Kratom & Alcohol: When It Works & When It Doesn’t

April 29, 2017 Articles


A lot of people want to know if it is safe to combine kratom with alcohol. While it is generally not advisable to combine the two, we will look at some of the areas in which kratom can work in concert with alcohol.

For those who don’t know, the kratom plant can have significant sedative effects. Alcohol is a depressant which can also have a sedating effect in large quantities.


Moderate alcohol consumption in conjunction with kratom can substantially intensify kratom’s natural aroma. This results in deeper, longer lasting results. Results may sound like a good thing, but in this case, the combination could be dangerous.

Kratom and alcohol taken in conjunction with one another can severely impair one’s motor skills and coordination. Those who drink alcohol right before or right after burning kratom find that it negates or substantially dulls the purported benefits of kratom, leading to side effects such as headaches and nausea.

Mixing the two can also result in a kratom and alcohol hangover. Despite this fact, kratom can be beneficial to those who drink a lot of alcohol.


According to ScienceDirect, kratom can substantially eliminate the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol cessation. It has been called a “magical herb” for getting off alcohol because it can assist in minimizing alcohol dependence due to its euphoric effects.

One reason that kratom use is a good tonic to alcohol dependence is because alcoholics develop an oral fixation. As with people who are looking to quit smoking, it helps to have something on standby than can essentially sub in for the thing we normally put in our mouths.

Kratom tea is a well-known kratom preparation and drinking it after your last alcoholic drink can help prevent the user from taking another drink.

Alcohol withdrawal is one of the most severe withdrawals one can go through. It is also one of the most dangerous addictions to kick as chronic alcohol consumption changes your body’s metabolism and confuses your natural processes.

Scientists at the Thailand University have found that kratom can be implemented to treat not only alcohol withdrawal but also help to prevent alcohol relapse. Kratom’s natural calm-inducing effects and euphoric qualities may relieve the stress and anxiety associated with withdrawal while its analgesic properties may keep the pain and restlessness of alcohol withdrawal at bay.

Although there is an overwhelming abundance of testimonials that attest to its value in this area, the FDA has not approved it for this purpose or any other.

One user on Reddit suggested that supplementing with kratom would be a viable alternative to drinking alcohol, but warned that the user would still be addicted, only to kratom instead of alcohol. But responders were enthusiastic about the transition, saying, “I would rather be addicted to kratom than alcohol, that’s for sure.”

Another Redditor reported fantastic results from taking kratom for alcohol cessation, saying, “Since starting kratom I’ve given up drinking, weed, video games, and porn. I just find it much easier to control my impulses.

“But the price had been developing a twice a day kratom habit. So long as I follow a dosing schedule and don’t binge, the benifits outway the costs.”

Kratom for alcohol withdrawal has even been espoused by the people at where they have raved about the opiate-like effects of kratom and its potential to ward off withdrawal symptoms and increase energy. But again, no conclusive evidence exists to recommend kratom for medicinal use.


Kratom has become increasingly popular among the online community for its ability to assuage the commons symptoms of an alcohol hangover. Alcohol constricts the blood vessels in the brain, leading to terrible headaches and feelings of nausea and fatigue.

As a member of the coffee family of plants, kratom is able to pick a person back up, giving them a jolt of energy without the jitters of caffeine. Users on Reddit have posted extensively about kratom as a cure for alcohol hangovers.

As one user reported, “Last time I was hungover I took Red Hulu Kapus, normally it gives me energy but with the hangover it made me feel better (95%) but also made me very tired (could have been that I didn’t sleep well from the headache). After a 2 hour nap I was back to 100%.”

Another poster agreed, saying, “Kratom has worked wonders for me when I was hungover and I have a few friends that would agree.”

Yet another person posted, writing, “I love kratom for hangovers. Seriously, it always makes me feel so much better.”

Of course, not everyone is so positive. Another user said that they found it was not a very pleasant mixture. Naturally, such things are subjective and vary from person to person. However, it is worth mentioning that the overwhelming number of posts online embrace the idea of kratom as a viable solution to alcohol hangover symptoms.


There is some evidence to suggest that chronic or frequent kratom users can become noticeably dehydrated. Users have lamented this fact on web forums including Reddit and

One user wrote, “I’ve been on a fairly high amount of kratom since July 2013. 20+ grams a day, sometimes 30 grams. And I’ve had some issues with dehydration.

“My skin was dry and cracked, my fingertips wrinkly, like dried up prunes. And chronic constipation, and other symptoms as well. Just tired and ‘sunken in.’”

As with most nootropics and herbal supplements, kratom should not be taken constantly. To avoid symptoms of kratom dehydration, one should cycle their doses, taking breaks intermittently. This will help you avoid dehydration as well as tolerance and negative side effects.


When using kratom to relieve the side effects of alcohol hangover, it is important that you manage your dosage as large doses of kratom can result in what is referred to as a “kratom hangover.” The symptoms of a kratom hangover are well-documented.

Side effects of kratom hangover include fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, muscle weakness, anxiety and lethargy. Kratom hangover can also lead to depression. Posts on Reddit have talked about the severe depression brought on by a kratom hangover.

To avoid developing a kratom hangover, one should stick to these recommend kratom dosages.

  • 2-3 grams (moderate dose)
  • 4-6 grams (medium dose)
  • 6-8 grams (strong dose)

It is important to monitor you doses and titrate accordingly. If kratom use causes any undesirable side effects, you should discontinue use and seek medical attention. Remember, be safe, be smart and emancipate your brain.

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