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A Guide To Kratom Dosage

How Can I Take Kratom?

The leaves can be chewed just as they are, raw, and this is how it is often used in the places where it grows.  In the rest of the world, Kratom is usually found in the form of a powder, liquid or tablet. 

The leaves are chewed after the tough vein in the middle has been taken out.  Because the leaves are usually available dried and are a bit tough to chew, most people use Kratom in powder form.  If you have dried leaves, and don’t want to chew them, you can turn them into a powder by putting them through a coffee grinder.  The leaves can be brewed like tea.  You can either drink the tea in the normal way, or you can boil down the tea to make a kind of resin.  Some people like to mix Kratom tea with other kinds of teas and sweeten it with honey or brown sugar.

Kratom powder is the easiest to use and to measure. It makes it easy to make sure you get the dose you want.   You can mix it with a milkshake or with juice because, to be honest, the taste is not that great.  You can even mix it with yogurt. Kratom and chocolate milkshake is a popular choice.  Kratom powder needs to be blended into the liquid you are using for the best tasting result.  If you just stir it in to your drink, it will stay a lumpy powder.  Although you can drink this down, why not make it nicer?

You can just take a pellet of Kratom, and this gives you an exactly measured dose. 

Getting The Right Dosage

Getting the right Kratom dosage is very important because its effects change depending on how much you use.  For example, in small doses, it can act as a stimulant, making you feel more alert and alive.  Yet in large doses, it acts as a sedative, calming and soothing the user.  And depending upon how you are taking it – in tea, as raw leaves, in tablets, resin, or in powder form – the dose will be different. 


Of course, different Kratom products will have different strengths and levels of purity, so deciding on the right Kratom dosage to produce the effect that you are looking for can be a bit confusing!  We are talking here about regular Kratom powder or Kratom leaves.  You shouldn’t confuse this with Kratom Extract, enhanced Kratom or other Kratom products.

We’ll talk more about exact Kratom dosages further along, but for now, if you are new to Kratom, inform yourself before you start taking it.  Check the instructions on the packaging. If you are not sure, go for a low dose rather than a high one.  Don’t take a second dose a short while before the first one – take things steady.

What Types Of Kratom Can I Get?

There are three main types of Kratom which are you can generally find:  White, Green, and Red Veined Kratom. People report that they respond differently to the different types of Kratom.  Some folks find Red Veined Kratom gives them a better level of energy.  On the other hand, some users of Red Veined Kratom find that it makes them feel jumpy and on edge, rather than giving them energy. People who prefer White or Green Veined Kratom like them for the feelings of pleasure and euphoria they offer.  The energy levels produced by these two are generally lower than that of Red Veined Kratom.

Dosage Factors You Should Take Into Account

With any herbal supplement or medicine, you need to think about your own body mass.  It’s clear that a big guy who weighs 250lb of pure muscle will probably be able to take a higher dose of Kratom than a slim girl weighing 100lb soaking wet!  But people do differ in how they react to Kratom.  Some people are very sensitive, others not so much. Some tall and heavy folks may just need to take a little to get an effect.  On the other hand, some small people might need to take a lot. You should work to find your perfect dose.  Always start at the low end of the Kratom dosage suggestions, if any.

Another factor which you should consider is whether you have recently eaten a big meal.  If you have, the Kratom you take will probably be slower to work. If you are taking Kratom in the form of a pill or capsule, it isn’t going to hit your system all at once.  Your body needs time to digest it.  You should expect it to take at least an hour before you start to feel any effects from the Kratom that you took.

Don’t take Kratom with narcotics, high amounts of alcohol or other medicines in your body.  Even a cough medicine can have a negative effect.  Be careful with yourself – Kratom is for you to benefit from. Do not put yourself in danger with it.

How Should I Measure Kratom?

The best way to make sure that you get the dose you want if you are using leaves or powder is to weigh your Kratom.  You need to buy a very accurate small digital scale.  These are easy to find on-line.  Using teaspoons as a measure is not very precise, and small changes in your dose can mean big differences in the effect.  But for a rough guide, a teaspoon of finely ground Kratom powder weighs around 2 grams.  

