Kratom is typically consumed solo, but it doesn’t have to be. While some enjoy potentiating the effects of kratom by combing it with certain foods, new and old combinations have been rising. Kava Root (Piper methysticum) has been gaining popularity across the U.S. Kava is being combined with kratom both in commercial products and by kratom users at home, but what exactly is kava root and is it safe to mix with kratom?
It’s no surprise that kava root and kratom have found themselves entwined, both plants can thrive in similar conditions and are native to the South Pacific Islands. Unlike kratom, however, it’s the root of the kava plant which one should consume – never consume the leaves or stems of the kava plant as these parts are actually toxic, but the kava root is completely safe and has been used for centuries both recreationally and medicinally by south pacific natives.
Kava root is typically consumed as a tea which helps to reduce anxiety, relaxes the muscles, eases tension, and basically instills an overall sense of peace. Like kratom, kava root is often chewed by the natives to enjoy, but it’s bitter and not exactly the most pleasant tasting herb to consume, so most people prefer to make a tea.
If you’ve tried kava and felt nothing, don’t give up. Kava root has a reverse tolerance effect for new users. The active components of kava have to build up in the body before you’ll begin to truly feel the effects, and afterward it will still take a good 15-20 minutes of patience before the relaxation kava root can bring begins to settle over you. Kava may have some similarities to kratom, but it’s not as potent as kratom, offering subtler effects all around, which may be why kava and kratom combinations have grown in popularity.
People combine kava and kratom to potentiate the effects of each plant, with the goal of creating an overall relaxing combination. As everyone reacts differently to both kratom and kava, begin slowly by taking your usual dose of kratom. Add kava to the mix either by taking and chewing powdered kava root, or by brewing a tea. For a starting dosage of kava, about 2-4 tablespoons is usually suggested, but exercise caution until you gain confidence in knowing how kava and kratom reacts with your individual physiology.
Some people report that combining kava and kratom can lead to nausea, dizziness, etc. and this is why moderation is important. Taking too much kava and kratom, separately or together, can lead to negative effects just as taking too much of anything can, so proceed with caution and keep track of what does and doesn’t work for you. When used properly, the combo of kava and kratom has the potential to synergize into a relaxing analgesic, but it may take a few attempts to find the right dosage. If you’ve had experience mixing kava and kratom, or have a question, leave us a comment below!