As I (and many others) accidentally discovered: kratom can wipe away anxiety — quickly too.
However, for new users, using kratom for anxiety can be tricky due to the large variety of kratom strains, all with differing effects.
Below we’ll give you some guidelines to help ensure a positive experience.
In order to benefit from kratom, you need to know which strains to use. Below are some of the most effective.
Top strains for anxiety and stress
For those who are new to kratom, we highly urge you to stay within the top 3 strains: Bali, Borneo, and Indo. Strains such as Maeng da and Thai can actually provoke anxiety in certain cases.
Additionally, we highly recommend new users choose a red vein or green vein strain, more on that below.
By staying within these guidelines it will be much easier to select a strain effective for your purposes.
Borneo is one of the most popular strains for anxiety relief, and for good reason. Borneo kratom is good due for this purpose due to its alkaloid content, which is typically high in 7-hydroxymitragynine (anxiety & pain relief) and low in mitragynine (stimulation and some pain relief).
As you can see, Borneo strains are typically quite sedative, which can either be a good thing, or a bad thing depending upon your needs.
Overall, Borneo strains tend to have a low incidence of side effects, which makes the dosage more flexible, a great asset for those with anxiety.
Indo kratom is very similar to Borneo in potency, but tends to be overall slightly less sedating. Despite not being as sedating, it rarely has stimulating qualities which could interfere with its anxiolytic effects.
Indo Effects Profile
Bali is one of the most commonly purchased strains, due to both its sedative and anti-anxiety effects. Additionally, Bali strains are typically cheaper than either Borneo or Indo, making them a fairly economical option.
Bali Effects Profile
Depending on the strain of Bali, however, they are prone to side effects such as nausea and the wobbles at higher doses. Because of this, dosage should be monitored.
While by no means an infallible rule, red vein strains tend to be much better for anxiety overall due to their tendency towards higher painkilling and sedative effects.
Red Vein Effects Profile
However, when looking for a red vein kratom strain, be sure to do research prior, as some red varieties can be stimulating.
The best kratom strains for anxiety include: Red Bali, Red Borneo and Red Indo. Red veins are by large the best kratom for anxiety relief due to their high levels of stress-relieving and sedative alkaloids such as 7-OHM.
For anyone using kratom for anxiety, it is a good idea to keep in mind a few strains and varieties that should be avoided.
As far as strains go, Thai is typically a good one to avoid when looking for anxiety relief. Because this leaf tends to be so energetic, it can even make anxiety worse.
However, there are some Thai strains which are more mild. So it can be a good idea to mix Thai and a sedative strain in order to obtain anxiety relief without sedation.
While I won’t go so far as to say that Maeng Da should be entirely avoided, it is a good idea to start with low doses.
Some strains of maeng da are surprisingly anti-anxiety, while others have the opposite effect. In most cases, some trial and error may be necessary.
Because white vein strains tend to be much more stimulating than other strains due to their proportionally higher levels of mitragynine, they are typically good to avoid.
But in some cases, such as white vein borneo, the energetic effects can be mild and not provoke anxiety. With maeng da, however, it is a good idea to tread lightly.
For those using kratom for anxiety relief, it is typically good to dose at moderate levels. The reason for this is that some strains tend to be much more energetic at low doses, however at high doses tolerance can build, diminishing kratom’s effect.
Because the dosage varies from strain to strain, there is no hard and fast rule; however, dosages of around four grams are typically recommended by users.
Although, due to legality issues, it may not be a good choice for everyone, some have suggested the kratom and cannabis combination for this purpose.