Kratom Strains and Dosage

Your Ideal Kratom Dosage Guide: How Much Kratom Should I Take?

If you are brand new to Kratom or if you’ve been using Kratom for years, it’s important to pay close attention to Kratom dosage. Many factors affect your Kratom dosing, including:

  • Your body’s physiology
  • Tolerance level
  • The Kratom effects you want
  • The Kratom strain and form you take

With a dose-dependent wellness supplement like Kratom, the best way to find your perfect dose is to try different Kratom strains and follow our tips on dosing.

For more information on using Kratom to enhance your life, visit our Kat’s Kratom Guidebook.



Kratom comes from the leaves of a tropical tree, Mitragynine speciosa, a member of the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Kratom leaves are rich in alkaloids, which are naturally occurring compounds found mainly in flowering plants. The two most important alkaloids found in the Kratom leaf are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine.

Traditionally, manual laborers chewed Kratom leaves to help them get through a hard day’s work. Kratom was also used in many cultural rites over the centuries, often by brewing crushed Kratom leaves or powders into a Kratom “tea.”

Modern users, especially in the Western world, sometimes have a hard time with the bitter taste of the Kratom leaves. That’s why Kratom products today are diverse and versatile. Whether you prefer Kratom powders or Kratom capsules, for example, the versatility of Kratom products allows you to adjust your dosage as needed.

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  • Manufacturer Recommendations – Read the product’s description and manufacturer’s recommendations on what a normal or moderate dose would be. For Kats Botanicals products, this would be one 2.4-gram serving of powders or 4 of the 600mg capsules.
  • Start Slow – To begin, you’ll take a lower dose than what is recommended, observe how it affects you, and then adjust accordingly in small increments to a higher dose.
  • Try Different Strains – If you are not getting the Kratom vibe you want you may need to switch to a strain that works better for you. Your perfect dosage for one strain may be different from another.
  • Use the Smallest Dosage that Works – If you find you are taking too much Kratom, you may be using an inferior Kratom product or a product with an alkaloid profile that’s not best for you. This is where buying from a reputable vendor (like Kats Botanicals!) and using the right strain comes into play.

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There are three commonly known Kratom types – Red Vein, White Vein, and Green Vein. All Kratom leaves begin as Red Vein. Kratom leaves, when dried or fermented, alter in terms of alkaloid content, and the leaf veining takes on a different hue.

Careful cultivation and control of the drying or fermentation processes can develop Red Veins into White Veins or Green ones, producing unique alkaloid profiles with different effects on the body. Understanding these variances can help you adjust your Kratom dosage or the strain you are taking to get the effects you want.

  • Red Vein Kratom like Red Borneo or Red Maeng Da may promote peace and calm. “Daytime” Reds vs “nighttime” Reds is often a matter of how calming that particular strain may be.
  • White Vein Kratom like White Elephant and White Maeng Da are sought out to support an energy boost to help you seize the day. Because these may be stimulating, they are almost exclusively taken during the day.
  • Green Vein Kratom like Green Hulu Kapuas or Green Malay tends to lean toward optimism, motivation, and post-work-out ease, which is somewhere between the Kratom benefits of Reds and Whites.

Regardless of strain, your Kratom experience also depends on your body’s natural response, your tolerance levels, and importantly, how much Kratom you take.

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When you are deciding how much Kratom to take, consider your health. Kratom effects vary depending on things like your size and weight, metabolism, and sensitivity or tolerance level. You may also choose to adjust your dosage depending on the desired effects, making Kratom’s ideal dosage somewhat subjective. Dosage plays an important role in your overall experience with using Kratom, yes, but so does your body and your own preferences.

Everyone is going to have a different experience with Kratom. Some are much more sensitive to a new addition, whereas others may not be. Go slow and listen to what your body is telling you. This is what we mean when we advise to “use Kratom mindfully.”

Take your dose of Kratom at the same time of day on an empty stomach for the most consistent results of the desired effects. This will help you to be cognizant of adjustments to your Kratom dose that need to be made, and help you to avoid potential adverse effects from taking too much Kratom.

Kratom dosage tips for new users


  • Kratom Recommended Dosage – 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight is a good place to start. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your product.
  • Recommended Dosage for Sensitivity – Those who find they are very reactive may want to start with a dose as low as .5 grams of Kratom and see what effects they get. If you use Kratom mindfully, paying attention to how it affects you, then you can decide if you need to make small incremental adjustments to this dose.

A great tip is to measure Kratom and weigh it to precision using a digital scale. Then, keep a record of your experiences per dosage. With these tools, you can easily track, to the microgram, how much Kratom you put into your last dose, and what the outcome was. If you are making capsules, this digital scale is essential for weighing out precise doses.


Start with a low dose, about .5 to 1.5 grams. Prepare and take your Kratom, then wait 20 to 25 minutes. If you don’t experience any benefits with this low dose, add increments of .5 grams at the next dosing time. This can help you find your sweet spot.

