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Let's talk 'Kratom Tolerance', some misconceptions and more importantly - how to prevent your Kratom Dosage from rising.
Collectively, the staff at Happy Hippo Herbals has over 2 decades of experience with this wondrous herb.
Many of us enjoy Kratom on a daily basis and can present some tricks lowering "Tolerance" that you may not have considered.
We are going to repeat the follow 2 concepts several times as the 2 mandatory keys to avoiding tolerance -
- Find your "Sweet Spot" or "Happy Spot" and STICK TO IT
This takes trial and error.
- Servings too small = nothing
- Servings too large = dull boy
- Religiously "Rotate multiple Kratom Strains" at your Sweet Spot
Your Sweet Spot will change (go up) if you don't commit to a full rotation. Keep your Dose of Kratom as consistent as possible.
These 2 concepts (Sweet Spot, Rotation) are crucial to continued success (aka avoiding tolerance), especially if you are following a daily Kratom Lifestyle.
Is Kratom Tolerance a real thing?
Is Tolerance a significant hurdle to enjoying and using Kratom?
- No, not if you know what you are doing.
Kratom Tolerance can be loosely defined as -
When a Human must increase their serving-size to achieve Kratom Effects that were previously enjoyed at a smaller Kratom Dosage
Basically, more Kratom Powder or Kratom Capsules needed for similar or less results.
In the same way you can build up a tolerance to your morning cup of coffee (or 15 cups of coffee over the course of a day, like some people...!), you can build up a tolerance to Kratom.
How Long Does Kratom Stay in Your System?
Current research indicates Kratom Tree's alkaloids' half-lives are between 7-24 hours among those following daily Kratom Lifestyle.
That means that 50% of the product will leave your body in 7-24 hours.
Educated guesses consider 2-9 days to be a safe range for full elimination.
Most existing studies focus on the half-life of Mitragynine, but 7-Hydroxymitragynine is hot on its heels.
More research is necessary to establish these facts.
Researchers have only begun studying the long-term effects of Kratom, but the initial findings are positive!
Disclosure: The Kratom community needs more data before we can claim anything conclusively. The more research we fund, the quicker we’ll answer these questions. Lucky for us, such studies are already taking place.
Three Phases of Kratom Tolerance
You will almost always be in (or in-between) one of three stages -
1. "Honeymoon" Phase (ZERO KRATOM TOLERANCE)
This is normally early in a person’s experience, where every try feels amazing and hits just right. We call it the “Newbie Hug.”
This phase won't last forever, but the idea is to keep it close.
2. "Happy" Phase (or proper Kratom Lifestyle)
This describes most people who know what they are doing.
Your effects are consistent and largely meet expectations, with the occasional "Newbie Hug" (often from a new strain or mix) and occasional "miss". Your experience with "always about the same". Despite a few misses here and there, your burns deliver satisfactory, predictable results most of the time at nearly identical serving sizes of varying strains.
This is what you are shooting for, especially if you follow a Kratom Lifestyle.
3. "It Doesn't Really Work No More" Phase (Tolerance)
Your effects just aren't there or are far from what they could/used to be.
In this phase you have built up a tolerance and require increasingly larger servings to achieve the same effect - if any at all.
A series of misses over a short period, or an increasing number of misses over a long period, point to your tolerance being too high.
This is what you are looking to avoid.
I'll say it again -
Sweet spot adherence and a committed Rotation will keep most people out of this phase.
Do I Really Have a Kratom Tolerance Going On?
If you think you are in the "It Doesn't Really Work No More" Phase - you have Tolerance.
If you have been recklessly increasing your serving size (including frequency of servings) or not consciously following a rotation - you may have Tolerance.
At the same time, "It Doesn't Really Work No More" might be evidence that you are simply using an inferior product that doesn't work.
There is a huge difference between good Kratom and not good Kratom.
If you going to follow a Kratom Lifestyle (especially), it is crucial that you use a quality kratom powder and rotate different strains on a set schedule.
If you have used the same exact strain and dosage for multiple weeks (or days, even if not on consecutive days), it will eventually stop working.
