Strains And Effects

Many people new to kratom have questions about the effects of different strains. 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:

StrainEffectsDosage
BaliEuphoric and the most classic opiate like among the strains of kratom1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Maeng DaEnergizing and stimulating with pain killing effects1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Red Vein ThaiSimilar to Bali with fewer negative side effects1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Red Vein KaliSedating and more classically opiate like1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Red IndoSimilar to Red Kali and many other traditional strains1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Green IndoBalances pain relief and energy boosting qualities1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Green Vein KaliA stimulating strain which also has painkilling attributes1/2 – 3 teaspoons
White Vein KaliMore euphoric or dissociating1/2 – 3 teaspoons
White Vein ThaiMore euphoric or dissociating1/2 – 3 teaspoons
White Vein Indosimilar to red indo known for its pain relieving attributes  1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Super IndoSimilar to Bali with less euphoria1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Super Green MalaysianVaries between suppliers but is typically more stimulating with little euphoria1/2 – 3 teaspoons
Ultra Enhanced IndoMost euphoric of the extracts and works well for reducing social anxiety1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
Gold Reserve ExtractPowerful extract by applying highly concentrated kratom alkaloids back to natural kratom leaf1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)
ISOL-8 ExtractISOL-8 is an outlier and has caffeine like stimulation1 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 0.25mL or more
Natural Enhanced White SumatraCreated by taking a 90% pure alkaloid extraction from white vein kratom and mixing it with White vein leaf1 gram or less (if mixed with powdered leaf)

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  1. I like the replies esp. the one to the Pharm Tech that knows everything! Was on almost all the major “Pain Killers” for 15+ years like given out like Tic-Tacks. A new D.O. had her hands on her face & in the air rolling her eyes when I said what I was given for my CHRONIC CONDITION there is supposedly no cure for. I was dosed for stage 4 cancer patients with Dilaudid & MSIR as well as other nasty chemicals that cost me my business & home of 40 years all paid for. There was a cure for it but the Old Time Doc who wrote books on it & ran 2 clinics at 1 time & treated people to get them well & not make $$$$$$$ at $40 a pop be it 1 hour on machines & seeing him or 4 hours on 6 machines & seeing him became aged & unwell & died & the lace 3 hrs away. New doc is $2900 for phone consults & seeing him a few times…RIP-OFF.
    CHRONIC PAIN IS JUST THAT. IT DOES NOT GO AWAY & WITH THE NEW LAWS MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO STAND THE PAIN! The majority of Opioid “victims” are ones looking for a HIGH & not Relief. I wonder how many of the dead ones have shot the drug as opposed to swallowing as ordered or not all at 1 time? If I shot a days worth or maybe 2 of MSIR & Dilaudid even after building that tolerance as we pain patients do I would probably have been very sick if not dead. But taken as ordered I survived until I was a “liability” 10 years back & thrown off. Unfortunately when you have a 1/4 to 1/2 $million investment in education as a doctor & the ability to really rake it in you follow guidelines. My 1 time “pain med/management” doc did an ok on a former dose that if followed will allow me to function at 1/2 a normal hurting person & 1/4 normal person as opposed to 20% or bed ridden or where is the highest bridge as I don’t like feeling like I’m being electrocuted or other nasty pains. Subs (very addictive I’m told) & the other drugs they use esp. antidepressants are really bad.

    I haven’t tried Krantom but have high (no pun intended) hopes & it appears affordable. CBD does seem to help the little we tried, but prices for potent enough doses are beyond most people & unless tested is it real? Just got skunked on eBay on a bottle, NO RETURNS! NO CBD, just Hemp Oil & BS. If 5 grams a day of Krantom will help take more pain away & possibly move me off the not so mighty “O” great! No MD hassles. Weed is fine for some but I hate it as I like being in control & want to relieve pain, not get high.

