Red Sumatra Kratom – Dosage, Benefits and Side Effects

Red Sumatra Kratom

How I Became Calm and Fearless with Red Sumatra Kratom

Throughout our lives, we experience a wide variety of emotions. Some bring about happiness and positivity, while others can negatively impact our day and, in the worst-case scenario, may prevent us from reaching our goals, values, and objectives.

All of us are different with our own set make up of brain chemistry, genetics and life experiences but we all experience the debilitating crushing feelings of nervousness and pure panic from time to time. I’m willing to bet even James Bond knows what it feels like!

The sweaty clammy hands, your heart pounding hard against your chest as if to explode, the racing thoughts, nausea and reign of pure terror.


It’s a very useful emotion when in the face of a real threat or danger. It activates your adrenaline and gets your body ready to either fight or run as fast as possible and escape harms way.

But what about when it rears its ugly head when you’re about to give a presentation in front of a crowd, or finally go on that big date, or even make that important business phone call which can mean the difference in you ending up on the streets as a hopeless bum or not?

Those are the moments where fear and anxiety is nothing short of an annoying pesky sensation that can really hinder your progress in life. If you want to be a winner, you need a way to calm your nerves or work around your anxiety to keep moving forward.

Now, there are many ways to go about combating anxiety or dealing with it in an emotionally healthy way which we won’t get into about because that would be off topic. But since you are already on this site, you know that Kratom is very useful when it comes to relaxation and anxiety relief.

But there is one strain in particular that has stood out from the rest when it comes to anxiety… Red Sumatra Kratom.

What is Sumatra Kratom?

Sumatran Kratom strains are rare strains that can only be found on the island of Sumatra, one of the “Sunda Islands” of western Indonesia in Southeast Asia, home to the native Sundanese people.

Map of Sumatra, Indonesia

What About Sundanese Kratom?

You will also find Sundanese Kratom strains originating from these islands but since Sumatra is technically it’s own island, it has it’s own Kratom strains, with alkaloid profiles unique to the soil and other growing conditions of that island.

There are many Indonesian Kratom strains originating from this part of the world including Borneo Kratom, Hulu Kapuas Kratom and even Horn Kratom.

What is Red Sumatra Kratom?

As for Sumatran Kratom strains, you’ll typically find them in yellow vein, white vein and red vein varieties and red vein Sumatra Kratom is one of my favorite in particular.

I do love red vein Kratom. However, although red Sumatra Kratom is one of the highest quality slow strains available (at least in my opinion), it will never reach the level of popularity and recognition it deserves, simply because of it’s scarcity; there isn’t enough of this strain to go around.

Where Red Sumatra Kratom Is Grown

South Sumatran farmland

Red Sumatra Kratom, grown on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is becoming increasingly popular among red Kratom strains. This red vein Kratom strain is harvested when the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa plant (tree) have matured to a point where the veins of the leaves have turned a deep red.

How Red Sumatra Kratom is Harvested and Processed

Red Sumatra Kratom is made from leaves that are hand-picked for superior quality, at a time when the alkaloids have reached the desired potency. Once picked, these leaves are moved to an indoor facility. This facility is both temperature and light-controlled, ensuring the leaves dry properly without affecting the alkaloid profile. Once dried and moisture removed, the leaves are ground into Sumatra Kratom powder, a fine green powder made from the entire ground up Kratom leaves.

*As a different drying technique, some Kratom farmers may use sun drying for part or all of the process (weather permitting).

What Type of Strain is Red Sumatra Kratom?

Red vein Kratom tree

Kratom is known by its strain or ‘vein’, and by the region in which it was grown. Both the strain of Kratom and where it was grown affect the unique alkaloids found in that particular Kratom strain, as well as the concentration of these alkaloids. Red Sumatra Kratom, as the name suggests, is a red Kratom strain, embodying much of the benefits and effects that any red vein strain of Kratom would have.

The nuance, however, is in the synergy and entourage effect that the combination of these unique alkaloids have. As far as red Kratom strains go, Sumatra ticks off all of the usual boxes, offering relaxation and calming effects that are soothing, melting away the stresses of the day, making this strain a great option for after work or relaxing at night.

