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How to Choose the Right Kratom For you

With so many strain options on the menu, choosing the right kratom is often a case of easier said than done. For the complete newb, it can be downright overwhelming. Never fear. We’re here to make the process of finding the best kratom a piece of cake. Buckle up, cause here we go!

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1. Consider Your Needs

Everyone is unique, and thus have different requirements. For this reason, identifying your individual needs is the best place to start. Kratom helps in a number of areas, but some strains are better suited for certain needs than others. A perfect example can be seen in strain classes. While red vein kratom is known for its pain relieving qualities, white vein kratom is typically more energizing. So if you need a solution for chronic pain and fatigue, you might lean towards something green, since green vein kratom tends to fall in between red and white.

2. Read User Feedback

Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool for vendors and a great source of information for consumers. The kratom community has been busy telling their personal stories for years. These testimonials often go into great detail regarding an individual’s motivation for using kratom, the strains they experimented with, and the results they saw in return. The web is chock full of reviews, comments, and opinions on kratom. So it’s a good idea to find yourself a group setting where you can sort through feedback that helps you make an informed decision.

3. Look for the Usual Suspects

Between the color classes, their corresponding strains, and all the branded kratom blends, there are literally dozens upon dozens of options to choose from. With that said, there are a handful of tried and true strains that have been proven to deliver. The Bali’s, Borneo’s and Maeng Da’s of the world instantly come to mind. It’s hard to go wrong when you choose a strain that has a reputation for helping people with similar needs.

4. Just KISS!

As someone new to kratom, the best thing you can do is subscribe to the KISS methodology – as in Keep It Simple Stupid! Not to insult your intelligence, but you put a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself when you spend time scrolling through all the selections wondering what each individual strain has to offer. Sure, every strain is unique in its own special way, but each variety has more in common than you might think. Why make it harder than you have to? What’s most important is settling on a strain, giving it a shot, and determining how it works for you. Remember: an expert swimmer must get their feet wet before learning to swim.

So score some high-quality kratom from a reliable vendor and work on finding your sweet spot. Whether it’s a timeless classic like Red Vein Thai, or something new and exotic like Sahara, you simply need to get started. Once you decide that kratom is indeed effective and get some experience under your belt, you can shift to connoisseur mode and focus on snatching up every single strain that crosses your path … like me!!!

5 Most Underrated Kratom Strains

When it comes to the kratom marketplace, today’s vendors will throw so many options your way that simply choosing a strain can be an overwhelming process if you let it. Along the way, you may end up overlooking some potential gems that are right up your alley.

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In our next post, we examine five amazing kratom strains that don’t get nearly enough attention from kratom enthusiasts.

5. White Riau

If you ask ole Krampus, white vein kratom in general is underrated for the simple fact that these strains are vastly underappreciated for their versatility. Take White Riau, for example. Though whites are generally known for their uplifting qualities, this particular strain has a strong calming effect, which suggests that it might be a fine option for uses more commonly associated with red veins. Unlike most strains in its color class, White Riau may very well be something you can use as part of your night-time rotation.

4. Green Thai

Red Vein Thai is easily the most well known of the Thai strains. On the other end of the color spectrum is Green Thai, not necessarily unknown, but from what we can tell, not nearly as celebrated as its red counterpart. That’s a shame too because it’s a wonderful leaf. Thai strains are known for their exceptional potency and this one is no exception. Green Thai combines the stimulating energy common of white veins and the euphoric relaxation reminiscent of a good red. While we are bigger fans of other greens, this one definitely falls in the category of criminally underrated.

3. Red Jongkong

Some of the newest strains we’ve discovered come to us from the Jongkong region of Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia. Red Jongkong has quickly established itself as one of the very best from this area. User feedback is scarce at the moment, but early reviews in our circle suggest that it’s a high-potency strain with strength that tops classic red vein varieties like Borneo and Bali, yet sits a notch below Maeng Da and Hulu Kapuas. If you’re gonna sample any of the virtual unknowns, Red Jongkong is a great one to put on your must-try list.