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Suggested Starter Dosage For Kratom

As Kratom and Kratom users vary a lot, finding the right Kratom dosage for you means you need to experiment.  You are looking for effects that will last for three to four hours. 

A good place to start is by using 2 grams.  You can use 3 grams if you are heavier or taller than average, 1’5 grams is you are smaller or shorter than average.

Remember that you can always change your dose, in fact, you should.  But to stay with, go easy, and study how your body reacts.

The next time you use Kratom – no sooner than the next day – you can, if you want, up your dose.  An extra 0.5 gram is a good extra amount.  Remember to allow around forty minutes to an hour for the Kratom to take effect.  Do not think it isn’t working and rush to up your dose.

Although Kratom has been shown over the years to be safe to use, like everything, you should use it carefully.  Alcohol, medicines, even food can be healthy or harmful depending on how we use them.  Kratom is no different.

A Common Mistake

A very common mistake that new users make is to feel that the Kratom they have taken has had no effect. You don’t feel a rush of energy or very alert.  In fact, the dose that you took may have been too large for you.  It may have had a sedative effect that you didn’t really notice. 

Don’t rush to take a second dose if you feel that the first one didn’t work.  If you think that the Kratom didn’t work, wait ten hours and then take another dose, this time, half of the first dose. 

A great rule of thumb to use is, do not take a second dose of Kratom until four hours after your first one.

What If The Effect Was Very Mild?

So you took your dose of Kratom and felt a bit of energy, a bit of euphoria, but it wasn’t what you’d hoped for.  Where was the great effect your friends told you about? And what’s the safe thing to do now?

After four hours, you can repeat the dose, and up it by 0.5 gram.  Take care to observe your body and its reactions – this is a learning curve for you.  

Kratom Dosage Levels

We share here some Kratom dosage levels to achieve specific effects.  As ever, these are just a guide, not suggestions.  By now you will have an idea how your body reacts to Kratom.  Always start at the lower end of the scale and check out what happens. 

Using Standard Kratom

For a mild stimulant effect – 2 – 4 grams of Kratom

For a little more stimulant effect – 3 – 5 grams of Kratom

For a stronger stimulant effect, mildly sedative and painkilling effects – 4 – 6 grams of Kratom

For a very strong sedative and pain-killing effect – not suitable for most people, this is for experienced users only – 6 – 8 grams

Using Ultra-Potent Kratom

For a mild stimulant effect – 1- 3 grams of Ultra-Potent Kratom

For a moderate effect, which can combine a sedative and a stimulant effect along with feelings of euphoria  – 2 – 4 grams of Ultra Potent Kratom

For a stronger effect – like the above dose, but even more noticeable effects – 3 – 7 grams of Ultra Potent Kratom

For a strong effect – sedative and painkilling– 6 -10 grams of Ultra Potent Kratom

Taking more Kratom than this is NOT recommended, it could have a dangerous sedative effect. We always suggest that you start out by trying a low dose and closely observe the effect it is having on you.  We can’t stress enough that each individual is unique in his or her reaction to Kratom.  We can give general guidance, but you need to fine-tune it yourself.

It is very unlikely that if you take Kratom sensibly, you will feel any bad effects. We do suggest that when you first try it, you have a good friend with more experience of using Kratom to advise you.

You may find that your first experiences with Kratom leave you feeling a little nauseous.  To avoid this, take Kratom around three hours after you have eaten a good well balanced and healthy meal.

There haven’t been any reported overdoses that are directly the result of taking Kratom. Should you take a large dose of Kratom by mistake, then your body would react by vomiting it up. Not a nice thought, but the body is safeguarding you!


Kratom dosage for anxiety


People suffering from anxiety find it hard to lead normal lives. Social withdrawal and other negative impacts of anxiety hurt the overall wellbeing of your life. Fortunately, according to Kratom experts, this condition can be alleviated with Kratom. It is believed that the alkaloids in this plant act on certain receptors in the brain causing specific stimulation. The result is a balanced mood and improved confidence. Feelings of happiness are also said to manifest due to Kratom hence suppressing the symptoms of anxiety. But you have to be careful with dosage issues when dealing with anxiety. Kratom reviews suggest that most of the strains suitable for anxiety require from 3g to 9g of Kratom to achieve anxiety relief. However, given that people are different and respond differently to the same products, some people may have to add to this depending on their tolerance level.


