In our ever-evolving times it’s no surprise that kratom vendors roll out new blends on a near-constant basis. After all, the market all but demands fancy nicknames and fresh content so that longtime users can feel like they are up to date on the latest trends in the ethnobotanical space.
The public’s appetite for new and exotic combinations has resulted in the introduction of many new products (think MIT-45 and UEI), many of them less than legit (think O.P.M.S. Silver) and some downright dangerous (see: Krypton).
One item that has attracted a lot of attention, of late, is Trainwreck. The name has generated a lot of buzz. This is due, at least in part, to the origins of the strain’s name (more on this later). I’ve probably received more e-mails asking about Trainwreck side effects and what it’s good for than nearly anything else.
If you have yet to discover this dubious “super-strain,” buckle up! Here is everything you need to know about this 11-strain enhanced blend.
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Companies offering Trainwreck have been vague, at best, about the contents of this specialty blend. Therefore, it is unclear whether it is a new strain that has been produced using a grafting process or if it is a formula composed of multiple extant strains.
In the past, we have expounded on the production of strains such as Gold Bali which are typically made by combining one or more traditional strains, such as Red Bali and Maeng Da. These strains are often subjected to a unique process which may include sun drying and extensive fermentation.
While gold and yellow kratom powder are confirmed to be made using this approach, there is no definitive data on the methods used to facilitate the production of Trainwreck. Since more than one brand is offering this “super-charged” powder, the details of its manufacturing are that much more opaque.
What we do know is this: it is a full spectrum kratom tea which means that it contains a rich mixture of green, red and white vein Mitragyna speciosa leaf. Trainwreck gets its name from the hemp cultivar that bears the same name.
Earth Kratom has said that their blend is comprised of no fewer than 11 exotic strains, each of which no doubt plays a role in its overall spectrum of effects. These effects owe to the high concentrations of various alkaloids and flavonoids.
The kratom industry has adapted the Trainwreck moniker because, as with the Sativa-dominant cannabis plant, Trainwreck is renowned for its cerebral qualities and potent invigoration. Users have said that it is every bit as powerful as Maeng Da and long-lasting as White Sumatra, offering a balanced aroma that encompasses the effects of both (and then some).
If we go on the word of users, it is the best thing since sliced bread…or, at least, the hoverboard. We all know how that one ends, don’t we?
According to users, Trainwreck is most effective at managing chronic pain, although these effects are not corroborated by any medical institution. Here in the United States, the FDA has issued a public warning, urging citizens to avoid consumption of Mitragyna speciosa products.
Still, the fact remains that Trainwreck is widely available on the internet and has been marketed as an OTC alternative to analgesic medications. Krave Trainwreck Kratom Capsules are said to be great for pain relief, mental stimulation and mood.
Meanwhile, the owners of Earth Kratom have been deliberately vague about the effects and contents of their Trainwreck blend. The only information provided pertains to the sizes of pouches that can be purchased.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has been clear that they do not want vendors making any medical claims about Mitragyna speciosa or its alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, respectively.
Since kratom has not been approved for medicinal use here in the United States, it is not considered a dietary supplement or remedy. TPTB have made it plain that they do not feel that there is conclusive scientific data to support claims regarding M speciosa’s purported benefits or effects.
However, sketchy sellers have taken advantage of a loophole—since kratom is not approved for medicinal use that means that it is an unregulated substance and, as such, suppliers can get away with omitting detailed information about its origins and safety (or lack thereof).
This lack of regulation has resulted in widespread misinformation with some companies calling kratom a “miracle drug” and others alleging that it has “painkilling” properties. In truth, there is no legal merit to such allegations, but that hasn’t stopped users from saying that strains like Trainwreck relieve their pain “as much as hydrocodone” and other prescription drugs.
As a matter of fact, reviewers have said that Trainwreck—and stronger strains like it—help with pain, depression, anxiety and more. The medical community has largely refuted such claims, but that hasn’t stopped users from extolling the Ayurvedic herb’s supposed virtues.
This is difficult to answer with any certainty, not least because it is not a single proprietary item but, rather, a blend that is manufactured and sold by more than one company. Based on available information, I would be inclined to say that it is one of the most questionable kratom products to hit the market.
The general consensus seems to be that it is overpriced and likely ineffective compared to singular strains.
In a post on Reddit, one user explains it well: “Mixing a bunch of strains doesn’t mean it’s better. Stop paying the shop price they are just ripping you off. You can get much better kratom for a 5th the price.”
Another member agrees, saying, “I used to make crazy blends. 5+ strains, multiple vein color etc. What I found was less than average burns most of the time. I now rarely mix more than two strains.”
Reviews are damn near impossible to find on this one which suggests that it lacks any true potential or veracity. For this reason, I would not recommend it to our readers.
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