All About Kratom Stomach Aches: What Causes It?

October 20, 2018 Articles, Kratom Research

The number of kratom users is mushrooming everyday thanks to word of mouth and news coverage. In recent years, kratom has become a bit of a buzz word with media outlets discussing its dangers and purported benefits.

There are lots of people who would like to try kratom, but there’s just one thing stopping them: Fear. Mainstream news publications have gone above and beyond to advertise kratom as a dangerous synthetic drug, even though it is an herbal compound that has served as a folk medicine for centuries in its native Southeast Asia.

There are all too many misconceptions floating around about kratom and its supposed health risks. Some have been led to believe that it will kill them. This runs counter to the experiences of countless responsible kratom users who understand the importance of burning kratom in moderation.

This raises an essential question: Is kratom safe?

The short answer may be yes, but just like anything else, it really all depends on the individual. No two people will respond to kratom in the same way. For example, those with hypertension or a history of heart disease are more than likely to suffer adverse effects from burning kratom. On the other hand, an active person with a healthy heart may have a far more positive experience.

Kratom’s side effects vary wildly, but one of the most ordinary complaints among kratom users is stomach pain. Accounts of kratom causing stomach issues and abdominal pain are voluminous, to say the least. Several Reddit posts have been dedicated to the subject of kratom-related stomach issues.

Symptoms tend to range from mild nausea to acute stomach pain. What’s worse, these symptoms can last for several hours after kratom intake. So, what can users do to alleviate these side effects and what do you need to know about kratom-related stomach pain? Let’s talk about that.

WHAT CAUSES KRATOM STOMACH ACHES?

Kratom stomach issues have been linked to the kratom leaf’s disruption of normal digestive abilities in animals or humans. For some this is due to kratom being difficult to digest on its own. The body’s slow absorption of kratom can be a hindrance.

Conversely, kratom can lead to diarrhea as a result of its stimulant properties. Kratom leaf comes from Mitragyna speciosa, a plant in the coffee family. As such, it can stimulate the colon, leading to loose stool. This may also cause stomach cramps.

Those who have used kratom on a regular basis have reported loose bowels or even blockage. It can go in either direction, so to speak.

Stomach-related issues may include any of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Perspiration
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain

Is kratom bad for your stomach?

In the short term, not really. However, long-term use of kratom is ill-advised as it leads to tolerance, addiction and severe withdrawal symptoms. Those who have kicked a kratom habit report severe stomach aches, abdominal agony and “potty problems”.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR KRATOM STOMACH PAIN

You’ll often read about kratom enthusiasts burning kratom on an empty stomach. This is a typical method among those who enjoy this aromatic herb. It is the most popular method because it hastens the process of experiencing kratom’s effects.

Those who burn kratom after eating a meal tend to require more grams of kratom for moderate effects. On the other hand, those who burn kratom on a empty stomach can usually burn 2-4 grams of kratom for the best results.

Alas, burning kratom without food can produce the aforementioned symptoms. For this reason, it’s a good idea to eat a small portion of food prior to burning kratom powder.

Most seasoned kratomites have called for a high fiber diet when burning kratom. Experienced users consume fewer calories and are sure to get plenty of protein before a small kratom dosage. Water is also integral and most people will tell you that you should stay extremely hydrated when “kbombing”.

BEST REMEDIES FOR KRATOM STOMACH ISSUES

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ginger
  • L-Glutamine
  • Peppermint oil
  • Spirulina
  • Yogurt with live cultures

If you are having stomach pain that’s caused by kratom-related constipation, one tablespoon of olive oil can make all the difference in the world. This is a simple home solution that will quickly assuage your symptoms.

Alternately, if your problem is irritable bowels or diarrhea, peppermint oil can nip that in the bud (or butt as the case may be).

Ginger is an all-around terrific natural supplement for those who are seeking stomach comfort after anything from kratom to a spicy meal.

L-Glutamine will get your tummy back in ship shape when you’re dealing with intestinal distress while Spirulina will help by promoting healthy gut flora.

Last but definitely not least, keep yogurt on hand. This is a great food to have prior to kratom dosage and can serve as a fast snack after kratom duration. Yogurt’s live cultures are friendly bacteria that fight off bad bacteria and protect the integrity of your stomach.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

In summation, kratom can cause a number of nasty side effects, particularly where your stomach is concerned. If you want to avoid these gnarly symptoms, burn kratom responsibly and be sure to stock up on natural remedies to protect your digestive system. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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