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
As discussed, Kratom powder is ingested rather than smoked. Here are some popular methods for consuming it:
Toss n’ Wash
Again, 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, swill it 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.
Make a 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.
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.
In Capsule Form
I generally DON’T recommend buying Kratom capsules, but if you capsule it yourself it’s certainly a convenient way to get it 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.
These are probably the most common methods for ingesting Kratom so take your pick and discover what you prefer. Now, let’s talk about dosage:
How to Dose Kratom
As I’ve already mentioned several times and you’re probably sick of hearing, you need to find your “sweet spot”.
Start small (2 – 3g, see the below guide) 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.
A Beginners Kratom Dosage Guide
Here’s a general guide for discovering your required dose for a particular strain. Do this for every new strain you try.
It’s important that you take Kratom on an empty stomach, so first thing in the morning or 2 or 3 hours after food. It can be done with food in your stomach but it will require a higher dose and I would encourage you to get a feel for it on an empty stomach first as a reference point.
Step 1: Take 2 or 3 grams on an empty stomach. You should start to feel something after 20 minutes or so.
Step 2: Assess how you feel after 30 – 45 minutes. If you think you need some more, take another 1 to 2 grams.
Step 3: Assess how you feel after 15 – 30 minutes. This really should be enough to feel something if you’re using the Kratom I recommend.
Step 4: If you still think you could do with a bit more, bump it up by another 0.5 to 2 grams.
Step 5: Hopefully by this point you can feel something and feel good! From here, just ride it out for a good 4 or 5 hours.
Step 6: After 4 or 5 hours have passed and you want to take more, repeat this process with the SAME strain you used earlier in the day.
As a beginner starting out with fresh receptors, 3 to 5 grams total will probably see you right. If you’re sub 68KG (150lbs) in weight, as a male or female, a lower dose of 1.5 grams starting out may even be enough.
For irregular Kratom use or if you rotate strains regularly to avoid tolerance and any withdrawal symptoms, this will be as much as you’ll ever need or at least not much more.
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 and simple and easy to find.
Use a Quality Source
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.
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. 🙂