Dosage plays a crucial role in getting the most from kratom. In many cases, a single gram can be the difference between a pleasant experience and an unpleasant one.
However, while most kratom users agree that dosage matters, there's no consensus on what kratom dosage works best. Like caffeine, different kratom dosages work differently for everyone. What might be considered a "high" dose for one user might be low for another, and vice-versa.
Like any other drug, various factors, such as your weight, kratom tolerance, and genetics, can influence how kratom affects you and how much you'll need to take. As a result, answering the question "how much kratom should I take" isn't always so simple.
That said, we've compiled this guide to help you discover the optimal kratom dosage for you — and hopefully, avoid common mistakes along the way!
If it's your first time taking kratom and you have no idea where to start, you're not alone! Many kratom vendors ship their products without dosage instructions to avoid legal action. While this is sensible for vendors, the lack of consumption guidelines can also leave first-time kratom users in-the-dark. Unfortunately, it can also lead them to take much more kratom than necessary.
If kratom consumption is a pool, there's no reason to jump into the deep end right away. Lots of new kratom users make this mistake by thinking they'll need to take a generous amount to feel anything. Instead, the only thing they end up feeling is nausea, which can cause them to swear off kratom for good.
In keeping with our pool metaphor, it's better to start by wading into the shallow end before going deeper with kratom. In fact, a common saying in the kratom community is less is more.
At Kratomaton, we consider a low kratom dose to be 1-2.5 grams. Those new to kratom might want to start somewhere in this range. This way, you can gauge your reaction to the plant's effects and gradually adjust your dose as needed.
Generally, you can judge how appropriate a dose is by how it makes you feel. Listen to your body: you'll know a dosage is optimal if you're feeling pleasant 30 minutes to an hour after dosing without experiencing discomfort or nausea.
If you are experiencing discomfort or nausea after dosing, stop all kratom consumption and lower your dose. If the kratom you're using upsets your stomach at any dose, this could indicate a product quality issue. For various reasons, some kratom products can be ineffective, contaminated, or adulterated. In these situations, the offending products are unlikely to produce any pleasant benefits at any dosage. If you suspect this is the case, discontinue use immediately and seek out a different kratom vendor or kratom strain.
If you don't feel any effects within 30 minutes to an hour after consuming kratom, you might want to consider increasing your dosage. Wait at least 24 hours before experimenting with gradually adding 0.5-1 grams to your standard dose. If you still don't feel anything, the kratom you're using may be weak or ineffective. In this case, verify that your kratom is fresh and was purchased from a reliable source.
While we recommend that beginners start with 1-2.5 grams of kratom, experienced kratom users often take double or quadruple that amount daily. So what gives?
The main explanation is tolerance. Experienced kratom users typically consume kratom much more often than beginners. As their bodies become accustomed to frequent kratom consumption, they might experience diminished effects, prompting them to take more kratom (Hassan et al., 2013, page 148). This phenomenon is known as building a tolerance, and it occurs with most drugs, including caffeine and nicotine. It's also one of the reasons why experienced kratom users can comfortably take larger kratom doses without experiencing ill effects, such as nausea or dizziness.
Aside from tolerance, experienced kratom users also tend to be more familiar with the effects of kratom when compared to beginners. For example, an experienced user might discover that their preferred vendor's Green Maeng Da upsets their stomach, especially in higher doses. Having identified which strains don't work well for them, experienced users might feel comfortable taking high doses of the strains that do work well.
Generally, building a kratom tolerance isn't something to be desired. Kratom users with high tolerances will need to use more kratom more often to feel any effects. If they're regular users, they'll also need to buy more kratom in larger amounts more frequently than a beginner user.
For these reasons, we recommend keeping your kratom dosage and overall consumption as low as possible. If you find that your dosage has increased over time, consider taking a tolerance break. By abstaining from kratom for a few weeks, you can reduce and even "reset" your tolerance to kratom.
Your ideal kratom dosage will also depend on what kind of effects you're seeking. Kratom users and researchers have noted that kratom tends to be energizing in lower amounts and sedating in higher amounts (Cinosi et al., 2015, page 2). As a result, you might want to take slightly less kratom if you desire energy, and slightly more if you're looking to relax. It's also worth mentioning that kratom's effects seem to always be dose-dependent, regardless of the strain in question.
At Kratomaton, our dosage information generally refers to kratom powder. However, ideal dose ranges can vary if you're using kratom capsules or extracts.
Kratom capsules generally contain a fixed amount of standard, unenhanced kratom powder. So, to determine your ideal dosage, you can start by evaluating how much kratom each capsule contains. Most vendors include this information somewhere on the package, and generally speaking, your average kratom capsule contains about 0.5g of kratom powder. However, this isn't always the case, so tread carefully!
If your kratom capsules product doesn't have any dosage information, verify how much kratom powder each capsule contains. If the capsules in question contain 0.5-1g of standard kratom powder, start with a single kratom capsule and wait a few hours to assess your tolerance. Wait 24 hours after dosing before increasing your next dose, if necessary.
If you're using kratom extract products, your ideal dosage will also be different from kratom powders. As highly-potent products, kratom extracts generally necessitate smaller doses. Some kratom extract products include dosage instructions, but some don't. If a kratom extract product doesn't contain any dosage instructions, start low and start slow (0.5g) to assess your tolerance. Ensure that at least 24 hours have passed before increasing your dose (in 0.5g increments), if necessary.
Kratom has many beneficial properties. However, if your kratom dose is too high, the plant's benefits will be outweighed by unpleasant side effects.
Nausea, constipation, sleep problems, temporary erectile dysfunction, itching, and sweating are all common side effects from taking too much kratom (Cinosi et al., 2015, page 6). If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, your kratom dosage might be too high. Thankfully, you can reduce your chances of having an unpleasant experience with kratom by starting at a low dose (1-2.5g of standard kratom powder) and slowly increasing your dose as needed.
If you're experiencing any uncomfortable side effects after taking kratom — such as nausea, dizziness, or sweating — you've probably taken too much. Don't worry, though: these sensations should pass. Here's what to do:
Stop all kratom consumption immediately. Refrain from driving or operating any heavy machinery for at least 24 hours
Find a comfortable place to rest or lie down
(If nauseated) Seek out ginger tea or ginger candies (made with real ginger). According to some kratom users, these products can help soothe the stomach
Don't resist the urge to vomit. You'll probably feel better after doing so
Stay hydrated by drinking water, but sip slowly to avoid further discomfort
Wait at least 24 hours and lower your dosage amount before dosing with the same kratom product
If you still experience unpleasant side effects at low doses (1-2.5g for kratom powders), the kratom product in question may be contaminated. Discontinue use and dispose of it immediately
Contact the vendor who sold you the offending kratom product and describe your experience. If the kratom product in question is contaminated, you might be able to prevent others from having a similarly unpleasant experience
Remember: there's no sure-fire way to avoid contaminated kratom products. However, you're much less likely to encounter a contaminated or problematic product if you order from a trusted kratom vendor.
Aside from choosing a kratom vendor and kratom strain, it's crucial to consider how much kratom you're taking. Taking too much kratom can lead to unpleasant side effects while taking too little can sometimes yield nothing at all.
That said, kratom dosages aren't one-size-fits-all. You might have to take more or less kratom than others to feel kratom's effects. However, this doesn't mean you should take a large dose right away. By starting low and starting slow, you can work towards finding your ideal dosage and experiencing the best of what kratom has to offer.
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