2. Yellow Bali

I find it amazing how our viewpoints can be so different on some aspects of kratom, yet so similar on others. The overall consensus on yellow vein kratom usually comes to one of three conclusions: mellow effects, a great mixer, or nothing special. Hold on to your horses because Yellow Bali comes through and breaks the mold! Noticeably stronger than the typical yellow, this shade of Bali is incredibly potent with pleasant effects that tend to last quite a while. A multi-purpose leaf that delivers all the benefits kratom is so well known for. Give it a try and you just may find that you have a new go-to strain!

1. Green Papua

Papua kratom originates from New Guinea, a huge island situated between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Apparently the island is blessed with extra ideal conditions because all the Papua strains we’ve tried have been excellent – and then some! Green Papua embodies the balance that makes green strains so special; a perfect blend of clean energy and chill mode. For us, the feel good department is where it shines the brightest, so if you appreciate the pick me up qualities kratom brings to the party, Green Papua may be the strain for you.

Honorable mentions:

  • Green Sunda
  • Red Malay
  • Red Vietnam
  • Green Cambodian
  • Yellow Maeng Da

Well there you have it. There’s our list of underrated kratom strains. What strains do you feel deserve a little more love? Let us know in the comments!

How to Make Kratom Ice Cream

I recently discovered that our girl kratom has a lot in common with matcha, a popular variety of green tea. In fact, they are similar in appearance, texture, and even smell. Although matcha almost looks like a neon green, it kinda reminds me of some nice super green Bali or bright light Maeng Da.

 

With all these commonalities, I figured kratom would be a suitable replacement in a recipe I found for matcha ice cream. Turns out I was right. With a little (okay a lot of) help from my wife, this recipe turned out perfect. Everything from consistency to taste was on point for this mitragyna muncher. People seemed pretty impressed with the outcome, so I decided to put together a post that will teach you how to make Kratom Ice Cream.

Ingredient List:

  • Kratom (duh)
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • ¾ Cups of Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Cream
  • 5 Egg Yolks

Step 1: Heat milk and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Whisk it up real good.

If you have a little helper or significant other handy, you can save time by putting them on whisking duty.

Step 2: Mix kratom and roughly 2 tablespoons of warm milk in a bowl.

I used about 13 grams, though the original recipe only called for 1 and a half teaspoons of matcha. I thought the final product could’ve used another two grams of powder, but I’m extreme like that. The wife thought the kratom taste was overbearing, but she’s dramatic like that. Use your own judgement here.

Step 3: Create an ice bath for the cream.

We did this by simply pouring the appropriate amount of heavy cream into a bowl, and then sitting it in a larger bowl filled halfway with ice and cold water.

Step 4: Wisk egg yolks in a separate bowl.

The wisking part is easily done with a simple spoon. Separating the yolk from the egg is something that’s totally over my head, but the wife did it with ease. If you lack finesse like me, the YouTube video below may come in handy.

Step 5: Slowly pour milk and sugar mix into yolk bowl. Hold the bowl steady and whisk it up real good before pouring back into the saucepan.

Step 6: Cook your new mix in the saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly and deep enough to hit the bottom of the pan. Keep stirring until your mixture is thick enough to coat the back of your utensil. You can tell by conducting the “finger test”. Dip it in there, run your finger across the back of the spoon or spatula, and when you notice a small trace on the back, your mix is good to go.

This step seems a bit tricky, but it’s not that complicated at all. Just keep on stirring so you’re not making sweet scrambled eggs. Should take about three to five minutes tops.

Step 7: Add your kratom to the mixture and stir like you mean it.

This would be a good time to sprinkle in any additional ingredients you’ve got a taste for. We used a little vanilla extract and cinnamon. The sky’s the limit here.

Step 8: Strain your new green mixture into the heavy cream chillin’ in the ice bath and stir it up real good.

For best results, I suggest straining at least twice. Just to make sure you get all those active goodies in there. So grab another bowl, strain there as many times as you feel comfortable, then strain a final time in the heavy cream bowl.

Step 9: Let your kratom cream chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 30 minutes later, take your chilled mixture, carefully pour it into a container, cover and freeze. Whisk and stir about every 30 to 45 minutes until everything is evenly frozen and formed.