    I think every doc should have to take some of the meds they shove down our throats & that we, as an intelligent & educated being that know our bodies should have the opportunity to take a test if necessary for proof & sign a paper saying “we understand the risks involved & do not hold the doctor/whoever else liable” so that we can have some relief & quality of life. Not everyone can collect. Not everyone can collect enough & have to work if they can & the ones that complain about disability at $1500+ a month (no income tax, pure profit) & have a part time job & a spouse that works & has health insurance provided & it “isn’t enough”, well they can shove it as we & many others live on far less! I had friends at $2500 a month disability & they could not afford car insurance! Maybe $30K isn’t much these days but not bad & more than $10/hr he made & her $880/mo. Point is there has to be an affordable way to help control/manage the pain. I will never be out of pain. There have been minutes after a fine sleep or a great session with a fine D.O. that does OMT but those are fleeting moments that remind me of what I could do way back when.

    Having found this so late at night I did not read all of it. What is the best energizing & pain killing strain/type? and who is reliable? I want a 1/4 lb. at least or more if the price/oz. drops & not $2.00 a capsule. MSM & other anti-inflammation natural products need to be incorporated. The web provides the best sources for the least amount of $ as you buy by the pound & there are no fillers/binders or garbage in them at certain sites & they are cheap unlike a “Natural Food Store”. $100 would buy 6 pounds of 6 different products (1lb each pure product) & need to be added to help fight inflammation. $4.00 Turmeric at a store in the Indian section does wonders but takes time as does the others. But we did not get sick in 1 day nor will we get well in 1 day…may be months before results become apparent so do nothing & suffer or something & one day say “hey, my elbow doesn’t hurt as much (or at all). Eating or not eating certain foods help. It comes down to educating yourself away from modern voodoodoo medicine & the time & (when available) money invested is what your body & quality of life is worth to you! Pizza or a pound of Opti-Pure MSM for $11.00? You also don’t have to drop $400 on a bottle of CBD oil or even $100. What would Krantom run in a ¼ lb? $50? How long would it last at 5 grams a day? Seems like a standard dose. Seriously…what is the average cost & amount/day to use high grade Krantom for pain?
    Just some thoughts & questions too late at night.

  2. My pain doctor in Chino, Ca put me on Methadone 12 years ago ( 3 stomach surgeries gone south ) and it actually saved my career, I was on 60 mg a day the entire time living a very productive life. Then the big fucking opiate crisis comes along and the Doctors put their tails between Their legs and bow down to all the politicians. They started decreasing the amount and were very dirty about it, then if you tell them you are experiencing withdrawal, you suddenly become a piece of shit addict. I slowly weened myself off the shit while continuing to get my 30 mg dosage so I would have more time to do it. No amount of time will eliminate the fatigue symptoms. They last what seems to be forever, even today. If anyone thinks that Methadone isn’t one of the most addictive substances on this planet , they can take their opinions and shove it where the sun dont shine because unlike Mr pharmacist, I know the shit gets in every cell in your body. No book learning can dispute this. Even the moron Doctor that put me on it told me that it would be completely out of my system in 3 days. This is hysterically insanely stupid, he needs to be slapped, It was the hardest thing I ever quit , Nicotine being second, Alcohol was nothing compare to Methadone and I gave up all Beer and Cigs 30 yrs ago cold turkey.. People need to find answers to their health problems elsewhere because todays doctors are only interested in money and they do not care about people, it is to them how many office visits they can cram into a day so they can increase revenue, Pharmaceuticals are the same. Insurance companies have caused this but are they to blame completely, probably not as they are trying to overcome the costs associated with all the low lifes in this country not paying for insurance. Enough of the countries problems. If Kratom helps you feel better , I say go for it at least till the Congress puts our asses in jail for it. Isnt it easy to take away the worlds pain meds when you yourself have no pain.
    Thank you law makers for taking away the Doctors ability to treat chronic pain, and all because young people want to party with Grandmas Opiates and blow out their heart. I’m happy to say I dont need the doctors or their drugs anymore. Good thing too cuz they wont give them to you anymore anyway. Use the Kratom now cuz I can assure you that these crooked fucking politicians will be paid off by big pharmaceutical soon enough. Good Luck

