Kratom Serving Size: Low vs. High

Whether you're a seasoned Kratom consumer or a newcomer to this wonderful plant, the one question that often comes up in conversation is whether a low serving size or high serving size of Kratom is more suitable to get the benefits you're looking for. To answer this question we first need to dive into the key differences between taking Kratom powder at low serving sizes versus high serving sizes, and how to find the ideal balance to find your 'sweet spot'. 


The Science of Kratom Serving Sizes

Kratom powder contains alkaloids, primarily mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which interact with the body to produce a wide range of effects. These effects can vary significantly based on the serving size consumed and are what ultimately deliver the amazing benefits that Kratom powder provides. 

 Kratom Alkaloids - NuKine Wellness


Low Serving Sizes of Kratom Powder
  1. Mild Stimulation: A low serving size of Kratom powder (usually around 1-3 grams) tends to produce stimulating effects. This can lead to increased alertness, focus, and energy. As a general comparison, many users find low serving sizes of Kratom to be similar to drinking a cup of coffee. Hence why so many people are now using Kratom as a coffee alternative. If stimulation is what you're looking to get out of your Kratom journey, find out which strains are best for you by reading our 'Best Kratom Strains for Energy, Motivation, and Working Out' article.  

  2. Mood Enhancement: At lower serving sizes, Kratom powder can provide a nice gentle mood lift. It often helps alleviate worry by offering a sense of well-being and contentment without the sedation that often occurs at higher serving sizes.

  3. Improved Concentration: Lower serving sizes of Kratom powder is often used by students, working professionals, and anyone looking for a boost in concentration and cognitive function. At lower serving sizes It can also promote mental clarity and productivity, especially when using white and green Kratom strains. The strains include: White Bali, White Borneo, White Maeng Da, Green Bali, Green Borneo, Green Maeng Da, and Green Malay

  4. Reduced Tolerance: One of the most important reasons many choose to use Kratom powder at low serving sizes is because the chances of building a tolerance is significantly reduced. This will give you the ability to maintain the herb's effectiveness and stay at the same serving size for an indefinite amount of time. 


High Serving Sizes of Kratom Powder
  1. Discomfort Relief: High serving sizes of Kratom powder (typically 5 grams or more) is often used when someone is seeking out its pain management properties. When taking a high serving size Kratom powder, the herb can offer relief from discomfort. This is especially true when using red Kratom strains such as Red Bali, Red Borneo, and Red Maeng Da

  2. Sedation: High serving sizes of Kratom can have sedative effects that can lead to relaxation and sometimes even drowsiness. This makes certain Kratom strains at high serving sizes suitable for people who are looking to unwind or get a good nights rest. 

  3. Euphoria: At higher serving sizes, some users also experience euphoria. This can be a pro or a con depending on what your goals are. Euphoria can sometimes be desirable for recreational use but at the same time it might not be suitable for daily life or using Kratom for work.

  4. Potential for Tolerance: The most important reason to consider not taking Kratom powder at higher serving sizes is the possibility that it could lead to developing a tolerance. If this happens, you may require larger amounts to achieve the same benefits and effects you're used to.

Low High Kratom Serving Size Dose - NuKine Wellness 

Combining Low and High Serving Sizes

Some Kratom consumers find that a combination of low and high serving sizes can actually be the most effective approach. For example, they might take a low serving size of a white or green Kratom strain during the day for increased focus and productivity and a higher serving size of a red Kratom strain in the evening for relaxation and discomfort relief. This is part of the "less is more" philosophy and it enables you to experience the full range of Kratom's effects and benefits without overindulging.

 Combining Kratom Dose - NuKine Wellness


Finding Your Balance

The right Kratom serving size depends on your individual goals and needs. To find your ideal balance:

  1. Start Low: If you're new to Kratom, it's always best if you begin with a low serving size to assess how it affects you and then adjust accordingly. When looking for the perfect balance, it's a good idea to use the titration approach. Titration is the process of adjusting your Kratom powder serving size up or down slowly to find your 'sweet spot'. By starting with a low serving size and slowly increasing it over time, you can closely monitor how your body's responding to changes in different amounts. Remember, if you start low, you can always increase your serving size gradually later on if needed.

