With the popularity of Kratom growing, several vendors are now putting on their Wizards’ Hats and getting creative with their strains by concocting custom blends that mix a combination of Red, Green White and/or Yellow Kratom Strains – and sometimes even several of the same strain such as Red Bali, Red Sumatra and Red Bentuangie.
At KVR, we salute these Purveyors of Powder & Capsule Chefs, and the amazing blends and Kratom creations they have wonderfully woven together. With that in mind, we decided to put several different Kratom Blends to the test in our KVR Blend-O-Mania Kratom Strain Challenge 2019.
Since blends are a unique compilation of not being all goals for all users, we’re splitting it up into two (2) categories:
- Energy, Motivation & Focus
- Relaxation, Calm & Happiness
These blends will then be compared in the following areas with all samples undertaken consisting of 3g and with a rating score of 1.0 (lowest) to 5.0 (highest):
- Success in its Category Pursuit
Energy, Motivation & Focus
Krabot Morning Blend Kratom Capsules: (From the Vendor) This morning blend is the perfect way to start your day. Krābot’s Morning Blend combines White Maeng Da, White Indo, and another energetic strain.
Day 1: As expected, the packaging on the Krabot example was of high quality and easy to store/use. Each bottle of capsules has the strain clearly marked on the side. These capsules smelt fresh and aromatic. There was very little powder residue left in the bottle, which can sometimes be very present when capsules aren’t assembled tightly. Morning Blend was the perfect definition of this sample. It would be an easy replacement for at least one cup of coffee. Within 15-20 minutes, there was a definite uptick in energy, focus and motivation to get up and moving around. Krabot Kratom continues to be a favorite of the KVR group and this one didn’t disappoint. This might also be a great choice for gaining confidence and poise. Duration was slightly less than average at around 2.5 hours. — Overall Score: 4.80
Krabot Rising Sun Kratom Capsules: (From the Vendor) Rising Sun is a staff favorite. One part Yellow Vietnam, one part Red Sunda, and a sprinkle of Gold. Blend ratios are a Krābot proprietary formula.
Day 7: Once again – as expected – the packaging on the Krabot example was of high quality and easy to store/use. Each bottle of capsules has the strain clearly marked on the side. These capsules smelt fresh and even more aromatic than the earlier compared Morning Blend. And like every other Krabot product tested in the past, there was almost zero powder residue left in the bottle, which can sometimes be very present when capsules aren’t assembled tightly. With the name “Rising Sun”, we were expecting a slow, but progressively ascension into energy, focus and pain relief, but that wasn’t the case. While pain was noticeably reduced, there wasn’t wasn’t as much of a positive outlook and motivational drive as we had hoped. Instead, it was more of an experience of relaxation and calm which in itself wasn’t bad. This would be a good choice for reducing pain while starting the day not feeling groggy or tired. Duration was very, very good at around 4 hours. — Overall Score: 4.35
Laughing Lion Electrobuzz All-White Kratom Blend Powder: (From the Vendor) Tantalizing your senses with the most incredibly crafted White Vein Kratom Strain Blend ever created!
Day 3: Being one of our first experiences with Laughing Lion Herbs out of Monument Colorado, we were intrigued to see how they would compare against more well-known companies. The packaging was simple and basic, but well marked, colorful and professionally done. Once opened, the powder was extremely fresh and soft with a fantastic aroma that seemed lighter than most red veins. Weight included vs. that shown on the package seemed perfectly accurate. Anticipating a fantastic addition to a workout regime, Electrobuzz didn’t disappoint. As most White Veins should, it didn’t reach out and grab you, rather it was just sustained and clean and confident. With the “buzz” in its moniker, there was a thought that it might be too jittery, but that wasn’t the case. This would also be a great strain to experience before heading for a late night adventure. You won’t really notice it, but 4 hours later, you’ll be thinking, “Wow! I’m not even the slightest bit tired!” Onset was within 15 minutes or so and lasted for around 3.5 hours. — Overall Score: 4.90
Laughing Lion Golden Thai Blend Kratom Powder: (From the Vendor) Golden Thai Kratom is a combination of our coveted Red and White Thai. A blend so incredible, it deserved the name “Golden”!
