Red Borneo vs Green Borneo Comparison

July 24, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains

Anyone who tells you there’s not a discernible difference between red vein kratom and green vein kratom is someone who doesn’t deserve to call themselves a kratomite. Red veins are notoriously euphoric whereas green veins are most well-known for their analgesic and potential nootropic properties.

If red vein kratom is the chill guy at the party who’s content to stare at a lava lamp rather than do keg stands, certain green vein kratom strains are more like the alpha dog out back owning your ass at a beer pong challenge.

To better understand the similarities and differences between these two unique strains, we’ve broken down their origins, their reported effects, their active alkaloids and their reputation among kratom users.

Let’s hit it!


Red Borneo earned its name from its place of origin, namely the giant, rugged island of Borneo in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago. Red Borneo grows along the riverbanks of the region and is meticulously cared for by eco-conscious farmers.

Its distinguishable trait is the red vein which runs through the body of the plant, giving it a vibrant look that’s unmistakable among the other flora and fauna of the territory. Red vein kratom strains are said to contain the strongest alkaloid content of any kratom plant.

Mitragynine is the key alkaloid in Red Borneo, occurring at the highest volume of any present within the plant. The high concentration of this indole-based opioid-receptor agonist is a key component for the anti-inflammatory properties of Mitragyna speciosa (kratom), making this a potentially good strain for analgesia (read: pain relief).

It is Mitragynine that is believed to be behind Red Borneo’s mood-enhancing and euphoric effects, although this has not been quantified or verified by conclusive scientific research.

The presence of Corynoxine A and B, two dopamine-mediating alkaloids, also suggests Red Borneo may be valuable for those looking to improve their mood and is also thought to be behind the plant’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects.

Results may vary, as the expression goes, and not all users experience these effects, although many have. Users have reported a wide range of purported benefits to burning Red Borneo. These effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved mood
  • Anxiety relief
  • Mild euphoria
  • Mild sedation
  • Relaxation


As is typical of almost anything, Red Borneo may present with some undesirable side effects. These can include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy


Like Red Borneo, this nootropic-like kratom strain is derived from the kratom tree of Borneo’s riverbanks. Unlike Red Borneo, it packs quite a punch in the physical effect department. As many of you already know, kratom belongs to the coffee family of plants.

Like coffee, Green Borneo is stimulating and energy boosting. It is preferred by many athletic users who want to toss and wash before a workout or get the edge on the competition before a big exam. It is known to sharpen focus, increase stamina and maintain a healthy metabolic rate.

Those who want to digest food more expediently and better absorb nutrients often turn to Green Borneo for its potent effects. Those same active individuals recognize its potential at relieving the muscle cramps and soreness experienced post-workout since Green Borneo shares Red Borneo’s analgesic properties.

Unlike Red Borneo, many believe that Green Borneo is most effective when taken on an empty stomach, but I can neither confirm nor deny such claims. The proof is in the proverbial pudding, though. Just ask my buddy Garret who burns 5 grams at a time and then jogs from one end of town to the other…!three times a week! Dude is diesel AF and he swears by Green Borneo as an athletic enhancement.

Green Borneo’s effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Increased energy
  • Pain relief
  • Stimulation
  • Sharpened focus
  • Improved mood
  • Mild euphoria
  • Increased sociability
  • Increased stamina

These effects vary depending upon dosage and are largely subjective in nature. Scientific evidence of kratom’s purported benefits is considered inconclusive by the FDA. But what does the public have to say about it?


Opinions on Red Borneo and Green Borneo are very divided, which tends to be the case with virtually any kratom powder or kratom extract. One user on Reddit wrote, “I took 5g of DG’S Red Borneo he had sent me as a sample on my last order….and holy crap!”

This daily kratom user goes on to say “Took my dose, went outside to do an oil change on the gal pals honda and within 20 mins I was already being wrapped in a warm blanket of bliss.

“Bending under the hood and crawling in and out from under her car is typically fairly racking on my back. I had zero pain. The evening was a brisk one here in Northern California….a nipping 45 degrees. And I was content out there in a t-shirt and blue jean shorts. At half my normal dose, I had yet to have plain leaf hit me as hard, as pleasant, as euphoric and pain relieving as this Red Borneo.”

Another user who ordered 125 grams of Green Borneo from said that they drank it with naked green machine juice and that it had a “very earthy and minty flavor” that was not as unpleasant as they expected.

This is interesting to note given that many kratom strains are notorious for their bitter taste and overwhelming aroma. This user reports positive effects, saying, “After about thirty minutes i experienced a light euphoria and began cleaning my house, the mood lift was exceptional and i also found it provided a small degree of steady energy as well. As far as strength goes i was expecting something much more subtle than this and i was very pleasantly surprised as i now understand the beauty that is kratom.”


If you’re in the market for a relaxing, euphoric kratom strain, Red Borneo’s where it’s at. But for those who want to go the distance without feeling the burn, Green Borneo may be the right away to go.

Bob Freville
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