    1. This is by far the BEST and most accurate summing up of the situation we’ve ever read.

    2. Couldn’t have said it better myself😉 thank you!!! Well said for all of us in pain, or with depression, anxiety, fatigue from pain, and etc…I just started taking kratom and it is amazing!!! I couldn’t believe the pain it took away I have carpal tunnel, tendinitis, arthritis, and all I can say is wow it’s literally saved my job!!!😊

      1. Where do you get it???

  3. Been on subs for 4 yrs have weened down to 1mg a day but want off completely I’ve heard a lot of good about Kratom and really want to try it just don’t know what to get any help is appreciated

    1. Ive been on suboxone for 5 years. I was on methadone prior to and basically the methadone wd were so bad I thought I was being smart and by day 15 no methadone I couldnt take it and started the suboxone. I would crush up the pills and snort them so I abused them for 4 of the 5 years. Theres been a time ive done 3 of the 8mg pills lile that in a day. For me thats a lot im a small framed woman and very short. So life kept happening and i got very fed up of things controlling me and so so sick of living in fear of being sick. If youre truly ready to be off the subs you can do it. Today is my 31st day. Im so fucking proud of myself. Ive used kratom to help. Now i never said its easy. Ive had some roughhhhh days but each night im sleeping more so im waking up better also each day that horrible feeling you wake up with is getting less and less. Im starting to get happy on my own and lm enjoing life more each day. I hope this helps you to realize that its itsan make it 31 days anyone can! Good luck! the kratom basically saved my life!

  4. I’ve been on Subs for 4 yrs I’ve been weening myself down I’m currently taking 1 mg a day but I want off of them completely and I’m scared shitless to go cold turkey I’ve tried before and couldn’t take it I’ve heard a lot of good things about Kratom and I’m wanting to try it but don’t know what to get it where to start any help would be greatly appreciated

    1. Heather, Green Maeng Da is great! Think it could help you. Also only need be about a teaspoon to start. I take powder with juice. It helps me with anxiety, pain, & other issues I have. It calms you but also gives you energy & uplifts mood.

    2. i was on subs as well and ended up getting kicked off, and i started using kratom to get off subs, and let me tell you it is what kept me going and helped immensely. i really didnt even feel sick

  5. We have to fight it. Join the American Kratom Association and donate to help fight the wrongful bureaucracy that will make what works that is all natural a Schedule 1 drug…..which it is not!!! The govt. is being paid….the representatives to vote it illegal. We all have to stand up!!!!!

    1. I am starting kratom today I have been on suboxone for 10 years and just don’t want to be on it any more I ordered the Red Maeng Da cause that’s what they said would aid in the withdrawal and the White Maeng Da for energy level. Can someone THAT HAS EXPERIENCE with this please tell me if this is going work or am I going to be sick when the divorce suboxone leaves my system I have 1 – 8mg tablet left but only going to take half today half tomorrow was on 2 a day. Thank you for any advice and info.

      1. You really should wean yourself down and slowly transition to kratom. If you just outright stop that high of a dosage without knowing how much kratom works for you, you’ll make yourself sick. Feel free to email me, I’ll be glad to be your support [email protected]

      2. Nichole,
        I have been on subutex for two years. Due to my doctor retiring and me being done with the side effects of subs i decided to quit cold turkey. I waited til I started to feel the withdrawal symptoms and I took 4grams of red bentuangie kratom (which was recommend by my local kratom shop). I felt better within 30 minutes, no lie. I have been on it ever since and had almost no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. I know everyone is different but kratom worked for me no doubt and gave me my life back free of opiates. I hope this helps. Take care.

      3. I was on 40mg of oxycodone a day and quit cold Turkey thanks to kratom but if you’re on high doses of meds you need higher doses of kratom. I started with 1Tablespoon of green Bali because I didn’t know what to take, and I read already in withdrawal. Within 15 min my withdrawals totally went away and I felt like I had just taken a pain pill. I experienced NO opiate withdrawals thanks to kratom. Now I take tsp a day to manage my pain. Kratom WILL stop all withdrawal symptoms

  6. Wonder if the FDA and DEA will schedule l the drugs called NSAID’s …ibuprofen! Can be purchased anywhere over the counter! Stats below
    It has been known for some time that these drugs — called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs — have serious side effects and are a major cause of drug-induced injury. They are estimated to cause at least 16,000 deaths per year and send 100,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S.Jul 27, 2015

    1. We have to fight it. Join the American Kratom Association and donate to help fight the wrongful bureaucracy that will make what works that is all natural a Schedule 1 drug…..which it is not!!! The govt. is being paid….the representatives to vote it illegal. We all have to stand up!!!!!

