Something that regular users of kratom may be concerned with, especially when taking kratom daily for a condition like pain is kratom withdrawal. Although kratom withdrawal symptoms are fairly mild, it can still be an unpleasant experience that is easily avoidable with a little bit of common sense.
How it occurs
Kratom withdrawal symptoms occur only after a consistently long time period of regularly taking kratom, typically a few months of multiple uses a day. In order to avoid kratom withdrawal, the best thing to do is to stagger your usage. Even taking one or two days off per week can have a dramatic effect on whether you get kratom withdrawal symptoms.
Another factor which determines how acute the kratom withdrawal symptoms are is dosage. At smaller doses, kratom withdrawal is much less likely.
Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms
In order to know what to expect, I’ll give a general overview of the symptoms you may experience during kratom withdrawal, if regular use is rapidly seized.
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Runny Nose
- Chills (Occasionally with goose bumps, where the term “Cold Turkey” originates)
- Lethargy / Lack of Energy
- Loose stools
Because the symptoms vary from person to person, one person will likely not get all of them, however, a few will likely be present depending upon the severity.
For those who need to take kratom regularly for whatever medical reason, it is a good idea to try to take breaks whenever possible in order to avoid getting kratom withdrawal. Although the severity is nothing in comparison to many other forms of withdrawal, it is still certainly worth avoiding if at all possible.
There are other methods which can help either avoid withdrawal or lessen the severity of it. One common method, I have read about in several places, but originally here, is to swap out different strains on different days in order to avoid your body adjusting to any one set of particular alkaloids.
Additionally, I’ve read that certain supplements like Cat’s Claw can slow down the development of tolerance to not only kratom, but many other things. It is definitely worth giving it a shot, especially since it is a potent immune system booster.
Although I stated this previously, still, by far the best method to avoiding tolerance and hence withdrawal symptoms from kratom is to take tolerance breaks, or to lower the dose. If kratom stops being as effective for you, it is a good sign you should take a break.