Best Kratom for Energy & Focus: Top Strains to Try

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Tap Into the Energizing and Stimulating Effects of Kratom

Kratom’s early common uses connect with giving an *energy boost*, sharpening *focus*, and enhancing *motivation*. Folks working long, grueling hours under the hot tropical sun in Southeast Asia’s fields often relied on it to get through the day.1

There, field workers chewed on the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree (Kratom tree) in order to help stave off fatigue, keep alert and energized, and improve their mood.

Today, Kratom is used by tens of millions of individuals all around the world, and for a whole host of purposes unique to each person.

But one use that has stood the test of time is using Kratom for energy.

Despite how well this plant works for energy, not all strains and doses are capable of producing the effects you’re looking for.

In this guide we discuss the BEST Kratom strains for energy, helping you find the right varieties and preparations to help YOU power through your day like a champ.

So let’s get to it…

The Best Kratom Strains for Energy and Focus: Let’s Narrow it Down

Before we get in too deep, it’s important to understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ Kratom helps you feel energized. Understanding this will help you better evaluate new strains you come across for their use as a potential stimulant… or, on the other side, sedative.

What in Kratom Gives You Energy?

It’s the alkaloids! Kratom alkaloids have been shown in studies to interact with mammalian opioid receptors. In case you forgot, you’re a mammal and you naturally have these receptors throughout your body and in your brain.

At lower doses, Kratom’s main alkaloids are considered to act in a stimulatory manner on these receptors, causing downstream physiological effects that create a euphoric, energized state of body and mind that many people find to be a great alternative to coffee and jittery energy drinks.

White Vein Kratom Strains for Energy and Focus

Below we cover two of our favorite white vein strains of Kratom for energy. However, virtually all white Kratom strains are known to lean more towards an energetic and stimulating experience rather than a calming and sedative one.

White vein Kratom is made from leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree harvested early in the first stage of the seasonal growth cycle. At this time the ‘veins’ on the underside of the large leaves are bright/light green, indicative of an alkaloid profile that fits what we come to expect from white vein Kratom.

1. White Maeng Da

If you’re even moderately familiar with Kratom, you know that any ‘Maeng Da’ strain packs a punch. Considered among the strongest of strains, Maeng Da is literally translated from Thai to mean ‘pimp grade’, a nod to the strain’s potency.

Looking for a powerful and stimulating Kratom strain? White Maeng Da Kratom may be just what you need. This potent variety of Kratom is said to provide an energetic boost, making it popular among those who need an extra edge to get through the day.

Here’s what you need to know about this potent Kratom strain.

Maeng Da is available in several types of veins including red, white, and green. However, if energy is the goal, White Maeng Da is where its at.

What Makes White Maeng Da Kratom So Good for Energy?

One thing is certain, Kratom isn’t consumed for its wonderful flavor. In fact, all Kratom is notably bitter and is usually taken mixed in another beverage (such as tea or juice), or in capsules to avoid the bitterness altogether.

No, what makes White Maeng Da Kratom so special is its unique blend of naturally occurring alkaloids (the bioactive compounds found in Kratom). It is these alkaloids, in unique concentrations that give this strain its effects when consumed.

Given that the leaves are harvested early, before reaching maturity, the alkaloid concentrations have not yet accumulated to higher levels as with the much more potent red-veined varieties. This gives the white strains a more mellow and energizing effect that some individuals prefer, especially for a morning or afternoon ‘pick me up’ or for socialization.

Related: The Different Colors of Kratom Strains and What They Mean


The major alkaloid responsible for eliciting the effects sought after with the white strained variety of Kratom is Mitragynine. As the most abundant alkaloid in all Kratom varieties, this compound is the dominating pharmacologically active ingredient. Shown in studies to interact with the body’s own natural opioid receptors2, Mitragynine is believed to have both sedative as well as energizing effects depending on the concentration and dose, and is thought to also play a large role in the euphoric and mood-enhancing feeling reported by Kratom users.

Other Alkaloids Commonly Present in White Maeng Da

Paynantheine – The second most abundant alkaloid present in white-veined Kratom is Paynantheine. This alkaloid has the potential to act as a smooth muscle relaxer, and may be partly responsible for Kratom’s purported ability to calm the body and mind.

Speciogynine – Another alkaloid with potential muscle-relaxing properties, and the third-highest in concentration.

Speciociliatine – While Mitragynine has shown both agonist and antagonist capability when interacting with the body’s opioid receptors, this alkaloid acts as an agonist only, potentially offering a more balanced effect.

Other Trace Alkaloids: Other alkaloids that may lend to the unique effects of this strain include (C9) methoxy-oxindoles, Ajmalicine, and traces of other indoles.

