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 have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
Many anxiety sufferers turn to therapy, exercise, or prescription drugs for relief. But others use botanical substances like kratom.
Kratom — the crushed, powdered leaves of the mitragyna speciosa tree — isn't an anxiety cure. But some users find that kratom's sedating and euphoric properties help relieve their anxiety.
However, those looking to try kratom for anxiety are often perplexed by their options. There are dozens of kratom variants or "strains" on the market, and each can have different properties. Some kratom strains seem 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 collected and averaged hundreds of user reviews 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 of the best kratom strains for anxiety, listed in no particular order.
Many kratom users are particularly fond of Red Thai — and for good reasons. Red Thai kratom seems primarily euphoric and sedating, making it potentially helpful for de-stressing and promoting calmness.
It's also worth mentioning that Red Thai's duration of effects seems longer than average. That means that it could help relieve anxiety for longer than other strains.
Most red kratom strains tend to be highly sedating rather than energetic. However, this doesn't seem to be the case with Red Thai. As a result, the strain's energizing nature could make it ideal for daytime stress relief.
For "well-rounded" anxiety relief, some users turn to Yellow Vietnam. This strain seems to offer a bit of everything, providing an increase in mood, energy, and focus. Its energizing properties might be particularly effective for those who experience fatigue as a result of anxiety.
Like Red Thai, Yellow Vietnam's effects also seem to be long-lasting. However, the strain's seemingly well-rounded nature might be underwhelming for some.
Aside from sedation, kratom's euphoric properties seem central to relieving anxiety. After all, a good mood boost can completely turn around one's day. And as user reports suggest, Green Malay is strongly euphoric, which makes it an easy choice for this list.
Supposedly, Green Malay is also more energetic than sedating. For that reason, it might be less likely to cause tiredness or fatigue compared to other strains, potentially making it ideal for daytime use.
Unfortunately, Green Malay seems to be one of the shorter-lived strains on this list. Its effects might only last 3.5-4 hours at moderate doses (2.5-5g). But overall, this "Green Machine's" euphoric properties make it a solid contender for easing anxiety.
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.
Green Bali could be another well-rounded strain for anxiety sufferers. It's 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, Green Bali's stress-relieving properties receive frequent praise.
Unfortunately, some reviewers have found Green Bali to be more nauseating than other strains. So if you have a sensitive stomach or if you use kratom in large doses, you may want to choose a different strain.
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, it 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 strain could help ease you into socializing with strangers at parties or meetings.
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:
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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.