How much Kratom should I take?

Let’s Talk Kratom Dosage

There’s no easy answer to the question of how much kratom powder to take. Most first-time users would love it if someone could tell them the ideal kratom dose they should take. However, not all kratom has the same potency and everyone’s body is different. Both your metabolism rate and your tolerance levels will affect how the dosage affects you. Also, your experience may be different depending on whether you eat before you take your kratom dose. The best advice we can give you on kratom dosing and the ideal kratom dose is to take things slowly.

We do understand this advice doesn’t help you come up with an appropriate kratom dosage amount, so let’s look a bit more closely.

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Let’s look at some general answers to the question: how much kratom should I take? Be aware, this is our best understanding on the subject and is not individualized advice.

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How Much Kratom Should I Take the First Time? Beginner Dosage

Are you new to kratom? This section is meant for you! It’s important to be cautious when trying kratom for the first time, as the effects can vary from person to person. Generally, the method below has worked well for us, however it is not medical advice.

Before you begin taking kratom: Make sure you are using kratom that is from a reputable company. Kratom is not regulated by the US government, which means there are no standards to which these products are sold. Unfortunately, shady companies do exist that sell poor-quality products. That could mean their product is cut with another substance to make it less expensive and/or more effective, or it could mean their product is contaminated in some way.

How to avoid this? Only purchase kratom from trusted companies. That should be a company who is able to provide third-party lab tests. Third-party lab tests are those from a lab that is not affiliated with the kratom company. The lab test should prove the mitragynine content of the kratom and show that there are no contaminants of any kind inside. GRH Kratom is a company that provides their third-party lab tests on their website, underneath each product page. 

Now! How much you should use for your first dose:

Most people start with two to four grams of kratom. If you don’t feel the effects after 20 to 30 minutes, you can take an additional gram or two. This is better than taking too much at one time. If you start with a high dose, you may have to endure unpleasant side effects for a while.

Wondering what side effects might accompany taking a dose that’s too large? Expect nausea and stomach discomfort, as well as possible raised body temperature and sweating. Those are the most common side effects in our experience, although there are others.

Wondering How Much Kratom Powder to Take?

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If it’s your first Bali kratom dosage (or any other type) and you’re trying the powder, you need to keep in mind that a teaspoon equates to three or four grams. Therefore, you’ll need just half a teaspoon for a low dose of two grams and one teaspoon for a moderate dose of four grams.

If it isn’t your first time taking kratom powder and you’re struggling to find the right dose, consider starting quite small and working up from there every half hour till desired effects are felt. Or, alternatively, trying a kratom tea recipe or another strain of kratom might be of more help.

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How Many Kratom Capsules to Take? Kratom Capsule Dosage

If you’re taking our kratom capsules, you should note that each capsule contains half a gram of kratom. This means you would need to take four capsules for a two gram dose of kratom and eight capsules for a four gram dose. Regardless of whether you choose powder or capsules, you should start small so your body can adjust. You should also drink lots of water since kratom can be dehydrating. Keep in mind other companies might have larger or smaller capsules than us, which could impact kratom dosage. The amount of kratom per capsule is important to get ideal kratom dosing.

Kratom capsules are popular among those who can’t stand the taste of kratom, as it is a fairly strong flavor that is often described as grass-like or tea-like. If you’re new to kratom and not sure how many kratom capsules to take for a good starting dose, we would recommend going with 4 capsules (a 2 gram dose) and working up from there slowly if effects aren’t noticeable / not as strong as desired. 

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How Much Kratom is Too Much?

It’s possible to develop a tolerance for kratom. Often, when taking the same type of kratom repeatedly and frequently, your body grows accustomed to the alkaloid blend of that strain. Then, you’ll feel less-intense effects from the same dose. This is when you might take higher and higher doses to feel the same effects. This is most likely to happen if you take kratom very frequently and don’t switch strains. To reduce the risk of developing tolerance and cravings, you should limit your usage to two to three times per week.

To read more about the phenomenon of ‘Stagnant Strain Syndrome’ in kratom users and how to combat it, visit our blog on the subject here!

If you’re wondering if your large kratom dose is safe, here’s our opinion on the matter. We recommend not taking more than 10-15 grams of kratom a day. This would be considered a large dose of kratom, or several smaller doses taken over the course of the day. (Please note we are not medical professionals & this is not medical advice, merely our best understanding on the subject.) 

