There was an old thread on Kratom from 2011 that got locked. I had bought some Kratom late in 2016, never used it until now. The strain is Maeng Da Red and I bought a 100 gram bag for around $50 plus some empty capsules. Since my new opioid prescription is leaving me with a pain level of 8, I have nothing to lose.
I made up a number of capsules, about .4 grams each (I have a good scale). I sat down, took 2. Within an hour my pain was down to a 6, take 2 more. Now the level is around a 4 and I can function around the house. I took 2 before bed and slept all night.
The recommended dose for this strain is between .5 and 3 teaspoons (dry weight). With my 6 capsules, I'm in at the low end at .5 tsp. I tsp is = to 11 capsules. I suggest that anyone trying it for the first time, start off conservatively.