Time to Answer a Serious Question: Is Mixing Alcohol and Kratom Safe?
You enjoy brewing a cup of kratom tea every morning, and kicking back with a glass of wine when the sun goes down. Now, you’re wondering if you can combine your two favorites and consume them at the same time.
While kratom and alcohol are both federally legal in the United States, there is still much research that needs to be done before we can answer this question with an emphatic nod.
As of right now, it’s always best to err on the side of caution in terms of mixing alcohol and kratom. Knowing what we do about how kratom interacts with your system, it’s clear to see that the potential risks outweigh any sedative effects you might achieve by mixing a tablespoon of kratom powder into your cocktail.
Today, we’re taking a deep dive into why this is the case. What are the potential side effects of blending these two substances and why is it smart to avoid doing so?
Why Shouldn’t You Mix Alcohol and Kratom?
At the onset, it might seem as though kratom and alcohol aren’t all that different.
After all, they each contain compounds that can trigger sedative responses in us, leading us to feel more relaxed and subdued. They also contain pain-relieving qualities that can numb or dull aches and pains, making it easier to work, play and sleep.
Unfortunately, they both share another feature: They can be dangerous when consumed in excessive quantities.
The Risks of Combining These Substances
When you make the decision to consume kratom and alcohol at the same time, you could incur several different risks. Let’s take a closer look at each one below.
Risk of Overdosing on Kratom
There is not a defined dosing guideline for kratom that all manufacturers follow. Instead, the ideal amount for each individual will be based on a few different factors, including their weight, height, metabolic rate, and other physical conditions. The strain of kratom they’re using will also come into play.
Still, there are dosing levels defined as mild, moderate and high. While these can vary slightly, mid to moderate doses are usually capped at around five grams, while doses of eight grams or more considered high.
In general, keeping your dose low can decrease your chance of experiencing negative side effects from kratom. At this level, you get all of the benefits of the substance, without most of the drawbacks. People who routinely take a lower dose of kratom report feeling:
- More energetic
- More focused
- More relaxed
- In a better mood
Conversely, when you take a higher dose, you’re more likely to feel ill after the immediate effects wear off. A few of the most common symptoms that people report include:
- Itchy, irritated skin
- Increased urination
Risk of Overdosing on Alcohol
What happens when you take a high amount of kratom plus a few of your favorite adult beverages? You run the risk of overdosing on alcohol, also. Combined, these excessive amounts could cause the following symptoms:
- Respiratory arrest
- Cardiac arrest
- Kidney Failure
- Elevated bilirubin levels
That kratom-laced mixed drink might taste good going down, but the above risks make it evident that it simply isn’t worth it.
Factors That Lead to Overdose
You’re more likely to feel these adverse effects if you take kratom on an empty stomach, where there is no food to block the immediate absorption of the substance into your system.
However, food or not, kratom overdoses can occur when you consume an elevated amount of the substance. In general, most people won’t overdose on kratom powder alone. Rather, they do so by combining kratom with another substance, such as alcohol. Reports confirm that overdoses can also occur when kratom is mixed with over-the-counter or prescription drugs, including antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.
When these substances blend with kratom in high quantities, you won’t just feel icky and sick to your stomach. Rather, your symptoms could leap from mild to severe in a matter of minutes, and can include the following:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Central nervous system depression
Risk of Becoming Addicted
According to research, nearly 20 million U.S. adults suffer from some type of substance abuse disorder. Moreover, nearly 75% of that population struggles with an alcohol use disorder.
If you’re used to taking kratom with alcohol, you might find that it’s all too easy to become addicted to the way this combination makes you feel. As you might expect, the immediate effects are both sedative and energizing, which can be a dangerous elixir. This is especially the case if you’re struggling with chronic pain and are looking for an ongoing way to keep your aches at bay.
When consumed responsibly and in mild to moderate quantities, kratom can be safe and effective for regular use. Yet, if you abuse it and take it in too-high quantities (and with alcohol), you could become addicted to or dependent upon the substance in time. Then, when you stop taking it, you could experience painful withdrawal symptoms.
Risk of Contamination
We’ve covered what could happen to your body if you consume kratom and alcohol simultaneously, at elevated levels. Yet, have you ever considered that the kratom you’re consuming might not be as pure as you thought?
Unless you source your kratom powder from a reputable vendor, you assume the risk of ingesting a substance that could be contaminated, which can cause an onslaught of negative symptoms. The substance isn’t yet regulated and unfortunately, that means that low-quality strains can often slip through the cracks as untrustworthy vendors seek to capitalize on this movement.
At Etanicals, we go to great lengths to test all of our products for both quality and purity. We’re also proud to share certificates of authenticity (COAs) for any product upon request. Our products are pure and potent, and some of the best in the industry.
