Using substances to boost human capabilities beyond the norm has always been a constant and recurring theme in the human race’s progression. Kratom is one of the more potent of those substances. For centuries, field labourers all across Southeast Asia used to chew on fresh or dried kratom leaves to fight fatigue and boost work productivity.
But there are plenty of other things you can do to take advantage of the effects of kratom to enhance your life. Whether you have a full schedule on your hands or are just looking to kick back, the right strain can make a huge difference in how your day goes.
So how should you use kratom? Here are 10 of the best activities to take kratom for, along with what strain we recommend for each one.
(Remember: everyone’s body is different. Different dosages of the same strain can have different effects, and not everyone will always see the same effect from the same strain. You may also need more or less than the dosages we recommend for an optimal effect.)
Best strains: Green Maeng Da, Green Malay, White Maeng Da, White Borneo)
(Best kratom dosage: 1g – 4g)
Got a night out on the town planned? Many strains of kratom promote pro-social behavior in people, making it easier to make friends and feel comfortable in social situations. They’re a great way to help you get out of your own head and enjoy living in the moment, especially if you’re prone to nervousness and overthinking.
This is not some pseudo-benefit you only kind of feel after a heavy dose. The pro-social effects of kratom can be strong enough that even normally shy people feel comfortable and relaxed while engaging with strangers. This makes it an amazing help for people suffering from low confidence or constant anxious feelings. A dose of the right kratom strain can potentially help turn even the shyest wallflower into the life of the party.
This is especially true for green and white kratom strains thanks to the extra energy and situational focus they tend to deliver alongside a feeling of calmness. At the same time, people may also find some red strains like red vein indo or red bali help them relax and feel at ease in social situations. These are great for people looking for a social boost without the energy of a green or white strain, which can cause jitters in some people.
(Best strains: Elite White Maeng Da, White Vein Borneo, Smooth Green Maeng Da)
(Best kratom dosage: 2g – 5g)
Whether you’re getting your swole on or enjoy cardio, kratom can help you get more out of your workout. Thanks to its pain relieving effects, kratom dulls the strain you feel when lifting weights or running long distances, helping you squeeze in a few more reps or miles. The extra energy lets you exercise harder, longer. And perhaps best of all, the peace of mind and uplifted mood combine with endorphins released during exercise to create a natural sort of high.
It won’t give you a magazine cover model’s body overnight, but over time these small differences add up in a big way.
When it comes to exercising, you want to make sure you take the type of strain that’s right for you. It’s also a good idea to take a smaller dose than you normally do (at least at first) because the human body is much more sensitive when under stress, such as exercise.
Some people enjoy the extra energy afforded by green and white strains while others might prefer red strains for reducing more of the strain. We suggest starting out with a mild green strain and seeing how you respond, then finding your ideal strain from there.
(Best strains: Red Sumatra, Red Bali, Red Borneo)
(Best kratom dosage: 2g – 7g)
If you’re struggling to fall asleep every night or aren’t sleeping deeply enough, kratom can deliver that delicious 1-2 punch that knocks you out like a light. And this is where red vein kratom shines – in helping you fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply, and wake up feeling more refreshed.
Thanks to its soothing sedative effects, most red kratom helps ease both mind and body into a relaxed and peaceful state. The general kratom effects that reduce anxious and stressful feelings do wonders in helping to quiet the mind and preparing it for sleep. And the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine is great for increasing physical comfort and can give the body a feeling of being wrapped in a warm blanket.
When taking kratom for sleep, avoid white and green strains as well as Thai and Maeng Da strains. These have more stimulating effects that can actually make it even harder to fall asleep at night. In fact, some red strains might even interfere with sleep. For that reason, we suggest testing a sleep strain out during the day and gauging the effects before using it at night.
(Best strains: Maeng Da, Super Green Malaysian, Red Borneo)
(Best kratom dosage: 1g – 3.5g)
Remember the pills in the movie “Limitless” that gave people near-superhuman mental capabilities? Well, kratom doesn’t do that. But it feels pretty close. Faster strains of kratom are fantastic aids for studying and working – anything where you really need to put your noodle to work.
The right kratom strain can prove to be a powerhouse of productivity. It can help students and adults alike achieve sharper levels of focus while simultaneously enhancing cognitive function and memory retention. The resulting state of mind is often one of an increase in energy, mood, and motivation combined with a relaxing effect. Distraction comes less easily, and focusing on the task at hand feels easier, sometimes even preferable to goofing off! It all comes together to help you get more work done in a shorter amount of time.
While the brain-enhancing effects of kratom aren’t enough for it to be considered a nootropic, they’re still plenty potent. Green and especially white veins will be your best friend here, as red veins don’t contain as many stimulating effects.
(Best strains: Maeng Da, White Borneo, Bali, Indo, Green Malay)
(Best kratom dosage: 1g – 6g)
Mood is another area where the right kratom strain can be an absolute game changer for some people. Most strains deliver some sort of significant mood boost, ranging from mild sunniness to a feeling of euphoria.