Day 8: As another first-time experience with Laughing Lion Herbs out of Monument Colorado, we were intrigued to see how they would compare against more well-known companies. As with the other samples, the packaging was simple and basic, but well marked, colorful and professionally done. Opening this particular strain was a real treat. This powder seemed the freshest, strongest and most aromatic of any we had experienced. Its texture was smooth and fine. As with the others, weight included vs. that shown on the package seemed perfectly accurate. Having only had one other experience with a Thai strain, an open mind was awaiting this experience. Wow! This is strong and quick. Within minutes of the sample beginning, there was a sense of confidence, energy and sociability. If you’re tied to a couch and needing a boost to get up and get things done – all with a zest to do it well – this is a fantastic strain to sample. Painkilling was also almost immediate. A sore lower back was a thought of the past within 15-20 minutes. This would not be our first choice for those who are going to bed within an hour or so. This would be a great mid-day strain though – especially if you’re someone who is engaged in physical labor or spend a great deal of time on their feet. Our belief is that they’d get a boost of motivation and pain relief to finish up the day and leave with a smile on their face. Onset was within 10-15 minutes and lasted for around 3.5 hours. — Overall Score: 4.80
Earth Kratom Trainwreck Kratom Capsules: (From the Vendor) Experience the blend of 11 different Kratom Strains blended together to create one stunning effect!
Day 5: Like the Ultra Zen Kratom, Earth Kratom is widely distributed to Retail Stores so its packaging is geared towards Shelf and Hanging Display usage. We loved the name of this Kratom; who could resist one labeled “Trainwreck”, no matter what your interpretation of the word is/was. These capsules smelt remarkably fresh and strong given the fact that who knew how long it had been sitting on the shelf. Kudos to Earth Kratom for packaging that maintains a fresh aroma. Given the name, our definition was that this would we an extremely energetic experience. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case. While the effects were quick and easy to discern, they weren’t enough to say that yes, this is the strain you want to use for energy and focus; nor was it necessarily a relaxing and pain-relieving one either. It was somewhere right in the middle. The experience was noticeable but it didn’t’ seem to lend itself towards being one way or the other. Perhaps there were just too many blends working against each other to give it a clear path? That’s hard to say since we don’t know which blends were being used. In addition, this was – outside of Ultra Zen – the most expensive mix in this comparison. At almost $70 for a 65-Capsule Package, this Kratom is quite pricey. It’s possible that the store it was acquired from was marking it up too much, but that fact definitely detracted from its score. If your goal is to to find a unique experience that is noticeable but not overly potent, this might be a good choice. Duration though, was very good at almost 4 hours. — Overall Score: 4.00
Relaxation, Calm & Happiness
Krabot Evening Blend Kratom Capsules: (From the Vendor) This evening blend is the perfect way to end your day. A blend of Red Sumatra, Red Bali, Bentuangie, and a splash of Yellow Bali.
Day 9: No doubt you’ve probably already read our comments as to Krabot’s quality of Packaging, Shipping and Freshness of product. There’s a reason Krabot products are consistently rated again and again as a top vendor in the Kratom industry and this one once again defines all of those kudos and attributes. Stressed? Overextended? Mind running rampant with issues and problems? Here’s your answer. An experience with Krabot Evening Blend is a chance to drift away from all of those things – along with providing excellent pain relief. On their own, Red Sumatra, Red Bali and Red Bentuangie are highly regarded in terms of pain relief and mood boosters, but whatever wizard-like combination of the 3 – along with Yellow Bali – Krabot has crafted together is simply genius. The experience began to present itself within 15 minutes of onset and lasted a good 4 hours. Another staff member says this is her go-to blend whenever she feels like winding down, and we can easily see why. Kudos to Krabot for another winner. — Overall Score: 4.90
Laughing Lion Fuzzy Blanket Blend Kratom Powder: (From the Vendor) Night after night, Fuzzy Blanket will always remain.
