Kratom — the dried and ground leaves of the mitragyna speciosa tree — is probably best known for its potent pain-relieving properties. One kratom alkaloid, 7-hydroxymitragynine, is nearly thirteen times stronger than morphine .
Today, thousands of people across the world use kratom for temporary relief of physical pain. And if you’re suffering from a minor injury or have had life-long chronic pain, kratom may be able to help you, too.
However, it’s important to note that some types of kratom are more effective than others at relieving pain. And depending on which kratom variant, or “strain” you choose, you may experience more or less pain relief.
To find the best kratom strains for pain, we aggregated hundreds of user reviews and reports. From that data, we picked six of the top strains. Read on to discover what they are, and why they might be suitable for you!
What Makes Kratom Effective for Pain?
Unlike traditionally prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, kratom has a generally low addiction potential and only mild withdrawal symptoms when used responsibly .As a result, kratom has become a popular alternative drug for thousands of people across the world, especially those who remain skeptical of pharmaceutical-grade painkillers.
Kratom is available in many colours, and the most pain-relieving kratom strain colors tend to be red, yellow, and sometimes green. However, as experienced kratom veterans might already know, these strain colours can also be heavily sedating .
For some users, sedation isn’t always a desirable or tolerable side effect of kratom use for pain. Many people are required to drive, operate heavy machinery, or perform other duties that require daytime alertness. For this reason, we’ve included some strains on this list that are seemingly pain-relieving but only minimally sedating.
Many users consider Red Bali to be a pain-killing and sedating powerhouse. It’s also sold by almost every kratom vendor, making it readily available and generally inexpensive.
Watch out though: Red Bali’s seemingly potent sedative nature might have you nodding off earlier in the day than you would’ve liked! If you’re looking for daytime pain relief, you might be better off with a different strain.
Some sources report that Red Bali is 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 also seem to have high pain relief scores, perhaps that claim isn’t so far-fetched!
Red Borneo might go by many other names (Kalimantan, Ketapang, and Jongkong, just to name a few). However, for many users, there’s no confusion over the strain’s pain-relieving potential.
Contrary to the seemingly sedating nature of Red Bali, users report that Red Borneo is less sedating than other red strains, especially at lower doses. As a result, Red Borneo could be suitable for those seeking to avoid the “crash” commonly associated with red kratom strains.
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.
Red Sunda might be somewhat less pain-relieving than potent reds such as Red Bali and Red Borneo. However, Red Sunda’s supposedly less sedating nature could make it more suitable for daytime use. Of course, individual user experience may vary.
Purportedly offering effective analgesia with minimal sedation, Green Vietnam is perhaps the best choice for daytime pain relief.
A remarkably low sedation score could make Green Vietnam the least fatiguing strain on this list. Green Vietnam 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 be the strain for you!
At first, Gold Kali’s lengthy list of aliases might give you a headache. But user experience actually speaks quite a bit differently.
Some users have found that Gold Kali is effective at easing tension headaches and chronic migraines. It also seems to provide moderate euphoria with only slight sedation. For some — and especially at lower doses — Gold Kali’s seemingly low sedative potential might make it ideal for daytime pain relief.
Unfortunately, Gold Kali does appear to have some notable downsides. Users have reported that the strain’s effects only last about 2.5 hours at moderate doses (2.5-5g). That means Gold Kali is likely one of the shortest-lasting strains on this list.
Kratom has been proven to provide effective pain relief. 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!
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.
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