Kratom Usage: How Much Kratom Should I Take?

Welcome to Hippo's Guide on Kratom Usage and Serving Size! In this article we explore how to determine your kratom serving size, rotating kratom strains, and how to keep your kratom tolerance low!

Featured Image depicting a bowl of green maeng da kratom, along side a measuring scoop, digital weight scale, and packet of happy hippo kratom powder
May 04, 2021
7 min read

How to Use Kratom

*Disclaimer: This blog article uses "dose" and "dosage" for SEO purposes only, the correct term is "serving size" since Kratom is not sold for medicinal purposes.

Welcome to Hippo's Guide on Kratom Usage and Serving Size!

Many of us at Happy Hippo use Kratom powder everyday (and have done so for nearly a decade).

While 'Rotating Kratom Strains' (i.e using a different Leaf everyday) is super important, managing your ideal serving size is equally important.

You will CONSISTENTLY experience Kratom's Effects whether you use 5-Times-A-Month or 3-Times-A-Day.

Hint: Even Veteran Users often times need to revisit this conversation —

"How Much Kratom Should I Take."

Does Happy Hippo have Good Advice to Share?
(20+ Years of Kratom or "Mitra" Experience)

We personally have two decades of trial and error experience under our belt.

Some of us use Kratom EVERYDAY (for years on end) and currently take a dosage similar to when we began.

When Newbies ask "How many grams of Kratom should I take?" - they're often expecting a 1-Digit Answer.

Rarely are things so simple.

A Happy Hippo concept we've dubbed the "Sweet Spot" (the perfect Kratom Dosage based on desired Effects at the time) has emerged.

"Sweet Spot" is not a singular digit —

  • Sweet Spot represents a range of possible kratom dosages that provide the best Kratom Effects for you.

This range will be defined by a high point and a low point.

Let's discuss how to find this range, and how to keep this range as stable as possible.

  • While this Conversation is geared to Newbies — We all can become more adept with Mitragyna Speciosa.

How Much Kratom to Take

It's easy to lose sight of the fact that finely ground High-Quality Kratom Powder was once just a brazen leaf that fell from a Tree.

Imagine your Most Successful Friend plants a Kratom Tree in your backyard.

He or She says "YOU can experience Magical benefits from the Kratom Tree!"

  • Energy, Awareness
  • Discomfort-relief in the Mind and Body
  • Sense of feeling "Young Again"
  • Motivated, w/ less Distracting Thoughts

But your Friend also says "If you consume too many leaves the short-term result is nausea and over the long-term the Tree will stop giving."

Knowing this, you would likely only consume a single leaf from this Magical Tree each day.



How Much Kratom To Take?

(Determined by Weight and Gender)

We're not going to ask how much you weigh!

But, you'll need to know a reasonably accurate number in order to know how much kratom to take, and also check "L" or "G".


Kratom Dosage Guide

Ladies, [L]
Below 125 lbs: [0.25-0.50 Gram]
125-160 lbs: [0.50-0.75 Gram]
Above 160 lbs: [0.75-1.00 Gram]

Gentlemen, [G]
Below 150 lbs: [0.75-1.5 Gram]
150-210 lbs: [1.5-2.25 Gram]
Above 210 lbs: [2.25-3.0 Gram]


In reality, the kratom dosages suggested above are fairly low. It's better to take 'too little' (no benefits) than 'too much' (temporary irritating effects).

Remember, the Newbie dosage suggestions are for Happy Hippo Kratom.

Our product tends to be considerably stronger than most lackluster generic plain-leaf on the market.

Strong Suggestion: Do Not "Eyeball" Kratom Dosage

1.0 level Teaspoon = 2.00 Grams
→ 0.5 level Teaspoon = 1.00 Gram
→ 0.25 level Teaspoon = 0.50 Grams
→ 1/8th level Teaspoon = 0.25 Grams


Adjust Kratom Dosage by One Kratom Leaf at a time: Adjust each serving-size by 0.25-0.50 Grams each time until you begin to feel the Magic.

Empty Stomach is optimal, AND be sure to drink lots of Water: Rule 101 on how to use Kratom - Stay Hydrated!

Remember: Be patient like the Kratom Tree.

Learn more about how to Optimize the Effects of Kratom!


