Strains And Effects

Countless people across the world are learning about kratom in 2020. With so many strains, its important to understand which strain is right for you. Unlike synthetic opioids, kratom’s chemical composition is complex, and the effects of this composition are dynamic.

Its main alkaloids are mitragynine, paynanthine, speciociliatine, and the more minor 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-HMG). Kratom’s neurochemical complexity is echoed in its physiological effects.

It is generally understood that at low doses (< 1 gram), kratom “can boost energy and enhance mood,” whereas at higher doses kratom is sedating, and may have anxiolytic qualities.

The following table serves as a comparative base for some of the most popular strains of kratom on the market.

Click on any strain below to find more information:

Ground Leaf Strains

StrainsEffectsDosage
BaliAn ideal balance of pain relief and energy boost. Bali works somewhat differently than a traditional red kratom. Bali helps achieve a gentle energy boost while maintaining the pain relief expected of a red. Euphoric and the most classic opiate like among the strains of kratom.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Maeng DaEnergizing and stimulating with pain killing effects. Maeng Da takes the normal pain relieving properties of a red strain and adds a nice energetic kick because of it’s specific alkaloid properties.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Red Vein ThaiSimilar to Bali with a more classic red strain effects.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Red Vein KaliSedating and more classically opiate like. Red Kali is a more traditional red kratom offering pain relief & relaxation.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Red IndoSimilar to Red Kali and many other traditional strains. Red Indo is a more tame red vein strain and is often touted as ideal for mild pain relief and relaxation.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Green IndoBalances pain relief and energy boosting qualities. The combination of alkaloids in Green Indo creates a longer lasting milder effect although there is not as high of a concentration of alkaloids as SGM.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Green Vein KaliA stimulating strain which also has painkilling attributes. Green Kali delivers a strong boost of energy without sacrificing any of the sought after pain relief effects. It is know for have a higher potency than Green Indo.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
White Vein KaliMore euphoric or dissociating. White Vein Kali is a milder white strain known for its energizing qualities – when compared to Red Vein Kali – while still containing notable pain relief qualities. .1/2 – 3 teaspoons
White Vein ThaiWhite Thai may be the most stimulating of all white strains. There are however less pain relieving attributes than a red vein strain or a strain similar to Bali as a trade off.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
White Vein IndoSimilar to Red Indo which is best known for its pain relief attributes. However White Vein Indo differs from the calming Red Indo by bringing a euphoric dissociative kick with it.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Super IndoSimilar to Bali with less euphoria.1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Super Green MalaysianKnown for its unique ability to combine the characteristic pain relieving properties of a red strain with the energy and euphoria boost of a white strain. SGM also has some of the longest lasting effects of any kratom with smooth delivery due to the high concentration of alkaloids.1/2 – 3 teaspoons

Kratom Extracts

StrainsEffectsDosage
Ultra Enhanced IndoMost euphoric of the extracts and works well for reducing social anxiety. UEI manages to contain a full range of effects including pain relief & relaxation with a slight energy and mood boost.1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
Gold Reserve ExtractPowerful extract made by applying highly concentrated kratom alkaloids back to natural kratom leaf. Gold Reserve is a highly potent extract providing a blend of stimulation and pain relief while providing full body relaxation with a notable energy boost.1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
ISOL-8 ExtractISOL-8 is an outlier and has caffeine like stimulation. ISOL-8 uniquely focuses in on the energy and stimulating effects of kratom while other extracts generally bring out a broader range of effects.1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
Ultra Enhanced Red KaliThis extract is made by blending pure alkaloids from Red Vein Kalimantan leaf with high quality Red Kali leaf. This is not made with semi-synthetic chemicals but only all natural kratom leaf alkaloidal extract.1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
Natural Enhanced True ThaiMade from taking a 90% pure alkaloid extraction of Thai Kratom and reapplied to a Green Vein Thai leaf. This extract is a high potency version of classic Thai kratom strains notable for a mild energy boost with significant pain relief & relaxation effects.1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
Natural Enhanced White SumatraCreated by taking a 90% pure alkaloid extraction from white vein kratom and mixing it with White vein leaf. This reformulation results in a more potent version of white vein kratom with significant pain relief and relaxation effects.1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)

