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Buying Kratom: A Beginners Guide to Finding Your Best Kratom Strain

Kratom Tea is like coffee or wine - it takes a bit of experimentation to figure out which Kratom strains works best for you. In this Beginners Guide to Finding your Best Kratom Strain you will learn everything you need to know about Buying Kratom, and finding the strain that will work best for you.

Featured Image of a bowl of green maeng da kratom powder, along side a potted kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) plant

What is the Best Kratom Strain for You?

Out of all the Kratom strains to choose from - here's a guide to narrow down your options.

Before getting hired by Happy Hippo, I did what every person should do before an interview; I researched the company.

I looked up the website and started looking at what the company was selling.

This process was - to say the least - intimidating.

Not only had I never tried Kratom before, but I had no idea there were so many varieties of this product. I saw how each strain had a name assigned by Happy Hippo, and a second botanical name describing its specific strain (i.e. White vein Maeng Da vs. Rockstar Hippo).

I immediately thought to myself, “If I were to buy Kratom right now, I have no idea what I would even get!” 

Strain Speeds

To better explain the website to newbies, our Kratom is broken down into 3 speeds

Slow, Moderate, and Fast!

Fast strains are normally the best for productivity, pro-social mindset, energy, and encouraging a vibrant lifestyle.

Slow strains are better for encouraging a sense of well-being, temporary reduction in general discomfort, and restful sleep.

Moderate strains provide a balanced effect between Slow and Fast strains.

Pro Tip #1: We have a special “Kratom Strain Chart” - this chart tells you exactly how fast a fast strain is, or how slow a slow strain is depending on where it lands on the diagram.

Learn more with our Kratom Effects: Kratom Strain Chart

Once you determine which speed most interests you, you can explore even more options within that speed category.

Strain Names

The first part of each strain name indicates the vein color of the Kratom leaf - Red Vein, White Vein, Green Vein, Yellow, and Gold, etc.

This is what color the leaf vein was when the plant was harvested.

  • Red strains are typically the strain to give more relaxation feelings or calming effects
  • Green strains give more of a ‘clear-headed’ feeling of focus
  • White strains are usually better for energy and motivation to do tasks that you’ve put off for awhile
  • Yellow and Gold leaves are known for elevating your mood more than the other strains

Most strains provide more than one, if not all, of these same effects within each other - some effects are just more noticeable within a particular color.

After the vein color then comes the second part of the name which indicates where the plant was grown and harvested; Maeng Da, Bali, Malay, etc.

Oddly enough - where the plant is grown can have a pretty substantial effect on how the leaf resonates. Learn more about every kratom strain.

Maeng Da and Thai strains usually lie in the Fast category

Indo strains are more commonly Moderate strains

Borneo, Viet, Bali, Hulu, and Sumatras are all more likely to be Slow leafs


Product Pages

When deciding what strain to pick it's important to open each strain and read the product page given. In the product page, we give a brief description of each strain, based on compiled reviews from our very own Hippo Employees.

The description of each strain will never claim to cure / aid your medical problems - this is because Happy Hippo (and any other Kratom vendor in general) cannot make any medical claims. Learn more about the kratom products on the market.

Kratom is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.

Pro Tip #2: There is no such thing as the “best Kratom strain”. Every single strain resonates differently with each customer and the perfect strain for Jane may be a terrible strain for John!

Boost your Kratom Experience by Finding the “Sweet Spot”

Every customer will go through a phase of "trial and error" when trying a new strain. This process usually starts with them trying way too much in their first serving, getting an upset stomach, and throwing that strain out altogether.

Something important for our Hippos to understand is, with Kratom, more is not better. The process can also go the other way - the customer does not take enough causing them “not to feel anything” so they omit the strain as well.

This is where the SWEET SPOT comes in! Every customer’s sweet spot is going to be at a different point on the serving size scale, and it may take a little experimenting to figure out where that is.

Our Kratom serving sizes are as follows

Lady Hippos:
Below 125: [0.25-0.50 Gram]
125-160: [0.50-0.75 Gram]
Above 160 lbs: [0.75-1.00 Gram]

Gentlemen Hippos:
Below 150 lbs: [0.75-1.5 Gram]
150-210 lbs: [1.5-2.25 Gram]
Above 210 lbs: [2.25-3.0 Gram]

These serving-sizes are fairly low - but again, it 's better to start too low than jumping in and using too much.

Pro Tip #3: Keeping a Kratom Log / Journal is very beneficial in finding your Sweet Spot: Log how much you use, when you took it, what you felt from it, etc. and keep increasing your serving size slowly until you feel just right!

In Conclusion

You're probably not going to order the absolute best strain your first time around - so don’t stress yourself out too much.

Kratom Tea is like coffee or wine - it takes a bit of experimentation to figure out which Kratom strains works best for you. Our Newbie’s tab on the website is a good place to start, where you can order different types of Kratom in one pack!

Check out that page here ----> Kratom Sample Packs

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For beginners, I would definitely try a newbie pack or make sure to order a variety of fast, medium and slow. Please remember it may take some trial and error to find your favorites.
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