Kratom is known as a remedy for a hangover and is consumed to remove its after effects. Though most people just try to enjoy it on its own, the question of mixing it with other substances can’t be dodged out of their minds. And one of those very tempting substances is alcoholic drinks, and mostly beer.
So, is it safe to mix kratom with beer? Unfortunately, there’s no clear answer yet as the research regarding putting kratom and beer together is scarce. Plus, it’s highly risky, considering health experts don’t recommend mixing kratom with other substances, especially the ones with intoxicating effects.
With little to no studies involved, kratom enthusiasts try to experiment on their own after researching and getting a medical expert’s opinion. While it’s uncertain whether or not it’s safe to mix kratom with beer or other alcoholic drinks, it certainly is risky. In this article, we discuss the effects of mixing kratom with beer and how safe this combination is, if at all.
Kratom and Beer: The Research so far
Kratom and beer are legal in the states, with the exception of kratom being banned in 6 states. Even so, there isn’t much research regarding the combination of these substances. While beer is probably the safest alcoholic drink, kratom, on the other hand, has had reports of overdoses in the states.
Another study shows that it is suggested that kratom use can minimize alcoholic cravings or limit the urge to drink alcohol. In other cases, it is also used as a remedy to cope with the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol dependence. However, even if the studies show that kratom has the sound effects to help reduce alcohol cravings, it is only speculative since the research isn’t complete, and it is too early to prove that.
For example, research conducted in 2019 suggests that while kratom can be the potential remedy for treating alcohol addiction, it is not a hundred percent safe. The reason is that it is undiscovered that having both these substances in the body can cause any negative effects or not, and being on the safe side is the best possible solution for now.
And when it comes to our main topic of discussion, the research is even less specific. Since there has barely been any research on combining kratom with other substances, let alone alcohol. On the bright side, the good news is that the negative alcoholic effects aren’t worsened by kratom consumption.
What are the effects of mixing Kratom and Beer?
As the research is limited, most kratom enthusiasts opt for online discussions on Reddit and other various online forums and experiment according to their tolerance levels. Some of them have unique opinions, while some experiments become trendy. Other kratom consumers try combining low amounts of kratom and beer but don’t seem to be getting any different results as they claim it does not have any positive or negative side effects.
Generally, the combination is considered to be safe if consumed responsibly. Additionally, other kratom enthusiasts suggest that mixing some strains of kratom can potentiate the effects of alcohol, which means that kratom will maximize the impact of the beer you consume, even in low amounts.
The positive effect of this potentiation is that they can enjoy the effects of both of these substances, usually with just a few beers, plus saving the amount of kratom consumed. This makes them limit their alcohol intake and saves the money spent on kratom products.
When it comes to much higher doses of this combination, users suggest that they experienced some short term negative effects. Although most of these can just be considered after-effects of heavy amounts of alcoholic consumption. These effects included:
Based on these after-effects and user experiences, it seems that the side effects of kratom and beer are similar to beer or alcohol alone.
What are the potential risks?
The short term effects may be dealt with temporarily, but the combination can have severe health issues that can be hard to get over. Some of those potential risks are:
As mentioned above, it has been reported that kratom usage can lead to overdoses, and mixing it with substances is risky. Some users claimed that they noticed an overdose-y effect when they combined kratom and alcohol. Since the potentiating effect of kratom enhances alcohol effects, which causes a short term reaction in the body that can lead to users feeling nauseous.
With unique metabolisms and bodies, everyone experiences the effects of kratom and alcohol in different ways. And having high doses of kratom can lead to dehydration which in turn can lead to intoxication.
The quality of kratom matters most in making sure you don’t face contamination problems. A low-quality kratom product has a risk of having unwanted side effects. For example, the FDA has found salmonella concentrate in some kratom products, which can cause fever and muscle stress.
Always get your kratom from AKA (American Kratom Association) verified sources, and make sure they are third party lab tested with a certificate of analysis. A renowned brand verified by AKA should be your only source of kratom products as there cannot be any compromises when it comes to kratom consumption.
Studies suggest not mixing alcohol with any stimulative substances since alcohol has polar opposite effects, which nullifies the stimulative effects of kratom in the long term and higher doses. Unfortunately, this can lead to the user mixing kratom in higher amounts in the long term, leading to dependency and possibly something serious.
Following an informal opinion and mixing low amounts of kratom and beer can be considered a less risky approach. Since beer has a low volume of total alcohol present and smaller doses of kratom can benefit one another.
Again, it is best to have a professional opinion by a medical expert before combining kratom and beer since the research is scarce. Still, hopefully, with the popularity of kratom, the healthcare system gets incorporated accordingly with modern-day studies.