This is because -
Although Kratom strains (differing colors, varieties) only seem to vary slightly, they truly have different ratios of alkaloids that hit different receptors at different levels.
Red Vein Bali is an entirely different strain of Kratom from Green Vein Bali.
You can keep your Mind and Body "guessing" as the side effects from Green Vein will have more stimulating effects than Red Vein Bali.
You will develop Kratom Tolerance at the lowest possible rate by having the most varied Rotation.
That is how you keep it Happy.
That is how you avoid Tolerance.
What Are Signs of Tolerance?
It's not always obvious if you have hit a wall.
Here's some scenarios -
1. You seem to be *missing* more often when you take your Kratom. You’ll notice decreased effects at your normal serving. This happens to everyone occasionally—even those in the "Happy" Phase—because of people’s distinct physiologies, environmental challenges, diet, etc. It’s not anything to worry about until it happens more more often than not.
2. You HAVE TO take an increasingly larger dose to achieve the same effect. This can happen over time, moving from 2g to 3g to 4g and so on. It can also happen seemingly more rapidly, wherein people jump from 2g to 6g. The second case is more rare and more strongly associated with the use of extracts—which can make your tolerance levels go through the roof in a very short amount of time.
Stick to Plain Leaf Kratom in powder or capsule form.
If you find your use mirroring either of the progressions detailed above or questioning if your Kratom works, you probably have a tolerance issue. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
How To Address Tolerance Issues
The good news is -
If you are in the "It Don't Really Work No More" Phase, you can usually get out without stopping entirely.
It will require a conscious commitment to, you guessed it -
Kratom "Sweet spot" Dosage
Kratom Strain Rotation
and possibly -
11 Ways to Reduce Kratom Tolerance
(#7 is a Happy Hippo Kratom Secret!)
1.Buy Kratom from Good Vendors, preferably GMP-Certified (Quality Product is safe and Works at 1 to 3 Grams for Most Hippos)
It’s an undeniable fact that many vendors offer low-quality, cheap kratom. Those customers who get caught in that trap often have to take two or three times the amount of Kratom to achieve the same effects of the average person who frequents a higher-quality vendor. If your normal dose is 7g+, and especially if you never had success at 1-2g, then it’s possible you’re dealing with a lousy product.
2. Less Kratom Causes Greater Benefits (Concept - Use Small Serving Are Best)
Some "It Don't Really Work No More" victims may be simply using a higher serving than they actually need. Large(r) servings that eclipse your "sweet spot" will give you a "dull" or "wobbly" effect. This isn't evidence that your Kratom doesn't work but rather you are taking too much. Remember, at small(er) servings, Kratom is stimulating. But at large(r) servings, Kratom is anti-stimulating.
We call it the "Dull Boy" effect.
3. Diet (Processed Foods and Trans Fat Screw up Your Metabolism)
It isn’t uncommon for changes in your diet to have an effect on your tolerance. Let’s say 4g (3 times/day) is your sweet spot, but you’ve had a bad month at work and it’s cropped up in the changes to your diet. Instead of eating home-cooked meals, you eat fast food all the time. Next thing you know, 4g three times a day isn’t cutting it anymore.
Is it a problem with increasing tolerance, or is the stress and bad food having an ill effect on your kratom’s potential effects? It’s hard to tell.
Many people find that transforming their diet into something healthier helps recalibrate their bodies so that 4g three times a day is your sweet spot again.
4. Exercise (Get More) - (Use Maeng Da or the Fast Leaf like Thunder Hippo for the Gym)
It’s no accident that exercise is a significant potentiator for many natural herbs—including Kratom. Healthy, active people have more serotonin and are better equipped to take full advantage of its effects than sedentary people.
If you don't go to the gym, just go for a long walk and get some sunlight.
4. Slow Kratom Taper (Reduce -5-10% every other day)
Reduce your usage by -5-10% every other day (or each day) until you’ve found your equilibrium. Daily Kratom Lifestyle is an easier variable to work with than individual burns. Tapering off Kratom works; slow and steady wins the race.
