how many grams of kratom is right? A guide to kratom use
Looking for the secret to eternal life ? Well, unfortunately I can’t help you there, but it got your attention, right? Instead let’s understand kratom use for beginners.
As I said, eternal life I can’t promise you but I am going to talk you through one of nature’s best kept secrets for hundreds of years that is now growing in popularity across the US and Europe. Kratom.
In this article we’re going to discover all about Kratom use for beginners, why it’s fast becoming the online supplement of choice in America and how to take it correctly.
Without further ado let’s take a look at what Kratom is and where it comes from.
History of Kratom Use
The Kratom tree (mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asian countries. It is grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Kratom has been safely used for centuries in Southeast Asia by indigenous populations where kratom grows. Chewing on the leaves for an energy boost and pain relief, field workers claimed the benefits of kratom allowed them to be more productive and it provided pain relief from the rigors of daily labor work.
Kratom leaves contain a high molecular content of alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine, these are the psychoactive ingredients and the reason that the plant has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
In recent times the use of kratom as an alternative medicine has been popular in the western world, expanding from its traditional southeast Asian home to gaining around 3-million users in America.
The leaves undergo a drying process and can be used to make kratom tea or encapsulated and sold as a kratom powder supplement across the world.
The plant has three different colour variants or ‘veins’; white, red, and green, from these there are many variant strains, not dissimilar to the way that Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa produce hundreds of individual and hybrid strains.
Why should you take Kratom?
The leaves of this tree are used mainly for preparing alternative medicines, as it has a multitude of health benefits (although more research is needed into the science behind many of these).
Kratom is capable of lowering the blood pressure level, promoting good sleep, preventing stress, relieving chronic pain, aiding in opiate withdrawal, improving metabolism, eliminating anxiety, improving sexual energy, preventing diabetes, and promoting the immune system.
According to the American Kratom Association Kratom is not a drug. Kratom is not an opiate. Kratom is not a synthetic substance.
Naturally occurring Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that behaves as a partial mu-opioid receptor agonist and is used for pain management, energy, even depression and anxiety that are common among people in the modern world.
Kratom binds to the opioid receptors in the brain in a similar way as chocolate, coffee, exercise and even human breast milk.
Taking Kratom gives the user euphoric effects of either stimulation or relaxation, depending on strain and dosage.
Different strains and variants of Kratom
To give us a comprehensive understanding of Kratom, we went straight to the best kratom vendors online, Golden Monk, who were able to break down each of the colour variants.
From these variants, many different strains of kratom can be produced. Green strains, white strains and red strains will vary in the different effects that they have on your body.
If you’re interested in finding out about the best Kratom strains for you then head on over to our article in the link.
Red Vein Kratom
Strains from the Red Vein family come from the most mature Kratom leaves.
You might instantly assume this means that Red Vein is best, but that may or may not be the case for you.
The alkaloid makeup of each leaf plays an important role in its performance. Red Vein strains contain the most balanced Alkaloid makeup, giving them the most potency.
Green Vein Kratom
Anything designated as Green Vein Kratom comes from leaves with a medium-level of maturity.
Again, this doesn’t mean that Green Vein Strains are mid-grade quality. It simply refers to when the leaves were picked, and each vein has its own positive qualities.
Green Vein strains are often favorably compared to a mixture between Red and White Vein. They’re also known for offering long-lasting, subtle performance.
White Vein Kratom
Leaves that are picked with White Veins are in the earlier stages of their maturity.
Despite this, you can rest assured that we only use White, Green, Red, and Yellow/Gold Vein leaves that have reached the height of their particular maturity levels.
Kratom strains from the White Vein family are known for their eye-opening performance. Several White Vein strains are rarer than their Green, Red, and Yellow/Gold counterparts.
Yellow/Gold Vein Kratom
Yellow/Gold Veins are commonly advertised, but there’s some debate about whether they’re ‘officially’ recognized.
Strains that fall under this category are sometimes the result of a mixture of veins. They can also be created by using a specific drying process.
Either way, the performance of Yellow/Gold Vein Kratom is often described as highly potent.
The Vein Process
Please note some people claim that Red, Green, White, and Yellow/Gold Vein products are made purely from the drying process and aren’t based on maturity at all.
This marketing may come from the fear of customers getting confused by leaf maturity ratings. But as you now know, each leaf’s properties merely change throughout the maturity process.
Each step along the way has much to offer, and many people end up preferring veins and strains from earlier stages.
Concerns over the effects of Kratom
Kratom has become controversial due to the concerns of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the past decade as they have addressed concerns about reports of severe side effects and deaths of kratom users.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, known as NIDA, conducted their own review of the FDA claimed deaths. NIDA published its conclusions on September 20, 2018 finding that all of the deaths were from polydrug use (mixing of Kratom with opioids) or adulterated kratom products.
There was only one death where the FDA claimed was a death where kratom was implicated as the only substance in the blood report, but NIDA was unable to examine that because the FDA could not produce any records on either the toxicology data or the medical reports of the deceased.
9 Best ways to take Kratom
Without giving the game away too much, here are our top 9 different ways to take Kratom:
Correct Kratom powder dosage
So how do we know how many doses of kratom to take?
Working out the right dose is subject to educated guess work, anecdotal reports and recommendations from experienced users.
A typical dose of kratom is just a few grams. A low dosage is recommended for first time users, this should only be around 1 gram to ensure the desired effects are experienced.
Kratom tolerance will increase over time, along with other factors such as the users’ body weight, metabolism and what they’ve eaten that day. Higher doses should not exceed 4 grams per serving.
The effects of kratom usually last 5-6 hours. When taken on an empty stomach, effects are felt around 30-40 minutes after ingestion. If you have eaten beforehand it will likely take longer. Probably 60-90 minutes before it begins to take effect.
Although tolerance will go up over time, if you are a regular Kratom user then consistently high doses will increase the likelihood of negative side effects and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Taking a break from using Kratom will allow your body to recalibrate to low doses and reduce the risk of things like liver damage. The right dosage for you is the one where you are getting the beneficial effects without any unwanted side effects.
My advice would always be to get your doctor’s advice before taking any new supplement. Never use Kratom as a recreational drug and always buy from a reputable supplier like Golden Monk.