What is Horned Leaf Kratom and How is It Different?

October 07, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Strains

You’ve probably heard terms like Kratom Horn thrown around and wondered what they meant. Horned Leaf Kratom or Kratom Horn is a rare and distinct strain that has taken on an almost mythical reputation thanks to its harmonious blend of effects and relative scarcity.

It’s not just the dearth of horned kratom plants that make this one so unique, it’s also its one-of-a-kind appearance. The horn-shaped leaves of Horned Kratom distinguish it from every other kratom strain.

To make matters more mysterious, there are actually two variations of Horned Kratom.

So what exactly is Horned Kratom and how does it differ from the other strains on the market? Let’s take a closer look.


The horned leaves of the so-called Horned Kratom plant are a morphological trait that develops during the maturation process. This typically occurs as the plant reaches full size. The live kratom plants take on this feature after an extended period of time.

Because the maturation process can take more than a year, these particular kratom leaves are more rare than the rest of the kratom family. The growing season is precarious at best and requires tender love and care. Some farmers keep Horned Kratom plants in galvanized wash tubs so as to keep them well hydrated.

Horned Kratom is a yellow-brown vein that looks unlike any other form of kratom. It can grow to be 6 “ 1 in size or more, making them the largest plants of all kratom strains. It is often confused with Maeng Da due to its potency and alkaloid levels, but make no mistake. Horned Kratom is its own thing and one that leaves all other strains in the dust.

Its origins are opaque, but most kratom experts agree that it was first cultivated in Thailand and Indonesia where the kratom plants achieved tri-horned or spiked leaves after years of growing in a tropical climate.

Most Horned Kratom is pre-traded before it is harvested which is why many vendors encounter difficulty when attempting to source the strain. In other words, it’s a case of first come, first served. Those who are in-the-know about Horned Kratom make it their business to place an order for Horned Kratom early in the season.


As I mentioned earlier, it’s not just how seldom it is to find Horned Kratom that makes this strain so popular. It’s also a sought-after strain because of its manifold benefits. Whereas some strains are mostly sedating or stimulating in nature, Horned Kratom is both.

In fact, Horned Kratom may be the only strain that can provide optimal energy boost as well as maximum relaxation. Think of it as the strain for all seasons; Horned Kratom is said to be as effective at enhancing cognition as it is at instilling a sense of euphoria.

Other purported effects of Horned Kratom include the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Anxiety relief
  • Restful sleep
  • Increased concentration
  • Relief from inflammation
  • Increased sociability


As with all kratom strains, moderate doses may produce desirable effects, although high doses can result in some adverse effects. These effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramp
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Tolerance
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia

As any seasoned kratom enthusiast will tell you, it is imperative to stagger or cycle dosages. Most users suggest burning 3-5 grams of Horned Kratom leaf at a time to yield the best results.


Although Horned Kratom is rare, it is not non-existent; there are several reputable online vendors who offer Horned Kratom from time to time. If you come across a vendor who stocks Horned Kratom all year round, chances are they just slapped the name Horned Kratom on another strain to rake in the $.

Always do your homework before buying Horned Kratom online. With that being said, here are some of the top vendors who sell Horned Kratom. This list is based on my personal experience ordering Horned Kratom online, but don’t take it from me. Do you own independent research to make sure you’re getting legit Kratom Horn.

  • Kats Botanicals
  • Coastline Kratom
  • Cali Botanicals
  • Authentic Kratom

Kats Botanicals stocks Red Horn for just $6.50 per ounce and bulk kratom powder is usually available as well. As of this writing, Horned Kratom is currently sold out. That’s one of the things I love about this vendor, the fact that they regularly update their site and keep their customers aware of changes to their inventory. It’s also a good sign that Red Horn is listed as sold out because it points to their Horned Kratom as being the real deal.

Coastline Kratom offers three Horned Kratom strains—Red Vein, White Vein and Ultra Enhanced Red Horned, respectively. They start at $12.99 for 25 grams.

Cali Botanicals has been on our radar for quite some time and their Horned Kratom is some of the best around. Sourced from Borneo, their Kratom Horn Leaf powder is $7.00 for 28 grams.

Authentic Kratom isn’t as well-known as the other vendors on this list, but they are making a name for themselves with dedicated customer service, diversity of product line and a commitment to lightning fast shipping. Straight outta Thailand, their Green Horn is available for $10.49 per ounce and comes with free same-day shipping.


One Reddit user wrote of Red Horn, “I’ve tried quite a few different strains but Red Horn is my go to. It is calming, lightly energizing and leaves me feeling “clean” and offers wonderful long lasting pain relief. In the AM, I still have lingering relief. I can dose higher amounts with minimal nausea. Quite honestly, it is like a miracle for me!”

Another person agreed, saying that it is a well-rounded strain that is both “uplifting and euphoric but not full-on stimulating.”

The words “calming” and “clean” are often bandied about when talking about Horned Kratom. Some have even called it “astounding.” Most users are in awe of its ability to be simultaneously energetic and sedating.


No matter what you’re looking for out of a kratom strain, you’re more than likely to get it from Horned Kratom. Just make sure you select a vendor who pre-ordered it at the start of the growing season. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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