Are you feeling nervous about trying Kratom for the first time? Did you have a good experience with Kratom and are now ready to learn more about this awesome botanical?
When you’re just learning about something as vast and undocumented as Kratom, it can be hard to know what to do first. Should you buy in bulk immediately? Do you need to buy from specific sites to be safe from legal issues? Is Kratom safe to use long term?
You’ll likely have all of these questions – and more – in your head as you move into the “research” phase of your new discovery.
Left Coast Kratom knows how important it is that new Kratom consumers get good information, so we’ve put together this blog as part of our larger advocacy program which aims to create more reliable sources of information about Kratom. We’ll share our three top tips for new Kratom users today!
Lesson #1: Balanced Consumption Is Everything
The most important thing that you will need to figure out about Kratom is the right serving size for your needs. Notice that we didn’t say that we need to tell you what the best serving size is. That’s because we simply can’t tell you what you should be taking!
The only way for you to find the proper serving for your body and your needs is to start with a small amount of Kratom and then gradually increase it. When you’re new to Kratom, we recommend following this serving size schedule to find your sweet spot:
- • Start with ½ the recommended serving of that particular strain
- • Try that for one week
- • Increase the amount used gradually, usually by ¼ serving amounts
- • If you see negative side effects, go back a level
- • If you get the effects you are looking for, stop! That is your perfect serving size!
Finding the right balance of your servings is going to be the trickiest part of using Kratom long term because your body will eventually build up a tolerance, so you’ll need to be mindful about ensuring that you don’t overdo it.
One thing that we can recommend to help you to avoid too high of a tolerance level is to limit your serving size. If you usually consume the same amount every single day, trying using that amount only a few times a week.
On the other days, abstain from Kratom altogether or use a very small amount instead.
By varying the amount of Kratom that you use, your body will be less likely to build up a tolerance that comes from the repeated use of the same exact amount of Kratom. Be smart about how much Kratom you are using, and vary the amount so that your body will not get stuck relying on a specific amount of Kratom.
Lesson #2: Don’t Over Do It
When new users don’t get the effects that they were expecting right away, many will make the mistake of doubling their serving size or increasing it by a similarly large amount right away in hopes of seeing some more obvious effects.
This is not the right choice, and doing this is very likely to cause you more grief than anything else!
Remember that both you and your body are still new to Kratom, and it can take some time to get that perfect strain and serving size combination down. Overdoing it is not going to help you get relief, and instead will cause any number of unwelcome side effects.
Very high amounts of Kratom cause fewer positive effects than very low amounts of Kratom. Remember this as you are adjusting and balancing your serving size during your learning process. Everyone’s body is different, so it is important that you pay close attention to how you react to different changes so that you can find your perfect serving schedule.
Lesson #3: Get Creative!
Finally, enjoy your journey with Kratom! Regardless of what type of effects you are hoping to get from Kratom, there are a number of different ways to reach that goal.
After finding one strain that you like, don’t simply stick to using that same strain for the rest of forever. If you do that, you’ll not only be more likely to develop a tolerance, but you’ll never know if there is a strain out there that works better for you than what you are currently using.
Change It Up!
Do you usually use Kratom powder directly? Why not try a tea or capsule delivery method instead? Changing to a different type of preparation can help you to have a different experience with the exact same Kratom product, and you might even find that teas or capsules help you to avoid any negative side effects more than your current consumption method.
On the topic of strains, try getting a sample pack and trying each strain in the pack for a week at a time! You’ll be able to notice the different effects by doing this, and then you’ll have a better idea of what you are hoping to get from your perfect strain in the future.
Kratom: A Whole World To Explore
As you can probably see by now, there is a lot to the world of Kratom that you might not have even been aware of before you started reading these tips today. And that’s part of the joy and excitement!
People all have different experiences with Kratom not only because the substance itself interacts with bodies in different ways, but also because people can make choices about their strain, serving size, administration method, and more! Customize your experience so you can have the best one. All it takes is a little bit of your time!