Kratom Strains Explained

Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family. Kratom Science has gathered information to help you learn about the different strains and discover which one is right for you.

Bali kratom is commonly known as “premium commercial” quality kratom. It is the most well known kratom on the internet.

Maeng Da has been historically used for various purposes, but many find its energizing, yet still relaxing, properties to be most the unique and beneficial.

Red Kratom strains feels a lot like a traditional kratom. They are highly regarded for their pain relieving attributes. Maeng Da is known as one of the best examples of a premium red strain.

White kratom strains generally have the full range of kratom alkaloids. As a result, these strains are regarded for their noted euphoriating, stimulating aroma. 

Green strains are notorious for their distinct ability to combine the pain relieving properties of a red strain with the energetic boost of a white strain. Bali is the most well known green strain.

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Many kratom extracts are a reformulation of a classic kratom strain. They are a potent alkaloidal extract of kratom thats reapplied to powdered leaf. This results in a significantly more concentrated version of kratom.


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  1. I just bought a red kali and Maeng Da. I am working toward a hip replacement and have fibro and arthritis. I am active and healthy other than those things. I have a couple of questions:

    What exactly am I supposed to feel? Other than taking the edge off the pain for a little while I do not feel anything else.
    I am doing 1/4 teaspoon right now, not sure how many grams that is and do not know if that is a light or heavy dose.
    I do not have an addictive physiology but I will not take any prescribed pain medications because I do not feel the benefit is worth the side effects. So I do not need recovery, just help with my arthritis and fibro.

    Any advice for me? Thanks in advance

    1. I also have fibro pain and I use 2 teaspoons of red maeng da in orange juice one to two times a day sometimes I only do it at night this works great for me I think you are not taking enough.

    2. I use a couple tablespoons at a time, but I have a higher tolerance than most. Regardless, you can probably up the dose to get better results.

      1. I need something for knee pain at night and then something for energy in the day. I am so tired and have trouble staying awake at work. I have had blood work done. They tell me nothing is wrong. I don’t know what or how much to take. Thank you for any help.

  2. I just heard about Kratom. I have severe back pain, and several other pains naturally. I also have a lot of anxiety. Caffeine really effects me so I’m worried about being amped up, but I’m also susceptible to anything that “ may “cause drowsiness ( I’ll be out for 1/2 a day) I would love to try kratom because I hate the way Percocet makes me feel. I usually take on half at a time, which barely helps. I’m also fortunate to have a sensitive stomach. Yay for me .
    Can anyone help me figure out which kind and dosage to get? Please 🙏

    1. I have been on 45mg. A day of oxycodone for 6+ years. Just started using Red vein Borneo a few days ago and the very first day I cut my oxy down to 20mg. a day. I use 2 tsp. dissolved in about 4-6 oz. of water or warm orange juice on is the best to mask taste. Will take 2-3 times a day.

    2. For which ever kratom vein you choose, they all cause an opiate-like stimulating, yet relaxing effect. It’s that unique blend of euphoric awakeness and calming sedation. How it effects you, in particular, and considering your sensitivities, will be unique, so experiment. The only sensitivity you should be aware of is, again like opiates, nausea. So dive in with the starter dose of about 3g, or 6 capsules and build from there. For you, I recommend a more mood focused strain like Red Vein Thai. I prefer a mix of white and green veins and currently take about 10-12g (I am 215lb with high liver function and moderate tolerance) depending on my tolerance. Tolerance builds exponentially like opiates, so try to limit use to 2 days in a row then take a minimum of a day off. To avoid the nausea, find your correct dose and ingest very slowly – over an hour or two, or even better, slowly in first 2-4 hours over the beginning of the day. The plant peaks in roughly 1.5hrs, and lasts up to 6 hours after ingestion. Best way to ingest is through tea, it also allows you to add herbs reflecting your needs and sensitivities. Yerba Mate as a stimulant, chamomile as a sedative, and/or mint or ginger to help with nausea, but the kettle is your oyster – put whatever herbs help you the most right on in. I also like regional honey for allergies and sweetness. Put the ingredients in a pot and simply add scorching water. Kratom does not completely break down like other plants so scorching water and the kratom sits for an hour or more; you can add the other ingredients later as water cools down if need be. Boom Bang Pow you feel like oonst rockstar yaa?

