Happy Hippo’s Kratom Lingo Guide

Some of the words used to describe Kratom and its effects can seem unusual. This Kratom Lingo Guide will help you navigate and understand the more obscure terms and phrases associated with Kratom.
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June 10, 2022
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Have you ever been reading through a Kratom forum and gotten confused by the obscure language? Some of the words used to describe Kratom and its effects may seem unusual - especially if you’re totally new to using Kratom. 

To help clear up any confusion, we created this glossary containing all of the words and phrases associated with Kratom that you need to know. We’ve also included some Hippo-specific terms that we use throughout various blogs and product pages. Attached to the definitions are related informational articles. 

We hope this helps!

Kratom Lingo Terms - Glossary:

1.) Alkaloids, Kratom: Naturally occurring compounds produced within the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom) plant. Kratom contains around 40 unique alkaloids. Each Kratom strain contains different amounts of these compounds and constitutes the strains “Alkaloid Profile” (see definition below)


2.) Alkaloid Profile: Alkaloid content varies between strains. A strains Alkaloid Profile refers to the unique combination of all alkaloids present within a given Kratom strain.


3.) American Kratom Association (AKA): The nonprofit organization committed to preserving and protecting the freedom of Kratom consumers.


4.) Aroma: Some people refer to the experience of effects from Kratom as the “aroma”.


5.) Bentuangie: A form of Kratom powder that undergoes a special fermentation and drying process that’s different than all other Kratom strains. This process causes Bentuangie Kratom to have a distinctly potent resonation.


6.) Caps or Capsules: A measured amount of Kratom Powder that is encapsulated in some type of capsule casing.


7.) Chocolate Kratom: A form of Red Vein Kratom powder that undergoes a fermentation process similar to Bentuangie Kratom. The name “chocolate” refers to the chocolaty brown color of the finished powder. Some say it resembles cocoa powder.


8.) Elephant Kratom: Kratom strain originating from Malaysia. This strain has leaves that grow to an unusually large size. Some say the size and shape remind them of elephant ears!


9.) Extract, Kratom: The term used to describe the extraction of Kratom alkaloids from the raw plant matter and distilled down. The result is a very potent concoction!


10.) Fast Speed Kratom: (see definition of Speeds, Kratom below) Fast speed Kratom strains are associated with energizing and motivational effects.


11.) Full-Spectrum: Refers to Kratom Extract or a consumer product made with Kratom extract that contains ALL of the alkaloids from the strains complete alkaloid profile, as opposed to extracting a only the main alkaloids. 


12.) Grams of Kratom: The most common unit of measurement for measuring your Kratom serving.


13.) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP): The system of manufacturing processes and guidelines used to ensure consumer products are produced under consistently controlled conditions of quality and safety.


14.) Green Vein Kratom: (see definition of Vein Color)


15.) Incense, Kratom: Kratom powder that has been combined with other natural ingredients to produce a stick of incense that people burn for a pleasant smell.


16.) Jitters or Jitterbugs: Refers to the caffeine-like buzz that you can get from taking too much of a Fast Speed Kratom strain, or, simply from using cheap, low-quality Kratom powder. It feels uncomfortable to the mind and body and makes you feel very high-strung.


17.) Kratom Strain Chart: A graphic showing all of the Kratom Speeds and the strains in relation to one another. It helps put the different strains effects in perspective.


18.) Maeng Da: A Kratom strain of the highest grade and potency. The term “Maeng Da” literally means “pimp grade”.


19.) Mitragynine: The most abundant alkaloid found in the Kratom plant. It is thought to be mostly responsible for the effects associated with Kratom.


20.) Moderate Speed Kratom: (see definition of Speeds, Kratom below) Moderate speed Kratom strains are associated with effects that are balanced between energizing and relaxing.


21.) Potentiator: Any substance that has the ability to enhance the effects of Kratom powder naturally. Orange juice, agmatine sulfate, turmeric, and cayenne pepper are all examples of Kratom potentiators.


22.) Powder, Kratom: The most common form of Kratom. It’s a fine powder made from the dried leaves of the Kratom tree. The leaves are carefully harvested, dried, and ground into a very fine, caulk-like powder substance. Kratom powder can be used in a multitude of ways.


23.) Puddles Hippo: The grooviest pink Hippo who loves Kratom and all natural botanicals. He’s also the mascot of Happy Hippo. Puddles Hippo works extremely hard to bring you the highest quality Kratom products.


24.) Red Bubble Technique: A technique for potentiating Kratom where you freeze a jar of Kratom Tea causing the alkaloids to compact into a little red bubble at the center of the frozen mass.


25.) Red Vein Kratom: (see definition of Vein Color)


26.) Resonation: Some people refer to the experience of effects from Kratom as the “resonation”.


27.) Rotating Kratom Strains: The concept of regularly changing Kratom strains in an effort to avoid building a tolerance to a specific alkaloid profile.


28.) Slow Speed Kratom: (see definition of Speeds, Kratom) Slow speed Kratom strains are associated with relaxing, comforting, and discomfort relieving effects.


29.) Soap, Kratom: Botanical Kratom powder is often used to make herbal soaps. Check out more alternative products that you can make from Kratom in this article.


30.) Speeds, Kratom: A concept for describing the effects of Kratom on a spectrum from Energy and Motivation, to Relaxation and Relief. The 3 different Kratom Speeds are Fast, Moderate, and Slow.


31.) Strain, Kratom: Refers to Kratom of a specific vein color and region. Examples include Green Maeng Da, White Borneo, and Red Thai.


32.) Sweet Spot: Refers to your usual serving size of Kratom powder. The perfect serving size for your needs.


33.) Tea, Kratom: One of the most common ways to consume Kratom powder. It refers to steeping Kratom powder (or raw leaves) in hot water to make an herbal tea.


34.) Toss & Wash: A very common way to consume Kratom powder. It refers to placing a serving of Kratom powder on your tongue, tossing it back, and then quickly washing it down with a shot of water or juice.


35.) Vein Color: As a Kratom plant matures, the veins on the leaves change color. The vein color is a way to differentiate Kratom strains. The youngest leaves have White veins, middle-aged leaves have Green veins, and the most mature leaves have Red veins.


36.) White Vein Kratom: (see definition of Vein Color above)


37.) 7-Hydroxymitragynine: Often referred to as ‘7-OH’. It’s an important alkaloid found in the Kratom plant, the 2nd most abundant. It’s responsible for most of Kratom’s discomfort relieving effects.

Phew… that was a lot of words! Thanks for reading the whole thing!

Now that you’re equipped with all of the Kratom terminology you need, you’re basically an expert! 😉 

If you have any questions or just need some advice, please reach out to our Happy Hippo Helpers! We are always Happy to help.


Disclaimer: Kratom remains unregulated by the FDA, the authors of this text would like you to note that although this article contains many points regarding the use of Kratom, they should only serve as a piece of information - not medical advice. 

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

Make sure to speak to a physician if you have questions before using Kratom.

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