Red Hulu Kratom – An Exotic Strain That’s Worth the Wait

Red Hulu Kratom

Red Hulu Kratom Benefits, Dosage Advice and What to Expect

It took me forever to try Red Hulu Kratom, and I felt pretty behind on the trend. But, let me tell you, **it was totally worth the wait**.

Why it took me so long is a combination of ignorance and lack of availability in my earlier Kratom days. Although still a bit of an exotic, Red Hulu is more readily available than it was ‘back then’.

Having tried the vast majority of strains out there, Red Hulu was an absolute treat and a hidden gem among Kratom’s many different strains.

After striking out for a while, one of my favorite Kratom vendors began to stock authentic Red Hulu Kratom. I say ‘authentic’, because when it comes to the Hulu strains, there are a lot of imposters out there.

Because of its relative difficulty to grow and harvest (more on this later), Hulu’s availability can be hit or miss, making it a strain that some unscrupulous vendors will ‘fake’, often labeling other varieties as ‘Hulu’ when in reality they are anything but.

If this is your first time trying Red Hulu it’ll be hard to tell the difference. That’s why I suggest trying the vendors approved here at Kratom IQ. We vet them considerably, making sure the products they sell are what they say on the label.

But I digress. I’m here to give you a first-hand account of my experience with Red Hulu, and why I feel like I’d really been missing out without this strain in my life.

My goal here is to tell you about my own use of Red Hulu, while also blending in some educational aspects and key information to help you have the best experience possible with this highly sought-after botanical.

We’ll cover everything from where this Kratom strain comes from, to how it’s harvested, dosing, effects, and more.

So strap up and clear your schedule for a few minutes…

What is Hulu Kratom?

Hulu Kratom is considered to be one of the more exotic, mysterious, and exclusive Kratom strains. Revered for its interesting (and potent) alkaloid profile, its effects are loved around the world. Hailing from the Hulu rainforest, this strain is notable difficult to grow, harvest, and transport.

What is Red Hulu Kratom?

This particular Kratom strain is a vein of Hulu that is referred to as ‘red’. Red vein Kratom is known for its potent combination and concentration of alkaloids including Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

What makes Red Hulu Kratom so Unique?

Two Words: Alkaloid Composition

The unique biome where Red Hulu comes from encourages the Mitragyna Speciosa tree to produce a very unique blend of alkaloids in concentrations not seen in other strains. This results in an alkaloid profile of synergistic compounds that result in an incredibly enjoyable and effective experience.

Red Hulu Kratom Features

Aroma: A notably grassy aroma with a slight acidity

Color: A shade of medium to dark green

Flavor: Strongly bitter (as is all Kratom)

Potency: Moderate to strong. Red Hulu is typically a more potent strain.

What is Red Vein Kratom?

Red Vein Strains: What to Know About this ‘Vein’

Kratom strains are named, in part, by their ‘vein’. In this case, ‘red’ refers to the coloration of the veins on the underside of the leaves from which Kratom is made. This Kratom strain, for example, is made from Mitragyna Speciosa leaves when the veins turn red.

This reddish color indicates that the leaves have a particular alkaloid profile and concentration that is in alignment with the desired effects consumers expect from ‘red vein’ Kratom strains.

TIP: The powder of red Hulu is NOT red, but rather some shade of green.

Where Does Red Hulu Kratom Come From?

Red Hulu hails from the dense tropical Hulu Forest of Borneo. Grown along the Hulu river bank of the infamous Kapuas river, Red Hulu is sometimes referred to as ‘Red Hulu Kapuas Kratom’.

The trees’ proximity to the Kapuas River provides the tree with a rich, never-ending supply of nutrients. Combined with the fertile soil of the Hulu Forrest and unique climate, the Mitragyna Speciosa tree thrives. Each of which contributes to a highly sought-after Kratom that is complex, nuanced, and potent.

Borneo isn’t just known as the third largest island in the world, it’s a tourist destination famed for its exotic ecosystem, untamed beauty, immaculate beaches, and tropical climate. You will also find Red Borneo Kratom.

How is Red Hulu Kratom Made?