Kratom Extracts & Dosage- How To Dose Based on Mitragyna (Mit) Content

Kratom extracts are a bit different than raw kratom products. Extract products are distilled to make them stronger, more potent, than raw kratom. That means a little bit goes a long way. Often, kratom extract products can be found in ‘kratom shots’, or liquid shots that contain a specific amount of kratom extract per bottle. But how much should you take?

Typically, kratom shots are quite strong. That means you might not need (or want) to take the whole shot at once. To find out your ideal dose for a kratom shot, it’s important to check how much extract is inside. Kratom companies might label their shots differently- typically, a high-quality company will be quite transparent about how much kratom is in their kratom shots. If there isn’t much information on the bottle about how much kratom is inside, be wary.

You should find at least one of these measurements on a kratom shot bottle:

  • Raw kratom powder amount inside (ex. 15 g Raw Kratom Leaf)
  • Kratom extract amount inside (ex. 300 mg Kratom Extract)
  • Mitragyna (mit) content inside (ex. 100 mg Mit Content)

Great kratom companies will tell you more than one, or all of the above, for true transparency. Here’s how to determine how much to take depending on what measurement you’re given.

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If the raw kratom powder amount is given, it’s fairly easy to calculate how much you should take. Let’s say your normal dose of kratom is 5 grams at a time and the kratom shot you have holds 15 grams, you would want to take 1/3 of the bottle for your normal dose.

If kratom extract amount is the information they give you, be aware that this is very different from raw kratom content. Kratom extract is much, much stronger than raw kratom. We recommend no more than 100 mg kratom extract per dose. That means if your kratom shot has 300mg of kratom extract inside, we’d recommend taking at MOST 1/3 of the shot at once. 

However, if mitragyna content is listed, it’s a bit trickier to decide what the best dose is for you. We recommend 50mg or less of mit per dose, so if the mit content of the kratom shot you’re taking is 100 mg, that would mean taking at MOST half of the shot at once.

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Now that you have a better idea of how much kratom to take the first time, you may be wondering where you can get the best kratom for sale. Ensure you get a premium product by shopping with GRH Kratom. We hope this blog helps you understand the right kratom dosage for you, but be cautious! Taking a new botanical product for the first time might come with unexpected adverse effects. Start slow, and work up from there! Everyone’s body is different and can react differently.
We are not medical professionals and this is not medical advice. If you have further questions, please contact your physician.

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  • David Girard says:

    New to this, any advice welcome.

    • Candi says:

      What is in these?I need something for arthritis and back and neck pain

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        Hi there, while we can’t make claims about pain or any specific medical conditions, I can tell you our kratom capsules are made with pure kratom powder. Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Leaves are ground into a fine powder, then put into capsules. Our products are third-party lab tested to ensure purity & safety. – The GRH Team

      • Sara says:

        Take none. It’s so addictive!! Trading one habit for another …

        • Timmy says:

          Except this habit is legal and relatively cheap! The habit of hurting all the time is not an option… what are you going to do?

      • Lisa says:

        I have been taking Kratom for the last few years for R-d a-s & back p**n. It works VERY WELL! I haven’t experienced any withdrawal on days I don’t take it. My brand of choice is Nodzilla Kratom extract. I take with 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon every morning. It’s not too pricey if u order it online instead of finding a retailer. $10/bottle and that lasts for 3-4days. I hope this helps you.

        • Jasmin Weber says:

          Hi Lisa, thanks for responding- I had to make a few edits to ensure we don’t make medical claims on our website as it goes against FDA regulations. Also, email media@grassrootsharvest.com for a coupon if you’re interested in trying our kratom products!
          – the GRH Team

    • Tammy says:

      First time user….coming off of w********s and this shit is amazing! Completely took all p**n and w*******l s******s away!

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        Hi Tammy, thank you so much for leaving this response! Unfortunately I’ve had to make edits in order for the comment to remain FDA compliant on our website- we aren’t allowed to make medical claims. Thank you again for commenting and apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
        Best, The GRH Team

  • Christian says:

    Is daily kratom use safe for the liver?

