Mixing kratom strains is an effective way to experiment with various strains or combine the benefits of those strains.
However, if you do decide to mix kratom strains, it’s crucial to combine them correctly to ensure that your experience is safe and enjoyable.
Why Do People Mix Kratom Strains?
Often, new and experienced kratom users alike notice that their favourite kratom strains seem to become less effective with time. Unfortunately, this is because kratom’s potency and duration of effects can gradually diminish when used frequently. While frustrating, this phenomenon can be especially problematic for those using kratom to assist with pain management or other ailments.
While some users may be tempted to increase their dosage, this is highly unadvisable. Scientific reviews of available kratom research and first-hand user reports found that “at low to moderate doses… the adverse effects [of kratom] vary markedly from one person to another, but they generally appear to be mild.” However, at high doses, “some of the reported effects include tachycardia, seizures, and liver damage.” (Prozialeck, 2016, 802-809)
Other users attempt to potentiate their kratom by mixing it with other substances. Not only is this strategy unlikely to work, but it’s also extremely risky. Scientific evidence suggests that “kratom might be a deadly substance when mixed with other compounds.” (Cinosi et al., 2015)
Fortunately, there’s a safer and easier way to get more from your kratom. By mixing kratom strains, you can enhance kratom’s properties and broaden its effects with little to no risk.
What Is a Kratom Strain?
The finely-ground powder you might know as kratom actually comes from a tropical tree in Southeast Asia called mitragyna speciosa. To create kratom, farmers harvest and grind kratom leaves into a fine powder in a process that’s similar to that of matcha green tea.
However, not all kratom is identical. As a result, kratom farmers and sellers often classify their kratom harvests by strain — a term that refers to a specific type of kratom or kratom variant. Typically, kratom strains are named after where they were grown, and in fact, many strains take their name from their place of origin. Dozens of kratom strains exist (we list over 50 in our database), but some of the more popular strains include Bali, Maeng Da, Borneo, and Malay.
Each strain is further differentiated by its vein or leaf color. A strain’s color often dictates the type of effects it might have when ingested.
Even a cursory glance of available options shows that the perceived or reported benefits of kratom use vary widely. As such, users often seek to enjoy the most desired effects of separate strains by fusing, blending, combining, or mixing them.
How Mixing Kratom Strains Can Enhance Their Benefits
From stimulation to pain relief, the various properties of kratom are actually a product of alkaloids, a class of naturally-occurring psychoactive compounds found in various plants. The most prominent alkaloid in kratom is mitragynine, but a typical kratom specimen can contain over 40 different alkaloids. (Cinosi et al., 2015)
Just as the alkaloids in kratom can vary from leaf to leaf, they can also vary from strain to strain. As a result, mixing kratom strains can increase the amount and concentrations of the alkaloids you’re consuming.
To understand the benefits of mixing kratom strains, consider for a moment that your kratom experience is a painting, and the alkaloids make up the palette of paints that you’re using to create that painting.
Using one strain of kratom provides an alkaloid palette with plenty of red paint, some blues, and maybe some whites. However, by mixing in another kratom strain, you have suddenly broadened your palette, perhaps bringing in some greens and yellows, intensifying your painting and making it all the more interesting and exciting.
Is It Safe to Mix Kratom Strains?
Yes, it is safe to mix kratom strains. However, as with anything kratom-related, moderation and discretion are key. Much of the negative press relating to kratom can be traced back to users that are either combining kratom with other substances or using too much.
As such, it’s advisable to keep your use of blended kratom strains to a minimum. We recommend using blends once or twice a week interspersed with your standard kratom regimen to prevent over-ingestion.
How Do I Mix Kratom Strains?
Before we explore how you can mix kratom strains, it’s important to note that combining, fusing, blending, or mixing kratom strains is something that only experienced kratom users should attempt.
Because kratom strains can affect each individual differently, it’s crucial to understand how your body responds to various kratom strains before you mix them.
There are several ways that you can mix kratom strains, including:
While the best possible kratom blend will depend on the user’s individual requirements and preferences, there are some general guidelines available based on the experiences of other users.
For instance, if you are looking to potentiate a specific kratom characteristic, it’s advisable to create a kratom blend with similar vein leaves from different strain families. For example, combining two different strains of white vein kratom will likely produce a stimulating blend.
On the other hand, mixing different kratom vein colors from various strain families can create a multifaceted blend that’s energizing, pain-relieving, and mood-boosting.
For those not comfortable mixing their own strains, many kratom companies offer pre-blended mixes for consumption. While this is very convenient, the problem with pre-blended solutions is that they are not user-specific.
A user’s experience with kratom is highly subjective. In fact, two people could ingest identical kratom blends and have widely varying experiences. As a result, we only recommend mixing kratom strains or experimenting with store-bought pre-blends to seasoned kratom users.
So, there you have it kratom lovers: Mix, fuse, blend, and combine away with your kratom strains!
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