In recent years, there has been a boom in the consumption of natural organic products. People have become aware of the benefits of using naturally derived products, both on their bodies as well as their environment. We have also seen a surge in the usage of herbal products as natural alternatives to the currently existing modern medicines.
They are used for chronic relief, sleep problems, and for general well-being in addition to many other uses. Not questioning the efficacy of allopathic medicine, there are still many people who do not wish to put artificially generated chemicals inside their bodies.
There have been many herbal products that have been used for centuries. For the past decade or so, a particular herbal supplement has been gaining popularity among the masses; particularly in the USA. This supplement is Kratom.
But what is the strongest form of Kratom and what are its uses? Before we answer this question, let us look at how Kratom works and its different types.
Kratom- Why Is It so popular?
Originating in Southeast Asia, Kratom is a herbal extract of a plant called Mitragyna Speciosa. Traditionally, the leaves of this plant were chewed. But nowadays, it is available in the form of capsules and powder.
Kratom derives its beneficial effects from the fact that it has a high content of alkaloids like mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. Some studies claim that these alkaloids act on the opioid receptors inside the body thus producing analgesic effects.
Other benefits of Kratom include stimulation, sleep assistance, increased energy levels, and even euphoria. It is because of these effects that Kratom is so popular nowadays. People also buy it to rid themselves of opioid dependence.
Types & Strains
The number of new products available in the market can be overwhelming for an experienced Kratom user, let alone a beginner. Particularly, in the last decade, the number of varieties of Kratom Powder Strains available to the consumer has multiplied.
Here, it is our effort to educate our readers in the simplest ways possible. Given below is a simplified classification of different types of Kratom.
Kratom can be categorized in a variety of ways. The most common is the color of the leaf vein. According to the leaf vein color, Kratom can be classified into 3 common types:
- Red Vein
- Green Vein
- White Vein
These vein colors have further subtypes called strains. Strains vary on the basis of their process of growing, drying, and processing. Due to these differences, different strains have different tastes, aromas as well as different effects and potencies.
Red Vein Kratom is harvested later as compared to other colors. Since it is given more time to mature, its alkaloid content (particularly 7-hydroxy mitragynine) is higher as compared to other colors.
Red Vein Kratom has analgesic and somnolent properties and thus it is used for uneasiness relief and relaxation. It is advisable to use this color at the end of the day as it causes sleepiness. It is important to note that since this vein color is very potent, it is not suitable for beginners.
White Vein Kratom predominantly causes stimulation. As a result, it can mimic caffeine and can increase energy levels. Owing to its properties, it is usually advised to take this color during the daytime.
Green Vein Kratom has somewhat balanced effects in comparison to the red or the white vein. At lower doses, it acts as a stimulant and can increase focus. But at higher doses, it can cause sleepiness. Due to its relatively milder effects, it is generally recommended for beginners.
Now that we have some basic idea of the vein colors of Kratom, let us find out the strongest strain of Kratom. We have divided it into different categories based on the major effect produced by the strains.
Strongest Kratom For Relief & Relaxation- Red Maeng Da
It is a general consensus that Maeng Da is the most potent strain of Kratom out there. It has considerably higher levels of alkaloids as compared to other strains. Although available in different vein colors, Red Vein Maeng Da is the most popular variety out there.
Contrary to other red vein strains, red vein Maeng Da has stimulant effects in addition to being a very potent analgesic. Higher doses can lead to sedation as well.
Other strains for uneasiness include:
- White & Green Maeng Da (weaker as compared to red Maeng Da)
- Red Bali
- Red Borneo
- Green Malay
- Green Vietnam
Strongest Kratom For Energy & Focus- White Maeng Da
White Maeng Da has the benefits of both the white vein and the Maeng Da strain. It is a much weaker analgesic as compared to red Maeng Da.
But its stimulant effects are second to none. It is much more potent in comparison to caffeine. Due to its strong effects, it is usually advised to take it in small amounts.
Other strains for stimulation and focus include:
- Green & Red Maeng Da
- White Borneo
- Green Indo
Strongest Kratom For Discomfort – Maeng Da
When it comes to uneasiness, the higher alkaloid content of the Maeng Da strain plays a pivotal role in its use as an alternative to anxiolytics and antidepressants.
Although not an antidepressant itself, it can mimic those effects and can be used for drug dependence. Both White and Green Maeng Da are particularly useful for this purpose.
Other strains for uneasiness include:
- Red Maeng Da
- Green Malay
- Red Bali
By now, you must have noticed the trend. Maeng Da strain is arguably the most potent strain for most purposes. There are other strains that are better for other purposes. But for the sake of simplicity, we will stick to this relatively smaller list.
A small side-note– Do not consume larger doses of the potent strains of Kratom. Although there is a low risk of abuse or harm, there are some harmful effects associated with them.
A Piece Of Advice
- Do your research before consuming any supplement. Weigh in the benefits and the risks and then make a decision.
- In case of any complications, always contact your physician.
- You should always buy Kratom from reputable vendors. You can look online and read the reviews. Also, always ask for GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified products. Here is a list of GMP-certified vendors.
- Always keep the legal status in mind before buying.
- Stay safe and stay healthy.