For some people, kratom is a life-saver. These people mean it in the most literal sense of the word. While we are still navigating the muddy waters of kratom’s possible health benefits, the anecdotal evidence that kratom is effective in helping people heal without man-made prescriptions is abundant.
If you don’t know, kratom powder is made by drying leaves of trees that grow in Asia. It has been used for hundreds of years in the past, and it is gaining traction as a holistic alternative to prescription medications.
Like other health supplements, kratom is not regulated by the FDA or any other governing body.
This is why it’s so important to do your research before you begin your kratom journey. The reason you choose to take kratom will play a role in the best method of consumption.
Let’s go over how to figure out your ideal kratom dose, the best type of kratom product to use, as well as tips to enhance your kratom experience.
Once you understand the basics, you’ll be one step closer to achieving body-balance and living your best life pain-free.
Why Take Kratom?
Kratom leaves have different vein color and strain types. Understanding kratom differences and how they may affect you may sound confusing, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
However, every user experience is different because our body, our symptoms, and how kratom affects us are all unique.
If you are using kratom as a healthy alternative to pain medication and are looking for relief, Maeng Da strains may ease symptoms.
Finding Your Ideal Kratom Dose
Just like incorporating health supplements like CBD into your daily routine, kratom users will have to go through some trial and error before finding their ideal dose (See: Tips for Taking Kratom’ section).
Eventually, with a little experimentation, you will find your Kratom dosage sweet spot. Meaning: consuming the least amount of kratom to reap the desired effects needed to treat your symptoms.
Another similarity to health supplements like CBD that are unregulated is that not every kratom vendor provides premium kratom for your consumption.
Unfortunately, there are people out that do not care about your health or well-being and want to make a dollar off of you.
Pro Dosage Tip: Start low, go slow!
To begin, buy a scale! While there are kratom dosage charts readily available, it is highly recommended that you purchase a small digital scale to measure how much kratom you should take accurately.
Start with no more than 3 grams of kratom on an empty stomach. To ensure you’re consuming the least amount of kratom to reap the most benefits, having a full stomach means you have to consume a higher dose.
After 30 minutes pass, ask yourself: how do I feel? If you don’t feel any effects or changes, take another gram of kratom powder.
If you are a beginner, you shouldn’t need any more than 4 grams of kratom. Kratom powder is tricky to use when you’re first starting out, but it is an optimal method of consumption once you find your ideal dose.
Alternatively, if you’re like me, spending time measuring doses and waiting for effects sounds like a little too much for my daily routine. If you’re strapped for time, opt for kratom capsules.
Kratom capsules are filled with pre-measured kratom powder, making dosing reliable, convenient, and discreet.
Ways to Take Kratom Products
Kratom Tinctures Dosage & Ways To Take
Kratom tinctures are made from kratom concentrates (kratom powder) and kratom leaves. Tinctures are known to have a small time-to-effect (you may feel the effects faster than other methods).
A tincture is a holistic healing liquid you take sublingually. Sublingual dosing means ‘under the tongue’. Kratom concentrates usually come in 30ml bottles containing around 25 grams of kratom.
To start, follow the dosage guidelines that are on the label of your tincture. Take a full dose (typically 1 gram per 1ml), and monitor how you feel.
Using a kratom tincture is easy; simply fill your dropper to your ideal dose. Place the liquid under your tongue and hold it there for several minutes.
While you could technically make a kratom tincture at home, it’s not in your best interest to do so unless you’re a qualified biochemist, that is.
Even though the FDA is refusing to regulate kratom and kratom products as a beneficial health supplement, you can find high-quality kratom tinctures from reputable vendors online.
Taking kratom in tincture form is simple. Because they are potent, follow the guidelines on the label. If you notice your dosage feel like too much, fill the dropper to half.
Enhanced Kratom Powder Dosage
Kratom powder goes through a lengthy process before we receive the final product that we consume. Enhanced kratom powder goes through that exact same process, and then some.
Also, enhanced kratom powder has added alkaloids (compounds that make kratom beneficial).
Vetted and tested kratom vendors are creating unique kratom products that are a combination of kratom extracts and powder to deliver high-quality and highly-potent kratom options for every consumer’s needs.
Regular Kratom Dosage & Ways to Take
Unlike other medical plants like cannabis that users smoke, kratom powder is typically ingested orally. Kratom has an earthy taste that can also be bitter. Remember: it is plant. You can use a few different methods to take kratom powder, like adding it to yogurt, juice, or your daily shake.
Depending on the kratom powder you are using, the average amount in 1 tablespoon varies between 6 and 7 grams. 1 teaspoon is between 2 and 2.5 grams.
