Most kratom users associate white strains with energy and focus. The right white strain can serve as a potent "pick-me-up," sometimes providing energy that rivals a small cup of coffee.
But not all white strains are exactly alike. Kratom farmers use different techniques when growing and harvesting kratom. Often, these subtleties, combined with natural variance, can alter kratom's alkaloid levels. (Todd et al., 2020, pg 2) And because alkaloids are responsible for kratom's effects, users often notice differences between strains like White Bali and White Borneo.
But if White Bali and White Borneo are different, which strain is the better choice for you? Let's find out!
The story of these two strains begins with their history and names. And while they might offer distinct effects, White Bali and White Borneo share similar backgrounds.
As a Bali strain, White Bali is one of the most classic and widely-available strains on the market. It's likely named after the Bali province of Indonesia, which also happens to be the world's largest kratom-producing nation.
Before Bali kratom ever arrives at your doorstep, Indonesian farmers harvest the plant from local forests or grow it on dedicated kratom plantations.
White Borneo probably takes its name from Borneo, a Southeast Asian island divided between Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. However, even though kratom grows natively across Borneo, most White Borneo kratom is exported from Indonesia.
White Bali and White Borneo are both white kratom strains. Nonetheless, users have reported that the two strains provide different experiences.
Most users describe White Bali as moderately stimulating and euphoric. When consumed in low-to-moderate doses (1-5g), it can increase one's energy levels and mood. But unlike other white strains, White Bali also seems to be moderately sedating. As a result, some users find it more "balanced" than average.
However, while White Bali might offer a blend of energy and relaxation, it doesn't appear to be balanced in other areas. Some users report that the strain's pain-relieving properties are below average. Others have noted that White Bali seems short-lived, with effects subsiding after about 2.5 hours.
Generally, White Borneo seems strongly euphoric and stimulating. In addition to supposedly being more potent than White Bali, it could be longer-lasting. Users have experienced effects lasting up to 3.5 hours at moderate doses (~2.5-5g).
That said, as a white strain, White Borneo seems to have many of the same shortcomings as White Bali. Users have criticized the strain's low pain-relieving potential. And because White Borneo appears energizing, it might not be as relaxing as other strains.
In many ways, White Bali and White Borneo seem very similar. But you should still consider their subtle differences when deciding which strain might be best for you.
Although energizing, White Bali could be more relaxing than White Borneo. Its balanced nature might make it suitable as a daytime strain for users sensitive to overstimulation. However, White Bali might disappoint those wanting the most energy from their kratom.
In contrast, White Borneo seems more like a "classic" white strain. Its supposedly stimulating and euphoric nature will likely impress energy-seekers looking for a long-lasting daytime boost. But those sensitive to increased energy might want to opt for White Borneo instead.
White Bali and White Borneo's differences appear to be subtle, and most users probably won't notice them. That said, it's worth understanding the strains' potential differences, especially if you don't want to buy both.
Fortunately, many kratom vendors carry both strains year-round. So if you decide to choose one, you can always sample the other at a later date.
While we hope this post has been helpful, kratom's effects are often subjective. As a result, your experiences with these strains might differ compared to other users.
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