Passion Flower & Kratom: How They Are Similar and Why They Shouldn’t Be Combined

March 21, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alternatives, Kratom Tea, Op-Ed

Like kratom, passion flower has been used for centuries as a regional folk medicine. But in recent years there have been some recorded events of users combining these two powerful herbs to devastating effect.

The notion of combining them may seem tempting as both share many similar characteristics. However, there is no logical reason to do so, and the potential side effects far outweigh any purported benefits.

Let’s take a closer look at these two awe-inspiring herbs so that you, the reader, will have a better understanding of why they are so special and why they should never be used in tandem.


Passion Flower describes any of 550 species of Passiflora, flowering plants from the Passifloraceae family. This climbing vine has been used as a natural remedy by those suffering from anxiety, sleep disorders and stress, among other ailments.

Passion Flower is renowned for its supposed ability to cool the body, soothe the nerves and calm the mind. It is readily available in powder, seed or extract form and its dried leaves can even be smoked. For this reason, it has become popular as a recreational substance, although its chief medicinal purpose is to promote relaxation and general well-being.

Effects of Passion Flower may include any or all of the following:

  • Anxiety relief
  • Stress reduction
  • Overall calm
  • Full body relaxation
  • Improved sleep

As with most other herbal supplements, Passion Flower may carry its fair share of adverse effects. These negative side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of motor coordination


As anyone with even a cursory knowledge of kratom already knows, the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa plant have been known to reduce chronic pain, relieve joint inflammation, increase concentration, improve mood, induce euphoria and promote restful sleep.

This Ayurvedic shares many things in common with Passion Flower, particularly its purported capacity for relieving stress and anxiety, improving sleep and reducing anxiety.

Unfortunately it, too, carries with it a number of potential side effects, including all of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Agitation
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia

It is important to keep in mind that many of these side effects only typically occur at high dosages, but users should always be aware of them.

In the case of stacking, users put themselves at a higher risk of experiencing these side effects.



Passion Flower serves as a sort of mild MAOI (Monoamine oxidase inhibitor) and, as such, it can exhibit some powerful effects, particularly when taken in concert with other chemical compounds.

Since Passion Flower shares many strong adverse effects in common with kratom (see: Drowsiness, dizziness, etc.), taking them together may potentiate stronger side effects. It may also result in overdose or kratom hangover.

If you’ve ever smoked the devil’s lettuce while drinking booze then you already know that such combinations intensify all anticipated effects, often to overwhelming degrees. This is particularly true in the case of burning kratom in conjunction with passion flower extract.

Of course, experiences will vary and no two people will react in the same way. Some users have said that passion flower barely phases them while others have spoken of the potent sensations it instilled in them.

After one user accidentally took a pill containing passion flower extract along with 15 grams of kratom powder, they posted to the Shroomery boards, asking the community if they should be worried. Most responses were surprisingly unconcerned.

In fact, one user wrote, “Should change the title of thread to ‘oops I slipped and fell into the warm jacuzzi [sic] of luxary [sic].’”

The user who posted the thread also added that they were feeling “fan-f*cking-tastic.”

Elsewhere, you may find reports of nausea, wobz and so forth. This is to be expected with any combination of chemical compounds. IMHO, stacking these kinds of substances is not only risky but cost-prohibitive. Those who combine them without prior experience are essentially wasting money and gambling with their well-being.

It is vital to ensuring a positive experience that users always err on the side of caution. While it may be enticing to think about stacking different herbs, it’s always advisable to enjoy each of them individually and consider your sensitivities as much as your personal proclivities.


Combining passion flower and kratom probably won’t kill you, but there’s no good reason why anyone should take the risk. It makes more sense to appreciate these herbs on their own merit. Separate but equal. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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