Kratom Review: Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Horned Hippo)

In this article we review of the Red Vein Horn Kratom Strain (also known as Smiley Horned Hippo), providing you with insight into its benefits, effects, and our personal experiences associated with this type of kratom.
Featured Image of Puddles the Hippo character representing the Happy Hippo Product Red Horn Kratom Powder (Smiley Horned Hippo)
May 04, 2021
2 min read

Hi Happy Friend!

We're going to tell you about a 'Secret Leaf' that's popular among longtime Kratom enthusiasts but Newbies don't know what to make of it.

Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Hippo) is my personal favorite among the Slow, Happy varieties.



While you will certainly enjoy the distinct "Smiley" warm relaxation vibes - Red Horn Kratom has another 'secret' purpose entirely -


Kratom veterans mix the Slow Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Hippo) with Faster Strains to add a "Happy" element or to 'slow down' the more vibrant varieties.

Red Horn Kratom is the Slowest (Happiest) Leaf we have and is an exceptional value once you learn to mix multiple Kratom Strains.

Puddles Hippo Tip: Mix Red Horn Kratom with any of the Fast Strains for an Energetic but More Happy time!


What is Red Horn Kratom? (How is 'Horn' Different than Regular Leaf?)

Horned Kratom Leaf is not particularly different from 'normal' Kratom Leaf, other than it's meant solely for relaxation.

Physically speaking, Horned Kratom (sometimes called "Spike-y Leaf Kratom") has little "spikes" on the end of the leaves.

These "spikes" can be individual or multiple -

Closeup Image of a Kratom Tree (Mitragyna Speciosa), with horned leafs

Compare that to 'normal' Kratom Leaf, which has a tip but not the additional "Horned" spikes -

Infographic image of several kratom leaves with rounded edges, but a pointed tip

Other than that, Horned Leaf functions similar to all other Slow Kratom Strains.


Why Haven't I Heard About Red Horn Kratom?

Good question.

Most people simply haven't tried Red Horn Kratom.

Even more people don't understand its true purpose.

There is also an unfortunate preconception among Newbies and rookies that Horned Leaf is "Kratom, but just weaker".

Not so.

In fact -

If you can find a quality, mature Horned Leaf (hint: Happy Hippo!) you might actually find that Horned Leaf is actually STRONGER than the others.

Fast Kratom (and also Moderate Leaf, to some extent) only provides a present-but-overall-subtle Sense of Well-Being.

True Horned Kratom Leaf will have a pronounced Sense of Well-Being.


What are the Effects of Red Horn Kratom?

Stress-free. Discomfort-free. Relaxed. Sense of Well-Being.


Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Hippo) is Slow Kratom Leaf.

Horned Kratom is not as energetic and won't make you want to 'clean your room' like Ghost Hippo.

Horned Kratom serves 1 purpose -

Making you Happy

Free of nerves.

Free of discomfort.


Red Horn Kratom is the Slowest-of-the-Slow.

Although nothing is certain and everyone will react differently to the different varieties - we rarely have customers that say that the Horned Kratom doesn't work well for them.

Puddles Pro-Tip: While many consider Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Hippo) to be the ultimate 'Chill Out Leaf', it's not particularly a 'Social Leaf' as a standalone. It is best enjoyed in an equally relaxing environment.

Why Red Horn Kratom is the Secret Happy Hippo Leaf (The Ultimate 'Happy' Mix Base)

Despite the value as a relaxing standalone, adding Red Horn Kratom Powder is the ultimate way to add an element of "Happy" to any kratom strain.

See for your yourself!

Mix equal parts (1:1) of Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Hippo) with any other Faster Strain.

The combinations are endless -

Hyper / Smiley Hippo

1 gram of Green Maeng Da Kratom (Hyper Hippo) + 1 gram of Red Horn Kratom (Smiley Hippo)

Smiley / Sunshine Hippo

2 grams of Yellow Maeng Da (Sunshine Hippo) + 2 grams of Red Horn (Smiley Hippo)

Be creative!

Learn more about our horned kratom blends.

Your experience will be similar to what you'd normally expect, but there will be a noticeable element of "Happy" that just wasn't there before.

I absolutely swear by Red Horn Kratom for mixing and spicing up other Kratom Strains.

Red Horn Kratom is truly the "Secret Happy Hippo" Leaf.

Puddles' Truth: It may take many months (or even years) to truly understand the value of each and every Kratom Strain. The good news is that - It will be a Happy trial and error experience.


Closing Thoughts

Red Horn Kratom Powder (Smiley Hippo) is the wonderful, somewhat obscure, Secret Happy Hippo Leaf that's enjoyed to its fullest capacity by veteran Happy Hippo customers.

Relaxing on its own.

Uniquely relaxing in combination with other kratom strains.

While it may take some trial and error to truly unlock Red Horn Kratom's "Smiley" potential - it is very much worth it.

Red Horn Kratom turns a bad morning into a good afternoon.


Smiley Horned Puddles Hippo

We will begin to discuss the topic of 'Mixing Kratom Strains' on our new blog.

Which Kratom combinations have worked for you? Please tell us below!

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Article Comments

Mike C


Definitely take me and Obi’s word for it – White Horned Rhino will blow you out of the water if you love Smiley Horned Hippo. It’s a different feeling, but will definitely make you feel “one with your environment”. Tbh, just makes me smile :)


Red horned hippo is one of my favorite strains. I’ve had amazing experiences on it where I felt “one with my environment” connected and that everything in the world was alright

Obi Wan Hippo Nobi

Dan thanks for sharing your experience with the Smiley Red Horn. It is a superb strain. If you liked the Red Horn, place an order right now for the White Horned Rhino. Trust Mike and I you will not be disappointed. The Rhino (white horned) and Smiley (red horned) are definitely two unique, hard-to-find, exceptional strains.

“True Horned Leaf will have a pronounced Sense of Well-Being” – Chris Hippo (couldn’t have said it better myself)

I look forward to seeing your contributions to the blog in the future.


All of the Hippo Fast Strains are excellent it’s just a matter of which strains you resonate with. If by “real effect” your looking for a broader palette of effects I would recommend the Rockstar, Red Hot, or Sunshine For straight fast – Thunder, Atomic, Dong. Personally, I find Dynamite to be very fast as well but with a slightly broader range of effects. This is just my personal experience. I hope it helps.


Thanks Kilia. You will love the Rhino. I find the key to getting the “fast” effect from the fast strains is to not take too much. I find with high quality, alkaloid rich, leaf like Happy Hippo sometimes less is more for the fast effect. For instance if your sweet spot is usually around 2 – 2.5g I would recommend trying 1 -1.5g. If the effect isn’t what you desire you can always add more (.5 to 1g) 30 to 60 mins after your initial. You may be surprised at how the fast effect shows up with less. My personal favorite for pure “fast” effect is the Thunder (on sale now). Atomic Green also seems to be pure energy and Viet Dong (original name – I refuse to call it Viet Golden) is a favorite fast strain of many of my friends.