Kratom has been used medicinally for a variety of conditions over the past several thousand years; some of these include pain, depression, anxiety and even to provide relief for opiate withdrawal. However, a small minority of daily users have noticed a form of withdrawal syndrome upon cessation.
While kratom withdrawal has often been compared to caffeine withdrawal in intensity, even abruptly ceasing caffeine intake can be less than fun to deal with. Because of this potential, it is good to abstain from intake, or at least limit intake, in order to ensure that no form of physical dependence occurs.
The kratom withdrawal syndrome by those who report the condition are fairly standardized and symptoms seem to be similar to a extremely mild form of opiate withdrawal.
Overall, the severity of kratom withdrawal throughout the world has been very mild. However, there have been reports of more painful kratom withdrawal symptoms by those in southern Thailand and the Sunda Islands who have consumed extremely high doses daily for many years. Because of this, kratom withdrawal and cafefine withdrawal fit a very similar curve; the reports of overall psychological unease is about even, with most cases being very mild and a very few select cases being more uncomfortable.
Another similarity is found between caffeine and kratom withdrawal duration, typically lasting from 3 to 4 days with a gradual improvement of symptoms after the second day. By the end of week 1, symptoms are typically fully gone. However, it should be noted that those who use kratom extracts regularly will experience kratom withdrawal symptoms at a much greater scale than those who use plain leaf.
There are a few symptoms of withdrawal that have been reported from immediate cessation after heavy long term kratom use, these symptoms include:
While the individual symptoms may vary between each individual, these seem to be the most prevalent. Most of these kratom withdrawal symptoms fully or near-fully cease within three to four days.
As we don’t encourage consuming kratom, we believe the best and safest way to avoid kratom withdrawal is to not ingest kratom in the first place! However, as the purpose of this blog is harm reduction, we understand that not everyone will take that advice. For those who grow their own kratom, or those who order it from other vendors which sell kratom for consumption purposes, the best way to avoid it is to limit and schedule intake.
This regulation of use can be done in a variety of ways, one of the most common is to limit intake days (e.g. one day of use and two days of non-use) in order to ensure the brain doesn’t adapt. Others will limit their kratom usage to once per day, which can occasionally work, however, it is less reliable than staggering days of use.
The amount of time that it takes to develop a kratom tolerance and physical dependence to kratom varies from individual to individual; however, most have reported that one to two months of daily use can be enough to trigger a mild withdrawal syndrome — the severity of which will depend on both kratom dosage and length of use.
Kratom has a variety of different alkaloids that are responsible for its medicinal properties. However, over time the brain can get used to these alkaloids as a function of homeostasis. Taken for a long enough period of time, the brain compensates by creating more receptor sites for these alkaloids, known as upregulation, diminishing their effectiveness overall.
Upon cessation, these alkaloids are no longer present, which when combined with the increased level of receptor sites causes withdrawal symptoms. At this point the brain compensates by removing these unnecessary receptor sites, downregulation. Once this process is finished, the WD’s have ceased. By understanding this mechanism, it is easier to understand how to prevent it: by ensuring brain-levels of these alkaloids aren’t in the brain at high enough concentrations for long enough periods of time to cause upregulation. Some even put stem and vein kratom to use for this purpose.
While kratom withdrawal is rarely severe, it is still not worth encountering. Ideally, the best way to do this is to not consume kratom; however, as many will not heed this advice, regulation and staggering of dosage is the second best option.
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With current legislation pending, it seems kratom may no longer be legal in the United States. Although we haven't sold kratom directly in over a year, this legislation will negatively impact hundreds of thousands throughout the country. Please contact your local congressmen.