If you’re mixing kratom with alcohol, chances are you’re in a social situation, such as a party. If this is the case, you might not be the one who originally purchased or supplied the kratom. Do you know exactly where it came from and can you trace and trust the source?
If you’re not crystal clear on the answer, it’s best to avoid the substance altogether.
Heavy Metal Poisoning
If strict testing measures are not in place, there’s a chance that the product could contain elevated traces of heavy metals that could prove damaging to your health. Using this substance for a long time or in heavy quantities could lead to a range of conditions, including:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Nervous system damage
- Kidney damage
- Certain kinds of cancers
At the same time, some unscrupulous kratom vendors have also been known to sell kratom that includes contamination by the salmonella bacteria. Consuming this product could cause you to experience the following symptoms, among others:
- Diarrhea and bloody stool
- Severe abdonimal pain
- Body aches
- Muscle pains
Risk of Adverse Drug Interactions
As scientists and drug experts continue to explore the many uses and benefits of kratom, they’re also taking a closer look at its side effects. Specifically, they’re searching to better understand how the substance interacts with over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications.
If you take kratom on a regular basis, can you also take other herbal supplements? What about vitamins? Until the answers to these is obvious and clear, it’s best to practice conservative use.
When you take kratom and alcohol in high amounts, they could negatively interact with any other medications or substances you currently have in your body. Especially if you’re already on a pain reliever regimen or you take medication every day to help manage a health condition, always ask your physician before starting kratom.
Can I Use Kratom After Drinking?
We already know that it’s best to avoid mixing kratom and alcohol or using them both at the same time. Yet, what about the next morning?
Can you pour a warm mug of kratom tea to help shake off a night of heavy drinking? In other words, can it actually work as a hangover remedy?
While that would be ideal, the answer is still very much a gray area. Some people swear that consuming a few grams of kratom (around two to six grams) helps them avoid the much-dreaded headache, cotton mouth and other telltale symptoms of a Monday morning hangover. They claim that it helps them get rid of that general ill feeling, allowing them to perform better at work and get on with their day.
Considered this way, the theory could hold true. Small doses of kratom powder are more closely associated with energizing effects than higher doses, which tend to be more sedative. This could explain why it’s best to stick to a cup or two of tea in the morning, rather than diving back into a high dose of kratom.
If you wake up groggy, with a pounding headache, a teaspoon of kratom in your morning tea can deliver the gentle uptick you need to feel a little better. Yet, it’s best to avoid ultra-potent blends and high amounts. Stick to a mild strain, such as Red Vein Bali Kratom, for all of the good stuff you need without any of the side effects you don’t.
Using Kratom to Manage Alcohol and Opioid Withdrawal
Across the web, you’ll find various sources that report kratom can be used to help someone suffering from the painful symptoms of opioid or alcohol withdrawal.
On the surface, it’s easy to see how this claim originated. At a high dose, kratom’s effects turn from energizing and euphoric to calming and sedative. If you’re in the throes of withdrawal and need that sensation, kratom can act as an effective fill-in. This allows you to ease into your sobriety rather than quit cold turkey, which can exacerbate your symptoms.
Still, there remain many questions about its role in this endeavor, and whether or not it’s fully safe. So far, only anecdotal claims exist that support this theory and the evidence is not there quite yet. Remember that withdrawal is a serious medical event and should be managed by a trusted healthcare provider and substance abuse expert.
How to Responsibly Enjoy Alcohol and Kratom
The takeaway? It’s never a good idea to mix a significant amount of kratom with a significant amount of alcohol. However, if you do combine the two, remember to stick to very small quantities to reduce your risk of experiencing any negative side effects or an overdose.
In addition, remember to always double-check the credibility of your kratom vendor and make it’s from a trusted, industry-recognized source like our online store. The kratom should be routinely tested following rigorous guidelines to make sure that it’s a pure and safe product.
Finally, remember to stay hydrated. Alcohol on its own can already be extremely dehydrating, and kratom also fits this bill. A member of the coffee family, it can dehydrate you if consumed in excess. Sipping water throughout the night can help quell negative symptoms and keep you feeling your best.
Feel Great and Stay Safe
Starting a kratom regimen doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved nightcap or your weekend cocktails. It simply means that you have to think twice about when you consume each substance. If possible, it’s always best to avoid ingesting alcohol and kratom at the same time.
Doing so increases your risk of overdose, as well as your risk of becoming contaminated or addicted to either of the substances. Stick to very small quantities where possible, or simply space the two substances out and enjoy them on their own!
Looking for your new favorite kratom powder? We have a wide variety of strains in our online shop, and we invite you to check them out. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to reach out to our team.