What Is the Strongest Kratom?

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What Do We Mean by “Strongest” Kratom?

 
For our purposes, the strongest kratom generally means the kratom with the highest alkaloid content.  But there is some nuance, because different alkaloids have different effects.  For example, high levels of mitragynine are generally associated with energizing effects, while high levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine are generally associated with pain relief and sedation.
 

It can be difficult, however, to pick the “strongest” strain because things like environmental factors, harvesting techniques and storage practices can all affect potency.  (Though we recommend only vendors that exhibit the highest levels of care in these areas, so their kratom is likely more stable than other vendors.)

 

But certain strains and vein varieties do tend to be particularly effective in certain areas.  Therefore, we have divided our analysis below into four areas:  (1) the strongest kratom for energy; (2) the strongest kratom for pain relief; (3) the strongest kratom for anxiety relief; and (4) the strongest kratom for phoria and mood enhancement.

 

What Are the Strongest Kratom Strains for Energy?

 

 

As noted above, Maeng Da is without a doubt the most stimulating kratom strain due to its exceedingly high mitragynine content.

 

 

Maeng Da is also one of the few stimulating strains that also offers pain relief, due to its relatively high levels of the pain-killing alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine.

 

Thai is nearly as stimulating as Maeng Da, but doesn’t come with the added bonus of pain relief.

 

Malaysian is definitely milder than Maeng Da and Thai in terms of pure stimulating effects, but is worth mentioning because it has the longest effect of any kratom strain – lasting six to eight hours.

 

What Are the Strongest Kratom Veins for Energy?

 

There is really no debate that white is the strongest kratom vein for energy.  It simply has, on average, higher mitragynine content than other vein varieties of the same strain.

 

What Are the Strongest Kratom Strains for Pain?

 

Bali is absolutely the most effective kratom strain for pain relief, due to its high levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine.  But Bali is also highly sedative, and generally should be used only when you don’t mind falling asleep!

 

Borneo is similar to Bali in terms of strength, with slightly less sedation.  But Borneo is still decidedly a deeply relaxing strain, and should be used only when productivity and social activity are not necessary.

 

Maeng Da – somewhat of a jack of all trades – also offers potent pain relief.  Maeng Da’s pain relieving effects come with its trademark stimulation, so it is probably best for daytime use.

 

Finally, Malaysian offers relief for mild pain, but it is not nearly as strong as Bali, Borneo or Maeng Da.  But it again bears mentioning given its long-lasting effects – typically in the neighborhood of six to eight hours.

 


What Are Strongest Kratom Veins for Pain Relief?

 

There is really no dispute that red vein kratom is the strongest for pain relief, as well as sedative effects.  For any given strain, the red vein variety will tend to have more 7-hyrdroxymitragynine, which is responsible for pain relief and sedation.  So if you’re in pain or having trouble sleeping, red vein kratom is generally the best choice.

 

What Are the Strongest Kratom Strains for Anti-Anxiety Effects?

 

This list is similar to our list of the best kratom strains for pain relief, because the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine is primarily responsible for both pain relieving and anti-anxiety effects.

Bali is clearly the strongest strain for anti-anxiety effects, again because it has among the highest levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine.

 

But remember that Bali is highly sedative, and should be used only when those effects are desired.

 

Borneo is nearly as strong as Bali, but comes with slightly less sedative effects.

Indo is also a calming strain, but because “Indo” refers to the very large geographic region of Indonesia, there is more variation in strength than with other strains.  But if you can find a vendor with a strength suitable to you, each vendor’s Indo strains are usually of consistent strength.  And if at first you don’t succeed, you can always supplement with stronger strains.

 

Strongest Kratom Veins for Anti-Anxiety Effects

 

If you aim to treat your anxiety with sedative and calming effects, red  is clearly the strongest kratom.  If, however, you believe improved mood is more effective for managing your anxiety, green is the most powerful option.

 

Strongest Kratom Strains for Euphoria and Mood Enhancement

 

Maeng Da (in particular green Maeng Da) creates high levels of euphoria, typically along with stimulation.

 

Bali and Borneo are also strongly associated with euphoria, but in contrast to Maeng Da, generally come with calming and even sedating effects.

 

Malaysian also produces euphoric effects.  Though its effects are generally milder than the strains noted above, it bears mention due to how long its effects will be felt – often up to eight hours.

 

Strongest Kratom Vein for Euphoria and Mood Enhancement

 

Green is undoubtedly the strongest vein variety for euphoria and positive mood support.

 

Dosage for Strongest Effects

 

In addition to selecting the right strain and vein varieties, dosage navigation plays an important role in maximizing the effects of kratom.

 

For energy, somewhat counterintuitively, the strongest effects will come from low doses of approximately 1-2 grams.  Kratom tea is an excellent way to get this dose.

 

For pain relief and anti-anxiety, the strongest effects will come from higher doses of approximately 5-6 grams.

 

For euphoria and mood enhancement, the strongest effects will come from moderate doses of 3-4 grams.

 

Enhancing the Strength of Kratom

 

There are three primary ways to enhance the strength of kratom.

 

First, you can try an extract like those offered by Original Harvest, as extracts are up to 10 times as strong as traditional kratom.

 

Second, you can take kratom along with agmatine, which is believed to prevent the tolerance build-up that can become an issue over time.

 

Finally, you might try taking kratom with an acidic juice like grapefruit juice or orange juice.  Anecdotally, this increases the intensity of kratom’s effects.