If you feel like your regular dose isn’t as effective as it used to be, you’re not alone. Developing a kratom tolerance is common among regular users. As with any botanical, repeat use causes reduced effects and a higher dose of kratom to achieve the same effects.
But don’t worry! Kratom tolerance can be managed with a few easy techniques. Today we’ll be going over the kratom community’s most tried-and-true methods to achieve and maintain the “sweet spot” of kratom tolerance, which can save you money and frustration by ensuring you have an ideal kratom experience each and every time.
What Causes Kratom Tolerance?
Kratom tolerance is a result of the body growing accustomed to your standard strain and dose of kratom. It’s an entirely natural biological response to repeat use. Moreover, it’s not unique to kratom: most coffee drinkers have experienced the same thing with caffeine, where you eventually need an extra cup to get the boost you’re looking for.
Most often, heightened tolerance is the result of “stagnant strain syndrome”. This occurs when users take a single strain of kratom repeatedly over an extended period. Because each strain of kratom has a different blend of alkaloids and other natural compounds, the body develops a tolerance to each strain’s composition differently.
The Three Phases of Kratom Tolerance
Everyone reacts differently to kratom, but virtually every regular user will develop at least a mild tolerance. In general, kratom tolerance can be sorted into three phases:
- The “honeymoon phase”
When new users first try kratom, their bodies have not yet developed any tolerance. As a result, new users can often achieve their ideal effects with even a very small dose of kratom powder. However, the honeymoon phase will not last long. Following semi-regular use, the body will inevitably develop a mild tolerance, which necessitates a slightly higher dose to achieve the same results.
- The “sweet spot”
This phase refers to the ideal level of kratom tolerance for regular users. At this point, users have already discovered their favorite strains and ideal dose of kratom, and they can achieve their desired effects without significantly increasing their dosage size.
- The “slippery slope”
When users don’t actively manage their kratom tolerance, it will only continue to grow with regular use. This leads to a slippery slope and, potentially, substance abuse. When kratom tolerance is very high, users may chase their desired effects by taking a very high dose of kratom. This will only further heighten the user’s tolerance and, moreover, may bring a number of adverse side-effects that ultimately defeat the purpose of taking kratom in the first place. Beware the slippery slope.
Obviously, the slippery slope of kratom tolerance is something to avoid. In general, however, developing a kratom tolerance isn’t something to worry about. Just like with coffee or any other botanical, some level of tolerance is natural and unavoidable; as the body grows accustomed to the substance, it will build up a mild resistance to achieve and maintain homeostasis.
But even if some level of tolerance is unavoidable, it can be frustrating and costly, as taking a higher dose means going through your supply more quickly. But there’s good news: there are a number of simple, effective techniques that you can use to keep your kratom tolerance and your dose down at reasonable levels.
Three Effective Tips for Managing Kratom Tolerance
If you’re experiencing higher kratom tolerance that’s reducing the effectiveness of your dose, worry not! Here are three of the best tips and tricks for normalizing your dose and getting your tolerance back to reasonable levels.
Take a Break!
If your normal dose of kratom isn’t delivering the results it used to, odds are that your body could use a break.
Abstaining from kratom use for a few days is the most naturally effective way of reducing kratom tolerance. With even a short period of non-use, your body will adapt. When you do return to kratom use, your tolerance will be significantly reduced — meaning you won’t need the same high dose as before you took your break.
Avoid Stagnant Strain Syndrome by Using Strain Rotation
For most users, kratom tolerance can be reduced by regularly switching up the strain or strains you use.
Each strain and variation of green, white, and red vein kratom has its own unique blend of alkaloids and other natural compounds. By simply changing strains, you can force your body to adapt. As the body grows accustomed to a new strain (and builds a moderate tolerance to its unique composition), your kratom tolerance for other strains in your rotation will naturally fade.
Consider developing a day-by-day plan for which kratom strains you’ll take, such as:
- Sunday: Red Vein Indo
- Monday: White Vein Bali
- Tuesday: Break
- Wednesday: Green Vein Thai
- Thursday: White Maeng Da
- Friday: Break
- Saturday: Red Vein Sumatra
By regularly switching-up the strains in your rotation, you can ensure that your body never develops an unreasonably high tolerance to your favorite kratom strains.
Of course, many users have a preference for one or two particular strains. There’s nothing wrong with using the same strain on multiple days of your rotation; just know that the more often you use it, the faster your tolerance for that strain will grow.
It pays to switch things up! Even if you’re a die-hard fan of red vein kratom, consider branching out into a different regional red variety. With a bit of experimentation, you might just find your new favorite staple.
Take Magnesium, a Natural Kratom Potentiator
If you’re looking for a supplement to help you manage and reduce your kratom tolerance, look no further than magnesium! Taking a magnesium supplement can help the body process and digest kratom more efficiently, reduce the body’s tolerance, and contribute to better overall health.
Magnesium works as a natural kratom potentiator. That means that, by taking magnesium ~30 minutes before your dose of kratom, your body will react more strongly to the dose than it otherwise would!
Moreover, magnesium deficiency is one common reason that users experience diminished effects from their regular kratom dose. Magnesium is an important element for many vital biological processes, and it affects the way your body absorbs and reacts to substances such as kratom.
Note that magnesium’s effect on kratom tolerance is still poorly understood. While some sources claim that magnesium will actually reduce your body’s kratom tolerance, the extent of this effect is as yet unproven. While magnesium certainly increases the impact of a kratom dose and allows users to achieve their desired effects with a smaller amount of kratom powder, this may not be the result of reduced tolerance.
To ensure that your tolerance remains low, periodic breaks and strain rotation are your most valuable tools. However, the kratom community has rallied around magnesium as a safe, healthy, and effective way of getting the most out of your regular kratom use.