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 BaliSimilar to Bali with some red characteristics. This is a known as a versatile strain.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 MalayThis original variety of Malaysian Kratom is well known for its mood-lifting, energizing effects.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
White BorneoKnown as a uniquely high quality white strain of kratom. It has known for its long lasting, energizing effect.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 1,493 Comments

  1. Joe Holloway

    Vietnam Kratom and red , green. Or gold maenga da. Are the kinds I prefer. I just got green vein borneo for first time. Hope it helps, I’m coming off of about a month or so of doing about 4 or so of percocet 10s a day. Kratom doesn’t take away all the symptoms but helps you get through them. I can get concentrates but very expensive

    1. Marco

      I have been using heroin for about 9 years, dont shoot up anymore I’m a snorter now got down to four or five bags a day. Which kratom would be my best bet to help me kick this junk? I need a bit of help with the withdrawals once they start really kicking..

  2. Joe Holloway

    Vietnam Kratom and red and green maenga da. Are the kinds I prefer. I just got green vein borneo for first time. Hope it helps, I’m coming off of about a month or so of doing about 4 or so of percocet 10s a day. Kratom doesn’t take away all the symptoms but helps you get through them. I can get concentrates but very expensive

  3. Brian

    I appreciate everyone’s post. It has really helped me. I have been on Suboxone for almost 9 years straight. My doctor was messing around to much and got in trouble ( so not a real doctor ) and I got stuck and went to buying them off the street. I’m just ready for this cycle to end. My wife and family deserve better. I will get off suboxone but take tabs to support the withdrawal but then I have to take so many, I get addicted to them. I’m trying to find the right dosage of K for me. Tomorrow will be day 3 with no suboxone once again. I pray I make it this time!!!

  4. Sheila

    I have been on morphine and oxicodone ( high doses) for years I have a 6year old so energy is also very important. What would you suggest I try? I have to get off these medications, they aren’t fixing the problem, just giving me another. I want to try the kratom but have heard you have to find the right sights to order from what should I try and where do I get it? Please help!

    1. Amy Bouvier

      Try Bali. Opiate like pain relief and body high, and a familiar brief “nod” can be achieved at high doses. The most euphoric and a total anxiety crusher at moderate doses but I find I’m still very clear headed and energized. Maeng Da is a close second and is a bit more energizing, but lacks that classic opiate euphoria. I also like a smoke a tiny bit of pot with it and the relaxation is top notch.

      1. Kair

        does the Bali help with the pain relief? Thats why my husband takes the Oxy is for the pain relief and can’t get off of them without the pain relief he needs.

    2. Josh

      I wouldn’t overthink kratom when you just get into it. Each strain is different similarly to how marijuana is different per strain. Reddit best kratom supplier and you can look at people talk. I would alternate strains. This site does a good job indicating which have pain relieving qualities. (Most)

  5. Bill long

    I was taking 16 -18mg hydromorphone a day by crushing the needs and swallowing to defeat the time release and this didn’t give me any euphoria or drive to do anything well kratom saved my life what a joke these doctors are for hiding kratom from us, 30 years of opiates and now just use kratom

    1. Ashlie

      What one did you use?? I’m trying to get off opiates

      1. Mike

        Any of them will help you get off opiates Bali is a good one that what I used to get off lortab

      2. Barrett

        Hey Ashlie I’ve used Kratom to get off opiates and the most opiate like strain I found is red Bali. It gives you the same opiate like feeling without all the feinding. Treat it like opiates when you take it, for the energy and good feeling to be productive take a small dose, if it’s later in the night and you need to sleep/get a slight nod Take a larger dose.

        1. Natasha

          My Dr. has prescribed Tramadol- Acetaminophen, 37.5 – 325 mg after our Total hip replacement surgery, seven months ago.
          Am beyond ready to cease this pain med.

          Shall the White Vein strain possibly be a preferred alternative?

        2. Khristal

          If you don’t mind, what were you on? im currently taking soboxone and wanted to try Kratom to get off

      3. Kate

        When I got off oxy I started using Bali Gold kratom and I loved it. Definitely helped with w/d too.

  6. Expert Bert

    To settle the Oxycontin/Oxycodone argument – they are the same drug. Oxycontin is simply a brand name, while Oxycodone is the actual drug name.