  2. Consider Your Goals: If you started looking into Kratom, there's a strong possibility there's a specific reason for it. Kratom comes with a host of different benefits, and knowing exactly which benefits you're looking to capture will help you decide what serving size you should take. Ask yourself, are you seeking energy and focus with white and green strains or discomfort relief and relaxation with red strains? No matter what, your serving size should align evenly with your specific objectives. If you're not exactly sure what benefits you're looking for, they're always listed in the NuKine Wellness product descriptions. You can also learn more by going to the NuKine Learning Center

  3. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds to the Kratom you're taking. If you experience adverse effects like nausea or sedation, you might be taking too much. Another common side effect that some users experience that lets them know they've taken too much is known as "the wobbles." The wobbles is a term used to describe an undesirable side effect  that typically occurs when consuming a higher serving size than needed. It's characterized by symptoms such as dizziness and difficulty focusing. These effects are temporary and may last for a few hours. Experiencing the wobbles can be unpleasant and is one reason why it's important for Kratom consumers to carefully manage their serving size. If you experience this side effect and want to avoid it in the future, simply reduce the amount you're taking.

  4. Maintain a Tolerance Schedule: If you choose to take Kratom regularly, consider implementing a tolerance schedule. This involves rotating strains and occasionally taking breaks to make sure you don't develop a tolerance.

  5. Consider the Frequency Impact: Another essential factor in determining the right Kratom serving size for you is the frequency of use. Some users find that taking low serving sizes consistently over an extended period of time is more beneficial for them than occasionally indulging in higher serving sizes.

  6. Quality Matters: One of the most important factors that will decide your serving size is the quality of the Kratom you're taking. Taking a lower amount will also allow you to save money and order less often. High quality Kratom from a reputable vendor such as NuKine Wellness will allow you to take the smallest serving size possible, while still getting all the benefits and effects you're looking for. When ordering online from NuKine Wellness, it will also ensure that you're sourcing your lab-tested Kratom from a reputable company that guarantees its purity and safety. 



Using Kratom Potentiators 

Another factor that can considerably change your serving size is using Kratom potentiators. Taking the best Kratom potentiators such as turmeric or grapefruit with your Kratom can significantly boost its potency and allow you to take a lower amount. It can amplify and enhance the effects of your Kratom powder by increasing its absorption into your bloodstream. That's why sometimes you'll hear Kratom potentiators reffered to as "Kratom boosters" or "Kratom enhancers". 

 Kratom Potentiators - NuKine Wellness


Best Way to Measure Your Serving Size

No matter what Kratom serving size you land on, you'll always want to make sure that it's consistent and the best way to do that is by using a digital scale. Some Kratom users try to measure their Kratom powder using a regular spoon or measuring spoon, but if you want to be precise, it's impossible due to every batch of Kratom powder having a different density.  If you're interested in finding out which digital scale is the best and which Kratom accessories we recommend using, you can read our 'Top 10 Best Kratom Accesories' article. 

Another accurate way to make sure you get the same serving size each time is to purchase NuKine Wellness Kratom Capsules instead of loose Kratom Powder. Each individual NuKine capsule is approximately 0.6 grams and will yield the same amount of powder each and every time.

 How to Measure Kratom - NuKine Wellness


The debate of low serving sizes vs. high serving sizes of Kratom powder largely depends on individual preferences and goals. The key is to find the best balance for you that aligns with your needs and to use Kratom powder responsibly. 

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is intended to provide general information only. The content of this article does not constitute medical, health, benefit advice, and it does not attempt to provide advice relevant to your specific circumstances. Kratom has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any diseases or health conditions. Any information on this website is presented solely as the opinions of its respective authors, who do not claim to be medical professionals providing medical advice in any way, shape, or form.


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