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Red Borneo Kratom Guide: A Natural & Safe Alternative

Red Borneo is one of the most popular red strains. It’s commonly used to treat pain and induce sleep and relaxation. It can be consumed via capsules for those who don’t like kratom’s bitter taste, prepared as a tea, or in its powdered form. Looking for a strain to improve your current condition? Look no further than Red kratom Borneo. Unlike other blogs, I’ve actually used most kratom strains to acquire a better understanding of how effective they are, and Red Borneo is no exception. 

Red Borneo is a red kratom strain originating from the island of Borneo. Its effects include sedation and appetite suppression, along with pain, anxiety, stress, and depression relief. It’s commonly consumed via capsules, toss and wash, or tea.  

In this Red Borneo review, I’ll be sharing the following: 

  • What is Red Borneo 
  • It’s Effects & Uses
  • How to Take Red Borneo
  • How Much to Take
  • Side Effects
  • Comparing Red Borneo to Other Strains
  • What Reddit Users Are Saying

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What Is Red Borneo? 

What Is Red Borneo

Red Borneo is a type of red kratom strain that the natives of Southeast Asia have used for years. It has been rated by the market as one of the best red strains along with Red Bali and Red Maeng Da

However, Borneo is offered in four different colors, each producing a unique set of effects. They are: 

Red Borneo: The most relaxing, best for pain relief and improving sleep. It can also be used for anxiety and depression relief. 

White Borneo: Best of the four for energy. Unlike most white strains, it can also be used for mild pain relief. 

Yellow Borneo: A hybrid of White and Red Borneo, but leaning more towards the stimulating white. 

Green Borneo: A hybrid of white and red Borneo as well. Provides mild pain relief, anxiety and depression relief, a mild energy boost, and a decent euphoria. 

The color of the veins on kratom leaves determines the color of each strain. If the veins are red, then it is a red vein strain. 

Each of the four colors produces the same combination of effects and has multiple variants. The difference between the same colored variants is the potency. 

For example, Red Borneo produces the same effects as Red Hulu but with more potency. 

Once the veins on the leaves turn Red (or their respective color), the plant is harvested. 

Kratom leaves contain multiple alkaloids, two of which are responsible for the plant’s amazing medicinal benefits. They are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine.

The alkaloids bind to the same receptors in our brain as opioid drugs, thereby producing very similar effects.  

Most drug tests will not be able to detect the alkaloids. Only drug tests administered by law enforcement agencies, such as the 10-panel drug test, may detect them. 

Red Borneo Effects & What They’re Used For

Red Borneo is known for producing various effects, including

  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation (physical & mental)
  • Appetite suppression
  • Sedation

All four effects can be used to treat a very wide range of medical conditions. Many kratom users have even successfully replaced their pharmaceutical drugs with kratom. 

However, if you plan on doing the same, please speak to a licensed physician.

The following table provides a good contextual view of Red Borneo’s effects and their potency. 

Pain ReliefSleepRelaxationAppetite Suppression

Red Borneo Pain Relief

Red Borneo Pain Relief

Red Borneo’s most commonly used benefit is pain relief. Anything from a mild headache to more severe back pain or aches can be treated. 

The pain relief usually lasts about 3-5 hours, and depending on how you consume Red Borneo, it can be felt within minutes. 

Since Red Borneo is also a sedative strain, I highly recommend it for people who can’t sleep or have trouble staying asleep because of physical pain. 

The following long list are all medical conditions that can be treated with Red Borneo: 

  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Migraines 
  • Arthritis 
  • Chemo pain 
  • Body aches
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Physical trauma 
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Sciatica 
  • Inflammation
  • Osteoporosis 

Red Borneo For Sleep

Red Borneo For Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Try some Red Borneo. In my opinion, it’s one of the most sedative strains in the market, second only to Red Bali. 

However, the trick to obtaining heavy sedation is to take the right amount. Many kratom strains, regardless of color, are capable of producing heavy drowsiness when a slightly larger dose is consumed.  

