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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.
How to Dose Kratom Properly
Many users acknowledge the fact that if you’re a new Kratom user, you need to start at the lower end of the dosage and work your way up. Kratom’s effects will last anywhere between 2 and 5 hours. These effects will depend on a number of factors such as general tolerance, body mass, etc.
The rule of thumb is to always use caution by starting at lower doses and increasing by 0.5 gram until you get what works for you. Note that the increase should not be applied immediately but on the following day. Additionally, allow for about 20 to 40 minutes for the drug to take effect after each dose.
The general dosage recommendation for beginners is 1 gram per day. If your body tends to be sensitive to substances, start at a lower dose such as 0.5 grams. Again, Kratom has a lower onset compared to other drugs, so wait for about 45 minutes and assess the effects before taking more.
If after 2 or 3 re-doses you’re still not happy with the outcome, try again the following day starting at 3 grams. Just remember to start small, go slow and pay attention to how your body reacts. Keep in mind that too much Kratom might result in undesirable side effects such as wobbles and nausea.
If you happen to increase the dosage to 8g and you still can’t feel any significant effect, chances are the strain you’re pursuing might not be the right one for you. Try a different strain or take your time off for a while then try it again at a later time. The Kratom community has a saying that “less is more”. This is due to the fact that there is a ceiling effect whereby increasing the dosages beyond a certain measure won’t provide any more desirable effect.
The Effects of Kratom
Kratom is rather unusual in its effects in that a low dosage will likely (but not always) result in a stimulating effect, while high doses are almost always sedating. This happens because the active ingredients (alkaloids) give the user both stimulating and sedative effects. The question of which of these predominates usually depends on the amount of dose taken and individual differences. But most people report that kratom has the same effect as opiate drugs: which makes sense from a pharmacological standpoint because of the presence of alkaloids that also act as opiate receptor agonists.
It’s important to state that even though kratom appears to have the same mechanism of action as conventional opiate pain medication, it is not nearly as addictive. As a matter of fact, some people use it to overcome opiate addiction.
The stimulant effect: At this dosage, physical energy is increased and the mind is more alert. Sexual energy may also be evident, and one may have more energy to do chores. There is also an elevation of mood, a tendency to be more talkative, friendly and sociable, and a desire to be useful. This stimulant effect is somewhat different from traditional CNS stimulants (caffeine, amphetamines, etc.). Kratom is more of a mental stimulant than a physical stimulant.
The sedative-euphoric effect: This dosage will make the user more sensitive to physical as well as emotional pain, while giving them a general feeling of calm and bliss (you may also experience a pleasant dreamy reverie). Itching is common, as well as increased perspiration. Pupils may dilate and you may feel nauseated, but if this happens it is recommended that you lie down and try to relax. In this state it’s likely that you will find a deeper appreciation of art and music (lie down in a warm, semi-darkened room with your eyes closed and listen to your favorite music). In this same state it is possible to experience ‘waking-dreaming’ where part of your mind is in dreamland while the other is still awake.
Caution: The general response or sensitivity to kratom is easy to determine based on existing studies, however it should be noted that people vary in sensitivity. The dosages mentioned here are only estimates and should not be regarded as absolute. Start with a low dose when experimenting with each new strain of kratom – this will give your body the space to adjust and you can monitor the subtle effects without any danger of a major reaction. As you gradually increase the dosage, you will find that you finally obtain the desired level of effects without any nausea or other effects associated with high dosage.
If you take kratom and fail to see any immediate effects, don’t take another dose just yet. Factors such as a recent heavy meal can delay the effects so give your body time to absorb the active ingredients. Another common cause of delayed effects is swallowing capsules. It takes a while for stomach acid to dissolve gelatin or the vegetable cellulose capsules. If you consume a low-moderate dose of kratom and fail to see any noticeable effect after several hours, you can then increase your dose by 0.5 grams.
There haven’t been any recorded cases of overdose from the use of kratom. If you consume too much, your body will simply expel it. But try to stick to the recommended dose to avoid side effects such as nausea, sleeplessness, lack of focus, loss of appetite, runny nose, etc. If you do suffer any of these effects, drink plenty of water and stop using kratom for a while. The symptoms should go away relatively quickly.
How Much 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|
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.
Measure Your Kratom Dosage
The best way to do this is with a scale. A typical kratom dose is only a few grams; so ideally you need a scale that will easily measure down to a single gram with an accuracy of at least 1/10th of a gram. You can get a reliable low-cost digital scale at vendors online or at local stores.
Bear in mind that measuring kratom by volume is a bit challenging because the actual amount contained in any given volume varies based on how fine the material is. Therefore, one teaspoon of finely-ground kratom is bound to weigh more than one teaspoon of coarsely ground leaves. With this knowledge, let’s lay out some groundwork for you:
Typically, 1 level teaspoon of regular commercially available kratom powder weighs about 2 grams. Since 3 teaspoons make 1 tablespoon, we can conclude that 1 level tablespoon of finely ground kratom leaves will weigh an average of 6 or 7 grams. That is a moderate dose of average potency (and potentially a high dose for high-potency kratom). So how much kratom should I take?
Avoiding Kratom Overdose
The dosage of Kratom that will elicit symptoms of overdose will vary depending on the tolerance or sensitivity of individual users. Some users might experience some side effects and symptoms of overdose with 5 grams per day, while others will only experience this when they go past 10 grams per day. Some of the symptoms of overdose include feelings of nausea, dizziness, headache, and vomiting. If you suspect you have taken a little too much, drink yogurt or grapefruit juice and walk outside or lay down. This will ease and eliminate the unpleasant symptoms.
Tips for Avoiding Tolerance
Tolerance is one of the major problems users trying to get the best of Kratom benefits. Prolonged consumption of Kratom might cause the brain to be desensitized to its effect, which why it’s important to learn how to avoid tolerance. Here are some quick tips;
• Space out dosage intervals, preferably only once per say
• Keep your dosage lower than your average dose and give it time to take effect.
• Alternate different strains each day to reduce the development of tolerance.
• Take regular breaks to avoid prolonged use.
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.