Kratom Washouts

How To Combat Tolerance

Kratom can be a very useful tool in your life. One of the best parts is that kratom is much safer than actual opioids.  If you burn sporadically or less than 5 times per week, you'll likely not experience any withdrawals at all.  If you do burn daily or several times per day, you'll be more likely to experience some.
Some say the withdrawals can be minimal (similar to stopping caffeine) while others say there can be some anxiety and agitation. Fortunately, there are 'Wash Outs' (which we'll get to in a sec) which helps to greatly reduce or eliminate any negative effects. If you're doing a washout just for lowering tolerance, sometimes switching to a different series of strains from a different vendor can help make a difference. In case you are currently looking for a new vendor, HappyHippo is always a safe reliable option you can depend on.

The reasons for washouts are to:

- Lower your tolerance (if you're taking it daily, you may find overtime you need more and more for the same effect)
- Take a break- Not too long ago I had to take a break for a surgery I had to undergo.  Because of this, I used a washout period to go without kratom for two months
- Stop altogether- Some just find kratom isn't for them/doesn't suit their lifestyle


If you find kratom doesn't have the same effect as it use to, it's likely your tolerance has built up from a number of different reasons. The most common reasons are failing to properly use kratom, taking too much, or using extracts. To refresh your memory from my kratom guide, burning (means using it) kratom properly means following these points:

- Alternate different types of kratom each day- not having a slow or fast strain every day of the week
- Keeping it to only 1 strain a day- If you have Maeng Da that day, don't burn anything else
- Have a fairly empty stomach when burning
- Staying hydrated

When the effect from kratom isn't as good as it use to be, the common action is to burn more grams.  While this may work temporarily, you're tolerance will increase with every extra gram you take.


A washout is a method to make taking breaks from kratom (or stopping altogether) easier. Below are 2 options for the type of washout:

Option 1: Stop all at once

+ this can be good as it speeds up the process
- bad since any possible withdrawals will be more significant

Option 2: Taper

+ Reduces withdrawals to basically none
+ If you need kratom for back pain, taking the small amount should still help
- Can take a long time to get off of kratom or to the amount of grams you want.

If you decide to taper (recommended) you can go at your own pace. This is how I did it with my surgery.  On average I reduced a gram a day for around a month with only a few days where I didn't taper any.

Washout Tools

The tools listed below are the key to having a successful washout. Each of these tools work in different ways to reduce withdrawals or make them much more manageable.

- Phenibut
- Stem & Vein
- Kava Kava
- Imodium


Phenibut is the best washout tool of all. You can have a smooth washout with only using that.  It completely kills any anxiety.  The downside is you should only stick to using it 2-3 times per week since phenibut addiction & withdrawals has a reputation of being potentially dangerous.  Other than using phenibut for washouts, it's great for other things like dates, public speaking, sex (massively boosts libido), general nervousness and more. Highly recommended. Phenibut is sold as a nutritional supplement and is completely legal to purchase- I find it easiest to get online. I am currently writing a post about phenibut here if you're interested to learn more.

Stem & Vein

Stem & Vein is still kratom, but its actually just the stems and veins of the plant (instead normal kratom which is just the leaf).  This means the alkaloids in it are a bit different than the normal leaf. So, although there is some cross tolerance, the usual receptors kratom reacts on takes a bit of a break. This washout tool is best suited for those who just want to lower tolerance. You just take it for a week straight (effects aren't as good, but still decent), then you'll have a new low tolerance to kratom. The biggest obstacle with S&V is that a quality version is hard to find. Some I tried actually gave me anxiety.  The vendor in my kratom guide has a great version, but it's not always stocked.

Kava Kava

Kava-kava is a western pacific plant that's commonly comes from Hawaii. Kava works well since it's an alternative to kratom as your way to relax.  Although effects don't last too long and it can be expensive, there's virtually no side effects and it's surprisingly powerful.   Quality can be tricky to find (the most popular one barely did anything for me).  My favorite source for kratom also has some stellar Kava, but last time I checked they were also out. It's important to know Kava comes from the root of the plant, but only the real potent quality version comes from Kava root extract.


Imodium (loperamide hydrochloride) is the only washout tool I haven't tried or had success with; but been told many times it can be a big help.  If you don't know what it is, Imodium is used to treat diarrhea and can be bought over the counter. Although there is some cross-tolerance (since it is an opioid), it doesn't affect you in the expected way since it doesn't get you high.  In order for imodium to reduce any withdrawals symptoms, you'll need to take a large dose.  The best way is to take some when you feel somewhat agitated. I've heard guys using up to 20mg several times a day. Since this is a large amount, you may need to get a couple bottles worth, but I don't recommend you do this for more than a week.  I'm not a doctor and this is not medical advice, all I know is it has been successfully used in the past for withdrawal. If you've used this method in the past or are planning to in the future, it would be awesome if you could let me know how it went. If you look around online, there's actually cases where guys used Imodium to even get off hard opiates.


If all you want to do is lower your tolerance- tapering along with taking phenibut is one of the easiest routes. If what yoi want is to take a break from kratom (permanent or not) you may want to look into using a couple of the washout tools. There's always the easier option of a  gradually taper- only reduce grams on easy days like when you're off work.  It may take awhile, but there's not a lot of hassle. After taking kratom for years, I never experienced any significantly negative withdrawals. I just felt a bit "off" with some agitation. Although it wasn't a big issue for me, I know there's a substantial amount of people who say the withdrawals can really suck; and that taking breaks isn't easy. Whether withdrawals are painless or tough, always remember to prepare before you start. I hope everyone can enjoy kratom as much as I have.  Personally, the positives have completely outweighed any negatives it brings in my life.  No back/knee pain, large motivation, and a compelling mood booster has been a real help. If this plant isn't for you, I wish you the best for a smooth painless washout.  If anyone has questions or needs help with the process, feel free to contact me at anytime. Cheers!