The original recipe suggests a metal container for faster freezing, but a glass bowl works just fine.

This last step is obviously crucial. If you’re not on top of it, you could end up with a bowl of icey green crystals or worse – a huge chunk of ice! All in all, I probably stirred my frozen mix about six times over six hours. You may be able to cut your time in half by stirring twice every hour or so, but just make sure you allot a few hours for the final mixing procedure.

Once everything is done, if you’d like, you can transfer the finished product into a container better suited for storage.

What to Expect

MD ice cream

Of course results may vary, but if you follow this recipe to a tee, I’d say you can expect very good things. For me, that was a nice toasty feeling complete with a calm energy and sense of well being. I felt a fantastic flow of waves wash over my body as I sat cemented on my couch without moving for about two hours. That bowl of ice cream did an excellent job of serving as my first dose of the day.

While we used some super potent Green Maeng Da, any good quality kratom strain will do. I would say this recipe is good for about three to five servings, depending on your sweet tooth. Keep in mind that you can also use your finished product to jazz up iced coffee, root beer floats, and other ice cream-friendly treats.

If you give it a shot, don’t hesitate to report back here and let us know how it goes. More importantly, have fun with it and enjoy!

Name That Strain: Colors, Veins, and Different Types of Kratom Names

Things were so much simpler when we first met kratom nearly five years ago. This is especially true as far varieties go – or strains – as we say in our little circles. Back then you had Bali, and you had Maeng Da. Bali was the most popular kratom strain because it was economically priced, but worked incredibly well. Ma Daeng, also known as the “Pimp Grade”, was the premium stuff that could truly deliver on another level, or fall short of markup expectations – depending on your source, of course. But things gradually changed.

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The deeper I delved into the kratom culture, the more names I came to know. Red and Green Vein Thai were among the first of the newcomers. Then there was Green Indo, Red Borneo, and White Sumatran making way for Green Hulu Kapuas, Super Bali, Gold Horn, and all the exotic strains that rule the market today. What’s all this stuff mean and how do you sort through the madness? I’m still trying to figure it out myself, but I’ve learned quite a bit – enough to help novices navigate the modern day kratom landscape.

Countries and Colors

I’m a little slow with things, but when I take a minute to think about them, they usually make sense. It all started to add up when realizing that strains are primarily named based on where they’re from. Green Bali, for example, is cultivated on the volcanic island Bali, Indonesia. Gold Malaysia? Grown in the Southeast Asian country Malaysia. Red Vein Thai? Brought up in Thailand, where kratom is ironically outlawed. However, your new favorite herb is not only country coded, it’s color coded as well.

The colors you hear referenced in kratom names refer to the vein color of the leaf. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of inspecting a kratom plant firsthand, you can actually notice the vein color with the naked eye. We haven’t exactly encountered every shade in the color palette, but the kratom rainbow is expanding. So far we’ve come across Red, Green, White, Gold, and even Pink. If a blue strain hits the market, then my mind will be officially blown!

Once again, you’re probably wondering what’s the difference in kratom vein colors. Here’s what we’ve been able to gather:

Red Kratom. Red vein kratom is generally respected for its strength. In fact, some users save it as a late night snack due to its strong sedative qualities and potential to dial up Mr. Sandman. It’s also a go-to strain for many people seeking an herbal pain management solution.

White Kratom. With white vein kratom, you have would may be considered polar opposite to red. These strains are reputed for their stimulant qualities, and thus popular with peoples looking for a burst of natural energy. Whereas red strains are often used for combating things like pain and insomnia, whites are typically called upon during the day or any time a kick of motivation is needed.

Green Kratom. The best of both worlds can normally be found in green vein kratom. Some varieties, like Green Hulu Kapuas, possess energetic traits that rival the most stimulating whites. Others, like Green Maeng Da, are doubly versatile with a stimulating edge in low doses, and sedating strength on the higher end.

Now you know the basics of kratom strains. Solid information, right? Still, I’m feeling like we’ve barely even scratched the surface. Stay tuned for a follow up post where we take a closer look at specific types of kratom and what you can generally expect from each variety.