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The Best Kratom Strains For Energy


Although kratom – the ground leaves of the Southeast Asian tree mitragyna speciosa – is largely considered a sedative, the plant has also been known to possess notable mood elevating properties. This phenomenon has lead to some users describing some strains, particularly white and yellow-veined strains, as “stimulating.”

In fact, thousands of people across the world have used kratom to boost their energy and enhance their productivity. In Thailand, where kratom has a long-spanning history over hundreds of years , indigenous people have chewed the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree for these exact purposes:

Suwanlert (1975) investigated 30 Thai Kratom users … They reported stimulant effects 5-10 min after chewing the leaves which lasted 1-1.5 h. Users reported an increase in work output and tolerance of hot sunlight (Grewal,1932a,b; Macko, 1972).

That said, not all kratom is created equally. Some strains are thought to be more energizing than others, and with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow your choices down to what works best.

However, we’ve reviewed the user experiences of over 50 unique kratom strains, and we’d love to share our findings with you. From us at Kratomaton, here are five of the best kratom strains for energy – ranked in no particular order!


White Bentuangie – The Rare Find

Starting off this list is the rare and coveted White Bentuangie (pronounced ben-twan-jay), which currently holds an impressive nine out of ten score for stimulation.

The strain can prove difficult to track down, but users often praise its potential energy and focus-boosting properties. Based on user evidence, White Bentuangie appears to be only mildly euphoric, with its mood-lifting effect scoring a mere four out of ten. 

Like the other strains on this list, White Bentuangie doesn’t seem to excel at providing pain relief – but this is often the case with white-veined kratom. It also has a reportedly average duration – meaning its effects may be somewhat short-lived when compared to other strains on this list.

However, the strain seems to carry a low-risk of causing unpleasant nausea or stomach discomfort when used in safe amounts.

White Bentuangie
White Bentuangie's seemingly stimulating nature shouldn't be overlooked by those desiring energy. However, its reportedly average duration and poor pain relief potential may disappoint others.Read full review
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White Maeng Da – “Smooth” Energy

The Maeng Da family of kratom strains is well-known for potency – and White Maeng Da is no different.

Often sold or marketed as white horn, the strain is thought to be both strongly stimulating and strongly euphoric, making it a natural candidate for this list.

White Maeng Da’s most notable characteristic stems from its purportedly slower and gradual onset of effects, which has lead to some users describing the strain as “smooth.” This trait seems to distinguish White Maeng Da from other faster-acting white strains and has made it a favourite amongst users who are looking for energy that doesn’t exacerbate feelings of anxiety or distress.

However, all these outstanding qualities come with some downsides, too! User reports suggest that White Maeng Da may be slightly more nauseating than other kratom strains. However, this risk can be largely minimized by responsible use.

White Maeng Da (aka White Horn)
Boasting a seemingly energizing and euphoric profile, White Maeng Da could be ideal for those desiring a strongly stimulating strain that's minimally sedating.Read full review
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White Vietnam – The Titan

White Vietnam is an energetic powerhouse.

It’s the only strain we’ve assessed that currently holds a formidable ten out of ten score for stimulation. Simply put, if you’re looking for raw, invigorating energy – White Vietnam is well-worth a look.

Some users have even described the strain as being overstimulating, while others report that it helps aid their fatigue and suppresses feelings of social anxiety.

However, while White Vietnam seems to excel at energizing users, it may do little to impress in other categories. As of now, it holds a paltry 3.5 score for euphoria and scores even lower for pain relief and sedation. In addition, it’s duration may be only average or slightly above average for a white strain.

That said, if it’s energetic kratom you’re after, White Vietnam might be your best bet!

White Vietnam
For those desiring a highly-energetic strain for focus, productivity, or to reduce fatigue, White Vietnam seems ideal.Read full review
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White Indo – The Jack Of All Trades

The most well-rounded strain on this list, White Indo seems to possess a strongly stimulating and moderately euphoric nature.

Not to be outdone, White Indo also purportedly boasts an above-average duration, with users reporting effects lasting as long as 3-4 hours for a moderate (~2.5-5g) dose.

Users have also noted that White Indo seems to have a higher than average analgesic potential for a white strain. Currently, it holds an impressive six out of ten score for pain relief, which is considerably higher than most white strains, including the ones on this list.

Some users have reported jitters and restlessness when using this strain at higher doses. However, when used in moderate quantities, the risk of unpleasant side of effects is greatly reduced.

The only real other caveat here could be White Indo’s low sedation score – but if you’re reading this, the chances are that sedation isn’t exactly a high priority for you!

White Indo (aka Sumatra, Riau)
White Indo may offer strong stimulation and provide more pain relief than other white kratom strains.Read full review
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White Borneo – Yin & Yang

White Borneo packs an energetic punch, but it’s the strain’s purportedly unique balance of mild sedation and strong euphoria and stimulation that makes it the preferred choice of many.

Similar to White Maeng Da, White Borneo seems to provide an onset of “smooth” energy that isn’t accompanied by feelings of overstimulation or jitters. Due to its supposed lack of these unpleasant side effects when used responsibly, some users favour White Borneo over other caffeine-based stimulants.

The strain’s duration of effects appears to be somewhat above average and may be on-par with White Indo and White Maeng Da.

That said, some users have noted that White Borneo might be more nauseating than other strains, but this risk can likely be mitigated by exercising caution and keeping dosages small.

White Borneo (aka Kalimantan, Ketapang, Jongkong, Hulu)
White Borneo may increase energy and mood without overstimulating the user.Read full review
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We hope this list has helped point you in the right direction! And hey – don’t forget to help us out by leaving your own review for any of the strains we’ve featured in this post, should you end up trying them! We’d certainly love to hear what you have to say!



Works Cited:

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