Red vein kratom is one of the most sought after varieties of kratom, and for good reason too. These strains contain a large variety of medicinal, The prized effects this type of kratom can provide are pain relief, but it often also provides some sedation and relaxation as well. (more…)
One of the best features of kratom is its flexibility of effects. There are a multitude of different strains and vein types one can utilize depending on one’s needs.
While not as popular as red vein strains, some of the best strains that we have encountered have been of this variety. While there is some variation, green vein kratom tend to be moderate in effects — a powerful blend between relaxation and energetic effects. (more…)
Of all different kratom varieties, white vein kratom is the most unique. This vein type has some of the most energetic strains of all and tend to be used in the mornings, or in draining situations where fatigue would be otherwise inevitable. However, while energetic, they overall tend to have less painkilling, analgesic properties than green and red vein strains.
Because of this, they have a very unique niche, and not everyone is suited for them. For those who haven’t tried this variety of kratom, there is a lot of potential within these strains, and shouldn’t be overlooked in favor of some other, heavier strain — sometimes the clean boost of white veins can be just what is needed. (more…)
HOW DOES KRATOM INCREASE YOUR ENERGY?
Kratom (kray-tom) is a traditional herbal remedy originally used as a stimulant and opiate altnernative throughout Southeast Asia—namely Malaysia and Thailand, the trees’ native habitats.
Kratom has recently been gaining in popularity as a natural and effective energy-booster as well as having other healing properties that interest many types of people. The plant also has gained much recognition for a variety of other reasons: not only is Kratom a natural energy-booster, it’s also a fantastic sedative that helps with opiate withdrawal.
The leaves of the Kratom tree produce an opioid-type substance called alkaloids, natural compounds that stimulate cell receptors, basically telling them to get going. Examples of well-known alkaloids include morphine, ephedrine and nicotine.
Kratom is a sedative, stimulant, mood-enhancer, addiction-mediator and pain reliever. At the right dose, it can make one feel stronger, happier, livelier and more motivated but still calm. Here, we’ll discuss the different ways that Kratom can be used as a stimulant.
Kratom is a well-known option for clearing up brain fog, helping you feel clear-headed, and making you more motivated and efficient. Users report a mild, non-jittery “high” that typically lasts for a few hours. They claim to experience more alertness, less anxiety, and more clarity after ingesting Kratom.
Many people use it as a coffee alternative.
WHAT DOES KRATOM FEEL LIKE?
Users report an overall sense of well-being and focus when taking certain strains of Kratom in certain doses. They are more motivated and confident and feel more energy both physically and mentally—basically, Kratom can offer a solid sense of flow to an otherwise long and stressful day. It’s also reportedly great for athletes who want to increase endurance.
Users report less social anxiety and overall anxiety, less pain (so more endurance, as in the case of athletes), and even more creativity in certain doses. In general, a good dose to start with is about 2 grams before working your way up from there.
“For me, I find if I take a low dose 1-2gs I get energy and pain relief. If I take higher dose 3-4gs, I get sedation.“ ~ Reddit user
With Kratom, the effects may seem opposite to what you’ve experienced from most other substance: the bigger the dosage, the more relaxed you might be, and the smaller the dosage, the more it is likely to act as a stimulant…but only if you have a good understanding of the type of Kratom that you’re taking.
WHAT TYPES OF KRATOM ARE BEST FOR ENERGY & FOCUS?
The energy that you get from Kratom depends on the types of alkaloids that are in a given strain. There’s a pretty big range of strains, so it’s a good idea to read up on them before you go about making a big purchase.
If you want a nice clean burst of clarity, something like you’d get from a cup of coffee (but cleaner and less jittery), you may want to start with a white vein strain. Some users even reportedly use this strain in place of coffee in order to give them a morning boost in concentration and overall clarity.
White-veined strains like White Borneo are good choices for physical and mental stimulation; not only do they offer great nootropic properties, they are also good for physical endurance.
“For me White Borneo (usually 3 grams) works great for energy. Especially when I take with 1 or 2 cups of coffee, while coffee usually doesn’t do a lot for me. Makes me bounce all around while I’m usually a fairly calm person (also due to depression).” ~ Reddit user
Green leaf types also can give you a nice, clean burst of energy that is lasting and not too jittery, so long as you stick to lower dosages. Red vein strains of Kratom tend to have a more relaxing effect, but in smaller doses can give you a calm kind of clarity.