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi there, as we aren’t medical professionals we aren’t allowed to make medical claims about our products. However, I would think that like many substances, daily heavy uses could cause negative side effects. It’s always best to stick to smaller doses & take breaks!
      – the GRH Team

      • Traleana says:

        I have a friend who works ER in Colorado n they suggest it for ppl who come looking for opioids but she said she tried it on herself first n tested all her kidney levels n important blood work before telling others n said it didn’t change anything for her.

        • Tammy says:

          All I know is that I was going through some serious w*******s due to coming off of o*****s and other street d***s. The p**ns in my legs and throughout my body and all of my other symptoms went away in just about 20 mins right after I took this Red Kratom. This is the first time I’ve ever tried this stuff but this shit works wonders. Promise!

          • Jasmin Weber says:

            Hi Tammy, thank you so much for leaving this response! Unfortunately I’ve had to make edits in order for the comment to remain FDA compliant on our website- we aren’t allowed to make medical claims. Thank you again for commenting and apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
            Best, The GRH Team

    • Sherri Salisbury says:

      The FDa says it’s not good on the liver

  • Sandra says:

    Hi, I had been on 2 kinds of – and under a drs care for over 10+ years . I recently had the suddenly move and this new state has awful non caring drs . So I had to suddenly just not have my drs percribed – and had nothing for w-l. The – I felt was just unreal!!! I couldn’t even do daily tasks without in agony. I walked in a local cbd store and have been trying the kratom . It’s been awesome!!!:)

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hey Sandra, thank you for leaving this comment! I’ve had to remove a few words that could potentially get us in trouble for ‘medical claims’ with the FDA, my apologies, I wish we could leave it unedited.
      Wishing you all the best,
      The GRH Team

  • Karen says:

    I’ve been using Kratom for almost 8 yrs. I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident 15 yrs ago. The Drs had me on every ****d under the sun for 7 yrs. And I didn’t like taking them because it always had me tired but I have phantom p**n that is unbearable. A friend I met at the VA told me about kratom so I read up on all the pros and cons and I thought I’d try so almost 8 yrs ago I tried the extracts but was $20 a bottle one dose and it lasted about 4 hrs. I then tried the powders and I noticed I’d get as much as 6 hrs with very little phantom p**n. So I started experimenting. I find the white stains are great as a pick me up but really didn’t give me as much p**n relief as other strains such as the reds. So I started mixing red and whites, red and green and now yellow. I was happy to find something besides a n*****c to help me. I O haven’t touched a n*****c for my p**n in almost 8 yrs. But honestly it’s like substituting one for the other but I believe it’s safer then a n****c I think.

    I thank God for this plant and I really wouldn’t be surprised if Kratom can help with other issues that are not known yet.

    There’s both good and bad things said about this plant as with anything else. But personally I know how the n******s made me feel for 5 yrs 4 times everyday and I really felt like a zombie…. Kratom doesn’t make me feel that way at all but unfortunately I live in the state of Maryland and no Drs here even know what kratom is or never heard of Kratom. I have a medicinal card but here again it makes me tired with little energy. So I don’t use it during the day only at bed time.

    I take about 5 tsp of kratom mix it with oj or my favorite
    Mtn Dew😂 it taste like shit but it relieves my god awful p**n and makes it possible to function and go out with my family & friends… Kratom in my state is found in almost every vape shop around even at our neighborhood gas station. But personally I now order mine and was fortunate enough to find an awesome vendor and he always throws in some new strains free of charge on every order. It gives me the chance to experiment with other strains. I’m still trying to find out if any of the red strains are energetic or euphoric being I need that extra push to get my day started. I always read reds are sedating makes you tired but great for p**n. After 8 yrs I honestly don’t know if it is or not. However I do get through the my days now almost p**n free. I only wish they had a red strains that gives you energy and helps with p**n. Maybe someone on this forum can let me know what works with the p**n relief..mthe whites give me the energy but it really don’t help me with the p**n like one of the reds weather it’s a Mangda, Borneo, ect. ect. You would think I’d know after 8 yrs of using it 3 or 4 days a week but honestly I don’t. And I’ve researched it. with little luck😢

    I hope maybe, someone will reads this and could give me some suggestions. I trily mixing red and white or red and green but I think the reds over power the kratom that helps with energy and focus. I wish they had a strain that honestly helps with both p**n and tiredness. I try to stay as active as I can. Not an old bump on the log that just wants to stay in bed all day. Life’s to short and being I was so close to death after our bike accident. I swore day 1 if God can help me through this. I live everyday like it’s my last. I refuse to allow my handy cap to slow this old girl down🙃 and I won’t let my handy cap and the chronic p**n I have, defy who or what I am and especially,how far I can push myself and how far I can go. I tell myself every day….I got this 🤗and with the relief Kratom gives me I will ALWAYS ALWAYS choose that over pills anyday.