This Post Has 1,451 Comments

  1. Helena Hanford

    I commented on a lot of reply’s until I saw I could post lol. I have had lower back pain and severe leg pain since a surgery caused nerve damage. I took norco and had to keep increasing it to get pain relief and of course they don’t want you on it long. I searched the internet high and low and found some information on Kratom. I have had to experience with capsules and powder and many different strains and I still do to see which ones work the best for everything. I take medication for severe anxiety and depression. I know I sound like a total mess but Kratom has turned things around for me. It gives me amazing pain relief and sometimes you have to start at a higher dose if you are taking a lot of opiates (do not combine at same time) my friend used Kratom when her norco runs out prior to referral and it helps a lot. When I take capsules I have to take around 8-10 per dose which is a lot of capsules. I prefer the powder. It’s cheaper and works faster. I take about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons per dose. I mix it in a small amount of any juice (orange juice works best I have heard) then I swallow it and follow with a few more gulps of orange juice. It tastes bad but I am used to it. I have tried many strains and different vendors. You can find it at some smoke shops and I have even found it at a few gas stations but they are ridiculously expensive and ineffective to me. I prefer ordering the powder online. I think that green Maeng da has the best pain relief of all of them (just my experience). If I take that in the evening it doesn’t allow me to sleep well. Red indo seems to be more relaxing with a good amount of pain relief for night. I take one teaspoon an hour before bed. I was having the feelings of withdrawal’s every four hours with a Norco will wear off. I hated that feeling and I felt like I was a slave to the medicine. Kratom gives you a much smoother transition between doses. You gently feel when you may need some more. This website has great information on each strain. I would search read it and I got such inconsistent information, it was very confusing and frustrating. I feel like I can live my life without pain and without worrying about a prescription running out. I also can taper it down to barely any and then quite which I did before I got my nerve damage from a surgery. Make sure you drink plenty of water and maybe take a natural supplement to help with constipation. To me that has been the only drawback but it is definitely worth it. Please email me if you have any questions. I know all the shame and pain that is associated with opiates or pain killers. I never even took my first Norco until I was 40 and had a surgery. Kratom has given me freedom. My email is [email protected]

  2. Chuck

    Chronic pain, an absolute monster. I’ve been taking K on and off for the last two years, but daily for the past two months and I can’t begin to tell anyone how much better I am. Low back pain from bulging, herniated disks reduced 50-60%. Energy levels increased. More restful sleep. I alternate strains to help maintain efficacy and find Red Vein Bali to be most effective for pain relief, 6-8 grams in the morning mixed with 6 ounces of orange juice. I understand the citric acid helps release the alkaloids. Must, bc the effects are immediate. White Maeng Da early afternoon for sustained energy. All strains are an effective, low grade depression treatment. This herb is truly miraculous.

  3. John johnson

    My parents are alcoholics, get the shakes, sleep paralysis the whole 9 yards, what would you suggest would be the best to switch them onto to curb alcoholism

    1. Helena Hanford

      Red Indo powder, 2 teaspoons morning afternoon and evening. It helped me completely get off norco right away with no side effects. If they start to feel there symptoms come back they can take 1-2 teaspoons every four hours. After they have been on it a few weeks they can take away a half teaspoon at each dose and cut down to a manageable level (2 times a day) or lower until they are taking almost nothing. It worked like a miracle for me with opiate withdrawals

  4. Elise

    Thanks for this info. I’m hoping to understand all of this. I’m looking for pain relief when even my opioids won’t work. You know those really bad days. Trying to figure out which type to use, from which supplier and how much. It’s overwhelming!! Plus looking for info to help my son who has severe anxiety. I’ve tried Maeng Da but can’t get my dosing right. I did just buy the kit to make my own pills. Not to figure out the amount per pill and convert the dosage to pills. Are the mixed strains better? Is Bali the gold standard for chronic pain? Yes I take opioids.

    1. Helena Hanford

      Red Indo seems to be the most anxiety reducing. Start with a small dose like 1/2 teaspoon once a day. You can shake it into orange juice and have him swallow then follow with another drink of plain orange juice. It works faster than the capsules and you don’t have to take as many (3 capsules)

  5. Mike m.

    I have addiction problems. But I take 2 500 capsules in the morning. I get a boost, my lower back is unstable. My back doesn’t bother me as much. Never got high or a buzz off Kratom. Done a world of good.

