As alcohol use is fairly widespread throughout the world, it seems inevitable that a large amount of people would wonder about the combination of kratom and alcohol. Because there is very little legitimate research on this combination, we are still fairly in the dark on this topic. However, we have a multitude of anecdotal reports which can shed light on combining these two compounds. From this information, we can overview the general experiences of those who have combined these two substances, and how it affected them.
From what we have gathered, the reactions that combining kratom and alcohol causes can vary wildly from person to person. Some say that kratom keeps them from getting intoxicated, others state that kratom speeds up the process. Because of this, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to combining the two. However, if mixing these two, safety and personal accountability is necessary.
From the experiences we have gathered, mixing low doses of the two seems to potentiate the mood-lifting effects of the two without many negative effects. Typically, the kratom gives the alcohol what is described as as a “warmth” that is usually not present with alcohol alone. Additionally, as usual, alcohol can tend to make the user less inhibited.
At low doses, there doesn’t tend to be as many side effects, however, it is still definitely not a good idea to drive or operate any other machinery.
At moderate doses of both kratom and alcohol, the experiences tend to go one of two ways: great time or horrible time. The reason for this divergence is the side effects that combining these two compounds can cause.
One of the most common of these is nausea, but lethargy can also play a role and in some cases, sedating kratom tends to encourage it. Because some strains of kratom act primarily as a depressant similarly to alcohol, the combination of the two can be unpleasant at even moderate doses. While the majority of people who take moderate doses are fine, there can be some unpleasant experiences.
At high doses, this combination can get pretty gnarly, and quickly. A lot of people who report taking both of these comp0unds at high doses experience nausea, which can last for some time, lethargy/weakness and a general physical discomfort.
It is rare that you find a glowing experience from someone who takes both at fairly high doses. Additionally, because both of these can act as depressants, there may be some risk for more serious problems when combining the two at higher doses. Because of this, we advise against it strongly.
As we stated, because this combination hasn’t been researched thoroughly, there may be some risk of symptoms such as respiratory depression if combined at high doses which wouldn’t be present with kratom alone. This can cause a variety of different problems and could potentially be deadly. While there have been no cases yet, we still urge care when dealing with these two compounds together.
Something interesting to note is that most negative experiences combining alcohol and kratom come from combining a sedating strain, typically a red vein strain, with alcohol. More stimulating strains of kratom tend to have a lower likelihood of side effects when combined with alcohol.
For anyone looking to combine kratom with alcohol, we would advise against it for reasons of safety. However, we know that everyone has to make their own mistakes and harm reduction is our game. Because of this, if you do choose to combine the two, make sure it is done at low doses, as high doses of both seems to have very unpredictable effects when it comes to safety and side effects.