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:

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. Mattom

    1-2 tblspns- Maeng da Red

    2 oz- high quality, warm h2o

    Desired amount of honey and/or

    Stir, stir, repeat

    Toss it back, or add to your favorite brand of herbal tea or coffee. Cheers!

  2. paulie

    I have rheumatoid arthritis, Crohns disease and fibromyalgia. I was prescribed a large amount of pain meds for about 5 years. I was still barely functional. Several months ago I started kratom and now have am off all pain meds. I like Red Vain Borneo and Bali. I use around 2-3 tsps as needed through the day. It helps with the pain better than any narcotic and I have tried everything. There must be some sort of anti-inflammatory action in it. I get full blood counts and inflammatory markers drawn every few weeks and they have all been great. I have problems with my liver counts from the meds I have to take. I can’t drink or take Tylenol because of this. I was worried the kratom would do the same but so far my enzymes are fine. If you have liver problems its probably a good idea to have your liver function checked. This stuff has helped so much. I wish I would have found it 5 years ago. I use the toss and wash but add water first, toss in a tsp at a time. I won’t say the taste is great, but it’s not horrible. It is very much trial and error. Start slow and add tsp at a time, wait 20-30 min between doses.

  3. Jennifer Kuahi

    Hi Guys! I go with 3.5 grams of Central Maui Trading Company’s signature Maeng Da in the morning and I’m good all day through work. I have severe neck and back problems due to a car accident I was in as a small child and can barely stand the pain without my daily kratom routine. I do just mix it with water in a bottle and down it. On most nights I make a tea with some lemon, fresh ginger and raw honey with there Red Horn strain (4 grams) and can sleep peacefully through the night. Hope this helps a bit! See ya!!

  4. Jason

    My favorite are the red stains. I like the sedating effect personally but I always switch it up. My favorite is Red Vein Borneo from

  5. Lisa

    Hi all!! Ok so, I have Fibro, Interstitial Cystitis. I have a baggy that is Bali Kratom 1 oz, I believe. It’s not grinded down. More like crumbled leaves. How much should I take? Should I grind prior to use? How often should I take it? I currently take Percocet every 3 hours for my pain. I’m looking to Supplement this for my pain meds during the day? Is this going to help me? How much and how? Thanks all!!

  6. Jonathan Hands

    To the poster who has been on Methadone for years. I was too, 20 years ago. It took me 4 years of failed attempts to finally get off it. It was 10x harder to get off than heroin. It took me about three years to feel like myself again. Anyway, about eight years ago i was taking strong prescription opiates for severe back pain. My doctor felt I’d been on them long enough and would not renew my prescription. Just hearing that started me thinking about w/d nightmares so I began to look online for help. Thats when I read about Kratom. I ordered some, can’t recall what type, but started taking it when I was cutting my pills in half in preparation for running out. The Kratom not only kept me from having intense withdrawl symptoms, but actually made me feel energized, and knocked out my back pain as well. I’ve been taking it ever since. I won’t say its not addictive, because I think it is. But, its a lot less so than any opiate, including synthetics like Methadone. If you read this, and haven’t tried Kratom, you should. I think you could eventually get off the M, if you want. I had many 21 day detoxes off M, and on the last few days felt so bad that I always went back to H., well the very last time I didn’t… Its worth a try. Its a lot less toxic to your system, less addictive for sure, and it isn’t expensive. Just my opinion.

  7. mrcs

    i get headaches from coffee so im looking for an alternative. As a 4th year med student cramming for the boards and working long hours what might be a recommended strain/dose ? thanks

  8. Cora Andrews

    Kratom is amazing for pain. Although I just use it for mood, I have spoke to many people who are suffering from different medical issues and they swear by it for helping their pain. Its a shame that it is given a bad name and called a drug, there are so many benefits to the botanical and are no proven dangers. I encourage everyone to read up on Kratom and its MANY benefits 🙂

  9. Shauna

    I have a bad liver. I tried kratom a couple times though, loved it, and yesterday my own came and I did it. Today ,after taking about 3-4 tsps last night, I feel really tired and little ill. IS this normal?

    1. Jennifer

      The amount you consumed would be considered too large if you are without any tolerance, and there’s the added factor of the impaired liver. Kratom is not a homogenous product – with every new batch acquired, testing is necessary to find the right dose. You may want to test one or two grams next time time, and go up another gram or two with every dose to find your ideal. You may also be a bit dehydrated, so keep water handy. As others will surely attest, less is usually more with kratom.

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