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The Best Kratom Strains For Sedation

The Best Kratom Strains For Sedation

Whether you’re looking to unwind from a long day at work, or just want to “take the edge off” – kratom might be able to help!

Kratom – the dried, crushed leaves of the Southeast Asian tree Mitragyna Speciosa – is often lauded for its sedative qualities. In fact, alongside euphoria and pain reliefsedation is one of kratom’s largest strengths.

For hundreds of years , kratom has been used by the native populations of Malaysia and Thailand. More recently, the plant’s popularity has surged around the world, including in the United States and Canada.

Many are turning to kratom as an alternative to other sedatives such as alcohol and pharmaceutical-grade drugs. Perhaps due in part to its emerging popularity in the western world, kratom’s remarkable properties have been studied extensively, with researchers concluding that ingestion of the plant produces “opioid-like analgesia and sedation.” 

These effects may come at a low cost to users, too – as kratom is thought to have a limited addiction potential and only mild withdrawal symptoms. In fact, while analyzing kratom, Prozialack et al. observed the following:

Although kratom has potential for abuse and addiction, several investigators who closely examined these issues concluded that kratom is not as dangerous as traditional opioids and that the potential benefits may outweigh the risks. 

That said, there are countless kratom strains and varieties available to the average online buyer, which can make choosing just one or even a few a perplexing experience. Even veteran kratom users may find themselves unfamiliar with some of the rarer strains out there (some of which are on this list!).

Thankfully, here at Kratomaton, we’ve done the majority of the legwork for you! We’ve researched and evaluated over fifty unique kratom strains – and by analyzing the aggregated experiences of kratom users, we’ve narrowed our search down to six.

But, we won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Presented in no particular order, here are six of the best kratom strains for sedation!

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 – Smooth Calm

Our first strain on this list is the ubiquitous Red Bali. Considered a favourite of many, Red Bali currently holds an impressive 8.3 out of 10 score for sedation based on our aggregated user data, which places it in the upper echelon of sedative strains.

The strain’s most notable characteristic stems from its purportedly unique onset of effects. Initially, the strain may promote feelings of relaxation and well-being while gradually becoming more sedating with time.

As a bonus, Red Bali seems to boast an above-average duration of effects, meaning its unique onset can be enjoyed over a longer timeline than other strains. 

Users looking solely for sedation might be happy to know that Red Bali’s stimulative power is only minimal. On our ten-point scale, the strain currently holds a 1.5 score for stimulation, meaning that Red Bali is unlikely to invigorate users with a sense of energy and focus.

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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Gold Bentuangie – Always Bet On Gold

As the “gold-vein” variety of the Bentuangie family, Gold Bentuangie seems to possess characteristics of both red and green strains. More specifically, the strain appears to have a propensity for sedation and pain relief.

However, it’s important to note that Gold Bentuangie’s sedation score is lower than other strains on this list and currently holds a mere 6.5 out of ten. That said, often, these scores don’t accurately represent the potency of these strains – and as such, there’s some variability of subjectivity to be expected.

In fact, many users have praised Gold Bentuangie, specifically commending the strain’s sedative power, mood lift, and its ability to relieve pain. In addition, Gold Bentuangie may also be longer-lasting than most of the other strains on this list.

While Gold Bentuangie can prove difficult to track down, its distinctive effects profile may warrant investigation by both kratom users both new and old!

Gold Bentuangie
Gold Bentuangie may offer a non-fatiguing balance of sedation and elation.Read full review
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Red Sunda (Sundanese) – Sunda Be Relaxed

Like Gold Bentuangie, Red Sunda is a rarity amongst the more commonly available kratom strains. Thought to originate from the Indonesian isle of Java, the strain is likely named after its cultivators, the indigenous Sundanese people.

Red Sunda appears to be heavily sedating, but may also offer moderate pain relief and euphoria. A low stimulative nature likely makes the strain ideal for night-time usage by potentially uplifting mood without over-energizing the user.

duration score of 7 seems to suggest that Red Sunda’s duration of effects may be comparable to other similar strains on this list. This is good, and likely means that you’ll get your money’s worth!