  3. I’ve been on pain meds for over 17 years off and on for chronic pain, back and neck. I have been prescribed high doses of OxyContin Er & Roxicodone for breakthrough pain.
    Now with the new opiate crisis.. now my insurance won’t cover the amount ‘s I’ve been prescribed and they require an authorization, plus the pharmacy now gets a say in what I can and can’t have…I’m really struggling with tapering down. I still work 40 hours every week, I’ve never heard of Kratom until now where some people are trying to sue drug companies. Crazy all of it. I’m just trying to function, work and not be struggling at home and work every day. Thanks for the information, but what would you suggest for someone like me.

    1. Hi I can tell you that I was in a wheelchair for 3 years and on intense amounts of oxycodone and dilaudid. Well they were tearing my stomach up and feeling like even the high amount wasn’t doing much I decided to try kratom. It is the most wonderful thing I have done for myself. I mean I’m outside doing stuff now. No side affects. If you start out and feel nauseous it’s just that you took to much . But once you get your dose right . You will feel great. And I’m finally going to the bathroom every day without having to sit there for hours . Please try this you won’t be sorry. If you are in Canada? Then I would suggest ordering from Canada kratom express. They have the best kratom at great prices and they also do COD so you can order it and it will come to the post office and they will hold it for you until you can come in and pay for it. Good luck my friend. You won’t be sorry 😊

    2. I’ve taken plenty pain killers in my time. I had more trouble with Tramadol than any and I’ve taken all of them. This stuff is a miracle for me. If the FDA takes this away from us they are just cruel. I don’t even want pills any more. I have no noticeable bad side effects from Kratom. It has helped with Anxiety and energy. The pain relief is where it has helped the most. I used to be in pain all of the time. I got so depressed taking Tramadol. Kratom has actually helped me to have normal bowel movements. I guess it has some type of good roughage in it. It has really turned my life around. I don’t feel that I’m a junkie any more. It dont give me that chemical medicated feeling. I can tell it is natural just by the way my body responds to it. I can only speak for me but I’ve struggled with pain med for 20 or so years and this is my miracle.

  4. I am new to even hearing about kratom, but I need to find something to help my pain and keep up my energy. What is a good strand for me to start with? I am a 32 year old woman with 3 children and CML (leukemia). I have been having crazy bone and nerve pain that makes it impossible to sleep or even sit down sometimes. I take adderall to sleep (calms my mind enough so I can think about one thing at a time which allows me to cut it off and sleep) weird I know. They give me Percocet 7.5mg but I don’t like the feeling of being out of control or exhausted all the time. I suffer from migraines on top of this. I want to come off of all of my meds (besides chemo). I was counting on CBD but I have tried CBD and I get a massive headache, I tried using a thc/cbd pen and got the spins which made me nauseated. I was sad because I feel I’m running out of options. Any suggestions? I’m willing to try just about anything at this point….

    1. Hi sweetie ok it sounds like your tolerance level is very low and with the children you still need to be alert. I would suggest for the pain and headaches/nerve pain to get Red Bali and for energy and anxiety attacks I would suggest White Maeng Da. But you must start at a small dose . Take 1 gram of the Red and 1 gram of the White . You can get the measuring spoons from a dollar store or 1 teaspoon is 2 grams. Mix them together in a small amount of chocolate milk and chug it real fast. And chase it with chocolate milk. Now this tastes pretty gross like green tea on steroids! Lol. Ok if you find you feel nauseous just take a couple gravol about 30 minutes before you take the kratom and if the gravol makes you to tired then tell your doctor you can’t take gravol and that you would like Meteclorpromonide. It’s a very useful medication for people taking chemotherapy . It’s just for nausea it won’t hurt you. Good luck my friend. Oh if you order kratom and your in Canada. I would suggest ordering from Canada kratom express. They deliver it to your post office and you can pay at the post office when you pick it up COD. And they deliver in 2 days or less. You can also pay to have it delivered that day by airmail 😊

