Following on from our introduction to Kratom, I want to elaborate in more detail how to take it and how to find the right Kratom dosage for you. Kratom really does have a “sweet spot” more so than a lot of other compounds so it requires a bit of trial and error, starting off low then increasing your amount. Don’t let this put you off, however, as this process can be a lot of fun!
It helps to be informed. Don’t be one of those people that take’s either too much or too little Kratom just one time, doesn’t experience the results they expect and then gives up. That’s not how it works and it will be doing a disservice to the powers of this plant.
Ways to Take Kratom Powder
How to Use Kratom Powder – the Best Ways to Enjoy Kratom
Kratom powder is ingested rather than smoked. Here are some popular methods for consuming it:
Toss n’ Wash
This is the simplest, quickest way to get Kratom in your system and the method I typically use. I measure out the amount I need into a glass, gently tip the powder into my mouth, take a swig of water, swill it all around then swallow. Some people use a teaspoon to scoop it into their mouth and you can split it into as many mouthfuls as you prefer (i.e. not the whole amount at once). See my tips for Toss n’ Washing Kratom to learn how do it without throwing up.
Buying Kratom in capsules is generally more expensive than powder but you can also capsule it yourself. Capsules are certainly a convenient way to get Kratom down your hatch without even a hint of the taste. However, one drawback to this approach is that it can require quite a few capsules at one time to get an adequate Kratom dose (10+ pills). Take with plenty of water though and you’ll be fine, and it’s definitely convenient for when you’re on the go.
Mixing Kratom Powder Into Drinks
Kratom Powder Incorporated Into Drinks
It’s simple and easy to get your daily dose of Kratom by blending the powder into the drinks you already enjoy.
Here are some pointers for adding Kratom powder to beverages:
To cover up the bitter flavor that Kratom often possesses, combine the powder with acidic beverages or another flavor. Orange juice and lemonade are also great options.
A tablespoon of sugar will increase the sweetness of your beverage. Kratom is often fairly bitter, thus sugar might assist novices in hiding the unpleasant aftertaste.
Powders sometimes won’t dissolve as well in beverages with too much pulp. Orange juice is inherently thicker than other forms of juice, even if it is pulp-free. If you want the Kratom powder to dissolve thoroughly, it would be best to use a smooth liquid like mango juice. The powder may readily dissolve in this manner.
Kratom powder is often used with hot beverages like coffee or tea. For coffee aficionados, it will easily dissolve in your morning brew. After your coffee has done brewing, stir it in. Additionally, a hot beverage is more likely to help the powder dissolve than a cold one.
Brew a Kratom Tea
Some people use Kratom tea as their preferred method. You boil up the powder with some water for 30 minutes or so, let it sit, then strain off the liquid. Some people feel this results in better and more consistent effects but it’s obviously more time consuming to produce. The taste isn’t too bad and you can drink it hot or cold. It’s quite nice chilled actually.
Taking Kratom With Food
Add to Yoghurt
Another option that I haven’t actually tried personally but some people recommend, is to try mixing Kratom powder with yoghurt. Use a fruit flavored one as the goal is to mask the taste of the powder (it’s not particularly nice)! The reason I don’t do this is that it’s actually better to take Kratom on an empty stomach (see below) and this would be negating that fact. Personally, I try to get the process over with as quickly as possible rather than tasting the powder any longer than I have to, but many people swear by this approach.
Add to Protein Shake
This method I have tried with success, though again you’ll be taking the powder with calories and tasting the flavor longer than you have to, but it can work. Some Kratom users even claim this enhances the effects of Kratom when taking their powder this way but I don’t believe there’s any scientific reason backing this.
These are probably the most common methods for ingesting Kratom so take your pick and discover what you prefer.
The Benefits of Kratom Powder
Kratom powder is one of the most popular herbal supplements used for therapeutic and recreational purposes. It’s derived from the leaves of the tropical Mitragyna Speciosa tree found in Southeast Asia, with origins in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other areas in that region. Kratom has been used traditionally as an aid to managing pain, increasing energy and improving mental clarity.
The health benefits of Kratom powder are numerous, and that’s why so many people are beginning to discover the many ways in which it can improve their lives. From increased energy levels, to improved mental clarity and focus, Kratom powder can can enhance your well-being in a number of ways.
