10 Best Kratom for Anxiety: What Strain for Stress and Anxiety Relief?

Medically reviewed by — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Many people combat the tension and restlessness that come with anxiety by using prescription medicine or taking up yoga or meditation. Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is another good alternative. Because there are so many varieties, it may be difficult to find the ultimate best kratom for anxiety especially if you’re new to using kratom.

Kratom has alkaloids than have been proven to be effective in temporarily providing anxiety relief. It comes in various colors and strains and provides a range of effects. 

That’s why we developed this guide. Here’s a breakdown of the many strains and how they can help.

Best Kratom for Anxiety Comparison Table

Reviews of the Best Kratom for Anxiety

The Red Bali kratom is a common strain that offers pain relief and improved mood. It’s common because red Bali trees grow quickly and produce large leaves.

This variety is usually priced around $20 for 100 grams up to $90-200 for 1 kilogram. But the effects last for a shorter period of time compared to other kratom strains, so you may have to buy larger amounts.

It’s important to note that there are two types of kratom based on their overall effect: stimulating and sedating. The red vein Bali is more sedating and therefore works as a good analgesic for anyone suffering from anxiety or panic attacks.

Kraken Kratom's Bali Kratom Powder (OG-PC)

Things We Liked

  • Affordable
  • Sedating + pain relieving = good analgesic
  • Strong, fresh aroma

Things We Didn't Like

  • Effects last for a short period of time
  • Increased side effects of nausea at high doses
  • Some batches have rough, dry texture
Original Harvest’s Bali 10x Kratom Extract Powder

The leaves of kratom trees from Bali are darker than other strains due to the painkilling and relaxing attributes that come from the mixture of red and green.

Kratom extract has sedative effects in higher doses, although such dosage could be too potent for some. That’s why this is also available in a more concentrated capsule form. Just be warned that appetite may grow or diminish greatly when taking this, depending on your genetic make-up.

This costs around $20 for 28 grams and around $150 for 226 grams.

Things We Liked

  • Quite potent pain reliever
  • Good quality powder texture
  • Soothes anxiety

Things We Didn't Like

  • Fast stimulant at low doses
  • Extremely sedating at very high doses
  • May greatly enhance or decrease appetite

The Red Vien Maeng Da comes from leaves that have a tough cell wall, which is typically an indicator that the effects will take longer to kick in.

It contains a high level of 7-Hydroxymitragynine, an alkaloid that can provide stress relief and pain relief. Still, its sedating effect doesn’t diminish one’s level of focus.

A standard 28-gram packet costs around $12 while the larger packet of 100 grams will not exceed $40 in any store.

Kraken Kratom's Maeng Da Thai Kratom Powder (Red Vein)

Things We Liked

  • Analgesic (stress and pain relief)
  • Wonderful aroma
  • Effects last very long
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    Low chance of side effects

Things We Didn't Like

  • Effects take long to kick in
  • Too relaxing for use while working or socializing
  • Inconsistent results
Original Harvest’s Super Indo Green Vein Kratom Powder

This powder is made from the largest leaves of the kratom plant, spanning 8 inches in length, and contains high concentrations of healing alkaloids.

Because it comes from very potent leaves, it must be taken at small doses first. It may give you both a boost and relief for pain, its effect a balance of stimulating and sedating, but this could vary depending on your body chemistry.

This costs around $20 for 28 grams.

Things We Liked

  • Both stimulating and sedating
  • Potent pain reliever
  • Delivers fast effects

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not a very good taste
  • Inconsistent results
  • Always out of stock

Like other Borneo strains, this powder has a sedating effect that can help you relax. However, it can only be used for aromatherapy.

It’s produced by boiling a dense kratom resin and mixing in highly concentrated alkaloids. Such alkaloids can give off a healing effect even if it’s just through scent.

This costs around $30 for 5 grams, although buying the 25-gram pack lets you save a few bucks.

Kraken Kratom's Enhanced Borneo Kratom

Things We Liked

  • Earthy, pleasing, and relaxing scent
  • High concentration of healing alkaloids
  • Nice color and texture

Things We Didn't Like

  • Larger packets are not offered
Super Green Malaysian Kratom Powder

The green Vein Malay is an analgesic and has sedating effects. It has a very unique smell that may help you relax and even enhance your mood.

This Vein Malay strain isn’t as popular as its red and white vein cousins, but this is mostly because it offers milder, more moderate effects.

A hundred grams can cost about $20. Many online stores also offer discounts for bulk purchases.

Things We Liked

  • Moderate version of very potent relaxants
  • Has a distinct, pleasing scent
  • Available online up to 5 kilograms

Things We Didn't Like

  • Provides only a minimal boost

The green kratom that comes from the Malaysian mountains, where the soil in which the kratom grows has a unique composition that makes the plant’s cell walls tough. As a result, the green kratom’s effects last quite long.

It’s also special because it has high stimulating and sedating effects. The largest leaves were harvested and the stems were removed to make this Kraken Kratom product.

It costs $20 for 100 grams. Some sellers also offer discounts for bulk purchases.

