How To Optimize the Effects of Kratom

Kratom comes in a variety of strains, each of which are thought to produce different effects on a spectrum between motivational-energy and relaxation. In this article we explore those effects, as well as how you can find the strain that's right for you.
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November 12, 2021
4 min read

What are the Effects of Kratom?

Within the wonderful world of natural products lives a special botanical called Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa). This amazing plant grows in tropical Southeast Asia and it belongs to the same family of plants as coffee! The Kratom leaves are harvested, thoroughly dried, and used to make all sorts of commodities. 

Although Kratom has been used for hundreds of years, recently it has become more popular due to the fascinating effects it provides to the mind and body when consumed. Nowadays, many people are searching for a more holistic approach to their overall well-being, so, Kratom will continue to gain popularity as the years pass.

Kratom can be found in Powders, Capsules, or Extract form. These products can be purchased online or in store from selected vendors. 

There are many different types of Kratom. Kratom strains can be classified by the color, origin, and speed of the plant. Since there are so many options to choose from, it can be confusing for a Kratom Newbie to find the strains that work best for your needs. 

Happy Hippo is here to help you understand Kratom Effects and how you can easily narrow down the options to find your perfect Kratom strain. We’re always Happy to help! 

What Causes the Effects of Kratom?

The effects of Kratom come from the biologically active compounds in the leaves called Alkaloids. Kratom contains more than 40 distinct alkaloids, but the two most abundant are called Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. 

These primary alkaloids are what gives Kratom it’s unique effects. The types of effects can vary depending on various factors such as serving size, empty belly, full belly, body weight, etc. 

Infographic Image depicting a Kratom Effect chart, with a variety of kratom strains and their associated kratom effects.

Kratom Benefits List

Kratom effects can be stimulating, energizing, and motivating; but they can also be relaxing, calming, and discomfort-relieving. It all depends on which strain you choose and the serving size you take! 

Here is a list of Kratom’s prime benefits:

  • Clean Energy

May provide energy that is motivating and exhilarating, but without any over-stimulation (aka Jitterbugs).

  • Focus

May help you concentrate and completely engage your mind to its fullest extent.

  • Joyful Spirit

May create a surge of happiness and excitement that boosts your overall mood and mindset.

  • Pro-Social

May provide charismatic sensations that sparks enthusiasm and a keen sense of social awareness. Lots of self-confidence!

  • Discomfort Relief

May help ease minor physical discomforts by relaxing the entire body.

  • Relaxed Body

Deeply relaxes your body, but also helps you feel calm and content. May be great for helping you achieve a restful sleep.

What are Kratom Speeds?

As mentioned above, there are several ways you can differentiate Kratom strains to find what works for you. 

Strains are most commonly organized by color and origin. Some vendors will say that Red strains are for relaxation and White strains are for motivation. However, Happy Hippo believes that it’s not so “black and white” and you can go even deeper when classifying strains. That's why we're a big advocate for Kratom Speeds (Fast, Moderate, or Slow)! 

Speeds help Kratom Newbies better understand what effects a certain strain will provide without being too focused on the vein color or origin. 

Fun Fact: Happy Hippo developed this method of classification and we’re one of the only Kratom vendors that associate speed with Kratom effects. 

Fast Speed Kratom

  • Fast = Energy 

  • Fast Speed Kratom supports a productive lifestyle by sparking energy, motivation, and mental efficiency (focus). Some Fast strains are much more physically energizing while others provide better mental stimulation. 

    For example, White Maeng Da (Rockstar Hippo) gives ample physical energy and it’s a great strain to take before the gym. On the other hand, Green Sunda (Jolly Green Hippo) is all about mental energy. It greases your brain gears and brings focus/concentration. However, both strains provide an excellent mood boost that leaves you feeling refreshed and animated! 

    All in all, if you’re looking for a boost in mental/physical energy - Fast strains will certainly be your cup of tea! 

    Moderate Speed Kratom

  • Moderate = Balance

  • Moderate Speed Kratom provides ultimate tranquility! Moderate strains are the harmony between Fast and Slow strains. Their resonation is very stable and gives a good balance of energy and relaxation.

    Kratom effects can vary from person to person. For some individuals, Fast strains may be too intense and can cause over-stimulation. It’s that yucky, fidgety feeling - similar to when you’ve had way too much coffee. We refer to this unpleasant feeling as the “Jitterbugs”. Retrospectively, Slow strains can also be too calming and make you feel like a lazy couch potato. 

    This is precisely why Moderate strains come in handy! If Fast strains are too fast and Slow strains too slow, it’s worth a try to see what Moderate strains can do for your needs.

    Slow Speed Kratom

    • Slow = Relaxation 

    Slow Speed Kratom supports a happy and relaxed mentality while also giving warm relief from physical discomforts. Some Slow strains may even help encourage restful sleep which can be a real life-saver on those nights were you’re tossing and turning in bed for hours.

    We recommend Slow strains for individuals who experience frequent discomfort and "uncomfy" feelings on a daily basis. Or, for anyone who wants to experience longer, more restful sleep.

    How to use Happy Hippo’s Kratom Strain Chart 

    As we’ve discussed, classifying Kratom strains by speed can be an exceptionally helpful tool when deciding which strains to buy. Although, how can you determine which strains are Faster than others? Or, which strains are Slower than others? 

    Using Happy Hippo’s Kratom Strain Chart, it’s simple! Our Kratom Strain Chart categorizes each strain Fast, Moderate, or Slow and shows you where they stand in relation to other strains. Also, the chart is interactive so you can click on each strain an see what specific benefits they offer! 

    Where is the Best Place to Buy Kratom by Speed?

    Happy Hippo Herbals, of course! Since we originally developed the Kratom Speeds concept, there aren’t many other vendors that use Fast, Moderate, and Slow to classify their strains.

    However, if you’re still having troubles deciding, we also offer a super fun Kratom Quiz! This quiz is limited to only 3 questions and it suggests personalized strains based on your answers. It’s incredibly quick and easy.

    We also offer beyond the Highest-Quality Kratom Powders and Extracts, Happiest Customer Service, and Same-Day-Shipping (sometimes within 20 minutes)!

    *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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