    2. Barbara Lavicka

      I just read your post and would recommend Jillian’s juice— you can look it up on internet or Facebook — it’s basically making your own fermented cabbage juice ( one cup shredded raw cabbage to one cup water to one teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt or Celtic gray salt because it has the minerals) put in a jar for 72 hours minimum then drink it — it’s a probiotic and alkaline boosts the systems immune and gives body a chance to start healing itself. Many people have benefited from it who are in situations similar to yours.

        1. You sound like you work for a pharmacuetical company or at least a representative for one. Snake oil? Who says that anymore? What would be beneficial wise one? The money maker Suboxone or the life sentence of methadone?

    3. Your getting the Rhodes brand of Percocet aren’t you which used to be Perdue! The Percocet causes you to have crazy sciatic nerve like pain it’s insane and the side affect kicks in way later. Insane ! Let me guess medicaid or Medicare? Cvs? Which insurance which pharmacy ? It’s your Percocet generic ! It’s awful trust me it took me 2.5 years to figure it out ! Wean off with kratom and hopefully Xanax and get off of it . Or force it to be in name brand do not go to cvs or major drug stores I guarantee you are getting Rhodes Pharma manufacture. Now what you need to do is a metals detox ! Edta you can find the supplement on eBay 11.69$ ! It took me 1000s of $$$ and years of shaking like crazy in the morning not getting any sleep and yes same here Adderall stopped it same with Xanax but they are gunning for those generics too

    4. Abby, you take Adderall in order to sleep? I have never heard of this unless you have bipolar disorder and you don’t know it. Taking adderall and being bipolar will give you the opposite effect, e.g. stimulants make you drowsy/ alcohol giving you energy

      1. For those of us who actually have ADHD adderall calms us down. Take too much and it makes us plain out tired. Most people take it for the wrong reason. If you are hyperactive is has the opposite affect, it calms you down. A little education for you.

    5. Kratom will be a wonderful experience. I don’t think doctors have a clue about how chronic pain affects people. I was in a car accident almost seven years ago and it did major damage to both shoulders and my right hip. I continue to suffer with horrible pain, but thanks to Kratom I am able to function – not well, but something is better than nothing. I use a walker or two canes to get around, but my mobility is very limited. Kratom has been a God send. It was hard for me to try it, but I am so glad I did. I was beginning to have thoughts of suicide because of the never ending pain. I use Maeng Da either white or green. I wish I could find more people to discuss what works best for their pain. I hope you try it, because I believe you will fine relief.

  5. I have had a chronic dry cough siin e Nov 2016. I have had allergy tests, chest X-rays, pulimonary tests, asthma medication to try and treat the cough. Nothing helps. Sleeping is my biggest issue. The only way I get sleep is if I take a opioid. Of course my doctor won’t prescribe so I have to resort to useing my family members. I did research and read Karatom night help. What I would like to know is what is the best type. Any help would be great.

    1. Chamomile tea can help you with that dry cough and sleep. It is a natural intestinal relaxant that works on the throat through the intestines. Don’t boil it hard. You want to get the water hot enough to come close to starting to boil. If you get the water boiling hot the beneficial oils in the chamomile will be boiled off, leaving it very bitter and almost useless. It should have a fruity, sweet, clean green apple smell to it. The taste is pleasant. Add sugar or honey to taste. Honey also soothes a dry cough. I’m not sure what meds you’re on so always check with your doc and/or pharmacist for possible drug to herb interaction. I’m not a doctor or a pharmacist. I am a nurse and an herbalist but I’m not making any diagnosis or giving you medical advice. It’s a suggestion that has worked for many others as well as myself. Hope it helps you.

