Dosages of kratom

Suggested dosages

The recommended beginner dose is 1 gram. If you tend to be sensitive, start even lower at 0.5 grams. Kratom has a slow onset. Wait at least 45 minutes to see how you feel before taking more. If necessary, add 0.5 grams and then wait an additional 45 minutes before you feel the effects. Repeat until you are happy with the results. If after two or three re-doses you are still not happy with results, try again tomorrow beginning with 3 grams.

Remember: Start off at a low dose and gradually increase the amount. Listen to your body! You can always add more but you cannot go back and take less. Taking too much kratom is not good and will result in nausea and dizziness.

Even when you think that you are strong and can stand a lot, be careful. Always start with 1 gram. There is a fine line between a pleasant experience and the unwanted dreaded feeling of sickness. You definitely do not want to cross the line.

Finding your ‘optimal dosage’

Add up the 1 gram of initial dose and any additional 0.5 re-doses. Subtract a little and try that amount next time. Eventually you will find your ‘sweet spot’, i.e. the correct amount in order to obtain the best results. This amount is different for each person and each strain.

If you take around 8 grams and you still do not feel anything, it might not be the right strain for you yet. Many people report that a strain which ‘didn't work’ the first time had positive effects when revisited later.

Less is more

There is a popular saying in the kratom community, i.e. ‘less is more’ and sometimes, ‘even less is even more’.

There is a ceiling effect with kratom. It is a mistake to believe that increased dosages provide more of the same effect. Unreasonably increased dosages will have reverse effects and are likely to increase kratom tolerance. Positive results are more easily obtained from a minimal dose.  

Onset and duration of effects

It can take 20 and sometimes even up to 60 minutes to begin to feel the effects of kratom. Effects last from 3 to 6 hours (depending on the strain) and may vary from person to person, depending on their current physical and mental state. When taken in capsules, the onset of effects may be delayed and the effects usually last longer.

Measuring dosages – scale vs. teaspoon

A scale is recommended for accurate dosing. They are cheap and commonly available (from $10 on Amazon). If you do not have a scale, use a teaspoon that can hold about 2.5 grams. It is better, however, to use an actual measuring spoon, not a random spoon from the silverware drawer.  

Nausea and dizziness

One of the most common kratom side effects is kratom dizziness (wobbles), which might occur when a dose of kratom is too large. A large dose can also provoke nausea.

If you have taken too much kratom, try eating a light meal (preferably some carbs, nothing fatty) and, if possible, lie down. Ginger can help when you feel nauseous. If it becomes overwhelming, you might also be physically sick. However, you will feel significantly better again afterwards. If you are using large doses of kratom and feeling dizzy or lightheaded afterwards, the general recommendation is to try more moderate or conservative doses.

The right dosage of kratom is one of the major factors when talking about kratom dizziness and nausea. Listen to your body and remember that your stomach is your best advisor. A cautionary tale of a misjudged dose is as follows: Your stomach will thank you or punish you, so choose your doses wisely!

Additional side effects

The most common side effects associated with the use of kratom include nausea, headache and constipation. The most common cause of nausea and headache is a large dose of kratom and/or insufficient water intake.

The vast majority of negative side effects are, in fact, the result of dehydration and can be resolved by increasing the intake of water. It is very important to be always sufficiently hydrated. The recommended daily intake of water is 8 x 0.25l (2l) per day.

Magnesium (magnesium citrate) can help with constipation. Other reported side effects are itchiness and hiccups.


The need to increase a dosage in order to maintain the desired effects can result from the phenomenon known as ‘tolerance’. A reduction or loss of response to a given stimulus occurs after a continuous and repeated exposure to a substance.

Once the tolerance has developed, it is harder to deal with. Therefore, the development of tolerance should be prevented.

Tips for avoiding kratom tolerance: use the absolute minimum of kratom necessary for desired effects. Accept that sometimes you will not get the desired effect and resist the urge to increase your dose. If you find out that your current dose is truly not working for you, take a tolerance break. If possible, do not take kratom daily. Take regular breaks and do not use only one type of kratom. Avoid extracts and tinctures.

Extracts, tinctures, resins and enhanced blends are concentrated and will raise kratom tolerance fairly quickly. Some of their effects differ from effects gained from plain leaf kratom. Before taking extracts, you have to be sure that you know your optimal dosages of a variety of strains of your regularly taken kratom.


As with any substance, repeated and prolonged use of kratom can cause addiction and unpleasant effects upon cessation. Tapering, rather than abrupt discontinuation of kratom consumption, can help mitigate some of the unpleasant phenomena. Be very honest with yourself when consuming kratom. Only you can know what is right for you. Kratom is a tool, but just one of many. Work on other ways of addressing any problems you may be having.

Kratom withdrawal symptoms greatly vary in severity from person to person. Many report increased anxiety, irritability, depression and body aches.