1. Pain Relief
Kratom powder has been used for centuries to help relieve pain, especially chronic pain caused by illnesses like arthritis, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Its active alkaloids target the body’s opioid receptors, reducing pain and inhibiting muscle spasms. Unlike opiates, however, Kratom powder has fewer side effects, arguably making it a safer option for pain relief.
Related: The Best Kratom for Pain Management
2. Mood Enhancement
Kratom powder can also help to lift your mood and reduce stress and anxiety. This is thanks to its component known as mitragynine, which helps to stimulate the alpha-2 receptors in the brain, which helps to reduce mental fatigue and boost mental alertness and concentration.
Related: The Best Kratom for Anxiety
3. Increased Energy
Kratom powder can also help to increase your energy levels without causing any jitteriness or other side effects like those associated with energy drinks or caffeinated beverages. It’s because of the stimulating effects of its active alkaloids on the body’s metabolic processes and the release of adrenaline and dopamine, that Kratom provides an energizing effect.
Related: The Best Kratom for Energy
4. Improved Focus and Concentration
Kratom powder can enable you to better focus your thoughts and stay concentrated on tasks for longer periods of time. This is due to its ability to provide an uplifting effect on your mood, as well its stimulation of the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine, which help to improve focus.
5. Improved Digestion
Kratom powder can also help to improve your digestion by stimulating the digestive system, while at the same time curbing feelings of nausea. This can be particularly helpful if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea or constipation. Keep in mind, however, if you take too much you can actually exacerbate these issues.
Now, let’s talk about dosage:
How to Dose Kratom Powder
There’s no standard dosage for Kratom and the optimal dose for the effects you are seeking will vary from person to person. Rather than taking a set amount, we encourage you to find your “sweet spot”.
Start small (2 – 3g) and if you don’t feel anything after 20 minutes, take it up a notch. You want to feel the effects ever so slightly and take it from there, not the other way round. Too little will obviously result in nothing but even just slightly too much Kratom may give you a “heady” feeling so bear that in mind. If you feel a tad nauseous it’s a sign that your dose is too high. Way too high doses (10g + in one go) and you’ll probably puke. These are typically the extent of any side effects.
High quality Kratom hits at 3 – 5 grams! Other sites might recommend higher doses but if you use the source I recommend (I’ll tell you where shortly) you really won’t need any more than this, I promise. Not all Kratom is created equal so get the best and you’ll require much less. Your tolerance level might necessitate a higher required dose of course, which I’ll cover later on.
Important Tips When Taking Kratom Powder
Here are a couple of things I think are worth mentioning when taking Kratom and starting out for the first time, or with a strain you’ve never tried before.
Much like coffee, Kratom will dehydrate you significantly so be sure to drink a lot of water with it. If you feel a bit “heady” it could be that you’ve taken too high a dose but if you’ve followed the guide above, it’s more likely you need a drink. You will need more fluid than usual when taking Kratom powder so bear this in mind if you’re out and about.
Take on an Empty Stomach
As discussed, this is quite important, especially when starting out. You can experiment with taking Kratom with food in your stomach at a later stage but it’s good to have a reference point to work from. A full or partially full stomach will require a higher Kratom dose.
Each Strain May Require a Different Dose
This is quite important actually. Be sure to use the above dosage guidelines when ever you try a new strain for the first time as it’s likely different Kratom strains will have different “sweet spots” for you. Some of the “faster” strains can definitely hit harder so you’ll certainly want to start on the low end with those.
Keep a Log
It helps to make notes of your first experiences with each strain, including how much you took, when you took it etc. and jot down your thoughts and feelings as you have them. This will help you build on each experience as you refer back to these notes, so it only gets better with each consecutive time. Personally, I’ve always written down my notes in TextEdit on Mac; quick, simple and easy to find.
Buy High Quality Kratom
Finally, and arguably the most important factor starting out, make sure you’re using good Kratom to begin with! I’m not surprised that some people have a harder time experiencing results, when I later find out they’re using some cheap head-shop brand that doesn’t even say on the package what strain it is! As I discuss in this guide, high quality Kratom powder makes all the difference.
