Kratom Nausea: What is it and how to deal with it

An introduction to Kratom nausea

Kratom is one of the most popular herbal-based treatments on the market today. Its popularity is well earned, thanks to its wide range of benefits, such as anxiety and pain relief, as well as stimulating and energizing properties. As a result, more and more people are turning to this herb to help them ease the symptoms of a host of conditions, such as depression, fibromyalgia, or even to manage the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

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Nonetheless, despite its numerous benefits, kratom has also been found to produce several side effects. Nausea is arguably the most common side effect of using kratom.

This article aims to let you in on everything you need to know about Kratom nausea.

What is Nausea?

To understand how kratom causes nausea, I think it is vital that we first understand what nausea means. 

Nausea is defined as a condition that is characterized by distress to the stomach that causes the individual to have a distaste for food while having an urge to vomit. Nausea, therefore, is what you usually feel when you feel like emptying your stomach.

This means that it is nausea that causes you to want to vomit, but that is not always the case. To empty the stomach, your brain must relay that message to your gut; otherwise, you will not be able to vomit.

The feeling of nausea is typically accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Fever

If a digestive issue is what is triggering your nausea, you might start experiencing stomach as well as intestinal spasms. Nonetheless, the feeling of nausea usually goes away on its own, even though there are natural O-T-C treatments that you can use to get rid of it.

What Causes Nausea?

Most of us believe that nausea is usually indicative of a digestive issue. However, that is not always the case. In fact, on most occasions, nausea is generally caused by symptoms and conditions that have nothing to do with the digestive process. The most common culprits for triggering feelings of nausea include food intolerances, infectious diseases, and migraines. Additionally, certain metabolic disorders, such as hyperthyroidism, as well as conditions that affect the equilibrium organ inside the ear can trigger the brain’s vomiting center.

Pregnant women are also extremely susceptible to nausea during the first few months of pregnancy. Other factors that have been known to trigger this condition include:

  • Food poisoning
  • Motion sickness
  • Concussions
  • Reaction to strong odors
  • Overeating
  • Stomach flu
  • Emotional sickness
  • Too much alcohol
  • Certain medications
  • Extreme pain


What is Kratom Nausea?

As mentioned, kratom nausea is arguably the most common symptom of using kratom.  Just like any other nausea episode that you have been through, kratom nausea is typically felt when the brain’s vomiting center is activated. It is usually accompanied by the urge to vomit and empty the stomach. If you are unfortunate enough, kratom can make you vomit, which will be a shame since you will not get to experience the benefits of your dose.

Bali and Indo Kratom are the strains that are most likely to trigger kratom nausea. Therefore, if you are susceptible to kratom nausea, you should consider avoiding these strains.

Why Does One Get Kratom Nausea?

Some people are more susceptible to this condition than others. This means that some individuals can spend their lives experimenting with various strains and dosages without ever experiencing kratom nausea. In contrast, some will experience it immediately after their first dose of kratom.

However, there are certain things that you can do that will definitely trigger this condition regardless of who you are, such as exceeding your dosage or ingesting kratom on an empty stomach.

What Causes Kratom Nausea?

As mentioned, the effects of kratom can vary significantly between people. Some people can use the product and enjoy it thoroughly, while others might not be as lucky. The latter group is more prone to experience Kratom nausea.

Some of the most common triggers for Kratom Nausea include:

  • Stomach sensitivity

Different people have different genetic makeup and body types. This causes a difference in the way our bodies handle different substances. Some people have stomachs that are hypersensitive to herbs. If such an individual was to ingest kratom, their stomachs are bound to act up and reject the compound, which leads to nausea.

  • Kratom mimics opiates

Have you ever wondered how kratom can have such effects on the brain? For instance, it can calm the brain, stimulate it, or make it focus better. This is because kratom mimics the actions of opiates and, therefore, acts on the brain’s opioid receptors, thereby inducing those pleasurable feelings. But kratom is not an actual opiate, and hence it shouldn’t result in any adverse effects.

Nonetheless, actual opiates tend to induce nausea in their users. However, since kratom mimics the actions of opiates, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it can cause those feelings as well.

  • The bitter taste of kratom

Kratom is quite bitter to taste. Some individuals describe the taste as nauseating. This is why a good number of kratom users prefer mixing their kratom powder with food or beverages in a bid to avoid the bitter taste while still enjoying the benefits their powder has to offer.

Some individuals, however, are not aware of this technique of ingesting kratom. They think that ingesting the powder directly is the best way of going about it. If you really do not like the taste, you might find yourself having a gag reflex every time you want to ingest the powder, thereby leading to Kratom nausea.

Preventing Kratom Nausea

If you have been experiencing kratom nausea every time you try to ingest the substance, consider following tips:

  • Mind Your Dosage

Not being mindful of your kratom doses is the easiest way of developing kratom nausea. This is because large doses of kratom typically result in nausea and other side effects. Therefore, be keen on your dosage. You could start by lowering your standard dose. This will allow you to know whether nausea could be a result of underlying issues since a low dose of Kratom should not cause nausea.

To ensure that you do not exceed the dose, avoid using your eyes to measure the dose, but invest in a digital scale instead.

If you are a kratom beginner, start with the lowest dose possible. This could be as low as one gram. Once you feel that your body has adjusted to the kratom, you can then begin to increase your dosage gradually.

  • Take Your Dose in Intervals

Just because the dosage guidelines stipulate that you should take 4 grams per day, it does not mean that you should ingest all at once. Beginners, especially, are guilty of doing this. Taking all 4 grams at once is asking for trouble if your body isn’t yet adjusted to the substance.

A better way of going about it is taking the dose in intervals. For example, you can take a gram first then wait for about 30 minutes. If you haven’t achieved the effects that you are after, take another gram then wait again. Do that until you get the effects that you are looking for.

This technique is not limited to new kratom users. If you are switching to a more potent strain of kratom, apply this method as well to allow your body time to get used to the substance.

  • Consider Taking an Antacid Before Ingestion

Taking kratom on an empty stomach is believed to trigger kratom nausea. However, there’s a flipside to that coin as taking kratom on an empty stomach is also the most efficient way of absorbing the substance into your system since none of it will be lost.

If you are willing to risk it, consider taking an antacid at least 30 minutes before you ingest the powder. The antacid will neutralize the digestive juices that your system will release once the powder gets to your stomach. Since there will be virtually nothing in the stomach, those juices can lead to stomach upset. You should also consider taking a light meal.

  • Use Ginger

Ginger is widely recognized as a natural treatment for nausea. Therefore, consider chewing on a piece of ginger as you ingest the powder. It just might help curb the situation.

Closing Thoughts

Kratom nausea can ensure that you never get to enjoy the benefits that come with using kratom. Personally, I believe that the best way of avoiding kratom nausea is by mixing the powder with your food or drink. However, you must be keen not to exceed the recommended dosage. If you follow all the tips given in this article and still experience kratom nausea, then make sure that you visit a doctor so they can diagnose your issue. Good luck.