  6. Ok so im a heroin addict and im trying to get off this shit its ruined my life and someone told me about kratom and i was wondering what type i should get ?

    1. I hope you get this soon, and I hope you have tried kratom by now. I am a total drug addict..any kind of opiate I can get my hands on and the withdrawals are pure hell. Omg like “I want to die” awful..and then I tried kratom. It is effin awesome. I would try the Red is euphoric like opiates and relaxing like Xanax. It makes the agony go away! I hope you have tried it by now. Let me know if you email address is [email protected] and my name is Penny..I hope your feeling better

    2. There isn’t really a “tyoe” for specific situations. Everyone is different. Personally, I was on opiates for 8 years, had withdrawal a few times, so I know what it’s like. I tried a couple different kinds to find the one best for my spinal arthritis and ended up on Super Green malaysian. FOR ME, it was the most opiate-like strain and I was amazed at how it killed withdrawal AND pain (better than opiates on the pain front). I’ve used it for 5 years now, no dosage or tolerance increase and it’s made my life MUCH better. Just order a small quantity or a sample pack of different strains (almost every store has one or two) and find the one that works best. Start dosage on the low side and work up…if you get dizzy and sick to your stomach, you took too much. Took me about a month to get my dose right but smooth sailing ever since. I wish you the best of luck and hope this helps.

    3. Red maeng da is usually what is the best for detox. I speak from experience. You might have to start off with a little larger doses but once you get 7-10 days under your belt you can cut down some and you will feel ALOT better 🙂 GOOD LUCK

  7. All these comments make me feel extremely hopeful that kratom is my non-opiate pain answer. Thank you to everyone for posting their stories.

  8. Hey guys, I suffer from PTSD and serious anxiety. I’m a 5’10, 140lb female, which strain and how much would you guys advise? I’m looking for something to help me through my panic attacks. Doc gave me xanax but I have had problems with addiction in the past and am afraid to start taking it. Looking for a safer alternative.

    1. Kratom is mildly addictive and does carry some physical withdrawals but it’s not nearly as severe as the withdrawals from benzodiazepines or opioids. With all that said…

      I’d recommend using red veins for relaxation. I prefer the Maeng Da when I buy reds. Some green veins are good too although they are more energizing than the reds. Red Borneo is always a good one to start with. Good luck!

      1. Bullshit. If you have an addictive personality you will abuse krato m and the withdrawals ARE opiate withdrawals. See quittingkratom on Reddit.

        1. Bullshit to you. I was on oxycodone and dilaudid for 10 years and when I tryed coming off of them I thought I was dying. So I went from oxycodone and dilaudid to Kratom and then I stopped taking the kratom one day and I’m feeling fine it’s been 8 days and maybe a little headache but that’s it! Oh and don’t be rude!!!

    2. Straight up red 20x will help a lot. I’m coming off xanx as well as tapering off the pain meds and I actually am able to do this thanks to this wonderful plant.
      Join online and local petitions to keep it legal!!! It’s needed for so many ways!***

    3. 100% Id say red vein thai, It is the MOST relaxing and anti anxiety strain I have taken. I also have anxiety and I combine 4-5g of this strain and another herb called “Kava Kava root” It is honestly bullet proof against anxiety.

  9. Hello and thank you for having this terrific site filled with your knowledge and,experience with kranom! I’m a newbie to Kratom and so is my husband. I have fibromyalgia along with back issues and need both knees replaced. I’ve been on opiates for a few years now and I’m tired of the struggle. Especially when I run low on my prescription and have to scramble looking for something to hold me over till my next prescription refill! Which Kratom strain acts more like an opiate and takes away pain without knocking you out? My husband has been taking Methadone for pain and wants to get away from that as well. Can you please help? We are forever grateful!