    1. Becat Osz

      Yes, they’re the same base drug. However, oxycodone is short acting. (Add acetaminophen and you have Percocet.) Oxycontin is a brand name but it’s also an extended aka “continuous” release. Hence the “con” part of the brand name.

  7. Andy

    Shane I’m 38 and been on hydros since 18 and took myself off them. Pain paranoia, sickness, etc. All gone with white manga da Keaton I take 6 capsules a day and feel great I’m slowly trying to go down on those as well. Hope it helps

  8. Bopple

    I mix my dose (2-3g) with a small amount of orange or grapefruit juice with a whisk, drink then follow with another small glass of orange or grapefruit juice to chase. The powder taste does not bother me.

  9. erika Porter

    I got off all the drugs and methadone I was on for 14 years and I didn’t feel to great when I got up but as soon as I drank my kratom in 10 minutes I could feel relief. I suffer from fibromyalgia and neropathy and autoimmune disease chronic non stop miserable pain and when my husband introduce me to it as a pain reliever and anxiety relief I was bound to get my mom to try it she had been on pain medicine for over 30 yrs and she finally tried it n she said that the kratom helps her way more than any of the narcotics she once had been on for so long now she only takes kratom for pain relief and for her nerves u am so happy n grateful for kratom

    1. Stephanie

      what type of Kratom did you use

    2. Crystal

      What kratom do yall take? I have chronic pain as well.

  10. Tasha

    I take White Thai for energy. I had my youngest son at 38. Being a mom of a toddler in my 40s is exhausting. Lol I don’t have the energy I had in my 20s like I did with my other 2. Kratom is a game changer! Only problem I have is I’ve built up a tolerance and have to keep taking more. I do give it a break for some time but still have to take pretty high doses to get any effects. Whats another good strain for energy?

    1. Anron

      White Maeng Da and White Thia are my go to. White Maeng Da is more energetic.

      1. Raq

        Looking for a reputable website to purchase. Firsr timer attempting to detox from sub. Would appreciate any tips and guidance. Definitely looking for a strain that provides energy and helps with dramatic temperature changes that occur with detox. Thanks.

  11. Sharon H

    I have similar problems as some other people. Fibro & arthritis. Also, I have PTSD, depression and anxiety. I want to get off of any and all prescriptions if possible. I need pain relief, energy during the day & anxiety relief. Help to get on a regular sleep schedule would be great as well. I don’t want to feel like my head is swimming or too dizzy. Also don’t want to feel jittery to get the energy if that’s possible. In other words, I want a new drug, lol! Any suggestions with these things in mind? Thanks!

    1. Allison

      I have similar challenges and get really frustrated with pain docs because you can’t use THC for pain simultaneously. It’s frustrating because all pain isn’t the same. I just started using kratom. I purchased Green Malay and Red bali. The malay provided some pain relief while giving a little boost. It has a little bit of an opiate feel to it and its energizing qualities aren’t all that jittery. I then tried the red because I’m all about that euphoria too. It is actually really nice. It gives that ‘warm’ feeling you get with opiates but you aren’t going to be falling asleep. Give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised.

  12. John

    I take Kratom off and on for chronic pain. I mix it with Corydalis which helps nerve pain. That way I don’t need to take as much Kratom. I find the Red Vein to be good for pain, though the Green Maeng Da sedates me more. Either works for me so I can sleep when the pain is bothering me. I don’t take Kratom daily so that I don’t become dependent. I was on high dose opioids for years. Methadone and dilaudid are both effective painkillers, but the withdrawals when I decided I didn’t want to take them anymore was rather nasty, that’s putting it mildly, it almost killed me. Cold turkey off methadone is supposed to be done gradually in a hospital I learned after the fact. Have had complications since, but it got better. The worst aftereffect is severe anxiety. It was during the withdrawals that I learned about Kratom, which I used to help ease withdrawals and did not become dependent on Kratom neither. I still have pain, but I tolerate it and find sufficient relief with over the counter meds, Corydalis and Kratom.

  13. 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]

    1. Stacey Truman

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I appreciate how open you were and how much you use. I’m using the maeng da and find it’s the best for my sciatica. I also buy in bulk in powder form to save money. Thank you again, take care

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2. Lei

      I’m a recovering alcoholic and I’ve tried all strains. My fave is Thai. I would be careful though because Kratom can be pretty addicting itself and some people have pretty bad withdrawals coming off it.

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