What Makes Powder Kratom such an Amazing Botanical?

In this article, we discuss one of the most common forms of Kratom: Powder Kratom. Covering its region of origin, how much you should take, safety, the effects of powder Kratom, and details on popular strains. 
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November 11, 2022
6 min read

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is a special evergreen tree that grows throughout several regions of Southeast Asia. It comes from the same family of plants as coffee; Rubiaceae. Over the past decade, this amazing plant has grown in popularity exponentially. Many people around the world are taking advantage of the natural benefits it provides.

In this article, we are going to talk about the most common form of Kratom: Powder Kratom. We will go over where it comes from, the respective effects, how to use it, and details on popular Powder Kratom strains.

What is Powder Kratom?

Powder Kratom is harvested from the dried leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree. The leaves contain a variety of alkaloids, the most notable being Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids are responsible for the effects you experience after using Kratom. Each Kratom strain contains different amounts of alkaloids. The amount of alkaloids in a given Kratom strain is referred to as the strain’s alkaloid profile. Kratom effects vary depending on the Kratom strain used and serving size administered.

How Does Kratom Affect the Body?

The active alkaloids that reside in Kratom leaves can provide an assortment of effects to the mind and body. According to a study published on the National Library of Medicine, Kratom contains about 40 distinct alkaloid compounds. The unique combination of a Kratom strain’s alkaloid profile determines the effects it’s associated with. When you consume Kratom, it passes through the digestive tract into the bloodstream before the alkaloids make their way to receptors in the brain where the effects activate.

What are the Benefits of Powder Kratom?

Kratom is a versatile botanical that can do so many things. People across the globe use it to make their daily lives more manageable. 

Kratom provides a spectrum of benefits depending on the specific Kratom strain you’re using and your personal serving size. Every strain is subject to the “Entourage Effect”, meaning that the overall combination of all 40 alkaloids create a unique ‘cocktail’ responsible for the effects associated with a given strain. 

What are the benefits one can experience when using Kratom?

  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Increased Mental Focus
  • Positive Well-Being 
  • Pro-Social Attitude
  • Relaxation
  • Discomfort Relief
  • Restful Sleep 
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Does Powder Kratom Have Any Side Effects?

All natural botanicals and even prescription medications have potential side effects, and Kratom is no different. The side effects experienced from using Kratom are usually caused by a combination of factors such as: serving size, the alkaloid profile of the strain, Kratom Tolerance, and your personal body chemistry. 

Kratom Side Effects (caused by too large a serving):

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Irritability
  • Dry Mouth or Dehydration (Drink water!) 
  • Constipation
  • Slight numbness of the tongue 
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Increased Kratom Tolerance (see below)

Kratom Side Effects of Increased Tolerance: 

  • Decreased effects at your normal serving size
  • Frequent feelings of “It Doesn’t Really Work Anymore” 
  • Having to take an increasingly larger serving to feel any effects at all

Most Kratom side effects are temporary and will subside after a couple of hours. If you start experiencing side effects, be sure to drink lots of water. Proper hydration can make a huge difference. In the rare event that you experience any unusual side effects (not listed here), you should immediately cease use and seek professional medical attention.

The best way to avoid Kratom side effects is to be mindful of your serving size, especially when trying a new strain for the first time. 

Hippo Tip: Start at the lowest serving size possible and work your way up in small increments. Kratom is NOT a “more is better” kind of thing.  

If you want more insight on how to prevent or reduce your Kratom Tolerance and keep your serving sizes low - we have an entire article dedicated to Kratom Tolerance written by our in-house Kratom experts.

How To Use Powdered Kratom

Powder Kratom can be consumed different ways, it typically depends on your personal preference. The most common way is to drink Kratom Tea; a beverage (typically served warm) made from steeping Powder Kratom in hot (not boiling) water. 

However, some people prefer to “toss and wash” Powder Kratom. The ‘toss and wash’ method  is when you place a measured amount of raw powder Kratom directly into your mouth and use a beverage to swish and swallow.

Kratom has a naturally bitter taste that can be hard to handle. If you have sensitive tastebuds, we recommend trying Kratom Capsules. Essentially, the powder Kratom gets encapsulated into a pill-like form for quick and easy consumption. It completely disguises the bitter taste. 

Which Kratom Strains are the Most Popular?

Kratom strains are often classified by the origin and color of the veins on the face of the leaf. The four Kratom vein colors are White, Green, Red, and Yellow. Kratom strains have many different origins, but the most common are Maeng Da, Thai, Bali, Borneo, and Sumatra

As we mentioned earlier, the distinct alkaloid profile of a strain will determine the effects experienced. However, effects will vary from person to person. Ultimately, it’s best to experiment with different strains and play a bit of “trial and error” to find the best strain that suits your personal needs. 

