Kratom: Pros, Types, Dosage

Kratom is a tree native from tropical islands specifically in South Asia, including Thailand and Malaysia.

The leaves of a Kratom tree contain compounds that have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects used as a recreational drug and as a medicine.

It is used as an alternative medicine for any symptoms of depression or anxiety, chronic pain, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, high blood pressure, pain, to improve sexual performance and other conditions.

Using Kratom leaves, as a supplement, is legal in the United States and it can be bought online, however, it is known to be illegal in many countries including Australia, Thailand, and Denmark

Even though some evidence proves that Kratom is known to alleviate the symptoms of both depression and anxiety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved yet and decided that more research is needed.

Types of Kratom and Their Benefits

The different types of Kratom are called Kratom Strains. The strains are usually named after their place of origin and similar to the marijuana strain, each strain has a vague different effect.

Each strain-description is only based on anecdotal reports since, currently, no research and evidence can prove the difference of each strain.

  • Maeng da

Maeng da is a type of Kratom allegedly known as the strong and long-lasting Kratom that is green, red, or white that originated in Thailand but also available in Indonesia and Malaysia.

It acts as a stimulant that will help to increase your energy while inducing your feelings of well-being and reducing pain. One of the known side effects of using Maeng da is being talkative after using it.

  • Indo

Indo is a type of kratom strain in form of green, red, or white color that comes from Indonesia.

It is considered to be less stimulation than other strains and has a mild-energizing effect that is known to help relieve pain, increase relaxation, promote feelings of well-being and is believed to help with anxiety.

  • Bali or Red Vein

An “opioid-like” reddish kratom strain originated in Indonesia that is believed to be a very effective pain reliever for chronic pain and depression.

  • Green Malay

A dark green kratom from Malaysia has a different effect depending on the dosage that you will use. It’s said to help with anxiety.

  • Thai

It’s a kratom that originated from Thailand available in 3 colors: red, green, and white and each color has different effects.

Green and white vein provides stimulation and can cause euphoric “high”, while red vein helps with pain relief.

  • Borneo

Borneo kratom strains, from Borneo, come in different variety of colors and are considered to have a more sedating effect that may be used to treat anxiety and stress.

  • Malaysian

Malaysian kratom strain, based on users’ reports, provides a balance between stimulating and sedative effects that mood lifts, pain relief, and increased energy and focus.

Kratom Dosage Guidelines

If you are considering Kratom as an alternative medicine to use, there are a lot of factors that influence the effect of kratom on your body that you need to consider first before knowing what kratom powder dosage suits you the best. 

The recommended dosage depends on your age, sex, and health status. It is recommended to start on a low dose first and gradually increase the amount of use until you achieve the desired effect.