Kratom and Alcohol: Mixing Safety, Dangers and Interactions

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All you boozehounds better be careful because a case of whiskey d**k is just the tip (pun very much intended) of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to combining kratom and alcohol.

If you’re thinking of mixing any other substance with this Ayurvedic herb, it is imperative that you learn everything you can about the potential ramifications. As with any other substance, kratom can pose some serious health risks when combined with other chemical compounds.

In today’s post, we’ll talk all about the effects, interactions and side effects of this curious combination. We’ll also hear from users who have shared their experiences with kratom + alcohol mixture.

TAKING KRATOM WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE

As any helpline operator will tell you, mixing kratom and alcohol can land you in the emergency room or worse. In extreme—and admittedly rare—circumstances, users can end up in the ICU or even the morgue.

The overdose risk associated with kratom increases when it is mixed with alcoholic beverages because both art depressants. This means that one can potentiate the adverse effects of the others, often intensifying the same.

On the other hand, microdosing kratom after having a few drinks may be relatively harmless, depending on the situation and the tolerance of the user. In fact, many alcoholics have turned to kratom when kicking their habit.

The problem is, kratom withdrawal symptoms often mirror those of other substances. As a result, users may experiences restless leg syndrome, agitation, runny nose, stomach cramps, muscle weakness, insomnia or liver damage.

Here in the U.S., the FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use and have issued a public warning, urging citizens to avoid kratom consumption. Despite this lack of regulation, many users have found kratom to be valuable when battling other addictions.

However, everyone should keep in mind that large dosages of kratom are ill-advised, as they may lead to liver damage. Chronic use has led to liver failure in persons with preexisting health conditions.

The key to successfully combining the two seems to come down to moderation. Most experienced kratomites can tell you that the two can be complimentary when taken with proper precautions.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THIS POTENTIAL COMBO?

If you join any of the best kratom forums, you’ll quickly find a multitude of opinions on this and similar subjects. In the past, users have talked about combining kratom and alcohol, smoking kratom, stacking kratom with supplements, etc.

As you probably guessed, these opinions vary dramatically from person to person. This mostly comes down to personal preference and the simple fact that everyone responds to kratom in their own unique way. No two people enjoy the exact same aroma from any given strain.

One brazen user on Reddit bragged, “I take about 10 g/day and have about 3 drinks every evening and haven’t had any problems.”

While this kind of misinformation is potentially detrimental to the kratom community, it is worth noting the typical response they received. One user wrote, “JUST REMEMBER NOT TO BLAME KRATOM WHEN YOUR LIVER SLOWLY DIES PLS&THANKCHA.”

Elsewhere, a more seasoned user said, “A lot of people do it, a lot of people love it, some folks can’t do it. (Projectile vomiting). I took about 3 gr of Red vein bout 5 hours ago. And after about the first 2,5 hours I had a few beers (but slowly +plus I’m a big guy, 6’3”, 240 pounds).”

Yet another user suggested that kratom is the best choice for those suffering from an alcohol-related hangover. Again, this is largely subjective and will depend almost entirely on the user in question.

MICRODOSING KRATOM-ALCOHOL COMBINATION

Those who take kratom capsules with the express intention of imbibing alcohol should remind themselves of the profound effects kratom can have at specific dosages. Since certain M. speciosa strains are more sedating in nature, it should come as no surprise that kratom and alcohol can lead to lethargy or even blackout.

Alcohol use is associated with a loss of motor skills, so no one should be operating a car or other mode of transportation if they’re planning on clubbing. If you’re under the influence of kratom and you decide to hit up a local bar, strongly consider booking a ride from Designated Dave. Failing that, you can order an Uber or Lyft.

Since scientific studies of kratom remain mostly inconclusive, there is not much known about the interaction between these two substances. At the end of the day, it’s on YOU to approach this mixture with caution.

Based on available info, it would seem that the majority of users opt for low doses of alcohol and kratom. By combining small quantities of each, they are able to achieve moderate effects with minimal adverse effects.

Users who brew four grams of kratom in tandem with no more than two drinks find that these two substances can augment the aroma of their go-to strain without any overwhelming consequences. Common effects include mild relaxation, elevated mood and and pronounced emotions.