  7. I am also new to this after weaning myself off of a 32 mg a day Suboxone habit. It did help with pain and my addiction (to anything opioid/opiate) I was on it for two years this time and did a pretty decent job of tapering. I have been completely off for about a month now. The problem is my energy and pain level which for me, go hand in hand. I ordered some Red Bali capsules, took eight and am feeling a difference already. It is subtle but noticeable. I truly hope this helps. As a 57 year old addict/alcoholic I know I have used up all of my nine lives. Reading everyone’s comments has been extremely helpful.

    1. I’m glad you found this. For energy and pain relief I like maeng da.

    2. I was on that poison for 5 years AND took myself off, 2 months of hell o.p.m.s. extract got me UP and going after 2 months of total fatigue, congratulations on your achievement I have rheumatory arthritis all IN my back and I unload ships stuff is a mircle

  8. For what it’s worth: I have been an addict for 15 years and for the past year been on Subutex. I quit subs cold turkey (not as in deli) and kratom has gave me my life back. Literally. Very tolerable withdrawal if any with kratom and I’m 7 days in. I work a very hard laborous job every day and haven’t missed a beat. So say what you will. This stuff works, so fuck the FDA!!!!

  9. I just tried the Bali kratom I’m now in 60 mg of methadone and came down from 202mg I just started feeling uncomfortable skipped my take home dose just tried kratom hours ago and feel very Good

    1. How are you feeling now?

  10. Hi Michael
    Try red and green Bali, red Agatha, reds work very well on pain, combined with some greens like green Bali gives you energy, too. Also try green and red Agatha from Christopher’s organic botanicals.
    I wish you complete relief from your pain. I’m in the same boat and kratom has given my life back.

  11. Methadone is actually more addictive than pain pills and heroin. I was an addict for 15 years. I’ve been sober for 5 years. But anyways. I find that a red indo or a red maeng da is great for pain relief and opiate withdrawal I myself use a red maeng da for pain relief but that’s just my personal preference red Bali is supposed to be great for pain relief as well. I hope you find this info useful!!!

    1. ZERO evidence for Methadone being “actually ‘More’ addictive than Heroin” I’ve taken PharmacyTech 1 & 2 and three of my close family members are Registered Pharmacists- and THE ONLY PEOPLE who say this are addicts who are 0% formally educated.

      1. @Dustin Hellstern

        Are you actually saying Methadone is not addicting? Or are you just saying it is not more addicting then pain pills and heroine?

      2. However the addicts are the ones that actually experience it. So honestly, you just sound ignorant.

        1. Yeah!! I absolutely hate when people give their opinion solely based on book knowledge. Everyone is and has a different experience with any particular pharmaceutical!

      3. Addicts have 0% education, 100 % experience. Dr.s, pharmacists, people with pharmacy tech 1 and 2 have 0 experience. How the hell do you think you know what your talking about if you have never done it? Maybe all the addicts are just collectively “making it up”

        1. I am a former pharmacist tech. I will be the first to tell you that you are 100% right. Notice, I said former. I had to get out of the field of drugging the masses because my conscience was killing me. Pharmacies and drug companies are just legal drug pushers! If this helps you, go for it. I plan on trying after doing more research for my chronic pain.

        2. A profound statement of truth!

      4. “Educated” prick the only way to know that isn’t from your pretentious asshole opinion; it’s by use of both. Your degree makes you dumber, and a judgemental piece of shit. I’d love to formally educate your bitch ass with my foot.

