Red Elephant Kratom vs Green Elephant: Which is Better and Why

August 10, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews

Elephant kratom describes any kratom strain from the Mitragyna speciosa family that possesses oversize leaves. It got its name because the leaves in question are as large as the ears of an elephant. There are several different variations of Elephant kratom including Red Elephant, Green Elephant and White Elephant.

They are all exceptional in their own ways and have been used for hundreds (if not thousands) of years as an Ayurvedic folk medicine.

Okay, so you want to know how to differentiate between Red Elephant kratom and Green Elephant? The differences are quite simple and in this short guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about each of these strains and why one is vastly superior to the other.

Let’s roll!


Indigenous to Southeast Asia, red elephant kratom possesses a balanced profile, meaning that it can potentiate the effects of several different kinds of kratom. For instance, some kratom strains are known for being restorative while others are more renowned for making users feel positive. Red elephant may induce any or all of these effects.

Users have reported experiencing a sense of calm and well-being while taking red elephant kratom and have noted how sleepy it can make them at higher dosages. It has found favor among longtime kratom enthusiasts by virtue of its ability to help them feel simultaneously “chill” and sprightly.

Red elephant’s duration of effects is also said to be noteworthy, being that it is generally longer lasting than other kratom strains. At a dose of 3-5 grams, users have found that it can last for up to 4 hours completely unabated.


Some of red elephant’s prospective effects may be stronger in some individuals and results will almost always vary. That being said, the average user may expect any of the following:

  • Restful sleep
  • Mild rejuvenation
  • Moderate calm
  • General sense of well-being

The only real downside to red elephant is that it is known to cause severe nausea at certain high dosages. Other side effects may include fatigue, lethargy or dizziness.


Some of the top sources for quality red elephant kratom are Kats Botanicals, who offer 28 grams of Wild Red Elephant for just $6.50, and Krabot who offer 100 grams of their fast acting grind for $23.99. Other vendors who stock red elephant kratom include Red Devil Kratom and Herbal Realm.


Green elephant gets its name because of the dark green color of the finely ground powder. It is widely considered to be the strongest of Indonesian kratom plants and comes from fully mature leaves harvested in Banjarmasin, aka Banjo.

This strain is regarded for its substantial mood-elevating aroma and intense coffee-like pick-me-up. Of all elephant strains, green elephant kratom is the sharpest. A bit of an oddity as it is actually a white vein strain, green elephant has the euphoria characteristic of red elephant, but it is far subtler than its counterpart.

Pleasantly aromatic and rich in color, green elephant is notorious for its muted effects, making it the ideal strain for beginners who are unaccustomed to the properties of elephant kratom.


In the past, Reddit users have complained about the green elephant typical of vendors like Canopy Botanicals. One such user wrote, “bought some Green Elephant from Canopy…not impressed.” Of course, more seasoned users pointed out that its effects can be chocked up to perspective and body chemistry.

Those who ordered SoCal green elephant had a much difference experience with one user saying, “It gave me energy and put me in a decent mood. Def subtle but noticeable. I liked it but wish it did more for pain in general.”

Some of the top vendors selling green elephant include Gaia Ethnobotanical, Kratom OG and Greg’s Botanical.


If you’re a longtime kratom user, you’ll likely find red elephant kratom to be the better of the two. Its pronounced boost is matched by its formidable coffee-style “buzz.”

When it comes to vanquishing the blues and managing social awkwardness, many have turned to red elephant and had tremendous success brewing it for these and other needs.

While kratom is not approved for human consumption, the kratom community has been vocal about its value and red elephant is no exception. In fact, it is one of the absolute best strains around.

Bob Freville
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