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Kratom Hangover: Causes, Risks and Treatment

Kratom Hangover

You may always associate hangover with alcohol or marijuana, but it can also have similar effects with Kratom intake. The difference is mainly in the symptoms. With the legalization of Kratom under strict regulations in many states of America, more and more people are becoming interested in Kratom’s after-effects, especially whether or not it can lead to a hangover. And if it leads to a hangover, how can one manage it at home, when to prompt for help, how to identify it, and in the first place how to prevent it.

The symptoms of hangover vary from person to person. One of the significant causes of a hangover is dehydration. The symptoms include nausea, headache, tiredness, and body aches. It makes you feel irritable, and you struggle to concentrate. You spend your entire day in the bed unproductive.

What is a Kratom hangover, and what are the symptoms?

Overindulging in Kratom results in Kratom hangover. This mainly happens due to dehydration, resulting in different symptoms like weakness, nausea, headaches, muscle aches, trouble sleeping, and focusing. One feels anxious, irritable, and has short-term memory and cognition problems.

Kratom hangover happens due to an overdose of Kratom. It doesn’t have to do anything with the frequency of Kratom intake. It can help on a single occasion due to overindulgence. The symptoms vary from person to person, and it is unlikely to have all the symptoms in one person. Some of the symptoms are as follows;

  • Brain fog: You can’t clearly remember recent events, and you don’t know how you ended up in your current situation. You have difficulty in comprehending your surroundings and face difficulty in focusing.
  • Headache: This is a very unpleasant symptom that makes you feel like hitting your head with a wall. You feel groggy and in a daze. You will feel sluggish, and along with this, you might experience body aches.
  • Nausea and GI upset: This is a common symptom, and if you experience this after a Kratom hangover, you might need medication to overcome this.

What causes Kratom hangover?

As stated, earlier overconsumption of Kratom, in particular, Kratom extracts and tinctures, can cause Kratom hangover. Speciosa strains that have a high content of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine are most likely culprits.

However, certain other lifestyle factors influence your Kratom usage. If you have poor eating habits and a diet that lacks nutrients, you are more susceptible to feeling ill after a night of Kratom consumption. If you exercise less frequently and have weight gain, you are likely to get a Kratom hangover.

The healthier you are, the more likely your body can stave off hangovers. Consuming Kratom in large doses regularly can play a significant role in the frequency of hangovers in your experience.

Therefore, we suggest that you go for moderation. You can also try taking Kratom in the evening instead of the night to avoid feeling sick the next day.

How do I know if it’s a Speciosa hangover?

After using Kratom, if you start feeling off, you don’t need to be experiencing a hangover. Here are a few potential culprits that can indicate that you are having Kratom hangover or not;

  • If you have used alcohol or some other drugs with Kratom, it’s most likely a hangover.
  • If you take Kratom daily and have developed a dependence on it, you might be experiencing withdrawal instead of a hangover. The symptoms are similar, so you need to identify which category do you fall in.
  • You might still be experiencing the Kratom high, which comes with indulging in high doses of potent Kratom strains. The lingering effects may make you feel ill.

When Does a Kratom Hangover Peak and How Long Does It Last?

Usually, Kratom hangovers tend to go away within 24 hours. The severity of symptoms and the progress may vary from person to person. Kratom users report different hangover patterns. Some experience mild headaches only while others have the worst symptoms. The symptoms usually peak during the midday and subside as time passes. Those who have an upset stomach and nausea are more likely to have a severe hangover.

The symptoms start subsiding as your body starts metabolizing Kratom and the concentration of Kratom returns to zero in your body.

Research on Kratom hangover

Very little research exists on this topic. A study published in 2015 shows that Kratom users report some adverse effects of Kratom. The study is ‘Experiences of Kratom users: A qualitative analysis’.

Negative user experiences include having a dry mouth after Kratom intake. And residual effects after overconsumption of Kratom. Some users reported Kratom hangover as a real phenomenon.

The study analyzed first-hand descriptions of human Speciosa use. The data is present on the information website Erowid.org. The study concluded that Kratom is a useful analgesic. It helps with anxiety reduction, mood elevation, and substance withdrawal management. But, it also has unfavorable side effects like Kratom hangover.

Are Kratom Hangovers Dangerous or Just Painful?

Kratom hangovers can be painful and dangerous both. The decision-making power is impaired during the hangover period; thus, one tends to make dangerous and risky decisions. Their ability to drive, operate machinery, and perform essential tasks is impaired.

