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Bali Kratom

Taking a look at the famous strain of kratom, "Bali" - and how it has earned its reputation.


-Examining the strain of Bali kratom by which all others are measured

The balance bar at the playground; trying to stay even on the exercise ball; holding a pencil on the tip of your finger; contemplating and considering a complex world.

Balance. Something about it is attractive. We naturally seek it, and find ourselves satisfied with its results, the equilibrium achieved seeming something of an accomplishment. We find something intrinsically comforting about balance.

Perhaps this is why Bali kratom is the bellewether strain of kratom.

The origins of Bali Kratom

The island of Bali is contained within the massive archipelago of Indonesia. Bali kratom was named not just for its island of origin, but the kratom that originated from the port therein. Foreigners would reference the fine kratom that had come in from the port of Bali – also known as the Port of Benoa – and request more. Indonesia has an ideal environment for the cultivation of kratom; its unique conditions allowed for a particularly potent form of kratom to thrive. Where there was demand, so came supply.

Bali kratom is thought to be one of the oldest strains, with the island of Bali and Thailand considered two of the longest running strains due to their long standing reputation and history of production. Indeed, the historical records of kratom – dating back thousands of years – center around Thailand. Dutch monk Pieter Kohalls travelled home from the port of Bali in the 19th century and introduced kratom to the Western world. Kratom has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, and a ritualistic herb. Eventually, it became a trade commodity as records show kratom reaching as far as Mongolia in the far past. 

What makes Bali special?

There are three primary classifications of the kratom tree; red, green, and white vein. Each is generally geared towards specific effects, though the impact is still contingent on the individual physiology of the user. Beyond the vein color classification, most kratom strains have an additional noun of some kind to further specify their qualities. While dozens of new “strains” have emerged as a means of marketing, the most consistent difference remains in the country of origin and the vein color. While certain outliers do exist – like Maeng Da – a core grouping of strains have become familiar with users for their effectiveness; the most popular strain, at least according to sales and community discourse, remains Red Bali.

The environment in which kratom is grown has a significant impact on its effects. Dozens of factors are relevant; average sunlight, composition and PH of soil, the rain schedule, humidity, etc. Even the season in which the plant is harvested can have enormous impact on its potency and effects. (Fall time is said to be best for many strains) For whatever combination of factors so coddles Bali kratom, the region of the Island of Bali surrounding the port is particularly well suited to cultivate kratom; the ideal conditions allow for a kratom which users find highly desirable.

Often times, a kratom vein color and its effects imparted from the region of origin are paired together to maximize the strains efficacy. The pairing of the Red Vein kratom strain grown in this region of Bali enjoys tremendous repute due to its synergistic pairing. While Green and White Bali strains do exist and are also enjoyed by many, Red Bali seems to be the most sought after pairing.

Effects of Bali Kratom

Users report that Red Vein kratom is most representative of kratom as a whole. It offers a wide array of the effects associated with the plant, whereas some other strains and types have a more narrow focus. Kratom, for many, is valued so highly for its ability to manage painful symptoms, aid in sleep, and help moderate mood; a long history of anecdotal evidence is now being supported by reputable scientific reports. While most kratom will impart these effects to some degree, the community agrees that Red Vein kratom is most effective in presenting this impact.

Bali kratom is noted for nearly identical strengths. It is most often used for the same reasons Red Vein kratom is sought, but it also provides the balance that gives it the feel of a fully fleshed out version of kratom. Displaying such synergy, Red Vein kratom and Bali are thus a natural pairing. A wide range of users insist that Red Bali is the ideal strain for treating their various symptoms; sleeplessness, anxiety, as an aid to opiate cessation withdrawal, and pain management. 

Bali, balanced as it is, is also noted to impart effects of kratom generally associated with other strains, as well. For example, some Green Vein strains are known for their positive impact on focus and energy. Bali seems to begin with effects mirroring a Green Vein kratom, as users report increased focus, mood, and energy; it later settles as a more sedative, analgesic package. Bear in mind that kratom often acts more like  coffee – its close relative – in smaller doses, but bears more sedative effects in its larger doses. This, in conjunction with personal factors such as your weight, the time since your last meal, and the nuances of your body chemistry, will all impact the effects of Red Bali. 

However, the reason that Red Bali is so desired is that it seems to have much less variation than other strains in terms of user review. Whereas many users will favor a certain strain for one effect that another user does not experience themselves, Red Bali generally draws agreement for its effectiveness and impact. This alone makes it a strain that enjoys frequent recommendation and engenders loyalty from its users, many of whom say that kratom has “saved my life.”

In whatever it is, we strive for balance. But so too do we strive for impact. Too often these forces are at odds, the power of impact setting loose the balance.

But with Bali kratom, you can take solace in finding both.

Nothing in this blog is to be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult with your doctor. Kratom does not cure or prevent any diseases. Do not cessate doctor prescribed medication in favor of kratom unless you have talked with your health care professional. Always conduct your own independent research. This blog is the conjecture of the author and is in no way intended to be used as medical advice, and makes no claims of medical knowledge or the medical efficacy of any substances. This blog shares research and anecdotal reports from regular people, not medical professionals. 


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  1. Jon Boskovich

    Red Bali mixed with the white horn trumps any other red kratom experience I’ve had.

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