Introduction to Kratom Dosage
There is sufficient evidence indicating that kratom is a potent herb with numerous therapeutic applications. However, more clinical studies are still needed to identify the full extent of the effects that this herb can achieve and its potential applications. This lack of information is one of the primary reasons why dosing kratom is very challenging.
Consuming high doses of kratom can lead to grave adverse reactions. To some people, even minimal doses can still yield undesired effects. You might also build high tolerance for this substance, which means that you will need to ingest high doses of kratom to experience regular effects.
What’s more worrying is that in your quest to increase your dosage to counteract the tolerance, you may end up developing a dependence on the herb. Unfortunately, there are thousands of kratom addicts out there, and the withdrawal symptoms they experience is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
Consequently, you must get the dosage right to avoid such issues. What’s more, taking the right amount of kratom will also help you to get the most out of the substance in the most efficient way.
The following piece will give you the full scoop on everything you should know regarding kratom dosage.
How to Dose Kratom
The interesting thing is that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to kratom dosage. The dose and effects are very personal, and what worked brilliantly for someone else may not work for you. Therefore, you must embark on a search for your own ‘sweet spot.’ In other words, you must find the amount where you will experience the sensation you desire without exposing yourself to adverse reactions.
The correct kratom dosage is contingent on numerous factors, including the health, age and body type of the user, among other conditions. The scientific community is still trying to find the appropriate dosage recommendations for this substance, but during the time of writing, there was insufficient research for general guidelines.
Another thing that adds to this predicament is that kratom measurements are not consistent across all its vendors. As a result, you should buy high quality, and precision digital scale for weighing your supplement as kratom portions of the same size may have different weights. This is mostly the case when with extracts.
The following information does not always come up as accurate, but it’s as good as you’ll get it comes to guidelines for your dosing needs.
- Average Powdered Leaf: 1 gram = 0.035 ounce, 50 grams = 1.75 ounces, 100 grams = 3.5 ounces
- Bali Powder: 1 tablespoon = 6.2 grams, 1 Teaspoon = 2.3 grams
- Green Malay Powder: 1 tablespoon = 6.9 grams, 1 teaspoon = 2.4 grams
- Crushed Leaf: 1 tablespoon = 2.7 grams, 1 teaspoon = 0.9 grams
- Maeng Da Powder: 1 tablespoon = 7 grams, 1 teaspoon = 2.6 grams
Given that you cannot know the best kratom dosage from the beginning, you should start small and then build up your dose over time to find out the safe and effective amount for you. If you’re a beginner to kratom, specialists advise that you begin with two or three grams. For the best results, endeavor to take your kratom on an empty stomach. You should do this right when you wake up or a few hours after having breakfast.
After your first dose, you should wait at least 30 or 40 minutes before deciding how you feel. If you think you need some more, you may increase your amount with one or two grams. Subsequently, you should wait an additional half an hour before evaluating how you feel. Typically, you won’t need any more kratom than that, but if you want to, you may add a third dose (Anywhere from 0.5 to 2 grams).
Your weight is also a crucial consideration when it comes to kratom dosage. Kratom researchers discovered that a dose of 20 milligrams per kilogram was highly effective. This means that the average human should take an average dose of one to two grams of kratom.
Check out the following guide based on weight
- 60kg: 1200mg (1.2 grams)
- 70kg: 1400mg (1.4 grams)
- 80kg: 1600mg (1.6 grams)
- 90kg: 1800mg (1.8 grams)
- 100kg: 2000mg (2.0 grams)
Please note that the guideline mostly works for first-time users. If you are an experienced user, you may take more according to your needs.
Experienced kratom users already know their preferred kratom strain and are accustomed to the effects. Therefore, the only thing for them to consider is kratom tolerance.
Taking kratom frequently will prompt your body to develop a tolerance towards the strain you are using at the moment. When the resistance sets in, you will not experience kratom effects the same way as you did the first time.
Kratom Dosage for Various Effects
The first indication that you’ve overdosed on kratom is experiencing dizziness and nausea. You should stop using the herbal supplement as soon as you notice these symptoms. After using your starter dose for a while, you may increase the amount further depending on your desired results, and the particular strain you’re using.
As you may already know, when used in low doses, kratom functions as a stimulant, and it acts as a sedative when used in high doses. What’s more, when taken in excess, users not only begin experiencing extreme sedation but also encounter euphoria.
This is how you should take kratom to achieve various effects.
- Energy and Focus– You may take three to six grams of kratom every day. For better results, you may choose to mix it with grape juice.
- Pain and Anxiety– If you want to relieve pain and reduce anxiety, taking seven to nine grams of kratom should do the trick. However, before getting to this point, new users are encouraged to start with low doses notwithstanding how desperate you may be for results. Disclaimer: A sudden spike of kratom levels in your system may be harmful.
- Opiate Withdrawal– Kratom has been used as a replacement for opioids for some time now. Given that it reduces one’s craving for opioid drugs, kratom helps individuals to stay away from these harmful substances. For this purpose, you should start with approximately seven to nine grams taken two to four times for the first three days. You should then reduce the amount to five to seven grams on the fourth, three to five grams on the fifth, and two grams on the sixth.
- When experiencing opiate withdrawal, you should take kratom under the supervision of detoxification professional. The specialists should help you use kratom appropriately to reduce the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms while keeping you comfortable.
Crucial Kratom Dosage Tips
Here are several things that are worth mentioning when taking kratom for the first time or taking a strain that you’ve not tried before.
Kratom is a member of the coffee family and will dehydrate you significantly (much like coffee). Therefore, you must drink a lot of water with it. If you suddenly feel a bit ‘heady’ it could be that you’ve taken a high dose. However, if you’ve followed the guide above, it’s more likely that you only need a drink. When taking kratom, you will need more fluid than usual, and you must bear this in mind if you’re going to be up and about.
Take On an Empty Stomach
As mentioned earlier, this is quite important, especially when starting. You may experiment with taking kratom with food in your belly at a later stage although it is good to have a reference point from which to work. A full or partially filled stomach will require a higher kratom dose.
Each Strain Requires a Different Dosage
This quite important actually. To avoid overdosing, be sure to refer to the above dosage guidelines whenever you start using a new strain as it is likely different kratom will have different sweet spots. Some of the first acting strains can hit harder, so you want to start on the low end of the dosage spectrum with that.
Keep A Log
A log helps you keep records of your first experiences with each strain, including how much you took, and your encounter after. This will help you build on each experience as you review the notes. As a result, it only gets better each consecutive time.
Use A Quality Source
Finally, and arguably the most crucial consideration; ensure that your kratom is of high quality. It is not surprising that some people have a hard time experiencing results only to realize that they use cheap head-shop brands from unreliable suppliers.
The aspect of building up your dosage gradually and finding your sweet spot has been significantly emphasized in this guide. This is because a sudden spike in kratom in your system may pose some unwarranted side effects. What’s more, frequent kratom users are prone to building tolerance for their preferred kratom, which will make them somewhat immune to their usual kratom dosage.
It may be frustrating when you feel like you aren’t getting the results you desire. At the same time, it may be dangerous if you take too much kratom. However, the people who’ve found their sweet spots have been patient and methodical in their approach.
Overall, the process of finding your correct dosage should be fun.