While it’s pretty unlikely that it’ll happen to you, the reported withdrawal symptoms are themselves manageable but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be aware of what to look out for.
One of the questions we’re asked more often than anything else is whether or not kratom has any withdrawal symptoms after use. For most of you, the answer to the question is a resounding, “No, you don’t have anything to worry about.”
Nonetheless, there is only one very specific situation which can lead to kratom withdrawals, and that’s if the user has taken way more than the recommended dose of the herb for a really long time. To put that in perspective, you would probably need to take 1.5 to 2 times a regular amount of kratom every day for a year straight.
Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms
When quitting kratom after prolonged overuse, the physical affects that you risk experiencing include headaches, nausea and sweating. Similarly, people who claim to experience withdrawal symptoms also note that their concentration suffers and they go through a period of brain fog.
It should be noted, though, that the difficulty concentrating and fogginess might not actually be withdrawal symptoms but merely a lack of clarity that long-time users simply grew accustomed to over a period of years. Even then, when compared to the withdrawal symptoms of drugs, medicines, herbs and other ethnobotanicals that offer similar benefits, kratom’s are really mild and are comparable to how it feels when you start a new diet.
How Long Does Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms Last?
If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms described above or you’re planning on quitting kratom after an extended period of use, you should be happy to hear that symptoms only last a few days. For most people who find themselves in this situation, the withdrawal period will only last three or four days with a maximum of one week.
There’s also the possibility that you won’t experience any drawbacks at all, though taking some time off from the leaf after using it so much for so long is probably a good idea, anyway.
Alleviate Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms
There is not a lot that can be done to make the withdrawal period go away faster, but there are a few things that can be done to make it more bearable overall:
- Get more rest
- Drink more water than usual to help flush your system
- Do something you enjoy that doesn’t require much concentration
- Have a friend around and inform her or him of your situation
Whatever you do to get through it, you should stay off of kratom for at least a full week before starting it up again. This will help reset any built up tolerance and give your body and mind time to get back to its pre-kratom state.
Preventing Kratom Withdrawal
If you’ve gone through kratom withdrawals but would like to continue using it, you can easily prevent the onset of future symptoms through careful practice.
When you first start taking it again, cut your dosage by at least half of what you had previously grown used to. For the safest results, take no more than the recommended dosage amount. Likewise, don’t take it daily unless absolutely necessary. And unless you work seven days a week, there’s no reason that you should need to take kratom more than three or four times weekly.