While it is possible to experience a Kratom “high”, it’s important to distinguish between the effects of this natural herb and those induced by artificial drugs such as opioids. Kratom powder is obtained from the dried leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree, which belongs to the coffee family.
The herb contains several alkaloids that interact with the opioid receptors in the human brain, but it is not itself an opioid and, as such, it cannot properly replicate an opiate high. The plant can, however, help you relieve chronic pain, ease social anxiety, achieve a state of happiness akin to euphoria, deal with insomnia and depression, and even overcome an opioid addiction.
If you’re new to this natural herb and its effects, it’s important to remember one essential rule: A high dose of Kratom is not necessarily the best way to achieve the desired benefits. In fact, when it comes to Kratom, less is always more.
Why? For two simple reasons. First, if you take too much Kratom, you might experience a number of negative side-effects – including stomach cramps, nausea, sweating, and anxiety – that are likely to cancel out any of benefits. Secondly, the more Kratom you take at a time, the more accustomed your body becomes to it. To experience the same effects, you have to constantly increase the dose, which is not something you want to do.
Instead, you should only use as much of the herb as you need to allow the Kratom high effects to kick in. The ideal amount will depend on several factors, which is another reason why you should always start with a small dose and work your way upwards based on the feedback you get from your body. As a beginner, for example, your tolerance will be very low, so you should start with no more than 0.5 grams to allow your body to adjust.
Never rush into a Kratom high dose. Take your time and increase the amount you take in increments of 0.5 grams until you achieve the desired effect. For experienced users, the following doses are likely to result in different types of “high”:
Things to consider: Different strains of Kratom can result in very different experiences, which is why it’s important to start with a low dose whenever you try a new strain, even if your goal is to achieve a Kratom high. For example, Red Vein Kratom tends to be milder than other strains, but the ideal doses for, say, Red Borneo and Red Maeng Da still differ.
In addition, it matters whether you take Kratom on an empty stomach or if you ingest it right after a meal. The herb is most potent when taken without any other food, so you should keep this in mind when you settle on the ideal dose for specific situations.
Depending on the strain you take, you can experience different types of Kratom “high”. In addition, some veins are more potent than others, which means that you can achieve the state of euphoria or sedation with lower doses.
Generally speaking, Red veins are used for their sedative and analgesic properties, whereas Green and White veins are more commonly used as energy boosters and mood enhancers. Below, you’ll find the strains that are most likely to give you a “high”, as well as a brief introduction to the effects you are likely to experience in the process.
While these are the strains that are most commonly used to achieve a Kratom powder high, there are other varieties of the herb that can have a similar impact. In broad terms, Kratom can act as either a stimulant or a sedative and analgesic, but each unique strain has its distinctive features, which are particularly obvious with low doses. In higher doses, most Kratom varieties will have the same deeply relaxing effect.
Pro Tip 1: Kratom high doses are generally very strong and can lead to unpleasant side-effects if ingested at once. Always start with a smaller amount and give yourself 10 to 20 minutes to experience the impact. Take more Kratom only if you don’t achieve the desired effect after waiting for 20 minutes.
Pro Tip 2: If you use Kratom in high doses and primarily for recreational purposes, you might find that the effects diminish in time. Instead of increasing your dose beyond the maximum recommended amount of 18 grams, try an alternative strain with similar properties.
Pro Tip 3: You can use a wide variety of natural potentiators to get more kick out of your Kratom powder. Popular examples include turmeric, cayenne pepper, coffee, green tea, and even grapefruit juice. However, you should take great care when first experimenting with any of these potentiators since they can also result in adverse effects.
The easiest, most effective way to consume a Kratom high dose is the “toss and wash” method, but if you dislike the bitter taste – as most users do – you might find it difficult to swallow the powder. A quick alternative to this method is to make your own capsules and avoid the taste altogether. This might take a bit more time than buying Kratom pills, but it’s worth doing because it allows you to decide exactly what goes into your capsules.
Regardless of the strain you use or the effect you’re after, your first priority should be safety when you experiment with this herb. While Kratom can help you achieve a specific “high”, it will never have the same impact as opioids and other artificial drugs. As such, you should not increase the amount you take in an attempt to get an opiate high. The Kratom high doses described above are already very strong and may lead to unpleasant side-effects if increased any further.
In spite of the differences between Kratom and opioids, you can use this natural herb to ease withdrawal symptoms and gradually wean off pain medication. If this is your goal, remember that you do not want to replace one addiction with another. Use the Kratom high to transition away from other drugs, but try to keep your doses as low as possible and decrease the amount you take as your symptoms improve.
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