What is the best kratom for pain relief?
This may be a fair question to ask, but one that must be carefully answered.
For thousands of years people in Southeast Asia have been using kratom to improve their sense of well-being and improve their perception of pain relief.
The hope of a life free from from debilitating pain seems like a dream to many.
In many countries people use kratom to feel better about head and neck tension, and other minor feelings of discomfort in their bodies. (In the U.S. it’s not approved by the FDA for human consumption and is sold for use in aromatherapy, soap-making, and other craft-making.)
It is not a magic pill nor snake oil. I have written about how effective red vein kratom is in helping with the perception of pain and about how to overcome the few drawbacks that it has. You can read that article here.
In this article we’ll be looking at which are the best kratom strains for pain relief in those countries where it’s approved for human consumption.
(If you’re completely brand new to kratom then be sure to read my Ultimate Kratom Guide first. It will answer all of your questions about kratom.)
Please note that I am not a doctor. The information in this article is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Please do your own research in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician.
Red Kratom Strains Are The Best Kratom For Pain Relief
Red kratom strains are the best for pain relief, followed by green, then yellow and finally white.
For many people in certain parts of the world who are looking for a natural, herbal remedy for pain relief kratom is their solution. Many people are able to live normal lives again thanks to this unique plant.
When using kratom every day it’s important to rotate strains to avoid building up a tolerance. You can read more about this in my article about living the kratom lifestyle.
Below is a summary of my favorite red vein strains. I’m rating them based on their pain relieving properties in countries where kratom is consumed. I’m also including three green strains for a total of seven types of kratom. These can be used in a seven day rotation for.
Update: I recently tried a new vendor – Coastline Kratom – and their Red Vein Maeng Da is especially good.
Happy Hippo II (Red Vein)
A red vein variety made of dark red Indonesian leaves from Borneo. This was among the first kratom strains that I ever tried.
Rather than taking it on its own I prefer to mix it with a green or a white strain. Be careful when combining strains because it may complicate your kratom rotation schedule.
On its own it’s ok but sometimes I notice I feel slightly irritable. This is why I like combining it with another strain. Keep in mind that everyone’s response to different strains may vary.
Happy Hippo II Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Magic Hippo (Red Vein)
Red leaf kratom from the tiny island of Java in Indonesia. It’s not widely available and is a huge favorite among those who’ve tried it.
I like Magic Hippo on its own but I also mix it with other strains from time to time.
Magic Hippo Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Red Hot Hippo (Red Vein)
Another red vein variety, this one is from Thailand.
I read the reviews and saw that it’s the favorite of many people.
I find that I am impatient and irritable when using this one unless I mix it with a green or a white strain. I tend to have this response to red strains unless I mix them, which bums me out.
But for most people this isn’t an issue. (Remember that people respond differently to different strains).
I like it when combined with other strains but not so much on its own.
Red Hot Hippo Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Smiley Horned Hippo (Red Vein)
A rare and unique type of red leaf kratom. Horned kratom leaf is usually light green or yellow. This one is dark red.
I had almost given up on red strain kratom on its own until I tried this one. It gives me a better attitude toward pain relief, calming effects and well-being without having to combine it with another strain.
It is by far my favorite red strain.
Smiley Horned Hippo Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Happy Hippo I (Green Vein)
This is the first kratom strain I ever tried.
It was included in the “Newbie Hippo Starter Pack” from Happy Hippo which was the first kratom I ever ordered.
It’s a great “all-around” strain and is strongly recommended for beginners who are new to kratom.
It’s been said to provide a good balance of pain relief, well-being, and energy.
(Don’t know how much kratom to use? Read this article to find out).
Happy Hippo I Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Hulu Hippo (Green Vein)
This kratom grows in the inner jungles of northwest Kalimantan. Apparently it can be difficult to harvest due to its location and is not often commercially available.
The leaves vary from green to a dark pink. It acts very much as a red strain even though it’s listed as a green variety.
This is one of my overall favorite kratom strains. In fact, it’s what I used earlier as I began writing this article!
I think you will find the effects of Hulu Hippo to be quite special.
Hulu Hippo Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pleasant Green Hippo (Green Vein)
A green strain from Sumatra. Happy Hippo Herbals also adds a sprinkle of blue lotus to this kratom, for additional sedative properties.
It is a very good strain overall, and a great addition to a kratom rotation for pain relief if you live in a place where kratom is approved for internal use.
Pleasant Green Hippo Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Suggested Kratom Rotation Schedule For Pain Relief
If you live in a country where kratom is approved for human consumption and you use the same kratom every single day you will build up a tolerance to it.
You will quickly find that the effects of kratom are diminished. This would be very sad, indeed. Even the best kratom for pain relief won’t help as much as it once did.
You can keep tolerance at bay by rotating strains. At a bare minimum you should wait at least seven days before using the same kratom again.
Below is a suggestion for how to rotate the seven strains I have just described. As you gain experience with kratom I encourage you to add more strains to your rotation.
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If you are living in pain every single day my heart goes out to you. I’ve seen loved ones suffer through this.
I am in awe of the strength that some people possess to be able to get up each and every morning knowing that they are going to have to suffer through the agony of another day.
People in parts of Southeast Asia who seek natural, herbal solutions to pain relief have used kratom as an effective remedy for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
In those countries, it’s known that red varieties of kratom are the best kratom for pain relief, for calming aches and pains. By adding a few other strains to a kratom rotation people enjoy a natural, herbal remedy to alleviate pain.
If you live in a country where kratom is legal for human consumption I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
All of the kratom described in this article can be purchased at Happy Hippo Herbals or at Coastline Kratom.