Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragynaspeciosa) that is innate to Southeast Asian (Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, and Indonesia), and has been in existence for decades. It is available in form of powder (or capsules) that is extracted from the leaves and is known to have medicinal values.
The tree is believed to have natural stimulant properties and helps to reduce body fatigue including muscle pain. In the process, this ancient opioid also reduces anxiety, removes stress, relaxes your mind, and increases your productivity.
Why Is Kratom So Popular?
Kratom has gained in popularity across the world, with an estimated market size of $1.13 billion. While there is no scientific evidence to back the usage or medicinal values of Kratom, the world has neither completely legitimized it or discarded it. The US Drug-Enforcement Administration has labelled Kratom as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it is in the ambit of facing a ban. In 2017 the US FDA also attributed 36 deaths to the usage of Kratom.
In May 2018, the FDA issued warning letters to three Kratom resellers, instructing them NOT to advertise Kratom as a remedy for opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms. The FDA is of the opinion that Kratom offers no medical values and bears resemblance with narcotics like opioids which could become an addiction.
Advocates of Kratom such as the American Kratom-Association have been stepping up efforts to get it legalized in the US. The association estimated that there are about three to five million users of Kratom who found this natural drug to cure ailments such as fibromyalgia, PTSD, arthritis, back pain, carpal, etc.
Having discussed the ambiguity around the legality and acceptance of Kratom or the lack of it, let us delve on the optimum dosage of Kratom. Irrespective of whether you are a seasoned consumer or a newbie, it is important for you to ascertain the correct dosage of the drug.
How To Determine The Dosage Of Kratom?
Just like the ambiguity around its acceptance, its dosage too cannot be ascertained with a cookie-cutter approach. Given that there is no formal approval from the FDA, there are no set or prescribed dosage of Kratom. Dosage depends on the capacity of an individual and the ailment he or she is attempting to cure.
Some tips that can be handy in determining the dosage are (you are expected to use a combination of all these tips to make an informed decision):
A) Speak to the sellers or resellers – Given that they are in the profession of dealing with Kratom, they could be privy to many use cases and customer stories. Insights from these vendors are a very good starting point to understand your dosage limit.
B) Speak to users – If you have been introduced to the usage of Kratom by a Kratom user, you must pick the brains of such person. They can give you first hand or primary information on the side-effects (if any), level of anxiety, time to cure, etc. of using Kratom.
C) Leverage online opinion or review groups including Facebook – The influx of technology can be best put to use to understand user behaviour and satisfaction level of any product or service let alone the use of Kratom. Make the most out of user experiences shared by people to ascertain your dosage information
One must remember that the use of Kratom is very much an individual and private experience and may not necessarily be seen as a benchmark or standard. This means the dosage that applies and works perfectly for you may not be adequate or optimal for me.
Ascertaining The Correct Dosage
Level of Tolerance is the answer to determine the correct dosage. Readers are advised to not misconstrue the meaning of tolerance level. It is surely not your savings bank account where more money the better. In the case of Kratom, the more you need the worse it is.
Essential points to be noted to start determining your optimal level of Kratom:
a) Start small – You can start with a minimal intake of two to three grams on an empty stomach (before breakfast or three hours post-breakfast). Observe your reaction after 20 minutes have elapsed since the intake.
b) Incremental dosage – Give it a good 40–50 minutes and see if you need more. If yes, top up the dose by a gram or two.
c) A little more if it is an absolute necessity – If you have not observed any difference (which is a rare case, after taking three to four grams of Kratom), bump it with an additional half to two grams.
For a newbie with a healthy normal body mass index (BMI), it is ideal to begin anywhere between with two to five grams. If you are thin with less than 66Kgs in body weight, you could begin with one to one and a half grams. This dosage is ideal for people who rotate strains of Kratom or those you use it intermittently to avoid getting addicted to it.
Best Way To Consume Kratom
Kratom is best ingested orally. Here are few common ways of consuming Kratom:
a) Boil it – Let the right dosage of kratom powder boil in water for half an hour, and then strain the water. You can consume it hot or chill it too.
b) Take it as a capsule–This method works best for people who want the goodness of Kratom sans the taste of it. The dosage contained in the capsule is small and measured, and one may have to take multiple capsules to get the adequate quantum of the drug.
c) Direct consumption in powder form– This may not work out well for many, and people may throw-up due to the flavour of Kratom. The best way to consume it directly is to take it in a tea-spoon or in a glass with the right quantity and pour it into your mouth and swallow it.
d) Mix it with Yogurt – Take the right quantity of Kratom powder and add it to plain or flavoured yogurt – this will ensure the flavour of the powder is subdued. This is the last option I would recommend. Kratom is best consumed with an empty stomach and yogurts are heavy and quite filling – this could negate the potential purpose of the consumption.