Kratom Dosage and Side Effects
Kratom is derived from a tree in Southeast Asia and has been used as medicine for hundreds of years. In the present day, Kratom is used to help anxiety, depression, chronic pain and can help with opiate withdrawals. It is important to find the right dose of Kratom to ensure Kratom will work. Improper dosing can be very harmful and unsafe for the user.
Measuring Kratom Dosage
Kratom dosage is dependent on many factors. Your health and other health conditions should be taken into consideration before taking Kratom. All Kratom is not created equal; it is important to make sure you buy high-quality Kratom from a reputable vendor. Kratom should be measured for the right amount that you are going to consume.
A food scale would be best to measure out the Kratom for the most accurate dosage. Amazon.com sells good quality food scales for under $15.00. If you do not want to pay for a food scale, a good rule of thumb is to use a Teaspoon measuring spoon. A Teaspoon measuring spoon is approximately 2.5 grams.
Finding the Right Kratom Dosage
Kratom has a slow onset effect, so it is important to know that less is more. Kratom has a ceiling effect so more does not necessarily intensify effects- you will reach a point of diminishing returns. Positive desired results will be better obtained from a minimal dose. With that being said, it is important to wait 30-45 minutes before taking more Kratom. After 30-45 minutes and you are not feeling the desired effect, you can add an additional 0.5-1.0 grams. If you are not happy after repeating this step two times, try again on a different day and start with 3 grams and follow the same procedure until you find the right the dose that works for you.
Since first time Kratom users are not familiar with the proper dosage, it is wise to start small and build up over time to find out what is the best dosage for you. It is best to take Kratom either before the first meal of the day or a couple hours following, but make sure you take Kratom on an empty stomach.
After taking your first dose, wait for 40 minutes to decide how you feel about the dose. If you need to take more, it is then it is recommended to take another gram and repeat the steps as mentioned before. You also take your weight into consideration when taking a dose of Kratom for the first time. If you weigh less than 149 pounds you should start with only taking 1.5 grams. Taking a lower dosage will help with tolerance issues in the future.
Kratom Onset and Duration
It can take up to 1 hour to feel the effects of Kratom. The effects of a dose of Kratom can last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. This time frame ranges from person to person and depends on the strain that was taken. Kratom capsules can take longer to feel the effects and can last longer as well.
Kratom can be subtle and it may not feel like you are not feeling any effects. It is important before you take another dose 45 minutes later to evaluate yourself and see how you feel. IF you start feel your chronic pain or anxiety start to fade, the dose is in fact starting to work.
Kratom Side Effects
Remember to always start small, go slow and always listen to your body! You can always add more, but you cannot go back and take less. If you were to take too much Kratom at one time you can experience nausea, headache, dry mouth just to name a few. Some users have reported experiencing a phenomenon called “The Wobbles”. The wobbles is described as your eyeballs feeling like they are bouncing up and down in their sockets and not being able to focus on anything unless it is right in front of your face. If you start to have any side of effects, it is advised to eat something small but that is not high in fat. When taking Kratom it is wise to drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.