HOW TO DOSE KRATOM
Kratom in its natural form is a fresh tree leaf. They often measure between 5” - 12” long and 3” - 6” wide.
Most kratom sold in the United States has been dried and ground into a powder. This powder is then made into capsules or sold in bulk bags and/or jars. There are also enhanced strains which have concentrated kratom extract mixed in as well, but for the purposes of this guide we are only discussing pure kratom leaf powder.
The most accurate way to measure your kratom is with a scale that is accurate to at least 0.1 grams. This will enable you to accurately identify the amount you are using versus the measuring spoon method.
The reasoning behind this is that kratom strains and powders can vary significantly in their weight. 1 level teaspoon of one strain may weigh as much as 25% more than another strain, depending on how settled it is at the time of measuring.
Quick Guide: 1 tsp = 2.5 grams powder
How Much Do I Take? (Read Disclaimer Here ->)
Finding your dose is quite possibly the most important part of starting kratom. Too little can result in no effect whatsoever, and too much can result in what we refer to as "the wobbles” or nausea and vomiting as the body rejects the excess kratom.
The first question we always ask people is “Have you ever taken any type of opiate in the past?” because that is the easiest way to determine if you need to start low or a bit higher of a dose.
- IF YES: Did you take just a little and get a strong effect? If so, then start at Stage 1 dose level. If you took a little and had no effect, then maybe start at Stage 2 dose level. Did you take a large amount and had little or some effect but really didn’t last long? Then maybe carefully start at Stage 3 level.
- IF NO: Whenever you take any kind of medication or herbs do you tend to have a good effect from the recommended dosing, or do you get little to no effect? If you are the first, then start at Stage 1 dosing level. If you are the second, try Stage 2 dosing level.
How Often Do I Take It?
Listen to your body. We find that for most, the morning dose lasts the longest, often not wearing off for 5-8 hours. However, after that, most have to take more every 3-4 hours. When you start to feel like you did before kratom, then it's probably time to take more.
TAKE AWAY: There is no "right" or "wrong" amount or number of doses per day. Listen to your body, and most importantly, your medical professional.
Dosing Stages 1 & 2
Note for those who are highly sensitive to medications: Follow the guide below, but start off with only 1-1 ½ grams (you will need a scale, or use a scant ½ teaspoon) using the same methods described below.
Start with 3 grams (approx. 1 level teaspoon). Use the guide below on how to consume. It’s always best to start with an empty stomach for the most accurate measure of effects, however it is not required. Some may experience mild stomach discomfort with dosing on an empty stomach. To avoid, take with food, wait for 45 minutes and see if you can measure any effects.There is a definite sensation to the effects of kratom. The effect of a proper dose should be noticeable and pleasant. If you do not feel these effects within 45 minutes, we recommend adding ¼-½ level teaspoon of powder and waiting another 30-45 minutes. If the effects are not felt after that, wait for at least 2-3 hours and start again at 1 ½ level teaspoons or as high as 2 level teaspoons. (Note that 2 tsp is only if you felt zero effects from the previous attempt) If this does not succeed, move to Stage 2.
Start with 5-6 grams (2 level teaspoons) using the guide below on how to consume. It’s always best to start with an empty stomach for the most accurate measure of effects, however it is not required. Some may experience mild discomfort when dosing on an empty stomach. To avoid, take with food. Wait for 45 minutes and see if you can measure any effects. There is a definite sensation to kratom effects. The effect of a proper dose should be noticeable and pleasant. If you do not feel these effects within 45 minutes, we recommend adding ½ - 1 level teaspoon additional powder and waiting another 30-45 min. If the effects are still not felt, wait at least 2-3 hours and start again at 2 ½ level teaspoons or as high as 3 level teaspoons. (Note that 3 level teaspoons is only if you felt zero effects from the previous attempt) If this does not succeed, move to Stage 3.
Dosing Stage 3
(Note this level should only be tried if Stage 2 was unsuccessful. Taking too much kratom can be very unpleasant.) Start with 8-10 grams (3 ½ - 4 level teaspoons) using the guide below on how to consume. It’s always best to start with an empty stomach for the most accurate measure of effects, however it is not required. Wait for 45 minutes and see if you can measure any effects. There is a definite sensation to kratom effects. The effect of a proper dose should be noticeable and pleasant. If you do not feel these effects within 45 minutes, then recommend adding ½ - 1 level teaspoon additional powder and waiting another 30-45 min. If the effects are still not felt, wait at least 2-3 hours and start again at 1-2 level teaspoons higher than previously used. If this does not succeed, you may want to try a different strain or continue the same process of adding a bit more and trying again. Remember, there is no “WRONG” amount. Your body will tell you when it’s right. In the last 6 years I’ve only encountered a handful of people who didn’t have absolutely incredible results that they say, improved their lives. Be patient, and if you have questions, please let us know!
How Much Is Too Much?
There are many misconceptions about kratom on the internet. The anecdotal evidence so far indicates there is not necessarily too much kratom for someone to use, unless your body tells you otherwise. Your body can indicate this by presenting symptoms that are uncomfortable at the least, and may result in symptoms similar to food poisoning (nausea and vomiting). This is one feature of the plant that discourages abuse.
Kratom is not “one size fits all”. Doses can vary from as little as 1g up to 25g. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation to body size, weight, height, or gender. It is far more related to your body’s ability to utilize herbs and other substances in general, as well as your metabolism.
Find what works for you and stick with it. Be aware that kratom strains vary in potency, so we recommend using only vendors who lab test their kratom and print the Mitragynine content on their packaging as a reference point. Also, we recommend only using GMP vendors as they have established standards in their manufacturing processes to help protect you from contaminants. However, GMP does not mean the kratom is of good quality, as the leaf can be clean and safe but still have low potency.
A huge factor in selecting your source of kratom is finding out how pure the kratom you are purchasing is, and if the vendor has a Fair Trade Agreement in place to prevent abuse to the farmers producing the product.
NOTE: All of these instructions are general guidelines and are not medical advice.
ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR PRIOR TO USING KRATOM.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Note as with anything that is not FDA approved, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BEFORE CONSUMING KRATOM. KRATOM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY 18+ (21+ in some states including Colorado) YEARS OLD.
THERE ARE KNOWN AND POTENTIAL UNKNOWN RISKS OF CONSUMING KRATOM. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU PARTAKE. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Laughing Lion Herbs is not responsible for misuse or even proper use of Kratom that results in any sort of negative or positive effects or side-effects. Kratom affects everyone differently. Always weigh the risks vs. benefits of any supplement.
These statements are not evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to make medical claims nor is any product sold by Laughing Lion intended to Treat, Cure, or Prevent any Disease or Condition. Consult with a medical doctor before starting any herbal product or natural supplement including but not limited to Kratom, Kava, and CBD
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