What are the Benefits of Red Sumatra Kratom Powder?

Red Sumatra Kratom Benefits

Kratom has long been consumed for a wide range of uses, from recreational to homeopathic and medicinal. Western cultures are only beginning to understand the benefits of Kratom, which is increasing in popularity for its many effects. Even at low doses, this one doesn’t disappoint.

Red Sumatra Kratom Benefits May Include:

  • Pain relief and pain-relieving qualities
  • Calming effect
  • Analgesic effects
  • Stress relief
  • Relaxing effects
  • More energy (lower doses)
  • Strong stimulant effect (low doses, user dependent)
  • Relaxation
  • Sedating effects similar to a sedative (moderate to higher doses)
  • Euphoric feeling / euphoria
  • Stimulating (physically and mentally)
  • Increased focus
  • And more…

As you can see, there’s a good reason why this product tops my list as a ‘must have’ in my arsenal (when its available that is). After giving it a try yourself, I think you’ll feel the same way.

What About Side Effects?

Generally, side effects are considered mild with most consumers enjoying the plant without issue. It is important that you not use any Kratom product or supplement without first discussing with your doctor, and that you abstain from use if you have any type of medical condition or are taking medication as this can increase the risk for serious side effects.

Otherwise, at most, some users experience dry mouth, decreased appetite, constipation, mild nausea, headache, hot or cold flashes, jittery feeling (lower doses), sedation (higher doses), increases or decreases in heart rate and blood pressure.

Everyone is unique and responds differently. Always start slow and kick up the dose as needed once you know how much you need to achieve desired effects and benefits without any side effects.

Taking Kratom: How to Use Sumatra Red Kratom

Red Strain Kratom Products

Red Sumatra Kratom Powder

The most widely used Kratom product, red vein Sumatra Kratom powder is versatile and available at a great price as compared to other Kratom products. Made from dried Kratom leaves that are then ground up, powder can be used in virtually any food or drink recipe. Due to its notable bitterness, Kratom is often combined with sweet or tangy juices, or in coffee, tea, smoothies or chocolate.

Red Sumatra Kratom Leaves

Hand-picked and dried in a dark cool room, Kratom leaves can be steeped in tea, ground up in a pastel, and more. Fresh Kratom leaf is often more difficult to find, and generally not worth the hassle of preparing on your own, in my opinion.


Convenient, portable, discreet, and pre-measured, capsules are a great way to take Kratom strains on the go. With no need to pre-measure, you can eliminate the need for a digital scale, and skip the mess of dealing with powder. Another added benefit that some consumers find appealing is the lack of Kratom’s notably bitter flavor, with capsules being flavorless.


Extracts are a concentrated form of Kratom strains, rich in mitragynine and other alkaloids. Extracts have a higher alkaloid content than other products, with a little going a LONG way. The effects of extracts can hit hard, especially with powerful strains.

Where to Buy Red Sumatra Kratom

Like I mentioned, Red Sumatra is growing in popularity whilst at the same time genuinely being quite rare. As such, although marginally more expensive than other strains, it’s worth getting your hands on when you can. The following 3 vendors all stock Red Sumatra Kratom and meet our vendor requirements: fresh, lab-tested Kratom with third party audits and inspection, certified by the American Kratom Association.

1. Happy Hippo Herbals

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Best Overall

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Happy Hippo’s Red Sumatra, aptly named “Magic Hippo” is indeed magic. This company stocks a wide range of strains and this is one of their best.

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2. Kraken Kratom


Kraken Kratom are another reliable vendor of Sumatran strains with mid-tier pricing and free shipping on all orders.

3. Left Coast Kratom


Left Coast Kratom is another option with free shipping on $49+ orders and even free next day delivery on orders over $299.

Red Sumatra Kratom Review

I first received “Red Sumatra” in a small sample bag along with all the other Kratom strains that I had ordered from my preferred Kratom vendor.

They would always include an extra small sample bag of a strain you didn’t order along with your Kratom products as well as a beautifully hand written “Thank-You” note which always makes me feel all warm and special inside.

Anyway, I quickly tore open the small bag and decided it was time to “burn” it and see what type of aroma it gives off. I had already read great fantastic reviews about this particular strain so I was very excited to try it.

