Happy Hippo’s Guide to Rotating Kratom Strains
Kratom Strain Joke for Learning -
“You know what Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) stands for?”
“Kratom (more strains).”
A Hippo Client emailed us that gem.
He wished to discuss the pros and cons of Kratom Strain Rotation and Stagnant Strain Syndrome (SSS), which is linked to increasing Kratom Tolerance and diminishing Kratom Effects.
SSS is roughly defined as “decreased positive effects linked with the use of a minimal number of Kratom Strains, typically two or less.”
Basically, SSS requires an increased Kratom Dosage to achieve the Effects that were felt at a lower serving-size. Not ideal.
Kratom Rotation is not just a magic bullet for Tolerance issues.
It also allows smart Kratom Users to experience the full breadth and potential of this wondrous plant.
The more Kratom Leafs that work for you, the more wisely you can use each Leaf for specific Kratom Benefits.
For example, while Green Malay Kratom might be a useful daily strain, many Humans would enjoy a faster strain like Maeng Da Kratom for high-energy activities.
Using multiple strains does not guarantee better results, but we’ve found that there is a “Sweet Spot” in which most Humans get the consistently good Kratom Experiences.
That Sweet Spot involves rotating multiple strains.
Kratom Strain Guide?
If you’re looking for a brief refresher on individual strains, their backgrounds and effects, and activities for which each Kratom Strain is well-suited, try here.
This Happy Hippo Guide will help you prepare a personalized Kratom Rotation.
Does Rotating Kratom Strains Work?
In our experience (anecdotally), if you commit to rotating different types of Leaf (and colors) on a defined schedule, you will not see a significant increase in tolerance as compared to using the same strain for multiple days or weeks at a time (we've tried that too!).
However, scientifically-speaking, connection between SSS and rotating strains is hazy.
People point to different alkaloid contents for explanation; however, there is little in the way of accepted studies that explore this topic beyond the armchair scientist.
The good news is we expect the forthcoming science to support this explanation.
Commitment to a schedule is important and having at least 5 different Kratom Strains is key to living a productive "Lifestyle".
How Long Does Kratom Stay in Your System?
If you’re searching for answers to questions involving Kratom metabolites, urine tests, drug screens, the half-life of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, and related items, that’ll be a topic for a new post.
However, if you’re just curious about how long it takes to start feeling the Effects of Kratom, the answer is simple: it depends on context! If your normal Kratom Dose isn’t working as quickly or as powerfully as normal, it could be a variety of things. For instance, taking Kratom on an empty stomach makes your body react differently than it would if you had just eaten a bowl of oatmeal and some pancakes. That being said, if you’re struggling with this problem frequently, you’re probably a good candidate for exploring Kratom Strain Rotation.
Best Kratom Strains to Rotate
It depends! You may specifically like Red Vein and White Vein Kratom. These various Leafs showcase relief from discomfort and high-energy (plus red and white is easy to keep organized in your mind). Or perhaps you’re loyal to variations by Origin such as: Bali Kratom, Borneo Kratom, Indo Kratom, and Maeng Da Kratom. It depends on your goals and your unique reaction to each Kratom Strain. The key detail to understand is that there is no universally optimal way to rotate your strains. It’s up to you.
Quick Note: How many grams of Kratom to take should be equivalent to how many Kratom Capsules to take. Always read the label to avoid unintended consequences! If you’re at all concerned that the effects haven’t hit your system yet, just be wary of piling on more too quickly. How long kratom takes to kick in is not the easiest answer to quantify, but there’s a range within which you should be comfortable working.
Rotation Guide #1 (7 Different Kratom Strains For 7 Days a Week)
Rotate seven strains, one for each day of the week. If you’re a daily user, this might be a workable solution. Purchase a different strain for each day of the week and cycle them accordingly. This is a fantastic option for those looking to looking to answer the question “How does kratom work?” Each strain will produce different effects, and when you add those different answers together, you get a range of effects. That’s the answer!
Disclaimer: We devote the rest of this post to curating kratom rotation templates you can easily borrow for personal use. We list different strain examples for each template, and we also link some Hippo versions of each strain. We do that because we strongly believe we have the highest quality kratom on the market, but these templates will work for you if another vendor is worthy of your loyalty. As long as you’re Happy, we’re Happy.
Sunday: Red Sumatra (Magic Hippo)
Monday: Green Maeng Da (Hyper Hippo)
Tuesday: Super Green Indonesian (Happy Hippo I)
Wednesday: Thai Green (Atomic Green Hippo)
Thursday: Red Horn (Smiley Hippo)
Friday: White Borneo (Ghost Hippo)
Saturday: Superior “Diamond” Malaysian (Thunder Hippo)
Advantages: reliable, easy to remember, caters to people with hectic schedules, easier to identify patterns of likes and dislikes for individual kratom users
Disadvantages: might be *too much* variety for easy rotation, difficult to pin down a favorite strain
If you’re a fan of diversity in your daily kratom use or what we refer to as the "Kratom Lifestyle", this is your solution. If you prefer a streamlined option, this still might be a tad overwhelming—especially for the kratom newbie.
