No one likes a black and white world.
Humans love variations; they want a variety of colors, different tastes. A monotonous routine bothers most of us. We seek adventures and diversity. Similarly, kratom users love kratom, but they want some variations too. Many kratom consumers wish to combine it with other herbs, medicines, alcohol, and recreational drugs to potentiate the effects of even reduce the kratom dosages.
One of these is a combination of kratom and Rhodiola Rosea, a flowering herbal plant whose roots have many medicinal and psychoactive properties. Owing to its roots packed with beneficial effects, it is popularly known as golden root, arctic root, and King’s crown.
Have you ever heard of a combination of kratom and Rhodiola?
Before this, it would be more appropriate to ask whether or not you have heard of Rhodiola?
Rhodiola is not new. It dates back to Greek and ancient Chinese history. With its root originating in Russia and part of Europe, it has traveled long distances to invade and embed into other cultures across North America, England, Europe, and Asia, soon becoming an important part of Chinese traditional medicine.
Let’s keep the popularity of Rhodiola aside as the question of the day persists:
Is it safe to combine Rhodiola with Kratom?
The beauty of herbal supplements is its variable effects om different people. Few individuals may swear by some of the benefits, while a handful may completely deny feeling any such effects.
The combination may be entirely safe and benign for one; still, it may have side effects in the other, so it’s always best to try yourself, combining the least possible doses first, to avoid serious complications. As far as safety in the majority of the experienced population is concerned, mostly there are positive feedbacks from people who combined kratom and Rhodiola.
Before combining Ketum and Rhodiola, the primary piece of information is the effects of Rhodiola itself.
Rhodiola or golden root is a psychoactive adaptogen. An adaptogen, as the name itself defines, is any herbal medicine that has the potential to balance the stress, worry, anxiety, and depression. In other words, adaptogens modulate mood, emotions, and overall behavior.
Rhodiola has been shown to relieve stress and alleviate fatigue. It enhances your physical capability and improves your stamina. In other words, it has strong performance-enhancing properties.
Anti-Depressant & Anxiolytic
One of the most popular effects of R.rosea is its impact on mood. With its main components, namely, rosavins and salidroside, it lifts the mood and erases the depression.
Not only that, but it has been proven to well-tolerated by the users with fewer side effects when compared with most of the conventional anti-depressants. It works on soothing mental fatigue and relieving anxiety, i.e., it has anxiolytic effects too. All in all, it enables you to have a more productive day.
Rhodiola or King’s crown further polishes the immune system of the body. It boosts the inflammatory mechanism and strengthens immunity too.
Muscle Building properties
R.rosea has shown positive effects on building muscles; therefore, it is gaining popularity as a pre-workout supplement among gym enthusiasts. Its anabolic properties are now being utilized in making powders and capsules for consumption by athletes.
Effects of Rhodiola When Combined with Kratom
Kratom, a Southeast Asian evergreen plant, has numerous medicinal benefits. These kratom effects can further be potentiated when taken with other psychoactive agents.
However, there is always a safety concern when combining two such products. Kratom and Rhodiola together can enhance your overall productivity. The two of these may act synergistically to enhance your mood, relieve depression, energize, and alleviate pain and fatigue.
Some kratom users intake Rhodiola to take a break from kratom; for instance, they prefer alternating kratom with Rhodiola to avoid excessive intake of kratom while enjoying the effects similar to that of kratom. Few swear by Rhodiola rosea’s property of benefitting during the period of kratom withdrawal.
However, it is noteworthy to mention here that some users reported no additional benefit of combing the two, they felt no synergistic properties. So it is best to try your luck too!
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction!
Similarly, almost always, every beneficial effect is accompanied by a side effect. This might not be true for Rhodiola Rosea. R.rosea has been studied to have no clinically relevant adverse effects. Even if present, the side effects are quite mild and very rare. However, some people have reported the effects of Rhodiola fading away with only a few weeks of use.
Is there any difference in the effects when Rhodiola is taken before or after kratom?
Due to the lack of feedback by the users, this aspect of kratom and Rhodiola combination is largely unstudied. However, what is known at the moment is the positive effects of Rhodiola when taken after kratom. If it is taken after kratom, it delays the need for an immediate next dose.
Taking Rhodiola after kratom may suppress your urge to take kratom earlier, thereby keeping you from overdosing. Moreover, R.rosea has been used by many to fight the withdrawal effects of kratom, which shows its benefits if taken after kratom.
How does Rhodiola work?
The primary and main components of Rhodiola that are responsible for the majority of its effect are the rosavin, salidroside, and tyrosol. It is full of organic acids, polyphenols, essential oils, and flavonoids
The potential anti-cancer property of Rhodiola is largely attributable to a potent component of Rhodiola called Salidroside, which is also responsible for its anti-oxidative and anti-ageing properties.
These potent components impart their effects on different regions of the brain. Some act on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis while others aim at the thalamus. All in all, each works to exhibit the effects of Rhodiola that make it one of its kind.
Can the mechanism of Rhodiola interact with kratom?
This question should not be restricted to kratom only. Although Rhodiola hasn’t been seen to have any interactions with the mechanism of kratom, a more appropriate question would be if it interacts with any drugs or herbal supplement?
The answer is No!
Rhodiola is a herb, with rare and mild adverse effects. There haven’t been any reports of R.rosea interacting or affecting the mechanism of other drugs.
However, there is one concern, that is, if you are already taking sedatives or high doses of kratom strains that have potent sedative effects, you should be careful when taking these with Rhodiola as combined sedative effects can make you very drowsy.
Does Rhodiola help with kratom withdrawal?
Some consumers have reported the beneficial effects of Rhodiola in fighting the first two weeks of kratom withdrawal. Not only it helps with kratom withdrawal symptoms, but it has also shown some hope in managing opioid addiction and reducing morphine dependence.
Recommended dosages of Rhodiola and Kratom
It is recommended to take Rhodiola around 200 mg twice in a day, i.e., 400 mg per day is the recommended dosage. However, a maximum of 600 mg can be taken with the expert’s advice. Even traditional Chinese medicinal recommendation has considered 2 to 3 g per day as safe and up to 6 g as the highest daily recommended dose.
The legal status of Rhodiola
The legal status of Rhodiola has no ambiguity. It has been labeled safe for use. Owing to its low side effect profile, it hasn’t been considered as harmful; therefore, it enjoys a legal status throughout. Kratom, however, has variable legal status varying from state to state, but it is legal in most of the states.
All in all, the combination of kratom and Rhodiola, the two miraculous herbs, has been cherished by many. This combination gave a new variety to regular kratom users. If you are among those regular kratom consumers who want some added flavours and benefits of kratom, you can try this combination.
Kratom has worked well in combination with many other herbs, but this combo seems to be the most benign with no major side effects to mention. However, caution is mandatory. When trying Rhodiola for the first time, before mixing it with kratom, try to have it on its own to see how your body reacts as everybody/system has a different reaction to the same substance/herb.
Once you are aware of your system’s capacity, you can play with different doses of Rhodiola and kratom together. Start with the lowest possible doses when combining the two. You can always ascend the ladder anytime you want. However, it is recommended to start low and go slow!
Good luck with the new variation!