In this article I’m going to tell you how you can get the most out of kratom by discovering which kratom strain suits you best for your particular needs.
Not all kratom strains are alike. Some give you a stimulating effect, others calm you, give you relief from pain, while some give you a mixture of different effects.
Finding out which kratom strains work best for you will mean you’ll be able to get the maximum benefits it can give you, whether for your health, career, or simply recreation.
Some people are abandoning their morning coffee in favor of kratom as it gives them a kick to spur you into action in the morning and work for long hours with increased focus.
Sufferers of anxiety or depression take it to get rid of anxious thoughts and enhance their mood without the side-effects of prescription drugs.
And those suffering from chronic pain find certain kratom strains ease their pain as well as give them more energy or help them relax without the expense or side-effects of their usual drugs.
Whatever the effect you’re looking for, this article will give you a guide to find the one which hits your sweet spot. And once you do so, it’ll show you how to maintain its effects so you can get the most benefits for the longest time.
What Types of Strains Are There?
The beauty about kratom is how varied its strains are. One type could be perfect for getting you going in the morning, focusing on your work, and another for socialising with friends in the evenings. While others have more medicinal benefits like calming the bowels and getting rid of diarrhea, easing anxiety, and relieving pain.
Usually the strains get their names from the place they’re grown in. The differences in climate and environment vary in each place, meaning each type has different strengths and effects.
However, not only is kratom differentiated by strain… the vein color makes a difference as well. Due to its chemical composition, the veins of each kratom leaf can come in red, green, white, and yellow colour veins. This means the color helps determine the effect the kratom strain will have on your mind and body.
As a result, it’s possible to have various vein colours within the same strain each giving you a different effect. For example, in Maeng Da the yellow and red vein variants give a sedating effect, while green and white vein variants are more stimulating.
The reason each strain gives you a different effect is because its alkaloids like Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are in different concentrations. This is why some strains are better for enhancing your mood, some for relieving pain, and others for improving your cognitive abilities.
With this in mind, let’s run through the different strains of kratom there are so you can find which one suits you best.
Thai kratom is arguably the most popular strain. Its high concentration of stimulating alkaloids, like mitragynine, give you mental focus and energy to work long hours. This makes it ideal for those suffering from fatigue or depression, or who want more energy and focus such as at work. It also explains why it’s been traditionally used by manual laborers in Thailand.
Its stimulating and mood enhancing benefits are best found in white and green veins. Whereas the red strain is the most effective for pain-killing. However, its unique alkaloid profile can sometimes have different effects depending on the user, so you should try each strain to see how you react.
In general though, people who take Thai kratom report being more productive, and having more energy, confidence and motivation which makes it a great potential nootropic.
Maeng Da Kratom
Created through selective breeding, Maeng Da is one of the strongest strains. Like Thai kratom, it has a high concentration mitragynine which gives you a blend of pain relief and stimulation together with mood enhancing effects.
Due to the lack of information available about its origins, some conspiracy theorists believe this strain has been genetically modified. Fuelling their claims is the fact it’s been specially bred through a special process called crafting. As such, it was designed for the needs of laborers in hard manual jobs like those working in difficult humid conditions.
Spurred by tough competition from other growers, kratom farmers selectively bred the plant to produce the most potent and stimulating kratom possible. Through grafting, a mixture of blending natural and artificial selection methods, they created the strongest Thai kratom. It lifts your mood, enhances focus and gives you an energy boost. However, due to increased competition from other growers, it is no longer the most potent strain available.
Though it was originally designed for workers performing hard manual labor, it’s effects on focus and energy also make it perfect for people doing mental work.
And those suffering from moderate chronic pain find it makes a good alternative to their usual medications as it gives them relief without the unpleasant side effects.
The only drawback is you can build up a tolerance pretty quickly. Later I’ll show you how to combat this.
Thanks to increasing demand from the West, Borneo is one of the world’s largest exporters of kratom. It’s diverse climate and weather conditions, mean it can produce various kratom strains compared to many other regions.
Borneo kratom is famous for its pain killing, euphoric, and addiction treating properties. This is because, unlike Thai and Maeng Da kratom, Borneo has high concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine which makes it arguably the most sedating of all the strains.
It comes in all vein color varieties with green and red being the most popular. Though many other strands are known for their painkilling, euphoric, and addiction treating properties, few can match Borneo kratom. It’s for this reason it’s traditionally been used to treat chronic pain, opiate withdrawal relief and why it’s ideal for reducing anxiety and stress, and insomnia.
If you’re looking for relief from pain, it’s recommended you use the red vein as it has the most pain relief, euphoria and addiction treatment properties. If you suffer from stress and anxiety, then green vein will give you the most benefit. Many sufferers have even found it to be as effective as prescription sedatives like benzodizepines yet without the side-effects.
If you suffer insomnia, then this strain will give you more restful sleep. However, if you want a stimulating effect, then try the white vein Borneo as it has a blend of stimulating and pain-relieving qualities.
As it has been grown in Indonesia for thousands of years, growers there have turn its harvestation into an art. As a result, Indo kratom is one of the top kratoms you can get.
