The benefits of kratom are diverse, and so are the needs of those who take the herb. Therefore, some may prefer kratom in the morning or during the day while others may need it in the evening. So, the question is, what do you do with food? Do you take kratom on an empty stomach? Or should you eat something along with your kratom dose?
Taking Kratom on an Empty Stomach
Many kratom users are huge advocates of taking kratom on an empty stomach. Some may even go long stretches of time without consuming any food to ensure that it does not interfere with kratom.
Let’s find out if that’s for you.
Benefits of Taking Kratom on an Empty Stomach
Just like going to the grocery store first thing in the morning can help you avoid crowds and get through the checkout faster, taking kratom on an empty stomach can result in a faster onset of kratom effects.
Since there is no food in the stomach, it allows your body to start metabolizing kratom almost instantaneously. Therefore, you are likely to feel faster and more prominent effects.
A number of kratom users swear by consuming kratom on an empty stomach as they experience weaker effects if they take kratom with food.
The same occurs with certain medications. Prescription medicines like ampicillin do not work as effectively if they are taken with food. Moreover, certain foods like grapefruit juice, leafy greens, or other foods high in vitamin K, as well as bananas and other potassium-rich foods can interfere with how the medication is absorbed and affect the body.
If you would like to take kratom on an empty stomach, you can do that first thing in the morning. If you prefer taking kratom later during the day, do so about 2 hours after a big meal or 30 minutes to 2 hours before a meal.
The timing is rather personal and can vary based on the specifics of your body and how it interacts with kratom. However, in general, many kratom users prefer to wait until the full effects set it, which averages around 30 minutes and only then take some food.
If you are new to taking kratom on an empty stomach, try experimenting with different wait periods after your meals as well as different meal sizes. For some, a small snack 30 minutes after a kratom dose is enough. Others may go for a few hours without food and have a solid meal then.
Drawbacks of Taking Kratom on an Empty Stomach
Yet, not everyone can stomach kratom on an empty stomach. It may upset the stomach causing gastrointestinal discomfort, kratom stomach pain, or even nausea.
We’ve observed this to be especially true for people with low body fat percentage and fast metabolism, as well as those who are new to kratom.
Taking Kratom with Food
If taking kratom on an empty stomach is not benefiting you, then you may want to look into taking kratom with food.
While not everyone agrees unanimously, for some people consuming food with kratom brings more benefits.
Benefits of Taking Kratom with Food
Firstly, taking kratom with food can prevent kratom stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting. This is especially true with potent kratom. Since alkaloid concentration is high, not every stomach can handle it. So, even if you gain potent pain relief or an energy boost, nausea can make your kratom experience miserable.
When it comes to food and meal sizes, it’s best to experiment and find out what your body responds to best. For some, mixing kratom in yogurt or a smoothie may be enough. Others may need a small snack such as a banana or a handful of nuts before they take kratom.
Some actually state that kratom effects are stronger for them with food.
In general, it’s best to opt for foods that are light and easily digestible. This can provide support for the stomach and prevent unpleasant effects, yet not dilute the effects of kratom.
Drawbacks of Taking Kratom with Food
Many report feeling that their kratom dose is weaker if they consume food with it. Some even state kratom effects diminish by half or even more.
In addition to that, the risk of developing kratom tolerance can increase if you take kratom with food. Especially if you choose to up your dose to compensate for weaker kratom effects. We strongly advise that you avoid doing that. That’s because food may dilute kratom and make its absorption slower, but the concentration of alkaloids is still there regardless.
As a result, you might end up not experiencing kratom effects and developing kratom tolerance at the same time, which can make the diminished effects even weaker.
Should You Take Kratom Capsules on an Empty or Full Stomach?
While many prefer kratom capsules due to ease of use and not tasting kratom, the capsule casing acts as a barrier that needs to be broken down first for the body to metabolize kratom. This can occur gradually, making the overall kratom effects weaker.
So, if you add food to the equation, this can slow down the breakdown and metabolism of kratom even further, making your dose feel weaker or nonexistent. So, you may feel that kratom is no longer working for you.
What Should You Do?
Taking kratom on an empty stomach or a full one is a preferential thing. While the former works for some people, others find the latter a more comfortable and beneficial alternative.
Therefore, it’s best that you have an open mind and try a few approached to discover what your body prefers.
Do you prefer taking kratom on an empty stomach? How long do you wait before having a meal? Or do you like consuming kratom with food? If so, what food do you like best? Do you take it with or before your kratom dose?