As a result of the 2020 elections, recreational marijuana was legalized in five U.S. states:
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
More and more states fight for pro-cannabis legislation every year. It is clear: the world’s historically anti-marijuana agenda is soon coming to an end, whether you like it or not.
But what do kratom and marijuana have in common? Why are we, a kratom manufacturer, talking about weed? Do we support the combination of kratom and cannabis products?
Answers to these questions aren’t so clear-cut, however. Kratom has a long, traditional history of medicinal use throughout Southeast Asia. More recently, kratom products like kratom powder or capsules have entered western markets in stride. This has only led to an increase in the number of kratom users.
But, like cannabis, kratom is often seen in contempt of government initiatives. Both the FDA and DEA hold anti-kratom standpoints, much like they hold anti-cannabis views. Furthermore, marijuana has been linked to a variety of medicinal benefits, similar to kratom. These include benefits for pain control, mental health, energy, relaxation, and more.
In addition, it’s important to examine all aspects of the health and wellness market, not just our kratom niche. Why? As members of a largely unregulated but significant ndustry, we believe we must educate our users on the potential benefits or dangers of other health supplements.
Cannabis products (typically infused with either THC or CBD) are much more popular than kratom. So, the question bears, can you combine kratom and marijuana? How about kratom and cannabis products like CBD oil? Alternatively, is it better to choose between cannabis or kratom? Let’s find out!
Some Background on Kratom and Cannabis
As we mentioned above, cannabis and kratom share a variety of similarities. For starters, both plants offer a health and wellness supplement to their respective communities. Furthermore, kratom and marijuana—along with CBD products—are considered potent analgesics used in pain control. On top of that, users advocate for their use as anxiolytics (relieving anxiety), anti-inflammatories, and more.
And while these plants are from entirely different botanical families, we can see some similarities in their ecology. For example, kratom is known for its various vein colors: red vein, white vein, and green vein kratom. Cannabis is known for its two primary plants: hemp (responsible for CBD products) and marijuana (responsible for THC products). Furthermore, there are countless hemp and marijuana strains. In short: both kratom and cannabis plant families contain a lot of variety.
The Common Benefits of Both Marijuana and Kratom
The commonly-reported benefits of cannabis products like THC and CBD include:
- Anxiety relief
- Pain relief
- Improved sleep
- Reduced muscle spasms
- Improved hunger
The commonly-reported benefits of kratom include:
- Anxiety relief
- Pain relief
- Elevated mood
- Relaxation (red vein kratom)
- Wakefulness (white vein kratom)
- Digestive system benefits
Can You Use Kratom and Marijuana Together?
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: can we combine kratom and cannabis? Answer: there is no drug-to-drug interaction between kratom and marijuana or other cannabis products like CBD. However, this doesn’t mean that you should necessarily try the combination, either.
We are all different, meaning our bodies react to substances in very different ways. If someone you know uses kratom and marijuana in combination and it works well for them, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work well for you, too.
That said, we suggest you take steps to ensure that your kratom and cannabis consumption methods are safe, effective, and affordable! To do this, start by finding both kratom products and cannabis products that work well for your wellness regimen. Administer your dosage slowly, keeping track of how you feel mentally and physically. Lastly, wait for at least one to two hours between doses!
Are There Any Scientific Studies on Kratom and Cannabis Together?
No, there are not any current scientific studies examining the use of kratom and cannabis products simultaneously. While there has been some exciting research news in the cannabis field as of late, both the kratom and marijuana industries have a long way to go before more comprehensive research is available.
However, some studies examine CBD and kratom side-by-side. A March 2020 report in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity studies kratom, CBD, and SAMe (another natural supplement) individually, allowing you to see benefits and risk factors side-by-side. But the report stops short of examining these supplements in combination with one another.
Is It Better to Use Cannabis or Kratom Individually?
Humans are curious beings. We ask questions like, “Can we use X in combination with Y?” However, it is possible that you may want to stick with one natural remedy at a time. The potential benefit of using only kratom or only cannabis products: you can isolate exactly which benefits you receive for which plant.
For example, if you only take kratom powder and experience benefits for pain control, you can be sure that kratom is responsible. However, you may not know if cannabis or kratom is responsible for your pain control.
We said it once, but we’ll say it again and again: everyone is unique. We all react differently to different substances. We cannot definitely say if it’s better to take kratom and cannabis together or alone.
Two Industries, One Vision?
So, in summary, is it okay to mix kratom and marijuana? Yes, but you should always determine if such a combination is right for you. Furthermore, municipal and state laws may dictate what you can and cannot use. Kratom is currently banned in San Diego, for example. Recreational marijuana is banned in a variety of states, but more governments want to legalize it every year!
Above all, both kratom and cannabis offer a lot to the world. Each industry aims to spread awareness of potential benefits, improving the lives of millions of people. Although our products may be different, it’s important that we all act in accordance with ethical business practices.
Both industries must continue to push for universal third-party lab testing and research opportunities. And finally, both industries must put the pursuit of wellness over financial incentives.