Turmeric and Kratom: A Fine Mixture of Powders

April 25, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Tea, Turmeric Powder


The late, great organic chemist Alexander Shulgin once famously said, “Use them with care, and use them with respect to the transformations they can achieve, and you have an extraordinary research tool.”

This is true of kratom just as it is true of any other psychoactive substance. Shulgin was one of the first cats to experiment not only with chemical compounds in and of themselves but, also, in concert with one another.

It is interesting to pondering what the so-called Godfather of Ecstasy would make of kratom and its euphoric properties. But it is even more fascinating to ponder the kratom stacks that Shulgin would have inevitably concocted.

One such combination would have likely been a turmeric kratom combo. Why is that? Well, let’s have a look.


As some of you are no doubt aware, turmeric powder comes from the hidden-lillies or turmeric plants of the ginger family. This bright orange powder is an antioxidant-rich herb whose potent anti-inflammatory properties match those of the mitagyna speciosa (read: kratom) plant’s.

Like turmeric powder, kratom possesses anti-inflammatory properties. This is due in no small part to the presence of 7-hydroxymitragynine and Rhynchophylline in kratom leaf.

Turmeric also shares other purported health benefits in common with kratom, namely its potential to improve mood.

Alas, turmeric does not easily absorb into the bloodstream which is one reason why users often take it in conjunction with ground black pepper. Black pepper contains a natural substance which aids in absorption of turmeric’s curcumin by 2,000 percent.

It is curcumin that is largely responsible for turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects, therefore it is similar in nature to kratom’s alkaloid content.

Taken as a mixture the turmeric kratom black pepper combination can have profound anxiolytic effects. What turmeric does is serve as a potentiator, enabling kratom to induce stronger effects over an extended period of time.


To get kratom kicking in faster and stronger, your turmeric kratom mixture should consist of at least two parts turmeric and black pepper to one part kratom. This is a general rule of thumb when imbibing them with your kratom tea.

For best results, most experienced users agree that turmeric and black pepper should be taken at least one full hour prior to burning kratom powder. One recommended dosage is one tablespoon of turmeric powder to one teaspoon black pepper.

If you have money to burn and know where to look, you can skip the black pepper and pick up some theracurmin, an iteration of turmeric that is bound to nanoparticles that significantly increase absorption.

A bottle of Theracurmin starts at about $12, but a 120 count bottle of 600 mg Theracurmin can cost as much as $100. For the frugal user, it’s always cheaper to go the turmeric black pepper route, but other options are at your disposal.


As mentioned above, recommended dosage varies from user to user, but here is a quick overview of the overall idea:

The general rule of thumb is to take ½ gram turmeric for every 1.5 grams of kratom powder. Users can adjust the amount of turmeric powder to their own preferences, but the more turmeric powder one ingests prior to burning kratom, the better the likelihood of augmenting kratom’s effects.


Turmeric has many great uses, not least of which is its ability to fight free radicals that wreak havoc on the body and mind. The antioxidants in turmeric may prevent against disease and aging by neutralizing free radicals and boosting your body’s antioxidant enzymes.

The curcumin present in turmeric powder increases brain levels of BDNF (Brain-Deprived Neurotrophic Factor) which improves memory and makes you smarter. It is also known to potentially ameliorate the symptoms of heart disease and improve the functioning of the endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels).

One study has even indicated that curcumin can decrease your risk of experiencing a heart attack by 65%. This is worth mentioning here since kratom has been associated with heart palpitations and high BP in select users.


Although the FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use in the United States, it is widely considered to be a folk medicine in other parts of the world. It has been used for hundreds of years to relieve stress, induce a restful sleep and promote a feeling of general well-being.

Kratom’s effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Stimulation
  • Euphoria
  • Increased sociability
  • Relaxation
  • Mild sedation


Those who wish to stack turmeric kratom and black pepper should first understand that each of these substances carries with it its own individual side effects, effects which may be amplified by the presence of the other substance.

Turmeric’s side effects have included stomach upset, nausea, dizziness or diarrhea. Those who have taken a megadose of turmeric (1,500 mg or more) could potentially experience abnormal heart rhythm which could be life threatening.

Kratom shares some of turmeric’s side effects, such as potential nausea, dizziness, stomach upset or diarrhea. Some individuals who have taken kratom powder have experienced vomiting, agitation, confusion, loss of motor coordination, lethargy or fatigue.

Long-term use of kratom has resulted in incidents of liver damage or even liver failure. Chronic kratom use may result in tolerance, addiction or overdose.


The turmeric kratom combination is a relatively safe and effective way to potentiate kratom’s effects while boosting your brain and combating free radicals. As with all kratom stacks, users should stick to moderation and be aware of any undesirable changes in body or mind. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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