Kratom effects vary from strain to strain and from one person to another. There are many Kratom strains from varied geographical locations for example, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Kratom is used as an herbal medicinal around the world. Kratom can: naturally lift energy, make you achieve a state of euphoria and optimism, calm the nerves, give a focusing concentration, Relieve pain and body aches, lower blood pressure, increase libido, ease symptoms of depression and enhance mental ability.

Kratom has been gaining popularity for over a decade and only now are people starting to understand some of the many benefits this South East Asian tree promotes. What makes Kratom interesting is many people find it has multiple uses depending upon dose, personal tolerance, weight and metabolism. Using a small dose of Kratom (1-2g) tends to be more stimulating with mild pain relief even when using a premium Bali red.

Each location produces exceptional Kratom however there are many varieties and each one has its own and unique effects. What is more relevant to the kratom effects is the vein color which many people forget to take into account. Lets take a look onto the different types of Kratom available and how to choose the best strain and vein colour for its effects.

Red Vein Kratom

Lets start for example with the Bali kratom or Thai that are very popular types of Kratom. These are largely sold without their vein classification but generally, these strains come from red vein trees. Red vein kratom is the most commercially Kratom available on the market. Why is red vein kratom so popular?

There are alot of areas around South East Asia where red vein grows naturally. Studies suggest that red vein kratom seeds and cuttings are far more viable than that of green and white veins. 

Premium red vein Bali kratom is highly sought after for its strong analgesic effects, promoting deep euphoria and relaxation. Many people are using Kratom as an alternative to opiate based pharmaceutical medicines. Kratom is being used to great affect to provide relief of opiate withdrawal whether from prescription medication or recreational use. For those of us that have to manage pain daily, Kratom is 100% natural and isn’t going to leave you with a foggy mind on a day-to-day basis.

Kratom can have varied effects depending upon the dose and strain you choose. An example would be helping to control anxiety and stress especially in smaller 1-2g doses. All Kratom should help you relax, feel calm and be contented.

Thai Maeng Da
Thai Maeng Da is an extremely popular product with a slightly different alkaloid profile to that of the Bali kratom. While maeng da has many followers for pain relief it’s the clear leader for use during the day. Proving popular for energy and stimulation.

White Vein Kratom

White vein kratom is increasing in popularity as consumers realise the many benefits of a good white. White vein kratom is well documented to have more energetic effects than the red Bali kratom. While red veins are very popular alot of people want a Kratom that can be used during the day without being too relaxed. For example: some people use white vein kratom as their morning tea to promote energy and concentration.

White vein kratom comes from many areas of South East Asia but the most prominent is Indonesia. Some people may find white vein kratom mildly effective. This can be the case if the user is used to the effects of the red vein Kratom.

White veined kratom is known to have profoundly relaxing effects when using a higher dose of 8-10g. This can have advantages. Using 1-2g of Kratom in the morning as a wake me up is popular then increasing the dose late in the afternoon to help you relax after a hard day of work. All kratom has pain killing properties some more than others, so it’s up to you to find which Kratom works best for your needs and in what dose.

Green Vein Kratom

Green vein kratom is probably the most underestimated Kratom of all three strains. The best way to think about this strain is imagine its effects are between the red and white vein. Green vein kratom is harvested from Indonesia and Thailand but the most potent is Green Malay kratom. Many people prefer the stimulation from it but also benefit from its pain killing effects. Green Malay kratom is a good all rounder; it has energy, great for motivation, libido increasing, calming and strong pain killing qualities.

Is Kratom addictive?

Kratom can be habit forming, meaning if you were to use it every day or you have an opiate tolerance you would need to take a higher dose to get the same effects. Depending upon what you want to use Kratom for, it's best to alternate your strains. For example you could use a Red Vein for one week then a Green Vein the next.

Kratom is not considered addictive compared to opiates. It’s no harder to stop using kratom than stopping to take your morning coffee. Using Kratom daily is not recommended. To get the best kratom effects avoid building up a tolerance. Like any other natural herbal product, you have to use kratom responsibly. You need to find what your preferred strain and dosage are.


Kratom comes in many forms from dried crushed leaf and powders to tinctures and extracts. The most popular method is to make a tea from loose powder or leaf. Another way is the ”toss and wash” method, whereby the kratom powder is mixed with a drink of your choice, such as orange juice. The powder and liquid are drank as quickly as possible. Kratom can have a bitter taste, some strains are more bitter than others as you will learn. You can add honey or sugar to sweeten your drink if you can't stand the bitter taste.

If you don’t want the hassle of making a tea or cope with bitter powders then you can use kratom capsules. 


To keep things simple you should always follow these rules:  To start, take 2 capsules (1g powder) on an empty stomach followed by a hot drink to help the capsules dissolve quickly. Monitor your experience and see if the kratom effects are giving any relief. You can repeat the same dose in 1 hour when you have evaluated the effects. Remember when using powder the kratom effects are stronger than that of a tea where the leaf is not consumed. After the first evaluation of your kratom effects you can decide whether you need a larger dose. It is strongly recommended that you keep your dose to the bare minimum when you decide your threshold for the best results.

A high dose for one person is not a high dose for another. We are all different and therefore the kratom effects us all differently. This can be down to many factors your weight, the more body weight the more kratom you are likely to need. Metabolism, how quickly you can process the kratom, whether you have eaten before hand and of course your tolerance. Kratom tolerance is likely to be high if you are using opiate based prescription medicines. Always start with a small dose and find the correct kratom effects.

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