You can also make kratom tea or (if you’re brave enough) do the toss n’ wash method. To make kratom tea, add kratom powder to boiling water for 15 minutes, and then strain the liquid into a cup.
The toss n’ wash method is a little intense but is by far the fastest way to take kratom. Measure out your kratom powder, dump it in your pie-hole, and swallow it down with a swig of water.
Kratom Capsules Dosage
By far, the most convenient method of taking kratom is capsules. You can pop your ideal dose wherever and whenever you need to.
Discretion is also another bonus point for kratom capsules. While they are more expensive, they don’t have that intense earthy kratom taste. They are measured for accurate dosing, and they don’t require any prep time.
Simply source a vendor that provides high-quality kratom capsules, purchase, follow the guidelines on the label, and swallow the capsules- it’s that easy!
|Kratom Product||Beginner Dosage|
|Tincture (1mL = 1 gram kratom)||3mL|
|Enhanced Powder||1-2.5 grams|
|Capsules (1 capsule = 1 gram)||3 capsules|
Everyone’s kratom experience will be unique. It is important to start with a small dose, wait a minimum of two hours, see how you feel, and adjust your dosage as necessary.
Tip for Taking Kratom
While you don’t necessarily need to know this information to take kratom, these little tidbits of information are things I think every kratom user should know, especially if you are starting on your kratom journey. Even if you are a veteran kratom consumer, there may be a few things you should know before you try a new strain or product.
Strain Rotation & Tolerance
You will inevitably build a tolerance to any substance you use on the daily-kratom included. If you find yourself increasing your dose to achieve the same desired effects at a lower dose, you may want to consider a tolerance break.
Also, if you are currently on other opioid drugs, you may already have a higher tolerance level and may need a larger dose of kratom compared to someone who is not.
Because your ideal dose of kratom is the lowest possible to achieve your desired effects, there are steps you can take to maintain a low tolerance.
Strain rotation, meaning rotating the types of kratom strains you consume, is quite simple. Keep around five different kratom strains on hand, and use them at different intervals.
Some kratom users like to make kratom fusions with two different strains.
Keep in mind that every kratom species has its own effects and benefits.
Keep track of your kratom strain experimentation in your journal so you can see what works best for you.
Source High-Quality Kratom
By far, the most important factor you need to consider before you take kratom is where did you get it? If you aren’t using a premium kratom product, you will most definitely not achieve the results you desire.
In fact, if you purchase cheap kratom that has not been vetted or tested, you could be harming your body instead of helping it. Take it from the kratom users who have been there and done that” when it comes to trying unknown kratom vendors.
You genuinely do get what you pay for.
Enhancing Kratom Effects
Also known as potentiators, incorporating other natural ingredients may enhance the effects you feel when consuming kratom. Before you choose to add a kratom potentiator to your daily regime, you should have significant experience using kratom without any other substance.
Hot liquids like tea and coffee are known to enhance the effects of kratom. Magnesium, cayenne pepper, and turmeric are also spices and minerals known to give your kratom consumption a boost.
The most common reason to use a potentiator with your kratom is that you have built up a high tolerance level.
If taking a tolerance-break (reducing your daily dose) is not an option for you, try adding a potentiator like citrus fruits or watercress (both contain vitamin c).
Keep A Journal
When you quit a habit or want to lose weight, we’re often told to keep a journal and document our progress. Kratom is no exception.
Keeping a kratom journal will help you identify which strains give you certain effects, how much you consumed, as well as how often you took your kratom.
This information gives you better insight into how you can make your next kratom experience that much better.
Taking any substance will impact your body’s water level. If you feel light-headed, it may before you took too much kratom, but it’s more likely you are just dehydrated.
When you consume alcohol, caffeine, or substances like kratom, you need to increase your aqua intake. Meaning, drink more water!
I hope you have more insight into how to take kratom. The method of consumption you use should be convenient, accurate, and effective. Embarking on your kratom journey should be a fun and happy experience. If you feel frustrated, please reach out.
Treating unwanted symptoms like stress, headaches, anxiety, withdrawals, and physical pain without the use of medical prescriptions (known to cause more damage) should be a thing of the past.
Kratom and other holistic remedies are capable of helping people heal from the inside out. But, until the FDA and other governing bodies band together and regulate the market, it is up to us, the consumers, to do our homework and know what we are consuming.
Tell us about your kratom experience and the methods you use down below. We love to hear from you. And as always, stay lifted!
Heather lives with her husband and two children in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion has always been to enhance the lives of others by helping them reach their own personal goals and accomplishments. Content management is her specialty, and writing is what she does best. Her love for helping others lead her to the cannabis scene where she saw an immense gap between patients and medicine that can help them.