However, some users have reported that Red Sunda is more nauseating than other kratom strains, although this typically only occurs at higher doses (more than 5 grams). Remember, always exercise discretion when dosing with any kratom strain – Red Sunda included!

Although Red Sunda is considered a rare find, its elusive nature has certainly piqued the curiosity of many kratom lovers across the world. And for a list of this nature, it’d be unwise to leave it out – as the strain seems to pack quite a sedative “punch!”

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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Red Bentuangie – Nighty Night

As the counterpart to Gold Bentuangie, Red Bentuangie is similarly strongly sedating in nature. In fact, according to our scored evaluation, it’s very likely to be the most sedating strain on this list and currently holds a 9.5 score for sedation.

Like its gold counterpart, Red Bentuangie appears to also be moderately mood-elevating and may also offer competent pain relief. The strain also seems to possess an above-average duration of effects. Overall, its palette of effects appears to be similar to that of Gold Bentuangie, only stronger, as it currently scores higher in every category.

Depending on the goals of the user, the strain’s potency may make it more or less ideal than Gold Bentuangie. It’s important to keep in mind that every user’s experience may differ significantly – “stronger” is not necessarily always “better!”

Red Bentuangie
Red Bentuangie may appeal to users seeking relaxation, mood elevation, and slight pain relief.Read full review
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Gold Bali – Sedative Gold

Gold Bali – the sister strain of Red Bali, which we examined earlier – seems equally capable of ranking up alongside the other sedative powerhouses on this list. Scoring similarly to its red counterpart, Gold Bali currently holds a respectable eight on our ten-point sedation scale.

However, outside of sedation, the two strains are demonstrably different. Gold Bali appears to be notably more euphoric but may offer less pain relief than Red Bali. This seems to leave users with an interesting choice depending on their preferences, as both strains appear to demonstrate sedative strength.

Gold Bali’s distinctive blend of euphoria and sedation has made it a favourite amongst many anxiety-sufferers. In fact, Gold Bali is the second highest-scoring strain for euphoria on this list – so if you’re looking for an ostensible mood lift in conjunction with sedation, Gold Bali seems like an obvious choice!

Like other strains on this list, Gold Bali seems to possess an above-average duration of effects. The anecdotal evidence we’ve collected from users also seems to suggest that Gold Bali isn’t particularly nauseating when used in moderate quantities (2.5-5g), especially when compared to other strains.

Gold Bali
Potentially strong, sedating, and euphoric, Gold Bali should not be overlooked by those desiring a potent evening strain.Read full review
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Red Borneo – Born To Be Well-Rounded

For those desiring strong pain-relief and mood-elevation alongside the sedative effect of their kratom, Red Borneo may be their best choice!

Although the strain’s largest appeal may be its fast-acting and effective analgesia, Red Borneo also demonstrates a notably high sedative potential. Currently, it holds an impressive 7.3 score for sedation, and as such, it’d be wrong for us to exclude it from this post!

As the most well-rounded strain on this list, Red Borneo also seems to excel in every other category for its type. Users have praised its ability to relieve pain (7.7 score), as well as its euphoric potential (7.1). In fact, Red Borneo is the most euphoric strain on this list, just narrowly beating out Gold Bali in the category as of this writing.

Impressively, Red Borneo is also thought to be long-lasting. In fact, it’s difficult to pinpoint a weakness with Red Borneo – and believe us, we tried! Judging by user-submitted evidence, the strain seems to excel across the board.

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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In general, most kratom strains – especially of the red and gold varieties – seem to have sedative properties (especially in moderate-to-high dosages). That said, our research has demonstrated that each kratom strain possesses unique – and often subtle – differences.

As such, the subjective nature of kratom means that there isn’t a definitively “best” strain for sedation. Instead, it’s up to the user to determine what works best for them.

However, we hope this post has served well in guiding you along your kratom journey! Thanks for reading!


Works Cited:

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Prozialeck, W. C. (2016). Update on the Pharmacology and Legal Status of Kratom. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 116(12), 802. https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2016.156