Kratom Side Effects: Headaches and Migraines


Kratom is a natural remedy that has become very popular among its users. It has been used for many generations by many cultures in Southeast Asia as a remedy for different conditions ranging from depression and anxiety, to a lack of energy. While kratom is used as a remedy for different issues, there are some uncomfortable side-effects like headaches. So, in this article, we will examine how kratom headaches occur and how you can find relief from them.

Why Do These Headaches Occur?

Kratom is derived from kratom leaves, which are dried up and ground into powder that can be ingested, put into capsules or brewed into kratom tea. There are three main kinds of kratom, white, red and green veined, and within these kinds are several sub-varieties that get their name from their origin. Every kratom has different effects; some of them are energy and euphoria, relief from anxiety, sedation, and relief from diarrhea, pain relief and relaxation. Kratom effects vary depending on the variety and dosage. Active elements that are found in kratom are known as alkaloids and have an analgesic effect.

The cause of headaches due to kratom can vary. Some people experience tension headaches from varieties of kratom that are more stimulant and some people can experience sinus or facial headaches. Others may develop a kratom migraine or a hangover-type of headache. So, let’s take a look at some of the primary causes of kratom headaches and migraines.

Maeng Da and Thai Kratom Headaches


These two varieties of kratom, Thai and Maeng Da, carry a high risk of causing a headache. They are both known for their stimulating effects and they can bring about some muscle tension. This type of headache is usually described as tension headache and it seems like these headaches are exclusively caused by high dosages. In this case, the cure is simply taking a lower dosage, because it will lessen the stimulating effect and reduce the muscle tension that is usually the root of these headaches. You can also relieve these headaches by massaging the shoulders, neck and the base of the skull. You can even take some counter pain relievers shortly after kratom.

Kratom Migraines: Causes and Cures

The causes of kratom migraines are not exactly known. It is known that the changes in the chemistry of the body can cause migraines. The ones who experience kratom migraines are the ones who are already predisposed to experiencing severe headaches. Trying a different variety of kratom can be helpful, because every variety is unique and altering the dosage can also be helpful. One of the cures for kratom headaches is drinking a lot of water after taking your dosage.

Sometimes, after taking kratom, light headed sensations can happen, and many people confuse this with headaches. This is most often caused by taking a powerful and large dosage. The best solution is to take a smaller dosage or to try a different variety that will deliver the same effect as the previous one, but at a lower dosage.


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    I have never actually had a Kratom migraine

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      I just had my 1st one yesterday I was violently ill

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    Currently in hour 6 of my Kratom migraine. I very, very rarely will suffer from a migraine and haven’t had one in a very long time. Last night had knee pain that wouldn’t go away, so I took my usual effective dose of 8 capsules. I usually take the green strain Maeng Da, this time I took a white vein Thai. This has not been a fun day. I ended up going to bed in a dark room and it still didn’t help. I’ll stick to my usual strain going forward.

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