Sakae Naa vs Kratom

March 08, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Alternatives, Kratom Research, Sakae Naa

The last few years have seen a flurry of so-called kratom alternatives or kratom substitutes hitting the market. This is understandable given the precarious nature of kratom’s future legality and the on-going media war being waged against kratom.

Many people’s ears immediately perk up at the suggestion that kratom’s effects could be mimicked by a less demonized herb. Enter Sakae naa, a little known substance that comes from the leaves of the curious Combretum quadrangulare tree.

Over the last few months, I’ve received a number of emails from curious parties inquiring about Sakae naa, wondering if we’ll ever be stocking it and asking, “Is Sakae naa stronger than kratom?”

To better answer this and other questions related to Sakae naa, I decided to compile this comprehensive overview of both Sakae naa and kratom so that our readers will have a well-rounded understanding of the myriad differences between the two. Let’s take a closer look.


As I mentioned above, Sakae naa is made from the leaves of the Combretum quadrangulare tree. Like the Mitragyna speciosa (read: kratom) tree, Combretum quadrangulare is native to Southeast Asia, growing freely in the wilds of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

A member of the Combretum family of plants which number in the three hundreds, the Combretum quadrangulare tree has long been used as a natural energy enhancer in its native land. The local people often chew the tree’s leaves in order to unlock its stimulating qualities.

Sakae naa also has a Shamanic background, having been implemented in White Magic. In certain countries it has been used as a potential remedy for sexual diseases and has even served as a means by which to eliminate parasites from the body.

Many claims have been made about Sakae naa, whether it’s off the Woo Science variety or the psychoactive sort. This matters neither a little nor a lot since the herb speaks for itself.

The precise chemical properties of Sakae naa remain unknown, although evidence points to the entheogen of this compound yielding phytochemical responses. Because of this, Sakae naa is generally considered a psychoactive substance.


Some believe Sakae naa is a viable alternative to kratom because of its supposed muscle relaxing and sedating properties. Other purported effects include increased energy and improvement in motivation.

In many ways, Sakae naa is a paradox in that its stimulating effects can cancel out its sedating effects. In other words, you may decide to take Sakae naa to get a restful night’s sleep only to find your mind racing and your body restless. A bit of a contradiction if you ask me.

On the plus side, Sakae naa does have a potential upside that should be rather interesting to the kratom community. As opposed to the threat that long-term kratom use poses to the health of one’s liver, Sakae naa is known to protect the liver.


Like all other substances, Sakae naa has its fair share of adverse effects. Most of these potential effects only occur at high doses or after on-going use. They may include any or all of the following:

  • Brain fog
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Numbness of the face or limbs


I’ll spare our readers a long-winded origin story here because chances are, if you’ve gotten this far then you are most likely acquainted with kratom. Suffice it to say, kratom is a nootropic Ayurvedic herb from the coffee family of plants.

As with Sakae naa, kratom has is indigenous to Southeast Asia and is enjoyed by many as a folk medicine in its native land. In recent years, kratom has blown up in the Western world, finding thousands of fans who revere it for its natural qualities and long-lasting aroma.

Kratom has a unique alkaloid profile consisting of 29 + alkaloids including the ever-abundant mitragynine. It is mitragynine that is thought to be largely responsible for kratom’s potent effects.

This indole alkaloid is an antitussive, antidiarrheal, antimalarial adrenergic compound which also serves as a potential psychedelic antagonist.


Needless to say, all of kratom’s alkaloids contribute to its wide array of purported effects. These effects which range from mild to moderate to intense may include any or all of the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Increased sociability
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Relaxation
  • Restful sleep

All of these effects vary from user to user and kratom is not intended for human consumption. The FDA has not approved the Mitragyna speciosa plant or its various compounds for medicinal use in the United States.

It has been used by those who like to chew it before working out or burning through a work-related project. It has been enjoyed by athletes, working professionals, insomniacs and many others.


If the question is which is better, Sakaee naa or Kratom, the obvious answer is always going to be kratom. Not only are kratom’s supposed effects more pronounced than those of the Combretum quadrangulare leaves but they also stick around much longer.

Sakae naa’s effects tend to have a duration of no more than 3 ½ to 4 hours with most of those effects subsiding within the first 2 ½ hours. By comparison, the duration of kratom’s effects typically last for at least 4 hours and are usually felt within the first 20-30 minutes.


If it’s a potent botanical that you’re after, best you burn some kratom rather than wasting your time with Sakae naa. Leave the child’s play for the noobs who will no doubt respond better to Sakae naa’s moderate effects.

Bob Freville
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