If you reach the recommended dosing of 2.4 grams and still don’t feel the effects you want, then switch to a more potent strain – like the Maeng Da varieties, which are more naturally potent. You can also add a bit of Kratom extract to give your routine a boost, but this method of consuming Kratom is considered far more potent and may not be ideal for new Kratom users.

Another great tip is to buy a sample pack of different strains of Kratom. This way, you can discover which strain fits your lifestyle best, and rotate your strains to keep your daily routine fresh.


If you have been involved with the Kratom community for a while, you may find your favored strain and dose has become stale. If you stick with one strain for an extended period, the boost to your well-being is not as powerful. Switching up any botanical is essential to continue the benefits provided by the active compounds. Plus, you don’t want to simply keep increasing your dose. Taking too much Kratom may cause unwanted side effects.

Since Kratom active compounds interact with your opioid receptors, it’s important to “switch things up” from time to time, which will help keep your tolerance in check. Instead of going full-on into using daily Kratom extracts or steadily moving to a high dose of your preferred strain, simply switch up your routine and keep on enjoying the benefits that brought you to Kratom in the first place.

To switch up your routine, swap out the strain you use regularly. This doesn’t mean you have to leave your favorite strain altogether. Add other strains to your regimen on a rotating basis. When starting a new strain, begin as a new Kratom user at 1 to 1.5 grams and work your way up to your sweet spot.

To effectively rotate your strains, try a new strain of Kratom every day, and avoid overlapping the same strain within three days. Of course, the most crucial aspect of this self-discovery process is to listen to your body.


As with any product that you ingest, it is of the utmost importance to procure your products from the best Kratom vendors who have an excellent rapport with their Kratom farmers and who use third-party testing to ensure quality and transparency.

To offer our customers the highest quality Kratom, Kats Botanicals maintains strong relationships with expert Kratom growers in Southeast Asia. That way, we know that the product we offer is the finest.

Our cultivators have extensive Kratom experience and know that the leaves must be picked at a specific time to ensure they have the highest quantity and quality of alkaloids in them. Pick them too early, and they have a minimal amount of the alkaloids; pick them too late, and the result is the same.

To maintain full transparency and to ensure that what is in the Kratom is 100% Kratom leaf and nothing else, third-party testing is necessary. At Kats Botanicals, all batches of our products are thoroughly tested at an unbiased laboratory, which analyzes for heavy metals, pesticides, bacteria, and pathogens, and double-checks the accuracy of our product labeling.

When you buy high-quality Kratom products from Kats Botanicals, you know that it is ethically sourced and meticulously tested. Lab results for all products you buy are available for you to view – just scan the QR code on your product.


As with every new addition to your health and wellness regimen, it’s important to take the right dose for your body. By following these tips you can determine the best Kratom dose for your lifestyle – whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up, motivation, or something to help you enjoy life more comfortably.

To recap:

  • Consider your body – weight, metabolism, etc. – and how you respond to Kratom use.
  • Start slow anytime you try a new product and…
  • Adjust your way up in dosage, incrementally, to the right dose of Kratom powder or capsules for you.
  • Use a precise digital scale and log your body’s responses to precise doses.
  • To avoid building a Kratom tolerance or gradually increasing to too-high doses, occasionally switch up your Kratom routine and incorporate other strains.
  • Finally, use Kratom mindfully and listen to your body!

Once you have determined your correct dosage (we call this the sweet spot), you can play around a bit with how you enjoy Kratom – add Kratom to coffee or smoothies for a morning routine that kick-starts your day, enjoy Kratom drink mixes after that heavy workout, or enjoy a smooth cup of warm Kratom tea before bed.

Kratom is a fantastic way to boost your motivation and focus or to imbue your life with calm and a sense of well-being. Whether you’re new to the scene or have been around for a while, make sure your Kratom dosing is perfect for you.

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Written By Staff

The staff writers for Kats Botanicals have been researching and writing about Kratom products for more than 5 years, and have a combined experience of over 35 years of writing in the healthcare and supplement industry. The team has a keen understanding of the topic, remain current on all FDA and industry news, and use their expertise to generate engaging and informative content to help educate consumers on Kats Botanicals’ products. Each article is fact-checked and includes sources to scientific data to ensure readers receive the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

Reviewed By Justin Kats

Justin Kats, founder of Kats Botanicals reviews and approves all content before releasing it for posting on the Kats Botanical website. Justin has been a tireless advocate for the benefits of Kratom since 2012. As a champion for botanical therapy, Justin created a Facebook group where more than 12,000 people discuss botanicals, and Kratom. He has also assisted more than 80,000 customers since the inception of his business and works directly with a single source farmer to ensure the purity of the products he sells. He also performs rigorous lab testing because he understands what it takes to get a high-quality and safe product to market.

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