Tossing and turning at night.
Obsessive, racing thoughts.
A state of constant panic.
When you’re struggling with anxiety, sometimes it feels as if your mind is working against you.
However, odds are you’re not alone. According to The Anxiety And Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million adults in the United States alone have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
Many anxiety sufferers turn to therapy, exercise, or prescription drugs to combat their symptoms. Others use botanical substances like kratom.
Kratom — the crushed, powdered leaves of the Mitrgyna Speciosa tree — may not be a cure-all for anxiety. But some users find that kratom’s sedating and euphoric properties provide temporary relief.
However, new kratom shoppers seeking to stave off anxiety are often perplexed by their options. There are dozens of kratom variants, or “strains” on the market, each with seemingly different properties. Some kratom strains seem to be more sedating, while others are more energizing. As a newcomer to the kratom world, how can one know which strain will work best?
Thankfully, Kratomaton has accumulated user reviews and reports that give us clearer insights into the often mysterious world of kratom. We’ve aggregated data on over fifty kratom strains by reviewing hundreds of individual user experiences and opinions — and the results are in!
Here are six kratom strains that may have notable anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties, listed in no particular order.
Many kratom users are particularly fond of Red Thai — and for good reasons. With a primarily euphoric and sedating profile, Red Thai kratom seems to succeed at steering one’s mind away from troubling thoughts and promoting inner calmness instead.
In addition, Red Thai’s duration of effects seems higher than average, meaning that it may provide anxiety relief for longer than other strains.
Typically, red kratom strains tend to be highly sedating, but Red Thai seems to defy this stereotype. Users report that Red Thai may provide long-lasting anxiety relief while causing less fatigue than other red strains. As a result, Red Thai could be ideal for daytime stress relief.
For “well-rounded” anxiety relief, some users swear by the moderately stimulating Yellow Vietnam strain. Yellow Vietnam seems to offer a bit of everything, providing an increase in mood, energy, and focus. It might be particularly effective for those who experience fatigue as a result of anxiety.
Aside from sedation, kratom’s euphoric properties seem most effective at alleviating anxiety. And as user reports suggest, Green Malay is strongly euphoric, making it an easy choice for this list.
Supposedly, Green Malay also has the advantage of being more energetic than sedating. Like Yellow Vietnam, it’s unlikely to cause excessive tiredness or fatigue.
For some users, energizing kratom strains like Green Malay and Yellow Vietnam actually increase anxiety, much like a large double-shot espresso coffee might. While this isn’t always the case, some anxiety-prone users prefer to avoid energizing strains for this reason.
If energizing strains aren’t your thing, consider Yellow Sunda. This rare but celebrated strain may provide ample stress-relief by being more sedating than stimulating.
Yellow Sunda may prove difficult to track down – but some users swear by it.
As the most well-rounded strain on this list, Green Bali is perhaps best described as a jack-of-all-trades. However, as the saying often goes, Green Bali’s balanced effects profile may also make it a master-of-none.
Still, some users have lauded Green Bali’s ability to dampen stress and anxiety. As a bonus, the strain may also provide mild pain relief.
Sure, sedating kratom strains might be ideal at the end of a long day. But what if you want the best of both worlds: temporary anxiety relief and a potent energy boost?
Consider White Cambodian! As a white strain, White Cambodian seems to be the most stimulating strain on this list. But as users have reported, the strain is balanced out by its euphoric properties. The result is a seemingly energizing and mood-boosting experience that could help keep anxiety at bay.
Some users have commented that White Cambodian is especially effective at combating social anxiety. So, if you’re not usually much of a socialite, this might be the strain for you.
Anxiety can be debilitating and severely reduce one’s quality of life. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to reduce anxiety, including natural products like kratom.
That said, some kratom strains seem to be more effective at reducing anxiety. Others might provide no discernible benefit. Ultimately, you may have to experiment with different strains to discover what works best for you.
Regardless, we hope this article has helped you narrow down your search! Whether you’re having an unexpected bout of anxiety or living with a chronic condition, we hope we’ve pointed you in the right direction.
If you feel that your anxiety is worsening, please don’t hesitate to seek medical help. If you need someone to talk to, please see the following websites:
United States – Mental Health America
Canada – Canadian Mental Health Association
Europe – Crisis Hotline
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. Kratomaton does not claim, state, or support the notion that kratom can be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
In addition, the information provided herein is not a replacement for the advice of a registered doctor or physician. You should consult a doctor or request medical assistance if your symptoms are severe or worsening.