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Why Do White Kratom Strains Make Me Tired?

Billy Carlyle October 7, 2022 0 comments
Why Do White Kratom Strains Make Me Tired

Lots of people take kratom for energy, focus, and a mood lift. This can help with productivity and make you feel better about what you get done every day. For these effects, white strains are generally the best because they are the “fastest,” or most stimulating options. 

But some people select a premium white strain of kratom, then discover that it didn’t have the effect that they had hoped for. While most people receive a burst of energetic euphoria and focus with white strains, some people may actually get more tired, drowsy, lethargic, or unmotivated from white strains. 

If this happens to you, then you may want to know what you can do to achieve the effects you wanted in the first place. To do that, you must know why white kratom strains make you sleepy or tired to begin with. 

Why Do White Kratom Strains Make Me Tired?

There are lots of reasons why kratom strains can make you tired. Some of the reasons are caused by the kratom product itself while others could simply be a person’s mood or biology that contributes to the opposite effects. Let’s check out the main reasons why white kratom makes you sleepy.  

Kratom Isn’t an Exact Science

This is likely the primary reason why some white strains may cause drowsiness. While kratom is divided into different colors like Red for sedation, White for energy, and Green and Yellow for balanced results, kratom harvesting and processing is not an exact science. 

What that means is that even though you purchase a true white strain, every batch is unique and this white strain may have more of the sedating alkaloids than the energetic ones. Mitragynine is the most abundant alkaloid in kratom and is the one that will be responsible for the stimulating effects. 7-hydroxymitragynine is more common in Red strains and is the sedating compound. 

All kratom contains a balance of these two alkaloids as well as several other chemicals. White kratom is processed and harvested in a certain way, typically as a younger plant, that favors the mitragynine content, but that doesn’t mean it is an exact science and the particular strain and tree can influence the balance of alkaloids as well. 

Strain and Strength

Different white strains offer different results. Typically, the most stimulating white strain is the high-quality White Borneo option. Some other white strains are closer to a green balance even though they are considered white. That means that if you choose a slower white kratom like White Bali, you may not get the energetic effects as much as you wanted, especially if you have a tolerance to stimulants like caffeine. 

In addition, some kratom strains with superior quality will be stronger than others. Higher doses of kratom contribute to more relaxing effects while lower doses are more likely to be energetic. Because of this, taking too much of a premium white strain may cause more sedative results that are unwanted. 

ADHD and Mood

People with ADHD may not get the same effects as someone without. Stimulants give most people energy and focus, but some people with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, a stimulant compound, including kratom, may cause fatigue, drowsiness, and sleepiness. 

Furthermore, the mood you are in can significantly influence the results from a kratom dose. When you are already in a good mood or ready to be productive, then any kratom strain is more likely to amplify that existing state of mind. On the other hand, if you are sleep deprived or simply feeling lazy, then the kratom may enhance that outlook. While this isn’t always a substantial difference, it is certainly something to consider. 

Low-Quality Vendor

With a low-quality vendor, you may not ever get the results you want. Why? Because they are more likely to sell all kratom as different strains independent of the actual color or strain. They may even mix all colors together. What that means is that when you order a white strain, you may be getting a yellow, green, or red strain or all three instead. 

Furthermore, with weaker kratom, the feelings are usually not very energetic in the first place. The reason for this is because lower quality kratom has less of every alkaloid. Since the most common alkaloid found in kratom is the energy-boosting mitragynine, that means that you are more likely to get opposite outcomes. 

This isn’t the only reason you should always purchase your kratom from a high-quality premium vendor. The best vendors will have excellent reviews as well as lab results to ensure safe and potent kratom. 

What to do if White Kratom Strains Make You Tired?

You want energy, concentration, and improved performance and productivity, so you try a white strain. Suddenly, you aren’t feeling so motivated. In fact, you’re feeling drowsy with brain fog that’s keeping you from the goals you desired. So what do you do?

There are a couple of options. Of course you could simply drink some coffee and hope for the  best, but for the next time you take kratom, there are better options. Let’s look at what you should do. 

Take Less

With kratom, less is more. While that’s a general rule of thumb more than an exact science, we’ve found that it’s often true, especially when looking for stimulating effects. Lower doses of kratom are more likely to be energetic and higher doses are more stimulating. This goes for any color of kratom, not just white. 

Try dosing 50% of what you took when the white kratom strain made you tired. For example, instead of taking 5 grams, take 2.5 grams. If that’s not enough, then gradually increase it to see where your sweet spot is. You may find that a difference of a half gram can make a huge difference in regards to mood lift and energy. 

Try Other Strains or Colors

Try different strains of white kratom. If White Kali kratom did not give you the fantastic effects you desire, then switch to Super White. Not all kratom strains are perfect for everyone and everybody has their own favorites and preferences. 

If that still doesn’t work, try different strains. For a lot of people, green strains are the best and even more energetic than white strains. While red strains are unlikely to give you energy, you may like them better simply because of the relaxation and mood lift that keep your mind from becoming distracted. 

Try a New Vendor

If you don’t get the results you want from your white strains, then the best bet may be to try a new vendor altogether. Every vendor is different and you may discover that a new one offers the exact effects you look for in kratom. The white strains may be more energetic and the red strains more relaxing.


White strains are supposed to be energetic, but that’s not always the case. Some people simply don’t get the energetic effects. Sometimes the kratom is just not great or maybe the specific batch is simply more relaxing. Whatever the reason, you can usually find a solution either by switching strains, vendors, or doses. This will often give the outcomes that you want! 

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Billy Carlyle

Billy Carlyle is an alumnus of UNCW, obtaining an MFA in creative writing. In his nook and cranny of the writing community, he explores the intricacies of plant pharmacology and its botanical research, writing predominantly for the cannabis, medical marijuana, CBD, and kratom industries.

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