How Long Does Kratom Take to Kick In? [Explained]

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Kratom is following in the footsteps of CBD in becoming a popular product. Used as a pain reliever, for anxiety and stress relief, and more commonly as a recreational drug, Kratom is an interesting substance that has been widely researched.

In the article that follows we will answer the question in the title – how long does Kratom take to kick in?

We’ll also tell you a bit more about Kratom, what it is, and what to expect, as well as outlining how long do Kratom effects last when it is ingested. First, a few facts about Kratom that may be of interest.

Some Facts about Kratom

If you are reading this, we take it that you are interested in learning more about Kratom with a view to potentially using it.

That’s a sensible move, as it is always a good idea to get acquainted with such products before you decide to use them. Here are a few facts about Kratom which should make a worthwhile introduction:

  • Kratom is made from the leaves of a tree common in Southeast Asia called Mitragyna speciosa. It is related to the coffee plant.
  • In Thailand and other countries in the region Kratom is routinely used by workers to stave off fatigue and increase stamina and concentration.
  • Kratom is ingested either by chewing the leaves, boiling them as tea, or by drying them and grinding into fine powder which is then put in capsules.
  • Kratom in small doses is used for pain relief by those with chronic pain, while in large doses it can be dangerous as it causes psychotic effects such as hallucinations.
  • Kratom is an opiate and while not illegal in the USA, is banned in a few states and in some countries across the world.

Now that we’ve given you a brief introduction, let’s answer the question and talk about what to expect when you use Kratom.

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What To Expect when Taking Kratom

When Does Kratom Kick In? Bear in mind that research is ongoing – the FDA has yet to pass Kratom for use, although it is not illegal under federal law – and much of the information we use comes from user anecdotes and reports.

Most users suggest that having taken Kratom on an empty stomach, the effects will be felt within five to 15 minutes. Others say it can take up to half an hour to start feeling the benefits. The best answer us to say that it will depend upon the person, their diet, their water intake, and also their age. These are just some of the factors that influence the tome it takes to kick in.

It will also depend on the amount taken, and the type, as the market is offering several different strains and potencies.

So, what are the effects, and what should you expect when you take Kratom? Let’s begin by talking about small doses. By small, we mean less than 5 grams.

The effects will differ between users, but in general the following are widely reports as effects from a small dose of Kratom:

  • Improved mood and possible euphoria, and general well-being
  • Sharpened concentration and cognitive performance
  • More energy and stamina
  • Improved confidence, more sociable, more talkative
  • Improved sex drive

While all are frequently reported, not every user experiences the same or all. Now we need to talk about the effects of a larger does, between 5 grams and 15 grams. An unusual trait of Kratom is that the effects of the heavier dose differ greatly from smaller doses, and include the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced anxiety and stress and a sense of calmness 
  • Possible dreamlike state
  • Psychotic effects such as confusion, delusion, and hallucinations.

Persons who have taken larger doses have also described the overall feeling as being deeply unpleasant, while others have enjoyed the experience. We would recommend that a beginner starts with minimum dosage, and never take Kratom with other medicines or opiates.

The effects will last between two and five hours – sometimes more depending upon the individual – and the characteristics described earlier.

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How To Get the Best Effects from Kratom

One question that often arises is how long after eating to take Kratom? As with many aspects of the substance, the answer varies with the individual. Some users report no difference between taking Kratom on an empty stomach or having just eaten.

Others say they wait between 3 and 5 hours, as the effects are better on an empty stomach. If you are new to Kratom we suggest you start by trying it on an empty stomach and perhaps try after eating another time.

The best effects from Kratom come when you take the right dosage, and your body begins to process it. As a mild opiate it will react with the opiate receptors in the brain, which produces the effects described.

In general, it is best to take Kratom on an empty stomach according to most regular users, and you should feel the effects within 5 minutes to half an hour.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Long does Kratom Powder Take to Kick In?

This will depend upon the user, their diet, size and weight, body fat content, age, and water intake – among other possible influencing factors. Users report effects after five minutes of taking a capsule or tablet, while others say they wait 30 minutes. The effects will last anywhere up to 5 hours. A further influence is the size of the dosage.

How Does Kratom Make You Feel?

In lesser amounts Kratom will induce a sense of calmness. It will also improve your cognitive performance, including focus and concentration. It may also affect your sex drive and will give you an overall feeling of well-being. Some users take it to relieve anxiety as it can help with sociability.

In larger doses, Kratom is a proven pain reliever, and is also psychoactive. It can lead to hallucinations, euphoria, and may also cause confusion and delusion. We recommend only taking larger doses when experienced.

Is Kratom Addictive?

Everything is addictive when you become dependent upon it, including Kratom. As it has opiate properties addiction is possible yet reports state that withdrawal from Kratom use is quicker and less severe than for other opiates. It’s worth knowing that, in Thailand – for example – Kratom is used regularly by everyday workers and is not considered addictive. More research is needed to confirm this.

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