Red Hulu Kratom Cultivation

Red Hulu Kratom is made from the dehydrated leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree. This tree is a distant relative of the coffee plant, and a tropical deciduous evergreen tree that is farmed and cultivated for its natural alkaloid production. Plant alkaloids are deposited in various quantities into the veins of the tree’s leaves

The Harvest

Leaves necessary to make Red Hulu Kratom are hand-selected and picked by skilled generational farmers. As a red vein strain, the leaves will be picked towards the end of the tree’s growth cycle when the veins on the tree’s leaves turn from a dark green to a reddish color. For context, White Hulu is picked much earlier in the growth cycle when the veins are a light green and Green Hulu at a later stage when the veins are dark green but before they have turned red. As far as Red Hulu is concerned, this change in color indicates a particular concentration and profile of plant alkaloids sought after in ‘reds’.


After harvesting, the leaves are laid out to air dry in a temperature-controlled building absent of harmful UV light. The drying process is carefully monitored for optimum results. Once completely dehydrated, the leaves are ground up into a fine, consistent green-ish powder known as Kratom.

Red Vein Hulu Kratom Review (My Experience)

It can be difficult to get any meaningful information on certain Kratom strains. Sure, vendor info is good, but sometimes you just want to ask a buddy how they liked it. Today, I’m that friend, offering you a peek into my experience using red Hulu Kratom.

Given my (fairly) extensive experience with Kratom, I feel like I’m in a good position to give you a good rundown of what to expect, as well as compare and contrast to other strains.

Remember though, everyone is different and you may not react the same way I did to this strain.

My Red Vein Hulu Kratom Dosage

A good place to start is on doses. Kratom doesn’t have a ‘standard’ or ‘correct’ dosage that’s right for everyone. And I can’t tell you what dose will be right for you or your goals.

What I can say is that you always want to start out SMALL. You can always take more but you can never take less. I want your experience to be as enjoyable as mine was, and that might involve a bit of experimentation on your end.

See: How Much Kratom Should I Take?

Red Hulu is a potent strain, and one that tends to be more sedating and relaxing than it is energetic. I have a mild tolerance for Kratom, so for me, a good dose to start with is around 3.5-4 grams. At this dose, I get a lot of the benefits without being TOO relaxed and sedated.

It’s an enjoyable dose that takes the edge off, gets me relaxed, produces mild euphoria and an improved mood, but still leaves me alert enough to enjoy video games, TV shows, or hanging out with friends.

Red Hulu Kratom Effects (for me)


For me, Kratom powder is my typical go-to. No matter what I have on hand, I can always whip up a drink of some sort (coffee, tea, etc.), or in a pinch, I can even ‘toss and wash’ (toss it in my mouth, plug my nose and wash it down with water or juice).

Given Hulu’s bitterness, I usually opt for something sweet or tangy. Citrus juices work great, as does cocoa, chocolate milk, tea, and coffee.

So I measure out my 4 grams, drop it in some orange juice, chug it down, and we’re off to the races! Typically it takes about 20-30 minutes for me to start feeling anything.

At this point, I feel a familiar relaxation wash over me. A carefree attitude takes over as the stresses of the day melt away. I notice my body is physically more relaxed, releasing tension (great for my back and achy muscles). I feel, generally ‘at peace’, calm, cool and relaxed.

I don’t feel physically motivated. Definitely wouldn’t take Red Hulu before physical activities, but for minor chores, it can turn the mundane into a tolerable task. I find that I’m personally a bit more creative and ‘open’, sharing ideas without the anxiety that usually comes with social interactions for myself.

Notably, some of my aches and pains seem to have taken a break from tormenting me.

Red Hulu Kratom Effects: What Does Science Say?

Like what you read about my experience with Red Hulu? Wondering what others are saying and what kind of science supports these types of effects? Read on and let’s take a closer look…

Red Hulu Kratom Benefits (Reported by Consumers and Backed by Science)

Body chemistry, age, gender, height/weight, and more can all play a role in how Kratom affects you. That’s why I’ve added this section, blending science with real-world feedback from consumers around the world to provide you with a more ‘well-rounded’ idea of what to expect from Red Hulu.

