Kratom’s effects tend to go one of two ways. Depending on the strain and vein color you choose, you might end up with relaxing effects or energizing effects as reported by kratom connoisseurs. And while most people enjoy kratom’s spectrum of benefits on its own, there are others who claim that the effects of the herb are best enjoyed when tossed in together with melatonin.
Way back in the early 2000s, melatonin entered the nutritional supplements arena as the ultimate sleep aid. This all-natural substance has become synonymous with a good night’s sleep. And today, kratom patrons are leveraging melatonin’s benefits in combination with Mitragyna speciosa. But how effective is it and is it safe?
First things first — what exactly is melatonin? Unlike kratom that’s taken from external sources (a type of tree in Southeast Asia, to be exact), melatonin is naturally produced in the body. As your senses perceive the setting of the sun and your body’s circadian rhythm kicks in, your pineal gland (found in the brain) releases melatonin.
This hormone is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle and makes you feel sleepy as the dark settles in. People who struggle to fall asleep at night can take melatonin supplements to increase the hormone’s concentration in their body and therefore make it easier to fall and stay asleep.
Depending on the color of the kratom you choose, you’re going to get one of three very different effects. With white vein kratom, you can expect more energizing, uplifting effects that impact mood and productivity. A dose of white can also have you feeling more sociable and energetic — ready to take on the world.
On the other end of the spectrum are the reds. These strains are best known for their calming, soothing, and relaxing benefits that people use to wind down at the end of the day. If you’re feeling on edge or if you need to take a breather, a dose of red vein kratom should help you calm the nerves without a moment to lose.
Finally, there are greens. Green vein kratom strains are known for their combination effects. While they might energize you to some extent, they’re very controlled and lend a sense of calm. These balanced effects produce a distinct clarity that improves motivation and productivity without having you feel like you’re a buzzing ball of energy.
To make things clear — there’s still a significantly larger majority of kratom users that enjoy the herb as a stand-alone solution. But even then, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy the stuff together with a dose of melatonin.
For the most part, kratom users who combine the effects of the herb do so to enhance the effects of reds. Technically, melatonin is not a kratom potentiator. But since red vein kratom and melatonin have similar effects in that they both calm and induce sleepiness, they complement each other in that department.
So if for instance, you were hoping to keep your kratom dosage under control, then adding a dose of melatonin might help prevent the need to increase your grams. On the other hand, there are kratom users who take melatonin hours after a white vein dose to help bring down the effects.
That is if you took a dose of white vein kratom to bump up your productivity and you’re done with all the things you set out to do, then you can dial down the elevating effects by taking a dose of melatonin. This also works if you took white vein kratom too close to bedtime and it’s keeping you from feeling sleepy.
If you’re looking to amplify the effects of red vein kratom with melatonin, then you can take your doses together. It’s often ideal to take them in the same form so that they take effect at roughly the same time. And since melatonin is most widely available in capsules and tablets, then you should make sure you’re using kratom in the same form.
To combat the effects of white vein kratom, taking melatonin at the same time might not be the best course. This would result in a more green vein-like experience. Instead, take your melatonin dose when you feel like you want to wind down.
Generally speaking, neither kratom nor melatonin has been found to cause serious, adverse reactions in most of the people that take them. And while studies on the use of both substances together might not be too extensive, anecdotal reports from all over the web state that there’s really no need to worry about any interactions between the two.
Of course, that still depends on how responsibly you use them together. Manage your doses, buy quality products, and make sure to start your doses small to find out how your body reacts to the combination if you’re using it for the first time.