Over the past 10 or so years, much of the world outside of Southeast Asia has learned about kratom and its medicinal effects. While kratom’s most common use is for pain relief, it can be highly effective for anxiety as well.
Using kratom for anxiety can be tricky for those who don’t have experience with kratom. The reason for this is the large variety of kratom strains, all with different effects, which means that if the wrong strain is chosen, such as a highly energetic strain, it will provide little benefit.
Because of this, there are a few guidelines which should be noted for those looking to use kratom for its anti-anxiety effects.
As stated, there are a large variety of kratom with differing effects; because of this, I have compiled a general guide to help you know whether a particular strain will be effective for abating anxiety. Overall, the most common strains used for this purpose are:
By staying within these strains, 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).
However, 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.
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. 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. However, when looking for a red vein kratom strain, be sure to do research prior, as some red varieties can be stimulating.
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. In some cases, however, such as white vein borneo, the energetic effects can be mild and not provoke anxiety. However, like maeng da, 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.