The Right Kratom Dosage and 5 Other Things You Need to Know About
5 million people in the United States use kratom for a variety of reasons, and you’re reading this article because you’re thinking of joining their ranks. In this article, we’ll talk about the proper kratom dosage, what it is, and the many ways you can take it.
If you’re interested in knowing more about this plant that many swear by, then read on. We hope you’ll find this a fantastic dip into the world of kratom.
What Is Kratom?
Before we go into the correct kratom dosage and the many ways you can ingest it, we need to talk about what it is.
You’ve probably heard about it in the press, as the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) has attempted to ban it in the past. This is due to the fact that while it isn’t an opioid, it does have opioid-like effects for those who take it. As such, this has caused the DEA to give it a major side-eye.
Still, kratom remains legal in the United States. Additionally, kratom dependence is much lower than those who are dependent on opioids to help with chronic pain. In fact, a 2018 study in rats found that kratom could help reduce dependence on heroin. A 2019 study found that the use of kratom helped those who take morphine for pain reduce their dependence on it.
Kratom itself is from the plant Mitragyna speciosa, which grows in several countries in Southeast Asia. In this part of the world, people would either dry out the leaves and brew them in a tea or chew the leaves to help relieve pain. It has been used in medicine there for centuries and was only introduced to the west quite recently, where it was used medicinally and for recreation.
Now, let’s get to some of the questions you should ask at the beginning of your kratom journey.
1. Is Kratom Right for Me?
This is a difficult question to answer. Like most anything people ingest, kratom works differently for different people. Some people may feel it doesn’t affect them at all, while others may feel buzzed with very small doses.
Because kratom isn’t regulated the way other medications are, you can’t go and have a doctor prescribe it and know if it is right for you. However, if you’re going to take it regularly, especially for a medical condition like chronic pain, it may be worth discussing with your doctor.
You shouldn’t take kratom with other opioids because kratom already has an opioid-like effect. This can compound the effects of kratom to the extent that can be dangerous.
But, if you’re interested in trying kratom for chronic pain or to heal after surgery, it might just be the “miracle drug” for you.
When used properly, kratom has a very low addiction rate, meaning most people who take it do not become dependent on it easily.
You should, however, be aware that some people experience side effects. The most common include dry mouth, nausea, itching, headaches, mood changes, and vomiting. Nausea and vomiting typically happen to individuals who are very sensitive to the drug. When you’re just starting out, take it on an empty stomach to avoid nausea and vomiting.
2. How Will I Feel When I Take Kratom?
As we stated above, everyone feels differently when they take kratom. It also depends on the dosage you take.
Kratom itself, as we already discussed, has opioid-like properties that can make you feel as though you have taken one. If you’re already familiar with opioids after taking them for chronic pain, you may be familiar with how kratom will make you feel.
However, it does produce a rather unique effect that you won’t get from opioids: mildish doses of kratom can make you feel stimulated, while larger doses can make you feel sleeping and sedated.
If you take a small dose, you may notice yourself becoming more talkative. If you need to complete an assignment for school or work, you may find you have more focus than you did previously.
Many people also experience muscle relaxation, reduced anxiety, reduced depression, and a decrease in their pain. Some people experience what may be referred to as a euphoric sensation.
Originally, kratom leaves were chewed by those in Southeast Asia who were tasked with menial and monotonous labor, like building huts or sourcing lumber. Because kratom can boost mood, it can also make these kinds of chores seem more doable and more tolerable.
It is impossible to predict how you will feel until you take it for yourself. But you should do it in small doses at first, as taking too much can have the opposite of its intended effect.
While the stimulant and sedative side effects are what most people experience, you may be someone who doesn’t end up feeling that way. That doesn’t mean you’re “weird;” not every drug works on every person, so it makes sense that kratom doesn’t agree with everyone either. The only way to know is to try it for yourself.
3. How Long Does It Take for the Effects to Kick In And How Long Do They Last?
One reason people like kratom for pain and anxiety is that it is fast-acting, especially if taken on an empty stomach. On an empty stomach, it can take effect in 30-40 minutes, and you’ll begin to feel it.
It can take anywhere between 5 and 10 hours for the effects to go away completely.
4. How Do I Take Kratom?
There are several ways to do so, which is partly what makes kratom so fun and versatile. You can swallow it as a pill if you like, but you can also have it in a tea, in food, in drinks you make like milkshakes or smoothies.
Our store offers kratom solely in powder form, which is the most versatile. Although we do not offer kratom capsules, if you have gel capsules, the powder can be put inside of them and you can swallow it to feel the effects of it.
The bottom line is that you can take kratom almost any way you’d like, which is another reason it is so popular and effective.
5. What Is the Right Kratom Dosage?
The right kratom dosage varies from person to person, and most people need to do a bit of experimentation to find their sweet spot. Most want just enough to experience the positive side effects, but not enough to experience the negative. So how do you get it right?
Well, when you first start taking kratom, it is a good idea to take it slowly and with a very low dose to evaluate your tolerance. For some people, this is more than enough and may even make them feel ill. For others, they won’t feel anything and will need to go higher.
Depending on the type of kratom you’re taking, a good introductory dose is anywhere between 3 and 5 milligrams. After you’ve given it time to take effect, you can then decide to up it by a couple of milligrams incrementally until you achieve the desired result.
Do not decide right off the bat that you’ve got a high tolerance to other medication or alcohol and go for broke with the highest dose of kratom. This can lead to serious consequences, including a possible trip to the emergency room. You’ll also likely miss out on the stimulant dose, which will help you both relax and become hyperfocused and get things done.
When you first start using kratom it can seem like a long, potentially scary, and confusing journey. With no one to tell you the exact kratom dosage, it can feel like you’re all on your own and left to figure out everything without the help of anyone else.
While your kratom journey may be daunting at times, especially in the beginning, most users find it worth it. It can help decreased dependency on opioids, especially if you’re using them to mitigate pain. While there is nothing wrong with doing so, most doctors in the US generally try to avoid allowing it, leaving many people stuck without a solution. Now, you can be sure that the medication you’re taking is free from opioids and other substances that can make you dependent on them.
For more information on what we have to offer, check out the kratom powders we have on our site. All of which are well-priced and come with a 0.5-milligram scooper to help you keep track of the kratom you’re using.
You can also drop by our store, or contact us for any queries on how to use our high-quality kratom.