Rotating Kratom Strains for Kratom Tolerance

Using multiple kratom strains does not guarantee better results, but we’ve found that there is a “Sweet Spot” in which most Humans get the consistently good Kratom Experiences. That Sweet Spot involves rotating multiple kratom strains to manage kratom tolerance.

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May 04, 2021
6 min read

Kratom Strain Joke for Learning

“Do you know what Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) stands for?”

“Kratom (more strains).”

A Hippo Client emailed us that gem. 

He wished to discuss the pros and cons of Kratom Strain Rotation and Stagnant Strain Syndrome (SSS), which is linked to increasing Kratom Tolerance and diminishing Kratom Effects.

Stagnant Strain Syndrome and Kratom Tolerance is roughly defined as “the decreased positive effects linked with the use of a minimal number of Kratom Strains, typically two or less.

Basically, Kratom Tolerance requires you to increase your Kratom Serving to achieve the Effects that were felt at a lower serving-size. Not ideal.

Kratom Rotation is not just a magic bullet for Tolerance issues.

It also allows smart Kratom Users to experience the full breadth and potential of this wondrous plant.

The more Kratom Strains that work for you, the more wisely you can use each type of Kratom for specific Kratom Benefits.

For example, while Green Malay Kratom Powder might be a useful daily strain, many people would enjoy a faster Kratom strain like Maeng Da Kratom for high-energy activities.

Using multiple strains does not guarantee better results, but we’ve found that there's a “Sweet Spot” in which most people feel the benefits of Kratom.

To reach that sweet spot you will need to incorporate multiple Kratom strains into your weekly Kratom lifestyle.

Learn more with our Kratom Strain Chart

If you’re looking for a brief refresher on the various types of Kratom, or the background and effects for each Kratom Strain, check out our Kratom Strain Chart.

This handy guide will help you determine the best types of Kratom to work into your rotation.

Does Rotating Kratom Strains Work?

The short answer to this question is, YES!

In our experience, if you commit to rotating different types of Kratom strains (including a good mix of vein colors) on a regular schedule, you'll not see a significant increase in your Kratom Tolerance as compared to using the same strain for multiple days or weeks at a time (we've tried that too!).

However, scientifically-speaking, the connection between Kratom Tolerance and rotating strains is mostly based on anecdotal evidence.

People often point to the different alkaloid contents of the various Kratom strains as an explanation; however, there's little in the way of accepted studies that explore this topic beyond the armchair scientist.

The good news is we expect the forthcoming science will ultimately support this explanation.

How Long Does it Take to Feel the Effects of Kratom?

If you’re just curious about how long it takes to start feeling the effects of Kratom, the answer is simple: it depends on context! If your normal Kratom serving size isn’t working as quickly or as powerfully as normal, it could be a variety of things. For instance, taking Kratom on an empty stomach makes your body react differently than it would if you had just eaten a bowl of oatmeal and some pancakes.

That being said, if you’re struggling with this problem frequently, you might consider exploring Kratom Strain Rotation to help keep your Kratom Tolerance low.

The Best Kratom Strains to Rotate

It depends! You may specifically like Red Vein and White Vein Kratom. These strains showcase relief from discomfort and high-energy (plus red and white vein Kratom is easy to keep organized in your mind).

Or perhaps you’re loyal to variations by origin such as: Bali Kratom, Borneo Kratom, Indo Kratom, and Maeng Da Kratom. It depends on your goals and your unique reaction to each Kratom Strain. The key detail to understand is that there is no universally optimal way to rotate your strains. It’s up to you.

Quick Note: Always read the label to avoid unintended consequences!

If you’re at all concerned that the effects haven’t hit your system, just be wary of increasing your serving size too quickly. How long Kratom takes to kick in is not the easiest answer to quantify, but there’s a range within which you should be comfortable working.

Kratom Tolerance Rotation #1 - 7 Kratom Strains over 7 Days

Rotate seven strains, one for each day of the week. If you’re a daily user, this might be a workable solution. Purchase a different strain for each day of the week and cycle them accordingly. This is a fantastic option for those looking to answer the question “How does Kratom work?” Each strain will produce different effects, and when you add those different effects together, you get a range of effects. That’s the answer!

Disclaimer: We devote the rest of this post to curating Kratom rotation templates you can easily borrow for personal use. We list different strain examples for each template, and we also link some Hippo versions of each strain. We do that because we strongly believe we have the highest quality kratom on the market, but these templates will work for you if another vendor is worthy of your loyalty. As long as you’re Happy, we’re Happy.

