People love experimentation. So, to enhance their kratom experience, they’ve tried mixing it with a lot of different substances. One such combination is of turmeric and kratom.
Turmeric is as good as kratom when it comes to enhancing your life through natural substances. It has its pain-relieving properties with a plethora of other health benefits that make it the ideal substance to combining with kratom.
Not only that, but the combination of turmeric and kratom has also been scientifically demonstrated to improve and prolong kratom effects. This means turmeric can save you a ton of money that you spend on kratom.
To have an in-depth understanding of this compelling combination, and to begin your money-saving journey, read on!
What is turmeric and what does it do?
If you’ve ever tried Indian food, you’ve eaten turmeric. Turmeric is a plant that grows in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.
It belongs to the ginger family, and its roots are extensively used in cooking. Turmeric gives food a pungent, bitter taste, and it’s what makes curry look yellow.
Apart from cooking, turmeric is an inherent part of some Asian cultures and has been used in traditional medicine — like traditional Chinese medicine — for a long time. In some parts of India, it’s even used during marriage ceremonies!
But what has it got to do with pain-relief and kratom?
Pain is a consequence of a process called inflammation. During inflammation, the cells of your body release certain chemicals that sensitize your nerve endings to pain. These extra-sensitive nerve endings fire repeatedly and cause you to experience pain.
Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, the major one of which is called curcumin. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties. It blocks a protein called NF-κB. NF-κB is responsible for making your cells release pain-inducing chemicals.
When NF-κB is blocked by curcumin, cells can’t release pain-causing chemicals, and your pain goes away.
And although turmeric’s curcumin concentration is not that high, it can undoubtedly provide adequate pain relief. But this is not the main reason why people combine turmeric with kratom. The main reason is rather interesting, and we’ll explore it later in this article.
For now, let me explain to you how kratom relieves pain and which strains are the best at it.
Kratom and pain
Kratom is well-known for its analgesic properties. It has chemicals called alkaloids. The principal alkaloid present in kratom is called mitragynine.
Mitragynine binds to molecules in your body called opioid receptors. Binding activates these receptors, and they cause certain reactions, the ultimate result of which is the release of anti-pain chemicals.
According to research, before mitragynine can activate these receptors, it has to be converted to another compound called hydroxymitragynine. Thus, the primary compound behind kratom’s analgesic properties is hydroxymitragynine.
Chemicals that counter pain travel to your spinal cord and block the incoming pain signals. This prevents pain signals from reaching your brain, and so you stop experiencing pain.
But not all types of kratom are good at this. Different strains have different major effects. These effects can range from mood-improvement to energy-boost to euphoria to analgesia.
Common strains used for pain-management include Maeng Da, Indo, Bali, Borneo, and Malay. If you have to choose one from these, go with Bali. Rather, red vein Bali. This is the strain that’s said to have the most pain-relieving properties.
The relationship of kratom and turmeric
Okay, so now you know how kratom and turmeric relieve pain. So, if you use both of these together, you’ll experience greater pain-relief, right?
While that’s technically true, it’s not the reason why people combine kratom and turmeric.
The reason why people combine turmeric and kratom involves a concept called kratom potentiation. This is when you use a compound (turmeric, in this case) to make kratom effects last longer. This allows you to use lesser amounts of kratom for pain-relief and saves you money.
A lot of “kratom potentiators” are available in the market, but science doesn’t support them. It does, however, support turmeric and its kratom-potentiating effect.
How does turmeric make kratom last longer?
It turns out that there are certain enzymes — called cytochrome P450 — in your liver that metabolize kratom. This basically means that when kratom reaches your liver, these enzymes inactivate it. This is one reason why kratom effects don’t last forever.
According to research, curcumin — the primary compound present in turmeric — slows down the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes.
So, when you use kratom after turmeric, kratom is degraded slowly — because the turmeric goes in and slows down kratom-inactivating enzymes. Thus, kratom lasts longer in your system, and so does its effects.
Combining turmeric with kratom allows you to use kratom in lower quantities and achieve the same effect you would if you took it in greater amounts. And that’s amazing because it provides you greater pain-relief while saving you money.
Because, remember, turmeric also has its own pain-relieving properties.
And not only that, turmeric has a lot of other science-backed health benefits. It’s a win-win situation.
The dos and don’ts of the turmeric-kratom combination
I can see you’ve already made up your mind about trying this fantastic combination. So, I’ll give you some general rules to make your experience amazing.
According to experienced kratom users, your kratom-turmeric combination should be made of 2/3rds of turmeric and 1/3rd of kratom. If you can get your hands on a turmeric supplement that also has pepper in it, your experience will become even better.
That’s because pepper helps your body absorb turmeric. The higher the turmeric that your body absorbs, the greater the kratom-potentiation.
If you’re unable to find turmeric with pepper, try Theracurmin. Theracurmin is turmeric, but the size of its particles has significantly been reduced, and it’s been made more water-soluble.
Both these features allow your body to absorb higher amounts of turmeric and essentially provide the same (or better) effect as turmeric and pepper. However, Theracurmin is way more expensive than regular turmeric, and that’s something you should keep in mind.
Also, you must take turmeric at least one hour before you use kratom. This is important if you want maximum kratom-potentiating effects. The reason is that this interval gives turmeric time to get into your system and slow down kratom-inactivating enzymes.
However, everything is harmful when used excessively, and so is the case with turmeric. While it has a lot of health benefits, excessive use can cause gastrointestinal side-effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.
With very high doses, turmeric can cause your heart to beat in an irregular fashion, which can be fatal.
Also, potentiating kratom to a dangerous extent can lead to kratom toxicity.
Signs of kratom toxicity include a dry mouth, constipation, liver damage, and the more dangerous seizures and coma.
So, while it’s a great idea to combine kratom with turmeric, you should always be careful and do it in controlled amounts.
Tip: if you want to achieve maximum kratom potentiation, try curcumin extracts instead of turmeric. Because it’s the curcumin (which is present in turmeric) that slows down kratom-breaking enzymes in your body.
How to take turmeric powder to potentiate kratom?
Initially, people used to consume turmeric in a powdered form. The powdered form is similar to powdered kratom.
But with recent advances, turmeric is now available in a lot of different forms. These include drinks, capsules, packaged foods, and concentrated extracts.
If you don’t want to use these processed items, you can use natural turmeric.
One great way is to drink turmeric tea because it’s very easy to make. To make turmeric tea, take some turmeric – it’s readily available at most grocery shops — and grate/ground it. You can also use powdered turmeric here.
Next, boil turmeric in water. For every 4 cups of water, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of turmeric.
After about 10 minutes, strain the tea in your cup.
You can add honey or sugar to sweeten the tea. You can also add some black pepper to the drink because it helps your body to absorb the turmeric better.
Another great option is to make golden milk. Add some turmeric, honey, black pepper, ginger powder, and cinnamon to milk and heat the mixture mildly.
Golden milk not only helps in potentiating kratom, but it’s a time-proven solution for sore throat, fever, and a runny nose.
Some people simply sprinkle turmeric on their favorite foods. You can add it to vegetable soup or the eggs that you eat daily.
There are many other ways of taking turmeric. If you don’t like the ones I have mentioned, you can find dozens of different ways on the internet.
So, should you mix turmeric and kratom for pain management?
Absolutely! Both have pain-relieving properties, and the combination can save you a lot of money.
However, excessive use of both turmeric and kratom can take a toll on your health. Be careful and use this impressive combination in moderation.