As Kratom continues to garner popularity, more and more of its enthusiasts are wondering whether they could test the limits of its potential by combining it with substances with arguably similar effects, such as Adderall.
If you have experiences with either of these substances, then you know that they are quite similar in that they both act as stimulants, in addition to the interactions that they have with the brain.
It is good that you have first researched whether you can use them together because, if you are ever to combine a prescription drug with any other substance, it is imperative that you first have a thorough understanding of the kind of interactions that the substances might have. While some interactions can be harmless, others can be counterproductive in that they cancel out each other’s effects. In worse case scenarios, combining certain substances can have deadly or fatal consequences.
This article will discuss everything you need to know about Kratom and Adderall, and what happens when you use them together.
What is Kratom?
Also referred to as Mitragyna Speciosa, Kratom is a type of evergreen tree that is predominantly found in Southeast Asia. For hundreds of years, natives to the region have been using Kratom for medicinal as well as recreational purposes.
In terms of medicinal properties, natives use Kratom to alleviate physical as well as psychological distress. They also use the substance the same way you and I use coffee; for stimulation. It is a common sight to see people go about their business with Kratom leaves in their mouth, as it keeps them sharp and ready-to-go. Kratom is also a staple in festivals where it is infused in various beverages.
The rest of the world has only caught up with Kratom use in the 21st Century.
Uses of Kratom
While Southeast Asia natives do not seem to mind to chew Kratom’s leaves, as the leaves are what contain the benefit-inducing chemicals, most people in the western world seem to prefer to have their Kratom in powder form. Thus, the leaves are crushed into a fine powder which can be taken directly, in pill form, or mixed with food or beverages. Some even smoke it!
The effects that you get from Kratom depend on the type of strain that you use, as well as the dosage. In lower doses, most Kratom strains tend to have stimulating effects, and sedative effects when used in higher doses.
Some of its uses include:
- Pain relief
- Stress relief
- Boosting mood
- Increasing appetite
- Enhancing physical and mental energy levels
- Lowering inflammation
- Improving the quality of sleep
- Helping in weight loss
- Boosting sex drive
- Improving focus and concentration
What is Adderall?
This is a prescription medication that is designed by combining various drugs. Its most common use is in the treatment of attention deficit disorders, such as ADD and ADHD. However, it is also beneficial in the treatment of narcolepsy, which is one of the most dreadful sleep disorders.
Adderall is classified as a stimulant drug due to its effects on the brain to help the user enhance their cognitive functions as well as focus. As a result, it is commonly prescribed for individuals with behavioral problems.
However, before you can use Adderall, it is vital that you first consult with a licensed physician so they can assess you to determine whether it is appropriate for you. This is because Adderall is a prescription drug and is, therefore, regulated. Additionally, some people are allergic to it, and that’s why it’s important to know if you might be one. Others have medical conditions that can be fatal when exposed to Adderall. Some of these conditions include heart problems, blood circulation conditions, and mental disorders.
Being a prescription medication, Adderall possesses its own list of side effects. If you experience any of them, ensure that you notify your pharmacist or doctor immediately. Some of the side effects may include nervousness, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
As mentioned, the drug is made from a combination of various drug products to enhance its potency and benefits. Nonetheless, this also means that using Adderall increases your chances of various drug interactions. The severity of these interactions ranges from mild to potentially fatal. This is why Adderall can only be used under a doctor’s prescription. Some of the drugs that you shouldn’t take when on Adderall include drugs that increase serotonin, such as antidepressants and MAO inhibitors, such as methylene blue.
Combining Adderall with Kratom
In low doses, Adderall and Kratom can actually work synergistically since they are both stimulating substances. In general, however, Adderall enhances your energy levels, which allows you to increase your productivity. Meanwhile, Kratom is more of a sedative, which is why it is categorized among opioids.
Also, when used separately, both substances can help the user attain a sense of euphoria. When used together, however, they tend to give the individual a sense of contentment. When used at higher doses, Kratom becomes a true sedative while Adderall increases your energy levels dramatically.
People who have used both substances report that Adderall’s effects usually affect their sleep. As such, by using Kratom afterward, they can counteract the effects of Adderall. Other users, however, state that certain strains of Kratom (especially white), are stimulants and, therefore, only enhance the effects of Adderall.
What we derived from our research was that Kratom is useful at combating the Adderall crash that results from withdrawing from the drug. Also, the combination tends to work best if you get the right Kratom strain.
Combining Adderall and Kratom can help you attain a state of euphoria in addition to sharpening your focus. Kratom is also used to elevate mood, which is a vital property considering that Adderall has been shown to induce feelings of depression.
What is the Appropriate Dosage for the Kratom Adderall Combo?
As we have mentioned severally, it is crucial that you first carefully evaluate your situation and then consult with a professional to know whether this combo is appropriate for you. If so, make sure you adhere to the following guidelines:
- Respect the Low and Slow Law
The low and slow law is a dosage guideline that is typically recommended to new Kratom users, and we think it applies here as well. It implies that you should begin your dosage at the lowest possible doses and gradually increase the amount of the substance until you attain that sweet spot where you experience the effects that you are after.
The ‘low and slow law’ is very practical as it ensures that the user does not take a dose that could cause adverse reactions. To ensure that you get the best results on a consistent basis, consider keeping a dosage diary that will help you monitor the effects that you experience at various quantities.
- Be on the Lookout for Signs of Addiction
Given that most people that use this combination do so for euphoric purposes, the chances of getting addicted to the combo are quite high. Therefore, it is imperative that you monitor your relationship with the combo to make sure that you do not get addicted.
Be wary of the following signs:
- You are using on a daily basis
- You are not worried about potential repercussions.
- You lose control of the habit
- You get obsessed with using it
- You don’t want people knowing about the habit
If you find yourself exhibiting those signs, there’s a good chance that you might be on the verge of addiction. Halt your use to see whether you can do without it. If not, seek professional help.
- Find the Right Kratom Strain
There are numerous Kratom strains, with each having a unique set of effects or benefits. As such, it is important to find the strain that best compliments the effects of Adderall. This will take a lot of digging into.
Nonetheless, we recommend going for the red strain since it has mild stimulating properties and stronger sedative properties. This will ensure that you do not get overstimulated.
- Monitor Your Physical and Mental Health Consistently
We have mentioned this earlier, and will mention it one more time; before you put any substance into your body, make sure that you know all there is to know about how it impacts your health. If you decide to use it anyway, be very fastidious and monitor how it is impacting your physical and mental health.
Use a journal or a diary for that purpose. This is not being petty; it is being careful. It will ensure that you spot changes as soon as they arise so you can be in better control of the situation.
Kratom and Adderall have been shown to yield pleasant effects when combined, such as euphoria. Nonetheless, studies on the long-term effects of combining these substances are still ongoing and, thus, you must practice caution if you decide to combine them.