Kratom, a natural herb used as a drug, is extremely effective in conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even opium withdrawal.
But every drug, no matter how effective and natural, works best when taken in the right amount. While a very little intake of it may result in no effect at all and the condition remains the same as before, ingestion in huge amounts may sometimes become lethal and can result in sickness or even death.
Thus with the increasing number of users of Kratom all over the world, it is important to understand how the herb should be taken. Yet, there is no “exact” or the “absolutely right” dose of the drug. It usually depends on two things, i.e., the target effect you want to get and the form you are taking your dose in.
The article below presents before you a detailed guide on the dosage based on your desired effect as well as your preferred form of consumption. Please give it a read to know more.
Before directly moving towards the Kratom dose one should be taking based on its effects or form, it is better to discuss the herb’s generally suggested dose, no matter the targeted effect or form.
1 to 2 grams is considered the mild dose of Kratom, while 2 to 4.5 is the moderate dose. And the high dose of it is estimated to be around 4.5 to 8 grams. That again also depends upon the form you are taking your Kratom into.
Dosage By Effects
The targeted or desired effect is different for everyone, and so is the dose. Thus ingestion of the herb to get your desired effect may need you to experiment with the drug a little bit first. It also depends upon your weight, the size of your body, and the condition you are taking Kratom for.
While the low dose can boost your energy, a higher dose may have sedative-like effects, especially if you have just begun to use the drug. Along with your weight and body size, whether or not you have eaten your food may also change the effects slightly.
The below-written points will help you determine the right dose of Kratom according to your condition.
To Alleviate Pain
If you are dealing with chronic pain and have intended to take Kratom to help you with it, the red strains of the herb might be the thing you are looking for. Red strains are known to provide pain relief and other benefits, such as helping you deal with brain fog or fatigue.
The amount of Kratom usually suggested for chronic pain is 4 to 8 grams. However, this is in no way a small amount so that it may have sedative effects.
Instead of red strain, you might want to change the dose if you are going for green strain. Along with a pain reliever, it also has a soothing effect and may enhance your mood.
However, since green strains are not as potent as red strains, you will have to take the herb in higher amounts to achieve the desired results, i.e., 7 to 9 grams.
Boosting Energy And Improving Focus
If the desired result is only boosting your energy and improving your focus with the help of Kratom, even a little dose of any strain can do the trick. While if you try to take in a huge amount, it can result in sedating you instead.
White strains are usually the suggested ones if you are only using the herb to enhance your focus significantly. Even 2 to 3 grams of the strain can bring a considerable change in your energy and concentration and might as well do the trick for you. The amount can be as high as 5 grams to keep you motivated and euphoric all day.
However, it is extremely necessary to stop just there and NOT take the herb in any higher amount than that to avoid sedative effects.
Opium Withdrawal and Other Effects
Kratom can be a huge help to the process of opiate withdrawal since it has opium-like effects but is not addictive in any way. The ideal dosage to be taken in such a situation is 2 to 4 grams; however, it would work best if you start right after withdrawing the opium drug.
Even though 2 to 4 grams might be the ideal dose you should start from, it also depends on the amount of opium present in your system. That is why it is important first to observe the effects on your body.
For that purpose, you are suggested to wait for at least 30 minutes to understand the effects on your body. If you do not start to feel the effects after 30 minutes, you can increase the dose 1 gram at a time. Also, continue to take your dosage at intervals of 5-6 hours for best results.
Anxiety is another medical condition for which people usually use Kratom. The ideal strains used for the purpose are the red and green ones, and the ideal dose is suggested to be around 2-5 grams.
People looking for excellent results take the dose at the intervals of 5-6 hours, 2-3 times a day. However, some users have reported that taking a single dose early in the morning benefits more and suffices for the whole day.
Dosage By Forms
Kratom is now available in different forms such as capsules, powder, liquid extract, and even gum and gummies. Different forms of the herb differ in potential and thus the dosage. The chart given below will help you determine the dose of the herb just according to the form in which you love to consume your Kratom.
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Measuring Different Forms of Kratom
Not every form of Kratom is hard to be measured. However, when it comes to forms like powder and crushed leaves of the herbs, it usually gets the users confused, especially the beginners.
Thus, below is a guide that will tell you some of the simplest and easiest techniques for measuring your Kratom powder and crushed leaves.
The modern measuring tools have made the task of measurement a lot easier than it ever used to be. There are usually two popular methods among experienced Kratom users that are very easy and very much useful and guarantee almost accurate measurement.
- Using leveled measuring spoons: These are the most readily available tools in every kitchen and save one from the hassle of using expensive and complicated measuring tools.
As known commonly, there are two types of measuring spoons, i.e., tea and tablespoons. One teaspoon usually contains around 2 grams of powder, while one tablespoon may contain around 6.2 to 7 grams.
- Using Scales: Scales is a method considered a lot more reliable than spoons. And now digital scales are available everywhere in the market at an affordable rate to make our lives easier. So even if you are a beginner, you can measure the right amount without any apprehension if you have those scales available in your kitchen.
The measurement of crushed leaves can also be done through the methods mentioned above for powder. However, the amount differs for coarsely crushed leaves and fine powder since the powder holds more volume than the coarsely crushed leaves. The coarsely crushed leaves weigh around 0.8 grams per teaspoon and may weigh even less if they are loosely crushed.
While the right amount of any drug can cure you right away, the wrong dosage may destroy your pleasure and even turn your life into hell.
Thus the intake of any drug in the right dosage is as important as the choice of drug itself. Therefore we suggest you always start from the minimum dosage of the Kratom to see how your body responds to it. The suggested minimum dosage for the purpose may range from 0.5 grams to 1 gram.