Hence, if you’re taking Red Borneo for sleep, take one more gram than your usual dose. If you’ve never taken Red Borneo before, don’t worry. Simply follow the instructions I have provided in the “How much Red Borneo should you take” section. 

Unlike most effects, which can be experienced in minutes, sedation takes at least an hour to kick in, regardless of how you consumed Red Borneo, but it can last up to 7 hours. 

It’s not at all unusual for me to feel the effects in the morning as I’m trying my best to get out of bed. 

The first hour after the initial sedation begins is the strongest. It will feel as if you took Nyquil, but if you manage to stay awake, the effects begin to significantly wear off. It’s only if you go to sleep within the first hour of feeling sleepy that the effects will last until the morning. 

I have safely used caffeine to counteract the sedation. You can probably do the same unless you’re very sensitive to substances. 

Do NOT try taking white kratom strains to counteract the drowsiness. Even though they’re stimulating, they will still increase the sedation. 

Never operate heavy machinery or drive after consuming Red Borneo. I highly recommend Red Borneo for people who can’t sleep, especially if it’s due to chronic pain. 

Red Borneo’s heavy sedation can be used to treat: 

  • Insomnia 
  • Sleep paralysis 
  • Lack of sleep from chronic pain 
  • Restlessness 
  • Waking up in the middle of the night

Red Borneo For Relaxation

Red Borneo For Relaxation

The relaxation effect obtained from Red Borneo is both mental and physical. The best way to describe it is like a mental break from stressful thoughts for your mind, similar to meditation, and a physical release of tension throughout your body. 

It’s particularly useful for putting an end to those bad days caused by a stressful work environment or alleviating addiction withdrawals. It’s not euphoric like Green Maeng Da, but it’s still very effective. 

The relaxing effect can last anywhere from 3-5 hours and will more than likely be followed by sedation. 

You can use the relaxation effect to treat: 

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness 
  • Opioid addiction
  • Social anxiety
  • Muscle tension 

Red Borneo Appetite Suppression 

Red Borneo Appetite Suppression

Due to Red Borneo’s hunger suppression and sedation, many people use to go to bed on an empty stomach to increase the amount of time they spend without eating. Thereby forcing their bodies to burn fat and lose weight. 

You don’t have to go to bed on an empty stomach, but you can definitely decrease your calorie intake or control binge eating by using Red Borneo. 

With the exception of capsules, your hunger will dissipate within about 20 minutes after consuming Red Borneo and can last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. 

Capsules may take about an hour to begin producing effects

Use Red Bali’s appetite suppression to help with the following: 

  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Losing weight
  • Dieting  

How To Take Red Borneo 

How To Take Red Borneo

When it comes to taking Red Borneo, you have many options, but here are the most popular:

  • Toss and Wash
  • Capsules 
  • Kratom Tea

All three ways do, however, require a different dose, so make sure you keep reading into the next section before taking it for the first time.

The potency from the Red Borneo will vary slightly depending on which method you choose, even though you are still using the same powder.

The way you choose to take your Red Borneo Kratom will depend on convenience and how fast you want to feel the effects of it

Starting with the first method.

Toss And Wash

This is by far my favorite way to take Red Borneo Kratom since it lets you consume it very quickly and produces rapid results. The effects you feel from this method also have more of a kick than the tea or capsules.

To take your Kratom this way, simply put the Red Borneo powder in your mouth, followed by some water. After that, swirl the water around to mix the powder, and then swallow the mixture.

While this may not be the most pleasant way to take Kratom due to its bitter taste and odd texture, you will be rewarded with fast and potent results if you can get past it.

You should notice the initial effects 5-10 minutes after consumption, and the effects will last between 3-5 hours.

Tip: Use cold water to minimize the bitterness


  • Potent Effect
  • Cheapest Option
  • Quick Consumption
  • Fast Acting


  • Harsh Texture
  • Messy
  • Bitter Taste



Using capsules to take your Red Borneo Kratom is perfect for people who want to avoid the flavor or texture of the powder. Being in pill form also makes them extremely portable and convenient to take.