Let’s talk about some of the most popular Kratom strains.

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Popular White Vein Powder Kratom

White Vein Kratom comes from the youngest leaves on the Kratom tree and they typically grow on the bottom branches. As the tree matures, the alkaloid concentration transforms, causing the veins to change color. 

White Vein strains usually have the highest concentration of Mitragynine and the lowest concentration of 7-Hydroxymitragynine. The high levels of Mitragynine produce stimulation. These strains are best known for their energizing/motivational benefits

Popular White Vein Kratom strains include: 

Popular Green Vein Powder Kratom

Green Vein Kratom leaves are the “middle-child”. They reside on the center branches. These leaves are slightly more mature than White Vein leaves, which means that the alkaloids are more potent. Some of the Mitragynine has broken down and been converted into a slightly higher concentration of 7-Hydroxymitragynine. These strains are associated with balanced effects; between energy and relaxation. 

Popular Green Vein Kratom strains include: 

Popular Red Vein Powder Kratom

Red Vein Kratom leaves are the oldest, which means their alkaloids are more mature than the other vein colors. You can find them on the top branches of the tree. These strains have a moderate amount of Mitragynine and elevated levels of 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Since the concentration of alkaloids is much higher, the effects provide heavy relaxation and soothing properties. Red Vein Kratom strains work great for individuals who want relief from physical discomfort.

Popular Red Vein Kratom strains include:

Other Popular Strains of Powder Kratom

In addition to vein colors, there are other varieties of Kratom that are fairly popular. Blended Kratom strains are when you mix different Kratom vein colors/origins. Kratom blends have a unique alkaloid profile which makes them hit differently.

Bentuangie Kratom, also known as “Chocolate Kratom” is produced by undergoing a detailed fermentation process. It’s generally only made out of Red Vein Kratom strains. This is because it’s the most mature vein color with the highest levels of Mitragynine in its alkaloid profile.  

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FAQ - Powder Kratom

Do Kratom Capsules Contain Powder Kratom?

Yes, Kratom Capsules contain Powder Kratom. Depending on the size of the capsule you’re using, they can hold anywhere from a half gram to a full gram of powder. 

Happy Hippo’s Premium Kratom Capsules contain a ½ gram of Powder Kratom in a vegetarian capsule casing - no gelatin! 

Powder Kratom vs. Liquid Extract - Which is Better?

Honestly, that’s up for you to decide! Both products have their pros and cons, but it ultimately depends on the situation and what you’re looking to get out of the experience. 

Let’s do a quick comparison breakdown… 

Kratom Powder:

Kratom Extracts:

  • Robust & long-lasting
  • Very potent - but shorter lived resonation experience
  • Fast-acting
  • Fast-acting energy boost
  • Always getting the full alkaloid profile of each strain
  • Not always getting the full alkaloid profile of Kratom
  • Discomfort relief & relaxation properties with specific strains
  • Builds tolerance quicker
  • Harder to take on-the-go
  • On-the-go convenience 
  • Cost-effective
  • Discrete to use at work or in public

For a more detailed comparison, please check out our Kratom Powder vs Kratom Extract article. 

How Can I Avoid Building a Tolerance to Kratom?

If you're in the "It Doesn't Really Work Anymore" phase - you have probably developed a Tolerance to Kratom. The key to keeping a low Kratom tolerance is by implementing a Kratom Strain Rotation. This method that allows you to avoid a temporary condition called “Stagnant Strain Syndrome.” Rotating various Kratom strains keeps your receptors guessing and your experiences fresh.

Remember: If you want to learn more about Kratom Tolerance and how to prevent it, please read our Managing Kratom Tolerance article. 

What is the Shelf-Life of Powder Kratom?

Kratom can be stored for quite a long time given it’s kept fresh. Approximately 2-3 years. Don’t worry, we have some tips to help keep your Powder Kratom fresh and vibrant.

  • Store in a cool, dry place like a cabinet 
  • Keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time
  • Store in a resealable airtight container (amber glass jars are the best, they are specifically designed to protect botanicals from harmful UV light)

Is Kratom Safe?

Although scientific studies are limited, most evidence suggests that Kratom is generally safe to consume. After all, the natives of Southeast Asia have been using Kratom successfully for generations. Still, adverse reactions can occur from ingesting heavy serving sizes all at once. Stay within the recommended serving sizes for the best results.

Where to Find the Best Powder Kratom For Sale (Happy Hippo!)

Happy Hippo is the #1 BEST place to buy Kratom online. 

You are getting a high-quality, lab-tested, sterilized, clean, plain-leaf product packaged in an AKA GMP-certified facility that will be shipped to you faster than anything you've ordered before. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. We are always happy to help! 



Disclaimer: Although Kratom is federally legal in the United States, the substance is not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). We 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.

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