Introduction to Kratom Dosage
There is sufficient anecdotal evidence showing that Kratom is a potent herb that can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. However, we still need more clinical studies to show us the full extent of the effects that this Asian herb can achieve and how it can be used. The lack of this information is one of the reasons why dosing Kratom is very challenging.
High doses of Kratom can lead to severe adverse reactions. To some people, even the lowest of doses can still yield undesired reactions. You might also build too much tolerance for this herb and this means that you will need to consume high doses of the herb to experience regular effects. What’s even more worrying is the fact that in your quest to increase the doses while dealing with this tolerance, you can end up developing a dependence on the herb! There are a lot of Kratom addicts out there and the sort of withdrawal symptoms they go through isn’t something I’d wish on anyone.
Therefore, it is paramount that you get the doses right to avoid such issues. Consuming the right amounts will also help you to get the most out of the Kratom in a very efficient way.
How to Dose Kratom
The thing about Kratom is that no specific dose can work for everyone. People react differently to this natural plant and hence what worked brilliantly for your friend may not turn out perfect for you. Therefore, you have to go out in search for your own “sweet spot”. This is the dose where you will feel the effects you were looking for without exposing yourself to negative reactions.
The general rule here is that you start small and increase the doses with time. Scientists recommend that all beginners start with 2-3g of Kratom. Give the herb around 20-25 minutes and pay attention to how you are reacting. If you don’t feel any changes afterward, increase the dose by 0.5 or 1g and take your time once again to monitor how you are reacting.
The idea here is to identify the dose that gives you the slightest effects of Kratom. After knowing that dose, you can take it up a notch to a point where the effects are just enough to meet your satisfaction but you should always remain vigilant. You may be in excruciating pain and you hope taking lots of Kratom will help you but if you take it in excess, the pain won’t be the only issue bothering you anymore, trust me.
The very first sign of Kratom overdose is a “heady” feeling and nausea. Don’t take any more of the herb immediately you start feeling these symptoms.
After using the starter dose for some time, you can increase the dose further depending on the results you are looking for and the specific strain you are using. With a powerful strain of Kratom, you will only need a few grams to get all the benefits you need.
As you may already know, Kratom functions as a stimulant when used at low doses and as a sedative when used in high doses. If you take it in excess, it not only results in extreme sedation but the user may also start feeling euphoric.
Here is how you can take Kratom to achieve various effects:
- For energy and Focus – Take 3 to 6 grams of Kratom every day. You can mix it with grapefruit juice for even better results.
- Pain and Anxiety – For the best pain relieving effects and to reduce anxiety, you need to take between 7 to 9 grams. However, new Kratom users are encouraged to start with low doses before they get to this point. Remember that a sudden spike of Kratom in your system can be very harmful and that’s why it’s paramount to start with low doses regardless of how desperate you may be for results.
- For Opiate Withdrawal – Kratom has been used as a replacement for opioid drugs for some time now. This herb reduces one’s cravings for opiates thus helping addicts to stay away from heroin and other hard drugs. For this purpose, you need to start with approximately 7-9g taken either 2-4 times every day for the first three days. The dosage should then be reduced to 5-7g on the fourth day and 3-5g on the fifth day and just 2g on the sixth day. Most people experiencing opiate withdrawal quit Kratom after the seventh day.
When dealing with opiate withdrawal, it’s best that you use Kratom under the supervision of detoxification professional. They should help you use Kratom appropriately to reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal while keeping you comfortable. They’ll also help you to control how much Kratom you are taking thus reducing the possibility of Kratom addiction.
To get the best out of each dose of Kratom, it is best that you take the herb on an empty stomach. This will improve the breakdown and absorption of Kratom. The alkaloids found in the herb will get into your system a lot faster which means that you will see the benefits you need just as quickly. On a full or partially full stomach, Kratom will take a lot of time to get absorbed and you’ll also have to consume it in high doses to get the same results. This not only delays you the results you are looking for but it is also inefficient.
Forms of Kratom
Kratom is available in different forms some of which are much easier to dose than others.
Kratom capsules are by far the most convenient to use. Kratom has a very bitter taste and hence by having the powder inside a capsule, the user is saved from its unpleasant taste. Capsules also provide accurate doses. You will be able to know exactly how much Kratom you are taking and this will improve the results you are looking for, it will also reduce the possibility for overdose and adverse reactions and minimize wastage.
Kratom capsules are easily available in the market. You must, however, pay attention to who you are buying the capsules from and the contents inside the capsules. That’s because some vendors mix Kratom powder with other herbs and chemicals and put them inside the capsules. This compromises both the potency and safety of the compound.
Of course, you can decide to make your own capsules. All you need is to get high-quality Kratom powder, get either veggie or gelatin capsules and fill them with the powder. This way, you have control over how much Kratom is in each capsule and its purity.
- Raw Powder
You can also use Kratom in form of raw powder. This powder is made from Kratom leaves that have been dried and crashed.
The most popular way of using Kratom raw powder is through a method referred to as Toss n’ Wash. It involves putting the powder in your mouth, taking some water and swirling it around before swallowing. This method gets Kratom in your system much faster since there is no digestion of capsules taking place here.
You can also use the Kratom powder by adding it to yogurt or a protein shake. Some people make Kratom tea using the powder.
The problem with raw Kratom powder is that measuring the dose may become difficult and wastage is also quite common.
Kratom leaves can be boiled in water, citrus liquid or alcohol to make extracts. You must be careful while preparing these extracts because, at high temperatures, you might kill the alkaloids that give Kratom its potency.
It is paramount that you use Kratom in the right doses. Too much of this Asian herb will open the door to a myriad of adverse reactions some of which can become seriously fatal. Hopefully, the above information will help you find your ideal dosage to safely attain all the benefits you are looking for.