Life is tough. Especially when you are living in a fast-paced 9-5 environment where it is difficult to find time for your family, let alone yourself.
Such a hectic life often leads to stress. According to a study conducted in the UK, 74% of people were so stressed out at a point in time that they felt so overwhelmed that they couldn’t perform daily functions such as getting up, going to work, house chores, etc.
Kratom is an excellent herb to help with stress and elevate your mood. If you haven’t tried Kratom before, you would be glad to know how much it can help relieve stress, increase energy levels, and give you a euphoric feeling.
However, things are not quite simple when it comes to Kratom. Some people do not feel these benefits by consuming Kratom. The reason can range from the quality of Kratom used to the person’s brain chemistry.
Different strains of Kratom have different ranges of effects. For example, some might elevate your mood; some will give you extra focus; some will make you feel relaxed, etc.
In the following paragraphs, I will tell you about various strains of Kratom; their types, their effects; dosage; how to use, when to use, and much more so that you can get maximum benefits from this amazing natural herb.
Why is Kratom beneficial for a positive mood?
Before we dig deep into the types, strains, dosage, and all that is practical, it is better that we know the science behind it all.
So, what makes Kratom so good for mood?
Kratom basically activates the opioid receptors located in our brain and spine. Unlike opiate drugs, Kratom binds with these receptors in a non-aggressive manner.
As a result, endorphins are released in the body. Endorphins are hormones that relieve pain and stress. Therefore, Kratom is quite helpful when it comes to calming the mind and feeling relaxed.
However, the actual effects of Kratom depend upon various factors. So, it is important to understand all the different types and strains of Kratom before you use it. It will reduce any associated risks and provide the maximum anticipated effect.
For example, at a higher dosage, Kratom is known to give a euphoric feeling. So, if you are using Kratom to increase focus, you should not take a higher dosage as it would make you more relaxed than focused.
Different strains of Kratom
There are different types or ‘strains’ of Kratom. These strains are botanically alike but have varied effects based on the age of the tree and the production process.
Different strains of Kratom have different potencies. But, all of them have the same alkaloids. And the extent of their potency varies in people based on their physiology and brain chemistry. However, the following generalization stands true to an extent:
Red Vein – If you want to take kratom for pain relief or to get better sleep, then the red strain is your best bet because of its calming effects.
Green Vein – This Kratom strain is the most stimulating and also lasts longer than the rest.
White Vein – If you want an energy boost or a euphoric experience, then you should try the white strain.
Best Kratom for euphoria and good mood
Before going into what kind of Kratom is best for good mood and euphoria, let us clear the difference between both.
When talking about Kratom, ‘good mood’ means that you do not feel any stress or pain (physical or emotional) and feel joyous.
However, when it comes to euphoria, Kratom is known to induce two different kinds of euphoric feelings:
- Euphoric like on MDMA: If you have tried MDMA, you know the kind of feeling I am talking about. You feel really good; ready to dance; energized, and loved.
- Euphoric like on opiates: This type of euphoria feels like you are full of enthusiasm, you feel like laying down and going with the flow. You are in a state of bliss.
If you want to go for a euphoric high (similar to that of on MDMA), your best bet is the white strain (white Bali, White Meng Da, White Horn, White Boreno).
The white Kratom has an alkaloid balance, which means that it is less sedative. So, you get more energized, enthusiasm, and focus.
As mentioned earlier, you get the euphoric feeling on higher doses. And on White Bali, the dosage needs to be higher than that of others. Whereas, on White Boreno, only a single strain can give you a good euphoric feeling with energy and enthusiasm.
If you want an opiate-like experience, then using the red Kratom is wiser.
On a higher dosage, the red Kratom is known to relieve pain; be a sedative, and can even cause a loss of sense of time to some extent. Obviously, the feeling cannot be compared to that one gets when on narcotic opiates like heroin.
Another Kratom that is good for euphoria is the Green Malay. The best thing about it is that you can get the best of both worlds, with a single Kratom. That is, on a lower dosage, it gives you a euphoric high with increase energy. Whereas, on a higher dosage, it will give you a chill opiate-like feeling of blissfulness.
Best Kratom for energy
If you are looking for something that will give you an energy boost, then the white strain of Kratom is great.
As we have already discussed, on higher dosage, white kratom provides a euphoric high. But when taken in lower quantity, the same kratom will not only provide you with energy but also provide focus and concentration.
Among white kratom strains, White Bali is best for focus as compared to other white kratom strains. The reason why other strains might not be so great for focus and clarity is that they are more potent than White Bali.
While using White Bali in a lower dosage, you won’t have to worry about feeling euphoric, which might come in the way, especially when you plan on doing something.
How to use Kratom?
Now that we have a general idea of various kratom strains and what happens if you take them in higher or lower dosages, it is time we discuss their use in detail.
