How to dose kratom properly
So you have finally decided that kratom is right for you and want to give it a try? Well, here comes the hard part. How much or how little of it should you take to achieve your goals?
It’s the question every kratom user has to grapple with. That is because there is no clinical study to show what the official ideal kratom dosage should be. That means users are pretty much on their own on this.
But a dosage gone wrong can spell big trouble for you. While smaller amounts probably won’t do anything to you, excessive amounts can bring on adverse reactions besides killing you. But even what seems to be a small amount of some kratom strains can be enough to send you into a frightening tizzy.
So how do you steer clear of these nightmare scenes? In this article, we look at how to approach the whole kratom dosage question and ensure you hit your goals smartly and safely.
Americans are just getting down to know about kratom. It’s a recently arrived compound into the market having been introduced from Southern Asia. It is fair to say though that despite its newness, kratom has set American society afire with equal parts excitement and horror.
Many people think it’s the best thing to happen later in the drug scene. Others think it brings a whole new chapter of headaches in drug addiction and fatalities. However, a lot of misgivings about kratom may have been generated through the improper use of kratom.
Kratom comes from a coffee like a tree that thrives almost exclusively in South East Asia. It is grouped in 3 main categories
- Red kratom
- White kratom
- Green Kratom
This grouping is based on the color that each of the different leaves takes. The difference leaf colors point to different chemical properties of the kratom strain, which gives you different effects in your body.
It is imperative to know your Kratom strain before you can decide on the kratom dosage.
Form of kratom
Kratom can be processed into three different forms, which will dictate how to dose. These are
- Kratom powder – this is a dried dustlike kratom produced from crushing the kratom leaves. With this form, you will have to measure the kratom amount by yourself. This can be liable to many errors, so it is ideal for veterans. To minimize errors in measuring your dosage, you can make use of special equipment such as milligrams, which provides precise measurements.
- Kratom pills or capsule – this is kratom powder that is enclosed in a casing of gelatin or vegetable material. The casing is soluble in your stomach, which helps to release the kratom for absorption. The quantity of kratom powder in the casing is pre-measured. This spares you from doing any measuring. Apart from purchased filled capsules, you can also buy empty capsules and fill them by yourself
- Kratom resin – this is the kratom residue that is extracted after boiling kratom in a suitable liquid. It is the most concentrated form of kratom because it has a high alkaloid content. Kratom resin is not ideal for newbies and should only be used by veterans.
Determining your personal dosage
Kratom dosage is by no means universal. Suggested guidelines for dosage are usually just a starting point. You still need to systematically work out your personal dosage by locating your sweet spot. Aspects that are unique to you will typically dictate your dosage such as
The process of narrowing down to what your dosage should be can be time-consuming. However, it can be a fun process and need not be approached as drudgery. So here are some steps to follow to find out your sweet spot.
- Steps 1 – Start by taking between 2 and 3 gm early morning. Observe the effect which will typically set in after 20 minutes. This assumes you have taken the kratom on an empty stomach
- Step 2 – For the next 30 or 45 minutes, take note of how you feel. You can add another 1 or 2 gm based on what you can feel.
- Step 3 – Wait for another 15 to 30 minutes and evaluate how you feel. Usually, in this step, you will be ready to make a hard conclusion on dosage, especially if you are using quality kratom.
- Step 4 – You can add between 0.5 to 2 gm if you think there is still room for a little more.
- Step 5 – 4 to 5 hours into your use, you may want to repeat the whole process for another experience. Make sure to use the same strain as before and keep to the same dosage.
- For newbies – Your brain receptors haven’t been exposed to kratom yet. Going with 3 to 5 gm should set you off to a good start.
- Weight of 68 kg or 150lbs – if that describes you, whether male or female, go with a lower dose of 1.5 gm.
Beware of kratom tolerance.
Tolerance is certainly something that you don’t want to develop with any drug, and kratom is no exception. It’s what happens to your body when you make prolonged use of the kratom drug. Tolerance makes you require ever-increasing amounts of the drug to get the same effect as before.
You will notice that a certain quantity of the kratom doesn’t do the trick anymore unless you ramp up the amount.
To avoid developing tolerance, it is advised not to use the kratom continuously or for an uninterrupted extended time. You can take breaks from using it after certain intervals. However, if you need continuous benefits without a break, you can cycle the kratom strain alternately with another kratom strain. Make sure that they have similar effects so that you can continue having the same experience with either strain.
What are some of the signs that you are breaching the right kratom dosage?
- Thyroid trouble
- Dry mouth
- A high urge for urination
- Numbness of the tongue
Points You Should Remember
- Whether you use powder or capsule, it’s always recommended that you take kratom without food or on an empty stomach. This ensures a much speedier absorption
- Always begin with a low dosage, especially if you are a beginner.
- Since kratom has properties resembling coffee, it tends to cause dehydration. So it’s recommended you take lots of water to replenish your body fluids.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking that all Kratoms have the same dosage levels. The different strains contain different amounts of alkaloids, which are the active compounds. So the same dosages of different kratom strains will produce different potencies.
- In most cases, kratom products will come with the manufacturer’s instructions on dosage. Ensure that you read them and consider them when deciding on your dosage
- Individual doses are usually not alike, so try to come up with a dosage level that is tailored to you. It’s a bad idea to follow your friend’s dosage, blindly.
- Experienced users can give you a good idea about setting your dosage levels. Learn from their experience in order to build your own kratom dosage
- Kratom capsules enable more precise or accurate dosing. They are ideal for beginners in order to minimize errors in dosing. Accurate dosing of kratom powder is also possible, provided the user has the special weighing equipment.
- Kratom products from different vendors are not the same, even if they come with the same label. For example, if you buy Red Maeng Da from two different vendors, they will tend to differ in potency. This is because each vendor is free to dose his product as he wants since there is no central regulator to set standards. So the kratom dosage of the same kratom products from different vendors is unlikely to be the same.
- Keep a log – To make your dosage discovery easy and manageable, it’s a good idea to keep a log on your daily use. Your notes should detail the type of kratom strain you took, the times you took them, and the quantities. Keep a record of the effects you experienced with every intake. Also, make sure you keep the notes safe and in a convenient place to be able to aid quick reference. It can be in a notebook, but you can also use electronic devices like your Mac using the TextEdit app.
Getting the correct dose of kratom intake is crucial. If you take too small an amount, it will do nothing for you. That means no relief for pain, depression, or anxiety, so it’s just your money getting tossed away. On the other spectrum, excessive kratom intake will only get you in trouble with side effects and even fatality.
However, you need not wade into those situations if you have followed the tips that have been laid out in the article.