That’s not just talk. Kratom is full of alkaloids and bio-active components that help promote happiness and a positive state of mind. These alkaloids work similar to opiates in reducing stress and inducing intense feelings of happiness in that they cross the blood-brain barrier. Once inside the brain, they connect to opiate receptors and cause the release of dopamine and serotonin.
This leaves most people with a feeling of serenity and a brightened mindset. It’s a great way to cut short negative thought cycles and self-talk and replace them with healthier, more positive habits.
(Best strains: Maeng Da, White Vein, Malay, Thai)
(Best kratom dosage: 1g – 7g)
These days it seems like everyone’s a little too burned out a lot of the time. Most of us turn to caffeine and sugar-filled energy drinks, which only exacerbate the problem in the long run.
Good news is, increasing energy is one of the things kratom does best and is arguably the very reason it’s been used for so long. It can be a great way to combat the debilitating effects of fatigue and brain fog without ingesting harmful stimulants.
We have the alkaloids in kratom leaves to thank for this. Through their interactions with our sympathetic nervous system, they trigger enhanced cognitive function for better clarity of mind. The world falls into sharper focus and the mind is able to work more efficiently.
While we don’t suggest using it every day, kratom is a great alternative to a daily cup of coffee, which has acid that can agitate the stomach and caffeine that can complicate one’s heart rate.
(Best strains: Indo, Borneo, Bali, Malaysian)
(Best kratom dosage: 2g – 9g)
If you’ve listened in on the kratom community at all, you’ll know that frequent pain and painkiller addiction are huge issues. Because the alkaloids in kratom are capable of acting on the brain’s opiate receptors, this makes them fantastic analgesics – chemicals that reduce pain.
On top of that, kratom has proven to have great anti-inflammatory effects. So not only does it reduce pain, but helps address the cause of it as well.
And with kratom’s growing popularity in the West, we’re seeing more and more people suffering from constant pain turn to kratom as a far safer alternative to opioids. In fact, more people are using kratom for opiate withdrawal to offset the crippling symptoms, greatly reducing the suffering of addicts seeking to get off pain pills.
While we often hear people describe kratom as a ‘game changing’ or ‘life changing’, this is one of the benefits that probably has the most potential to turn someone’s life around. Frequent pain is bad enough, and by now it’s common knowledge that opioids are hardly a safe solution. With the choice between living a caged life or living a life of addiction, having an alternative third option can very literally be life-saving to some people.
(Best strains: Red Bali, Borneo, Indo, Red Vein)
(Best kratom dosage: 3g – 5g)
If you’re prone to stressing out, overthinking, or anxious feelings, kratom is a great way to quiet the mind and relax. Even if you’re not, kratom is a great way to squeeze more relaxation out of your R&R.
The great thing about our good friend 7-hydroxymitragynine is just as it provides stimulating effects at low doses, it causes serious relaxing effects at high doses. This makes it especially handy for shutting down stress and anxious feelings to calm the mind and loosen the body’s muscles. Peace of mind comes more easily and one’s emotional state is affected less easily.
Just like sleep, the best strains for relaxing are often red. Because relaxation can easily lead to sedation, be sure you understand how a certain strain affects you if planning to use it somewhere you can’t fall asleep.
(Best strains: Green Malay, White Borneo, Horned Red)
(Best kratom dosage: 1g – 5g)
It’s not as easy to quantify imagination as focus or mental clarity, so it might not be accurate to say kratom promotes creativity. Instead, think of kratom as helping to remove obstacles that get in the way of using one’s imagination to the fullest.
Because it helps us relax, reduces stress, enhances focus, and clears up our thinking, kratom “unclogs” the creative parts of the brain, making them easier to access.
Makes sense? Kratom doesn’t exactly enhance creativity – it helps us better access the creativity we already have.
That’s why there’s no real consensus on the best strain for sparking creativity. Everyone is different, so the psychosomatic obstacles blocking our creativity are also different. For this reason, your favorite strain for composing music or writing a book might be Horned Red while your friend prefers Green Malay. Try out different strains and see which one opens the creative floodgates.
(Best strains: Green Malay, Red Bali, Maeng Da, Borneo)
(Best kratom dosage: 1g – 12g)
Got a case of the sniffles? You’re in the right place – kratom is an illness-fighting powerhouse, full to the brim with naturally occurring chemicals that support the immune system.
At least 4 different alkaloids are known to have anti-viral properties. Not only that, but the antioxidant levels in kratom are through the roof. For one, it’s chock full of epicatechin, a flavonoid found in tea, grapes, and cacao. And mitragynine – the most common alkaloid in kratom – is an antioxidant itself!
Suffice to say, taking a dose of kratom when you’re sick or looking to avoid getting sick has the potential to make all the difference. It can jolt your immune system awake to fight off any illnesses you might be dealing with.
Remember that the human body is more sensitive when under strain – so different strains can have drastically different effects when you’re sick. If you’re looking to power through the day and need an energy boost, you’ll want to give white vein kratom a try. If you’d rather rest and recuperate, red vein kratom will be your best friend.
On a prevention level, you can also try microdosing kratom as a way to keep yourself from getting sick. Just make sure to thoroughly research the right amount of kratom to dose as daily use can easily build up a tolerance if you’re not careful.