Rotation Guide #2 (5 Different Kratom Strains for 5 ON Days and 2 Days OFF)
Rotate five strains five days of the week and take two days off. The tolerance breaks can be adjacent, (e.g., Saturday and Sunday), or you can break them up and put one in the week's middle (e.g., Wednesday) and another at the tail end (e.g., Saturday). Tolerance breaks make kratom’s effects on the body much more apparent, especially if you vary your low and high doses throughout the week.
Sunday: Malaysian Super Green (Elite Elephant)
Monday: Super Red Indonesian (Happy Hippo II)
Tuesday: Bali Gold (Royal Golden Hippo)
Thursday: Super Green Indonesian (Happy Hippo I)
Friday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo)
Advantages: affordable, enough strains to do the job, occasional tolerance breaks are good for longevity,
Disadvantages: tolerance breaks can be difficult; scheduled off days might not coincide with reality (e.g., a day off scheduled when a good burn might really come in handy)
This rotation is viable for people with schedules that rarely vary, but many people prefer daily kratom use which limits this template’s popularity.
Rotation Guide #3 (3 Different Kratom Strains, Rotated Every 48 Hours)
Rotate multiple strains for multiple days of the week. It’s predictable and easy to accommodate without breaking the bank or requiring too much in the way of thought.
Sunday: Green Maeng Da (Hyper Hippo)
Monday: Green Maeng Da (you can substitute capsules)
Tuesday: Golden Bali (Royal Golden Hippo)
Wednesday: Golden Vietnamese
Thursday: Golden Maeng Da (Sunshine Hippo)
Friday: Golden Maeng Da
Saturday: Restart rotation
Advantages: affordable, a manageable number of strains, encourages regular rotation of favorites
Disadvantages: fine line between “too many” strains and “not enough,” may not be enough variety for adventurous kratom users
This rotation or one similar is probably the most popular in circulation. Not that it’s the absolute best—it depends on personal taste—but it’s simple. A little goes a long way.
Rotation Guide #4 (How to Rotate Just 2 Kratom Strains)
Throw everything against the wall and see what sticks. This approach is strictly for veteran users.
Sunday: Red Maeng Da (Red Hot Hippo)
Monday: Red Maeng Da potentiated with citrus juice
Tuesday: Elite Green Bali (Top-Shelf Bali) tapered to half of Monday’s kratom intake
Wednesday: Red Maeng Da with increased spaces between doses
Thursday: Elite Green Bali taken immediately after exercise (increased potentiation)
Friday: Kratom tolerance break, supplement with Phenibut for stress reduction
Saturday: Red Maeng Da (regular dose)
Sunday: Elite Green Bali (regular dose with less frequency)
Advantages: can boost overall kratom IQ, best approach to understand each strain’s nuances, might sustain a more limited number of kratom strains in the long-term
Disadvantages: the most complex approach, potentially confusing, hard to know which part is working and which part is just happy to be there
Education is the key to informed kratom use. Its complexity limits this rotation’s popularity, but veteran users who want to expand their knowledge would find it useful. Kratom extracts can also play a role in this approach if you prefer them over kratom leaf though misuse of extracts can easily make your tolerance levels explode.
Closing Thoughts on Kratom Strains at Happy Hippo
“How long does Kratom Tolerance last?” isn’t the right question.
Rather, the question needs to be “What can I do to keep my Kratom Tolerance low?”
It’s in your best interest to learn as much as you can—Stagnant Strain syndrome and Kratom Strain Rotations included. Long-term positive use depends on the individual. Thankfully, human trials are receiving federal funding, These results will inform and confirm the conjecture that rotating your Kratom can prevent or decrease SSS’ negative effects. It also provides a convenient opening to experiment with new strains. Who knows? Trying it might lead you to your all-time favorite.
To truly live a productive low-tolerance Kratom Lifestyle, you just need to mix it up as much as you can. Newbies should create a trial and error schedule, most veterans have figured out what best works for them.
One thing is clear though -
Strain Rotation works far better than simply using a single Kratom Powder indefinitely.
Bonus: We’re of the opinion that Kratom Side Effects, including Kratom Withdrawal, are manageable without being of undue concern. If you’d like to learn about whether you can overdose on kratom, we break that topic down in a separate post.
TLDR: Is kratom safe to mix with other strains? Sure, we encourage it. Start with discovering the answer to the question “What do the different strains of kratom do?” The more you try, the more informed and developed your knowledge will become. After that, you can start mix-and-matching your favorites.
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