The truth is that Kratom dosage is more important than different strains. Because almost all of the various strains will give you more or less the same effects in similar quantities. But these effects vary greatly when using different doses.
What’s more, the effects you feel on Kratom also depend upon your body and brain chemistry. Meaning, different people can experience different effects using the same dose of the same strain.
Keeping that in mind, it is best to experiment a little with your Kratom so that you can find the best strain and dose for yourself.
However, to give you an idea, the following are the recommended doses:
- Take not more than two grams if it’s your first experience
- If you want to just feel good and experience maximum effects, then try four grams
- Six grams or higher is a strong dose, and you might even feel euphoric on certain strains.
- Over six grams, your chances of feeling euphoric are maximum.
Note: The dosage mentioned above is just an estimate. As mentioned before, to find your own sweet spot, it is best to experiment.
Kratom rotation for feeling good
If you ask an experienced Kratom user the single biggest mistake one can make when starting out one’s Kratom journey, he will tell you that using a single Kratom strain over and over again.
When you use only a single Kratom strain, over time, your tolerance builds up, and the effects deplete drastically. So, you start taking higher doses to get the same effects you used to get when starting out on a lower dosage.
To avoid this, experts recommend something called Kratom rotation.
The idea is to rotate different strains of Kratom so that you can keep your tolerance for a particular strain lower, especially when taking it daily. What’s more, you can also try mixing different strains together to get the same effect with only three different strains.
Strain combinations for relaxation and euphoria
When combining different Kratom strains, you can get different effects.
Generally, users prefer the green & white combination or the green & red combination. The reason being that the green strain contains several properties in a single strain. Therefore, mixing it with another strain will result in an increase in the result of the other strain.
Experts do not recommend the red & white combination essentially because both of them produce potent opposite effects. However, there are some that do mix them keep special consideration to their proportion.
Say, if you want to relieve pain and also get a little energy boost, then you are suggested to mix 2/3 red strain with 1/3 white strain.
Is it safe?
Kratom is considered to be safe, but that does not mean there are no risks associated at all.
Regular Kratom users may face adverse effects on the liver, such as nausea, stomachache, itching, etc. There is also a link between regular Kratom usage and kidney problems.
Moreover, there is little to no research conducted on the long term psychological and physiological effects of regular Kratom usage.
Studies conducted on animals have revealed a link between Kratom use and cognitive problems.
However, most of the fatalities reported of Kratom usually contained other adulterants.
In fact, in a study, rats were given 1000 mg/kg oral dosage of kratom, and no fatality occurred.
But, can you overdose on Kratom?
It is considered to be physically impossible to overdose on Kratom. However, if you consumed more than 8 grams, then the possibility of vomiting, nausea, and other side effects increase significantly.
How to take Kratom to feel good?
If you have no idea how to take Kratom then here are the most common methods used to take Kratom and their respective effects:
Kratom Tea – The best method, according to users, is by brewing your Kratom powder. The good thing about this method is that the effects kick-off fastest than in any other method. Moreover, the chances of nausea and vomiting are also negligible in this method.
But you will have to take the time to make the tea. But as they say, the process is what makes it all a great and calming experience.
Toss & wash – If you are in a hurry and don’t have time for any preparation. You should opt for the toss and wash method in which you simply toss the Kratom powder in your mouth and swallow it with the help of a drink.
The biggest drawback of this method is that it can lead to stomach upset and generally induces vomiting or nausea, especially in new users because of its taste.
Capsules – Another method of taking Kratom is through capsules. Although this is a fast method and eliminates the problem of taste, it is the most expensive. But if you make the Kratom capsule yourself, it can be the most time consuming of all methods.
Note: Kratom should be taking on an empty stomach. And you should not forget to stay hydrated.
Do not smoke Kratom – Kratom loses its effects when smoked as the heat destroys the alkaloids.
Where to buy Kratom?
As mentioned before, the effects of Kratom vary greatly based on its quality. To get the best effects, it is essential that you buy Kratom from a trusted source.
Therefore, buying Kratom from headshops is not recommended as it is difficult to et quality Kratom from them.
That is why most users prefer to buy it online. Not only are there a lot of different options to choose from, but you can also read several reviews about the vendor and its product to get an idea of the quality of Kratom you are buying.
Nevertheless, there is still the possibility of misinformation, delivery delays, not getting what you wanted, etc.
You can search online for the best stores to buy Kratom from. Here are some examples of trusted stores: Moon Kratom, OPMS Kratom, and Kratora.
The verdict: Is Kratom good for a positive mood?
To conclude, I would like to recall that different strains of Kratom have different effects. These effects also vary based on their dosage and the person’s own brain chemistry.
If you are starting out, it is better for you to try it in a lower dosage and get some from a trusted dealer. And never mix it with anything else (even coffee) as serious adverse effects have been witnessed when users mixed it with other substances.