Riau kratom is a new strain that has gained quite a bit of popularity over the past several years.
This strain originated in the Riau region of Sumatra’s east coast, where the climate supports abundant wild-growing mature trees found in the region.
One of the most unique properties of this strain is that it tends to be less bitter than most others without sacrificing potency, and the smell is a sweet almost musky smell, which for most is quite pleasant in comparison to many other strains.
Due to their unique genetic makeup and growing conditions, Riau kratom strains are fairly well-balanced between sedating and stimulating, typically leaning somewhat towards sedation, though this varies from leaf to leaf.
The medicinal properties that come from these conditions are vast, but some of the most prominent are:
Riau strains get their potent pain relief potential primarily from their Indo origins, but are somewhat different in characteristics, as they are typically quite a bit less sedating than their Borneo or Indo strain relatives.
This can come in handy for many who are dealing with pain but can’t afford to, or simply don’t want to, sacrifice energy in order to find pain relief.
Like their painkilling potential, Riau strains inherit quite a bit of anti-anxiety and anti-stress potential in comparison to most strains, and like pain-relief, it is a great kratom for anxiety relief without settling for a sedating strain.
The anxiety relief potential tends to be most prominent with green riau kratom, whereas the anti-stress potential tends to be strongest with red riau kratom.
However, because they both are quite effective for this purpose, this guideline can vary depending on the strength of the leaf in question.
The mood enhancement quality of of Riau strains is characteristically Borneo-feeling in its subtle yet potent effects, with a hint of an energetic component, which for many people increases the feeling of euphoria this strain can provide.
Although no conclusive studies have been yet done, many have found some Riau strains, primarily green riau, to naturally improve mental energy and focus over long periods of time without significant stimulation.
This effect can be very helpful for people who have mentally demanding work, or simply want to better their abilities
Riau comes primarily sold in red and green veins, each with their own distinctive benefits, so it is important to find out what you want most from the strain and then choose.
This variety of Riau is quite popular among those looking for pain relief or stress relief, and it is quite effective for these purposes. Red Riau is typically more sedating than the green variety, but never seems to be overpowering. The mood enhancing properties of this variety are quite pronounced and relaxing.
This variety is quite a bit less sedating than its red brother, and therefore keeps a bit more of its edge. Despite it being mildly stimulation, many have found it exceptionally effective for anxiety, some even more so than red. Similar to red, it has quite potent mood enhancing properties, and the energetic effects it can provide another level of depth to the experience.
One of the most unique properties of this variety is its nootropic effects, which can be quite useful in day-to-day life, making it a great “medicine cabinet” strain.