Kratom Nausea: Our Guide to Preventing and Curing It

Medically reviewed by — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Kratom is a great alternative treatment option physical and mental ailment. It is a natural means to treat pain, opiate withdrawal, anxiety, and depression. However, this natural means still has its side effects. One side effects of its use is Kratom nausea.

Why It Happens

Kratom, after ingestion, latches on to the opioid receptors of your body. These receptors are found in the nerve cells of your brain, spinal cord, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs.

This interaction between Kratom and opioid receptors results in the variety of beneficial effects the plant offers for your body. However, this same interaction also causes the nausea that no one would rather experience.

The vomiting is mainly due to opioid receptors located in your brain’s chemoreceptor trigger zone. Your body reacts by vomiting upon activation of these particular receptors.

As for the nausea, opioids, like Kratom, can increase the sensitivity of your vestibular system. This system provides your sense of balance and spatial orientation. Increasing its sensitivity would affect the perception of your movements and body’s position, which leads to motion sickness or vertigo.

How to Prevent Kratom Nausea

1. Know Your Dose

Kratom nausea is usually a sign that you took more than the right dose for you. Stick to your dose. You would not only be avoiding any undesirable effects but also effectively managing the build-up of Kratom tolerance.

A digital scale would help you to be precise in measuring out your doses. Never visually estimate a dose regardless of your experience in taking Kratom.

2. Gradually Take Your Dose

If you are just starting with Kratom, it is best to start with just a gram for your first dose. If you do not get your desired result, take another gram after 45 minutes. Stop once you are able to experience the desired effect.

This gradual dosing is also recommended when you are switching suppliers, or adding or changing strains. The varying potency between Kratom strains and sources would require you again to find your recommended dose if you want to avoid any unwanted effects.

3. Avoid the Toss and Wash Method

Taking Kratom with its leaves and other plant matter would increase your feelings of nausea. However, unlike the beneficial alkaloids of Kratom, the nausea you get from the plant matter air mainly from the fibers, waxes, and chlorphyll that have no positive effects for your body. 

This is why drinking your Kratom as a tea is the most preferable method of taking it. Through this method, you can take out the unnecessary components of the plant while retaining its active alkaloids.

If you really must take Kratom through the toss and wash method, it is best to have it in smaller doses or to take the next preventive measures to avoid nausea.

4. Take Ginger With Your Dose

Ginger contains a variety of substances that prevent the body from vomiting. You can take ginger capsules, powder, or syrup before taking your Kratom dose. You can even mix it with Kratom to make the tea for your dose.

However, ginger can cause heartburn, acid reflux, and belching. You can avoid these side effects by not exceeding two grams of ginger per dose.

5. Take Antacids Before Your Kratom Dose

Taking Kratom on an empty stomach helps your body absorb its beneficial alkaloids better. However, this can also upset your stomach.

You can avoid this by taking an antacid 30 minutes before taking your Kratom dose.

The empty stomach can increase the euphoric effect of Kratom. For those that do not prefer this effect, they can eat a light meal one hour before and after their dose.

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.

If Kratom Nausea Still Occurs…

Unfortunately, there are cases in which you just can’t avoid Kratom nausea. This is usually the case for those who just started their first few doses or have a natural sensitivity to Kratom. In such cases, the only thing you can do is to cope with it.

You can chew on sliced or ground fresh ginger as it can also reduce nausea and vomiting. If you prefer a more palatable option, you can use candied or crystallized ginger.

Use Kratom Responsibly

Kratom nausea does not have to be a deal-breaker in your use of this plant. As long as you keep track and moderate your use, you can easily prevent it from even happening.

Moreover, starting your dose small would go a long way in building the habit for responsible and moderate use of Kratom. If you build on this habit, you would not have to worry about any of its side effects.

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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