Can Kratom Cause Gas and Bloating?

April 11, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea

If you’re a current kratom user and you find yourself answering the call of the wild burrito, you may be wondering what role kratom played in your uncontrollable anus applause. You may also be wondering, “What is this pendulous gut? Whose are these blubbery love handles?”

And you may ask yourself, “How did I get here?”

The kratom community has been talking about booty belches and bloating for quite some time now and it’s hardly shocking to learn that yes, kratom can, in fact, cause gas and bloating.

WHY DOES KRATOM CAUSE FLATULENCE?

Part of the problem is kratom’s natural ability to suppress appetite. The indole alkaloids inherent in kratom trigger the brain’s reward system, fundamentally subbing in for the fatty foods we normally crave.

Certain kratom strains, such as Green Thai or MD are especially effective in this area as they are more stimulating. This appetite suppression leads to gas buildup.

We’ve all been in one of those situations where you rush off to a doctor’s appointment and skip breakfast. When you get there and the nurse is taking your blood pressure, the sound of your stomach growling is so loud that you sound like you’re gonna burst.

That’s because stomach rumbles are the gurgling noise made by the contents of your gastrointestinal tract moving about. When there is no food present in the GI tract, the body’s natural gases are free to circulate.

These gases are known as Borborygmi and they are bad news if you’re backed up and without proper sustenance. And since kratom may also lead to constipation due to its antidiarrheal properties, it’s only a matter of time before your crack splitters wanna go colon bowlin’.

Frequent and prolonged use of kratom can also lead to the bowel and digestive system malfunctioning or slowing down. This could result in a dangerous fecal obstruction which would require medical attention.

HOW TO MITIGATE KRATOM STOMACH ISSUES

If this is scaring you shitless or shitful, as the case may be, do not be alarmed. There are plenty of ways to prevent any kratom-related gastrointestinal problems. Kratom has been around for centuries and people have come up with ways to circumvent just about all of its adverse effects.

Let’s start with the most obvious. If you’re new to kratom, you’ve likely been persuaded by articles or forum posts to burn kratom on an empty stomach for the best results. DON’T DO IT!

Although kratom does tend to kick in faster and induce more pronounced effects when taken without food, it is not advisable if you want to avoid the potential of developing gas or constipation. Instead, consider brewing a cup of kratom tea about a half hour after you have eaten a light plant-based meal.

Whenever I burn kratom in the afternoon, I do so after drinking a smoothie or eating a small homemade salad of kale and baby greens with pico de gallo and avocado. I find that this keeps me regular and actually increases kratom’s clean energy boost.

As far as bloating is concerned, at least one user suggests avoiding the toss n’ wash method and sticking to a fine cup of kratom tea as I mentioned above. Ever since they made the switch, they haven’t experienced any bloating.

Since stomach upset and nausea are common side effects of kratom use, some have said that it is best to stick to a smaller dose. The so-called kratom stomach flu is something that tends to occur only in those who have taken larger than recommended dosage levels.

If you have a preexisting health condition, particularly one that affects your GI tract, it is imperative that you consult your physician if experiencing these symptoms. Medication may be able to alleviate your pain or discomfort.

Some users take Tums on kratom which is relatively safe, but it is important that you bear in mind that this popular OTC antacid potentiates stronger effects.

CAN KRATOM CAUSE STOMACH DAMAGE?

Yes. Kratom can cause muscle pain and inflammation. Your intestines have what is known as the muscularis layer which provides numerous layers of smooth muscle tissue that enable intestinal movement.

When inflamed, these layers may be overexerted, leading to disruption that could be life-threatening. Chronic kratom use has resulted in bowel obstruction, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, sexual dysfunction and more.

This is why it is of paramount importance that users take proper precautions. Do NOT overdo it or you may lose it.

OTHER METHODS OF PREVENTING STOMACH UPSET

Consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese or cultured yogurt, ice cream and whey powder can prevent kratom from harming your stomach.

Conversely, you should avoid imbibing citric acid prior to burning kratom. This will assist in circumventing any incident of flatulence or stomach ache. Always refrain from adding orange juice to your kratom cocktail.

IS KRATOM SAFE?

Despite the FDA refusing to approve kratom for medicinal use in the United States, it is nevertheless considered a powerful and purportedly effective folk medicine in parts of Southeast Asia. This Ayurvedic herb has been used for centuries throughout the region and beyond for its anxiolytic, energy-enhancing effects.

Most seasoned kratom users agree that kratom is safe when taken in moderation and at responsible dosages. As a matter of fact, many have burned kratom to relieve symptoms of nausea, diarrhea and so forth.

BOTTOM LINE

At the end of the day, your best bet is to abstain from large or frequent daily doses. Any kratom farmer will tell you to cycle your doses so that you keep tolerance, overdose and addiction at arm’s length. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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