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What is “Microdosing?”

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Understanding microdosing and what it is has become a topic of interest for natural supplement and nootropic proponents. Microdosing is a different way to use your chosen health and wellness products. So does that mean kratom and microdosing go together? The answer is more complex than you may think.

Okay, But What is Microdosing?

Microdosing is the act of taking 1/10 to 1/20th of a standard supplement “dose” in order to get a reduced, subtle, and more manageable effect. For many, microdosing acts as a tool that allows the body to get used to a particular supplement over time. Instead of taking a full “dose” at once, microdosing allows you to start with dramatically reduced amounts of the supplement, increasing it gradually over time as you and your body see fit. Usually based around a fraction of a user’s standard dose, the proper microdosing amount is what causes the desired attributed effect with the minimum amount of substance.

This approach is especially popular with natural nootropics, as microdosing lets users better regulate the cognitive benefits they’re seeking. This is because nootropic supplements are generally chosen to create a certain response in the brain or nervous system that can be maintained throughout the course of a normal day. A greater-than-desired effect can be just as negative as an insufficient one, so increased control of the experience is always preferable. Microdosing is what allows the easiest sense of control for both new and experienced users with alternative ethnobotanicals.


Mitragyna Speciosa

Kratom powder comes from the leaves of the Mitagyna speciosa tree. This evergreen member of the coffee family is plentiful throughout the warm, wet jungles of Southeast Asia. Harvested where it grows wild in the forests or in small, backyard garden plots, fresh kratom has been an important ethnobotanical for centuries and has traditionally served as a medicinal substance in areas where modern medicine doesn’t always reach. The primary active alkaloid compounds found in kratom — mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine — are encouraged to grow in high concentrations within the plant by the warm, wet environment and rich volcanic soil where kratom is most often grown.

But how do kratom and microdosing go together? Traditionally, the indigenous people in the areas where kratom naturally grow have used it in small amounts by manual laborers for sustained stimulation, improved focus, and pain management.

Traditionally, kratom leaves were chewed raw and fresh to obtain their benefits. They are picked by experienced farmers based on the desired vein-color which both shows what part of the growth cycle the leaves are in and helps determine what the ratio of active ingredients is to one another. This, in turn, alters the expected quality of the kratom’s aroma, so customers can choose the right kratom for them whether they are microdosing or not. Often, kratom leaves are dried, ground, and either sold as a powder, all-natural extract or formulated into a liquid kratom product.

Kratom’s Legal Status

It’s important to note that while kratom enjoys a long period of traditional historical use — including what would be known as “microdosing” today — in the United States it is not recommended for human consumption due to FDA guidelines. This lack of FDA approval — and continual ban in its countries of origin, like Indonesia — has garnered proponents who both seek to protect kratom’s availability through Kratom Consumer Protection Act, as well as opponents who have pushed to have it banned completely. Always do your own research into what’s right for your health and wellness, what rules or regulations surround kratom in your area, and what states have banned kratom altogether.

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Unlocking Kratom’s Potential

While peer-reviewed research on kratom is not plentiful at the moment, anecdotal cultural records point to clear patterns. Those who wanted to be more alert and focused used smaller amounts of kratom, while those who needed the relaxing and calming effects it offered chose higher amounts. This paradoxical effect, where higher doses caused the opposite effect rather than a more intense effect than lower doses, is what has made microdosing with other nootropics so popular.

For kratom buyers, microdosing kratom’s aroma could help them maximize the plant’s aromatic benefits. Properly judged aromatic microdosing could be just what’s needed to help users morning wake-up routine, get through the mid-day doldrums, or keep them alert for their evening activities.

For those who want to use kratom’s aroma to aid their relaxation, microdosing still holds plenty of promise. While it generally takes more incense to reach the threshold for a calming aroma, once there, the same microdosing technique is what can be used to maintain it. By using small, regular “top-ups” of incense, you can help promote relaxation over a longer period of time.

Choose The Best Kratom For Your Experience

Whether you’re interested in kratom and microdosing or not, always make sure you’re getting a high-quality powder that is fresh and potent. At Kratora, we’ve worked with the same local farmers for years to create a stable, sustainable supply chain that lets us offer the powders and kratom extracts you need while paying a fair price to laborers. Making your own choices about how best to manage your health and wellness is what microdosing is all about, and we’re proud to offer transparently processed and shipped products you can have confidence in.

Get the best kratom at competitive prices shipped directly to your door. Contact our customer care team if you have any questions about shipping, and order today to receive same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays (excluding holidays).

Please note that the US FDA has not approved kratom to be sold for human consumption, sold for external use only. None of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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