How to Use Kratom
Though kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia to treat various ailments, as well as to boost general health, the western world only came to know of this wonderful herb in the late 20th Century.
As a result, we are yet to have a complete understanding of its full range of benefits and side effects. Clinical studies on kratom are still ongoing, and, therefore, there is no official report on how to use this substance properly.
This means that the current dosage recommendations, as well as methods of using kratom, are more or less based on trial and error experiments.
As a new user, it is best to familiarize yourself with the proper way to use kratom if you want to get the effects that you are after.
After researching the different ways in which people use kratom, we have compiled this guide to help new users discover the best ways to use this compound.
The following are some of the ways that you can use to consume kratom:
- Toss n’ Wash
Many experts consider ‘Toss n’ Wash’ as being the fastest and most effective way of using kratom. This method involves putting the appropriate dose of kratom powder into your mouth, then washing it down with a glass of water. Make sure to swirl it around the mouth before swallowing it, as it ensures that you do not leave traces of the powder in your mouth. Kratom is bitter and, therefore, you may not be fond of the taste that you will have in your mouth if you do not swallow it completely.
Also, rather than taking your entire dose at one go, consider dividing it into a number of mouthfuls, as it makes it easier to swirl and swallow the powder.
Toss n’ wash does not require a lot of preparation, thereby making it the simplest way of experiencing the effects of kratom in a hurry.
- Make Tea
If you prefer hot beverages, you can make kratom tea by boiling the powder in water for about 30 minutes, then allowing it to sit and strain.
Some users have reported hitting their sweet spot more consistently when using this method. The drawback to making kratom tea, however, is that it takes time. The good news is Kratom tea does not taste that bad. Additionally, you can consume it hot or cold.
Another technique of making kratom tea is by mixing your powder with hot water, then straining the residue, and drinking the strained liquid. This technique, however, is not as effective as the former when it comes to the painkilling effects. However, it seems to pronounce the stimulating effects of kratom.
Therefore, it is best to experiment with both methods of making kratom tea to find the one that serves you well.
- Mix with Yogurt
As mentioned, kratom powder is bitter, and this can compromise your love for the substance. The bitter taste can even make some people feel nauseous. This is why some people prefer masking that taste by mixing their kratom powder with yogurt.
Nevertheless, kratom seems to be more effective when taken while on an empty stomach.
- Mix with Protein Shake
This method is akin to mixing with yogurt, only that you will be consuming more calories in the process. I recommend this technique to people who are after kratom’s stimulating effects, as they can combine it with their pre-workout shake.
Capsules are arguably the most convenient way of using kratom. They allow you to take this compound anywhere and at any time. The drawback to taking kratom in capsule form, however, is the size of the capsules.
Most capsules can only hold up to 500 mg of powder, and, therefore, if your dose is above 5 grams, you may have to take up to 10 pills at a go. However, kratom capsules mask the bitter taste, and additionally, tend to be more cost-effective.
- Kratom Extracts
These are concentrated forms of kratom powder. If you have the necessary ingredients, instruments, and expertise, you can make kratom extracts at home. However, it is better to buy them from a reputable kratom store.
Kratom extracts are typically highly concentrated, and, therefore, you can only consume them in low doses using a squeezer. You can measure the required dose using the squeezer and then placing the liquid under your tongue. Instead of swallowing, suck on it to hasten its absorption to your bloodstream. This directly translates to faster results.
Effects and Dosage
The effects that you are after are what determine the appropriate kratom dosage. Additionally, kratom comes in different strains, with each strain yielding particular results. Therefore, you cannot buy just any kratom strain at the store and start using it. You need to identify the ideal strain for your needs.
Most people look to start using kratom for either its stimulation effects or its painkilling effects. This section will discuss the best strains to use for those purposes.
- For Stimulation
If you are interested in kratom for its energy-boosting effects, the strains to consider include:
- Any white-veined strain
- Thai strains
- Maeng Da
Even though all of these strains work to stimulate you, they have different potencies, which means that there will be a difference in the intensity of their effects. Nevertheless, using any of these strains should result in effects such as:
- Enhanced alertness
- Higher physical energy levels
- Increased sexual energy
- More motivation
- Better mood
- Increased focus
You may also find yourself being more sociable, friendly, and talkative.
The stimulation effect that comes with using kratom is unlike that that comes with typical CNS stimulants, like caffeine and amphetamine drugs. This is because kratom does not have a crashing effect once its effects wear off.
- For Pain and Stress Relief
For those who want to use kratom for its analgesic properties, the best strains to use include:
- Any red-veined strain
Using these strains should result in a significant reduction in physical, emotional, and psychological distress. These strains also promote a sense of calm and relaxation. At certain doses, you may even enter a state of euphoria.
However, you need to be careful with your dosage to avoid exceeding it, which may result in side effects like nausea and headaches. If you mess up and start experiencing these side effects, take it easy and let them subside.
How to Use Kratom: Dosage
Regardless of the kratom strain that you are using, if you are new to kratom, it is best to start with the smallest dose possible, then work your way up gradually. Doing this allows you to find your ‘sweet spot.’ Additionally, you reduce your risk of experiencing side effects due to taking a dose that is too high for your body.
Consider starting with a small dose of about 2 – 3 grams. If you are not experiencing any effects after 30 minutes, add another gram. You should start feeling the effects. What you should not do, however, is up the dose by more than 2 grams. This is because even the slightest increase in dosage results in significant effects.
Additionally, any high-quality kratom should not require you to use more than 5 grams to experience the desired effects. Therefore, if you find yourself using more than that amount to get the effects that you want, the chances are that you are using a low-quality product.
Precautions When Using Kratom
Some kratom users report extreme feelings of thirst upon using the substance. Therefore, consider having water beside you when using kratom. As stated, kratom seems to have the best effects when taken on an empty stomach. However, doing that also raises the chances of you feeling nauseous. As such, consider taking your dose in smaller portions gradually.
New users should always start with small doses. Also, avoid measuring using your eyes and, instead, invest in a digital scale. This is the best way of ensuring that you do not exceed your dosage. New users should also avoid starting their kratom experience with red-veined strains. This is because red strains tend to be extremely potent. Consider starting with white strains.
Unfortunately, as you continue using kratom, your body might build up a tolerance for the substance. This means that you may find yourself having to use more and more of the product to experience the desired effects, which results in more costs.
To prevent your body from building too much tolerance, consider taking a one-week break from the substance every month. After that break, start with a small dose once again. Also, try your best to keep your doses below average. Additionally, avoid taking kratom more than once a day.
Finally, switch up the strains regularly to prevent your body from being too accustomed to a particular strain, thereby building tolerance.
Kratom is a wonderful herb that will enhance the quality of your life dramatically. However, to get the best out of it, as well as to avoid potential side effects, it is vital to learn how to use it properly.
I hope this guide has been of help.