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.


Red Kratom Strains are generally known for their dynamic pain relieving attributes.

White Kratom Strains are often have a characteristically euphoric nature. You may even find some qualities of your typical red strains with the addition of an energetic kick.

Green Kratom Strains are best known for their unique ability to combine some of the pain relieving properties found in red strains with the energetic boost of a white strain.


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
Bali An 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 Indo Similar 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 Malaysian Known 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
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)
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)

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  1. Lisa

    I have Fibromyalgia and arthritis. I’m in horrible pain constantly. I have no life. Hearing of this was a Godsend but can’t find anyone who will ship to Indiana.😕

    1. Butch

      Go to Ohio its a short drive and bring whatever back home with you.

    2. Keith Streible

      we have Kratom here in Michigan… If you’re not far off from the border

    3. Caira

      I would buy you some & ship it to you girl. We don’t know each other but we both suffer with fibromyalgia. If you’re still in need contact me. 707-572-7990 or [email protected] honestly Kratom has saved my life. I couldn’t imagine not being able to get any when I need it & literally nothing else works to ease the pain. In the meantime try making yourself some Thyme tea. Just get some Thyme the spice & add it to your favorite flavor of tea. It really does help when you have nothing else. God bless & good luck. Don’t hesitate to contact me.

  2. D. Anthony

    After becoming extremely addicted to pain killers like vicodin that I was prescribed for a shattered jaw I continued to find/buy them wherever I could. I spent hundreds of dollars a month on them. I was absolutely horrible! Then one day I happened to spot them behind the counter at my local smoke shop and decided to try them. It was one of the smartest things I ever did. They helped me with the withdrawal from vicodins and I haven’t done them since.
    I highly recommend white lightning kratom pills if you can find them.

  3. Dan

    I have been using kratom daily for about a year now for pain. I have tendonitis in my left shoulder and chronic low back pain that the doc can’t figure out. I take 3 teaspoons of red vein every morning before work and it helps tremendously. Only complaint I have is it makes me itchy but so did the prescription I was on. Also, I have personally seen what it can do for heroin addiction. My best friend had been in and out of rehab 4 times before he discovered kratom and has been off heroin for a year now. I have been trying to research it more to find out any long term damage it can do but I have found little scientific research on it. Please if you are a scientist, politician or someone who can make it happen there most definitely needs some studies to be done because the effects are real but it would be nice to know the risks, if any. Also it would be nice to have some sort of legitimacy brought into the business because there aren’t enough testing standards and I have read that the FDA has found a lot of heavy metal contamination in some samples it studied.

    1. Austin

      Dude that’s the last thing we need! If the government gets their hands on it we will never see it again!!! It’ll become banned and listed as some crazy schedule drug that they can lock you up for possessing!

  4. Slick nick

    Brew 30g on a LOW temp simmer with 2 shot glasses of lemon or lime juice for 2hours strain with cheese cloth them add strained kratom to clean pot and add 30 more grams repeat first step after straining you can repeat the process again the kratom paste/powder should NOT be bitter if u brew it correctly The resulting syrup/kratom tea can then be turned anhydrous by evaparating the water Not for the beginner!

  5. Ned

    So here is the rub I was severely injured on the job as a LEO I had five lower back surgeries a thoracic surgery and a cervical surgery I was taking up to three hydros a day I decided that I just needed to stop with any prescriptions for pain I told my spine surgeon that I wanted to stop and he recommended a all natural pharmacy the pharmacist gave me Green Maeng Da in capsules that was three years ago I had no withdrawals at all from the five years of taking prescription pain killers every day so I order the powder form I take a 1 gram every morning (I put it in hot coffee) it works really fast!!! I might take 1 more gram scoop at bedtime that’s it I rotate the Green Maeng Da and Red Bali green one month Red the next I never mix them. The Maeng Da saved and changed my life I feel better and work out do martial arts again considering much of my spine is implanted metal now and I do not crave anything if I start hurting for any reason I take Tylenol or Ibp and it does the trick I wish everyone well.

    1. Darren

      That’s great to hear you’re receiving real medical benefits from kratom. Do your coworkers know? What’s the general opinion of kratom among the LEO community?

  6. kendell clark

    For me, my demon was tramadol. None of the horrible withdrawal from the harder stuff, although I did have the wrestless legs, insomnia, mood swings. No cravings, no pain other than the pain I took it for, but kratom worked for me. I started buying bottles of 120 capsules, those lasted about a week, two at the most. I was being gouged at the smoke shop so ended up ordering them online, although I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say which companies hear, but I buy them by the kilo. I have something like 8, possibly 10 kilos at the moment, to make sure I don’t run out in the middle of the month. I am entirely tramadol free, have been for the past six months or so, and when my doc, who fired me by the way, offered me tram because i hadn’t asked in a while, I told her no with a big grin. When she asked what I was on I said kratom, and you’d have run if you saw the look on her face. She fired me about two months later. I entertain myself with her firing me because of the kratom, but the letter was so full of doctor speak I don’t really understand the reason. I take 10 capsules at a time, 12 on a bad day, 3 to 4 times a day. I want to cut down on the amount I take, take the minimum amount for pain relief and stress relief, so I’m going to start gradually cutting myself down. It doesn’t seem to matter which kratom strain I try, they all kill pain, although the red maeng and trainwreck kill it the most. I can’t believe I’m finally off the tram, I never thought I could. Now to kick the nicotine habbit I started vaping about the same time I quit the tram, and I’m looking for an herbal alternative to kick that. Not asking for help hear, but a pointer to something other than smokers anonymous, nicotine patches or gum would be nice. Tried all but the group, and the nicotine patches and gum didn’t do a thing. No cravings, but I do get a tad irritable if I go too long without a puff. I hate that habbit, it’s a money pit.

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