Kratom dosage for pain


Over the years dating back to ancient Southeast Asia where Kratom is said to have originated, the plant is associated with the ability to alleviate pain. According to research, Kratom alkaloids act on the same receptors as opioids. However, Kratom is not an opioid. Kratom enthusiasts claim that the products of this botanical are mildly sedating hence reducing the sensation of pain.


People suffering from different types of pain have reported better effects with Kratom. Nevertheless, stating the appropriate dosage that suits every fan is quite difficult. The Kratom community has only been able to come up with estimates believed to work for most people. According to kratomscience.com, about a half to three teaspoons of Kratom powder is believed to help reduce pain. A teaspoon of Kratom powder is approximately 2.5g. That means some people would need 7.5g for pain relief but that may depend on several factors.


Millions of people complain of back pain. Unfortunately, most of the remedies available don’t seem to offer long-lasting and sustainable effects. Nevertheless, the Kratom community claims that Kratom works for back pain as well. But what is the right Kratom dosage for back pain? Well, most seasoned enthusiasts believe that between 3g to 7g of Kratom could offer considerable relief from back pain.


Kratom dosage for energy


The influence of Kratom on energy is a subject that has been debated over the years. According to online reviews, Kratom is believed to boost body energy. Millions of Kratom enthusiasts report improved productivity, all credit being given to Kratom. Most people believe that the alkaloids in the leaves of Kratom stimulate the body causing a surge of energy. Moreover, it is believed that ancient people of Southeast Asia chewed the leaves of this unique plant to stave off fatigue as they labored all day long in the fields. The only fact is that different people are said to require different dosages for an energy boost. According to kratomscience.com, 2g to 8g of any strain has the potential to boost body energy.


Kratom dosage for depression


Depression affects millions of people in the US alone. But since the introduction of Mitragyna speciosa, the situation has been much better especially for those aware of the purported effects of Kratom. Due to its ability to influence mood and boost confidence, Kratom is said to have a positive impact on the symptoms of depression. Some of the suicide cases that have been reported in the past were a result of depression. Most of the people accustomed to Kratom believe that doses ranging from 2g to 6g a day are essential for alleviating the symptoms of depression. The dosage is dependent on whether you are used to Kratom or not. If you are new to the product, starting at the lower margin is what the Kratom community calls responsible handling of Kratom.


Kratom recreational dosage


Have you ever considered Kratom for recreation? If not, be informed that this plant product has gained much significance when it comes to leisure. According to Kratom reviews, the alkaloids present in the leaves of this plant have stimulatory effects that are said to improve one’s happiness. According to Kratom fans, this herbal product has a relaxing and soothing effect that lifts your mood and suppresses the symptoms of social anxiety. As such, it is believed to be an excellent choice for those engaging in recreational activities. And although different people respond differently to various substances, people have been able to come up with Kratom recreational dosage. However, the recreational dose is slightly lower than other dosages. For instance, it is thought that 2g to 6g of Kratom is enough if you are looking to improve your recreational experience. Beyond this estimate, most Kratom fans think that the dose may elicit unintended effects especially if you are handling Kratom for the first time.


Kratom dosage by weight


While the enjoyment of Kratom remains largely your choice given that it is legal in most parts of the US, weight is believed to influence the dosage you may decide to handle. Research has revealed that higher body weight is associated with decreased metabolic rate. While only a few grams may do wonders for someone with lower body weight, someone with a higher body weight may require some more to achieve the same results. However, most Kratom fans suggest that 3g to 6g of Kratom could help those between 40kg to 50kg. If you are between 50kg and 70kg, most Kratom reviews suggest that 4g to 6.5g is an excellent dosage without attracting undesirable effects.


