Posted by Kratom Sherpa on 1/19/2013
Many Kratom users also utilize potentiators -- substances that interact with kratom in a positive manner. Potentiators increase the effects of kratom, thereby enabling individuals to take lower doses while maintaining the same degree of efficacy.
In this article, we'll explore kratom, kratom potentiators and how it all works.
What is Kratom and How is it Used?
Kratom is a natural herb that's derived from a tree (Mitragyna Speciosa). It grows in southeast Asia, where native cultures have used kratom leaves in herbal remedies for hundreds of years.
Kratom leaves are dried, ground up and brewed into a tea or placed into capsules, which are used as a supplement. You can buy kratom online.
Kratom is not an opiate, but it produces opiate-like effects making it a popular, non-addictive alternative for individuals who suffer from chronic pain. In addition, kratom treats some of the most problematic aspects of opiate withdrawal, like aches and pains, diarrhea and anxiety. This makes it popular among individuals who wish to move away from using prescription painkillers.
Grapefruit as a Kratom Potentiator
Grapefruit contains elements that serve to inhibit the enzymes that break down certain substances, like kratom. This means a higher amount of the substance remains in the individual's body for a longer period of time. It's completely natural, inexpensive and delicious, making grapefruit a popular choice as a kratom potentiator.
A glass of grapefruit juice works well, as does the actual fruit. One entire grapefruit will produce potentiator effects. Some even eat the rind. It generally works best if eaten about 30 minutes before the kratom is used.
Notably, another alternative is starfruit, which some kratom users say is even more potent than grapefruit.
Magnesium as a Kratom Potentiator
Magnesium, which is sold as a supplement, is a popular potentiator and it can also serve to reduce tolerance when used in the long term, making it possible to use less and less kratom with time.
Notably, magnesium does relieve constipation too, but it can actually worsen diarrhea. So this potentiator can actually have negative effects on individuals who are in the process of self-weaning from opiates.
See this related article to learn more about magnesium's potentiator effects:
Phenibut as a Kratom Potentiator
Phenibut is a substance that's sold as a prescription drug and supplement. It's used to treat an array of ailments, such as PTSD, anxiety and insomnia, though it's not an approved pharmaceutical in the U.S. or Europe.
Phenibut is said to potentiate kratom's relaxation effects in particular, though according to a number of online forum posts, users reported experiencing nausea in some instances.
Tagamet (Cimetidine) as a Kratom Potentiator
The drug cimetidine, which is sold under the name Tagamet, serves to amplify the effects of kratom. Tagamet is an over-the-counter drug used to treat heartburn and other gastric ailments.
The manufacturer's recommended dose of Tagamet is sufficient to produce potentiation effects.
Chamomile Tea as a Kratom Potentiator
Chamomile Tea serves to enhance the relaxation effects that are associated with kratom.
This is actually a very popular potentiator, as kratom can be ingested as a tea, so many mix 1 part chamomile tea and one part kratom tea.Conversely, others open a kratom tablet and sprinkle it into a cup of chamomile tea.
There are a number of different kratom potentiators, but each individual is unique and experiences can vary. Trying different options is one way to find the potentiator that has the most desirable effects on your unique body.