While Kratom use offers a wide range of physical and mental benefits, taking too much can trigger a variety of unpleasant side effects. These uncomfortable symptoms can range in severity and even become dangerous if a person has a low tolerance for Kratom and consumes a large dose.
To help you avoid the adverse effects of taking too much Kratom, we explain everything you need to know about dose control. We will highlight some of the most common effects associated with taking too much Kratom, as this will help you identify the symptoms and recognize when you have over-ingested. From there, we will explain proper dose control and how you can avoid taking more Kratom than you should for your specific experience level and tolerance!
What are the Common Symptoms Associated with Taking Too Much Kratom?
When a person takes too much Kratom, the negative side effects can vary depending on many factors, including the Kratom strain, how much they ingested, their body weight, and their Kratom tolerance. There is also a random element, as each person’s physiology is unique. These factors explain why taking too much Kratom can result in a unique combination of symptoms.
With that said, it is important to familiarize yourself with the most common symptoms, as this will help you recognize when you may have taken too much. Most people will experience one or more of the following symptoms when they have ingested too much Kratom:
- Insomnia and restlessness
- Drowsiness and physical exhaustion
- Nausea and dizziness
- Loss of appetite
- Persistent and recurring headaches
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Cold sweats
- Confusion and brain fog
If you find that you are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above shortly after you have consumed Kratom, you may have taken too much. Other substances can also cause these symptoms, which is why it is not a good idea to combine Kratom with other substances and medications, especially when you are new to Kratom.
The easiest way to avoid the symptoms associated with taking too much Kratom is to simply practice proper dose control. Not only will practicing dose control help you avoid these uncomfortable side effects, but it will also help you enjoy the many beneficial effects Kratom can offer!
How to Properly Dose Kratom
No matter how experienced you are with Kratom, it is always important to practice proper dose control. Kratom is a dose-dependent substance, meaning the amount you ingest plays a major role in how you experience its effects.
When taking Kratom, the key is using the right dose for your tolerance level and physiology. This range is sometimes referred to as the Goldilocks Zone. Just like Goldilocks searching for the perfect porridge, you need to find an amount of Kratom that works for your specific body type, tolerance level, and preferences.
Knowing the amount of Kratom that works for you will help you experience the desirable benefits Kratom can offer without dealing with any of the negative side effects we highlighted above.
Gradually Increase Kratom Doses from a Low Starting Point:
The best way to find the dose that works for you is to start by taking a small volume of Kratom. Once you have taken this small dose, you can gradually increase it. If you increase your dose and find that you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, you should scale back the amount you take the next time you consume Kratom.
When you are first starting, we recommend taking less than 1 gram of Kratom powder at a time, or, if you are taking Kratom capsules, take the equivalent of a 1 gram or less dose. If you do not experience any of the benefits you are looking for from your starting dose, you can increase the amount you take by a very small volume. We would not advise increasing your dose by more than 0.5 grams the next time you take Kratom.
Ideally, you would increase your dose by 0.25 grams each time until you get to the point that you are experiencing the Kratom effects that you are looking for. There is no shame in starting slow. In fact, by practicing this gradual method of consuming Kratom, it is much easier to fine-tune the amount you take until you have found the perfect Goldilocks Zone dose!
What Should You Avoid?
We advise against Kratom concentrates and extracts, especially when first starting. Not only do these Kratom products make it difficult to practice proper dose control, but many of them also contain additives.
Avoid generic Kratom powders, capsules, and gummies that do not list the specific strain they contain. Different strains affect your body and mind in different ways, so it is important to know what type of Kratom you are taking when focusing on finding a dose that works for you.
Why Else Should You Avoid Taking Too Much Kratom?
If the risk of unpleasant symptoms is not enough to motivate you against taking too much Kratom, you should also know that it can increase your tolerance to undesirable levels.
If you routinely take too much, eventually, your tolerance will get to the point that you will need to consume large volumes of Kratom for the desired effect to kick in, which can be an issue, especially if you use it for something like chronic pain relief.
Even if you are an experienced Kratom user, you should practice proper dose control. Planned breaks and strain rotation can help prevent your tolerance level from spiraling out of control as well as any adverse effects or Kratom withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are typically not as significant as opioid withdrawal symptoms, but they can still be difficult to cope with once they kick in.
Needing a higher dose of Kratom to experience any noticeable benefits, like pain relief, is also very expensive. If you need to take twice the amount of Kratom capsules or drink a lot more Kratom tea than you once did, that means you will have to spend twice as much money on your Kratom product of choice. Nobody wants that!