When it comes to ensuring you have an enjoyable kratom experience, proper dosage is key. As some users have experienced first-hand, taking too much kratom can be a recipe for a variety of uncomfortable side effects, including nausea, anxiety, sweating, and more!
In this article, we detail the most common effects of taking too much kratom, tips and tricks to keep your dose of kratom in that comfortable, just right “Goldilocks zone”. Ready to get up-to-speed on some of the most important concepts in the world of kratom? Let’s get to it!
Kratom’s Effects are Dosage Dependent!
Just like its cousin, coffee, kratom is “dosage dependent”. That means that, depending on the size of the dose of kratom you take, you’ll likely experience different effects.
In general, it is said that a low dose of kratom tends to be more energizing, while a higher dose tends to be more relaxing. Of course, different strains of kratom have different effects, and each users’ unique biochemistry will make the kratom experience a bit different from person to person.
But when you take too much kratom, the effects can take a turn towards the decidedly unpleasant. Of course, this isn’t unique to kratom; virtually any substance can have adverse side effects when taken to excess. Heck, even drinking too much water can seriously damage your health!
Common Symptoms of Taking Too Much Kratom
Just like with proper kratom dosage, each user will feel slightly different effects after taking too much kratom. These differences are based, of course, on the size of the dose and the kratom strain used, but they are also dependent on the user’s physiology and tolerance for kratom.
However, there are many common symptoms that users may experience after taking a higher dose of kratom than they should. These include:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Loss of Appetite
If you experience any of these symptoms following your dose of kratom, you might just be taking too much kratom!
Granted, many of these symptoms can also be caused by other lifestyle factors — but reducing your kratom intake and ensuring you’re properly measuring your kratom dose is a crucial step to ensuring your health, wellness, and happiness!
Proper Dosage: Find the “Goldilocks Zone”
Whether you’re a new user trying to find their proper dose for the first time or an experienced user trying to recalibrate after taking too much kratom, finding the “just right” dosage is absolutely key.
Many in the kratom community call this the “Goldilocks Zone”, named after the “just right” porridge from the popular children’s fable. When your dose of kratom is “just right” for your needs, most users will experience their desired kratom effects with none of the adverse side effects listed above.
For New Users and Old: Start Small
Without doubt, the best way to find the Goldilocks Zone is to start out by taking a very small dose of kratom, then very gradually increase the dose. This isn’t just true for new users: even the most experienced users will benefit from starting small any time they switch to a new kratom strain.
How small, you ask? Well, many users will recommend starting out extremely small indeed! That’s right, microdosing kratom is an increasingly popular way to enjoy this natural nootropic, especially for those looking for a mildly uplifting and energizing experience akin to a cup of morning coffee.
If microdosing doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, or if you’re looking for a more relaxing kratom experience, you’ll still benefit from starting small.
During this beginner phase, most users should start by taking less than 1 gram of kratom. You might be surprised to find that this dose of kratom adequately addresses your needs. If not, increase your dose by ~.25-0.5 grams the next time you dose, and stop once you’ve reached your desired effects.
Starting small will not only help you avoid the adverse side-effects of taking too much kratom; it’ll also help your wallet! Keeping your dose small keeps your supply of kratom going longer and ensures you’ll get the most out of this natural nootropic.
But What If I’m Taking Kratom Capsules? Well: Still Start Small
In case the header to this section wasn’t clear, taking kratom capsules doesn’t mean you should jump headfirst into a high dose. Whenever you’re starting with a new strain, try taking a single capsule during your first dose, then consider increasing following the guidelines above.
For Experienced Users: Avoid Taking Too Much Kratom by Reducing Kratom Tolerance
As with almost any substance you might use, repeated kratom use will result in heightened kratom tolerance. That means that, over time, users might experience reduced effects from the same-sized dose.
Unfortunately, that can lead many users to “chasing” their desired effects by taking a higher and higher dose of kratom each time.
CHASING KRATOM EFFECTS IS NOT THE ANSWER! In fact, upping your dose of kratom in this way can eventually lead to all of the adverse side-effects of too much kratom with none of the desirable effects!
So what should you, the experienced kratom user do? Simple: reduce your kratom tolerance!
Although there are many techniques for reducing your kratom tolerance, most in the kratom community suggest “strain rotation” as a way to avoid growing overly-tolerant to one specific strain of kratom (“stagnant strain syndrome”).
Of course, the technique that works best for you may be some mix of rotation, intermittent use, planned breaks, or even supplementation with a synergistic compound! For more on this important topic, see our in-depth guide to Keeping Your Kratom Tolerance Down.
Don’t Take Too Much Kratom, In Closing
Finding your proper kratom dosage is key, but too little is much better than too much. With kratom doses, the mantra of “less is more” is a good thing to remember.
When starting with a new strain, always reduce your standard dose and slowly work your way up until you find the dose that’s right for you.
If you’re an experienced user and you find that your once-perfect dose isn’t delivering the results it used to, don’t just increase the size of your dose! Instead, work to reduce your tolerance to that strain through a combination of strain rotation, scheduled non-use, and other techniques as detailed above.
And, as always, if you have questions about the best techniques to ensure proper kratom dosage, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable customer support staff for assistance.