I think it's important not to insist that one drug
is 'better' than the other, since each person's biochemistry is different and so therefore a drug's effects are just as variable. This is precisely what makes the interaction of molecule and human engine so damn fascinating, and yet I think my experiences with hydrocodone
have been slightly 'superior' to most of my experiences with kratom
at this point, but in a way that is difficult to put my finger on.
I only started using kratom relatively recently and only really use about 6.5g at a time still, but have had many experiences with different types of kratom. Hydrocodone is more stoning for me. With hydrocodone all I can really do is lay on my bed watching a movie, getting nauseous if I move. I have very nearly gotten sick from kratom too, but I couldn't tell if it was from too high of a kratom dose, or just having taken it the same day as phenibut
which can also induce nausea.
It feels great don't get me wrong, but with kratom I do not get as strong of effects and so can enjoy moving around a little bit more. The nod is more euphoric on hydrocodone IMO, but kratom is euphoric in a more subtle way I think, though again not as debilitatingly as hydrocodone. They each really have their benefits and drawbacks.
Hydrocodone is so easy to take because of the pill form, and is strength regulated unlike kratom. However it is also illegal to have if you are not prescribed it, unlike kratom. Kratom also can be more difficult to consume IMO. You'll very likely be consuming way more mass of kratom for about the same high you'd get with less hydrocodone (Gelcaps, loose poowder, leaves, volume of tea)
Kratom feels like it has better karma for me, simply because you are consuming a plant instead of an isolated drug, and supporting other countries in many cases instead of massively rich pharma companies here in the US.