At low dosages, this combo was not accompanied by any significant side effects, although some users did experience temporary nausea or stomach upset. Those who microdose claim that driving is no problem, but for the sake of other people’s safety it is nevertheless advisable to motor with a sober companion.

MEDIUM MIXTURE OF KRATOM AND ALCOHOL – WHAT TO EXPECT

Moderate combinations of these two compounds can go one of two ways, namely awesome or agonizing. Some individuals report an incredible experience while others say they had a terrible time.

At this level, one can expect a strong likelihood of developing nausea, dizziness, drowsiness or vomiting. This is especially true of individuals who mix alcohol with red vein kratom powder. Users who have taken four to five grams of Red Bentuangie with two or more drinks often deal with extreme lethargy and fatigue.

HIGH DOSAGE OF ALCOHOL-KRATOM COMBO

Taking anything at irresponsible dosages will only result in negative consequences. This is true of kratom on its own, never mind the combination of kratom and alcohol.

If you’re a marathon drinker, you’d do well to stay away from kratom until you’ve sobered up. After all, a loss of normal motor functioning doesn’t exactly lend itself to doing keg stands or pounding shots.

Imbibing mass quantities of alcohol while under the influence of kratom can cause headaches, blackouts, nausea, the spins and, ultimately, overdose. Severe liver damage may also occur at this level. Kratom hangover is also common the morning after heavy drinking.

THE PERILS OF THE KRATOM-ALCOHOL MIX – POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS, ETC.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a relative dearth of clinical data where kratom and alcohol usage are concerned. All we really have to go on are the hard facts: kratom contains more than 25 unique alkaloids, some of which are believed to be sedating and relaxing in nature.

When combined with alcohol, these effects may be magnified to some degree, depending on dosage. Those who take kratom while drinking heavily are more likely to deal with negative side effects.

Of the many undesirable effects which have occurred in select individuals, the following are some of the more acute:

  • Blurred vision
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucination
  • Overdose
  • Coma
  • Liver or kidney failure

Alcohol is notorious for occluding our central nervous system’s natural responses. As such, it may reduce the ability for signals to properly communicate with your brain’s many receptors. Consequently, you may suffer from altered consciousness, mood and more.

When combined with kratom, alcohol may severely depress the user which may result in suicidal ideation, lack of inhibitions, poor judgment and irresponsible decision-making abilities. And this isn’t even the worst of it (see above).

Users are strongly encouraged to take proper precautions and stick to the low end of the spectrum. Moderate daily drinking consists of consuming no more than two alcoholic drinks per day.

MIXING KRATOM WITH MIXED DRINKS – DON’T DO IT

As most seasoned kratomites already know, there are many natural compounds which serve as kratom potentiators. Some of these compounds are found in popular cocktails such as grapefruit juice, cranberry or other juices.

Since kratom potentiators cause the Mitragyna speciosa herb to kick in faster and often exaggerate its effects, it is not a good idea to combine them with alcohol, itself a powerful depressant.

KRATOM-ALCOHOL COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

Now that we’ve covered the ugliest of the effects you might be thinking that you’re in the clear at lower dosages. Think again.

Due to the many mitigating factors (body type, lifestyle, preexisting conditions, et al.) which determine your response to kratom, there is no way of knowing whether combination at any level will agree with you.

More sensitive users have experienced milder effects, such as dehydration, tiredness, respiratory depression, fatigue and sleeplessness. Severity will vary wildly if you suffer from certain chronic conditions.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

If you or someone you know has a serious drinking problem, kratom may not be effective at staving off or otherwise relieving alcohol withdrawal. Acute alcohol dependency is a life-threatening disease that should be dealt with in a professional environment while under the observation of a medical expert.

Chronic alcohol withdrawal is associated with convulsions, seizurs and cardiac arrest. Kratom may not be enough to prevent against these issues. Although this Ayurvedic herb contains alkaloids which exert an influence on certain receptors in our brains, it may have little to no effect on the neurotransmitters that are affected by alcohol.

While kratom is not as addictive as alcohol, it isn’t necessarily a substance that one should use while tapering off the sauce. Many have observed that kratom’s withdrawal symptoms mirror those of opiates. These withdrawal symptoms can include restless legs, runny nose, altered mental state, loss of sleep, depression, fatigue and worse.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

If you’re thinking about taking these two substances in concert with one another, always err on the side of caution by limiting your dosage. Sometimes less really is more. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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