At the same time, it is a painful process. You have headaches and body aches, and you are physically disabled.

Does Kratom cause dehydration?

Yes, according to different user reports, Kratom does cause dehydration, and due to the very same dehydration, one is likely to develop hangover. The scientific basis for this claim is negligible. Users also report dry mouth, thirst, and increased urination with the regular intake of Kratom.

Are There Any Remedies for a Speciosa Hangover?

Stop taking Kratom when you start getting a hangover. Exaggerated intake of Kratom will further lead to the progression of hangover symptoms. It will help if you stay hydrated. You can either drink water or get yourself an electrolyte sachet to hydrate your body.

Try eating a healthy meal, even if you feel nauseous. Trust me; it will help even with nausea. Some people say to take caffeine or tea; there’s little scientific evidence to these remedies. However, Kratom users report that tea and coffee help them with the symptoms. Some users say taking a shower makes you feel fresh. You can try this too.

If you have persistent headaches and body aches, we recommend taking an over-the-counter analgesic like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Exercising for 2-30 minutes in the fresh air can also help relieve the hangover symptoms.

How to treat Kratom-induced brain fog and fatigue?

Having a brain fog and feeling fatigued can be very unpleasant. To get rid of it, remind yourself that staying in bed the entire day won’t help you. Go for a brisk walk, take a quick cold shower, and eat a healthy meal. If you need an extra boost, you can always go for a cup of coffee. Please do not take Kratom to stimulate yourself.

How to treat a Kratom headache?

While you lie down in your bed, give your temples massage, it helps. You can try cold compresses to get rid of the headache. If none of these remedies work, go for an over-the-counter analgesic while ensuring that you do not overdose. It would be best if you weren’t messed up any further.

How to treat nausea from a Kratom hangover?

Drink water, drink fluids containing electrolytes, juices, milkshakes. Have a meal that is not too fatty or spicy. If nothing works, go for an over-the-counter anti-emetic medication. This will cure nausea. If you start throwing up, make sure you consult your doctor as it can further lead to dehydration.

Are they preventable?

  1. Yes, Kratom hangovers are preventable. It would be best if you kept the following things in check;
  2. Do not overdose on Speciosa.
  3. Do not use Kratom tinctures and extracts regularly.
  4. Make sure you drink enough water while you are taking Kratom.
  5. Go for Kratom-free days during each week.
  6. Avoid taking Kratom with alcohol.
  7. Do not take large doses of Kratom right before sleeping, and if you do, make sure you keep a water bottle by your bedside to have easy access to water if you start getting hangover symptoms. Use caution while trying new Speciosa products.
  8. Avoid smoking while your hangover symptoms persist.
  9. Always take Kratom in small doses and do not consume more than once in a day.
  10. Use high-quality Kratom, which is available at only a few reliable stores. Do your research before buying your favorite Kratom strain.

When to get help?

If you regularly start experiencing Kratom hangovers, you need to identify that you are getting dependent on it. This means that despite facing side-effects, you are unable to have control over your Kratom intake. This is when you should seek help. If you use Kratom daily and experience cravings, you must talk to your doctor. If you experience any withdrawal symptoms after quitting Speciosa, you should speak with your physician about this.

Kratom Hangover vs. Alcohol Hangover

While Kratom does cause a hangover, it is nothing like an Alcohol hangover. Kratom doesn’t cause hypoglycemia. It doesn’t promote inflammation. It doesn’t cause severe dehydration as alcohol does.

In reality, Kratom can curb the symptoms of alcohol hangover. Sounds funny?

According to user reports, you can take Kratom to get rid of the severe hangover symptoms after drinking.

Takeaway

There’s very little research about Kratom causing a hangover. We know what we know through Kratom users. This area needs further exploration. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that not all users experience Kratom hangover after overdosing on it. Some experience only mild symptoms, while others have terrible episodes. The different responses in users show that this has something to do with our body chemistry and how tolerant we are to Kratom.

Having more information on Kratom hangover will allow us to educate Kratom users better. Nevertheless, while we are at it, we recommend that you keep your dosing in check and responsibly use Kratom to avoid any hazardous effects.

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Camille Quintin

Camille Quintin

Camille Quintin is a trained health professional with over ten years of experience in medical service delivery, basic science, and applied clinical research. She aims for the highest quality results to help professionals raise awareness with critical health literature. Her medical and health writing experience includes working with researchers at various European Universities and research organizations to assist in preparing articles for publication in international journals.

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