Does your stomach feel queasy sometimes? Nausea is a common symptom with many causes, but for kratom users, kratom nausea is especially common. It’s usually just a brief and unpleasant experience, but sometimes it can be chronic and serious.
Kratom is used by millions of people around the world for energy, relaxation, and pain relief, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have unwanted side effects in some users. Like any substance, it's important to use kratom responsibly, listen to your body, treat normal side effects, and know when to get help if something is seriously wrong.
Try these techniques for getting rid of kratom nausea fast:
1. Take a low dose of kratom the first time using it.
You're most likely to experience nausea, stomach pains, or even vomiting the first time you take kratom, especially if you take a very high dose. A low dose can mean 1 capsule of kratom or 1/2 a teaspoon of kratom powder. Remember many substances, from cannabis, to prescription drugs, have the most powerful unwanted side effects the first day or two you use them as your body adjusts.
2. Make sure to use the lowest dose of kratom that works for you.
The higher the kratom dose, the more likely kratom nausea may happen. Kratom tends to promote relaxation and sleep at higher doses than lower doses. If you are using kratom before bed and feeling nauseous, it might be time to think about using other remedies for sleep instead, like CBD or chamomile tea.
3. Take kratom breaks.
Daily use of kratom may irritate your stomach lining if you are sensitive, and can also contribute to kratom tolerance, where you need higher and higher doses to get the same effects. Taking 1-2 day breaks for even a week long break can help reset your kratom tolerance and help your gut heal.
4. Don't eat kratom on an empty stomach.
Kratom is more easily absorbed on an empty stomach whether in capsule or tea form. That means your usual dose could feel stronger and cause more unwanted side effects like nausea if you haven't eaten in a long time. New users are especially discouraged from using kratom on an empty stomach.
5. Sip on kratom tea slowly.
Don't use the "toss and wash" method of taking kratom powder all at once like a shot of alcohol and washing it down with a drink.
6. Chew on ginger.
7. Eat light.
Choose bland foods like crackers and bananas. Skip anything greasy or spicy. It may also help to eat smaller and more frequent meals and snacks.
8. Drink water.
Stay hydrated with clear fluids including plain water or diluted broth and juice. Take a break from caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and colas.
9. Limit alcohol.
Drinking too much irritates your stomach lining and causes acids to build up. If you find it difficult to use alcohol in moderation, talk with your doctor or call a helpline to find out what resources are available in your area.
10. Avoid strong smells.
You may be sensitive to certain odors, especially if you’re pregnant. For relief, try cold foods and fresh air. Don't use kratom if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
11. Rinse your mouth.
What if you've already eaten something that doesn’t agree with you? Take a sip of cold water and swish it around to wash away the residue.
12. Slow down.
Any movement can make you feel more uncomfortable when your stomach is uneasy, so be quiet and sit still. Eating and drinking at a more leisurely pace can help prevent nausea too.
13. Prepare for travel as a kratom user.
You’re less likely to experience motion sickness if you face forward during car rides or book a cabin in the middle of a ship. Keep your eyes straight ahead instead of looking at a screen or a book.
14. Know when it's an emergency.
If your nausea and vomiting symptoms are severe, you are on multiple medications, or you accidentally took way too much kratom and are worried about a kratom overdose, please call your doctor immediately or go to the ER. While most kratom users have no issues, kratom is not right for everyone, and some users may have adverse reactions that require hospital treatment.
See your doctor if nausea lasts for more than a few days or you have any additional symptoms that you’re concerned about. Otherwise, you can minimize nausea by identifying your own personal triggers and consuming bland foods or clear liquids when you start to feel uncomfortable.
Experiencing nausea or vomiting from kratom use as an experienced user can be a sign that you are using too much kratom or using it too frequently, which can lead to kratom abuse and kratom addiction. Please contact a free substance abuse hotline if you are worried you might be abusing kratom.