  6. Anthony

    I’m in Philadelphia Pa, been on painkillers and subutex for 10+ years. Please someone tell me what reputable place to get Kratom. I’m at my end. I can’t live like this anymore.

    1. Brenda Lenker

      I have severe chronic pain after 2 total hip replacements and a left hip revision, plus a right shoulder replacement Bali helps me get through my job making the pain easier to deal with

    2. Melody M

      Go on Amazon

    3. Matt

      Hey Anthony, I was on opana then heroin and was about to lose it all when a friend told me about Kratom..I started on Red Bali, high doses, 10-12 grams per serving and it saved my life, my job, my home…I now take Red Maeng Da and alternate with Bali at lower doses and i have been clean 3 months now..I am a skeptical person by nature but this stuff is the real deal man.. It works..I was GONE!! Try it from a good source not local gas stations..I found a shop that specializes in cbd and kratom and they’re the best.. Good luck brother

  7. Faith

    Hi want to say god bless you all and I feel many of you out there my top meds are names that embarrases me to even have any one behind when i pick up at pharmacy or cry when I want to speak to my family of it. My kids are always trying to help but unfortunately after tying tubes gave birth to a baby so he very small and my health got worse. Barbara i feel the hect out of you lady anytime you want to chat email me [email protected] the way i feel today as i’m sipping on this nasty bitter trainwreck added 3.2 tsp. to 1 cup hott water gulping reading everyone comments and that’s what made me go forward to try it. I been getting sick since its been a few days i stop taking opiods and strong ones for my inbetween pain of my life. If anyone knows of a kind that can top the strongest opiod please let me know and how much to use for my pain, is all over bones/ muscle /spine /back /neck /fibro /athriritis/ bone defi/l lupus/ bone canc and more. Also if this works or not I will put it up since it’s due to all of your bravery and strong wills that and the pain helloo that push me to use it. Thank you all.

    1. Gene

      get a strain called Bentuangie it is very good for pain or and red strain I liked red sumatra but it relaxes you alot like a sedation almost.

      1. Gene

        Also, where you buy your kratom is a major factor cause all kratom is not the same I get mines from the source and its awesome sauces lol

    2. Helena Hanford

      Green Maeng Da has been the most helpful with my pain. (1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons) morning and noon then the red at night. I have severe back pain and nerve pain in my leg. This helps tremendously while not feeling like I am withdrawing every four hours until I take a norco. I hate that feeling. Green MD in the morning and during the day as it helps with energy and Red indo at night (1 teaspoon). It will give you your life back again. Drink lots and lots of water with this. It can make you extremely constipated. Maybe even a little miralax which is safe and natural to take daily.

  8. Rita

    Has anyone used Kratom (if so what kind) to help withdrawal symptoms of Methadone Maintenance?
    Also which type of Kratom gives you the effects of a strong opiate?

    1. Max

      Hi, Rita. I have just used Red Bali to get off subs. Red Bali is the classic but Red Malay lasts longer apparently. I slept the entire night while detoxing! I cannot believe how amazing it helped. Granted I still had a lot of anxiety and other problems but Red Bali really helped. I’m trying red Malay later today. I started with 3-5grams 4 times a day and now am taking 2-3grams every 12 hours. Good luck!

  9. Terrilisa

    What is the max I can take in one day? Don’t want to damage my liver. Fybro and arthritis.. has me panic, no energy and pain all day with every move.. can hardly make it through the day!! Will I ever have a normal life?

    1. Alex

      I would not recommend taking more than 6-8 grams starting out daily. About 2.5-3 grams a serving.

      1. Bill

        I take 15 grams in the morning, 5grams at 10am, 5grams at 2:00pm, amd 5 grams at 5pm. The last 8 years I have used Kratom instead of Ritalin and Lamictol. Dr’s orders😎👍🏻😎👍🏻

    2. Stephanie

      I have Fibromyalgia and Kratum has saved my life. I take reds for pain, and greens for pain and energy. Go to a informative seller and talk with them and they can help.you with a plan. Its helped me get off pain pills and get my life back.

    3. J Foraker

      Fibro + arthritis = Lyme disease.
      Get the test from DNA Connexions and see that I’m right.

      The test your doctor gives is not accurate at all.