How I Took Red Sumatra to the Next Level

Kratom Potentiators

Mug of Kratom Tea

To make it as potent as possible, I took 2-3 pills of Magnesium Taurate about 45 minutes before I planned to burn this stuff.

But I didn’t stop there…

This time I wasn’t going to simply Toss n’ Wash my Kratom. No, I had a different plan.

I decided to make a Kratom tea with it, and while the tea was boiling I added about two caps of lemon juice because the acid in the lemon can help extract the alkaloids found in Kratom and make the aroma much more powerful.

For those not in the know, potentiators are a great way to enhance the effects of your dose, supercharging mitragynine and other alkaloids to produce stronger effects that last longer.

Lemon juice and Magnesium are just a couple of options. See the full list of Kratom potentiators here.

Red Sumatra Kratom Effects: A First-Hand Account of What to Expect

It had been maybe half an hour since I had burned this Sumantran Kratom when I found myself outside with my friends heading over to a night club.

Now I usually won’t recommend using a “Slow” strain when going out to a place such as a night club where you actually need high amounts of energy if you want to bounce around the walls and be the life of the party.

But… red Sumatra was different.

Sure, it didn’t provide any additional energy. But it felt like a nice comfortable blanket had fallen over my head and my heart rate surprisingly slowed down.

My thoughts were clearer and had completely slowed down. I felt pretty damn good.

I was fully present and there in the “now”, fully immersed in what was going on. It didn’t have a sort of “dirty” aroma that can come from burning slow strains.

Usually slow strains are notorious for their overwhelming relaxation accompanied by the sluggish feeling.

There was no sluggish feeling with this strain. Nope! Nada.

Everything just seemed so much clearer and the annoying little voice in my head had completely slowed down which allowed me to fully take in my present experience one moment at a time.

I couldn’t get anxious even if I tried. Even when certain anxious thoughts floated by, they didn’t register the same with my brain or induce any feeling of fear.  It was almost as if fear was a foreign language which I no longer knew how to speak.

This was the closest experience I could ever get to being and feeling “fearless”.

I’m sure I don’t need to mention that I had a pretty good time that night…

Red Sumatra Kratom Dosage

If you are going to make a tea with it like I did there, then I’d recommend you use 5-7 grams for optimal results.

If you are going the traditional route which is the Toss n’ Wash method, then you’d treat it the same as any strain and start off with 2 grams then add more after an hour if it’s necessary, as outlined in this guide. This is assuming you have never tried this strain before and haven’t found the “sweet spot” that works for you yet. If you already have a “sweet spot” for other slow strains, say 4 grams, go with that for red Sumatra Kratom.

Red Sumatra Kratom powder

Low Dose of Red Sumatra Kratom

At lower doses, red vein Kratom strains are stimulating and uplifting with slight euphoria, improved mood, increased focus and more energy.

Moderate Dose of Red Sumatra Kratom

At moderate doses, users start to notice enhanced stress relief, relaxing effects, pain relief, and calming effects keeping you relaxed with a bit of euphoria added in.

Higher Doses of Red Sumatra Kratom Powder

At higher doses, stimulating effects are replaced with sedating effects. Users also report strong pain relief, euphoria, improved ability to fall asleep, and a very calming effect.

Related: Here are the BEST Strains for Pain Relief

Final Wrap Up with Some Tips

An Incredible Plant and a Strain with Amazing Effects

Red Sumatra Kratom is one of those great strains of Kratom for consistently putting you in a good mood, relieving pain and reducing anxiety. To enhance its effects and ensure this consistency, consider the following:

  • You can add lemon to your tea while it’s still boiling to make the strain much stronger. This applies for any Kratom strain, not just red Sumatra.
  • Magnesium Taurate is a great supplement to have on hand to enhance the anxiety relief/relaxation benefits of Kratom.

Other than that, you can use the red Sumatran Kratom to help you do anything you want.

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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2 thoughts on “Red Sumatra Kratom – Dosage, Benefits and Side Effects”

  1. I have tried many strains from happy hippo (love this company!) and magic hippo is by far my favorite! It is absolutely just what I need after a long stressful day at work, my mood and mental state does a complete 180!


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