Return Of Kings readers are probably already aware of Kratom and all of the amazing benefits this magical plant provides. With all of the different types and strains of Kratom available on the market, it’s important to know which ones to purchase in order to treat specific symptoms, or to achieve specific goals.

What’s most confusing about finding the correct strains for your needs is the fact that there are no established or standardized naming conventions for the different strains. To further complicate matters, many vendors give their own Kratom products and blends branded names, so there are sometimes dozens of different names for the same products.

The easiest and most common way to differentiate strains is using the naming system the farmers and plantations in southeast Asia typically use: color of vein + area of origin.

Three types of Kratom

All Kratom can be broken down into three types, based on the color of the vein on the leaves: red, white, and green. There are also horn varieties, yellows, and golds, but these are marketing tricks or variations on drying methods for the main three.

  • Red vein strains are effective for relieving pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • White vein strains are great for treating depression, increasing productivity, and increased energy and focus.  Many use white vein strains first thing in the morning as a healthy substitute for coffee.
  • Green vein strains are the mid-range, providing a milder boost in energy, focus and mood. Much like you wouldn’t take espresso shots late in the day, green strains are better than white strains for daily use in the afternoon and evening.

Though there are now myriad hybrid and exotic strains of Kratom and it is now grown in many different countries, all Kratom plant genetics trace back to three countries: Malaysia (aka Malay), Thailand (aka Thai), and Indonesia (aka Indo).

  • Malay strains are good for focus
  • Thai strains are good for energy
  • Indonesian strains are sometimes labeled as Indo, or sometimes further broken down by the area of Indonesia where they originated. Their unique regional genetics come with different relative levels of different alkaloids, and thus they have different properties. Examples include Sumatra and Riau strains from Western Indonesia, and Borneo/Bali and Kalimantan strains from Eastern Indonesia.

Maeng Da strains are said to originate from a specific plantation in Indonesia that marketed their product as “genetically grown,” manipulating plant DNA to create the perfect Thai strain. The strain itself was lost, but through hybrid crossbreeding, the higher potency genes have survived and are frequently crossed with local varieties to create a “Maeng Da” (literally, “pimp grade”) potency. These days, Maeng Da isn’t a strain so much as a marker of a very powerful Kratom strain.

Now we can discuss the best Kratom strains for specific symptoms you may be experiencing…

Pain relief strains (most potent to weakest)

  1. Bliss Blend
  2. Red Bentuangie Borneo
  3. Red Vein Bali / Red Vein Borneo

Amount to burn: moderate  (2-4.5 grams) to high (4.5-8 grams)

Relaxation strains (most sedative to least)

These are useful for unwinding after a long day of work, or for helping you sleep.

  1. Red Vein Bali
  2. Mellow Bali Blend
  3. Red Vein Borneo

Amount to burn: moderate (2-4.5 grams) to high (4.5-8 grams)


Anxiety relief strains

  1. Red Vein Bali / Red Vein Borneo
  2. Pride Blend
  3. Karma Blend

Amount to burn: moderate (2-4.5 grams)

Energy strains (most stimulation to least)

  1. White Vein Maeng Da Thai
  2. Monkey Business Blend
  3. Green Vein Malaysian

Amount to burn: moderate (2-4.5 grams) to high (4.5-8 grams)

Mood strains (most mood-boosting to least)

  1. Mind’s Eye Blend
  2. Green Maeng Da Borneo
  3. Green Vein Malaysian

Amount to burn: moderate (2-4.5 grams)

Depression strains (most euphoric to least)

  1. Bali Espresso Blend
  2. White Vein Borneo
  3. White Vein Malaysian

Amount to burn: moderate (2-4.5 grams) to high (4.5-8 grams)

Immune system stimulation strains

For the flu or a cold, many take kratom at the first sign of symptoms to dramatically reduce their downtime.

  1. Green Vein Malaysian
  2. Green Vein Borneo

Amount to burn: low (1-2 grams) to moderate (2-4.5 grams)

If you want to crush your obstacles and achieve your goals, make sure you enhance your body and mind in equal amounts, and as naturally as possible. Kratom is one of those hidden jewels that make the difference between a good man and a great one. Much like anything else, it’s a tool, not a toy, and should be treated with respect. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have the right tool for the job, and the right Kratom for the symptoms you’re hoping to overcome. With the right strains, the sky really is the limit.

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kratom is not meant for human consumption. Click here to visit Island Lion Herbals.

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