What is Kratom Tolerance?
During the last decade, the popularity of Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) has increased in Western countries such as Europe and America. Though it has been used for times in South East Asian countries, its effectiveness and ability to provide fast results were not known before in the West. Some psychological and medicinal effects of kratom continue to stay apparent during long-term use. However, long-term usage of kratom results in kratom tolerance, which can lessen these effects and make the benefits of kratom less visible. Due to developed tolerance to the effects of kratom, it is imperative to know how kratom tolerance builds. It will allow users to avoid reduced effects and maintain kratom’s medical benefits.
In order to understand what kratom tolerance is, it is vital to comprehend the inner alkaloids existing inside the kratom leaf and their impact on our brain’s chemistry. The most important of these chemicals are alkaloids that cause it to benefit the users medically.
The two most important kratom alkaloids that can result in tolerance are 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine. 7-hydroxymitragynine connects to the opioid receptors in our brains, whereas mitragynine is both an adrenergic receptor agonist and an opioid receptor agonist. A user experiences a reduction in pain and increases in sedation as a result of 7-hydroxymitragynine and pain killing along with stimulation and boost in energy due to mitragynine. It is because of these two alkaloids that users start to abuse the usage of kratom, and over time this can cause the effects of kratom to diminish on the user’s body.
How quickly does kratom tolerance build?
According to reports by users, tolerance towards kratom begins to develop after about eight to ten months of regular usage. After three months of daily usage, especially for pain relief and other medicinal benefits, users have reported that they need to take more kratom to receive the same effects. The most commonly referred heightened dosage is usually between 2-4 teaspoons, with each leveled teaspoon containing 2.5 grams of kratom.
Developing tolerance towards kratom differs significantly from individual to individual. Those who take more than the recommended dosage of kratom every day are more likely to develop tolerance than those who don’t, especially if they do not have a previous history of any heavy medicine usage. Users who consume premium strains (which only includes the leaf, not the stem which has very few alkaloids in it) or kratom extracts (which are concentrated forms of the substance) are much more likely to develop tolerance within 4-5 months.
How To Avoid Kratom Tolerance
Aside from reducing kratom dosage slowly (not suddenly, as this can lead to withdrawal symptoms), here are two of the most useful ways of avoiding developing kratom tolerance. It is important to try the taper method first, as it is the most recommended one. If that does not work, then the washout method should be used, which is more drastic. It is extremely vital to try either of these methods because many users use kratom for medical benefits, such as relief from chronic back pain. For these medical users, continuing to experience kratom’s effects is necessary for them to enjoy life.
i) Washout Method
The washout method is a modern technique consisting of two options. It can be used to either stop kratom usage altogether or take breaks from using it.
Choice 1: Stop all at once
Stopping at once is difficult and requires a lot of willpower. However, it is the most effective way. This is because it greatly speeds up the process of diminishing kratom tolerance, and heightens sensitive to kratom strains again. However, its negative effect is that it might lead to withdrawal symptoms, which might cause users to relapse.
Choice 2: Taper
This method is where a break is taken in kratom usage, as this allows withdrawals to lessen to almost nothing. However, its adverse effect is that it requires quite a long time before one can get off of kratom. If users use kratom for medicinal usages, such as chronic pains or migraines, then they should reduce dosages slowly and continue taking small dosages to continue to experience relief and increase sensitivity. Users report that the taper method should be done at one’s own pace, however reducing one gram a day for approximately two weeks is quite useful. If this seems difficult, try reducing it by 0.5 grams or 0.25 grams a day, and see how it affects your body before continuing.
ii) Rotating Strains Method
Interestingly, it has been reported that switching between strains of kratom is one of the most effect ways of avoiding kratom tolerance. For instance, both Red Vein Indo Kratom and Red Bali kratom provide relief from chronic pains and stress relief. A user can alternate between the usages of both these strains to avoid developing kratom tolerance. It is recommended that users alternate between at least four different strains of kratom in a week. This kratom strain rotation will make them more sensitive towards the unique effects of different kratom strains. It also lessens the possibility of ‘strain burnout’, where a user can become almost immune or numb to the effects of a particular Kratom strain.
Another useful way of rotating strains is altering between vein and stem kratom, as both contain different alkaloids from the plain kratom leaf alone.