Kratom nausea is probably one of the most commonly experienced side effects that regular kratom users will face. Anyone who takes this amazing herb might get nauseous from it at least once. I’ve had it happen to me more than once now in the past month, and in those cases I felt that it was entirely preventable.
Because of this, I have sought to devise some means to help people to overcome and prevent the nausea because, let’s face it, nausea isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s awful. It’s bad if you take kratom for work, and some jobs are required to send you home if you vomit or feel sick. However, after reading this post and taking all the necessary precautions, you should have no reason to fear kratom nausea.
(If you don’t already know what kratom is, read my introductory piece 5 Days of Kratom.)
Toss-and-wash or tea?
I will be perfectly honest, I did not experience kratom nausea until I started doing the toss-and-wash method more often in the last month because I had less time and patience to make the tea.
I feel that even though I have experienced nausea maybe only once in the dozens of times I have made tea, the problem is that some powder is inevitably lost during the straining process. I have a strong feeling that tea doesn’t extract all of the psychoactive alkaloids that make kratom so great since you usually require far more powder in tea-making than in toss-and-wash to get the same subjective effects.
However, tea helps you to mete out your dosage in a more controlled way. As with anything, these are the advantages and disadvantages to account for.
Add some Ginger Root
Ginger is hands down the #1 nausea and digestive upset remedy, and it works wonders for preventing kratom nausea I’d say nine times out of ten.
I personally keep a bag of powdered ginger root for when I toss-and-wash the powder and add about a gram or 1/2 teaspoon. Sometimes I will slice up some fresh ginger root or juice it and add it to my kratom tea preparation if I am making tea that day.
Generally, the ginger can help if you get nauseous from kratom on an empty stomach. It probably won’t help you as much if you just took too much kratom all at once, which is why you should always pay attention to dosage, as we will see in an upcoming section.
Kratom Nausea: To Eat or Not To Eat?
Dealing with kratom nausea in between food and drink is a little tricky.
A general suggestion I have seen in many online kratom communities is to take kratom on an empty stomach to help your body absorb all the feel-good alkaloids that you are taking the herb for in the first place. However, this also seems to precipitate nausea, especially if you do intermittent fasting or otherwise have not eaten and will not eat for some time. Combined with toss-and-wash and no other precaution, and I think this is a recipe for disaster.
Having some food in your system seems to help inhibit nausea, but may also slow the onset of your good kratom vibes if not inhibit it outright.
So what can you do?
A good compromise I have found is to just take your kratom dose, whether through tea or toss-and-wash methods, and to eat a little bit of food approximately 30 minutes after you have taken your powder. This should be plenty of time for your body to absorb all the good stuff without going for so long that you feel nauseous from having an empty stomach. Try not to eat too much though, since eating seems to help put the pedal to the metal for the kratom to kick in. You don’t want it to take you for a ride.
Dose and Redose Timing to Avoid Kratom Nausea
There are a couple of things you should keep in mind regarding kratom dosing in order to prevent nausea:
- The amount of kratom you are taking
- How much time passes between your doses
If I wanted to be cheeky, I would change the subheading or even the name of my website to “DOSE IS IMPORTANT ALWAYS” because it just applies to so many things on here, and a lot of you out there still need this drilled into your minds like a mantra. I can’t say this enough: dose is important, always.
With kratom there isn’t a single universal dosage that a person can take. In the case of a natural herb like this, strength and intensity may vary from strain and growing methods. (Just one more reason to go with a reputable vendor.) Plus body weight, metabolism, and other personal, individual factors can influence how much kratom you must take to achieve the desired effect.
The solution here is to get a digital scale to measure your powder with, and figure out with the lowest dose possible as to where your “magic dose” is. Being super sensitive, I often start with 1 gram. For toss-and-wash, keeping track of your doses is important, much more so than in making strained or filtered tea. My magic dose right now for most strains is between 1 and 2 grams. I never go over that because it makes me sedated and nauseous on the job.
Your own personal magic dose for toss-and-wash will vary if you are bigger, smaller, have a slow or fast metabolism, etc.
As for dose timing, my personal experience says it’s important to give at least four hours since your last dose before redosing. I do not go over my magic dose, and in fact, I will sometimes take the least amount that I can unless I have eaten.
Cannabis As Kratom Nausea Remedy
I must admit that this one may not be anywhere near as practical or convenient as the other methods for some of you. With many states in the USA and elsewhere loosening up on their restrictions for this other misunderstood herb, I will include it anyway.
If you have some cannabis on hand, if you are absolutely in a bind and you feel like total shit, inhaling cannabis will help you very much and almost immediately. If it can help chemo patients keep their food down, it can help you as well.
P.S. — Check out my comparison of kratom versus cannabis!
Recap: How to Prevent Kratom Nausea
- Make tea instead of toss-and-wash
- Take some ginger
- Pay attention to your dosage
- Don’t take it more often than every 4 hours, or ideally, more
- If you are already feeling sick, cannabis can help