In order to obtain the lion’s share out of this all-natural ethno-botanical antidote that has been consumed safely ever since the ancient times, it is inevitable to decipher the legitimate dosage.
In the impenetrable rain-forests of Southeast Asia, some fanatics simply extracted a leaf from the tree and discovered its many benefits by merely chewing them. Some of the many medicinal benefits imparted by this herb are as follows:
- Pain relief
- Depression Relief
- Relief from Opiate withdrawal
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Opiate maintenance /transitional substance
- Energy boosting
- Anxiolytic (Anti-Anxiety)
- Stimulates Immune System
- Nootropic (Cognition Enhancing)
These were the words of a user. Anon, while he shared his experience.
“I tried 5 grams of Bali Kratom, just to experiment with it. It gave me a great feeling. My body felt pretty tired, not like after a heavy work-out, but more like 5 hours of doing an exam, straight. So I didn’t want to leave my computer, TV, chair and bed (I was glad I had them all next to me!) Yet, my mind was more or less energetic, like a can of energy drink would do to your brains. I became pretty creative and finished two logos for some events I’m preparing. Anyway, the effect smoothly disappeared after only 45 minutes, and wasn’t that strong.”
Multiple users have reported multiple different experiences ranging from a mild stimulant level to a total trance-like euphoric level.
The stimulant level
When taken in correct amounts, the herb is invigorating just like a cup of coffee. Most studies describe it as a cerebral energy where the mind is more vigilant, physical energy and even sexual energy is raised contributing to a balanced sense of vigor and vitality. Moreover, the resulting energy does not associate with any kind of restlessness or a rise in your heart rate.
The sedative-euphoric-analgesic level
At this level of dosage you will be less susceptible to pain and emotions, feel very calm, and experience absolute comfortable pleasure. You might enter a trance phase. Your pupils may begin to constrict and might also result into some itchiness or perspiration. In such a case, it is common to feel nauseated, but with a little relaxation the side effects usually subside rapidly.
The entrance way to your system
There are several methods of intake depending on the preference of an individual user. However, the most common ways are:
Know when to cease the action
“Tolerance is nothing more than patience with boundaries” completely holds true in this case.
Some users unknowingly consume high quantities assuming that it has not affected them, and end up appearing tired as opposed to feeling energetic due to the effect of this herb. In such a scenario, one should abstain from the next use for at least 6-10 hours so that there is enough time for the effect of the previous dose to drain out.
The utilitarian portion
One of the many users, Sir Laurence, described his first time experience as follows: “Experienced light numbing of tongue and throat after several minutes and relaxed content feeling for several hours after.”
Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is characterized as a stimulant when taken in appropriate low doses, and as a narcotic/sedative when consumed at higher doses. The prescription varies in terms of its effect depending on a number of factors such as an individual’s body mass and general tolerance level, on the freshness and potency of the plant/strain chosen. Generally, fresh as well as freshly dried leaves are said to be most potent. However it does not imply that the bigger or taller you are, the heavier dose you might need. The more is not always the better.
In order to find your optimal level of dosage:
- Start by consuming just 2 -3 grams
- Then allow about 20 – 40 minutes for the herb to take its effect.
- If you still feel no or just a little effect on your body you can then try a 0.5 gram increase on the next intake.
- Sometimes, the effect can be delayed due to factors such as recent meals or the fact that the ingestion and dissolving of the capsule coating takes its own course of time. So it is best to wait for an hour in order to feel the effect.
The recommended dosage (which may differ depending on the grade, quality, tolerance and other factors) are as follows:
|Oral Dosages (dried leaf)|
|2014 Standard (formerly Super Grade)|
The dosage mentioned above applies only to kratom leaves or powder (doesn’t include extracts). Variation to sensitivity will depend on the potency of the leaf type or difference due to the place of origin of the plant, hence it is best to consider the prescription simply as approximations only. As already mentioned, it is best to start with a low dose at first, especially when one is trying a new batch of supplements and then increase the quantity gradually if needed. It is advisable to avoid high intake initially. Furthermore, for best results it is important to consume it before meals / on an empty stomach or after 3 hours of consuming your last meal. Side effects due to hypersensitivity may result into nausea, vomiting or an upset stomach.
Commercially available grades
Basically, there are four widely known grades of these leaves, which differ in their potency, that are commercially available. These grades will help you choose an appropriate quantity depending on the grade you pick. Some of the terms used by the companies are:
- “Organic Commercial Grade” for the least potent (5-30 grams dried leaf) – This is the most subtle and mild version available commercially. It is the best available option for the first timers to experiment and feel the essence of the herb.
- “Premium” or “Instant Premium”(2-15 grams) – This particular type is a great combination of subtlety along with a tinge of sophistication imparting just the right amount of power.
- “Super” (2-8 grams) – This type is made from specially hand selected large leaves. Larger the leaves means more the surface area and hence a greater alkaloid content.
- “Super Enhanced”(1-5 grams) – This is the most concentrated form available and is so potent that it is not advisable to use this one on a daily basis. It is said to be15 times more potent than the traditional form.
Some vendors do not use these labels or might use some other grades for their products and the potencies might or might not be standardized. Usually the products also mention their country of origin on their label this regional difference impacts proper dosing. Hence, whenever you make a purchase make sure that the source is reputable and has s good description of the product and its contents.
Some more temporary side effects of high dosage may affect your metabolism in some of the ways mentioned below:
- Light nausea
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of appetite
- Runny nose
In these conditions, it is best to simply drink a little water, and rest. You should also stop the intake of this herbal product for a brief period of time. This should be sufficient for the side effects to subside rapidly. By this trial and error method you can now try to track your optimal levels or perhaps try a different strain or grade which has a milder effect on your body. It is best to understand the needs of your body and the effects of this herb on your body to continue enjoying the wonderful effects that this miracle herb is known for since the medieval times.