Each capsule is made with pharmaceutical-grade vegetable casing in order to avoid any allergies. Each capsule also holds 0.7 grams of powder.

No silicone content is used in the making of the capsules.

An important thing to keep in mind when taking Kratom this way is that it takes around 30-45 minutes to feel the initial effects of this method. The effects will still last around 3-5 hours 

If you are looking for something with more instant relief I suggest the toss and wash method.


  • Quick Consumption
  • No Mess
  • Flavorless
  • Potent Results
  • Convenient 


  • Higher Cost
  • Delayed Effects

Kratom Tea

Kratom Tea

Preparing tea is a good alternative to the toss-and-wash method. All you need to do is pour boiling water into a container with your Kratom powder or leaves in it. Once done, just filter the leaves or powder out before drinking.

Be careful never to boil your water with Kratom powder or leaves because this will destroy the alkaloids responsible for the medicinal benefits.

Kratom tea is fast-acting, so you will feel the initial effects in about 5-10 minutes, and they will last for 3-5 hours.

The only real downside with this method besides the taste is the preparation time, which is about 25 minutes. You can improve the flavor by adding some honey to your tea, too.

I suggest people take their Kratom this way if they do not have busy schedules, don’t mind the flavor, and enjoy the process of making and drinking tea.


  • Fast Acting


  • Bitter Flavor
  • Preparation Time
  • Requires More Powder (Higher Price)

Finding Your Red Borneo Dose

Finding Your Red Borneo Dose

Unfortunately, there is a lot of online misinformation about dosages being the same for everyone. This is simply not true.

Putting information like that out there is not only misleading but is also dangerous. 5 grams might be the perfect dose for one person, but it could potentially trigger negative side effects in someone else, such as the well-known nauseous Kratom headache.

Because of this, the safest way to find your Kratom dose is to do so by experimenting. If you are already a Kratom user, you should stick to your dose when using Red Borneo.

Regardless of how you decide to take your Kratom, it is important to follow these simple rules.

  1. Stick with only one way of taking Red Borneo until you find the dose that works best for you
  2. Avoid taking Kratom twice in one day when finding your dose since the effects will be much weaker the second time you take it.
  3. Take Red Borneo at least two hours after your most recent meal.

Dosages vary with each method of taking Kratom. For example, 5 grams of Kratom taken by the toss and wash method will produce much more potent effects than 5 grams prepared as tea.

Now that you have decided to take Red Borneo, follow my instructions below to help find the ideal dose for you. But first, keep these factors in mind.

Weight: As with alcohol and many other substances, your weight will play a key role in how much Kratom you have to take. Generally, the more you weigh, the more you have to take.

Gender: In general, men tend to have to take more than women do, even if they weigh the exact same. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to every rule, however. 

Food: The more food you have in your system, or the sooner you take Kratom after eating, the less potent the effects will be.

Tolerance: Some people are naturally more tolerant of certain substances, and Kratom is one of them. For example, it is very possible that two people of the same gender, who weigh the same, will have very different doses when taking Kratom.

Toss And Wash

To figure out how much Kratom powder to take when using the toss and wash method, I recommend starting with 2 grams if you weigh under 200 pounds and 3 grams if you weigh over 200 pounds.

Wait 30 minutes to see how this dose affects you before deciding to increase it next time.

If the effects are weak or nonexistent, then you should increase your dose by one gram the following day.

Repeat this process of increasing by one gram every day until you feel like your desired results are being reached.


Figuring out your dose with capsules is similar to that of the toss and wash.

Initially, start with a dose of 3 capsules if you are under 200 pounds and 4 capsules if you weigh over 200 pounds.

Again, wait at least 30 minutes before deciding on whether this is the right dose for you.

If the effects were weak or nonexistent, then increase the dose by one capsule the following day. 

Repeat this process of adding one capsule a day until your desired effects of the Red Borneo have been met.

Kratom Tea

Making tea requires a bit more powder than the toss-and-wash method, which would produce the same results.

You can also use leaves to make your Kratom tea as well.