        1. Love it!!! Well said 🙌🙌

      5. No class in pharmaceutical can tell u shit when it comes to experience! Methadone is if not as addicting is more addicting than heroin! So fuck your pharmaceutical 1 &2 class!

        1. Will have to agree I am 47 been doing black for last 7 yrs as well as my script 180 oxecodon with in 7 to 11 days I ran threw on daily after that getting black at very least gram a day I did every day up to next fill date from doc I yesterday was without black ,pills, and by today you all no the drill really a messed up deal today at 12 noon made 2 tea sons in a half fool 12 ice coffee shook up and down the neck it’s 12:40 and let me say this👉 NO WITH DRAWLS💨👍TOTAL180 FROM 45 MIN AGO. PHUK FDA

      6. You are such an ignorant over educated under experienced twit and part of the problem with the whole medical community. 3 years ago my doctors were cramming opiates down my throat after 10 years of chronic pain 2 spinal fusions and one revision spinal surgery. Now I have 3 years pre med and my father was a PA for 45 years. Was actually in the first ever graduated class of physicians assistants ever. I am definitely here to tell you @Dustin Hellstern with 10 years of experience receiving pain management treatment that opiates like Fentanyl, methadone, suboxone (I was only on the former not the latter 2) have far more severe withdrawal symptoms than say morphine. You being a Pharmacy tech you should be familiar with the term “half-life “. The half -life of methadone is longer than heroin that’s why they use it for heroin/opiate adjunct. That half life is going to effect the duration and severity of adjunct/withdrawal symptoms. At least that’s my hypothesis on the situation after again 10 years EXPERIENCE.

      7. So you have no experience with it but because you taking some classes you know more than somebody who’s actually taking the drugs? That’s the problem with some people they just read a book and think they know everything. Look I’ve taken pain pills, methadone, and heroin, for years at a time each. I don’t know what your book say, but methadone I won’t say is more addicting, but has the worst withdrawal symptoms by far. And it also takes longer to finally say you’re actually through with withdrawals. I think it has to do with it people’s age and body type also. Think about it you can read all the books on car racing you want for years at a time, but until you get behind the wheel, you’ll never know what it really feels like or if you can actually employ what you’ve learned. Yes I know it’s a little different but you get my point. No matter what your book say methadone has a longer half life in your body therefore has a longer withdrawal time. That’ll tell you this because I read books or took some classes, I tell you this because I’ve used the drugs myself and I know first hand what they do to you. Please don’t mistake these comments for me sounding like I’m proud of his, I’m just saying this is my reality. I’ve only been off heroin for a month and I’m still a little unenergetic and Restless so I’m looking into this kratom. I just read some of these comments, and just have to shake my head. For those of you who are fighting the opiate fight never give up God bless you

      8. Unless you were an addict you would not know. Book learning is not even compatible. Methadone IS highly addictive speaking from someone who watched family members HOOKED on it for 15 years after coming off of heroin addiction.

      9. Wrong DUSTIN!!!! Get out if being BRAINWASHED!!!!! UNTIL YOU ARE ONE IN PAIN AND HAVE TO RELY ON THESE OPIATES, OR ARE A ADDICT OR FORMER ADDICT, YOU KNOW NOTHING!!! Go look up the Rockefellers and learn how they took over Conventional medicine back in the early 20’s and made it the mainstream medical we have today FOR PROFIT!!!! They said that they will squash the cure……said “THERE IS NO PROFIT IN A CURE.”
        They created the rules, created the medical schools and pharmaceuticals FOR PROFIT!!! I have read loads of documentation to back up what I just said. I am a testimony for both fields. I have been using alternative health and herbs for 18 years and have CURED!!!!….most of my health problems. I have been on opiates now for 16 years. I have had to stop taking them before with NOTHING FOR HELP!!! It was PURE HELL!!! I CANT TAKE THE TOXIC CHEMICALS THEY ISSUE FOR OPIATE WITHDRAWL. I HAD TO GET BACK ON THEM OR BE BEDRIDDEN!!!! I react to ALL pharmaceutical type drugs but one pill. IM SERIOUS….YOU NEED TO INVESTIGATE HOW THE medical field is ALL QUACKERY for conditions. I’m living proof along with others that Alternative medicine and Herbs are the way to go!!!!! Please!!! DON’T come on a site like this and spew ignorance and brainwashing!!! My dad was a Dr. and I grew up watching alot!!! I AM A WITTNESS TO WHAT THE MEDICAL FIELD DID TO MY DAD RIP DAD….AND NOW MY MOTHER!!!!

