Kratom Benefits

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1/11/20222 min read

Kratom & Quitting Opiates Cold Turkey

Quitting cold-turkey means stopping all use of the substance immediately. The process isn’t going to be easy, but it’s the quickest way to break the cycle of addiction and reverse the dependency you have on the substance.

Severe withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable — and potentially even fatal. It’s wise to speak with your doctor or an addiction specialist before you quit to make sure you have the support you need. Sometimes it’s necessary to spend some time at a detox clinic where trained medical professionals can monitor your vital signs and make sure you stay safe while you go through the process.

Once you stop using the substance, symptoms of withdrawal are likely to appear relatively quickly — within a matter of hours. Kratom is used on an as-needed basis to curb these cravings and take the edge off. It’s important to remember the goal isn’t to eliminate these side effects entirely. You need to experience some feelings of withdrawal for the body to reverse the changes that made you dependent on the drug in the first place. Kratom is merely used to provide enough relief to keep you on track with your detoxing plan.

Using Kratom To Wean Off Opioids Slowly

The quickest solution is to go through a detox protocol. This method is fast but renders you completely out of commission for 2–4 weeks (or longer). For people that have jobs, children, or other responsibilities, the painful and enduring process of detoxing isn’t always an option. For these people, substitute therapy is much more sensible.

This works by gradually reducing the amount of a substance you’re using — while simultaneously increasing the dose of kratom. Eventually, you should no longer be using any of the opioid drugs at all. From here, you can start to wean off the kratom as well. This process can take several weeks or months from start to finish.

What’s The Dose of Kratom For Opioid Withdrawal?

The dose of kratom will vary a lot from one person to the next. It all depends on the type of kratom you’re using and your individual sensitivity to the substance. It’s important to note that you should never combine kratom with opioids directly without seeking medical advice. Kratom can make the effects of opiates even stronger, which could increase the chances of experiencing side effects or overdose.

When using kratom to help manage withdrawal symptoms, most people require a dose on the higher end of the spectrum (between 5 and 15 grams of dried leaf powder).

The doses of kratom can be split into two dose categories:

  • Low-dose kratom (2–5 grams of dried powder) — the effects of this dose are stimulating & nootropic

  • High-dose kratom (5–15 grams of dried powder) — the effects of this dose are much more relaxing or sedative