Kratom tolerance is more common than many people think. Part of the problem is that people don’t really realize it exists, so they just keep taking increasing, and more frequent, doses, without noticing the problems they are slowly building up.
What I’m going to do right now is talk you through kratom tolerance quickly. I’ll tell you everything you need to know to spot that it’s happening, and how you can avoid building kratom tolerance in the first place.
I’ll also talk you through the benefits of taking a complete kratom tolerance break, and how to lower kratom tolerance once you recognize it’s starting to build up into an issue.
What Exactly Is Kratom Tolerance?
Kratom tolerance is simply where the body gets more tolerant to the dose of kratom you’re taking. This is exactly the same as if you drink alcohol, or some other types of drug, and increasing doses needed to get the same results, or you just feel more in control on the same dose.
Kratom tolerance is definitely real. Too many people have reported it for it to not be real. I’ve never experienced it myself, but I’ve seen enough evidence from people to suggest that others do.
So what you’ve got a situation where the dose of kratom you are taking is an agonist of the opioid receptors. The more you take, and the more frequently, the more these receptors get used to the agonist and you just don’t get the same “hit” as you did.
Kratom tolerance tends to build up over months, with increasing doses, and a feeling that you’re not quite getting the same effects. Many people question whether there kratom is losing its potency, or they’ve got a bad batch when they buy it, but sometimes it’s because they are just used to it. Kratom tolerance in extreme circumstances can actually build up in just a few weeks.
Here’s How You Can Avoid Building Kratom Tolerance
The way to avoid building up kratom tolerance is to spot when it’s happening and change things quickly.
Spotting kratom tolerance building is easy as long as you are self-aware. If you are initially taking 3 g, then it becomes 4 g, then 5 g, then 6 g or whatever, and you’re not feeling any more increased effects over the weeks and months you’re doing that, then that’s a sign of tolerance.
Likewise, tolerance can build if you are increasing not only the size of the dose but also the frequency. Kratom really shouldn’t be taken more than two or three times per week. If you’re taking every it day, or several times per day, then you are in more danger of building up a tolerance. If your frequency is increasing, especially alongside higher dosage, then you are putting yourself more at risk.
These are the ways that you can avoid building kratom tolerance:
- Keep your doses as low as possible. The absolute bare minimum to achieve the results that you want.
- Keep the frequency of dosing as low as possible. As few times per week as possible, and try and mix up your doses during that time.
- Make sure the kratom you’re taking is really rich in alkaloids so you need only the minimum dose. Also, try and be consistent in where you buy your kratom from so that you know how much you are taking most of the time. If you buy rubbish kratom which needs 6 g to get the same effect as 3 g of really high-quality kratom, then you don’t have the benchmark to judge from.
- As well as getting strong kratom, potentiate it. That means mixing it with things that can release the alkaloids and give you a better experience more quickly. Lemon juice is very good for this (as is any acidic liquid), as is taking a magnesium supplement.
How To Do A Kratom Tolerance Break/Reset
So let’s say that you have realized you are suffering from a kratom tolerance that is increasing. It could just be an extra gram to get the same effects from a month previously, but you know that it’s definitely happening.
The trick is to stop it before it gets so bad that you have an unpleasant experience trying to taper down.
To do a kratom tolerance break, otherwise known as a kratom tolerance reset, basically means abstaining from kratom as much as possible. Sometimes this can be for a couple of weeks, sometimes it takes a month. You’re basically giving your body time to not be used to kratom twanging your opioid receptors.
So you have two strategies for a kratom tolerance break.
The first one is to just stop. Don’t take any kratom for a couple of weeks, then take a small dose of good quality kratom, and see how it feels. That can be quite tough if you have got used to taking high doses frequently though, especially if you’re trying to numb the pain.
The second step is to taper down. Take a slightly lower dose each time over a week or two, and then stop and have an abstinence break for a couple of weeks.
How To Lower Kratom Tolerance
If you spot kratom tolerance building, then knowing how to lower kratom tolerance before it becomes so much a problem that you have to take a full break can be really beneficial.
These are ways you can lower your kratom tolerance without having to take a tolerance reset:
- Mix up how and when you take kratom. So different doses, different times of day, different days of the week. The more regularity you have, the more of a habit the forms, and the more the tolerance can build.
- Mix up the types of kratom you’re taking. If you’re hitting 5 g of Red Borneo five times a week, then changed other types of kratom. Try green kratom in one day, and a white kratom on another. If the white kratom is too energizing, mix it with some red. You’re basically using the different alkaloid profiles to minimize the chances of your body getting used to it, and less chance of tolerance building.
- Make sure you potentiate your kratom using something like lemon juice or taking a magnesium supplement. That will mean that you get a good quality experience with the lowest possible dose. That also applies to the kratom you buy, the better the quality of the kratom, the less you’ll need. Always get it from the same supplier, so you’re not taking variable doses of the same types of kratom.