Discover what Kratom dosage and consumtion method suits you best

When chewing fresh leaves (for example in combination with betel nuts) , you’ll want to remove the veins and add some salt to prevent constipation. However, since fresh leaves can be difficult to obtain in the West, dried leaves (light to dark green in colour) and powdered kratom (green or beige-brown) are often used instead. Resin, paste-like extracts, tinctures and capsules are also widely available.

For easy preservation, a syrup variation can be made by boiling your powdered leaves in water and reducing. Mix with chopped leaves of the palas palm (Licuala paludosa) to create pills.

How to dose

When taking Kratom, there’s two things you want to look at: type and dose. Both can heavily influence your experience. You can read more about these on the “Effects” page.

Factors like emotional state, metabolism, body size and previous use can heavily influence the intensity of Kratom’s effects. As such, whilst there is no one-size-fits-all, here are some guidelines that you can follow and build from.

MEDIUM DOSEStimulant or sedative
LARGE DOSESedative-euphoric like effects
XXL DOSEStrong sedative and euphoric effects

When it comes to psychoactive substances, like Kratom, there are sadly no set dose recommendations. As mentioned on our ‘Effects‘ page, there are simply too many variables that can heavily influence the effects and intensity. Indonesian and Malaysian Kratom are often weaker than Thai Kratom and even the plant’s age, environment and time of harvest can influence its potency. You’ll also have to take into account what type of product you’re taking. For example, you’ll typically need a lot less of resin than of your normal dried leaves or powder in order to achieve the same effects.

Most commercially available Kratom (from reputable suppliers) often include some recommendations to help get you started. Be sure to take your time with this. More so than with other herbs, there is definitely a ‘bliss point’ that you want to try and find by building up slowly over time. Starting off low and then slowly increasing your amount is best in this case.


The active psychoactive compound in Kratom is mitragynine. The potency of your Kratom is mostly relient on the amount of mitragynine that it contains; the more it contains, the stronger the product. How much mitragynine natural Kratoms contains however, is highly dependant on the factors mentioned above.

(Dosage) The active ingredient in Kratom: Mitragynine.

Kratom: A case study

A GC/MS analysis of Malaysian ‘ketum’ drinks showed that one 250ml glass of said drinks, made by boiling fresh leaves in water for a long time, contained 22.5 to 25mg of mitragynine. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are reported to have been treated with only 3 ketum drinks a day.

A word of warning about Kratom

Tread carefully though, beause taking too much may result in nausea or other unwanted effects (as described on our “FAQ” page).

Please also note that, over time, your body may start building up a tollerance to the herb. As such, we highly recommend that you don’t consume Kratom more than once a week, preferably not more than once or twice a month.