What Are the Effects of White Maeng Da Kratom?

The effects of White Mae Da Kratom, as with all other strains, are dose-dependent and may vary based on the user’s own unique physiology.

That said, White Maeng Da Kratom is heralded by users for its energizing, uplifting and motivational properties. Some people even prefer it to their morning or afternoon jolt of caffeine, noting that not only does it give them energy, but also uplifts their mood.

Reported Effects By Users Include:

  • Uplifted mood and spirit
  • An energizing but not overwhelming effect
  • Improved focus and clarity
  • Mood enhancement
  • Motivation to get things done
  • Mild euphoria

2. White Borneo

White Borneo Kratom has been widely used for its stimulating and soothing properties. White Borneo may provide you with the focus and energy you need to get through the day, similar to an uplifting mood booster combined with a less-jittery stimulation similar to caffeine.

In other words, White Borneo produces a euphoric mood boost that increases motivation, while its alkaloids induce a stimulatory response similar to what you might expect from an energy drink or coffee, but with a much smoother ride and with no crash when it wears off.

What Makes White Borneo Kratom So Good for Energy?

You’ll notice a common denominator with all of these strains: the alkaloids in them. Alkaloids are the driving factor behind why and how various Kratom strains affect us when consumed.

According to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, this strain has been shown to have lower levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine than many other strains, but a higher level of Mitragynine.3

White Borneo has also been shown to have a higher overall yield of total alkaloids than several other strains (more than green Malay, red Thai, red Bali, and red Malay), according to The University of Turin’s Laboratory of Organic Chemistry.4

Why is that important? Well, various alkaloids work in unique ways to produce the effects many of us know and love about Kratom. Depending on the dose, certain alkaloids produce a more stimulating and energizing effect, while others tend to be more sedative.

White Borneo’s alkaloid profile is considered to be more conducive to giving you energy, motivation, and focus than it is putting you to sleep.

What Are the Effects of White Borneo Kratom?

White Borneo’s effects are dose-dependent. At low to moderate doses, the strain offers an uplifting energy, enhanced mood, a bit of euphoria, motivation, and focus.

Reported Effects By Users Include:

  • Improved mood
  • A stimulating effect
  • Better focus and alertness
  • Motivation to get things done
  • Mild euphoria

Green Vein Kratom Strains for Energy

Green vein Kratom strains are among the most popular Kratom strains on the market, and for a good reason. Whereas white vein Kratom is stimulating and energetic, and red vein Kratom is soothing, calming, and sedative, green falls somewhere in the middle.

That makes green vein Kratom a versatile strain that can be used for a broad range of purposes. Some find that white strains are TOO energetic and that can cause a bit of jittery-ness or anxiety for those prone to overstimulation. On the other hand, red strains are TOO sedative, making the user want to chill out and relax on the couch.

This is where green Kratom shines. Green Kratom is still soothing and relaxing, helping to melt away the stresses of life and improve mood while offering a bit of euphoria. BUT, it is also mildly stimulating, giving you just enough energy to feel alert, focused, and social.

Below we cover two of our favorite green strains, but virtually all green vein strains will behave in a similar way.

1. Green Bali

Hailing from the island nation of Bali, Green Bali Kratom offers something unique for those looking for a motivational boost that uplifts their body and mind.

Green Kratom strains like Green Bali are known for having a well-balanced effect that some find more desirable than the overtly stimulating white strains.

Whereas white vein Kratom is stimulatory, and reds are deeply relaxing and sedative, green strains embody the benefits of both.

In other words, Green Bali is a smooth ride, putting you in a mellow state of mind and body, without sedation. In fact, many find that low to moderate doses of Green Bali are gently simulating without being too overwhelming.

What Makes Green Bali Kratom So Good for Energy?

Green Bali Kratom shines due to its alkaloid profile, with a synergistic blend of more than 40 naturally occurring alkaloids that work together to produce desirable effects.

The stimulating effects of Green Bali come on gently, as do the euphoric relaxing and soothing effects, melding together to provide an experience that is neither too sedative nor too stimulating.

What Are the Effects of Green Bali Kratom?

Green Bali may provide a nice motivating energy that many find ideal for work, creative hobbies, and socialization. It’s not too overpowering or stimulating, but also not too sedative. This combination of mental and physical relaxation with a smooth onset of energy makes Green Bali a favorite for those looking for an energy boost that isn’t too jittery or overwhelming.

Reported Effects By Users Include:

  • Mild euphoria
  • Smooth energy
  • Focus and alertness
  • Improved socialization
  • Soothing relaxation without sedation

2. Green Hulu

One of the rarer forms of Kratom, Green Hulu has gained notoriety as a strain that is ideal for socialization, creative endeavors, and even work.

