Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) enthusiasts understand the amazing benefits it offers. From ache management to assistance with opioid addiction. But one thing that is commonly known but not welcomed is the bitter taste of kratom. For new and experienced kratom users getting over the bitter taste is not pleasant. A common way people haven’t chosen to combat this is mixing kratom and orange juice.
We’re going to over the effects OJ can have on kratom, how you should mix the two, and the potential sides effects that come from it. Let’s get started!
How Does Kratom and Orange Juice Interact
Let’s begin with the effects with mixing orange juice and kratom. Simply put, kratom does NOT significantly interact with orange juice. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a change in effect. Orange juice can act as a mild potentiation (the increase in strength of nerve impulses along pathways which have been used previously, either short-term or long-term). Meaning there is a small, elevated risk of side effects.
Breaking down the sciences a little by, kratom requires three specific liver enzymes for metabolism. The biggest enzyme contributor being CYP3A4 with minor contributions from CYP2D6 and CYP2C9. How does this relate to good old’ fashion OJ? Well orange juice increases the CYP3A4 metabolic ratio slightly – approximately 7 percent – which isn’t enough to make a huge difference.
But not all oranges are the same, especially the bitter Seville oranges. These types of oranges have a much higher increase in the inhibition of the needed CYP3A4 enzyme. This is even more of an issue with a cousin of the orange known as the grapefruit.
Is it safe to mix kratom and orange juice then?
Short answer: Yes, it is regarded among the community as a safe to mix kratom and orange juice. It is the preferred choice for many enthusiasts to get past the bitter taste kratom is known to have. Generally, orange juice is also known to be great for the body. It contains high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins. Perfect for your morning cup of kratom. Speaking of cups, how much orange juice should you mix in with your kratom? A safe rule to follow is to have about 2-4 grams of kratom powder mixed with 8oz (1 cup) of orange juice.
If this is your first time trying this combination be sure to start with less kratom to test if the mixture tastes good, but most importantly gives you the desired kratom effect. Since Orange juice is more of an acidic drink, it does a great job of breaking down, extracting, and dissolving alkaloids within most mixtures. This is how OJ can overcome the bitter flavor of kratom.
Remember when I mentioned orange juice is a potentiator? Good because even low OJ carries the lowest risk, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Especially if you take this every day. Depending on your tolerances, mixing kratom and OJ can cause mild side effects like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea.
What is Kratom? A Quick Definition
In short, kratom is a leaf from the Mitragyna Speciosa tree located in Southeast Asia. Kratom has been used by locals for centuries as a natural remedy. What sent kratom to increase in popularity? One of the biggest benefits is how kratom can help those who suffer from opioid addiction. This natural alternative is great for those who are taking that journey to stop their abuse and need help from withdrawal.
Among the community, kratom is also known to assist with body ache management, assistance with anxiety, mood elevation, focus improvement, and energy boost to name a few.
Types of Kratom
Kratom is divided into tons of different strains that generally come from 3 veins. Again without getting too in-depth here are the major veins you can expect to find a smoke shop:
Red Vein Kratom – Used to assist with ache management and deep sleep. You can expect to feel decompressed and relaxed.
White Vein Kratom – Focus. Concentration. Energy. That’s what you will get form the white vein.
Green Vein Kratom – The most popular vein, it’s a balance between the red and white veins making you feel energized and grounded.
The Dosage Guidelines
Everyone has different tolerances when ingesting something like kratom. For those of you who are new, we recommend sticking to a lower dosage between 2-6 grams. This will allow your body to adjust and for you to figure out what dosage amount feels best.
There is a limit, however. We do not recommend taking more than 12 grams of kratom powder. Just like with anything too much could lead to an unhealthy addiction, or you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
Potential Side Effects of Kratom
Typically, kratom will not cause side effects when taken as directed in lower dosage amounts. However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t subject to feeling the following:
– Brain Haze
– Perceptive Loss
Again, these effects could range from mild to adverse if you decided to take a large untested dosage of kratom powder. That’s not to say you will feel all of these effects at once, another factor on which side effect you could feel is the type of vein you are ingesting.
While this all might sound a bit scary, we want you to be informed when making a decision to mix your kratom powder with any drink, even one as perfect as orange juice.
Thanks for making it this far! Or maybe you’re someone just looking for the answer to the question: Can I mix kratom and orange juice? Well then TL;DR, Yes, it’s safe. Mix 2-4 grams of kratom powder into 1 cup (8oz) of OJ and that should wash away the bitter kratom taste.
If you’re looking for a local smoke shop in the Bradenton area, com check out centuries harvest! Located at 3207 Manatee Avenue W. Bradenton, FL 34205. They offer a wide selection of premium kratom options along with other products like delta 8.
Thanks for reading!