Simply grind the leaves in a coffee grinder and use it the same way in which you would use the powder. This will yield more potent effects than the powder will. You can use this powder you created for the toss-and-wash method as well.

For tea, I suggest starting at 4 grams of powder if you are under 200 pounds and 6 grams if you weigh over 200 pounds.

Once again, wait 30-60 minutes before deciding on whether or not this will be the right dose for you.

If the effects are weak or nonexistent, then you can increase the dose by one gram per day until the desired effects have been met.

When To Increase Your Red Borneo Dose

When To Increase Your Red Borneo Dose

If you start to feel like your regular dose is no longer effective, increase it using the methods above by taking an extra gram a day until you feel your desired effects again.

If you begin to get close to doubling your dose, I recommend you take a tolerance break.

Tolerance breaks should consist of one month without using Kratom.

Red Borneo Side Effects & How to Avoid Them

The main reason people experience negative side effects when taking Kratom is because they take too high of a dose that their body can not handle.

Most of the time, the side effects you get from taking too much Red Borneo Kratom will consist of a non-fatal nauseous headache. 

Depending on how large of a dose it is that you took, the effects can be mild or to the point of throwing up.

The best way to avoid this is to increase your dose slowly, if at all necessary. Doing it daily, as I explained above, will prevent this from happening.


I have experienced the headache many times, but luckily, it goes away on its own in about 45 minutes.

If you are new to Kratom and accidentally take too much, you are more likely to experience a headache because you have yet to build up a tolerance, especially if you take it twice in one day.

Getting High

Getting high is also another negative side effect, but this is unlike the high you experience from smoking weed. The times I have accidentally gotten high, I was still mentally in control but really dizzy. Time did not slow down, and I definitely did not feel like laughing.

It goes without saying that it was far from enjoyable, and the cause was again taking too large of a dose.

Be smart with your dosages, follow the guidelines I have provided to you, and you will have nothing but great things to say about your experiences with Kratom.


There are many claims out there regarding Kratom and hallucinations, but I have not met anyone who has been able to testify to this. I have been using Kratom for years, and so have many of my readers, none of whom have ever hallucinated.

Some people may experience psychedelic tendencies, such as colors becoming more vibrant, but never full-blown hallucinations.

Red Borneo vs Red Maeng Da vs Red Bali

Red Maeng Da vs Red Bali

I’m going to make things as easy as possible when choosing between these three strains. First and foremost, and in my opinion, these are the three best red strains. 

Their number of Google searches per month, which I verified, is the three highest for red strains, with Red Bali taking the lead, Red Maeng Da in second place, and Red Borneo coming in third.

After using each strain multiple times for many years, here’s what I found is the biggest difference: 

Red Bali is by far the most sedative of the three. 

Unlike the other two, Red Maeng Da may actually be somewhat stimulating for a red strain and can actually boost your mood a bit. 

Red Borneo is the most “all-around” strain, with no specific effects outshining the rest, but it still offers potent results. 

All three are equal with regard to pain relief and relaxation. You can use the table below to better understand the relationship between the three strains.  

What Reddit Users Are Saying About Red Borneo 

Reddit Users review

Red Borneo’s Reddit reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, but you don’t have to take it from me. Check out the testimonials below, which include a link to the forum. 

A certain Reddit user (username known because it was deleted) asked the community about their opinions regarding Red Borneo. You can access the forum here

Literally, all of the comments were positive. Some people claimed it was their favorite, while others stated how it helps with sleep. 

Juicyjuicevapeco didn’t bother to ask people how they felt about Red Borneo. He just felt like sharing how amazing it was and how it’s helping him come off of Oxytocin. 

The rest of the comments shared their inputs on how they used Red Borneo to replace unwanted pharmaceutical addictions. These are truly amazing testimonials. 

Ralph Gary
Ralph Gary
Ralph is a passionate author at tooslick.com, a leading drug education website. With a background in public health, he combines research and empathy to create informative content that empowers readers with knowledge on substance abuse. Ralph's mission is to foster a safer and healthier community through education.

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