  10. Hello I was told about kratom by my husband who was given som kratom from his friend so I looked it up and seen there’s different ones for different issue’s, now I smoke legalized marijuana and I sometimes can’t think and I’m looking for something to help with gathering my thoughts as we’ll as energize me and I have back pain and I breast feed so anyone know what kind of kratom is best for me???

    1. Trina- I’ve tried 5 different strains, and, think that either Maeng Da or White Vein would be appropriate for you. They’re both uplifting and, have good pain killing properties. But, for God’s sakes, TREAD LIGHTLY using Cannabis and Kratom together!! I used both, and, I was utterly useless for quite a while…. I was overly sedated for sure. Usually, capsules are 600mg- I found that starting with 3 tabs is a good starting point. Just realize Kratom is not like Cannabis- it doesn’t “hit” for 30-45 minutes. DON’T do what I did at first, and, keep hammering down pills until “something happens”- BAD plan! Good luck!

      1. I have been using legalized cannabis and kratom for years. I have breastfed with both and had no change in supply and my children did not get ‘high’.
        So, please don’t preach about things you don’t understand.

        1. Actually marijuana when pregnant isn’t bad but Mj when breastfeeding is highly linked to poor motor skill development and slowed learning in children. It doesn’t get them high, but it is 100% sent into the breast milk, it’s terrible to do. Strongly advise to stop. Mild smoking while pregnant (Mj) can be beneficial because of the reduced stress on the mother and in turn the baby but do some research on breastfeeding and Mj and you won’t do it anymore, not if you care about your children.

          1. Do you have a link to these particular studies or are you just assuming that must be the case? I’m not so sure I agree with you. Nothing in cannabis to my knowledge has ever yet been shown to have permanent damage or retardation of any stage of human development or trait. In fact, many cannabiniods have been shown to function as neuroprotectants.
            Although it’s possible that a very young infants body may not yet be ready to process the natural compounds of cannabis in a beneficial way. Still, considering the human body has within it an endo-cannabinoid system, which means our bodies are literally primed to receive cannabinoid from our environment. Therefore without some proof, I find it hard to believe that anything in the cannabis plant can cause that kind of harm on any human body in the way you describe.
            Also, cannabis is self-regulating. If one infests or smokes too much, they will simply throw up. The pertinent question is, is this system fully active in babies, that is, can they vomit if they need to and will too much exposure to any cannabis material activate this response in them?

            Well, without getting the final word from some kind of medical expert, I would have to say I don’t see why not. Babies certainly vomit for other reasons, so why wouldn’t they be able to do so, if needed, in the case of accidental cannabis exposure over whatever limit they can normally accept?

          2. LOL! We’ve got 5 spectacularly healthy kiddos, and she didn’t quit smoking flower at all…stop giving advice.

        2. Ok so I will preach because I do know about this first hand . I totally believe that kratom is great for a person in chronic pain and pot . But kratom has been out longer than you think and my sister was taking it 7 months ago while smoking pot while she was breastfeeding. Her daughter seemed totally normal until she stopped breastfeeding and then shit hit the fan!! My niece started crying uncontrollably and dirhea. She was crying like she was in pain. We took her in when my mom finally told the doctor about the kratom and pot while breastfeeding and they did blood tests on my neice and found that she contained small amounts of the drugs from kratom and pot in my neice. They then had to get my sister to pump her milk and they mixed it with normal milk to wean my neice off. So I think your really childish and do not give a crap about your child if you cannot handle not taking kratom and pot until your done breastfeeding or put her on the bottle. But by the sounds of it it’s too late. Good luck with that screaming baby when you stop breastfeeding!

      1. I totally agree! I love my kratom for my pain. I wouldn’t go without it. But I’m not childish enough to breastfeed while on it like those woman are saying. My god what are they thinking.??🤬

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