Mixing kratom can be an effective way to experiment with various strains. By combining two different strains, you may be able to enjoy both strain's benefits simultaneously. However, if you do decide to mix kratom strains, it's crucial to do it correctly. This way, you can ensure that your experience is safe and enjoyable.
Often, kratom users notice that their favourite kratom strains have become less effective over time. This is because kratom's potency and duration of effects can gradually diminish when used frequently. While common, this phenomenon can be especially problematic for those using kratom to assist with pain management or other ailments.
In response to diminishing effects, some users may be tempted to increase their dosage. However, this is highly unadvisable. Researchers have found that "at low to moderate doses… the adverse effects [of kratom] vary markedly from one person to another, but they generally appear to be mild." But as one's kratom dosage increases to a high dose, they may experience side effects like "tachycardia, seizures, and liver damage." (Prozialeck, 2016, 802-809)
Other users attempt to potentiate their kratom by mixing it with other substances. Not only is this strategy unlikely to work, but it's also dangerous. Scientific evidence suggests that "kratom might be a deadly substance when mixed with other compounds." (Cinosi et al., 2015)
Fortunately, there's a safer and easier way to get more from your kratom. By mixing kratom strains, you might be able to enhance kratom's properties and broaden its effects without encountering the health risks of other strategies.
The finely-ground powder you might know as kratom actually comes from a tropical tree in Southeast Asia called mitragyna speciosa. To create kratom, farmers harvest and grind kratom leaves into a fine powder in a similar process to that of matcha green tea.
However, not all kratom is identical. As a result, kratom farmers and sellers often classify their kratom harvests by strain — a term that refers to a specific type of kratom or kratom variant. Some kratom strains are named after their region of cultivation (Bali, Borneo), while others are named after their characteristics (Horned, Maeng Da). Dozens of kratom strains exist (we list over 50 in our database), but some of the more popular strains include Bali, Maeng Da, Borneo, and Malay.
The benefits of kratom can vary from strain-to-strain. As a result, users often attempt to maximize their enjoyment of various kratom strains by blending, combining, or mixing them.
From stimulation to pain relief, kratom's effects are a product of the plant's alkaloids. Alkaloids are a class of psychoactive compounds naturally found in various plants like coffee beans and tobacco leaves. The most prominent alkaloid in kratom is mitragynine, but a typical kratom specimen can contain over 40 different alkaloids. (Cinosi et al., 2015)
Just as the alkaloids in kratom can vary from leaf to leaf, they can also vary from strain to strain. As a result, mixing kratom strains can change the balance and concentrations of the alkaloids you're consuming.
To understand the benefits of mixing kratom strains, consider for a moment that your kratom experience is a painting, and the alkaloids make up the palette of paints that you're using to create that painting.
Using one kratom strain provides an alkaloid palette with plenty of red paint, some blues, and maybe some whites. However, by mixing in another kratom strain, you can broaden your palette, perhaps bringing in some greens and yellows. As a result, you can intensify your painting and make it more interesting and exciting.
Yes, it is safe to mix kratom strains. However, as with anything kratom-related, moderation and discretion are key. Much of kratom's negative press focuses on users that are either combining kratom with other substances or using too much.
It's advisable to keep your use of blended kratom strains to a minimum. If you do decide to use kratom blends, use them separately from your standard kratom regimen to prevent over-ingestion.
Before we explore how you can mix kratom strains, it's important to note that consuming mixed kratom is something that only experienced kratom users should attempt.
Kratom strains can affect each individual differently. As a result, it's crucial to understand how your body responds to various kratom strains before you mix them.
There are several ways that you can mix kratom strains, including:
The best kratom blend for you can vary depending on your personal requirements and preferences. Nonetheless, there are some general guidelines available based on the experiences of other users.
For instance, if you're looking to get more of a specific kratom characteristic, it's advisable to create a kratom blend with similar vein leaves from different strain families. For example, combining two different strains of white vein kratom will likely produce a stimulating blend.
If you're hesitant to mix your own kratom blend, don't worry! Many kratom companies offer pre-mixed kratom blends. But while these pre-mixed blends are certainly convenient, they're ultimately not made to satisfy your unique preferences.
Remember: kratom's effects can be subjective. Two people could ingest identical kratom blends and have different experiences. As a result, we only recommend mixing kratom or experimenting with store-bought pre-blends to seasoned kratom users.
So, there you have it, kratom lovers: Mix, fuse, blend, and combine away with your kratom strains!
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