5. Rapid Kratom Taper (Reduce -15-20% every day)
Instead of a stately, long-winded approach, taper your usage by -15-20% each day. In exchange for increased discomfort, you deal with it for a shorter duration.
You don't have to taper off entirely.
6. Dose-Spacing (Use Same Amount but Less Frequently)
This technique is what kind of what tapering looks like if you viewed it upside-down.
For Kratom’s purposes, this technique has you increase the time between your doses without altering the amount taken.
If you normally use 5g every three hours, bump it to 5g every four hours, then five hours, six hours, so on until your scheduled Kratom servings have cumulatively reduced your daily dosage.
You can use this method with fast or slow tapering (-5-10% serving) if desired.
7. Use A Rare Kratom or A Leaf You Have Never Enjoyed (or Purchase Premium Stem & Vein Kratom)
After spending the past 1500 words telling you to not habitually use the same strain, there is a secret exception to the rule.
Grab a strain, ideally a rare one that you have NEVER used and use it for several days.
Bentuangie (Cozy Chocolate Hippo) is ideal for this because it differs significantly from all the other strains.
Stem & Vein is even better. We sometimes have it.
After you use it for several days, IMMEDIATELY implement a rotation.
8. Avoid Kratom Extracts Entirely
AVOID. AVOID. AVOID.
ONLY Use "Plain Leaf Kratom" (<2% Mitragyna).
If you intend on being a long-term Kratom User, stick with natural Kratom Powder or Kratom Capsules.
Who develops Tolerance the fastest? Humans who do not follow this rule.
9. Reduce or Eliminate Kratom Potentiators
You can also return to mixing your Kratom with water, which reduces natural potentiators such as grapefruit and lemon juice, Bioperine (black pepper) turmeric, chamomile tea, watercress, Akuamma, and more.
Eating before servings, however, can help prolong duration.
10. Avoid Bed-Time Kratom
Unless you NEED Kratom before you go to sleep, skip it (or use a different tea/CBD).
If you sleep for 8 hours, that is 8 hours of washout.
Drinking a couple of glasses of spring water will help.
11. Kratom Break (Total Kratom Washout)
Take a break from Kratom (and commit to Sweet Spot and Rotation when after you reset).
This break can be for a few days, a week, or more. It depends.
It’s may be difficult, but unless you have an insane tolerance (generally from Kratom Extract substance abuse), Kava Juice (30%) will almost entirely get you past any post-Kratom symptoms.
(withdrawal symptoms from Kratom Extracts are not fun at all, so we are told. Puddles has always avoided Kratom Extracts)
We recommend abstaining from Kratom for 1 or 2 weeks, using the above mentioned product as necessary.
This will allow your body to *reset* and you’ll find a renewed vigor once you take Kratom again.
At the end of the day, if your goal is to have consistent Kratom experience (no matter how frequently), you will have to -
- Find your Sweet Spot (and don't leave it +/- .5 gram)
- Build your Rotation of no less than 5 Kratom Strains
How to Avoid Kratom Tolerance
Sounds obvious, but -
The best way to avoid Tolerance is to not get Tolerance.
The insights and tips above will certainly help.
Mainly, you guessed it -
Find Your Sweet Spot or Kratom Dosage
Rotate 5 Different Kratom Powders at the Sweet Spot
The key is your Kratom Strain Rotation, a method that allows you to circumvent a temporary condition called “Stagnant Strain Syndrome.”
Will it solve everyone’s problems?
Probably not, but forewarned is forearmed—so definitely read up on it!
Closing Happy Thoughts
Kratom tolerance is a common and misunderstood phenomenon.
This Happy Hippo guide is intended to diagnose your ability to most strategically and intelligently live out a Kratom Lifestyle for as long as possible.
Sweet Spot and Rotation will solve most of the problems!
TLDR: Kratom tolerance is real, but it’s not the end of the world and can be largely prevented with some discipline and planning.
Do you have any suggestions to avoid Tolerance or maintain your Sweet Spot?
Let us know below!