Red Riau Kratom Strain Review

July 01, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Red Riau Kratom didn’t grace the global marketplace until the 2010s, but its reputation as an uber-chill strain has quickly spread throughout the international community. Until recent years, Riau Red Vein Kratom was extremely rare.

All of this changed with the establishment of dedicated privately-owned plantations in the rain-soaked province of Riau, Indonesia. As American vendors forged tight-knit relationships with skilled Sumatran petani, they were able to bring this incredible cultivar to the domestic market in a form that’s teeming with advantageous properties.

In today’s review, we’ll take a close look at where Red Riau grows, what makes it unique and why users might choose it over other, bolder kratom variants.


Red Riau Kratom has its origins on the central eastern coast of Sumatra. There, among the rolling hills and mountainous enclaves of Riau Provinsi, this impressive herb is cultivated on land abutting the Strait of Malacca.

Although the region’s agroecosystem is threatened by the presence of soil-dwelling termites, Red Riau Kratom trees are able to grow to viable levels of maturity. This growth owes much to the innate characteristics of the humus-rich peat soil.

Such compounds provide a life support system for this Ayurvedic herb and fortify its trunk against the mercilessness of tempestuous rainstorms and the run-off of the same. In fact, it is the rainy season that serves as the peak time for growing kratom.


This exceptional powder is similar to other Sumatra strains but differs in terms of overall aroma. Its fragrance is generally considered to be muskier than traditional plain leaf, no doubt due to persistent rainfall and soil composition.

A true paragon for both body and mind, Red Vein Riau is said to be thoroughly wistful and restful, eliciting tranquility and clarity of thought. Although kratom is not approved for medicinal use, many have pointed to Red Riau as being especially nootropic in nature.

In addition to the heightened awareness and increased attentiveness reported by some users, it is believed to be beneficial in a host of other areas. The following is a short list of purported effects:

  • Mild invigoration
  • Moderate calm
  • Restful sleep
  • Potential clarity
  • Mild exhilaration


If you’re a seasoned kratomite you can be forgiven for thinking, “Yeah, yeah. Been there, done that. What else ya got?” But that’s the thing—while Red Riau does induce an aroma similar to other strains, it distinguishes itself by being both stronger than other “chill” strains while being far less intense than “fast” strains.

Kratom is believed to contain approximately 40+ chemical compounds including more than 25 individual alkaloids. In the case of Red Vein Riau, the primary components are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These two formidable substances occur in higher concentrations than any other compounds.

As I’ve talked about many times before, 7-hydroxymitragynine is a highly potent terpenoid indole alkaloid which delivers some profound effects at a longer duration than the average plain leaf.


There are many disparate methods by which you can consume M. speciosa plant matter. The notorious “toss ‘n wash” may be the most talked-about, but it’s also the most unpleasant. By tossing a spoonful of kratom powder into your mouth and chasing it with a glass of water, you might think you’re doing yourself a favor … but your gag reflex will beg to differ.

By far, the most sensible technique is to brew kratom tea or mix your powder into the drink of your choice. By brewing tea and adding flavored ingredients, you will avoid the nausea and stomach cramp associated with ye olde toss ‘n wash. You’ll also enjoy a more powerful and sacred experience.

Remember, kratom leaves were historically chewed as a folk medicine by the natives of Southeast Asia. As word of its sublime aroma spread throughout the Emerald of the Equator, the Rishis (enlightened persons) of Indonesia began brewing the leaves as a reverent Vedic sacrament.

Drinking kratom remains popular today and this is true of Red Riau as much as any other cultivar. The following is a general dosage guideline for first-time users. Please note that these measurements are based around what suits beginners best, so if you’re an old hand at “thang,” feel free to skip ahead.

  • Threshold – 1 to 1.5 grams
  • Low – 2 grams
  • Moderate – 2.5 to 3 grams
  • High – 4 to 7 grams

It behooves me to mention that larger dosages are typically ill-advised, especially for neophytes. If you are new to the wonderful world of Riau then you should adhere to the rule of moderation; take only a threshold dosage your first time out so you can acclimate to this strain’s noteworthy aroma.

Chronic kratom use is never a good idea and has been associated with an increased risk of acute side effects such as muscle weakness, skin discoloration, elevated heart rate, liver damage, hallucination, seizures, coma and even death.

For the best results, always cycle your dosage (take a day or two off in between doses) and drink responsibly. Taking higher dosages on a frequent basis may lead to tolerance, addiction, abuse or even liver failure.

The FDA has urged the public against kratom consumption in the wake of a potential salmonella outbreak in 2018. It is the FDA’s position that there is insufficient scientific data to support any claims about kratom’s purported benefits.

Naturally, hundreds of users would disagree, as would advocacy groups like the AKA (American Kratom Association). Nevertheless, it is in every user’s best interest to avoid chronic usage and consult with their physician prior to taking kratom.

Pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid consumption of M. speciosa plant matter or kratom extracts since they may be detrimental to the health and well-being of their child.


As I said in my strains guide, there are lots of consumers who prefer red vein kratom powder over all others. That’s because of its inherent value as a serene, thoughtful cup of tea. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of Red Riau Kratom.

As one Reddit member said, “Red Riau is were [sic] it’s at guys.” They go on to add, “Took 3.5 grams of Red Riau this morning thinking it wasn’t going to be all that as it was on sale when I bought it, an hour later and I’m having the most chill morning ever.”

Another user wrote, “…red riau is probably the best red strain I’ve tried in months.”


If you’re looking to buy kratom and you don’t want to get burned, do yourself a favor and listen up. Almost every day I get an email from a customer or colleague telling me about the terrible experience they had buying M. speciosa products IRL.

I’m never surprised by this, even if I should be. After all, “kratom near me” is one of the most popular search terms on the internet. The problem is, buying locally may seem convenient, but you’re sacrificing quality for gas money.

Here’s the deal: Smoke shops and headshops typically source their kratom products from third party wholesale distributors. These distro guys don’t bother to disclose vital information to their clients, nor do they disclose equally important info on their labeling.

Consequently, you end up with a product that is either way too weak or way too dangerous. In other words, you’re either paying for yesterday’s stale batch or tomorrow’s big news headline (“Smoke shop kratom brand contained trace amounts of synthetic painkiller.”).

By contrast, trusted online kratom vendors specialize in fresh, potent product that is as pure as it is effective. The top-rated kratom suppliers in the biz provide an assortment of incentives to their clients including kratom coupon codes, a satisfaction guarantee and current third party lab results. These lab results show you that each batch has been tested for heavy metals and other potential contaminants.

The following is a short list of the best kratom vendors for Red Vein Riau. Each of these brands has been thoroughly vetted and are known for their quality and affordability:

  • Coastline Kratom
  • Ensobotanicals
  • Original Harvest Kratom


Those who are into maxin’ and relaxin’ will definitely dig this dark red delight. Red Vein Riau is a must-have for anyone who wishes to unwind.

Bob Freville
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