Fri. Jan 28th, 2022
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Kratom and alcohol are both federally legal in the United States (though kratom’s banned in 6 states), so they can’t be too dangerous to mix, right? Unfortunately, there’s not a clear answer.

Plenty of people report mixing the two without much issue, but there are reports of kratom-related overdoses and deaths. Almost all of these reports involve the use of kratom alongside other substances, including alcohol.

Until we know more about kratom, it’s best to avoid using it with alcohol.

Healthline does not endorse the illegal use of substances. However, we believe in providing accessible and accurate information to reduce the harm that can occur when using.

On its own, kratom appears to produce some good and bad effects, depending on the dose.

Doses of up to 5 grams (g) of kratom tend to be associated with fewer negative effects than doses of 8 g or more.

In lower doses, some of the positive effects that people have reported include:

  • increased energy and focus
  • decreased pain
  • relaxation
  • elevated mood

The not-so-positive effects, according to various reports and user accounts posted online, include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • sedation
  • itching
  • increased urination

Most kratom-related hospitalizations, adverse effects, and overdoses are linked to using kratom with other substances, according the various reports.

These adverse effects can include:

There are a few risks to consider when using kratom and alcohol together.

Overdose

There may be a higher risk of overdose when you mix kratom with alcohol. Both are depressants, so when you take them together the adverse effects of each may become more intense.

This can result in:

Contamination

Contamination is a big risk with kratom.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning after different kratom products tested positive for heavy metals, including lead and nickel.

Long-term or heavy kratom use may increase your risk of heavy metal poisoning, which can result in:

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