  10. Craig

    I just got my Keaton in the mail I took 1 cap and Nothing 2 caps and nothing I have Severe pain how much is in a capsule? I want to try it but I don’t know HOW much more?? I would say more but after my Aneurism I can’t spell or talk anymore Thank You …

    1. Nic

      It depends on if it’s just the powder or the extract. I’ve been making my own pills with the powder and I have to take 18 pills (.5g per pill) equal to 9g to get to a dose that I can feel. I have yet to get into the extract but that’s my next step. I have had surgery on my spine and foot with a lot of pain staying constant 4 years after my surgeries. This helps them like I’m 20 again. No pain and no stiffness. I would say start low and gradually increase to where you can feel the effects. It might seem like a waste at first but at least you won’t overdose. I take 9gs 3 times a day.

      1. Barbara Moon

        Hi Nic..i can definitely relate. I have been using Kratom about 1 1/2 years for chronic 24/7 severe pain & also have to take a large dose to help…probably, 3 tsp 3-4 times a day….i don’t believe it’s my right to take my own life & would never attempt, but with all the issues I’ve dealt with the last 4 1/2 years…it would be a blessing to unintentionally go to sleep & wake up in Christ & my Mom’s presence….😴 🤗😅🙏. I alone & most friends & family have mostly deserted me…( Don’t get ill !….when you’re no longer fun & have problems…even people you’ve always been close to, don’t want to deal)…ill never understand that??…so I’m very lonely, which causes severe mental problems & even more of a different pain, which is also horrendous….& Now with the complete insanity going on in the world I thought I knew…..borrowing the words of my Love, Leon Russel, I am totally alone & “A Stranger In A Strange Land.”…i Really want Off!…but will be when God decides.
        Long time Chronic pain is not understood by Anyone…including doctors!, who hasn’t had to personally deal with it. I know I didn’t!…its especially when you have no hope of things getting better….my faith in God is my Only spark of light I see at the top of the slimy, steep walls of the pit of depression I have…So I try to keep my eye on that, hoping for a rope to be lowered to me.
        I didn’t intend on going into all this here, but hoping that it might bring comfort to others who are in similar states & can know, they’re not alone…or going crazy…( Well, maybe a little…..) My ❤ & Prayers are with you All!!
        Like I mentioned, I kind of got off track…you tend to do that when you’re in solitary confinement & don’t see or speak to another human for weeks at a time….
        But, Nic…You mentioned how much you were using….but don’t think you said what strain & color is working best for you?? I’ve tried All & usually my own mixture, to hit all my issues. Also, would like to know if you’ve found a brand that is Good?! Been just buying locally…but w at to try some online companies, which I’ve no doubt are better.
        Just one more point for All….ive tried everything the, so called pain clinic has liberally thrown at me…even had to supplement with what was available on the street, because I might as well take an aspirin compared to what they’d prescribe. But was at my vapor/ head shop getting CDB liquid & they asked if I’d ever tried Kratom?….never heard of it. They gave me some caps of Maeng Da to try, I was leary, so I opened 1 & put 1/2 on my toung…1/2 hour later thought i’d gone to heaven!…or prayers were answered finally!…Not only was my pain less than when on anything else, (except IV drop of Morphine in hospital)…but I had hope, my life long depression was better than any anti- depressants, & had taken them All….And thought there’s no way this will last?…its too good. So my point is, I’ve cut all other meds down to 1/3 or less because of Kratom!
        My main fear is that, as I’m sure you know…just like the vapor industry….the tobacco companies, big pharm, Gov….All want they’re hands on it…they’re losing money from people stopping to smoke…Not using big pharm’s made from under the kitchen sink chemicals. & people not dying from smoking, etc not needing them & the Gov wanting to control, alter & make mony from it….They All Know How Good It Is!!!…im talking about both vapor & Kratom So they are constantly trying to shut them down, only to re-open under they’re control…just like with pot…Suddenly, being a Pot-Head is a good thing!..Just Say Yes!!
        And If you don’t know….You can Thank President Trump for vapor companies still being in business & are supplying so many families with steady income, because they’re on Every corner!….little Mom & Pop businesses that keep this Countries economy moving. Because in Aug of 2018…..All the vapor shops were being forced to close due to ridiculous false claims of harm from vaping against them… but President Trump signed a law, saying , basically…You have 5 years to prove your accusations against this & these businesses will remain Open! I know people who had sunk every penny they had into a shop & had no idea how they were going to survive….i.went in that day…They were celebrating like Christmas!!
        These, what I consider Evil, Greedy entities are constantly trying to do the same with Kratom.
        So Please support anything, groups/ organizations…sign petitions, write your Law makers to help these substances that God! made or has His hand in , Safe, Legal & available in the free market, instead of as i said, that come from substances, like for cleaning, that are under your sink!…..controlled/ unrecognizably altered or banned completely, simply because of Evil & Greed!,….Sounds extreme…but absolute Truth .Available for people like me & maybe you, who couldn’t have any kind of life without. Not to mention the jobs created! You can easily find out how to find out how to help by searching the internet.
        Sorry to go on & get completely off my original comment/ question.
        I Really would like to hear from Nic & anyone else which strain & or form of Kratom works best for you…especially would like to know If & what extracts are good?
        Thank You for your time! Take Care…
        Barbara 🌙

