**Disclaimer: At Original Harvest, we cannot recommend kratom for medical or therapeutic use, we can only share the experiences other patients have had with this herbal supplement. The practices and uses laid out in this blog post are for informational purposes only, and we strongly recommend speaking to a medical professional before choosing to purchase or use kratom from Original Harvest or any other vendor.**
What Is Kratom Used For?
Kratom is well known (in certain circles) for its ability to ease chronic pain without the dangers posed by the primary prescription pain-management option: opioids. There has also been a lot of talk recently about kratom for anxiety, depression, and other mood and mental health conditions. But what about exercise?
Is Kratom a Supplement?
Due to its uses, and sometimes because of regional legalities, kratom is often categorized as a supplement. This and the plants stimulating properties are clear reasons some people might consider kratom as an exercise supplement, and try this herbal remedy as an alternative to a sports drink.
Kratom as an Energy Booster
This isn’t really much different than using kratom to replace your morning coffee. However, because users do develop tolerance to kratom powders and it is addictive (less so and less harmful than opioids, but it is still a consideration), at Original Harvest we wouldn’t necessarily recommend our strains specifically to boost energy at the gym. That said, if you find kratom gives you the energy and mental focus you need to get in a good work out, in addition to the therapeutic benefits for which you originally sought the treatment – all the better!
Let’s take a look at the experiences of some kratom users.
Can I Use Kratom for Exercise?The idea to use kratom as an exercise supplement might have come from the traditional use of the product. Though people have been using the plant in its raw and dried forms for centuries to treat pain and opioid addiction, it also has a long history of use for manual laborers, who would chew the leaves or drink a kratom tea to ease the physical strain of repetitive daily work and increase endurance.
It’s not too surprising, then, that some people would see that application in today’s gym scene. Fewer people have such physically demanding jobs these days (though they’re definitely still out there – shoutout to laborers!), but the theory still applies. As one article puts it, kratom is useful for reducing “the uncomfortable strain you put on your body … [and] helps me push a bit farther”.
In addition to boosting endurance, the mood boost common to most kratom strains can also go a long way to making your leg day less of a drag. Apparently, dopamine and serotonin – which are affected by kratom – play nicely with the endorphins (which also active opioid receptors) created during exercise.
Kratom is Stimulating in Small Doses
Just remember that kratom is stimulating in small doses – not in large. We suggest limiting even sedating doses to 6 grams or less (for patients living where consuming kratom is legal), but you certainly don’t want to go above 3 grams if you’re looking for energy, even when you’re using strictly “fast” strains like White Vein kratom capsules.
Kratom and Bodybuilding
Kratom recently hit the news in the bodybuilding media in an unfortunate way, when it was released that an amateur bodybuilder who died suddenly had high levels of kratom in his system. But, kratom has actually been used by bodybuilders for some time, now, to boost performance, increase focus, and even remove the need for a pre-workout.
Naturally, athletes are curious whether kratom has any detrimental side effects like other performance-enhancing substances (an effect on testosterone, for instance). Though there are not nearly enough studies or examples of long-term use yet to say for sure, it seems kratom is unlikely to cause steroid-like side effects.
Kratom for Post-Workout Recovery
Kratom is an analgesic, so if you’re experiencing post-workout pain or discomfort, these beneficial effects could offer some relief. Try not to rely on a treatment like kratom to ease your post-exercise aches, though – work out to a point just past your current comfort zone and then let your body repair itself through rest and good foods – kratom is at its best as a treatment for extraneous pain, such as a pulled muscle.
There are a lot of proven natural products for exercize, both for energy and recovery, so we wouldn’t recommend kratom explicitly for this use but it’s nice to know it could have this added benefit if you’re already using it for chronic pain or symptom-related fatigue.
What do you think? Have you tried kratom before or after workouts, and did it help? We’d love to hear your experiences, so comment below.