Can You Be Allergic To Kratom: A Complete Guide

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Can You Be Allergic To Kratom: A Complete Guide

June 28, 2022

Is there a link between kratom and allergies? If you’re looking for answers, you’ve come to the right place. To discover more about kratom allergies, keep reading!

Kratom is a popular Southeast Asian herb that grows on coffee trees. The leaves of this tree have long been employed as a natural remedy and a stimulant by laborers. However, few people realize that even a plant might produce an allergic reaction. Don’t worry, not everyone who uses it gets an allergy! It depends on the individual as well as several other parameters such as weight, age, and doses that exhibit allergy symptoms.

Though allergies are uncommon, many people suffer from symptoms such as tremors, difficulty breathing, unexplained exhaustion, mucous membrane damage, muscle soreness, and discomfort. However, a small percentage of people have reported itching after using kratom. Have you experienced these symptoms lately? Keep reading!

What Is An Allergy?

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Allergies arise when the attacking antibodies react to a substance as if it is harmful. It’s unclear why and how this occurs, but most people who are affected have a genealogy of allergies. Every year, the number of people suffering from severe allergies climbs. 

Our immune system tries to protect our body from harmful invaders at the expense of the normal homeostasis of the body. When normal functions are disrupted we develop common symptoms like:

  • Inflammation
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Red and swollen eyes
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing

Though these symptoms don’t sound harmful, they can lead to unprecedented consequences if not treated immediately. Rashes, itching, burning, flaking, and dry skin are some of the symptoms.

Kratom Allergy

Even if kratom is “organic,” unregulated, and taken as a natural treatment, it still has the potential to cause harm. Even though many people may tolerate kratom without suffering any negative health impacts or allergic reactions, it is important to remember that kratom can have serious side effects and negative reactions.

Allergies to kratom are uncommon, but not unheard of. If this organic impact is not appropriate for your body, symptoms such as thirst, itching, and other body adaptation mechanisms will occur. Despite the absence of scientific evidence, Kratom itching is a real adverse effect, according to anecdotal evidence and it should not be left unchecked.

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Common Symptoms Of Kratom Allergy


Kratom, like other opiates, has been shown to produce scratching as a side effect. The itchiness that arises after using kratom is usually minimal. It does not lead people to stop using it. Some people believe that itching is caused by the body’s slight kratom sensitivity, which leads to the production of histamine, a neurochemical related to allergic reactions and irritation.

How Should I Know?

If you are consuming kratom and suddenly notice symptoms like swelling, rash, edema, redness, or burning, it means you are allergic to kratom. Stop using it immediately and seek medical help for your own safety. Itching can also develop in people with hepatic failure, so if you’re experiencing these side effects, you should have your liver function checked.

Discoloration Of Skin

Skin pigmentation is a potential kratom side effect, particularly in long-term users. The majority of people who believe kratom can cause skin discoloration say the discoloration is most noticeable on the face, especially the cheeks. Only a small percentage of the population develops variations in melanin production, but someone who is sensitive to kratom and/or develops an intolerance over time may get a skin rash. If your skin turns discolored while using kratom, stop using it immediately and seek medical advice. 


Flushing in common areas of the neck, head, face, and chest can also be possible if you are allergic to kratom. Many persons who experience hot flashes experience excessive flushing and observe an increase in sweating production. A small number of kratom users have experienced hot flashes, but they are not a common side effect.

Causes Of Kratom Allergy

You might be wondering if it’s just a herb. How am I getting an allergy? Well, we have answers for that too!

Here are the causes of kratom allergy:

Body Adjustment

Kratom allergy often happens because your body may require some time to acclimatize to the change. After some time the symptoms will go away when you get used to it.


If your body is dehydrated, you’re more likely to develop a kratom allergy. Itching, roughness, and redness are common symptoms of dry skin.


As a coping mechanism, your body creates allergic symptoms if you take more doses than it can tolerate. Check your dose to avoid this. Take note of how much your body can tolerate without experiencing negative side effects.

Low Quality

If you are consuming kratom that is impure it is the answer to your allergy. When our bodies come into contact with pollution, they react in an excessive fashion. Choose the purest kratom to avoid this.

Is It An Allergy, Sensitivity, Or Intolerance?

It’s critical to understand what your body is going through. Are your symptoms due to a kratom allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance? Allergy is your body’s overreaction to something. It’s a quick process, and there’s a chance you won’t be able to ingest or accept the drug in any form. Sensitivity, on the other hand, is our body’s attempt to adjust to the new drug. Unpleasant symptoms are caused by intolerance. Small amounts of the drug can still be eaten or encountered by those with intolerance. It’s crucial to distinguish between kratom allergy and sensitivity or intolerance. 

To Sum It Up

Although kratom allergies are uncommon, they should not be overlooked. When purchasing kratom, strive to buy from merchants who you know sell high-quality, natural kratom. The strain causes most allergies, so keep track of which strains suit you best to avoid unpleasant surprises. 

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Jasmin Weber

Jasmin Weber has been working in the kratom & CBD industry for 3 years with Grassroots Harvest and GRH Kratom. She regularly writes content for both the cannabis and kratom websites of these stores & can also be found featured on related sites around the web.

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