ONE: Only use kratom that has been 3rd party lab tested.
This testing is a clinical procedure that evaluates kratom for mold, metallic contaminates, E coli, salmonella, and other impurities. The lab needs to be independent, not affiliated in any way with the kratom vendor. You should also be able to contact the vendor and see photos of the lab reports.
If you purchase kratom that is not properly tested by a lab, you could get sick from it. You could be putting into your body substances that you may not want to have in your system, like Phenibut or other drugs that disreputable vendors might add to boost the effects of their kratom.
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TWO: Use the lowest dosage amount and frequency that provides you with desired results.
Less is more in the kratom realm. Early on in your experience with kratom, you will establish the does that works for you, and you’ll stick to it for years.
Unlike opioids, there is no need to constantly keep increasing how much kratom you use, or how often you take a dose. You don’t “work up to” a high dose amount or frequency. You determine the best dose and that remains steady, especially when you skip days or weeks, which will help you avoid developing a tolerance.
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THREE: Use caution when traveling with kratom on you.
Factor into consideration, not only the ultimate destination, but the areas you travel through to get there. Just because in the final destination, kratom is legal, doesn’t mean you won’t get arrested as you travel through a region (city, county, state, or nation) where it’s illegal.
Keep your kratom in the original packaging. Don’t try the obvious trick of putting kratom into a box labeled turmeric or some other spice or legal herb. Security staff and border guards already are familiar with that tactic. Check the legality of every region you’ll be passing through and end up at. If necessary, don’t bring any kratom with you, let yourself have a reset (temporarily discontinuing kratom for a while).
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FOUR: Have a backup supply, to avoid panic associated with running out of kratom.
This may seem super obvious, but on various kratom forums, many kratom users express how upset and distraught they are when the mail is late. They express anxiety and depression about having used up their kratom supply and now going without it until the new purchase arrives.
It’s not that they’re addicted and going through severe withdrawal, it’s just that they become accustomed to using kratom for various needs, and miss it when they don’t have it. Their comfort zone has been temporarily disrupted, and some folks don’t handle this very well.
If you replenish your kratom supply every month, be sure to order more than you actually need each month, if you can financially afford to do so. Having a spare package that contains enough to get you through a few weeks is a good idea. Rotate the backup stash as you obtain new product, so you don’t have a package getting really old and losing potency.
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FIVE: Drink lots of water and move around.
Kratom dehydrates, so it’s important to increase your intake of fluids, like water, tea, and juice. If you don’t, you may experience constipation. Kratom works better, and faster, if you take a walk, or engage in some sort of exercise, to get the kratom circulating in your system.
If you’re new to kratom, during the first few weeks of taking it, avoid operating heavy machinery, driving a car, or doing anything that might be dangerous. Kratom, for beginners, can cause a little dizziness or, in higher doses, sedation. These effects tend to wear off over time, as your system gets used to kratom.
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SIX: Vary the types of kratom that you use.
Even though you may have a favorite, say Green Maeng Da, don’t use only that one type, because you may develop a tolerance to its specific alkaloid profile.
Instead, rotate various types that you use. Try using one type for a few days, then another, say an Aceh Yellow, Chocolate Bentuangie, or Pink Bunny Blend for a few days. Keep changing the types you use and you may discover a new one that you like even more than your current favorite.
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SEVEN: Be careful about telling doctors, friends, family, employers, and others about your kratom use.
In a day when “transparency” is an esteemed value, many of use want to be completely open and honest.
However, in the case of kratom usage, you may want to use the military tactic of “Need to Know Basis”. In other words, you might want to only tell people about kratom when they have a sincere question or they have issues that kratom may be able to help them with.
Doctors and other health professionals tend to be biased against, and even alarmed about, any non-prescribed substances a person admits to taking. In most cases, you should not volunteer to them information that will go on your chart, and be a permanent unchangeable record that follows you, which employers and others may gain access to.
When it comes to friends and families, the case may depend on their attitudes about people doing things that are “different” or things that mainstream media is hysterical about and engaged in fearmongering. Chances are, they have done no investigating of kratom and either know nothing or have misinformation.
Big Pharma fears kratom and other natural substances, because if people start using it, their profits will decrease – so they influence doctors and news media to submit to their version of the story. Your friends and family may go along with whatever they see on the news. They may already be biased against kratom. Your usage of kratom may be mocked by them, due to their ignorance. You may inadvertently make your life miserable by revealing things nobody really needs to know about.
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