Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is one of the beneficial traditional herb that comes from Southeast Asia. With many medicinal properties and health benefits. Kratom contains two main active ingredients are mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine role in relieving pain by blocking pain impulses from reaching the brain. With the euphoric effect, people can be free from depression and anxiety thereby resetting their brain power.
Most kratom users notice the effect of this herb after 30 minutes of consumption. It can be relaxing, stimulating, or mood-lifting depending on the strain and dosage you ingested. However, there are moments when you might experience kratom not working. Why? And What to do when kratom isn’t Working?
There are several reasons why your kratom isn’t working. In this article, let’s discuss the leading causes of ineffective kratom and some handy tips to help you avoid this disappointing experience.
Are you taking the right dose? Dosage is a critical factor when it comes to the efficacy of kratom. When taken at a low dose, it provides a flow of energy so you can do your tasks, focus, and concentrate. At a much higher dose, a user may experience pleasant relaxation, sometimes even sedation. Due to kratom’s vague legal status in the US, many vendors feel hesitant to place their dosage information on their websites. This situation is quite complicated for users as they need to determine the correct dosage on their own through experimentation. It is essential to buy a digital scale that can accurately weigh in milligrams so you can consume the exact amounts of kratom extract.
Have you developed tolerance? Only a very few people have natural stomach enzymes that can break kratom alkaloids before even reaching the bloodstream, which prevents them from experiencing any effect. But this kind of tolerance to kratom is rare. Most tolerances making kratom ineffective happens due to cross-tolerance from using opiates or prescription painkillers regularly. Though kratom isn’t an opiate, it could still perform a cross-binding activity on the same brain receptors that opioids target such as the mu-opioid receptors. If this is the reason, try to temporarily lower your opiate dose when taking kratom, only if it’s safe to do so. Also, you may try taking kratom between your schedules of painkillers to determine if there are any effects.
Tolerance may also develop with kratom use, especially if you are taking it for a long time. If you think you have no effects from kratom due to long-term use, avoid the impulse of increasing your dose. You may feel renewed, and your body will eventually get used to the high dosage, which will push you to use more. This further increases the risk of addiction or dependence. Instead, take a break from using kratom for several days. Rotate the strain of kratom you’re using and try different origin and vein colors. It will reduce tolerance as different strains, and vein color contain varying percentages of alkaloids.
Are you using excellent quality kratom? Like any other herbal remedy, quality plays a vital role in the product’s efficacy. Though kratom has been used for centuries in its Southeast Asia origin, it is relatively new in the US market. Many vendors want to make quick money by selling low-quality kratom that contains little, if not, zero Mitragynine.
Kratom can even be substituted with a filler herb or a related yet ineffective species such as Mitragyna parvifolia, a plant native to Northern India. Sometimes, a product may be adulterated with dangerous substances, such as synthetic opiates, to imitate the ‘high’ even though kratom isn’t an opiate or a poisonous herb. Having said, you need to research thoroughly before buying from a vendor. Check the vendor’s online reputation and read reviews online. Get connected to regular kratom users and find out where they source their kratom.
4. Storage Conditions
Kratom products, whether dried leaves or extracts last for a long time. But if stored improperly, the alkaloid content will deteriorate, making it less useful. When exposed to moisture, UV light, or oxygen, Mitragynine deteriorates and changes into mitragynine pseudoindoxyl, stripping Mitragynine’s potent pain-killing properties. Protect your kratom by storing it inside a fridge in a light-blocking, airtight container.
5. General Health
Health factors such as lack of sleep, poor nutrition, illness, and fatigue may mean your body isn’t well-equipped to break down kratom effectively. If you notice kratom isn’t working, it is crucial to check your health too. Some users reported that drinking alcohol while using kratom can neutralize kratom’s effects. Although a small amount of alcohol can enhance the kratom effect, drinking too much will negate the effect or even cause unpleasant side effects.