How to Use Kratom As a Newbie

(No Expectations, Effects will come with Experience!)

Best case scenario is you LOVE your very first Kratom Experience.

That's perfect, and it can happen!

But - It doesn't always happen - so don't set yourself up for disappointment.

Most people need a few weeks or a month to figure out their Mitragyna Speciosa "Sweet Spot".

How much Kratom Should I take?

  • Start with the suggested serving-sizes above and you'll avoid a rough start.
  • As you test out new serving of Kratom try a small amount more, such as 0.25 Grams, each time
  • (Small incremental changes are especially suggested for Ladies)

The first Experience you have that is truly enjoyable can be defined as the bottom of your Sweet Spot Range.


Many Hippos know how much Kratom to take within 10 Servings!

Happy Hippo suggests making 2 Sweet Spot serving size "guesses" (servings) per day for the first week.

As a Newbie, if you have 2 Kratom doses per day - you should have good idea of how much Kratom to take within a week!

It helps to write down:

  1. how much you took
  2. the time of day

Limiting yourself to 2 serving sizes "Guesses" a day allows room for any error that may occur when trying to define this common question:

How Long Does Kratom Stay in Your System?

Wisdom says it takes 6-8 hours for Mitragyna Speciosa to exit your system enough such for you to feel the full effect of another serving.

Each new human we hire to the Hippo Team gets their 2 Kratom doses per day and that's it!

Jeff, our latest Friend and Hippo Team Member, is a 50 Year old Male that's roughly 200 Pounds.

1 Gram of kratom wasn't enough.

Neither was 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 Grams. But, Jeff will soon find his Sweet Spot and he will be very Happy for the long-term!

All it takes is 1 Bad or "unHappy" experience to be disappointed and give up on Kratom.

Kratom Dosage Can Vary Between Vein Color, Origin, and Speed

(But Don't Worry About it!)

There's countless different types of Kratom (kratom strains).

If you have a high-quality source your Sweet Spot will be similar for each Strain - regardless of which Kratom Strain you use.


Leaf can be: Green Vein, White Vein, Yellow Vein, and Red vein.


The general location is Southeast Asia but each part of Planet Earth is different!

Leaf can be from: Malaysia, Thailand, Mainland Indonesia (Maeng Da and "Indo"), or the small Indonesian islands: Bali and Sumatra.

Fun Fact: 1 Hippo Team Member traveled to Mitra's native lands in 2019 with intent to help secure its future in the United States.


"Speed" is a unique Happy Hippo concept, see Kratom Effects: Kratom Strain Chart for a visual index of the various kratom strains, as well as their speed and kratom effects!

  • The "Fast" Strains support energy and motivation.
  • The "Slow" Strains support overall relaxation.
  • The "Moderate" Strains are somewhere in-between.

We suggest Newbies ignore the possibility that their Sweet Spot can vary between Strains.

If you buy Kratom of high-quality, each Strain's serving will be about the same.

There are lower-hanging-fruits (variables) you can focus on for better gains!


Best Kratom Dosage Effects?

(1 Serving Size Variable worth focusing on)

Eating a large amount of food just before drinking your Kratom Tea is generally a poor choice. The best Kratom Experiences normally occur first thing in the morning when your stomach and Mind are clear.

This allows for optimal digestion of High-Quality Kratom Powder or Kratom Capsules.

It's not feasible to have an empty tummy every time you enjoy Mitra's benefits.

Just try to not have a fresh serving within an hour of eating a full meal.

It's 100% OK if you use kratom after eating.

  • Just know that you'll want to have a slightly higher serving size (10-20% larger) anytime you recently have eaten lots of calories.
  • The most consistent, strongest Kratom Effects tend to be on an empty stomach and with a clear, open mind.

Kratom Dosage Guide

(Focus on Quality of Life: Resonate with the Kratom Tree for Life, not just Today)

The Sweet Spot isn't a "Spot", a specified number of Kratom Leaves, or a single-digit number.

Sweet Spot is a range developed from personal trial and error.

The range of possible serving sizes and your Sweet Spot in this range is dependent upon your desired effects at the time.

Kratom has a very wide range of interpretable effects.

For a longterm Kratom Quality of Life you will want to keep your chosen range of serving sizes narrow.

