Elephant Kratom: The Facts (and Fiction) About This OG Strain

December 29, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

The name Elephant may sound exotic, but it’s actually rather inconsequential. Kratom vendors coined the name when they began sourcing old grown (OG) kratom leaves from farmers in Southeast Asia. These sellers noticed that these extremely mature trees produced larger, floppier leaves, ones that resembled nothing so much as the ears of the world’s largest land animals.

Like those giant gray mammals we can never forget, Elephant kratom has been exploited by many a greedy miser. In fact, Elephant kratom is often marketed as being superior to most other kratom strains. As you’ll see in the following guide, there is very little veracity to such claims.


Elephant kratom refers to the crushed leaves of the Elephant kratom tree. These trees are grown in select pockets of Southeast Asia where they are cared for in remote locations that allow them to reach awesome heights.

Elephant kratom trees can grow as tall as 85-90 feet in height with an average trunk circumference of three ft in width. This optimal level of outdoor maturity produces leaves with significant alkaloid content.

Is Elephant kratom stronger than other kratom strains?

Yes and no.

Granted, it is true that many batches of Elephant kratom test high for mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, but so, too, do many other strains of the Mitragyna speciosa genus. As a matter of fact, trusted vendors often sell Maeng Da kratom with even higher alkaloid content.


The marketing of this strain is full of superlatives, but almost all of it should be taken with a grain of salt. As I’ve said before of any number of different strains, there is no magic at play here. This is simply Mother Nature giving us a small but desirable gift.

Kratom is not something that’s going to cure any disease or answer all of the world’s woes. No matter what you read on some start-up’s e-commerce site, don’t believe the hype. Kratom is an ancient compound that has been used as a folk medicine for more years than one can count…but that DOES NOT make it some miracle herb.

This goes for Elephant ear as much as any other form of M. speciosa. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s take a look at what you might be able to expect from this variation.

Elephant kratom is ordinarily brewed by those who deal with frequent aches and pains. It is also brewed by users who are looking to be more sociable. Certain vein colors are also useful for those looking to hit the gym. As with all other strains, it is a viable solution for individuals who wish to get through the day relatively unencumbered.

The FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use and do not encourage people to engage in kratom use. As such, it cannot be treated as either a dietary supplement or alternative medicine.

On a more constructive tip, kratom has been implemented in a variety of applications, whether as a form of aromatherapy, a gentle cup of tea or as a research chemical among those who want to further explore its pharmacology.


Elephant ear kratom is no different than any other kratom strain where variety is concerned. It is usually available in green, red, white and even yellow veins. Each is tinged with shades of green and white, but each has its own individual pigment.

Green Elephant is the green form of Elephant ear and is easily the most common. It is stocked by just about any vendor with access to Elephant kratom leaves. Its aroma is robust, yielding a clean boost, an uplifting brew and hours of bracing motivation.

Green Elephant is harvested from OG Mitragyna speciosa trees in Banjarmasin. That is why some vendors label their kratom powder Green Banjo.

Red Elephant is a red vein that’s akin to a particularly potent Red Vein Kali. Red Vein Elephant contains mass concentrations of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, making for a powerful tea that you won’t soon forget.

White Elephant is quite similar to Red Elephant in that it is perfect for those who want to wake up feeling replenished after a long, hard day. That’s where the similarities end and the differences emerge. Unlike the red vein, White Vein Elephant is the most nootropic of the bunch.

As with Green Elephant, the white vein is a sharp leaf, one that is popular among students and working professionals due to the attentiveness it instills and the brain fog it lifts.

Green, Red and White Elephant ear are comparable not only in their positive attributes but, also, in their potential side effects. Those who take particularly large dosages report experiencing headaches, weakness, listlessness and nausea.

Those who are new to Elephant ear often ask which is better—Red Elephant or Green Elephant? There is no wrong answer to this question because any answer would be largely subjective. For example, I personally dig daytime strains myself.

As opposed to many users who chew kratom leaves to get a restful night’s sleep, I prefer strains that give me a strong pick-me-up. If you were to ask me which kind of Elephant ear to get, my answer would invariably be Green Elephant since I know that it is the most invigorating.

On the other hand, were you to ask a person with sleep issues the same question, they would likely recommend Red Elephant or even White Elephant as they are more serene in nature.

While all of these variations share the same properties, those properties occur at different concentrations depending on their vein color. Reds and whites are believed to be more tranquil whereas green veins are said to be sharper and faster.


Elephant ear is also available as an extract which is sold in tincture and powder forms. Some of the best kratom extracts are sourced as peak harvest times and come in 500 mg kratom capsules. My personal fave is Elephantkratom.com’s 250x tincture.

To learn more about the different kinds of kratom extracts on the market, check out our kratom extract review here.


Since Elephant ear was first introduced to the Western world, users have wondered about whether or not it stacks up to more time-tested strains. As one of the oldest and most popular kratom strains, Red Vein Bali is the perfect example to use when comparing Elephant kratom to other forms of M. speciosa.

Red Bali is known as being a real knockout, one that offers a placid experience that’s both laid-back and illuminating. By comparison, Red Elephant is more modest in its aroma. Although it can result in lethargy at irresponsible dosages, Red Elephant is less likely to leave you feeling overly tired or irritable.

When taken in moderation at threshold dosage levels, Red Elephant makes for a moderate sense of contentment and pleasant experience. Those who brew Red Elephant tea talk about how it removes their inhibitions and enables them to engage socially with others.

Where Red Bali is known to be pretty strong, Red Elephant is more balanced and understated. Users who take Red Elephant responsibly can anticipate a low-key event and a general sense of well-being.


User reviews vary wildly when it comes to this particular form of M. speciosa. Some have been blown away by the strength of White Elephant while others have been disappointed by batches purchased from even the most revered seller.

One user says, “I have some white elephant from a very popular and praised vendor and am only experiencing negative effects from it. Headaches, anxiety, nausea. I originally thought I was taking too much and cut my dose to 1/4 of my usual dose and the symptoms were still there, although less intense.”

However, another user responded to this person’s post, saying, “I also have a white elephant from a well known vendor and I’m in love…”

Elsewhere, a user gave this variant an 8 out of 10 rating, writing, “Effects came on within 25 mins…I feel FANTASTIC! Woot! This ranks up there as one of the better whites i’ve had, I’d put it as close if not a tad bit better then Gaia’s White Borneo…And let me say this, This is beyond a doubt one of the CLEANEST…I mean i can’t explaine it past that. It just feels SO clean Like This is what Top shelf…feels like if you could put it in a capsule and swallow it. Just so CLEAN!”


As you can see, Elephant ear is a fairly beloved form of kratom powder that has been swiftly embraced by the community. It’s also a strain that suffers from far too much hype. With that in mind, I urge users to approach this one with a fair amount of good-humored skepticism. If you manage your expectations, you’ll never be let down. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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