However, people with higher body weight, from 70kg to 90kg may need 5.5g to 7.5g for the same effect. Individuals with more than 90kg but not more than 120 kg should find 6.5g to 9.5g worthwhile. All these are estimates and variations are bound to occur depending on several reasons. But most importantly, it will depend on the effect you wish to achieve. For instance, an energy boost for someone in the range of 40kg to 60kg may require only 3.5g based on the experiences of Kratom fans.


Red Bali Kratom dosage


One of the most popular Kratom strains in the market today is the red-veined Bali. The strain traces its origin from Bali Island. According to researchers, this strain has a high level of alkaloid Mitragynine hence very potent. It is said to be the best strain for an energy boost and pain relief. It is however very effective for other effects.


One outstanding quality of this strain according to those who love it is that its effects kick in rather faster compared to other strains. But when it comes to the red Bali dosage, there is always a controversy. This is because the strain is said to help improve a myriad of conditions all of which are said to require different dosages for manifestation.


The Kratom community has always had a way out of a difficult situation regarding this Kratom. Out of experience and opinions coined by Kratom fans, the dosage has been suggested that is said to work for most people regardless of the effect you want to achieve. According to this information, 2g to 9g of red Bali is considered fit for most of the effects. The higher end of the dosage is particularly believed to help alleviate pain, anxiety, and depression. The lower end is said to serve stimulatory effects such as boosting confidence and mood.


Kratom capsules dosage


Are you a fan of Kratom capsules? If so, are there dosage variations between Kratom powder and Kratom capsules? These questions bother millions of people as it has remained hard to come up with a Kratom dosage that suits all people. But when it comes to Kratom capsules, the issue may even become more complicated. One thing you should note is that capsules come in different sizes hence contain varying amounts of Kratom powder. The advantage is that they are packaged in specific amounts making it easier to determine a dose that fits you.


According to most seasoned Kratom enthusiasts, beginners should not deal with Kratom capsules before first getting used to Kratom powder and successfully coming up with a suitable dosage. This way, it becomes easier to calculate the number of capsules that will make up the intended dosage. Capsules of size 00 contain roughly 0.5g of Kratom powder. Most people are said to only need 5 to 15 capsules to experience most of the effects of Kratom. By simple calculations, this is about 2.5g to 7.5g of pure Kratom powder. The estimated range is too high due to differences in potency between strains as well as several other factors.


Green vein Kratom dosage


As we saw earlier, strains have varying levels of alkaloids. As such, their dosages are also believed to differ significantly. Additionally, there seems to be a variation in the way effects occur for different strains. Some strains are believed to be better suited for particular effects than others further influencing dosage. For instance, green-veined Kratom is said to be moderately stimulating and hence believed to offer balanced effects.


Nevertheless, some green strains are still better than others as far as effects are concerned. But all this has not stopped the Kratom community from coming up with green vein Kratom dosage that is said to elicit desired effects for most people. Due to the relatively lower potency of the green strain, it is said that you would need a considerably higher dosage for the same effects you would achieve with either the white or the red-veined strains. According to Kratom reviews, 3g to 10g of green-veined Kratom produces effects for most of the green fans.


Red Kratom dosage


Red-veined Kratom is believed to be the most potent Kratom strain overall. Research on Kratom indicates a higher level of alkaloids in the reds compared to the white and green strains. Furthermore, the effects of the red Kratom are said to show faster and last longer. Due to their several purported beneficial effects, the reds have become the best selling strains in the current market. While the demand for this strain has skyrocketed in recent years, people have to rely on experience and the insights of others to determine the most suitable red Kratom dosage. This strain is believed to offer the best energy boost and is said to help alleviate pain.


According to kratomscience.com, 2g to 6g of most red strains is said to offer a range of beneficial effects. Maybe only 2.5g would be enough to relieve pain while your friend may have to do 5.5g to experience the same effect. This is normal as the dosage is dependent on several factors some of which are difficult to control. Whichever the case, the Kratom community agrees that red-veined Kratom dosage should be handled responsibly due to the high chance of adverse reactions and possible dependency.


