Mitragyna Speciosa or Kratom has been used for hundreds of years–mostly in South Eastern Asian countries, but in recent years it has begun to gain popularity throughout America and Europe as well. It is used as a stimulant, a pain reliever and overall herbal remedy for various conditions.
Knowing exactly how to use kratom, especially when it comes to dosage, is an important part of incorporating this herb into your life. Mitragyna Speciosa is naturally a very dose sensitive plant. It is crucial that you understand the ins and outs of various usage guidelines before buying kratom because different dosages will promote different effects.
New kratom users should especially pay attention to the following information, as many a new kratom user has taken the improper dose and been turned off to the plant forever. This is a real shame since kratom can be immensely useful when used properly.
The Different Ways to Use Kratom
Traditionally, kratom leaves were often chewed raw to produce the desired effect, but fresh leaves are rarely used in the west and are hard to come by. Ground powder is the most popular way of taking kratom but there are other ways such as making tea or using resin or tincture as well. Now let’s take a look at some of the different ways you can take kratom:
1. Dry Kratom Leaves
Aside from chewing raw leaves off of the tree, using dried kratom leaves is perhaps the most ‘pure’ way of taking it but not necessarily the most efficient. The leaves themselves can be very bitter and often take a while to chew. Many leaves are often needed to produce effects and the process can feel like a chore.
2. Toss n’ Wash
As you may have guessed, this method refers to ‘tossing’ some kratom powder in your mouth and ‘washing’ it down with a beverage. It is an obviously straightforward method that gets the job done. The powder may have a slight bitter taste while it is in your mouth, but overall the toss n’ wash method is fast and easy.
3. Common Mixers
Many people may like mixing kratom in a glass of juice or adding it to a fruit smoothie or other tasty drink. They say that this helps mask the bitter taste of the plant. Some mention of putting kratom powder in with their coffee or even pouring it into a cup of yogurt all in an attempt to make it taste better.
4. Kratom Tea
Kratom can be prepared into a tea by boiling and stewing kratom powder or dried leaves in water for approximately 20-30 minutes. The effects of a kratom tea can take longer to kick in but often can provide a prolonged feeling of effects more strongly then raw powder. The idea is that the cooking process alters the alkaloids in the kratom, allowing the effects to last longer. This is the most time-consuming method of consumption but a solid choice for tea lovers.
8. Smoking Kratom
Smoking kratom is essentially a waste of time and money. A large amount of kratom would need to be smoked to be effective which doesn’t seem appealing to most when they can simply throw it down with a cold beverage without all of the hassle.
10. Topical Use
Topical creams and ointments are another form in which kratom can be taken. Those that use it say that it works as an analgesic, helping to control pain on the applied area. There are mixed reviews about this type of application but it seems promising.
11. Kratom Capsules
Probably the most popular way of consuming kratom other than as a powder, is in the capsule form. This method avoids the unpleasant taste of kratom all together but prepackaged capsules are going to cost more than powder. You can always capsule your own if you want to save, just keep in mind that you may have to swallow a dozen or more capsules to achieve the effects you desire.
A potent way of taking kratom is by using an extract or resin. This is usually achieved by cooking the kratom in water or other liquid–as the mixture condenses it becomes very concentrated and thick, like syrup. This part is the resin, which can be used as-is or can be dried, ground and turned back into powder extract.
A tincture is a liquid extract that is made when an organic compound like kratom is dissolved in alcohol. The alcohol, usually ethanol, serves as a potent solvent that concentrates the kratom during the extraction process, making the tincture very strong by volume.
As you can see, Mitragyna Speciosa is a very diverse plant that can be used in numerous ways. If you’re just starting out, then experiment with different methods until you find which one is right for you.
How Much Kratom Should You Take?
The recommended dose for kratom can vary a good deal throughout the kratom community and is dependent on many factors. In general, a new user should start small, maybe 1 or 2 grams to assess how they react.
As time progresses, you will come to understand how your body reacts to it and know how much you need to take. For most people this number is between 3 – 6 grams in a day. Others may use more or less than this. The table below helps to illustrate the typical kratom dose and its effects.
Kratom Dosage Guide
|Moderate||3-6 grams||stimulant or sedative-like|
|Strong||6-10 grams||more sedative/euphoric|
|Very Strong||8-15 grams||very sedative/euphoric|
General Tips For Taking Kratom Safely & Effectively
While the table above should be a good starting point for most, there are some other things you should keep in mind to get the most out of your kratom experience.
Start Small: Kratom affects everyone differently. Factors such as body mass index, blood viscosity, genetic formalities and brain composition differ from person to person. This is why it is important to start dosing kratom at relatively low doses to fully understand how it reacts with your body-type. After several uses, you may begin raising your dose until you feel you have obtained the desired effect.
Don’t Overdue It: Kratom can be massively helpful, but only when used responsibly. Taking high doses in order to ‘get high’ or ‘catch a buzz’ is unsafe behavior and not recommended at all.
Drink Plenty of Water: Similar to coffee, kratom can cause an increased rate of dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water on the days that you decide to use kratom. Failing to do so can cause headaches and nausea.
Know Your Body: As discussed, it is important to be in tune with how your body reacts to kratom. This includes how much you take but also how you take it. Taking kratom on an empty stomach versus right after dinner would create different effects. Drinking kratom tea versus using capsules would also offer different results. So, know your body and be consistent in your routines.
Be Flexible: Not all kratom strains are created equal. Different types of kratom will produce varying effects at varying dosages. Keep this in mind when experimenting with new strains and always remember to be flexible in your usage.
It may take some time to get a complete handle on the nuances of taking kratom regularly but I hope this guide gets you started in the right direction. When in doubt about anything, take less and drink more water. Be safe and have fun.
Until next time,