Different Kratom Powder Strains
Kratom is available in a range of strain, each of which have their own unique effects and benefits. Each strain is classified based on it’s location of origin and the color of the veins of the leaves at the time they are harvested. Different strains can vary in potency and composition, so it’s important to find the one that works best for you. Here’s a look at some of the most popular Kratom powder strains and the benefits they have to offer:
1. White Vein Kratom
White vein Kratom is a popular strain known for its energizing effects. It’s said to be a great pick-me-up and can help with focus and concentration. It’s also used to improve motivation and productivity. The energetic effects of white vein Kratom can be helpful for those who suffer from fatigue and need to stay alert and energized.
2. Green Vein Kratom
Green vein Kratom is a popular strain that offers a balance between the energizing effects of white vein and the relaxing effects of red vein. It’s often used to improve concentration, stimulate focus, and increase motivation. The effects of green vein Kratom tend to be milder than those of white vein, but users often report that the strain provides a moderate boost of energy and focus.
3. Red Vein Kratom
Red vein Kratom is probably the most popular strain, known for its calming and sedative effects. It’s often used for stress and anxiety relief, and it can help to reduce pain and improve sleep. The effects of red vein Kratom tend to be more subtle than other strains, but users often report a calming sense of well-being and relaxation.
4. Yellow Vein Kratom
Yellow vein Kratom is a less common strain, but it’s gaining popularity as more people become aware of its benefits. It’s known for its uplifting and energizing effects, making it a great choice for those who are feeling low and need some additional boost. The effects of yellow vein Kratom can be similar to those of green and white, but the effects are reported to be milder.
5. Gold Vein Kratom
Gold vein Kratom is a rare strain that’s said to offer a combination of the effects of white and red vein Kratom. It’s known for its energizing effects, but it also provides a sense of calm and relaxation. This strain is a great choice for those who want to be alert, but also want to reduce stress and anxiety.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kratom Powder?
Kratom powder comes from a tropical evergreen tree – scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa – that is native to parts of South Asia, such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The leaves of the Kratom tree contain alkaloid compounds such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which have been shown to have some modest effects on the human body.
The powder made from Kratom leaves is a common remedy for chronic pain, fatigue, and low mood in some parts of the world – particularly Southeast Asia. People may use it to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, but the effects and safety of these compounds are currently being investigated by scientific researchers.
How is Kratom Powder Made?
It all starts with the harvesting of the leaves, which are then dried and crushed into a fine powder. This powder is then sifted to remove any impurities and unground leaves. Depending on the strain of Kratom, some additional processing may be necessary, such as boiling the powder to release active ingredients and extract the full benefits.
Once the powder has been prepared, it can either be consumed as is or combined with other ingredients to create different types of products. These include capsules, teas, tinctures, oils and more. While the overall process is relatively the same for all products, the specific steps and dosage can vary.
Where Does Kratom Powder Come From?
Kratom is an evergreen tree in the coffee family that is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea. The leaves of this plant are what is harvested to make Kratom, which can be found dried, powdered, and fresh. The leaves contain a variety of alkaloids, including mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which are believed to be responsible for Kratom’s medicinal effects.
In recent years, Kratom has been cultivated in many other countries around the world, including the United States. Kratom tree cultivators have established fields in Florida, Hawaii and California, among other states, to meet global demand. Large-scale cultivation of Kratom outside of its native geography has allowed the plant to become more accessible to buyers both domestically and abroad.
How Much Kratom Powder Should I Take?
When determining the ideal Kratom dose, one should consider several factors. These include one’s height, weight, and tolerance level, as well as the type and strain of Kratom being used. Generally, the range of suggested doses starts from a few grams for light effects and goes up to 8 grams or more for strong effects. As a point of reference, 1 teaspoon of Kratom powder is roughly equal to 3.5grams. It is recommended to start low and monitor the effects before increasing the dose.
Kratom taken in higher doses is not necessarily more effective, but may produce adverse side effects such as stomach upset, dizziness, or constipation.
Hopefully this guide gives you a good summary on how to use Kratom and the dosage it requires. As I said, the process of finding your “sweet spot” should be fun, so be sure to go in with that attitude. It can be frustrating when you feel like you’re not getting anything out of your efforts (which may happen when you first start out) and it’s certainly not pleasant when you take too much (which will probably happen too!) but the people that get the most out of this wonderful Southeast Asia plant are the ones that are patient and have a somewhat methodical approach. Consider the times it doesn’t quite work out an increase in your Kratom IQ!
Good things come to those who wait and it’s worth the effort.