Mitragyna Javanica: Effects, Dosage, Reviews, and Where to Buy

Medically reviewed by — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Mitragyna Javanica is a popular alternative to kratom (Mitragyna speciosa). Unlike kratom, Mitragyna javanica is legal everywhere.

There aren’t many scientific studies involving Mitragyna javanica. But, it’s known among enthusiasts as a milder version of the kratom plant.

Strain Characteristics:
Pain Relief


  • Comparable to the effects of kratom
  • Low chance of building up tolerance
  • Legal everywhere (due to it being relatively unknown)


  • Less potent than kratom
  • Shorter duration of effects compared to kratom
  • May need higher dosages for effects to kick in

Mitragyna Javanica Effects

  • Lowers Stress and Eases Depression 
    Kratom is more well-known for reducing stress and fighting depression. However, Mitragyna javanica does offer the same effects, especially when taken in proper amounts.
  • Provides Mild Sedation and Euphoria
    The euphoric and sedative qualities of Mitragyna javanica can be rather mild. Still, the extent of euphoria and sedation achieved does vary depending on dosage and body chemistry.
  • Relieves Mild Pain
    This kratom alternative may relieve pain and help your muscles relax.
    Still, you may need a high dosage depending on your need for pain relief. It’s simply not as effective as kratom when it comes to managing severe pain.
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    Helps Fight Microbial Infection
    Mitragyna javanica contains 73 isolates of endophytic fungi.
    Endophytic fungi have antimicrobial properties. This might be why some people feel like they’ve gotten relief from diarrhea after taking Mitragyna javanica.

Which Alkaloids Are Present in Mitragyna Javanica?

The exact composition of Mitragyna javanica is yet to be determined. It has, after all, only undergone a few scientific studies.

But, what’s known is that it doesn’t contain mitragynine, which is the most abundant alkaloid in kratom. This is why kratom can enhance mood and relieve pain better than other Mitragyna plants.

Javanica instead has mitrajavine as a substitute to mitragynine. It also contains two other noteworthy alkaloids—ajmalicine and 3-isoajmalicin.

Ajmalicine relieves stress and functions as a sedative.

Mitragyna Javanica Dosage Recommendations

Starter Dose

1 mg

For Beginners

1-2 grams

For Standard Users

3-4 grams

For Expert Users

5 grams or more

If you’re a first-timer, you may take 1 to 2 grams of Mitragyna javanica powder directly. On the other hand, if you’re transitioning from kratom, you may start at 3 to 4 grams to replicate its effects.

You can also brew Mitragyna javanica to make tea. Soak 10 to 20 grams of the powder in hot water for 30 minutes before straining and drinking.

There are also empty capsules available online. You can make your own Mitragyna javanica capsules for easier consumption.

Many choose to take Mitragyna javanica without mixing it with any food or drink. It doesn’t have an unpleasant taste, unlike kratom.

Origins of Mitragyna Javanica

Unlike the more popular strains of Mitragyna speciosa or kratom, Mitragyna javanica is rare and remains unknown in most places—even in South-east Asia. Interestingly though, it’s a common medicinal herb in Thailand.

Thais call it Krathumna and it’s used for fever, muscle pain, diarrhea, cough, and even malaria.

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.

Javanica looks very similar to kratom, but they do differ in terms of alkaloid content.

Mitragyna Javanica Reviews

Some say that Mitragyna javanica works like kratom and essentially gives the same kind of perks. While it’s generally considered to be milder, the kratom alternative still does the job.

But, there are those claiming that it didn’t do anything for them. Many of these people claim that even the mildest kratom strains (e.g. red maeng da kratom, yellow Thai kratom, red Malay kratom, green Bali kratom) are better than Mitragyna javanica.

Regardless of these views though, there’s at least one clinical study in support of Mitragyna javanica’s medicinal benefits, even pointing out that it does provide effects similar to those of kratom.

Where to Buy Mitragyna Javanica

You can buy dried Mitragyna javanica powder from online kratom vendors like Kratom Crazy. Many of these vendors that offer high quality kratom also sell organic Mitragyna javanica (prices start at about $12 per ounce).

There are also web-based stores that sell readymade javanica and kratom capsules for those seeking more convenient options. Of course, there are javanica and kratom extracts as well.

Just to be sure though, read reviews before deciding to buy kratom online (or, in this case, its milder substitute) from a vendor—even if they claim to have only the highest quality kratom products.

The Verdict

Without much proof of its medicinal value, Mitragyna javanica won’t overtake kratom in popularity anytime soon. Still, if you’re having problems with kratom’s potency, javanica might just be the right, mild substitute.

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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