Originating from the tropical Hulu Rainforest on the banks of the Kapuas River in Borneo, Kratom trees from which Green Hulu is made produce an alkaloid profile like no other on earth.

Fed by the nutrient-rich river, and supported by a truly unique ecosystem, there the Mitragyna Speciosa trees thrive and produce some of the most amazing Kratom known to man.

What Makes Green Hulu Kratom So Good for Energy?

Green Hulu is comprised of over 40 alkaloids, but Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine shine through, supported by minor alkaloids that bring out the best in each.

What many find enjoyable about Green Hulu is that it is a moderately strong Kratom that is incredibly balanced, not being either too relaxing nor too stimulating. Green Hulu may also produce a feeling of euphoric relaxation that improves your overall outlook on life. This makes Green Hulu a fun option for social occasions.

Other Alkaloids In Green Hulu:

  • Paynantheine
  • Speciogynine
  • Mitraphylline
  • Ajmalicine

Reported Effects By Users Include:

  • Mild euphoria
  • Mental boost
  • Physical motivation
  • Smooth onset of energy
  • Improved socialization
  • Focus and alertness
  • Soothing relaxation without sedation

How Does Kratom Work for Energy & Focus?

Because Kratom is comprised of more than 40 identified plant alkaloids, eluding which does what has been a challenge for scientists. However, the two most abundant alkaloids in Kratom (Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) have been the target of a multitude of studies, from which we have gathered a lot of information on how Kratom affects us when consumed.


Molecular formula: C23H30N2O4
Molecular weight: 398.50 g/mol


Molecular formula: C23H30N2O5
Molecular weight: 414.50 g/mol

These two alkaloids are the most abundant and also the most biologically active according to research from the International Journal of Legal Medicine5, with both potentially capable of CNS (central nervous system) stimulant and depressant effects.

Researchers have found that the stimulant and depressive effects of these plant alkaloids may primarily be mediated by our body’s own natural opioid receptors.6

However, emerging research has purported that Kratom alkaloids may also interact with adrenergic and potentially even cannabinoid receptors.7

It is through these mechanisms that Kratom is able to produce either a stimulatory or sedative effect. At low to moderate-low doses, these alkaloids may produce an uplifting stimulation similar to mild stimulants, whereas at moderate to high doses, these alkaloids might act as a depressant to produce a calm sedative effect.

Similarly, it is Kratom’s interaction with opioid receptors that is responsible for auxiliary effects that may also aid in producing a perception of increased focus, motivation, euphoria, and a general state of well-being. These effects are largely thought to be the result of the supplement’s influence on the production of dopamine (the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter) and serotonin in the brain.

A Closer Look at How Kratom Increases Energy

Noradrenaline / Norepinephrine – You may be more familiar with these neurotransmitters as part of the ‘flight or fight’ response that we all feel in times of fear, excitement, and anxiousness. Kratom may influence the release of these adrenal chemicals to enhance energy and motivation.

Dopamine – Dopamine regulates motivation, mood, and even sex drive and appetite. It’s commonly known as the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter, making us feel content and happy when optimized. Kratom has been shown to influence the production of dopamine in the brain, resulting in improved mood, increased motivation, more energy, higher sex drive, better concentration and focus, and more.

When to Use Kratom for Energy

Users from all around the world have attested to the numerous positive effects of Kratom on their daily lives.

As a Replacement for Coffee and Energy Drinks: Caffeine is a stimulant, but too much of it is bad for you, and the chemicals in just one energy drink may wreck your body. Consumers of Kratom claim that they no longer need to depend on artificial stimulants like energy drinks or coffee to get through the day; instead, they are able to get by on the plant-based supplement alone.

Social Occasions: Many people try various medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies to help them relax in public and start up a conversation. Coffee makes some individuals anxious and nervous, while alcohol impairs concentration and thought. Medical cannabis has the opposite effect. When everything else fails, Kratom may be a lifesaver by reducing anxiety, increasing one’s sense of well-being, heightening one’s senses, and providing a general sensation of pleasure and happiness that goes well with social situations.

As an Alternative to Alcohol: Alcohol is a commonly used (and misused) substance to help people relax, let their guard down, lessen their inhibitions, and open up socially. Kratom’s energetic strains have been called “the best alternative for alcohol” by some consumers, who also report feeling “much better” the next day (i.e. no hangover). However, we don’t suggest replacing one “crutch” with another and don’t mix alcohol and Kratom. Use responsibly.


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Written by Daniel Recardo

Founder of Kratom IQ; a self-improvement junkie and Kratom enthusiast. I started this website in 2015 to help people avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes with Mitragyna Speciosa, and ultimately get the most out of this amazing plant. Learn More...

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