As we’ve demonstrated in the past, kratom can be a safe and effective natural remedy for pain relief as well as a powerful organic stimulant. Countless people have turned to kratom as an alternative to harmful and addictive prescription medications.
But it is vital to the public’s safety that they understand the facts about long-term kratom use.
Just like any other substance, tolerance is a concern when taking kratom over an extended period of time. Tolerance typically occurs when kratom is taken in large doses on a frequent basis. As many of you may have seen on The Dr. Phil Show, some people have become addicted to kratom, spending thousands of dollars on kratom powder or kratom capsules.
As we’ve noted before, kratom can be dangerous under some circumstances which is why it is important that kratom users stick to recommended dosages and avoid chronic use. It is always best to cycle kratom use, taking breaks every couple of weeks before resuming use.
One of the reasons why kratom tolerance develops is due to the kratom plant’s innate alkaloids. The active kratom alkaloids work on the brain’s receptor sites and, over time, a high concentration of these alkaloids build up in the brain, eliciting their sedative and stimulant effects.
The brain’s response to this concentration is to impermanently down-regulate the receptor sites in order to yield balance and homeostasis. When you take kratom on a constant basis, these concentrations reside in the brain for too long and the down-regulation time lasts longer, resulting in a need for larger doses of the alkaloids in order to obtain their natural benefits.
Folks on Reddit have questioned the exact time line for kratom tolerance to develop and there is no precise answer tolerance depends largely on several key factors including physiological makeup, diet, frequency of use, dosage and more.
At least one Redditor suggested that no significant tolerance developed after taking it regularly for months, even going so far as to say, “Tolerance has not increased where I need to take more for the same results. I take 2-4 tsp a day. I would take your normal dose and if you feel like you want more, take more.”
But for those who believe they have a problem, kratom cessation can be easily achieved with minimal side effects or withdrawal symptoms.
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Like I said earlier, the best way to avoid developing kratom tolerance is to stagger your doses. This ensures that all of the alkaloids of your last dose have left your system prior to redosing. Less is more, so if you’re using kratom on a daily basis, it is important that you do not take your kratom dosage more than once per day.
Ideally, users should skip two days before dosing again, limiting their use to four days of weekly use or less. Reducing dosage intermittently is another mildly effective way to ward off tolerance and addiction.
Kratom rotation is another worthy method for avoiding kratom tolerance. By switching up the kratom strain you use, you make sure that your body and brain receive disparate alkaloids instead of becoming dependent upon the ones in a particular strain. Some users use a red vein one day and a green vein another day.
It is imperative that our readers understand that this advice is not based on clinical evidence, rather it comes from the experiences of long-time kratom users who have shared those experience with our blog.
There is a plethora of kratom strains out there from red vein indo to white vein Maeng da kratom. You can find many of them right here in our store.
Many people have asked this question and the good news is, the answer is no. Quitting kratom can be an easy thing to do if you follow instructions and monitor your progress. Should any undesirable effects crop up, it is advisable to visit your physician for further counseling and guidance.
Some people decide to try quitting kratom cold turkey. This is highly ill-advised and here’s why: Kratom withdrawal symptoms can sometimes be similar to those of opioid withdrawal. They include restlessness, runny nose, yawning, difficulty sleeping, nausea and sweating.
There are several steps one can take to safely quit kratom. The American Addiction Centers suggest tapering and detox. As many of you probably already know, there are myriad ways one can go about detoxing.
For those of you who don’t like the idea of entering a detox or rehabilitation facility, there are methods by which you can safely detox at home. These include The Thomas Recipe, a life hack of sorts that has been used for years to get people off of alcohol and opiates. It can also be useful for those looking to kick the kratom habit in the privacy and comfort of their own home or apartment.
The Thomas Recipe consists of the following:
The Thomas Recipe routine is a simple five-step process that helps prevent the restlessness, sleeplessness and agitation commonly associated with withdrawal. As you can see here, there are ways to modify the Thomas Recipe to suit your needs and preferences.
For those who don’t want to take benzos or don’t have access to them, you can use anticonvulsants and GABA. Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) is a natural alternative to Valium that is available over the counter.
When detoxing, it is also important to eat and drink a diet dense in fruits and vegetables so that your body receives essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins. I recommend bananas for potassium and blueberries for antioxidants. These can be used for juicing for users who need to detox on the go.
One user on Erowid presented a plan for tapering off kratom without withdrawal symptoms. He suggests using 10 to 20 grams of Phenibut powder while slowly and carefully lowering your dosage of kratom.
How to come off kratom is up to you; much like coming off any other substance, there is no shortage of methods and forms of resolution out there. Both outpatient and inpatient detox programs are established across Canada and the US. And counseling is available for those who need moral support.
The Recovery Village offers a hotline for this very purpose.
How to stop kratom withdrawal is up to the individual, but for those seeking safe and effective means of quitting, the above solutions are viable options.
On average, kratom withdrawals last for three to four days with most users experiencing exponential improvement by day two. It generally takes a full week before symptoms cease completely. For those who are going through withdrawal and facing a drug test, there is no need to worry.
As we’ve pointed out in previous posts, drug testing for kratom is rare with very few labs listing it under the compounds they usually look for. But for those who are being screened for kratom usage, kratom ordinarily leaves your system within hours of dosing.
As I mentioned above, the typical symptoms of kratom withdrawal include restlessness, runny nose, mild nausea, yawning and sweating. But every person responds to kratom cessation in different ways.
For those who are curious about what to expect from kicking the kratom habit, here is what people have said about it in the past. One user on Bluelight reported acute anxiety and depression as a result of kratom withdrawal while others have spoken of pain and insomnia.
One user proposed taking hot baths and getting exercise in order to alleviate withdrawal-related pain, adding that Ambien and other sleep aids can help with the insomnia and Loperamide for withdrawal-related stomach issues.
“I’ve been using it daily with a few times quitting/breaks for about 4 years,” one user said. “The worst part for me is the extreme restlessness and not knowing what to do with my time (boredom).”
This person recommends combating the boredom by going outside and engaging in outdoor activities. Others advised drinking protein shakes and being as active as possible.
Quitting a habit can be hard for anyone, regardless of the substance in question. For those who have been using kratom for an extended period of time, relying on it for their daily existence, it may take some time to adjust to sober life.
There are many things that can help you acclimate to life without kratom. It helps to find a hobby and engage in events that you don’t associate with kratom use. Going to concerts, joining a book club, attending local fairs and fundraisers are all solid options for keeping yourself occupied and active.
If you suffer from chronic pain are were dependent on kratom for pain relief, there are kratom alternatives that you may find less habit-forming. As with kratom itself, users should be sure to space out their dosage and be aware of any side effects that appear after taking them. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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