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Kratom Dosage – Do’s And Don’ts

The question of kratom dosage is one that may have no “applies-to-all” answer, but this article will seek to clarify some of the conceptions and misconceptions about the effects of different dosage.  The hope is to inform beginners about what to expect, and to help novice users acclimate safely to a new strain. (Check Kratom Canada for the great info.)

The Factors of Kratom Dosage

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Below are some of the considerations to take into account when figuring out which dosage is correct for you.  Bear in mind that these are not scientific, but based on common understanding of how kratom has effected different users.

  • Height and weight. Kratom, like virtually any substance that works with the body’s natural chemistry, operates according to the size of its container.  Just as it takes more medicine for a grownup to feel better than a child, it takes more kratom for a tall and/or heavy person to feel the same effects a smaller person.  Again, this is a general rule of thumb to serve as baseline, not a definitive scientific fact.  Some will find they require more of certain strains despite their diminutive stature, but you should always start on the low side and work your way up.
  • Most have reported that kratom taken on an empty stomach takes much less time to have an effect, and the onset is much stronger. The most common time frames before energy or sedation kicks in on an empty stomach is about 10-15 minutes.  Conversely, taking kratom after eating will usually take half an hour to work.  Some make the mistake of taking kratom after eating, feeling nothing after the expected 15 minutes has passed, then taking more.  This effectively doubles the dosage, which can lead to some stomach irritability and nausea.
  • This may seem obvious, but kratom doses will also depend on the type of kratom you’re taking. This applies to powdered strains, which have various potencies according to type.  For example, you may encounter a white Bali blend that is much stronger than a white Vietnam, even though he names may lead you to think they are of the same potency.  Strains like Maeng Da and mixed strains are inherently more powerful than other powders because they contain a combination of different elements that can greatly enhance the individual attributes.  Extra attention should be paid to the potency of extracts like kratom liquid and resin.  While they aren’t exactly accurate in their depiction of 20X potency, the increase is enough that you should only be taking percentages of what you’d take with powder.

The “Average” Kratom Dosage

Of course, average dose will vary according to who you ask, but the general consensus among kratom users is that the average dose should be 1.5 to 2 grams for beginners, and about that same amount for those trying a new strain.   Once you’ve acclimated most consider 4 grams a “healthy” portion good enough to take once during a day.  Any amount higher than 5 grams will alter the effects, with even the most energetic strains enacting sedative and euphoric effects.  The desire to feel these effects is what causes many novice users to start off with the higher amounts, and the onset of side effects will cause them to shy away from that strain before they have the opportunity to work their way up to an optimal dosage. Abusing kratom or taking too much won’t cause any serious side effects—i.e. a fatal overdose—but taking too much of it can cause abdominal discomfort, and the body will probably react by expelling it in a manner that isn’t pleasant.  As always, the key to enjoying kratom is moderation. Visit Kratom Canada – Facebook to get more info.

The Legality of Kratom

In the hundreds of years that natives use kratom before the turn of the 21st century, the plant was allowed to dwell in relative obscurity, hidden in the rural forestry of Southeast Asia.  To the natives, it was simply a plant you could pull off of a tree and chew if you felt so inclined.

Even if some wondered whether it needed policing, there was no way to police it. After the year 2000, as kratom use spread to different parts of the world particularly the west, things changed.  In the hands of Americans and Europeans, more attention was given to its classification–is it an herbal supplement, a natural drug, a narcotic?  And along with classification will invariably come the questions of legality.

Kratom Legality in the United States

So is kratom legal in America? The majority answer is yes; it is legal and unrestricted in 90% of the states, and it’s banned in a handful.  This is because state governments reserve the right to label the substance in different classes and prohibit its use, regardless of regulations.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), America’s official entity on what is considered toxic and what is harmless, have reportedly taken considerable measures to ascertain whether there are harmful effects.

This is telling because there would be an abundance of documented cases from hospital stays and accidental deaths if kratom were indeed harmful.  The FDA hasn’t found enough evidence to condemn or support the leaf, so it remains an item of interest rather than concern.  The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), predictably have a more stringent take, labeling kratom as “an item of concern”, though again, evidence of its harmfulness has not presented itself such that it is labeled a controlled substance.

This would make it legal in certain medical situations, but illegal for a common citizen to purchase and possess without these circumstances.  As of 2016, kratom is banned in Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Vermont, and legal everywhere else.  Some states, like Florida, have undergone extensive testing and deemed it an herbal remedy with no serious side effects, and have implemented an age-restriction of 18-and-older on the leaf.

Supported Measures For Its Continued Legality

Many Kratom users have written local legislature with stories about how the leaf helped them overcome serious opiate addiction and chronic pain.   Numerous petitions with tens of thousands of signatures exist in states like North and South Carolina that have proposed anti-kratom legislation in the works.

The consensus among kratom users across the board is that an age-restriction is a reasonable compromise for parents worried about their kids attaining a dangerous “legal high”.  Media outlets may be the pressure behind the legislation, however, as the leaf has been erroneously compared to highly dangerous drugs like bath salts.

Voices of those who have used kratom to quit lethal addictions like heroin have voiced their advocacy in contradiction to these media reports, and no doctors, reputable or otherwise, have come forth with evidence direct evidence as to kratom’s relation to erratic behavior.  Still, it remains in a precarious legal position in some locations, and time will tell if it remains legal.

Kratom Legality in Southeast Asia

Strangely, kratom is prohibited in Thailand, one of the most abundant manufacturers of leaf, and a place with the perfect climate for it to thrive.  Kratom has been used as an herbal medicine since before civilization in the region, but recent abuse–excessive dosage, mixing kratom with other chemicals to produce synthetic agents–have cause division among lawmakers.

Some are in favor of eradication campaigns where kratom trees are cut down and burned to prohibit further proliferation; others are convinced kratom poses no significant risks to public health and is actually an anti-drug for much stronger substance abuse.