Red Sumatra Kratom Strain Review

June 08, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Red Sumatra Kratom is one of the trendiest kratom strains to grace the global marketplace. This soothing and spectacular cultivar comes courtesy of the autochthonous people of Indonesia.

An increasing number of American consumers have embraced this remarkable herb for its sundry restorative properties and lingering aroma. With an extensive time span and a bold fragrance, Red Sumatra leaves quite the impression.

Today we’re gonna discuss where this strain comes from, what makes it special and why it’s worth considering when you’re shopping for ethnobotanicals. As you will see, this Indonesian treat is pretty damn sweet.


Hailing from the island of Sumatra in the Malay Archipelago of western Indonesia, Red Vein Sumatra Kratom grows in the acidic soil of the tropical hillsides where volcanic sediment and aluminum hydroxide contribute to the richness of minerals in its root system.

Red Sumatra Kratom is derived from the leaves of the region’s tallest trees which yield tremendous volumes of key alkaloids. Mitragynine accounts for at minimum of 80% of Red Sumatra’s overall alkaloid profile, making for a kratom powder that is as calming as it is arousing.


Users have turned to Red Sumatra for a wide cross-section of reasons including moodiness, weakness, exhaustion and more. Those who have brewed it experience a range of potential effects which may include a general sense of well being and a reduction in fatigue.

Although kratom is not approved for medicinal use by the FDA, it has been used as a folk medicine for centuries in its native Southeast Asia. The skilled petani who harvest Red Sumatra swear by its efficacy in terms of alertness, exhilaration and sociability.

Red Sumatra may make users more affable, confident, inspired and motivated. Conversely, it may also instill positive vibes and a restful sleep. Many have pointed to Red Sumatra as one of the most restorative strains, capable of leaving users feeling rested and rejuvenated.

On a personal level, I have often brewed Red Sumatra Kratom before attending a social engagement. As a natural introvert with a propensity for sarcasm and misanthropy, I can use all the help I can get when it comes to connecting with other people and coming out of my proverbial shell.

Red Sumatra has helped me feel more comfortable with myself and more engaged in discourse with others. Alternately, it has kept me dialed in when working on solo projects that demanded my full attention. Like my favorite green vein kratom – Super Green Malay and Green Hulu Kapuas—it works well as a daytime strain, eliciting warmth, vitality and chill sensations.


Yes. A lot of red vein kratom powder can be sedating at certain dosages. Since reds contain high concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine, it may lead to drowsiness, lethargy or apoplexy at higher dosage levels.

In the case of Red Sumatra, this effect is offset by the presence of many other indole alkaloids which occur at significant volumes. These alkaloids include Corynantheidine, Mitraphylline and Raubasine.

Of all the alkaloids present in Red Sumatra, Isomitraphylline plays the most instrumental role in keeping the user from getting lethargic. That’s because it is more invigorating than the others on this list.


Those who are taking Red Sumatra for the first time are advised to brew no more than one to two grams. Two grams is widely regarded as a threshold dosage and one that enables newcomers to acclimate to kratom’s aroma.

Casual users often brew three to four grams to potentiate the full duration of Red Sumatra’s effects. At this dosage level, you may experience up to five hours of invigoration and exhilaration.

More seasoned users four to five grams in one sitting, although this is not recommended for the less experienced among you. At this dosage level, nausea and other potential side effects may occur.

The following is a general guideline for dosing with Red Vein Sumatra Kratom:

  • Threshold – 1 to 2 grams
  • Low – 3 to 4 grams
  • Moderate – 4 to 5 grams
  • High – 6 to 8 grams

Users are urged against taking kratom in excess of 10 grams and most users agree that Red Sumatra is most effective at a dosage between one two and eight grams. Anything more than this increases the potential of adverse effects including tolerance, addiction, abuse and overdose.

There are many different methods for taking kratom including the much-debated “toss ‘n wash” technique. For those who don’t know, “toss ‘n wash” refers to placing a spoonful of kratom powder in your mouth and chasing it with a glass of water.

While some users routinely toss ‘n wash their Red Sumatra, scores of users have complained about this method, not least because it can cause them to gag or upchuck their dose, thereby wasting a portion of their stash. What’s more, tossing and washing can lead to kratom powder clumping up on the roof of your mouth or in the back of your throat which is never pleasant.

The vast majority of seasoned kratomites can walk you through their preferred method. This typically consists of brewing kratom with hot water and adding desired ingredients to taste or mixing kratom with a milkshake or cocktail.

Still others will opt to buy kratom capsules which eliminate the need for measuring spoons and digital scales. This is one of a number of techniques which cut down on the gagging and nausea factor.

Naturally, you can choose whatever method works best for you. Just make sure you know how much you are taking. If you’re using kratom capsules, purchase your caps from a trusted vendor whose bottle clearly discloses how many milligrams are in each capsule.


Lots of customers have asked about the differences between these two popular strains. As I always tell them, Red Sumatra is every bit as worthwhile as Red Bali and may even be more enjoyable, depending on your proclivities.

Whereas Red Bali is very exhilarating and introspective, Red Sumatra is more outgoing and invigorating. Although both strains share calming attributes in common, Red Sumatra is generally more potent and longer lasting.

While Red Bali is more affordable than your average Red Sumatra strain, some of the best-rated kratom suppliers offer the pair for similar price points, particularly if you are buying bulk kratom powder.


Red Sumatra is among the finest and most powerful cultivars from Indonesia. It is, by far, the most exhilarating and well-balanced, serving as both a daytime and nighttime strain.

Like Maeng Da, Red Sumatra’s incredible aroma may last in excess of six hours with minimal side effects and no kratom hangover.


If you’re a fan of reds, you owe it to yourself to give Red Sumatra a go. Just be sure to source it from a trustworthy source who offers lab results and a satisfaction guarantee. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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