Due to the numerous articles discussing different dosage, effects and even preparation methods, it can be confusing for new Kratom users where to start. If you are new to Kratom, you may have to do some trial and error initially before you achieve the best dose that works for you, starting off at a low dose and gradually increasing the amount.
It’s best to be well-informed. If you don’t have much experience using this wonderful herb, this guide will discuss and outline all the important topics on how to use Kratom to achieve the best results.
How to Use Kratom Powder
Kratom powder is usually ingested instead of being smoked. There are different ways to consume it:
Toss n’ Wash Method. This is the fastest, simplest way to consume Kratom. This is done by measuring your desired dose and pouring it in your mouth. Immediately follow it with a gulp of water and swill it before swallowing.
You may divide your dose into a couple of mouthfuls instead of doing it in one go. It is because the less Kratom powder in your mouth, the easier it is to swill and swallow. This method requires minimal preparation and the best method to feel fast effects.
Tea Method. This is done by boiling the Kratom powder in water for 30 minutes. Allow it to sit and strain the liquid. Some users reported that they felt better using this method, with more consistent effects, however, obviously it’s time-consuming to prepare. The taste is not too bad and can be consumed hot or cold.
Another way is to mix your dose with hot water, strain the leaf residue and drink the strained liquid. Though fairly effective, this type of tea method can sometimes limit certain aspects of the effect.
Users reported that the analgesic effect of Kratom is slightly minimized. However, the stimulating sensation of the tea seems to be more pronounced. If you want to use Kratom in tea form, it is best to do experimentation to determine the difference in effects.
Add to Yogurt. Some users recommend this method to mask the taste of the Kratom powder. However, it’s best to take Kratom on an empty stomach to achieve the effects.
Add to Protein Shake. This is somewhat similar to adding Kratom with yogurt. The difference is that you’ll be taking it with more calories. Some users claim to have better effects taking a protein shake with Kratom.
Capsule Form. This method is a convenient way if you want to avoid the taste of Kratom. But there is a drawback in using this method. Capsules come in different sizes. A size 00 capsule can only hold 0.5 grams of powder. So if your desired dosage is 5grams, you need to take 10 capsules to achieve the desired effect. However, Kratom capsules are very convenient, especially when you are on the go.
These are some of the most common methods to take Kratom powder. Take your pick and discover which works best for you.
Effects and Dosage – What is Kratom Used for?
When you’re still new to Kratom, it is better to research on the best strain for the effect you want and the dosage required. Kratom leaves have different strain as well as vein color, and this can be quite confusing if you have no idea.
Stimulation and Energy
If you are searching for energy and stimulation, there are a number of ideal Kratom strains:
- Maeng Da
- Thai strains
- White-veined strains
The effect of these Kratom strains may vary. But in general, users experience more alert mind, increased physical energy and even sexual energy, feeling more motivated, elevation of mood and the ability to work hard. A person may also be more sociable, talkative and friendly.
The stimulant effect of Kratom leaves is unique compared to the usual CNS stimulants such as amphetamine drugs and caffeine. When using Kratom for stimulation and energy, most users reported feeling better at lower dosages. Higher doses tend to cause mode sedating effects. It’s best to experiment to find out what’s the ideal dose for you.
There are some strains of Maeng Da that can provide pain relief. But overall, the best strains of Kratom for pain relief include:
- Red-veined strains
When using these strains, you’ll be less sensitive to emotional or physical pain and may have a sense of comfortable pleasure. You’ll feel calm and may even enter a state of dreamy reverie. Some people experience sweating or itching. It may be possible to feel nauseated. If this occurs, lie down and relax until nausea subside. It will be pleasant to relax on a partially dim room – close your eyes and listen to your favorite music.
How to Dose Kratom
As mentioned, when you are new to Kratom, it is better to star on low dosage and experiment until you discover your ‘sweet spot’.
Start on a small dose, between 2 and 3 grams. If you don’t feel anything after 30 minutes, take another dose. You should expect at least a slight effect and from there, you begin on that amount of Kratom. Bear in mind that too little will have no effect but even a slight increase in dosage might cause an intoxicating effect. If you already feel nauseated, it’s a sign that your dose is too much.
Take note that superior quality Kratom can cause effect even at 3 to 5 grams. Not all Kratoms are made equal so better get the best quality to be able to achieve the desired effect at a lesser amount.
Beginners Kratom Dosage Guide
Below is a general guide to finding out your required dose for a specific Kratom strain. It is important to begin on Step 1 every time you try a new strain.
It is best to take Kratom on an empty stomach, so take it first thing in the morning or 2 hours before mealtime. Though it can be taken with food, the effect will be reduced, so you need to take a higher dose to achieve the desired effect.
Step 1: Take 2 or 3 grams of Kratom powder on an empty stomach. You’ll feel the effect after 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 2: Assess the effect or sensation after 30 to 45 minutes. If you feel nothing, add some more, 1 to 2 grams.
Step 3: Reassess the effect after 15 minutes. This should be enough to notice something.
Step 4: If you think you need a little more, add another 0.5 to 2 gram.
Step 5: At this point, you should feel something that is good!
Step 6: After 4 to 5 hours and you want to take more, repeat the process using the same strain you previously used.
Since you are still starting out, 3 to 5 grams of Kratom is enough for your fresh receptors. If you are below 150 lbs. in weight, a dose of 1.5 grams may even be sufficient to start out. For those who rotate strains or irregular users, this is often a good amount to start with.
Important Tips – Avoiding Tolerance
One of the most common concerns when trying to maintain Kratom’s effect is tolerance. When the levels of Kratom alkaloids remain consistently high for long periods, the brain can be desensitized to its effects.
With this, it is important to know how to effectively use Kratom without experiencing tolerance. There are several ways to prevent heavy tolerance.
- Dosage amount. Keep Kratom dosage lower than the average dose to reduce tolerance. This method also provides more room for better effect.
- Dosage intervals. To make sure brain alkaloids level goes back to baseline, space out the dosage. This will ensure your tolerance does not increase. It is better to limit Kratom use to once per day, regardless of the condition you’re treating.
- Strain rotation. Many users had success preventing tolerance by changing strains each day to make sure the brain alkaloids level vary. For example, switching from a Red vein Thai to a Green vein Bali. In order to do this, you have to have a variety of strains, at least four. Aside from preventing tolerance, another advantage of strain rotation is that it reduces the possibility of strain ‘burn out’, or becoming almost immune to the effects of a specific strain.
Finding the most effective way to use Kratom can be challenging, with lots of trial and error. By if you take all these factors into consideration, you’ll have a better chance of enjoying the medicinal benefits of Kratom and avoiding the pitfalls.