Red Bali vs Gold Bali Comparison

July 02, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains

Bali kratom has been espoused by the more hippie-dippie of kratom enthusiasts because of its reputation as a euphoric substance and it is often used recreationally due to its sedating quality. But not all Bali kratom powders are the same.

Red Bali and Gold Bali may seem like they’re the exact same thing, but there is a key difference that we will explore in our breakdown today.

The first thing to remember about the Bali strain is its origins. Hailing from the island of Bali in Indonesia, it is harvested both in the wilds and on plantations. In either case, the soil is moist and enriched with minerals, making for a plant that is imbued with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

As we’ve discussed in the past, what makes kratom so special is its active alkaloids. Whether we’re talking about the much-publicized Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine or the more obscure but no less impressive Ajmalicine (a sedative, muscle relaxant and anticonvulsant), kratom is full of potent compounds.

The Bali strain differs from other strains in that the percentage and quantity of these alkaloids is far more abundant than they are in others. So, is Red the best or, as the name would suggest, is Gold Bali the gold standard? Let’s have a look, shall we?


Like I just said, Red Bali is known to have higher levels of kratom’s active alkaloids than other red vein kratom varieties. It is believed to be extremely stimulating and farmers have demonstrated the rapid growth of the plant. This means that maturation occurs earlier, thus making it easily accessible to kratom vendors and, by extension, the public.

Most kratom leaves have an average of 25 alkaloids in their leaves, but meticulous studies have shown that it is possible for Red Bali to contain as many as 30 disparate alkaloids. What is, perhaps, most notable about Red Bali is the high volume of 7-hydroxymitragynine present within it. This results in significant efficacy in the area of analgesia (pain relief).

Although kratom in all of its varieties is not approved for human consumption by the FDA, many have found comfort and relief with kratom and those suffering from chronic pain and mood disorders have been particularly fond of Red Bali, claiming that it relieves their fatigue and muscle soreness.

The purported benefits of Red Bali may include any of the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Stimulation
  • Relaxation
  • Stress relief
  • Mood enhancement
  • Increased concentration

Of these purported benefits, the one that is talked about more than any of the others is the analgesic quality which is appreciated by those with conditions like Fibromyalgia or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). In low doses, users claim that it gets rid of their joint inflammation and general aches and pains.

Red Bali loses out to Gold Bali when it comes to duration. Red Bali’s effects typically last for only 5 hours before subsiding. However, in those five hours, users say they feel more powerful, stronger and more alert. Like Gold Bali, these effects are said to be immediate with most users experiencing relief within 5-10 minutes.


This is a good question and a very interesting one at that. You see, there has long been a debate as to whether or not Red Bali and Gold Bali are the same kratom strain. Technically, they are and, yet, technically…they’re not.

You see, Gold Bali is believed to be red vein kratom that undergoes a prolonged drying process. This process is said to cure the kratom leaves, changing their natural color and altering the effects of their leaves.

Like Red Bali, it allegedly offers oodles of pain relief as well as sedation, but unlike Red Bali, it is supposedly beneficial as an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) herb. It has a longer duration than other kratom strains.

The purported effects of Gold Bali may include any of the following:

  • Sedation
  • Pain relief
  • Euphoria
  • Mild stimulation

Unlike Red Bali, Gold Bali Kratom is not optimal for those looking for stimulation as users have found it to have less potential for sharpening focus or increasing alertness. Instead, it has been embraced by those afflicted with insomnia as it may act as a natural sleep aid.

The relaxation of Red Bali is present in Gold Bali in a big way and those who take moderate doses have reported feeling calm, pleasant and rested.


As with all kratom strains, Bali kratom can potentiate some adverse reactions, most likely of which is nausea. Especially in large doses (8-10 mgs), Gold Bali is notorious for causing such an effect.

Red Bali’s side effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Agitation

Gold Bali is a bit different in its potential side effects in that many users have said that they experience the dreaded “wobz” or wobbles. Its side effects include:

  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps

The FDA has issued a public warning, telling Americans that kratom is dangerous and should not be consumed. While those in the kratom community do not believe kratom to be life-threatening, there have been some isolated cases of users being hospitalized wherein death resulted. However, it is important to note that these deaths also involved either use of additional drugs or preexisting medical conditions.


Reactions to the two have been mixed as is to be expected with just about any kratom strain. An important factor for one to consider when it comes to kratom is the difference in reaction each person has. This is due to one’s physiological makeup as well as what they are already used to ingesting.

One user on Reddit said, “Gold Bali has a smidge more of energy compared to red Bali, for me.”

Another user wrote, “For me Gold Bali is less sedating but more euphoric and Red Bali is more sedating and less euphoric. This is just my opinion of personal experience though. It could be that there are a some very euphoric Red Balis out there that I just haven’t tried.”


Over all, Red Bali is known to be more efficient at sedating and stimulating whereas Gold Bali has garnered a solid reputation as a euphoric kratom strain that may ease anxiety. No matter which kratom strain one chooses, they are likely to be surprised by it.

Bob Freville
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