        1. Amen, sister. ‘Drug lords’, no , NO conscience. ALL about $$$$$$, they destroyed my Hard earned long term efforts to get better. Gained 60# (yes, sixty!) In one month, now crippling pain. Was walking 5-10 mi/ day. Now not one little walk in 6 mo. Wanted to end it all. El Champo has nothing on the almighty pharmaceutical lobbys. Devastating. And Legal?? THEY will fight KRATOM the hardest!

      10. You’re a pretentious dumbass! I had to buy heroin to ween myself off of methadone. I hate it when someone who hasn’t experienced things try to “educate”people who have. Why don’t you read a book on how to fly a 747 and get in one and take off!

      11. They r pharmacists abd not doctors. Also everyone has different experiences with different drugs. So unless u have had these addictions u should never judge or think to know what its like for us. This is one of the problems with people getting help is people like u. Pharmacists r NOT DOCTORS.

  12. I have been using Kratom for over 4 years as an alternative to medicine. I suffered a lot from severe pain. After using Kratom Powder I don’t feel pain anymore. Actually, Kratom is a natural painkiller supplement which works well for every person. This also helps to recover mental depression as well.

    Happy to use Kratom for a long-term.

    1. Josie which strain do you use?

    2. Do you know if it is safe to take some pregnant? I have been using kratom for chronic pain and my husband and I are trying to have another baby. Any info welcomed. Thank you.

      1. No, Brandi, it’s not proven safe. And there was just a case where a baby had all the signs of withdrawl after being born. The mom was a former addict, who was clean for years. She swore she didn’t use and tested negative. The baby tested negative. Turns out, she was drinking kratom tea during her pregnancy. When it comes to your baby’s safety, I would avoid as much medication in addition to the kratom as you can. It’s also great to talk to your OBGYN before you get pregnant. Good luck to you!

  13. Thank u very much Jane. I was involved in an accident in 2004 and suffered fairly painful injuries. It was the worst pain I have ever been in. When I was released from the hospital after having my broken jaw wired shut, the doctors sent me home with some weak liquid Hydrocodone,.which I had never had pain medicine, until that point. NEEDLESS to say I had to find stronger medication for my pain. I became hooked on oxycontin for a period of ten years. I then decided to get on a methadone clinic to control my addiction. I am on a fairly low dose of only 70 mgs, and I would like to find out which KRATOM strain will help me with withdrawals and anxiety. I never planned on becoming addicted. Some things you can’t erase no matter how hard U try. Pain is only a ghost if you just stop feeling it. These last two lines are from 2 songs by two different bands. One of the songs is by TRAPT and the other is by COHEED and CAMBRIA. I hope these words resonate for those of you that think addiction is so easy to overcome. It can happen to the best of us. So many of us have this on common.

    1. Michael – I’ve been on suboxone for a while after getting carried away on painkillers myself for about the same amount of time as you specified so I understand completely. I like the RED MAENG DA or BALI. I take around 4-5 grams twice daily. I’ve only been taking the Kratom for a couple months so I’m a beginner myself to this world but there are definitely warm euphoric vibes mixed with a stimulant like energy, so it’s a nice combination. Being so damn tired was one of the worst WD symptoms when trying to get off the hydro,oxy or methadone/suboxone…..I haven’t completely eliminated the suboxone yet but am down to under 2mg a day and dropping which is extremely low. After being addicted to opiates for so long I’m highly skeptical of anything that claims to help…. but Kratom defieilty helps. Best of luck my friend. Email me if you have any questions bro.
      ^—Nick D—^
      [email protected]

    2. Hi Michael I think some of your post got cut off.
      I am curious if the lyrics to the songs you mentioned?

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