When starting out with any kind of supplement, drug or enhancement substance that requires consumption, it’s important to learn how to dose and use it properly. The same applies for Kratom; this article will take you through all you need on how to take Kratom including methods of intake, proper dosage and general usage guidelines.
For starters, Kratom is a tropical evergreen or deciduous tree from Southeast Asia, native to Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. It belongs to the same family of botanicals as coffee, Rubiaceae. The herb is known to offer unique effects including euphoric feeling and acting as an opioid-like depressant. Kratom has been used safely for centuries to increase stamina, energy and limit fatigue.
It has since found many more new uses including treating opiate addiction and withdrawal, muscle pain relief, diabetes treatment and so on. Figuring out the correct dosage of Kratom and how to take it is an important factor to getting the most out of this natural remedy that has been used for centuries.
In the dense Southeast Asia rainforest, the original enthusiasts only had to pluck the leaf from the tree and chew to get the many benefits. There are high chances that you don’t have any fresh Kratom trees in your backyard; luckily, you can enjoy Kratom dried, powdered form anywhere in the world. Keep reading to understand how to use Kratom and the correct dosages.
Best Ways to Take Kratom
There are various ways in which you can take Kratom and enjoy its benefits. Here are the most common ways of using it.
1. Toss and Wash
This is the most popular and simplest method of consuming Kratom. The Toss and Wash method require that you first measure out a dose you need, toss the powder into your mouth, then swill it around and swallow. After swallowing, you can drink juice, water or any other drink to clear the aftertaste from your mouth. This might sound like a straightforward affair, but it might not necessarily be easy for beginners as it comes with a mildly bitter and off taste. It might be a good idea to split the dose into small amounts as opposed to taking a single mouthful at once. Users have devised a number of ways to make the Toss and Wash method much friendlier. Some users first take drinks and substances that are bitter than Kratom such as Kava to acclimatize themselves before switching to Kratom. Other mix the powder with milk, lemon juice or olive oil. The main reason is that mixing with these substances enhances the systemic effects of the drug which is lipophilic in nature. Others have found that mixing Kratom with warm water mixes up well and goes down real smooth. Many other users state that mixing Kratom with chocolate milk is one of the best ways of tossing down your drug. You can mix Kratom with chocolate milk and toss the whole mixture, or place a small amount of chocolate milk on your tongue, tip your head back, toss the Kratom into your mouth and swish it around before swallowing. The drug is a little bitter but not unbearable, however, if you don’t like the taste, you have an option to take the capsule version of it.
2. Kratom intake with Yoghurt
The main intention of this method is to mask the Kratom powder using flavored yogurts. This dilutes down the bitterness and makes swallowing the drug easier, but this can be a bit time-consuming. Additionally, it’s a common recommended that Kratom should be taken on an empty stomach, so if you mix it with yogurt, you might not experience the benefits fast enough. You can also experiment with consuming Kratom with food; however, you might be required to use a higher dosage to get the maximum outcome. To get a wider variation, feel free to mix Kratom with a variety of solid foods as well. Some users mix the Kratom powder with chilled applesauce while others mix it into oatmeal pudding or even bake it into tea cookies. Generally, most people prefer to toss down the powder and get done with the process rather than keep testing the powder.
3. Brewing Kratom Tea
This is also another very common method of consuming Kratom being employed by many users. The method involves boiling the Kratom leaves in some water on a low flame for about 30 minutes, letting it rest for 10 to 20 minutes and then straining off the liquid. Most people report that this method offers more consistent results, but it’s a little time consuming, as you can imagine. The brew tastes better and you can drink it cold or hot. Some users say it actually tastes better when chilled. A few users have however noticed reduced analgesic effects which are mildly masked.
4. Add to Protein Shake
Kratom mixed with protein milkshake is an awesome way to take Kratom too. The mixture is easy to make and it helps mask the bitter taste, allowing you to get sweet pleasures. Enough chocolate milk added in the mixture makes the recipe taste even better than Kratom milkshake. To make a Kratom Protein shake, put a dose of Kratom powder in an empty container and add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of chocolate milk. Swirl the contents of the container until you achieve a homogeneous mixture free of lumps. Drink the entire mixture to the last drop. If there are any Kratom particles adhering to the sides of the container, add a little more chocolate and in the empty container, swirl it and drink all of it.
5. Take in capsule form
This method is the best option for users uncomfortable with the somewhat bitter taste of Kratom and don’t want to waste time measuring the correct dosages. The method is also the best for new users just starting out with this kind of drugs. With this method, the powdered Kratom is placed in capsules for users to ingest. You can buy the drug already capsulated or you can capsulate it yourself. All you need is to swallow the recommended number of pills and you will start to experience the effects within 30 minutes of taking it. You will get the drug in the system without any hint of its taste. The only downside of using capsules is that you will need to take a significant amount of capsules at a time for you to consume the right dose of Kratom. It’s probably the most convenient method of taking Kratom especially if you’re always on the move. Just remember to take it with plenty of water.
6. Nibbling on dried leaves
This is quite an unconventional way of consuming Kratom. Considering leaves are dried in many places for preservation, you can nibble on the dried leaves to get the benefits of the drugs. The dry leaves are however tough, hard, a little more bitter and tend to cause gulping. Additionally, you will be required to nibble on a lot of leaves to get the best-desired effects.
