It doesn’t matter if you are new to Kratom or if you’re a pro, you need to pay attention to kratom dosing. If you take too little, you don’t give yourself the chance to experience the benefits of Kratom. If you take too much, your results will be equally skewed. The best way to find your perfect spot is by listening to your body and trying different strains.
To ensure your dosage commensurates with your physiology and experience with Kratom, pay attention to the recommended usage by body weight, BMI, and your preferences.
What Is Kratom?
This tropical evergreen tree – Mitragynine speciosa – is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the coffee plant family.
Kratom is full of alkaloids, which are naturally occurring compounds found mainly in flowering plants. It is these alkaloids that make the Kratom tree so special. The two most important alkaloids found in the Kratom leaf are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Traditionally, people chewed the leaves or brewed them into tea. Manual laborers would eat Kratom if they needed to boost their motivation, and Kratom was used in many cultural rites over the centuries.
Modern users, especially in the Western world, sometimes have a hard time with the bitter taste of the Kratom leaves. Powdered Kratom leaf can be blended into food or drinks, or put into capsules, which are portable and discreet. Best of all, capsules let you adjust your Kratom dosage as needed.
By blending it into food or drinks or taking it in a capsule, the bitter taste can be avoided completely but effects will remain, and your amount can be adjusted down to the smallest increment.
What Are the Different Strains?
The color of the strain largely depends on the drying and fermentation process the leaves go through after they’re picked. Occasionally, the strain’s color refers to which farm the Kratom was grown on, as the color of the strain is sometimes arbitrary. There are also white and green vein Kratom trees growing in the wild, but these are rare and hard to find.
Red vein Kratom like Red Borneo or Red Maeng Da can promote peace and calm. Green vein Kratom encourages motivation and optimism and may help you feel less achy after a tough workout. White vein Kratom has a similar outcome to red vein Kratom but provides an extra kick to help you seize the day.
No matter which strain is your favorite, there are some aspects of your physiology and Kratom effects that you should know when you’re settling on your dose.
Physiology of the User
In general, when you’re deciding on how much Kratom is the perfect amount for your body, consider your weight, body mass index or BMI, your age, height, and your level of fitness. All of these factors can influence the amount of Kratom that you decide is your ideal sweet spot.
The ratio of 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight is an effective way to calculate the amount. Since sensitivity matters, those who find they are very reactive to any new addition may want to err on the minimal side and start with a dose as low as .5 grams and see what effects they get.
A great tip is to buy a precise digital scale and keep a record of your discoveries. 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.
Always keep in mind that the recommended serving for Kratom is 2.4 grams, and you should not exceed two doses in 24 hours. The 2.4 grams is about a teaspoon.
It’s essential to measure your kratom by weight and not by volume for a couple of reasons. A teaspoon or 2.4 grams of Kratom powder is a lot more than 2.4 grams of the uncrushed leaf. The leaf, when it’s in its raw, uncrushed form, takes up much more space than powder does.
By using a precise digital scale, you don’t have to guess about how much Kratom is going into your dose, you know, without a doubt.
When you are delving into Kratom for the first time, avoid taking too much. It may produce unpleasant effects if you are unused to Kratom and sully your experience. Instead, start small and, if you can, take your dose at the same time of day on an empty stomach.
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.
Dosage for Beginners
If you’re new to the Kratom world, then you have a lot of self-discovery ahead of you. You need to figure out which strain best suits your lifestyle and how much you want in each dose.
A great rule for someone who is not well-versed in all things Kratom but does not have any sensitivities to new botanicals is to start with a low dose, about 1 to 1.5 grams. Use your preferred method to ingest your Kratom – tea, powder, or capsules – and wait 20 to 25 minutes. If you are under 68 kilograms, which is 150 pounds, or are extra-sensitive to any new supplement addition, you can start at .5 grams.
If you don’t experience any benefits with this low dose, add increments of .5 grams until you hit your sweet spot, up to 2.4 grams.
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.
Dosage for Experienced Users
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 alkaloids.
To switch up your routine, swap out the strain you use regularly. This doesn’t mean you have to leave off 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 Kratom from a reputable seller who has an excellent rapport with their Kratom farmers and who uses third-party testing to ensure quality and transparency.
Farmers and growers with extensive Kratom experience 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 offer our customers the highest quality Kratom, Kats Botanicals maintains strong relationships with growers and farmers in Southeast Asia. That way, we know that the product we offer is the finest.
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, we send out our products for testing at an unbiased laboratory. They test our products for heavy metals, pesticides, and bacteria, or pathogens. They also make sure our labeling is accurate.
Kats Botanicals has the highest quality Kratom from experienced farmers and offers full lab reports with your purchase upon request. When you buy Kratom from Kats Botanicals, you know that it is ethically sourced and meticulously tested.
As with every new addition in your health and wellness regimen, sensitivity to the vagaries of your physiology is one of the critical factors in deciding what amount is right for you.
By starting low and building up and swapping out your Kratom strains so that you’re trying a new one daily, you can determine what dose is best for your lifestyle, and which particular strain you find calming, motivating or provides an instant pick-me-up. Once you have determined your sweet spot, you can experiment by adding it to coffee, smoothies, and other edibles and beverages. This also helps to mask the taste and make it more palatable.
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.