Kratom Headache: Causes and Cures

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

People turn to kratom to treat various types of body pain. However, sometimes it can have undesirable side effects, such as when it causes a kratom headache.

In this post, we discuss why kratom headaches may happen, how to avoid them, and how to cure them when you already have them.



Why Do You Get Kratom Headaches?

Kratom strains come in three main varieties: red vein (e.g. Red Bali Kratom), white vein (e.g. White Sumatra Kratom), and green vein (e.g. Green Malay Kratom).

The leaves of these medicinal plants are usually grinded and turned into different kratom products.

The effects of kratom may vary depending on the strain, the form that you’re taking, and the dosage. Kratom headaches (e.g. tension headaches, cluster headaches) may occur when you take strains that are known to be stimulants.

Sometimes, the headache can be similar to a migraine or a kratom hangover. Aside from being associated with strain type, headaches may likewise happen when you overdose or when you are dehydrated.

As kratom belongs to the coffee family, it has the same diuretic properties that can quickly make you lose water.


Avoiding The Kratom Headache

Two of the most common strains that cause headaches are the Maeng Da Kratom and the Thai Kratom. These strains are among the most stimulating yet can also cause the most muscle tension, which may lead to tension headaches.

While your main intention for taking kratom may have been for pain relief, euphoria, anxiety treatment, or alternative for drugs, you won’t really get to experience them when you’re busy enduring a headache. Thus, the best way to avoid Kratom headaches altogether is to reduce your doses.

Kratom at high doses will cause all sorts of side effects. Every time you are using a new strain, or strains that are highly stimulating, it is recommended to take them in small doses instead.


Curing Kratom Headaches

If you’re already dealing with the headache, it can usually be alleviated by taking pain relievers. Massaging the forehead, the base of the skull, the neck, and the shoulders may also work.

Because kratom is a diuretic, another cure would be to drink lots of water after taking a dose. It is recommended to keep yourself well-hydrated every time you take kratom as the headaches may come from dehydration.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

Headaches may likewise happen when you buy kratom that is substandard in quality. Make sure that you acquire only the highest quality Kratom to ensure that you get a great experience.

Switching to a different kratom form may help as well. If you’re used to taking kratom powder from kratom capsules, shifting to Kratom tea or kratom extracts might just do the trick.

Changing strains may be worth a shot, especially if the one you’re taking is too stimulating or sedating. This also comes with the benefit of avoiding tolerance.

Taking kratom can be a good way to treat chronic pain, but it would be useless if you constantly have to deal with headaches. Hydrating regularly and limiting your dose is your best bet if you want to get rid of kratom headache.


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Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Epic Kratom, a blog dedicated to all Kratom lovers that provide honest and research-backed advice on how people can treat their chronic health problems using Kratom.

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Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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