They aren’t typically good for energy, but if you’re a very anxious person and need a sort of calming herb in order to get things done, red vein might be a good choice for your personality.
“Red Bali gives me mild energy. Calm focus. Red Hulu sedates the hell out of me. Red Thai can go either way.” ~ Reddit user
Maeng Da is one of the most popular strains for optimal energy and focus. According to one Longecity user, Maeng Da “energizes, not like a traditional stimulant, but a very clean energy that is uplifting and motivates me to get things accomplished. Meang Da relieves pain, anxiety, and is very motivating.”
“My favorite kratom strain for energy is MAENG DA. A little Maeng Da upon waking and I’m energized all day making my work day incredibly productive! A little Maeng Da mixed with some Red Thai or Bali pre-workout and I’m energized and pain free. Kratom is the best pre-workout I’ve ever used!” ~ Longecity User
WHO SHOULD USE KRATOM FOR ENERGY?
Almost anyone can benefit from the energy-boosting effects of Kratom. Traditionally, Kratom leaves would have likely been chewed by laborers to help them get through a long day of farming.
If you work long business days, if you’re a student, or if you just have a long list of chores to do on a given day, ingesting some of the green or white strains of Kratom could easily give you a long-lasting, natural energy boost that lasts all day.
Kratom seems to act as a relaxant and opiate, which means it can boost creativity for those who have to work long hours doing creative things like artists and writers. If you need to stay up all night to finish any kind of project, Kratom might just be a good choice. It’s also a nice option for outdoor adventurers or athletes who are looking for a stamina boost.
What to expect when you use Kratom
Kratom is unusual among so-called herbal highs in that it actually has psychoactive properties. So many of these legal highs do not deliver on their branding – that is, although they are definitely legal, they definitely do not get you high. But, Kratom is different and unique in that it can produce a euphoric effect. Read a basic Kratom wiki here.
Another unusual aspect of Kratom is that its effects on the individual vary depending on the dose taken. It is impossible to say at which dose you will get a particular effect and we can only make a general distinction between lower doses and higher doses. Obviously, factors such as tolerance levels, physical build, general medical health and the like will have an effect on what constitutes a low or high dose. Finally, kratom effect withdrawal will also depend on your use. If you want to stop Kratom, please leave us your questions and comments below.
Why the effects of Kratom are dose-dependent
Kratom contains many alkaloids (22 at the last count) the most significant for us being mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The former is an opioid agonist, in the same category as the ‘true opiates’. The difference between opiates and Kratom is that opiates are attracted to the mu opioid receptors in the brain and mitragynine goes for the delta opioid receptors which results in the energizing effect created by low doses (see below). However, when the levels of Mitragynine hit a certain level, it moves to the mu opioid receptors giving the user a more opiate-like ‘buzz’.
Effects of Kratom at lower doses
At a lower dose, Kratom has an energizing effect. Mood may also be enhanced with an accompanying feeling of mild euphoria. Mundane tasks like cleaning the house, filling out tax returns, etc. will no longer seem mundane for these reasons. And, yes, you can fill out tax returns, as Kratom does not impair cognitive abilities. Some even claim that it improves brain functioning in much the same way as smart drugs are said to do.
Unlike alcohol, Kratom does not make you uncoordinated and, as noted above, doesn’t affect the operation of the intellect so unless they know you have taken Kratom, others will be unaware that you are under the influence, so to speak. The energizing properties of Kratom are the main reason why it is used by Thai labourers who have to work long hours in difficult conditions.
Effects of Kratom at higher doses
The effects of Kratom are markedly different at higher doses. There is a sedative action on the body and yet the brain still remains alert. The feeling of euphoria is more intense and a general feeling of warmth and contentment envelops. These effects are not that different than those produced by low doses of codeine. If however, the dose gets too high then you can become nauseous and may well be physically sick. Constipation is also a side-effect of Kratom use.
Long term effects of Kratom
It may seem that Kratom works naturally to produce a buzz and its effects seem to be all positive, leaving aside the nausea and projectile vomiting. Yet, as with all psychoactive substances, there is a dark side to Kratom if Kratom becomes habitual. For example, the very same Thai labourers who utilize Kratom’s positive side also fall victim to its addictive properties. Research has shown that long term Thai users develop dark patches on their faces and a gaunt, unhealthy appearance. If they stop taking Kratom then they go into withdrawal which is characterized by:
- flu-like symptoms
- RLS (restless leg syndrome)