Top 8 Effects Of Kratom
2 min

Top 8 Effects Of Kratom

2 min

Kratom is a very versatile herb that can be used both as a stimulant or as a relaxant, depending on the dose and type of leaf.

The experience you will get from Kratom depends on two things: the dose and the type of Kratom. It may seem contradictory as different doses have completely opposite effects. If you take a low dose, Kratom works as a stimulant. You will likely feel alert and awake, more social, happy and upbeat. You may also notice an increase in motivation and attention span. Higher doses of Kratom put you in a relaxed, dreamlike state. It is best to take a small amount at first when trying a new batch of Kratom.

Different Types of Kratom

Next to the actual dose, the different colors of the vein of Kratom leaves also produce different effects. There are three basic types of Kratom: Red, white and green. This is the color of the center vein on the leaf.

White Kratom

white kratom

White Kratom leaves usually produce a more energizing, stimulative effect. White Kratom can lift your mood, increase your alertness and mental vigilance, and make you feel more motivated. It can also be used as a stimulant to increase concentration and wakefulness in place of caffeine for those working long hours.

Red Kratom

red kratom

Red Kratom, is the most common type of Kratom that is sold. It typically has a more soothing effect. This strain of Kratom is good for releasing tension and relaxing your mind. Although this strain produces more mellow effects, it is still dose dependent and may give you stimulative effects in small doses.

Green Kratom

Green Kratom

Green Kratom effects are a mix of white and red Kratom effects. It can give you a mild boost of energy, alertness, and focus, while at the same time making you feel relaxed and comfortable.

Top 8 Effects of Kratom

Kratom produces a diverse array of alkaloids. Mitragynine is the main active constituent, a molecule that binds to opioid receptors in the brain. This mechanism of action is what underpins the plant's primary effect. Let's explore the top 8 effects generated by kratom.

1. Kratom raises your mood

One of the most pronounced effects of kratom is that it can lift your mood. Kratom can make you feel positive and happy, while also inducing a sense of overall well-being.

2. Kratom increases concentration

kratom increases concentration

In small doses, Kratom is great for increasing concentration, mental vigilance, and focus. It can bring clarity and clear brain fog. This is one of the most valued effects in Thailand, where Kratom is mainly used as a work-enhancing stimulant.

3. Kratom aids in withdrawal

Although kratom itself has addictive potential, it is also sometimes used in hopes of alleviating symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Of course, in such cases, the doses are finely tuned for the best results. Though research is in the early stages, there are studies that suggest kratom could indeed play a role in treating opiate withdrawal (Boyer et al., 2008). That said, much more comprehensive research needs to be carried out to confirm and expound upon this hypothesis.

4. Kratom encourages natural, healthy sleep

Kratom encourages natural, healthy sleep

Especially in the higher doses, Kratom is perfect for a good and healthy night's sleep. Kratom brings you into a quiet state, which promotes sleep readiness. This is great news for people who want to wake up refreshed in the morning. Some people have even reported that they experience more, and more vivid, dreams while using Kratom.

5. Kratom is energizing

When taken in smaller doses, Kratom can be used to kickstart the morning. It acts like a stimulant to give you more energy and make you feel awake without feeling restless. Depending on the dose and the type of Kratom, this wakefulness is usually accompanied by a feeling of mental clarity and focus. This effect can help those who need to work long hours without getting tired or those who do tough mental work.


6. Kratom is relaxing

With larger doses of Kratom, you will experience a relaxing effect. It helps to eliminate negative thoughts and release tension because of its euphoric effects. Kratom not only helps to relax your mind, but also can help relax your muscles, reliving physical and emotional tension.

7. Kratom makes social situations less awkward

Kratom Makes Social Situations Less Awkward

Kratom is great for making you more comfortable in social situations because of it's relaxing, yet energizing effects. For many, meeting strangers and talking to new people can be difficult. Kratom boosts your confidence and even makes socializing with new groups of people enjoyable and fun.

8. Kratom can help in the bedroom

Kratom can also be used as an aphrodisiac or a sexual performance enhancer for both men and women to increase sexual excitement and heighten sensations. While this works great in smaller doses, higher doses might relax everything a bit too much.

What are you experiences with Kratom? What’s the effect you appreciate most about it? Please share you thoughts in the comments!

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
  • Boyer, E. W., Babu, K. M., Adkins, J. E., McCurdy, C. R., & Halpern, J. H. (2008). Self-treatment of opioid withdrawal using kratom (Mitragynia speciosa korth). Addiction, 103(6), 1048–1050. -
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