White vein Kratom dosage


White veined Kratom is believed to be the best Kratom for long term enjoyment. The strain is said to have an excellent alkaloid profile. While not all strains are believed to incite an increase in body energy, the strain is believed to be excellent in mood and confidence boost. Furthermore, the whites are highly sought after for their alleged influence on anxiety. Although these strains are quite popular, white-veined dosage determination is still a problem. But with experience through trial and error among the Kratom fans, dosage estimates have been suggested. These are dosages believed to work for most people although the variations are dependent on the desired effect. According to Kratom reviews, 2.5g to 8g of the white strains is said to be the best. However, if you are venturing for the first time, the argument is that you start with the lower dosage as you work your way up to find the right spot. Remember that while only 4g may cause a considerable increase in energy, the same may fail to alleviate pain. This is one of the reasons why it is difficult to come up with a single fit all dosage.


Kratom dosage chart


Even though an appropriate dosage for all Kratom fans is practically impossible to come up with, the above suggestions are believed to be quite helpful for most people. However, a Kratom dosage chart may help you better as you enjoy this unique herbal supplement. The following table of dosage is intended to guide you since the values provided are not exact dosages but estimates obtained from other Kratom reviews as well as opinions from Kratom experts. They should therefore not be taken as a clear guideline but followed with caution. Determining what works best for you before referring to this table is considered the first step in safely enjoying the benefits of Kratom. In case you are not sure the exact dosage you should take for your individual needs, most Kratom enthusiasts recommend seeking professional help from a health professional. This won’t hurt and you’ll be sure to use the right dosage for your needs.


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 Dosage When Trying a New Kratom Product

Even experienced users prefer to try a new Kratom product at a lower dose than they would usually use.  This is good advice for the newbie too.  Step the dose down at first, as your new product may be stronger than the one you are used to using.

How Long Does The Effect Of Kratom Last?

The usual length of time for you to feel the effects of Kratom is around five to six hours.  So if you are planning on driving, using heavy equipment, or undertaking any particularly tough activity, it is wise to take that into account.  Even if you are feeling very alert, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

How Can Kratom Help Me?

Apart from its use to lift your mood or to calm you down, Kratom can be very useful in dealing with chronic pain.  People who have diseases such as rheumatism have felt relief without bad side effects.

Kratom has been used in South East Asia, where it comes from, to help opium addicts withdraw.  Kratom acts in much the same way as do opiates, but without their addictive properties.  It can help with the pain and anxiety felt by those who, through no fault of their own, have become a  pain pill addict..

Although Kratom is not thought to be addictive, it makes sense to make sure that you limit your use to no more than a couple of times a week.  Anything which gives pleasure or relief can create a dependency, and no healthy person wants this to happen to them.

Kratom can have many benefits, but the main thing here is to use it wisely to improve your wellbeing, not to become dependent on it as a crutch.


Bottom line

Enjoying the benefits of Kratom safely is believed to be influenced to a great extent by Kratom dosage. According to most fans, knowledge of the amount that works best for you offers an excellent way of reaping the benefits of this natural herbal supplement. The Kratom community has been able to devise dosages for various effects. Furthermore, due to the difference in potency between strains, some suggestions have also been made for the red, white, and green Kratom strains. The above dosage estimates are not scientifically proven and therefore experts advise that you should be extra careful. The estimates have been gathered out of the experience of others and may slightly vary for different individuals. That is why they are provided as a range between which most of the effects are known to manifest. Dosages beyond these estimates are said to cause adverse reactions. If you’d want to handle your strain of choice responsibly, make it your top priority to buy high-quality and pure Kratom from trustworthy vendors.


About the author: Sue Harris Sue Harris runs a small organic farm with her husband. She makes cheese, sausages and jams, and produces all kinds of healthy food for the local farmers market. She has an interest in healthy living and healing of all kinds.

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1 comment

  • I can’t seem to find my sweet spot. Some days I can take 2.5 grams and feel it great then other days I get up to like 5-6 grams and barely feel anything. I just thought that maybe I’ve been going through a bad batch. So I decided to try Green Maeng Da which has some good reviews on here. I’m up to 5 grams right now and barely feel anything. What do you guys do to find your sweet spot? How long did it take you to find it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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