Consumers Often Report Benefits of Red Hulu Kapuas Kratom, Including:

  • Relaxation / relaxed state
  • Calm mind
  • Soothing sensation
  • Reduction of tension
  • Better mood
  • Euphoria
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced discomfort
  • Sedative effects
  • And more…

Stimulant-like Effects

If you’re looking for a stimulant, Kratom can be a wonderful fit and a gentle and mild energy booster at low doses. That said, as a red vein Kratom, Red Hulu probably isn’t the best for this purpose. However, if you’re looking for a bit of uplifting energy without feeling overly stimulated, small doses of Red Hulu might just hit the spot.

Better Mood

Life can be tough, with pressures of finances, health, relationships, and more taking a toll. Some of us just need a little something to boost our spirits and keep us motivated. Red Hulu is known to produce significant mood-altering effects, interacting with your body’s opioid receptors to result in the release of ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain (such as dopamine).

Stress and Relaxing Effects

We’re all feeling a bit stressed out. In fact, according to the Global Organization for Stress, 75% of Americans suffered from moderate to high stress within the one-month period preceding their survey report. That’s 7.5/10 people (yikes). It’s no wonder why Kratom is favored for its stress-relieving properties.

Sedative Effect

Red vein Kratom strains like Red Hulu are perfect for deep relaxation and sedation, especially at moderate to high doses. There, the strain shines for its deeply relaxing, euphoric, and sedative properties.

Pain Relief and Analgesic Properties

Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitrgynine (two of the most prevalent alkaloids in Red Hulu, interact with opioid receptors to provide pain relief and pain management.

Red Hulu Kratom Strain Dosage

Dose For Energy and Focus

Are you looking for cleaner energy without the hard crash? Tired of how jittery caffeine, coffee, and energy drinks make you feel? Kratom is often used as a substitute for these. In fact, Kratom was originally used by field workers and laborers in Southeast Asia as a means to stay motivated and energized throughout difficult workdays under the blazing sun.

For an uplifting boost of energy, consider a dose of between 1-3 grams.

Dosage For Stress Relief, Mood Boost, and Social Occasions

Red Hulu comes through for me every time in this category. Perfect for taking off the ‘edge’, reducing nervousness and anxious feelings, and creating a relaxed calm state of mind. Consider shooting for a dose between 3-5 grams depending on tolerance. At this dose, you’ll see your mood improve, while stress melts away.

Dose For Relaxation or Sleep

Trying to kick back and forget about the world before you drift off into a refreshing night’s sleep? At doses of between 5-6 grams, kratom produces a strong analgesic (pain-relieving), euphoric, and deeply relaxing sedative effect.

Red Hulu Kratom Products

Red Hulu Kratom Powder

My personal favorite, Red Hulu Kratom powder can be used in virtually limitless ways. It can be put in nearly any food or drink. But beware, Kratom powder can stain clothing, and does require a precise digital scale to measure out correct doses. Other than that, it’s amazing. Kratom powder is affordable, versatile, and available in bulk at steep discounts.

TIP: Kratom is naturally bitter, so taking the powder with anything sweet, sour, or tangy works.

Red Hulu Kratom Capsules

Capsules are preferred by some for their portability (easy to take on the go), discretion (everyone is taking some kind of medication or supplement), and lack of taste (bypasses Kratom’s bitterness issue). Capsules are also pre-measured, eliminating the need for a scale and making them highly convenient.

Red Hulu Kratom Concentrates

Kratom concentrates are usually sold as a tincture. This tincture combines concentrated Kratom alkaloids suspended in an alcohol solution. Doses are taken with a dropper (usually 0.5-1ml).

Where to Buy Red Hulu Kratom

There aren’t a lot places that sell Red Hulu Kratom currently but I’m sure this will change as it’s reputation gets around. Two places we know that sell it are Happy Hippo Herbals and Golden Monk. Happy Hippo is our current number one choice for Kratom in general so a great place to start.

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Red Hulu Strain Summary

Once isolated to use in Southeast Asia, today, more than 15 million Americans enjoy Kratom, as do tens of millions of individuals from around the world.

Among the most highly sought out strains is Red Hulu, offering a unique blend of effects that is complex and nuanced. It’s a strain that I love having on hand for special occasions, weekends, and when I want to mix it up a bit.

Given that Red Hulu is usually more expensive, I don’t tend to use it daily, but honestly, prices have come down a lot and many of you may find that it is well worth keeping in regular rotation. It’s an exotic Kratom strain that’s well worth the search.

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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