Whether you're talking about cars or music, what's new will always be compared to the classics that came before it.
The same is true in the diverse world of kratom. Kratom farmers can grow a variety of kratom variants, or "strains." And because kratom strains have different properties, comparisons between these strains are inevitable.
Take, for example, Red Bentuangie. This rare and supposedly fermented kratom strain doesn't have the established history of a classic like Red Bali. But that hasn't stopped kratom enthusiasts and newcomers alike from wondering which strain might be preferable over the other.
So what advantages does Red Bentuangie have over Red Bali, if any? And can Red Bali really hold its own against the growing popularity of Red Bentuangie? Let's find out!
Red Bentuangie and Red Bali are both red kratom strains, which makes them highly similar right off the bat. Supposedly, kratom farmers harvest Red Bentuangie and Red Bali kratom leaves at maturity, rather than earlier in their youth. This process ensures that both strains are strongly sedating instead of being energetic.
However, after harvest and processing, the differences between these two strains begin to reveal themselves. While farmers immediately store Red Bali kratom for shipment, Red Bentuangie allegedly undergoes a secondary fermentation process. According to kratom vendors and kratom enthusiasts, this fermentation process infuses the strain with distinctive properties and an earthy aroma.
It's unclear where Red Bentuangie's name originated. On the other hand, Red Bali is likely named after the province of the same name in Indonesia, where kratom grows natively. Although not all Bali kratom is grown in Bali, it's thought that the vast majority of Bali kratom comes from Indonesia.
When it comes to their effects, Red Bentuangie and Red Bali are very similar. Most users describe both strains as strongly sedating and moderately euphoric. In addition, both strains seem to have an above-average duration of effects.
However, there are some subtle differences between the two. Red Bentuangie seems to be slightly more sedating than Red Bali, meaning that it could be somewhat more relaxing. In contrast, Red Bali appears to be considerably more pain-relieving than Red Bentuangie.
Because both strains are so similar, choosing between Red Bentuangie and Red Bali ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Both strains seem to be effective for relaxation, pain relief, and mood elevation. That said, Red Bentuangie is likely more ideal for relaxation.
Meanwhile, Red Bali seems to be the better pick for pain relief.
Finding the ideal kratom strain for you isn't always easy. The average kratom vendor sells dozens of strains, each with seemingly distinctive properties.
That said, our research suggests that the battle between Red Bentuangie and Red Bali is a close one. Both strains appear to be highly similar, and although seasoned kratom users might prefer one strain over the other, their differences are likely subtle.
Whatever your decision is, we hope that this guide has helped steer you in the right direction! For more kratom resources, be sure to check out our blog.
Note that, due to the subjective nature of kratom and personal variations in body and brain chemistry, your experiences with these strains might differ from the average user.