There are a few common sense tricks to avoid these hangovers.
1. Stay Hydrated
While this should go without saying, keeping hydrated is key when it comes to avoiding a kratom hangover. This is especially important when using more stimulating strains, like maeng da or thai, as they tend to make you sweat a little bit more, and you tend to expend more energy.
2. Avoid Overuse
One of the key reasons that people get a kratom hangover is because they overdo kratom. This isn’t necessary for a few reasons, the first reason is that it doesn’t tend to make the kratom experience more enjoyable or euphoric, and additionally, more side effects occur at higher doses, making it fairly useless to take more than a reasonable dose.
Definitely check out this video on dosage for new users.
3. Know your Body
This one ties in with avoid overuse pretty well. Before deciding to use a massive dose of kratom, it is a good idea to know exactly how your body reacts to kratom. By starting with smaller doses and working your way up, you’ll find a sweet spot and exceeding that amount can cause side effects. By doing this, you’ll have a much better gauge and keep from getting a kratom hangover.
By following these rules, you should be able to avoid a kratom hangover fairly easily.