The fact that you’re reading this article implies that you’re pretty new to kratom products. And that’s perfectly fine. The fact that you’re searching out information on the subject means you’re looking to understand kratom and its effects. The more you learn about the plant, the better. And we have a massive selection of articles to choose from here at Kratom Geek. So take the time to read some of our other blogs whenever you finish this one. Learning is an integral part of growing in life.
But for the time being, we’re going to discuss kratom dosages, so you’ll understand how much you should take if it’s your first time.
It’s best that you don’t ask a long-time kratom user about how much you should take. Most of them will provide you an answer that reflects how much they take. But that’s not going to help you at all. Like most substances that provide any type of therapeutic effect, a tolerance can quickly build up in no time. (Hell, even a couple of cups of coffee don’t do the trick after a few months.) And the same can be said for kratom. So that means you’re going to need a higher dosage of kratom if you become a daily user. And a larger percentage of kratom consumers are daily users.
So the amount they’re probably using will be more than you’re going to need. Plus, there are other things to consider before you rush into taking your first dose.
The first thing you have to understand before taking any type of herbal supplement that has medicinal effects is that everyone’s body chemistry is different. That means the necessary dosage you’re going to need is going to vary from someone else.
While a drug usually produces the same qualitative effect across a group of individuals, the quantity of these effects will be different. As an example, the experience of some kratom users may last for a shorter duration of time than someone else. The intensity felt could be totally different than others. And the desired effects might be a wide range of results, too. One can witness this phenomenon when hearing individuals state that certain kratom products provide them with a stimulating effect, quite like coffee. But others will say it calms them down. Still, others say it’s sedative. All of them are right. And none of them are wrong.
That’s because your unique physiological conditions will drive kratom to affect you personally in ways that it might not another person. The diverse range of efficacies of a substance across a wide range of users is visual cues to how biological and neurological chemistry affect the desired results.
This variation can result from the differences in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of each individual, stemming from their genetic makeup and physiologic state. A person’s liver and kidney condition, body metabolism, gastroenterological systems, and neurological wiring are a few of the body functions that can increase or impair the therapeutic action of kratom.
As with any type of medication or herbal supplements, you should always consult a doctor prior to using a substance. Kratom is no different. While it may be a supplement, it can have interactions with other medications you are prescribed. Your body can also have a reaction from mixing different herbs together. So you want to understand the pharmacodynamics and drug-to-drug interactions that may develop. These unwanted side effects can cause issues that may not be suitable for a normal lifestyle.
When these undesirable side effects develop, the adverse effects of a substance might be more harmful than the affliction you’re trying to battle. And you should consult a physician to discuss about which of the substances might be interacting negatively with another to produce the unwanted effect you’re feeling. But in order for the doctor to access the scenario, you must inform them of all the medications you are currently taking and any allergies you may possess. Only then will a doctor be able to determine the best treatment plan for your condition.
Perhaps you’re a person that suffers from allergies. If so, then you should start with a small dose of kratom and see if you have an allergic reaction to the product. While the majority of people report that they don’t have any allergies that are related to the kratom plant, there have been instances where it has happened. So make sure you’re not part of that small minority before guzzling down a large dose of kratom.
In the end, finding the exact amount of kratom that you should take relies on several different factors. And you must take all of those into consideration. So don’t trust anyone that gives you a generalized dosage chart that states it provides a correct dosage in your scenario. There’s no way it’s accurate.
But if you’re looking for information detailing the amount of kratom used on average, then the closest thing that I can point you toward for a reference that has a scientific basis behind the information is the results that were garnered from an online survey. The cross-sectional online survey was conducted back in 2016 and had 8049 respondents fill out the necessary information and return it.
According to the results, the average amount of kratom that was taken by the survey contributors was a dose of 5 grams or less that was taken 3 times a day. (It’s important to note that’s the average: but the selections available for the subjects to choose from that had the most votes were a dose of 1-3 grams at a frequency of 1-7 times a week.)
One important thing to note from the study was that any negative effects felt from taking kratom (e.g., nausea, constipation, etc.) were dose-dependent: the higher the dosage taken by the subject, the more likely adverse effects were observed. These side effects were more noticeable when the participants used 5 grams or more per dose at a frequency of 22 or more times a week.
These are but a few of the things that you have to consider before you take your first dose of kratom. But everyone has to start somewhere. So, as a rule of thumb, I would suggest starting with half a teaspoon for beginners (people who’ve never taken kratom before and don’t have a tolerance built from opiates). Then wait around for about thirty minutes to decide how you feel. If you think you need any more, then add another half-teaspoon. And continue the cycle until you feel comfortable. But you should remember that the majority of users from the survey discussed earlier only dosed around 1-3 grams of powdered kratom, which could be approximately anywhere from a halt-teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half.
But some people are looking to use kratom to substitute for other pain pills they’re currently prescribed. Those people, most likely, already have built up a tolerance for opioids. And you may have found yourself within that bunch. In that instance, you’ll probably want to try the same process mentioned above, replacing the half-teaspoon with a full one.
Yet, some people are trying to battle their demons with addiction to much stronger opioids. For those people, I would say try a whole tablespoon when starting. And whenever you get close to feeling comfortable, start tapering down with smaller measurements to find the perfect dosage; i.e., switch from a tablespoon down to teaspoon, and switch to using a half-teaspoonful when you’ve almost hit the right amount needed.