Due to its high quality, it also has the least side-effects like the “wobbles”. This is where, depending on how much you consume, your physiology, bodyweight etc., you can have difficulty focusing your eyes, giving you a wobbly feeling which can lead to nausea.
Though much depends on the time of the year, the plant, and vein colors, Indo kratom is beneficial for pain relief, combating opiate withdrawal, relaxation, sedation and mood lifting.
Indo kratom has significantly higher concentration of 7-OH-mitragynine and less concentrations of mitragynine than many other strains Which means it’s relaxing and mood boosting though not it’s not as stimulating as other strands.
What sets it apart from other strands which offer pain relief is how it lasts for longer than other strains. The red vein strain is the most notable in this case. However, it also gives a sedative effect which needs to be taken into consideration. Because of this, it’s also recommended for relief from anxiety.
Due to the different ways it is grown there are different forms of Indo kratom. Here are a few of them:
Super Indo gives the pain killing and relaxing effects of a red vein, while also having some very mild energetic effects.
Red Vein Indo has powerful analgesic, mood-lifting and sedative properties. However, you may want to mix it with a more stimulating strain to get a nice energy boost.
White Vein Indo is the most stimulating variety of Indo kratom. Ideal for those who want pain relief as well as a boost would enjoy this one.
Though both the Indos and Borneos strains offer pain relief, Borneos strains are slightly more sedating and anxiety relieving than Indo strains, as well as having less side-effects like the wobbles. The only drawback being their effect is shorter in duration.
Bali kratom is one of the most popular strains as its effects are more varied than merely stimulation and pain relief. It’s most notable effect is its pain killing qualities together with the fact it’s cheap to produce – which makes it affordable. This makes it a great option for those who suffer from chronic pain, particularly if also on a tight budget.
If you’re looking to gain or lose weight, this may be the best strain for you. However, users find the effect can give them either greater or less appetite. So you’ll need to try it and see what effect it has on you.
However, it’s important to take note this strain can cause what’s known as the wobbles. To combat this, it’s best to take it in small doses or mix it with another strain.
The red vein strain is ideal for pain-relief, though it does also have a strong sedating effect. The red and green varieties are believed to greatly reduce stress and anxiety. However, due its sedative effect, this strain isn’t idea if you’re looking for an energy boost. The only exception being the white vein Bali as it calms without sedating.
Malaysia has a long history of growing and consuming kratom as it’s wet and tropical climate make the perfect conditions for harvesting the plant. Over the centuries, Malaysian kratom has evolved into such a unique strain with its own particular effects. For example, unlike other energy boosting strains, Malay strands give a smoother and more balanced energy boost.
Malaysian kratom has a whole range of effects. However, there are some which are more prominent. The most notable is Super Green Malay, which gives you increased focus and patience – making it ideal for workers.
The effect depends on the dosage. A low dosage gives you a boost in energy, whereas a high dosage has a more sedative effect. When taken at higher dosages, its stimulating at first before having a more sedating effect. For this reason, it’s best to start taking small doses until you find your sweet spot.
Despite its energizing and sedating effects, its the Malay strain’s cognition-enhancing properties which are most noted by users. People find they can focus better, with greater mental energy for longer. White and green vein Malaysian varieties taken at low dosages are the best for achieving this nootropic effect.
Green vein together with red is also good for pain-relief yet, unlike other strains, without having too much of a sedating effect. So you can get relief from pain, and still feel energized and be able to focus on your work.
This is also true for their anxiety relieving properties. Unlike tranquilizers which sedate you as well as lowering your anxiety, Malay strains offer anxiety and stress relief while also allowing you to maintain mental clarity. For this reason, it’s a common strain for social anxiety sufferers.
Green Malay, also called Super Green Malay, is the most popular of the Malay veins. It offers the most variety of effects like energy, pain relief, anxiety relief, focus and mood which, due to the thick cell walls and unique alkaloid profile, last longer than the other strains.
Red vein Malaysian has more pain-relieving and sedating effects than green vein. It promotes relaxation and enhances your mood which means it’s good for pain, anxiety and stress relief,
White vein malaysian is the most stimulating and energetic, giving you more energy, increased focus and enhanced mood. Depending on the person, it can have more of mood boosting or stimulating effect.
How to get the most bang for your kratom buck
Your body builds immunity to kratom when you use it regularly. If you use the same strain every day, your brain’s receptors will adapt, the effect will weaken and you’ll need larger and larger doses. However, by alternating the various types each day, you’ll keep the receptors in your brain fresh and maintain the effect.
This is especially important if you’re taking kratom for medicinal purposes like for pain-relief as its analgesic benefits will otherwise be reduced over time. Rotating ensures you get the powerful medicinal as well as euphoric and energizing effects of kratom. You’ll still develop some tolerance though it’ll be kept at a steady low level.
One way to rotate strains is by taking a predominantly sedating strain one day and a stimulating one the next.
However, your experience with Kratom can vary. To get the most out of it, do your own experimentation with the different strains and vein types, and record your results. If something isn’t working, then try something else until you find what does. This way you’ll see what strains and vein colors work best for you.