From kimchi to kefir, fermented foods are all the rage these days. But apparently, fermentation also has a place in the kratom world. According to kratom farmers and vendors, fermentation is the secret behind the distinctive Bentuangie family of kratom strains.
But if Red and White Bentuangie are both fermented after harvest, what sets them apart, and which strain might be better for you? Let's take a look!
As we've established, Red Bentuangie and White Bentuangie belong to the Bentuangie strain family. But while most kratom strains are harvested and dried before being packaged and sold, this doesn't seem to be the case with Bentuangie.
Instead, farmers supposedly set Bentuangie kratom aside after harvest to ferment. This process infuses Bentuangie with a distinctly earthy aroma. But perhaps more importantly, the fermentation could shift the balance of key alkaloids like mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which are responsible for the plant's effects.
As for the "Bentuangie" name, its origins are unclear. However, a prevailing theory suggests that Bentuangie is derived from the Javanese words “Bentu” and “Wangi.” In English, “Bentu Wangi” means "fragrant form," which could be a nod to the strain's signature aroma.
Most kratom users describe Red Bentuangie as strongly sedating and moderately euphoric. It may promote relaxation and increase mood for up to four hours, especially at moderate-to-high doses (2.5-5g+). In addition, Red Bentuangie could offer decent pain relief, but potentially less than strains like Red Bali.
But as you might expect, Red Bentuangie doesn't seem to excel at increasing energy or alertness. In fact, some users might find the strain to be fatiguing.
Most accounts suggest that White Bentuangie is strongly stimulating and somewhat euphoric. Low-to-moderate doses (1-2.5g) can stimulate the user, possibly promoting wakefulness and mood.
However, White Bentuangie seems to falter in other categories. It doesn't appear to be very sedating or pain-relieving. In addition, users might only feel its effects for a couple of hours, which is considerably shorter than the duration of other strains.
Red Bentuangie and White Bentuangie seem to offer very different benefits. For this reason, you should consider your preferences when choosing between them.
If you're looking to relax and unwind, Red Bentuangie could be the better choice. Its seemingly sedating and long-lasting nature could lend itself well to getting some "chill" time in at the end of the day. However, Red Bentuangie might cause fatigue and drowsiness if used during the day, especially in higher amounts (5g+).
In contrast, White Bentuangie seems to be the "daytime" version of Red Bentuangie. It could be ideal for promoting daytime energy and motivation. But, as a seemingly stimulating strain, White Bentuangie might impair your sleep quality if you take it too close to bedtime. In addition, its supposedly short duration of effects might disappoint users looking to get the most "bang" for their buck.
The fermentation process used to create Bentuangie might set it apart from other types of kratom. But within the Bentuangie family, the general "rules-of-thumb" for kratom strain colours still seem to apply: Red Bentuangie could be more sedating, while White Bentuangie might be more energizing.
That said, kratom can be a fickle plant, and its effects can vary. We've based this article on the averaged opinions of many kratom users, but you might have different results with these strains. In the end, there's no replacement for first-hand experience.
Nonetheless, we hope this article has helped guide your kratom journey! Be sure to check out our blog for more posts like this one.