You may have purchased kratom with huge expectations but not felt the desired results. Or you’ve successfully used kratom for a while to one day find your kratom not working.
Depending on how fast your metabolism is and what strain you are taking, kratom effects usually kick in within 10 to 30 minutes. With some strains, you’ll experience come up within an hour.
If this time frame has passed, yet you feel nothing, you may be doing something wrong. Let’s go over some of the most common reasons for kratom not working and find out what’s causing it.
Reasons and Solutions for Kratom Not Working
You’re Not Taking the Right Dose
One of the most common reasons for kratom not working is taking the wrong dose. Many new users start with a low dose.
That’s not wrong, just the contrary. We actually recommend starting with a lower dose. That allows you to gauge how your body responds to kratom and avoid side effects.
As a natural substance, kratom interacts differently with individual bodies. Some people may need a higher dose while others will get the same effects with a lower one. And there’s no saying what will work for you until you actually try.
So, if you’ve taken kratom, but it’s not working, take a slightly larger dose more next time. Don’t drastically increase it though, but do so gradually. Even if you don’t feel any results after a few times.
Doing it this way, you’ll have an easier time finding the right dose for you without having kratom side effects.
Keep also in mind that the effects of kratom will depend on the dose that you are taking. In lower amounts, you’ll experience uplifting and euphoric effects, yet in higher doses, you’ll get sedative effects.
Also, make sure you are using a sensitive digital scale to measure your dose for the most optimal results.
You’re Not Storing Kratom Properly
If you receive a bag from the vendor, open it, and leave it in the cupboard, that may be the reason why kratom’s not working for you. Not closing your kratom bag properly or opening it every day, exposes it to oxygen and likely also light.
These along with moisture are the main reasons for kratom losing its potency.
However, if you store kratom in airtight containers in a cool and dark place, then it’ll be more likely to retain its potency much longer.
You’re Not Responding to the Strain that You’re Using
While not very often, this may also be the reason for kratom not working. Not everyone responds to the same strains in the same way. We’ve even heard of cases when people do not respond to certain strains at all.
What you can do is try some of the most popular strains such as Red Bali or Green Maeng Da. Most users tend to not have any issues with them. Or you can order a few samples first and compare your results after using different strains.
You’re Taking Kratom on a Full Stomach
Kratom is a dried substance that takes time to digest. If you’ve just had a huge meal, your digestive system already has plenty to do.
Adding kratom to the mix means that it’ll need a lot more time to be properly digested and absorbed. As a result, you may feel weaker results or may not feel any at all.
To avoid that, some sources advise taking kratom on an empty stomach. We do not fully agree with that. While it may work for some, you have a high chance of irritating your stomach. Especially if you are not experienced with kratom.
Instead, we advise you to have some food in your stomach, much as a small meal or a snack and not take kratom right after it. Wait for 30 minutes or an hour.
This way, your stomach won’t be completely empty, but also not stuffed full. Therefore, you’ll have a lower chance of upsetting your stomach, experiencing kratom side effects, or kratom not working.
You’ve Developed Kratom Tolerance
If you are a regular user, kratom may not be working because you’ve developed tolerance to it. That can happen if your body gets used to kratom.
It can happen with any substance. For instance, one can develop tolerance to perfume or cologne if they use it every day and not sense it anymore.
As a result, the same amount of kratom won’t be enough anymore and you’ll need a higher dose to experience the same effects.
Kratom tolerance can develop for a number of reasons:
- you’ve used the same strain for a long time,
- you use kratom every day,
- you have a kratom buildup in your system.
Increasing your kratom dose may seem like the easiest thing to do, but it requires more kratom and a larger investment from you.
There is an easy way to troubleshoot that though. You can take a break from kratom for a few days, not use it every day, and rotate strains to prevent buildup from happening.
You’re Taking Kratom with Other Substances
There is a possibility that other substances that you are taking neutralize the effects of kratom. This can happen if you take alcohol or prescription medicine along with kratom.
It’s best to avoid taking kratom and alcohol together. In the case of medicine, we advise you to consult your doctor and inquire about the possibility of it interfering with kratom.
You’ve Purchased Low-Quality or Fake Kratom
If you’ve tried changing things up, but nothing’s worked, chances are that’s not you, but the kratom you’re taking.
Much of the kratom on the market is low quality or not very fresh. That would mean that when you buy it, it’s already passed its prime. Some may even be fake, mixed with other substances, or even contaminated.
For instance, those who travel in India and purchase kratom there aren’t getting the real thing. Labeled as Indian Kratom, it’s a plant from the same family, but it’s not the real Mitrogyna Speciosa that you’d purchase from a trusted vendor. Its effects are either weak or nonexistent, and it may even make some sick.
If you aren’t traveling, but ordering online from your home in the US, make sure you choose a vendor who sells high-quality products.
Some buyers go for vendors with lower prices, but are getting what they pay for. The kratom that they receive isn’t as good as it could be.
As a matter of fact, our favorite vendor actually has higher prices than others on the market. However, we need to take only half of the product that we would have to if we were using the cheaper kratom.
So, on the surface, it seems like we’re paying more, but we’re actually using a much more potent product and the same amount lasts us a lot longer.
Is kratom not working for you? What do you think is causing it?