Are you interested in kratom but worried about a possible crash similar to coffee and other energy drinks? After years of consuming pretty much every single strain on the market, I’d like to think I’m pretty well versed in this topic, and this is what I’ve learned.
Kratom may produce drowsiness when consumed in larger than average doses. Red strains, such as Red Bali, are much more likely to cause drowsiness than green, white, or gold strains. If the individual is sleep deprived prior to consuming kratom, the odds of experiencing a crash are much higher.
Allow me to explain in further detail.
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Why Does Kratom Make You Tired?
If you’re looking for a chemistry answer, I’m afraid I’m gonna have to let you down this time. But don’t worry, I won’t leave you empty handed.
There are two main reasons why kratom, ingested in any form, will make you tired and sleepy. The first has to do with a high dosage and the second depends on the color of the strain. Let’s take a look at both.
Kratom Dose That Makes You Tired
You may be asking yourself, “so what constitutes a high dosage?” The answer to that depends on how much you normally consume in one dose.
For example, my average dose is about 4-5 grams of powder. If I take more, say around 7 grams, you best believe I’ll be falling asleep within an hour or so.
The contrary is also true. If I take a slightly less than average dose, I may experience an energy boost regardless of the color of the strain.
Knowing how much kratom to take is crucial, not just to avoid a crash (or induce one if you want to sleep), but to also avoid side effects, such as a nauseous headache. Believe me, those are no fun.
If you don’t know how much kratom to take, most people start with 2 grams and work their way up by adding a gram a day until they feel the desired effects.
However, for more info regarding your kratom dose, click the button below to be redirected to a post where I show you how to SAFELY experiment to find your perfect dose and avoid negative side effects such as nausea and headaches.
Kratom Strains That Make You Tired
The primary kratom strains responsible for making you tired and sleepy are red strains. Granted, almost any color strain will make you sleepy when consumed in large doses, but reds are especially known for their sedative effects.
From my experience, Red Bali is the most sedative while simultaneously offering amazing pain relief. If you have trouble sleeping at night because of pain you may want to give Red Bali a try.
If you’re not fully convinced about Red Bali, checkout this post I wrote which goes into further detail by clicking the button below.
If your goal is to avoid the tired sleepy effects of a red strain, I suggest a white energizing strain. White Maeng Da is the most stimulating strain I’ve had in stock thus far.
It’s not euphoric or analgesic, but you can expect a guaranteed blast of energy similar to that of a strong cup of joe without the hard crash.
How Long Does a Kratom Crash Take to Kick in?
Drowsiness is the last of kratom’s effects to kick in. For example, Red Bali may make you feel relaxed followed by pain relief, and the last effect would be drowsiness.
The amount of time it takes to experience sedation depends on how you consume kratom.
For capsules, it takes about 45 minutes just to begin to feel the initial effects. Hence, you’re looking at about an hour an a half to two hours before you experience sedation.
If you consume powder and wash it down with water, known as the toss and wash, you’ll feel tired within an hour or so. The same applies to drinking kratom tea.
By the way, if you’d like to learn how to make kratom tea like professional herbalists (literally), click the button below to be redirected to a post where I show you step by step.
Read More: How to Make Kratom Tea [The Right Way]
How Long Does Kratom Sedation Last
Once you begin to feel tired, you can expect to experience sedation for at least a whole hour, but most likely longer. The sedation effects of kratom are no joke.
Therefore, if you begin to feel tired avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery.
Although the heaviest period of sedation occurs for about an hour, you will also feel tired for roughly 3 hours, maybe more. This is why red strains are great for getting a full night’s rest.
Read More: “How to Take Kratom For Maximum Results”
When I use red strains for sleep I fall into a deep sleep that lasts the entire night (I sleep for about 7 hours a night).
I’ve also noticed that consuming food while experiencing kratom’s sedation effects will intensify the drowsiness.
How to Avoid a Kratom Crash
If your goal when using kratom is to avoid fatigue, the first and most important thing you can do is avoid red strains. As I’ve previously mentioned, red strains are specifically used for pain and sleep.
Don’t Use a Red Kratom Strain
Any other kratom color (green, gold, or white) is fine. White is the most stimulating of all colors. I’ve found the following white strains to be the most stimulating:
- White Maeng Da
- White Thai
- White Vietnam
If you want to obtain a mood boost along with energy, use a green strain. Keep in mind the energy boost won’t be as strong as a white strain, but the euphoric feeling more than makes up for it, which is why green strains are my personal favorite.
- Green Meang Da
- Green Malay
Gold strains, like white strains, produce stimulating effects, just slightly less potent. However, unlike white strains, they can be used for pain relief. The following two gold strains are the most popular at Kratom Krush:
- Gold Meang Da
- Gold Bali
Consume Small Doses
The second thing you can do to avoid a crash, if you haven’t already guessed it, is to consume a smaller than average dose. Kratom, like a wide variety of herbs, produces different effects when different dose sizes are ingested.
Consuming a smaller dose not only helps you prevent a crash but also produces energy, sometimes even when using a red strain. I know, it’s weird and confusing.
If you don’t know your dose size it’s going to take a bit of experimenting, but you’ll get it right eventually, and when you do you’ll know exactly how to avoid or induce the tired feeling.
Drink Coffee or An Energy Drink
Once you begin to feel a bit tired, you can drink coffee or your preferred energy drink to avoid kratom’s sedative effects.
Read More: Kratom With Coffee: Can You Mix The Two?
I understand why you would be hesitant. I was too, but I’ve mixed almost every NON-drug stimulant under the sun with kratom and have never experienced negative side effects. Here are some examples of energizing drinks I’ve mixed with kratom just to name a few:
- Black Coffee
- Red Bull
Do NOT take more kratom, even if it’s a white strain, in an attempt to counteract the sedation effects. You will only make yourself more tired.