Kratom Rotation for 7 Day Schedule

Sunday: Red Sumatra (Magic Hippo)

Monday: Green Maeng Da (Hyper Hippo)

Tuesday: Super Green Indo (Happy Hippo I)

Wednesday: Green Thai (Atomic Green Hippo)

Thursday: Red Horn (Smiley Hippo)

Friday: White Borneo (Ghost Hippo)

Saturday: White Malay (Thunder Hippo)

Advantages: reliable, easy to remember, caters to people with hectic schedules, easier to identify patterns of likes and dislikes for individual kratom users

Disadvantages: might be *too much* variety for easy rotation, difficult to pin down a favorite strain


If you’re a fan of diversity in your daily kratom use or what we refer to as the "Kratom Lifestyle", this is your solution. If you prefer a streamlined option, this still might be a tad overwhelming—especially for the kratom newbie.

Kratom Tolerance Rotation #2 - 5 Different Kratom Strains for 5 Days ON and 2 Days OFF

Rotate five strains, five days of the week and take two days off. The tolerance breaks can be adjacent, (e.g., Saturday and Sunday), or you can break them up and put one in the middle of the week (e.g., Wednesday) and another at the tail end (e.g., Saturday). Tolerance breaks make kratom’s effects on the body much more apparent, especially if you vary your low and high serving sizes throughout the week.

Kratom Rotation for 5 days ON, 2 days OFF

Sunday: Green Malay (Elite Elephant)

Monday: Super Red Borneo (Happy Hippo II)

Tuesday: Yellow Bali (Royal Golden Hippo)

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Super Green Borneo (Happy Hippo I)

Friday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo)

Saturday: off

Advantages: affordable, enough strains to do the job, occasional tolerance breaks are good for longevity,

Disadvantages: tolerance breaks can be difficult; scheduled off days might not coincide with reality (e.g., a day off scheduled when a good burn might really come in handy)


This rotation is viable for people with schedules that rarely vary, but many people prefer daily kratom use which limits this template’s popularity.

Kratom Tolerance Rotation #3 - 3 Different Kratom Strains, Rotated Every 48 Hours

Rotate multiple strains for multiple days of the week. It’s predictable and easy to accommodate without breaking the bank or requiring too much in the way of thought.

Kratom Rotation for 3 Strains, Rotated Every 48 Hours

Sunday: Green Maeng Da (Hyper Hippo)

Monday: Green Maeng Da (Hyper Hippo)

Tuesday: Yellow Bali (Royal Golden Hippo)

Wednesday: Yellow Vietnam (Wild Golden Hippo)

Thursday: Yellow Maeng Da (Sunshine Hippo)

Friday: Yellow Maeng Da (Sunshine Hippo)

Saturday: Restart rotation

Advantages: affordable, a manageable number of strains, encourages regular rotation of favorites

Disadvantages: fine line between “too many” strains and “not enough,” may not be enough variety for adventurous kratom users


This rotation or one similar is probably the most popular in circulation. Not that it’s the absolute best—it depends on personal taste—but it’s simple. A little goes a long way.

Kratom Tolerance Rotation #4 - How to Rotate Just 2 Kratom Strains

Throw everything against the wall and see what sticks. This approach is strictly for veteran users.

Kratom Rotation for just 2 kratom strains

Sunday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo)

Monday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo) potentiated with citrus juice

Tuesday: Green Bali (Top-Shelf Bali) tapered to half of Monday’s kratom intake

Wednesday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo) with increased spaces between servings

Thursday: Green Bali (Top-Shelf Bali) taken immediately after exercise (increased potentiation)

Friday: Kratom break, supplement with Akuamma for calming sensations

Saturday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo) regular serving size

Sunday: Green Bali (Top-Shelf Bali) regular serving sizes with less frequency

Advantages: can boost overall kratom IQ, best approach to understand each strain’s nuances, might sustain a more limited number of kratom strains in the long-term

Disadvantages: the most complex approach, potentially confusing, hard to know which part is working and which part is just happy to be there


Education is the key to informed kratom use. Its complexity limits this rotation’s popularity, but veteran users who want to expand their knowledge would find it useful. Kratom extracts can also play a role in this approach if you prefer them over kratom powder, though misuse of extracts can easily make your tolerance levels explode.