        1. Sharon H

          Very well stated. I have Fibro & arthritis. Depression, PTSD & high anxiety. I want off the prescription meds. I believe I have what they call “Hyperhydrosis” due to certain meds. Adding that (getting extremely overheated & sweaty very easily & very often), to the symptoms of the Fibro, arthritis, PTSD, depression & anxiety, makes living a relatively “normal” life seem nearly impossible. I have just had a special man come into my life & he has a lot of energy to get out & do different things. I want to be able to keep up to some extent without all of the pain, etc & then needing an entire day after any real activity outside of the home to “recover” & feeling extreme lethargy & exhaustion. I think Kratom may be the answer to all of this from what I’ve read about it on various websites & here. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I live in Washington state where it is available in some shops in my area. Thank you Barbara for your thoughts & statements. I agree completely with the vape & Kratom things you talked about. We have to try to keep it available at a reasonable price & legal too. Thanks to anyone who has any suggestions/advice! Take care all!

      2. LaVonne Mann

        Barbara, I probably could have wrote the same thing you just did but you said it for me. I feel your situation completely. I have been taking Kratom every day for 2 years now and I don’t know what I would have done without it. Everything you said is what I’m going through now. On top of that I moved from Chicago to WEST VIRGINIA!!!! Double depressing….my husband retired here on property we bought but I hate it. Anyway, I’m not going into my story except don’t feel alone…..there are many of us out there. I only recently have been developing MS symptoms….I increased my dose since the beginning and now I depend on it…..😳

    2. Darin

      Hello best dose for me 4 or 5 grams. I’m 6’3″ 275 lbs. I have severe diabetic neuropathy and spinal fusion surgery. I think body fat/weight has a lot to do with dosage. I take 3 gs in the morning for energy and 5 gs at night for pain and anxiety.

    3. Miranda

      There’s only 500mgs in a capsule. From what I’ve read, if you don’t have a tolerance for opiates, taking 6mgs (12 capsules) is about right. If you’re like me and have somewhat of a tolerance for opiates, you need to take more. I didn’t read an amount that’s recommended in that case, but I’m guessing no one wants to be responsible for someone taking to many and something happening to them. I’ll be honest, I take 25 of them at a time. The powder is better because I get the capsules stuck in my throat every single time I take them so the powder is easier. And makes me feel like less of a serious pill pooper. But it helps so much that I take that many and have yet to have any side affects. I hope this helps you

    4. Lyn T. Burnell

      Buddy, I just got some from a friend, I googled it ok it says 1-3 teaspoons. But it also says you need 2 FIND your own dose that works. I just put 2 grams in my sleepy time tea. & I feel like it’s really helping my anxiety & hopefully major syatic & lower back pain. I weighed it out on my scale at 2.00. Set on grams. I am far from a pro but I think that’s 2 grams. Now I just need 2 no how long it holds for. Meaning 3-4 hours or 4-6 hours etc. Hopefully it’s a much better quality of life taken Heaton than opiates.

    5. boop

      Take 5-6 caps

    6. Jonathan

      For what you’re wanting take 6-10 for a strong effect if nothing in an hour take another 3-5

    7. Helena Hanford

      I have severe pain and take 8-10 capsules three times a day until I can cut down. Drink loads of water but one or two capsules won’t do anything. There is hope!!!

  11. Becky

    So which one works best for chronic pain…I have Rheumatoid Arthritis 😬

    1. Rocky Gordon

      Green mayla and red vein mixed

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