With an increasing amount of people experimenting with kratom, it’s little surprise that a clash between kratom and alcohol is happening with increasing frequency.
Because of this, people starting to use kratom wonder if mixing it with drinking alcohol is safe, or whether it can lead to unpredictable outcomes?
On top of that, people trying to deal with the physical and emotional pain of alcohol withdrawal are also increasingly wondering if kratom could be used to help them, in the same way as it can help with opiate withdrawal.
So what’s the deal? Can you drink alcohol while using kratom and just have a great time? How does it change the effects, is it safe, and can you use kratom to overcome the worst parts of alcohol addiction?
Why Mix Alcohol And Kratom Consumption?
Because kratom is becoming more popular for recreational use, people are inevitably bumping up against having taken it, and then being tempted to drink alcohol.
One of the main reasons people are mixing alcohol and kratom use is because they say that it means they get a better effect, while drinking less. This will obviously bring benefits financially, and in terms of safety.
So the reasons for people mixing the two are around not having to invest so heavily in alcohol both by volume, and financially.
On top of that, people drinking moderate amounts of alcohol with low to medium doses of kratom (up to around 6 g), mostly say that it can produce a far better feeling. It lifts the mood higher, smooth out the emotions and relaxes, but without the adverse effects.
Is It Safe To Mix Kratom & Alcohol?
If you’re thinking about drinking alcohol while taking kratom, then it’s obviously the million-dollar question.
A lot of it is about the individual, and the dose is taken. If you have taken a large amount of kratom, then you will be struggling anyway, and adding alcohol into the mix could be even more detrimental.
Some strains of kratom are quite potent, and actually have an effect similar to alcohol, in that they make you lethargic, sleepy and act as a sedative. These tend to be the stronger red vein kratom strains.
So people mixing kratom with alcohol tend to stick to green vein kratom strains, using a middle range dose, and then drinking moderately.
There are very few examples of people having being put in a negative situation using this combination. People do report the side-effects of nausea, even projectile vomiting, but this could be due to taking to higher dose of kratom, or drinking too much alcohol.
To understand the possible dangers and side effects, you have to understand the interaction between kratom and alcohol.
Alcohol is easy to understand. It’s a depressant. It affects neurotransmitters which make us unbalanced, and also depress the brain, eventually making us fall asleep.
So if you drink lots of alcohol, you are only going to end up going one way.
But kratom is different. Some strains are more sedative than others. Some induce euphoria,. On top of that, the higher the dose, the more sedative effect, regardless of the strain.
So if you mix a high dose, especially of a sedative strain of kratom, on top of alcohol, then you could have a very negative, or short, experience.
However, people using moderate doses of green kratom, or white kratom, with moderate doses of alcohol, report a good balance being kept, and a smooth experience felt, while intensifying the experience pleasurably.
In terms of the negatives, too much alcohol with too much kratom will induce a vicious hangover. You may also suffer from nausea, headaches, dizziness and palpitations.
Generally, if you mix kratom with alcohol, you could suffer from the following side effects:
- Stress and anxiety
- Physical discomfort
- Lack of ability to sleep
- Extreme fatigue
- Stomach upset
In terms of serious side effects, there is little evidence of an enhanced risk of liver damage, or other related problems. However, the more frequently done, and with higher amounts taken, then the higher the risk of negative long-term consequences.
User Experiences Suggest Vastly Different Reactions
The other problem with mixing alcohol and kratom is that you just don’t know what’s going to happen until it happens.
This isn’t to say it’s going to be dramatic, but obviously it will depend on the dose of either substance that you take.
Looking online at specialist discussion groups, the consensus seems to be that there is no consensus on the effects.
Even people quoted as taking the same amount of kratom, and then only a couple of drinks, report different effects. In one instance, one person said they felt great, and another person who took roughly the same, said they projectile vomited.
So unfortunately, when it comes to making a decision on whether you are going to try mixing kratom with alcohol, you will not find out how it’s going to make you feel until it happens.
It’s worth starting slow and low, and then working upwards to see how your body and mind responds each time.
Using Kratom To Help With Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
The other side of mixing kratom with alcohol is about using kratom for relief from the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Some people already use kratom to relieve the pain associated with opiate withdrawal symptoms, which is why it is increasingly being considered by alcoholics.
Kratom can stimulate the brain’s opioid receptors. This can have a positive effect on the same areas that alcohol effect. The evidence suggests that alcohol makes your brain release endorphins, and alcohol dependency is partly derived from people getting hooked on that release.
By taking kratom, a far less addictive substance, you can still stimulate that release, but without it being generated by alcohol.
On top of that, people experience significant physical and emotional pain when withdrawing from alcohol use. Just like opiates, the related chemicals in kratom affect the body’s opiate receptors, which helps to lessen pain.
It’s already widely used with people trying to get away from drugs, especially opiates, because it lessens the pain, releases endorphins, and mimics some of the actions of opiates like heroin, but without the extreme effects and damaging long-term addiction problems.
Which is why people are also using kratom for alcohol related relief. But if you are considering doing this, you should start with a small dose, and experiment with different strains of kratom, to ensure that you get the best effects without causing other negative side-effects.