Malay Kratom: Everything You Need to Know About This Strain

December 24, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Malay kratom is a highly coveted form of herbal tea from some of the finest Mitragyna speciosa leaves. While many consumers recognize the name Malay as a popular strain, not everyone knows why. This is hardly a shock given the rather murky nature of marketing in the Western world.

Lots of shoddy kratom vendors manage blogs that mislead potential customers about the source of various kratom strains. All too often, the information provided is a sloppy cut-and-paste job that serves to confuse consumers about the very real differences between each strain.

American author Thomas Berger once famously said that the art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Unfortunately, a lot of first-time kratom users are at a loss for what questions they should be asking.

In today’s complete guide to Malay kratom, we seek to loan such users a helping hand. The following will tell our readers everything they need to know about the origins of Malay kratom, the properties it may possess and where they can buy kratom online.

Let’s delve right in, shall we?


The name Malay is short for Malaysian, a Rifat kratom strain indigenous to the forests of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The region’s tidal swamps, “cloud forest” and dense lowland rainforests feature diverse soil types which affect the alkaloid and flavonoid content of each Mitragyna speciosa tree.

Some of Malaysia’s forests are ill-drained while others are heavily leached, resulting in sandy soil with minimal clay deposits. In the case of Kuala Lumpur, the forests’ soil is rich in minerals, yielding trees of optimal maturity and high concentrations of indole alkaloids like mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

The seeds from which these trees are grown are identical in every way to those collected by Claude Rifat, the French researcher and psychonaut who first grew a kratom plant from seed. As such, it contains some of the highest concentrations of mitragynine ever recorded.

Green Malay is arguably the most popular variant, coming as it does from a green vein Rifat kratom cultivar. Through cloning, modern farmers were able to engineer a mitragynine-rich cultivar that is fast-acting and long-lasting, eliciting a versatile fragrance.


Many neophytes ask how does Green Malay make you feel. This is difficult to address because everyone responds differently to this strain and its precise “aroma” varies depending on dosage.

Most would agree that Green Malaysian kratom produces a heightened sense of awareness coupled with a rise in sociability and liveliness. This is the must-have strain for those who are seeking vitality, confidence and fortitude.


When taking two grams of Green Malaysian kratom capsules, users can expect to wait 20 minutes for the aroma to hit them. Users are always advised to start small before graduating to a larger dosage level.

Kratom effects are very much dependent upon one’s body type (height, weight, sensitivity, tolerance), so don’t jump to judgment if it takes longer than 20 minutes for a dose of Green Malay to take hold. If you eat a small meal prior to brewing a cup of kratom tea, you may find that it can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes for the kratom powder to peak.


Although the majority of users consider Green Malay to be a good “daytime”—one that often jacks up focus at lower doses—it isn’t abnormal for some to incorporate it into their evening stash. That’s because, at responsible dosages, it has been implemented to ameliorate a broken sleep schedule.

The caveat here is that Super Green Malay can also disturb your sleep, resulting in insomnia and restlessness. Much of this is due to Malay kratom’s galvanizing properties; the herb’s alkaloids are often so enlivening that it makes it a chore to try and drift off at night.


There are a number of unique forms of the Malay strain, most notably Green Malay, Red Malay and Super Green Malay (SGM). Each of these forms share similarities, but they also stand in stark contrast to one another in certain key areas.

As you will see, there is a distinction to be made between a green vein and the more lethargic red vein. This goes for SGM as much as any other form. Some vendors offer this strain as a kratom extract, but noobs should NOT purchase one until they’ve tried plain leaf first as the experience may be far too intense for the uninitiated.


As we covered in our breakdown of Red, Green and White Malay kratom, these strains boast some very distinct attributes, many of which vary wildly from color to color. While SGM is known for its sociability and attentiveness, Red Malay tends to make for a more introverted vibe.

Those who want to avail themselves of a weekend in repose would do well to pick up some Red Vein Malay while those looking to lose their inhibitions and talk up some new friends would likely have better luck with SGM.

Again, no two people will respond the same to any given strain, but tons of users have shared their experiences and the numbers speak for themselves.


There are innumerable sources for Malay kratom online, some of them exceptional and all too many of them illegitimate at best. Of the top kratom vendors in the current marketplace, the following represents the crème of the crop.

Number one on my list is Medicine Man, a kratom brand that is truly supreme in its quality. Their premium grade powder is available in capsule form from the guys and gals at Buy Kratom Extracts. A 25 count sells for just $14.99.

If it’s Red Malay that you’re after, I’d hit up Laughing Lion Herbs. These cats always have organic wildcrafted leaf powder in stock with samples starting at $2.49 for six grams and an ounce going for an industry low $8.95.

Bear in mind, LLH’s Red Malay is grown in Borneo, not in Malaysia. However, the seeds and cuttings come from Malaysia and are then transplanted to Indonesia.


Some pretty nasty side effects can crop up if you’re not careful when using this tea. Adverse effects may include any of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dilated pupils
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Stomach cramps
  • Delusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Respiratory depression
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver failure

Needless to say, nobody should take kratom in excessive amounts as larger dosages may potentiate these undesirable effects. Those with preexisting health conditions such as high BP, heart disease or a history of strokes should not use kratom. Pregnant and lactating mothers should also avoid kratom use. Kratom is not approved for medicinal use and is not meant to treat or cure any illness.

Those who are experimenting with kratom should stick to low dosages while acclimating to its potential effects. The following is a list of standard dosage levels in order of smallest to largest.

  • 1 to 2 grams—Beginner dosage
  • 2.5 to 4 grams—Low dosage
  • 4 to 5 grams—Expert dosage
  • 6 to 7 grams—Large dosage


Tons of users have called Green Malay their favorite strain with several forum members posting about how much they dig its aroma. Many kratomites have called out kratom vendors for inconsistency in quality and this goes for Malay strains as much as any other product.

One user wrote, “I had some super green Malay from Gaia from 4-5 months ago and it’s been my go to I recently ran out so I reordered 1/2kilo and it doesn’t seem to be the same.”

Others agreed with them, noting that effects can depend largely on when kratom trees were harvested. Environmental conditions can play an instrumental role in the alkaloid profile of Mitragyna speciosa’s veins.

Elsewhere, a user sings a very different tune, saying, “Geen [sic] Malay is one of my favorites. Some strains can be hit and miss and sometimes but not often people need to find their sweet spot until they feel it at all – but there is no doubt it definitely works!”


Whether you’re on the lookout for a strain that will keep you sharp or make you more outgoing, the Malay family of M. speciosa leaf is a solid option. This one is potent, packed with surprises and an excellent choice for anyone who’s tired of more standard kratom powder.

Bob Freville
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