Closing Thoughts on Rotating Kratom Strains to manage your Kratom Tolerance

“How long does Kratom Tolerance last?” isn’t the right question.

Rather, the question needs to be “What can I do to keep my Kratom Tolerance low?”

It’s in your best interest to learn as much as you can—Stagnant Strain Syndrome and Kratom Strain Rotations included. Long-term positive use depends on the individual. Thankfully, human trials are receiving federal funding, These results will inform and confirm the conjecture that rotating your Kratom can prevent or decrease SSS’ negative effects. It also provides a convenient opening to experiment with new strains. Who knows? Trying it might lead you to your all-time favorite.

To truly live a productive low-tolerance Kratom Lifestyle, you just need to mix it up as much as you can. Newbies should create a trial and error schedule, most veterans have figured out what best works for them.

One thing is clear though -

Strain Rotation works far better than simply using a single Kratom Powder indefinitely.

Bonus: We’re of the opinion that Kratom Side Effects, including Kratom Withdrawal, are manageable without being of undue concern.

TLDR: Is Kratom safe to mix with other strains?

Sure, we encourage it. Start with discovering the answer to the question “What do the different strains of kratom do?” The more you try, the more informed and developed your knowledge will become. After that, you can start mix-and-matching your favorites.

Questions? Comments? Please leave Puddles your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Article Comments

Nate Kelley

I use Kratom every day because it has positive effects on me. I one hundred percent believe in Kratom and it’s abilities to make me feel better, more energy, control appetite, alleviate my back pain, and gives me a better out look on life. Plus on the days I have not taken Kratom, I have NO withdraws.

Happy Hippo has the BEST Kratom on the market. I am interested in selling Kratom. How can I buy your product from you at a lower price?

Shawn Chavez

Tina Thompson

Hello! So thankful that I found your site. Total newbie just bought from you a week ago. I am following your gentle guidelines for avoiding tolerance and correct dosage best as I can. I have been using one leaf during the day and another at night. Is that not good to do? Should I only use one type a day?
I have been using Magic or Chill for the evening and top shelf bali or golden bali in the day (and variations)

Thank you!
Diánna 8) 8) :$

Jeff S

Hi SMT. I guess the Hippos are busy and you’ve been waiting a week for some advice. I personally think it is best to mix as many colors, speeds and regions as you possibly can. However, in my opinion if forced to pic the most important, I would probably say color. It seems you prefer fast, are willing to consider a moderate, and not really interested in slow strains. Although, blending a Top-Shelf Bali, White Horned Rhino or Smiley Red Horn (all slow) with a fast can enable you to have a slow on hand and also blend it with a faster strain when you want to add some happy to the energy. Top-Shelf Bali I personally would rate as more of a moderate.

Now if you want to add some color to your preferred fast strain rotation, Happy Hippo’s Red Hot Hippo is incredible and one of many Hippos’ favorite strains. You may also want to consider the Dyn-O-mite (Jimmy Walker’s favorite strain) which is a fast Red Thai, which is very vibrant and energizing. That would add some red to your fast rotation.

Unless cost is an issue you may also want to consider substituting Hyper for the Common Maeng Da (Hyper and Top Shelf Bali are very synergistic and blend well together). The Atomic (Green Thai) I personally think is one of the faster strains. And If you want to utilize another fast yellow strain in place of the Sunshine, you might want to get some Dong (Viet Golden). This keeps a yellow in your rotation and gives you a different region (Vietnam) Many of Obi’s friends seeking energy love the Dong and can’t seem to get enough of it!! They take Dong at School. Take Dong at Work. Take Dong before going to the Gym.

As far as moderates that are on the faster side there are two white strains that you may want to consider. Ghost (White Borneo) and Roadrunner (White Indo). Ghost is one of my favorite strains (there is a blog post about Ghost and Roadrunner on Page 2 of the blog). These are more energizing, alert, white moderates that I think you might appreciate. I must also mention another of my favorite strains Sky (White Sumatra) (unfortunately now called Roaring White). This is a smoother, more soothing, balanced-energizing moderate strain.

I hope this helps. It seems from your post that you really desire some underlying energy, which is why I responded as I did. I would recommend that you order some 1oz of the new strains that you are thinking of incorporating and evaluate which strains resonate with you. Then you can order larger quantities.

are great blog post on Hyper, Ghost and Roadrunner on the Blog and they are very informative!!