    I mean honestly has anybody o*****e or died from only using Kratom 🤔 ? I’ve only read and heard the o*****s where usually from a n******c and the person had used kratom hours before. I’ve only read a few things on it and Always says the same thing…Drug overdose from an o****d or alcohol and small amounts of kratom in their system. So with that said personally I choose plant over pills anyday. This plant has been around I’m guessing since the beginning of time…Just the USA where not fortunate enough to have it naturally grown in the USA. Thank God we now have internet and phones and hopefully to find a great vendor who don’t give you garbage and stands behind their products. I’ve only found 1 vendor
    Unfortunately I don’t think this site will let me post it but if you wanna know who I use just send a msg on here and I’d be glad to hit you up and give you that info. Over the years I went through many many many vendors and this particular one has been the best at least for me😁. I know they only have fresh stuff not stuff that’s been hanging around their shelves for yrs. And if for any reason you not satisfied they will either give your money back or send you another batch they ask you what you’d prefer. Only 1 time did I have an issue they sent me a non fermented red . The man not only resent me the right Kratom but he also through in $140 worth of different strains plus told me I could keep the one they sent me…ever since then I’ve been a loyal customer 🤗 and a happy one at that ~ LOL🙂💔🙂


    • Tammy says:

      Hi, I too am “trying” to live with chronic pain and struggling to find something to help that isn’t a narcotic. I’m new to Kratom and would love if you could reply to me with the name of the vendor you trust.

      • Scott says:

        Hi this is cut/paste from another post on my experience. Good luck.

        Note I’ve been using for recreation and d******n for five years. I WISH I had listened to my gut when I saw Reddit post saying “never use more than 2x/week”.

        I had long honeymphase…no downsides except occasional communication dysfunction (calling good friend etc)…also stomach and sexual side effects. I chose to ignore these. Later I thought hey I’ll use this to cut my a******t…and went to daily kratom (12–15gpd). Luckily I mostly kept to one long session per day, not 24/7.

        Here’s what happened to me and several friends. It stops working, you add more…repeat. It lead to rebound depression and fatigue (next morning felt like s**t). I’m now weaning and having withdrawals similar to getting off long-term ssri’s. Insomnia and weird twitching at night. Sneezing with runny nose all day…fatigue/depression.

        It’s dominated my life (including losing 45pounds)…I’m sick of thinking about it all the time. It disrupts dopamine and endorphin levels.

        Treat the plant as you would a ‘more serious’ drug…use of rare occasion. Note, I’m NOT using smaller m*****l doses for serious chronic pain – my answer would likely be different, even then I’d hope to cycle it. I’ve been using 12–15g. to replace few beers after work and energy/mood lift. It was magical for a year, until it was not.

        Note, I’m not anti-kratom. Strangely I’m even growing my own tree (see attached pic of my beauty). So if down the road if I opt to try again I’ll know what’s in the soil and leaves vs. grown/shipped from overseas. Lots of pro kratom web info, but see QuittingKratom sub Reddit too for a balanced view. Best wishes!

        • Jasmin Weber says:

          Hi there, thanks for leaving this comment and sharing your experience. I’ve had to edit some words to avoid making medical claims, as that is prohibited by the FDA. Apologies, we wish we could keep your comment un-edited!
          The GRH Team

    • Justin says:

      Who’s your vendor?

    • Bobbi Evans says:

      Hello thanks for posting. Could you share your info with your Hook Up? Thanks Alot!!
      New to Kratom and enjoyed your comment Alot.