The more narrow your range, the less willing you are to take a higher serving size of Kratom to achieve the "Feel Good" vibe.

Strongest Kratom Dosage
  • Save the most intense Kratom Benefits for when you need them.

  • Or when someone else does (Kratom Herbs should be readily available for those in need).

"Sharing Kratom Tea is Caring": Hippos oftentimes share Kratom with Friends and Family because it gives them a Happy Heart.

Daily usage will need to be on the low-end of your range for a long-term Happy Kratom Lifestyle.

It just so happens lower serving sizes tend to be correlated with maximizing the stimulating-effects of Mitra.

While the higher serving size tend to promote more relaxation.

Each Strain carries the potential to stimulate or relax you - but depending on its Speed Category, you'll know what to expect!

Learn more about using kratom safely.


~Trust Your Intuition, or "Wisdom"~

Getting Started with a safe and wise dose of Kratom is what'll set the tone for the rest of your Lifestyle.

You have to navigate your personal Kratom dosage range each day - how much to take is a daily decision, decided by intuition.

Trust Yourself!

Occasionally Consume Smaller Serving Sizes (Reducing your Kratom intake once or twice each week)

"Less is More"

This timeless advice does not apply to everything in Life.

But it certainly applies to this conversation:

  • How to take Kratom with the future in-mind?

Imagine your Sweet Spot Range as being between 2.0-3.0 Grams on an average day.

You'll want to prove to yourself that 2.0 Grams is the lowest amount you can consume for effects.

If you take 1.5 Grams and the effects are too subtle or non-existent, you have effectively proven 2.0 Grams will provide you with satisfactory results.

Testing a smaller amount of kratom once or twice a week will help keep your range stable and trustworthy.

Trusting yourself is easier said than done.

Live out this recommendation on a weekly-basis and you will reap the rewards of a stable Kratom Tolerance.

What Is The Perfect Kratom Dosage?

Plants and Trees are not so simple!

Navigating your personal Kratom Dosage range will take practice.

The GOOD news is -

With a reputable and high-quality product, the experience will ultimately be very Happy and Rewarding.

Start with the BARE MINIMUM and add very small amounts until you hit your Sweet Spot.

If you're making a conscious effort to not take more Kratom than you need (and rotating Kratom Strains) - your Kratom Tolerance will remain very stable.

Have a conversation with yourself each day regarding:

  • How much Kratom should I take?
  • Does this serving size best contribute to a Long-term, Happy Kratom Lifestyle?

Your Happiest Friend,

~ Puddles the Most Happy Hippo

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Article Comments


I also agree that it is best to stay away from using an extract on a regular basis. Some companies peddle their “premium” or “king” strains. But, when you do a little research, although they don’t come out and say it, you find out that these products are nothing more than weak leaf with extract added. Happy Hippo doesn’t have to resort to these ploys as they actually have superior quality leaf.

Also, unfortunately I have seen rather absurd recommendations for dosage in some comments on the blog. While I think it is great to have an open exchange and sharing of ideas, please beware of post that advise high doses, ie. take 2g, 30 mins later take another 2g, an hour later take another 2g etc. In my opinion these are really unnecessarily high doses when using an ultra high quality product like Happy Hippo. If you want advise on dosage, the recommendations in Puddle’s above blog are excellent and sweet spot on!! #HIPPOSTRONG


Thank you for a) your tireless efforts to ensure optimal experiences, and b) having such consistently high quality leaves that a lower dose is just right. My first kratom experience was from a vendor who recommended 8 grams as a starting point (5’5"125-ish lbs)…I spent most of the night and well into the next day with my head in the toilet. Fortunately I’m stubborn, and persevered in my quest for Kratom bliss until I found you wonderful souls. Now I enjoy 1-2 grams twice a day and life is much shinier. Can’t thank you enough :)


This the most informative and accurate article on kratom dosage, sweet spot, and tolerance that I have read anywhere. Thank you Hippos. I am so glad that you created this blog to disperse knowledge to the heard.

Happy Hippo has some of the highest quality leaf that you will find anywhere. Really!! And yes, it does really require less than half of the dosage required by many of their competitors. So for those of you interested in quality and who are using the superior Hippo leaf please do not follow the guidelines for dosage that you see on the web. Follow the guidelines of the experts from Happy Hippo that Puddles has posted above.