7. The Quid way
This is an extremely uncommon way of consuming Kratom in the western world. This is because the fresh Kratom leaves are equally uncommon in these parts of the world compared to the Southeastern Asian countries. The quid method involves bundling fresh Kratom leaves, chewing them and holding saliva. This method is quite potent and the effects kick in quickly because it majorly bypasses digestion. For the rest of us who don’t have access to freshly picked Kratom leaves, this method might not be viable. However, if you get a chance to learn how to use this method, you will definitely find the time worth it.
8. Kratom Vapor
Some users claim to smoke Kratom leaves. This is however not an efficient method because smoking the dried leaves doesn’t offer an intense effect as those you can expect from oral ingestion. You will need to smoke large amounts of Kratom to get useful results. If you choose to use this method, ensure that you stay well hydrated at all times. You’re generally going to need more fluids than usual as you start using Kratom. If you feel a little dizzy after taking the drug, it means that you have gone a little overdose and you need to take more fluids to dilute it from your system. Kratom Dosage Information
How to Dose Kratom Properly
Many users acknowledge the fact that if you’re a new Kratom user, you need to start at the lower end of the dosage and work your way up. Kratom’s effects will last anywhere between 2 and 5 hours. These effects will depend on a number of factors such as general tolerance, body mass, etc.
The rule of thumb is to always use caution by starting at lower doses and increasing by 0.5 gram until you get what works for you. Note that the increase should not be applied immediately but on the following day. Additionally, allow for about 20 to 40 minutes for the drug to take effect after each dose.
The general dosage recommendation for beginners is 1 gram per day. If your body tends to be sensitive to substances, start at a lower dose such as 0.5 grams. Again, Kratom has a lower onset compared to other drugs, so wait for about 45 minutes and assess the effects before taking more.
If after 2 or 3 re-doses you’re still not happy with the outcome, try again the following day starting at 3 grams. Just remember to start small, go slow and pay attention to how your body reacts. Keep in mind that too much Kratom might result in undesirable side effects such as wobbles and nausea.
If you happen to increase the dosage to 8g and you still can’t feel any significant effect, chances are the strain you’re pursuing might not be the right one for you. Try a different strain or take your time off for a while then try it again at a later time. The Kratom community has a saying that “less is more”. This is due to the fact that there is a ceiling effect whereby increasing the dosages beyond a certain measure won’t provide any more desirable effect.
Measuring Kratom Dosages
Using a scale is the best-recommended way of measuring accurate doses of Kratom. They are pretty cheap, some even range from $10 to $20 on Amazon. If you’re considering long-term Kratom usage, I suggest that you invest in a scale. However, if you don’t have a scale, you can use a teaspoon. A full teaspoon will hold about 4.5 grams of Kratom powder.
Using an actual measuring spoon as opposed to a random spoon in your silverware drawer will get more accurate measurements. Keep in mind that using a spoon might not consistently give you precise measurements since Kratom, just like most powder products, varies in terms of how well-packed and fine it is. This is why you might get different quantities of Kratom per teaspoon.
If you are just learning how to take Kratom, don’t use a tablespoon as this is 3 times the volume of a teaspoon (approximately 13.5 grams), which is too much for most people. For low tolerance and beginner users, a single teaspoon is often enough to offer the mood-boosting and energizing effects of Kratom. If you want a more intense Kratom experience or have a higher level of tolerance, try using one and a half to two teaspoons per day. Some users may choose to use 3 or more to experience the “high” effect, but we discourage this because it can lead to increases tolerance or withdrawal symptoms.
Some users may prefer to use Kratom in capsule form instead of bulk powder. This is great if you don’t want to go through the hassles of measuring the doses. A typical Kratom capsule will contain 500 mg to 600 mg, although some larger capsules rated “00” can contain up to 1,000 mg of powder. If you’re buying the already capsulated powder, make sure you inform your vender of your preferred capsule size.
Avoiding Kratom Overdose
The dosage of Kratom that will elicit symptoms of overdose will vary depending on the tolerance or sensitivity of individual users. Some users might experience some side effects and symptoms of overdose with 5 grams per day, while others will only experience this when they go past 10 grams per day. Some of the symptoms of overdose include feelings of nausea, dizziness, headache, and vomiting. If you suspect you have taken a little too much, drink yogurt or grapefruit juice and walk outside or lay down. This will ease and eliminate the unpleasant symptoms.
Tips for Avoiding Tolerance
Tolerance is one of the major problems users trying to get the best of Kratom benefits. Prolonged consumption of Kratom might cause the brain to be desensitized to its effect, which why it’s important to learn how to avoid tolerance. Here are some quick tips;
• Space out dosage intervals, preferably only once per say
• Keep your dosage lower than your average dose and give it time to take effect.
• Alternate different strains each day to reduce the development of tolerance.
• Take regular breaks to avoid prolonged use.
As you can see, you have quite some options when it comes to taking Kratom. Finding the most effective and convenient way to use Kratom is very important if you want the most out of this drug. If you can comfortably hand the bare taste of Kratom, then the Toss and Wash method might be the best option for you. Otherwise, feel free to mix the powder with foods and drinks to mask the taste. When you finally get the best method, remember to start slow, increase gradually and watch out for side effects and overdose symptoms.