Kratom is a unique botanical that can provide boosts of energy, as well as help support relaxation and reduce restlessness. Kratom leaves are harvested from a plant called Mitragyna speciosa, which happens to be in the same botanical family as the coffee tree. However, while the caffeine in coffee beans is responsible for the energizing effects of brewed coffee, kratom contains different active compounds that are generally credited with a broader range of effects.
Research into these compounds is still being conducted; however, users often report different effects depending on the strain and dosage of kratom they take. This matches what is already known about traditional uses of the herb — smaller doses are associated with more of the energizing effects of kratom, and higher doses can support relaxation. While kratom isn’t currently being cultivated for clinical use, there are strains available that have different components being studied in correlation with sleep promotion and relaxation. Let’s take a closer look at which strains may be best to help reduce feelings of restlessness.
Kratom Speeds for Relaxation
Broadly, kratom strains can be categorized according to how quickly their effects can be felt, and the type of effect (energizing vs. relaxing) they produce. While we cover more specific strains below, the following guide to kratom speeds can be a useful reference for selecting your preferred strains:
- “Fast” LeafKratom: may increase energy, productivity, promote social motivation, and/or increase a keen sense of environmental awareness.
- “Slow” Leaf Kratom: may support peace of mind, relieve general discomfort, and combat feelings of unease or restlessness.
- “Moderate” LeafKratom: a combination of both fast and slow leaf speeds.
Slow leaf kratom may be the ideal speed for those who wish to promote relaxation and reduce restlessness. Red vein kratom is often listed as a slow variety, making it a popular choice for those not wishing to be energized or who take kratom before bed. However, there are also some green vein and white vein strains that may also serve as slow varieties.
Best Kratom Strains to Promote Relaxation
Specific strains of kratom are usually named for the leaf or stem color (which reflects the age of the leaf when it was harvested, as while as drying techniques used to preserve it), and for the region in which it was grown (typically a country name, or a specific island that produces a unique climate and growing conditions for kratom). Listed below are the specific slow leaf strains that consumers may purchase to help support healthy sleeping patterns.
Red Sumatra Kratom
Native to Sumatra, Red Sumatra kratom is one of the most popular strains to help those who need assistance in relaxing and calming down. Red Sumatra is recognized as one of the slowest kratom strains available, making it a top choice for those seeking mild, low-key effects.
Horned Red Vein Kratom
Horned red vein kratom is named after the serrated edges of the leaf. This is a rare strain that is commonly used to help promote relaxation. Because this strain may be more potent, the recommended dosage may be lower than most strains.
Red Bali Kratom
A part of the Bali kratom family, Red Bali Kratom is a popular strain harvested in Bali, Indonesia that can aid the body in relaxation, relieve physical discomfort, and settle uneasy feelings.
Red Borneo Kratom
Similar to Red Bali, Red Borneo kratom can be used to help relieve physical discomfort, reduce feelings of restlessness, and reduce uneasy feelings.
Red Maeng Da Kratom
Red Maeng Da kratom is a mild agent used to promote relaxation. Believed to have originated in Thailand, Red Maeng Da kratom is more potent than its green and white leafed siblings and may have longer-lasting effects.
Red Thai Kratom
Red Thai kratom is a type of strain that is commonly grown in the Kalimantan region of Southeast Asia. Unlike white and green Thai kratom, consumers may find Red Thai kratom helps them unwind.
You may also wish to consult a reputable kratom retailer for advice on choosing the right strain and determining the appropriate dosage for your needs.
Forms of Kratom
Strain and speed aren’t the only factors by which to identify and enjoy kratom. An enjoyable experience and the right dosage also depend on how the kratom is consumed.
Kratom is available for purchase in several forms, the most common of which include:
Recommended Kratom Dosage for Sleep and Relaxation
The recommended dosage amount for each of the above strains can vary due to individual factors such as weight, height, tolerance, metabolism, and consumption method. However, research points to the following general dosage information for kratom, based on traditional usage patterns in Southeast Asia but which does not take specific strains into account:
- Low to moderate: 1-4g
- Moderate to high: 5-9g
- High: 10g or more
Before trying any new supplement, it is important to speak with a physician or medical professional to understand the risks and potential benefits for your situation, as well as to determine how much is suitable for your body and needs.
How to Use Kratom for Sleep
The reason you are using kratom will help to determine how often it should be consumed. For instance (and depending on the dosage), some individuals may choose to consume kratom three to six hours prior to going to bed to help them wind down. However, it is important to note that this wait time will vary based on the strain of kratom and how your body reacts to it.
To help enhance any feelings produced by the kratom, consumers may want to change up their nighttime routine by implementing steps that can promote a more relaxing environment. This can be done by
- Changing into comfier clothes
- Playing soothing music
- Turning off all lights
- Reducing screen time
Kratom is a natural botanical with a wide range of properties and potential benefits that are still being discovered and reviewed by researchers. Choosing the right strain, taking an appropriate dose, and engaging in other activities that support relaxation can all help overcome feelings of unease and foster restfulness.