Kratom & Stomach Pain: How to Deal With Kratom Digestive Issues

Medically reviewed by — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Kratom is usually used as an herbal remedy for chronic pain, which happens to be effective most of the time. Unfortunately, sometimes it can also cause kratom stomach pain and other digestive problems.

Among the most common digestive side effects that you may encounter are diarrhea, constipation, and nausea. These usually go away even without medical intervention, but if you are still experiencing these after two to three days, then it might be more than just the effects of kratom.

How Kratom Can Cause Digestive Issues

Kratom contains certain alkaloids that react with our brain’s opioid receptors. This enables us to experience the usual benefits of kratom, such as pain relief, reduced anxiety, higher energy levels, improved focus, euphoria, and milder opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Before you get to feel these kratom effects, your body must first absorb the herb’s alkaloids. It is during this process that we may encounter stomach pains and other digestive problems.

Most of the time, those who get affected by nausea and other stomach issues are the ones with a very sensitive stomach or have actually overdosed. In many cases, the latter is the one causing digestive issues.

This is especially true in the case of beginners. Because kratom is new to the body, it’s more likely to respond negatively to the substance.

Although taking kratom while you’re hungry can speed up its effects and make it more potent, it also makes you more prone to stomach pains. Eating something before consuming kratom products will make you less likely to suffer any stomach upsets.

As you might have heard, milk and cheese can likewise help in preventing stomach issues. This is because dairy products protect your stomach by creating a protective barrier.

On the Matter of Kratom Intake

Your intake method may also be causing your stomach pains. One of the best (and simplest) ways to prevent this is by preparing your very own kratom tea.

Compared to kratom leaves or powder, tea is much less aggressive and will therefore minimize the risk of digestive troubles. Eating kratom plant or consuming it in powder form generally gives a stronger kick—however, these forms are also more likely to trigger side effects.

Adding citric acid (e.g. lemon extract) to kratom tea is a great way of making the taste more tolerable. However, if you’re suffering from acid reflux or stomach ulcers, citric acid isn’t recommended.

Remedies to Kratom Stomach Pains

Abdominal discomfort can easily be relieved by purchasing your usual over-the-counter meds for digestive issues. Of course, another way to avoid this altogether is by taking a smaller dose next time.

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 you’re already dealing with the aftermath of a large dose, you can try eating some yogurt to take the stomach pain away. This can work for those who are experiencing nausea as well.

Sometimes, you may experience diarrhea because of taking too much kratom powder. In this case, switching to kratom extract (e.g. resin or tincture) or kratom capsules is highly recommended.

This will allow you to experience the same beneficial effects on a lower, more controlled dose. Extracts also have less plant matter which could be contributing to bad cases of indigestion.

Also, be mindful of your dosages when switching to different kratom strains. Know what you want to achieve so you don’t overdose.

For reference, here’s a list of the most common types of kratom that can be easily bought from kratom vendors:

  • Red Bali Kratom: Euphoria-inducing and opiate-like
  • Red Thai Kratom: Same as Red Vein Bali but with fewer side effects
  • Maeng Da Kratom: Energy-boosting, stimulating, and pain relieving
  • Green Vein Malay Kratom: Pain relieving and stimulating
  • White Vein Kali Kratom: Euphoria-inducing and dissociating

A Concern With Multiple Solutions

Kratom-induced digestive issues can be utterly uncomfortable, but they are also easily avoidable. You can readily prevent them by taking the correct dose for your strain, eating before consuming Kratom, hydrating properly, and avoiding citric acid if you have a sensitive stomach.

Kratom is a product that has many health benefits, but you won’t feel them if you’re constantly dealing with kratom stomach pain. And as always, make sure that you only buy the highest quality kratom strains to get the best 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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