Learning how to properly measure your kratom dose isn’t just good for your wallet, it’s an imperative step in mastering how to leverage this botanical’s effects and the experience you’ll have with each use.
Yet, mastering kratom dosage can be a bit challenging, especially for those new to the supplement. Individual differences in biochemistry, tolerance, and needs can all play a role in how you measure out doses to elicit the desired effects.
Unlike some supplements, more isn’t necessarily better when it comes to Kratom or kratom powder. In fact, kratom is well-known to produce distinctively different effects based solely on the dose used. This means that any error in measuring your kratom can result in sometimes undesirable effects depending on why you’re using it in the first place.
In this guide, we’ll help you more precisely and consistently get the right dose every time. With a few easy to implement tips and some simple tools, you’ll be well on your way to measuring out kratom like a pro.
NOTE: This guide is about HOW to measure your dosage, NOT the exact dose you need. At the moment there is no clinical standard dosing protocol. Always discuss with your physician prior to starting any new supplement routine.
The Best Methods for Measuring Out Your Kratom Dosage
Whether you’re new to Kratom or have been using it for a while, you no doubt have come across any of the several methods people use to measure it out. Although each method might have a time and a place where it is appropriate, that doesn’t always make them the ideal option for getting the right dose.
For example, if you don’t have any tools available, you might have to use a little guesstimation and the old ‘eyeball it’ method. In other situations, you might have everything you need to measure out a dose precise down to the decimal point.
While precise measurements are always preferable, we’ll help you figure out how to make the best of it no matter what you have to work with, be it leveled teaspoons, kratom grams, or DIY kratom capsules.
1. The Best Estimation Method
In a pinch or when running late, this method can be quickly employed to get a decent estimation of your kratom dose. It isn’t perfect, but measuring your kratom dose within a fairly accurate rough guess can be done with just a teaspoon or tablespoon.
TIP: Although teaspoons and tablespoons are (mostly) an accurate unit of measurement, they are not designed for PRECISE measuring. As such, there may be small (yet noticeable) differences in the exact amount of kratom measured in each, depending on the model.
But that’s not the only reason this method is the less desirable way to measure kratom (if you can help it). Turns out, the kratom powder dosage can vary in how many grams per volume it has. For example, a tablespoon of Red Hulu Kratom Powder may measure out to more (or less) grams per tablespoon than that of a White Maeng Da Kratom Powder strain.
Now that the disclaimers are out of the way, let’s take a closer look at how you can measure out your kratom dosage (within reason).
Approximate Conversion Table for Teaspoon and Tablespoon Measurements
|Volume of Kratom Powder||Average Grams of Kratom Powder|
|1 Teaspoon||2.0 – 2.3 grams|
|1 Tablespoon||6.2 – 7.0 grams|
PRO TIP: The above table presumes a level spoon of powder.
How to Scoop and Level off Your Dose
1. Grab your favorite kratom powder strain and either a tea or tablespoon. Due to the residue from kratom powder and potential cross-contamination with other food items, we suggest keeping a dedicated spoon handy and separate just for measuring your kratom doses.
2. GENTLY, compress the powder by damping it down with the flat side of a knife or other flat utensil or accessory.
3. Hold the spoon over your bag or container of kratom and gently scrape a knife or other flat edge over the top of the spoon’s surface, effectively pushing any excess kratom powder off the spoon. This will leave you with a ‘leveled’ dose.
2. Powder Scale: a more precise measure of dosage
If you plan on regularly using kratom, one of the best investments you can make is buying a digital powder scale. These scales allow for precise control over your doses, giving you the reliability and consistency of effects, and the confidence to know you’ve got it ‘just right’.
PRO TIP: You don’t need to spend a lot on a digital scale. In fact, precise scales can be purchased for as little as $20 online. When choosing a scale, make sure it can measure in grams/milligrams, and measures to at least ONE decimal point (Example: 2.1, not just 2).
Tips on Measuring your Kratom Dosage with a Digital Scale
- Before measuring, make sure to hit your scale’s ‘reset’ or ‘zeroing out’ button. This will ensure that the starting weight is “0”.
- Measuring powder directly on the scale can be messy. If measuring your kratom in a container, be sure to weigh the empty container and note down its weight in grams. Subtract this value from the total weight of the container plus your kratom powder to get the true weight of your powder (minus the container).
Measuring Your Kratom Dosage: final thoughts
Kratom is a wonderful botanical supplement, ideal for consumers looking to capitalize on its many effects. One interesting aspect of this supplement is the plant’s unique ability to elicit very different results depending on the dose used. This makes accurate measurement key, especially for those who prefer to buy kratom powder in bulk vs pre-measured kratom capsules.
With a little extra work, kratom powder is well worth the effort, offering users the ability to integrate this centuries-old supplement into a wide range of applications, from mixing in a favorite beverage, to filling your own caps.