**Disclaimer: In some US states and Canada, kratom is labeled “not for human consumption”. It is important to note that we at Original Harvest do not encourage the disallowed use of our kratom powders, leaf, and capsules. Please familiarize yourself with the rules in your region before consuming kratom. This post was written using anecdotal reports from other users – we are not doctors and are not prescribing the following treatment methods, simply sharing the experiences of other patients.**
Using Kratom as a Treatment
People take kratom for many different reasons – insomnia, fatigue, chronic pain, etc – and as such may require their treatment at different times of day. One is not going to take kratom capsules at 9 am in the hope it will help them sleep that night and, likewise, another patient won’t have a cup of kratom tea at 7 pm to alleviate the fatigue they’ll feel tomorrow. When it comes to chronic pain, treatments are needed during hours when the pain hits, which could be any time of day.
Taking Kratom on an Empty Stomach
Kratom is taken in food, in a drink, or in a capsule. That means it is making its way down your esophagus and into your stomach just like your peanut butter toast or glass of milk, and that means it is exposed to the same processes and digested like any form of sustenance.
Taking kratom on an empty stomach basically shortens the queue for metabolization and absorption, much like how you’ll be in to see the doctor more quickly if you go first thing in the morning, to beat the line. In other words, when you take kratom before eating, the effects should kick in more quickly, and the effects could be stronger.
This is important to note because sometimes you want a reduced effect or a slower onset. But if you know your first pain spasms tend to hit you around 8 am, then taking your tea or slurry as soon as you get up is a viable option. The kratom usually takes about half an hour to take effect, and once you start feeling it, you know you’re good to have your usual breakfast.
Taking Kratom with Food
The problem with taking kratom on an empty stomach is similar to taking many vitamins and medications on an empty stomach – it can cause gastrointestinal distress, including nausea and stomach pains. If you’re new to kratom you might think the remedy itself is causing these issues, but it’s more likely your body is reacting negatively to its first food of the day being something that’s not filling or overly nutritious. (This happened to me with my array of vitamins, and it took me awhile to figure out the cause!)Eating a little before you take your kratom – say, a banana or about half of what you usually have for breakfast, or you can research easily digested foods – can remove these unpleasant effects, but of course, may also slow down the absorption rate.
It’s possible you will not feel the effects of the kratom as much if you take your dose after eating a full meal. This is something you will need to experiment with, but at Original Harvest we recommend limiting your kratom consumption as much as you can (to avoid building tolerance as quickly, for one thing), so it may be healthier (and more cost-efficient in the long run) to figure out a minimal-food method that works for you! Know you may have to experiment a bit, but there are more and more forums popping up with lots of helpful advice from fellow kratom users.
What About Taking Kratom Capsules?
At Original Harvest, we sell all 50+ organic strains as kratom capsules as well as powder and leaf. Capsules are a great option for when you’re out and about and don’t have a scale, a strainer, or even any boiling water at your disposal.
Like anything encapsulated, though, keep in mind the body has to first break down the (vegan) capsule before it can start working on the powder inside. That can add another half hour or so to your wait time. If you’re the sort who can just power through, you can always pop open the cap and take the powder with a swig of water, but since most people choose capsules for their wonderful ability to disguise the less-than-lip-smacking taste of kratom, you’re probably better off anticipating your needs and taking the treatment accordingly.
What’s your preferred method of kratom treatment? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Also, be sure to check out our related blog post on using kratom topically!