Kraken Kratom Super Green Malaysian Kratom Leaf

Things We Liked

  • Mentally stimulating and relaxing; best of both worlds
  • Reliable, long-lasting effects
  • Fresh, aromatic smell
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    Available in capsule or powder form

Things We Didn't Like

  • Might be too stimulating for anxiety if consumed in excess
Kraken Kratom's Ultra Enhanced Indo Kratom Powder (UEI)

This kratom strain has a soothing and relaxing aroma. It’s a powerful analgesic although it also has stimulant effects, providing pain relief without sedating the user too strongly.

Because it was made by boiling kratom resin, it has a high concentration of alkaloids.

5 grams cost about $30.

Things We Liked

  • Soothing and relaxing scent
  • Mentally stimulating and relaxing; best of both worlds
  • High concentration of healing alkaloids

Things We Didn't Like

  • Larger packets are not offered

This is made with a rare kratom strain which is why it is also difficult to find. It provides slow, intense relaxation and anxiety relief even though it’s only mildly sedating.

Its effects last quite long, meaning any pain can be eased for hours. It is most recommended to take this in the afternoon or evening, perfect for unwinding.

This costs $20 for 28 grams up to $147 for 226 grams.

Original Harvest’s Bentuangie Red Vein Kratom Powder

Things We Liked

  • Mood lifting relaxant
  • Long-lasting effects
  • Pleasing scent

Things We Didn't Like

  • Inconsistent results
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    Always out of stock
Original Harvest’s Kali Red Vein Kratom Powder

This kratom powder provides deep relaxation and can help with fatigue and insomnia. It has been described as a milder version of the Bali strain.

Of all the Kali varieties, the red vein Kali is the most sedating. It may enhance your mood, hence suppressing any symptoms of anxiety.

This costs about $16 for 28 grams.

Things We Liked

  • Effectively relieves pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety
  • Milder than other strains
  • Cheap price for good quality

Things We Didn't Like

  • Inconsistent results

Choosing and Using a Kratom for Anxiety

Kratom comes from many places and has different vein colors. Each strain also comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. This can be quite confusing for a beginner, so research and trial and error is recommended.

To help you out, here is a breakdown of these strains and their general attributes that can help you determine which may suit you best.

Strains With Sedating Effect

The most preferred vein colors for treating anxiety and social phobia are red vein and some balanced green veins. Red vein strains in general have a sedative effect. The lack of stimulating alkaloids in red vein leaves also promotes a sedating effect.

However, if you plan to remain active during the daytime, then a green vein strain would be more appropriate.

As for the origin, here’s what we recommend.

  • Borneo
    o High in 7-hydroxymitragynine (anxiety and pain relief)
    o Low in mitragynine (stimulation and some pain relief)
    o Quite sedative with no side effects
  • Indo
    o As potent as Borneo
    o Slightly less sedating
  • Bali
    o Cheaper than Borneo and Indo
    o Has side effects of nausea and the wobbles at high doses

Strains Too Stimulating to Treat Anxiety

  • White Vein
    High levels of mitragynine makes it stimulating
    White vein Borneo is milder
  • Thai
    Leaf has energetic effects
    Some Thai strains are milder
  • Maeng Da
    Can worsen anxiety

These strains can leave you feeling more energetic, which can worsen anxiety rather than alleviate it.

Use trial and error to determine if you can handle the strains. Start out with low doses then gradually increase to test it out.

Determining the Right Dosage

For anxiety relief, kratom should be taken at moderate levels.

Some strains are more energetic at low doses. On the other hand, high dosage can build up your tolerance for certain strains, quickly diminishing their effect on you.

There is no single rule for all kratom because the ideal dosage varies for each strain. However, most users recommend around 1-4 grams, depending on where you find your sweet spot after trial and error.

To avoid building tolerance, limit your intake to twice or thrice a week. This avoids dependency.

Keep in mind that you may experience a few side effects, including nausea, vomiting, itching, sweating, fatigue, drowsiness, and constipation.

Getting the Most Out of Kratom

It’s best to take kratom on a half-full stomach. This way, when the alkaloid content binds with opioid receptors in your body, you won’t be as prone to nausea.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

Taking kratom on an empty stomach leads to faster effect, but it won’t be good for your stomach.

Some users mix and brew their dosage of kratom powder in their tea or coffee. That way, digestion speeds up along, and kratom is easily absorbed, allowing for faster anti-anxiety effects.

The Verdict

Although the ideal kratom for each person varies depending on their genetic makeup, we can still determine the best kratom for anxiety.

Based on the property of the strains as well as feedback from actual users, Kraken Kratom Bali Kratom Powder (OG/PC) and Kraken Kratom’s Super Green Malaysian Kratom Powder are the best in our list.

Compared to other strains, the green Malay is both a stimulant and a sedative, providing the best of both worlds. Both have long-lasting effects, a high concentration of healing alkaloids, and a fragrant, relaxing scent.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Epic Kratom, a blog dedicated to all Kratom lovers that provide honest and research-backed advice on how people can treat their chronic health problems using Kratom.

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