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The Best Kratom Strains For Pain

Which Kratom Strains Are Best For Pain?

Best Kratom Strains For Pain

Kratom – used to refer to the dried and ground leaves of the mitragyna speciosa tree – is probably best known for its potent painkilling abilities. In fact, one of the alkaloids it contains has been found to be nearly thirteen times stronger than morphine .

Thousands of people across the world use kratom for temporary relief of physical pain. Whether you’re suffering from a minor injury or have had life-long chronic pain, kratom may be able to help!

Unlike traditionally prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, kratom has a generally low addiction potential and only mild withdrawal symptoms when used responsibly . This makes kratom a popular alternative medicine for thousands of people across the world, especially those who remain skeptical of pharmaceutical-grade painkillers.

So, you might be wondering – what are the Best Kratom Strains For Pain?

At Kratomaton, we’ve reviewed hundreds of user reviews and reports that give us a clearer picture of the roles of over fifty unique kratom strains. So thankfully, based on our findings, we have some answers for you!

In general, the most pain-relieving strains tend to be red, yellow, and sometimes green. However, as some seasoned kratom veterans might already know – red kratom strains also tend to be heavily sedating . Depending on the user’s circumstance, sedation may not be preferable – so we’ve also included some less sedating strains that seem to demonstrate pain-relieving effects.

So, without further delay – let’s take a look!

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.

Red Bali

Considered by many users to be a pain-killing and sedating powerhouse, we’d be wise not to skip Red Bali on this list.

Scoring an impressive 7.8 out of 10 for pain relief, Red Bali is easily one of our top-scoring strains for analgesia. It’s also carried by almost every kratom vendor, making it readily available and generally inexpensive.

Some sources report that Red Bali is actually a blend of Sumatra and Borneo kratom. It’s impossible to verify this claim based on the wide variance of kratom out there. However, given that both Red Sumatra and Red Borneo have also scored high in pain relief, perhaps that perception isn’t so far-fetched!

Watch out though – as Red Bali’s potent sedative nature might have you nodding off earlier in the day than you would’ve liked.

Red Bali
Potentially providing strong pain relief and sedation, Red Bali is perhaps most ideal as an evening strain.Read full review
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Red Borneo

Red Borneo might go by many other names (Kalimantan, Ketapang, and Jongkong just to name a few). However, make no mistake – when it comes to pain relief, Red Borneo is often named a favorite by many.

Contrary to the heavily-sedating nature of Red Bali, Red Borneo has been reported as being only somewhat fatiguing, especially at lower doses. This might make it a great option for those who want pain relief without the “crash” commonly associated with sedating strains.

Red Borneo (aka Kalimantan, Ketapang, Jongkong, Hulu)
Red Borneo's seemingly sedating and pain-relieving nature might interest those suffering from chronic pain.Read full review
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Red Sunda

Thought to originate on the Indonesian Isle of Java, Red Sunda kratom isn’t easy to come by. That said, some users who have managed to track it down have been impressed by its generally well-rounded nature.

However, don’t be deceived – as scoring indicates, Red Sunda seems to hold up alongside potent reds such as Red Bali and Red Borneo in terms of both sedative power and duration.

Potentially providing equal parts pain relief and euphoria, Red Sunda is perhaps best as a late-night strain, as it is thought to be considerably sedating. Of course, individual user experience may vary.

Red Sunda (Sundanese)
Red Sunda seems like a well-rounded red strain that's ideal for relaxation, pain relief, or evening use.Read full review
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Green Vietnam

Purportedly offering effective analgesia with minimal sedation, Green Vietnam is perhaps the best choice for daytime pain relief.

A remarkable 1.5 out of 10 sedation score ostensibly makes Green Vietnam the least fatiguing strain on this list. Beyond this, it also seems to be relatively well-rounded and demonstrates aptitude in other areas such as stimulation and euphoria.

So, if you’re looking for competent pain relief with little impact on your energy levels – Green Vietnam might just be for you!

Green Vietnam
Potentially energetic, pain-relieving, and euphoric, Green Vietnam offers an impressive effects profile that could make it ideal for daytime use.Read full review
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Gold Kali

Gold Kali’s lengthy list of aliases might give you a headache at first – but user experience actually speaks quite a bit differently.

Interestingly, Gold Kali has become a particular favorite of some users suffering from tension headaches and chronic migraines. In addition, it seems to provide moderate euphoria paired with only slight sedation. For some – and especially at lower doses – Gold Kali’s low sedative potential might make it ideal for daytime use.

That said, it’d be unfair to restrict Gold Kali’s potential applications to headaches alone. We try not to get in the habit of repeating ourselves, but as always, user experience may vary!

Gold Kali (aka Ketapang, Jongkong, Borneo, or Hulu)
Seemingly pain-relieving and mood-boosting, Gold Kali might be ideal for alleviating discomfort without sedating the user.Read full review
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White Indo

As a white strain, including White Indo on this list might raise some eyebrows. In general, white kratom strains aren’t exactly known for being effective painkillers.

However, White Indo seems to be an exception and possesses both a potentially highly stimulating and moderately pain relieving nature.

These qualities might make White Indo an easy choice for daytime pain relief. However, for users sensitive to stimulating strains, the opposite may be true, as jitters, restlessness, or increased anxiety have been known to occur, especially at higher doses.

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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Kratom receives constant attention for its pain-relieving properties. However, with so many strains to choose from, it can be challenging to narrow down what might work best for you.

That said, we hope that this article has provided you with some insight into the often confusing world of kratom. As research continues to build, we anticipate the answers will only become clearer. However, until then, we’re happy to help!



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