Beginners Guide to Kratom

The Prodigious Plant

What up roosters. I’m going to share with you the single greatest tool I use in my life for years to help me excel and accomplish my goals.  This stuff is completely legit.  For some, this will be something enjoyable to relax with or treat pain and for others, it can change your life.

This tool, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from the title, is Kratom

In short, kratom is a safe, inexpensive and legal plant you can take to destroy anxiety, kill pain, create sense of well-being, improve productivity/motivation, and more. There’s tons of information about kratom.  Instead of covering it extensively like in my original GLL kratom guide, I’ll be creating a guide of more of the basics to teach you to get the full benefits, as well as a few things that weren’t included.  If you're just looking for a place to try some, check out CoastlineKratom (I have strain recommendations in Part 2 of the guide).

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a deciduous plant native to Southeast Asia (mostly Indonesia).  Kratom (also known as Mitragyna Speciosa) hits mainly on the delta receptors in the brain and although it behaves similar to a μ-opioid receptor, it's not an opiate. This means although it has much milder effects than any opioid, it is also much safer.

I’m not going to hide the fact that you can become addicted to kratom. It’s certainly possible.  The good thing is it can be easily avoided and there's things like rotating (I’ll get to a minute) and other accessible options like washouts (article coming soon) to avoid this.

Different Types

All the different types of effects of kratom falls into 3 different categories...


Energetic – Workout- Productivity- Focus- Sociable- Motivation


Mix of both Fast & Slow. Some are a bit slower, others are a bit faster. Effects can have a range of any number of qualities.


Kills Anxiety- Calming- Relaxing- Good For Sleep

Benefits of All Types

- Has been used to help anxiety & depression
- Helps people get off suboxone, tramadol, etc.
- Creates a positive attitude/mood
- Kills pain
- Lowers blood pressure
- Suppresses appetite
- Treats Premature Ejaculation

Which Strains Are Fast, Moderate & Slow

The main way is the country or province the strain is from. Bali and Borneo strains are slow, Thai strains or ones called 'Maeng Da' are fast, and Indonesian strains are generally moderate.

Another indication is what color of the vein of the leaf of that strain(usually shows in the name). The colors can be Red (Slow), Green (Moderate), or White (Fast). So a strain like ‘Green Kalimantan’ is a moderate strain from Kalimantan (Indonesia). This indicator isn't always correct, but in most cases it is.

If you’re confused, at the end I show exactly what strains are what speed.

How To Take Kratom

Although kratom is legal to buy, possess, and sell- it can’t legally be sold for human consumption since it’s not approved by the FDA. It has to be sold as an incense.  Therefore, when talking about ingesting kratom online, people will say ‘burning kratom’ instead of ‘drinking’ or ‘ingesting kratom’.  Another word is ‘aroma’ which is the effects that kratom produces when used.

- Toss n’Wash – Toss the powder (it's just the leaf blended up) in your mouth, take a big sip of water, mix it around in your mouth and then swallow. Efficient but tricky the first few times (this is how I do it- it takes me 5 seconds). 2 grams (a teaspoon) is a good start.

- Mix with Water or Juice- Put the powder in a cup, mix it with water/juice (stir well since it doesn’t dissolve easily), then drink it down

- Make Tea Out of it- This is the most time consuming way but a lot of people stand by it. Basically you boil the powder in a pot for several minutes, strain the water to remove the powder, and then drink the water (tea). Coffee filters can work.

- Mix it with Protein Powder- Decent option to help mask the taste.

Get It Right

- Stay Hydrated- This is a crucial step to always take when burning. Kratom dehydrates so make sure you drink plenty of water. Hydration increases the quality of the aroma as well as prolonging its effect

- Empty Stomach- Best to burn at least 3 hours after eating. If you plan to burn sooner than that, you may need to add an extra gram to make up for the loss in aroma quality. On the other hand, if it’s first thing in the morning before breakfast, you may want to take a gram less so kratom doesn’t hit you too hard and fast.

- Sweet Spot- There’s a sweet spot for kratom on the perfect amount of grams that works best for you. You’ll learn it after a bit of experience with burning. What you’ll often find is that fewer grams can often produce a better aroma than a larger dose.

- Burning 2+ times/day- If you burn more than once per day be aware that there is ‘same day tolerance’.  For instance if it’s your 2nd burn of the day, you may need to add an extra gram than usual. Then possibly another extra gram if it’s your 3rd burn of the day.

- Don’t overdo it- Sometimes the aromas take more than 30 minutes to kick in. Other times, it’s because your tolerance is too high.  Instead of keep adding many more grams after a dud burn; just wait a couple hours to try again.  Taking too much kratom can make you a bit drowsy