Red veins are by far the most sought after kratom varieties, and for a good reason too.
They are king when it comes to pain relief, and relaxation.
Although mostly prized for their powerful pain relief and anti-anxiety/stress effects, there is a lot more to love about these strains than you might think.
Below we’ll get into the full spectrum of effects, strains, and whether a red might be the right choice for you.
Red vein kratom provides some of the strongest pain relieving, relaxing and sedating effects of all kratom vein types. It is these effects that make red vein kratom the most effective vein type for sleep, anxiety and pain relief.
Red Vein Effects
Although the pain relieving and mood effects of reds are largely consistent across different strains.
It’s for this reason that red veins are some of the best kratom strains for sleep, pain and general stress-relief.
However, when it comes to anxiety/stress-relieving and sedation effects there are some differences and edge-cases to be aware of.
The most notable exceptions include Red Vein Thai and Red Maeng Da, which can often be quite stimulating.
Although they are reds, the powerful energetic effects of these strains often overpower the naturally sedating characteristics of its vein type.
For this reason, you should also pay attention to the particular strain of kratom alongside the vein color.
This will ensure you get the needed effects, as the particular strain’s qualities can often overpower the vein type’s usual effects.
Below are a few of the most powerful and well-loved reds on the market. If you’re looking for a good place to start, we highly suggest these.
Red vein maeng da is by far one of the most popular, and is debatably one the most powerful red vein strains available. It packs both powerful pain relieving potential alongside strong energy and mood effects, making it very unique among kratom strains
Red Maeng Da Effects
This strain provides the great mix of mood-boosting, pain relieving and energetic properties that make it so well-loved.
CKs Red Maeng Da strain is one of the best commercially available varieties that I’ve found, and it is a great place to start for those looking for a bit of everything in their kratom strain.
Red Indo is the gold standard for pain relief and mood-lifting in a red. However, this strain seems to get harder and harder to find as of recently.
Red Indo Effects
If you can find a high quality Indo, you wont regret it.
Alongside the pain relief and mood-lifting, the best trait of a high quality Red vein Indo is what you might call “clean-ness”.
Unlike many other sedating strains, Red Indo is side-effect free until very large doses, making it one of my personal favorites.
This strain packs quite a punch, providing considerable pain relief, sedation and mood boosting.
Red Bali Effects
There is a reason Red Bali is the most popular strain — it is extremely potent, especially for the cost.
Red Bali is ideal for anyone who is looking to get the peak amount of painkilling, anxiety/stress-relief, and mood boosting without having to pay considerable amounts of money.
However, if it is your first time using Red Veined Bali, start with a lower dose as high doses can cause pretty notable sedation in new users.
As with red maeng da, CK has a a great, strong RVB product that is longer lasting than most other alternatives on the market with slightly less sedation, making it a great everyday strain.
Below is some quick info to not only improve your knowledge of how reds work, but of how all varieties kratom work.
The most common effect that this variety of kratom has is pain relief.
Although there are green vein strains with potent pain relief potential (e.g. Maeng da, Indo, and Bali), the red vein varieties are considerably more reliable.
Research and anecdotal reports has found that 7-OH-mitragynine is kratom’s primary pain killing alkaloid, and red vein strains contain some of the highest levels of this alkaloid.
For this reason, anyone who is looking to use kratom for pain relief would be good to start with a strain such as a red vein strain (or a green vein if looking for a less sedating alternative).
Almost any time you encounter great pain relief potential in kratom, you will almost always find some form of sedation and relaxation. Although, there are a few exceptions to this rule, such as Thai strains and Green Maeng Da strains, it generally holds true.
The relaxation and sedation effects of kratom can be very useful in the evenings/nights, but can sometimes interfere during a busy day, especially for those who happen to be sensitive to the sedating effects of kratom.
For this reason, those without distracting or debilitating pain are often recommended to use less sedating strains during the day in order to get the most out of this plant.
Occasionally, when people try kratom for the first time, they don’t seem to notice any effects from it. With most reds, however, this seems much less common.
Although green vein strains and white vein strains can affect people in dramatically different ways, red varieties seem to have much more stable effects among different users.
Because of this, we suggest new users to check out some red vein kratom reviews or check out our analysis of different strains to find a variety which fits your needs.
For those trying to find the right vein type for you: reds are one of if not the most commonly used variety of leaf due to their strong pain relief, relaxation, sedation, and are a fantastic place to start.