Day 6: Like our Day 3 comparison with Electrobuzz, this was one of our first experiences with Laughing Lion Herbs out of Monument Colorado. Like the Electrobuzz, the packaging was simple and basic, but well marked, colorful and professionally done. Also like Electrobuzz, once opened, the powder was remarkably fresh and soft with a strong and inviting aroma seemingly typical of most red veins. Weight included vs. that shown on the package seemed perfectly accurate. Within minutes of the experience beginning, it was evident that this was going to be Staff Favorite. Based on our original – although less weighted – experience with this blend, we had already inducted Fuzzy Blanket into our KVR Hall of Fame, so we were expecting greatness. And oh wow, did it deliver! If you’ve been searching for an ultimate blend for relaxation, stress relief, pain reduction and an overall feeling of bliss, this is one of THE ones to add to your rotation. Let the worries of the day melt away when you wrap your body in this “fuzzy blanket”. Onset was fast, but not in a rushing, energetic way. It was similar to the way body chills dissipate when you add layers. Within an hour, it was a remarkable envelopment of bliss. Duration was great as well at about 4 hours. — Overall Score: 5.00
Zen Ultra Premium Kratom Capsules: (From the Vendor) Zen Kratom is the highest quality Maeng Da Kratom extract on the market today.
Day 4: While not everyone agrees that Kratom extract is a blend, we’re including Zen in this comparison. Many Kratrom enthusiasts have been “In with Zen” for quite some time as Zen Ultra Premium Capsules have been a local Vape 7 “Head” Shop staple for several years. Understandably then, the packaging was heavily geared towards being able to hang or display in a retail environment. These capsules smelt “there”, neither overly fresh and aromatic, but not necessarily stale either. The scent of Kratom was noticeable but not overwhelming. In comparison to what is arguably its most well-known competitor – OPMS Gold – Zen was somewhat of a disappointment. With a price per capsule of around $10, it takes a leap of faith to justify spending that much money for a single capsule. The reasoning is that Zen is a more powerful and potent extract. And while it did exhibit some potent properties, the cost factor didn’t match up to what you might spend on 3 or 4 capsules of another product. Zen neither overwhelmed or underwhelmed. It was there. It was noticeable, but it didn’t seem as effective as one might expect. Zen is great for some, but there’s a price to pay. Duration was around average at about 3 hours. — Overall Score: 3.75
Club13 Connoisseur Blend Kratom Powder: (From the Vendor) Club13 Connoisseur Blend Kratom is a select choice blend of our favorite Kratom powders combined for a perfectly rounded experience.
Day 2: Somewhat “flashier” than the other samples, but still nicely packaged, the Club 13 Packaging looked tailored for a Retail Store Shelf. It would really jump out at you as you walked buy. A HUGE Bonus for the Club 13 product is that it came with a Free 1g Scooper inside. Genius! No more wondering if your measurement is accurate or not, here it is, plain and simple. The powder had a deep, almost “wild” aroma that was very pleasing. It was seemingly very fresh as well. It’s hard to tell what the exact Blend Components were but they were a nice – if not enormously impressive – combination. Calm ensued but not the “warm fuzzy” kind generally associated with these blends. Approximately 20 minutes into this experience, the knowledge that it was with you became very evident. Club 13 has been around for quite sometime and was originally a Staff Favorite for their Extra Strength Red Maeng Da, but we haven’t seen that in sometime. It is nice to see them back though after their short hiatus. A local Vape Shop near us sells a “Sampler” Package of Club 13 Green Maeng Da Kratom Capsules which is also a smart marketing move on their part. This would be a good choice for subtle relaxation and stress relief. Duration was well within expectations at around 3.5 hours. — Overall Score: 4.25
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