    • Kelly says:

      I am a newbie at this and very confused. Been under pain management for 15years. Need to take to someone knowledgeable. Would love your sources info

      • Amanda says:

        Hi Kelly,
        I have been doing p**n management for about 13 years. Been given every p**n pill under the sun. I have degenerative disk disease of my entire spine, sciatica and nerve damage in my neck and shoulder. I started taking red manage da Kratom over a year ago and oh my goodness does it help so much. I start my day with 4 capauls and if the p**n is too bad I’ll take another 2 about an hour later. I’m usually good for over 8 hours!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes I only need 4 when I wake up and 4 when I go to bed. I also experienced WD symptoms last year after losing my insurance and this helped all of those issues as well.
        I just buy the brand that my local smoke shop carries and never once had an issue.
        I hope you give it a try and get some non n******c relief!

        • Jasmin Weber says:

          Hi Amanda, thank you so much for leaving this response! Unfortunately, I’ve had to make a few edits in order for the comment to remain FDA compliant on our site- we can’t make any medical claims. Thank you again for commenting, and apologies for any inconvenience!
          Best, The GRH Team

    • Maria says:

      Thank you for your information. Who is the vendor you purchase from?

    • Andrea says:

      I would greatly appreciate the information on the vendor you use for Kratom. I agree finding finding information on this is difficult. I am stopped s*****e after 9 years, and before that over 15 years on/off o*****s. I am desperately trying to find quality Kratom, and proper dosage. Thank you for your time.

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        Hi there, thanks for leaving a response! I’ve had to make a few edits to your comment, due to FDA regulations we aren’t allowed to make medical claims on our site! Apologies and again thank you for your comment, – The GRH Team

    • Kerri says:

      I would like to know your vendor.

    • Nina says:

      For energy try Green Vietnam strain. Red strains are best for p**n relief but I found Green Vietnam gives that energetic euphoric feeling. Good luck!

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        Hi there, thanks for leaving a comment! Unfortunately I had to make a slight edit to ensure our site meets FDA standards- we aren’t allowed to make any medical claims. Thanks again for responding!
        The GRH Team

    • Vickie Haynes says:

      Hi Karen,

      I would like to know who your vendor is please.

    • Jennifer Holley says:

      I’d love to know who your vendor is, because in my town I live in I’m getting bags of duds, I have to go outside of the town I live in to get the same kradom by the same company but the right stuff. It’s like they put out a really bad batch that doesn’t work at all and it only came to my town. Smh. Crazy. It’s from earth kradom çompany. Anyway, glad you found the good stuff. Send them my way so I can get the good stuff.

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        Hey Jennifer, not sure who Karen’s vendor is, but if you’re interested in trying GRH Kratom feel free to use the code WELCOME10 for 10% off your first order with us! All our kratom is lab tested & rotated frequently to ensure quality.
        GRH Team

    • Lisa Lanham says:

      Hi Karen
      What a great post! I’d love to know who u purchase ur Kratom from. I use My Kratom Club, they have reasonable prices, fast shipping & will send u free samples for orders over $99. I use Nodzilla Kratom Extract for p**n & fatigue due to RA & back issues. I take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon every morning and it provides relief for several hours. I doubt they will publish the vendor or brand. Not sure how else to share it. Best of luck. Keep living your best life.

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        Hey there! It’s ok to recommend other brands on here, however we do highly recommend our kratom products! Consider trying our King K extract products, or any of our raw kratom, for a truly premium experience. If you’re interested, I would be happy to give you a coupon – send me an email to media@grassrootsharvest.com
        The GRH Team

  • Barry Louvel says:

    I’m a 70 year old Australian who is mow living in Thailand. A year ago I had never heard of Kratom. I have worked physically hard and played my sports hard (have a look at Australian rules football). Over the last ten years I have increasingly getting more aches and pains as part of the aging process. Getting out of bed, or even just moving after being sedentary for a whole, was a painful e. Until I discovered Kratom. Yes, I’m sure you need yo be careful, but you need to be careful with anything you vonsimr – panadol, fat in your diet, sugar, nearly everything. The pha companies don’t like it, of course ( they would much rather peddle their harder, synthetic, expensive drugs). I am so lucky it is easy to get in Thailand. Unfortunately, the anal retentive authorities in Australia have banned it on absolutely minimal justification. Although it has been used for hundreds of years in Thailand and other South East Asian countries, and although non-Asian authorities are quick to denounce it, there has been very little research on it. Mind you, I hope any research that is done is not funded by pharmaceutical companies!

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