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Red Hulu Kratom Guide: Benefits, Side Effects, & More

Red Hulu Kratom is a great red strain for beginners. It provides very similar, but less potent, effects than Red Maeng Da.

These effects include pain relief, relaxation, and, unlike most red strains, a bit of stimulation.

Red Hulu can be consumed as tea, via capsules (if you don’t like kratom’s bitter taste), or as powder.

I suggest Red Hulu if you’re new to kratom and looking for a strain to help you treat anxiety, stress,

Are you suffering from pain, anxiety, or stress? If so, Red Hulu may be a good choice for you. I’ve been using kratom for many years now, so I’d like to think I know a thing or two about how different strains compare to one another. 

I wrote this comprehensive guide to teach you everything there is to know about Red Hulu. Here are a few things you can expect: 

  • What is Red Hulu
  • Effects & Uses
  • How to take Red Hulu
  • How to find your dose
  • Side effects
  • Where to buy Red Hulu

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What is Red Hulu

What is Red Hulu

Red Hulu is a rare red kratom strain originating from the island of Borneo in Indonesia. The term “Hulu” comes from a dense forest region known as Hulu, commonly used to grow kratom.

You may have heard people refer to Red Hulu as Red Hulu Kapuas. Kapuas is the name of the River that runs along the Malaysian border in the forest of Hulu. 

The Hulu region is quite difficult to access, which is why few vendors carry the potent strain in the first place, but if you can get your hands on it, it’s more than worth it. 

Red Hulu received its name because of the red color of the veins on the kratom leaves. Therefore, you may have noticed there are different colored Hulu variants, including: 

White Hulu: The most energizing of the four colors. Not so great for pain and anxiety. 

Red Hulu: The most relaxing and best for pain relief. It may cause sedation. 

Yellow Hulu: A hybrid of its red and white counterparts, but leaning more towards the energizing white. 

Green Hulu: Another hybrid of red and white. It provides a mood boost, pain relief, and also the best euphoria. 

Once the veins on the kratom leaves transform into their respective colors, the leaves are harvested for the alkaloids they contain. 

The two primary alkaloids, Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, are responsible for kratom’s medicinal benefits. They function by binding to the same receptors as opioids and, consequently, producing very similar results minus the physiological damage. 

But not to worry, only drug tests carried out by law enforcement agencies, such as the 10-panel drug test, may detect the alkaloids. 

Red Hulu For Pain Relief

Red Hulu For Pain Relief

Red Hulu Kratom is exceptionally effective for treating various causes of pain. Minor discomforts, such as headaches to more severe pain, like arthritis, can be mitigated. 

The pain relief can last anywhere from 3-5 hours. 

It is especially useful for those who have trouble sleeping at night due to pain. However, the list of conditions that can be improved is much longer. You can also use Red Hulu for: 

  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Chemo pain
  • Back pain 
  • Sciatica
  • Body aches
  • Muscle soreness

Remember, kratom does not cure any medical conditions. It only helps reduce certain symptoms, such as pain. 

Red Hulu Relaxation

Red Hulu Relaxation

Have you ever gotten peace of mind after a long and stressful event? That’s exactly what Red Hulu’s relaxation effect feels like. 

It’s like being able to think clearly after all of the intense emotions have dissipated, which can be incredibly useful when dealing with important matters. 

However, some people like to use Red Hulu as a way to physically relax after a long day at work, as this strain is amazing for relieving bodily tension.  

The effect lasts for about 3-5 hours and can be used to treat: 

  • Chronic or temporary stress
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Physical tension 
  • Nervousness 
  • Opioid addictions

Red Hulu For Sleep 

Red Hulu For Sleep

Last but not least, Red Hulu can help you fall and stay asleep. It’s not as sedative as other red strains, such as Red Borneo or Red Bali, but it can definitely help. 

To induce sleep, you must take a slightly larger-than-average dose. For example, if you normally take 3 grams, take 3.5 or 4. If you have no idea what your dose is, don’t worry; I’ll be going over how to dose in the next few sections. 

Also, keep in mind that Red Hulu’s sedation effect doesn’t kick in for roughly an hour, sometimes more. 

The heaviest sedation only lasts for about an hour. It’s during this time that you’ll want to go to bed. If you do, Red Hulu will help you stay asleep through the night (roughly 5-7 hours). I have sometimes felt the effects when waking up. 

If you don’t sleep within the first hour of feeling drowsy, the effect will wear off completely within the following hour. Don’t operate heavy machinery while using Red Hulu. 

Do NOT try to take white kratom strains to counteract Red Hulu’s sedation. It will have the opposite effect and make you more sleepy. 

You can use the sedation effect to treat: 

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness 
  • Sleep paralysis 
  • Sleep deprivation

How to Take Red Hulu

When taking your Red Hulu Kratom, you have many, many options, but here, we are only interested in the best and, therefore, most effective ones.

  • Red Hulu Tea
  • Capsules 
  • Toss and Wash 

An important thing to keep in mind is that all three of these methods will require a different dose. So, if you are new to taking Kratom, I recommend you keep reading to learn the proper way to find your dose.

Another thing that varies depending on the method you take is the potency. Even though the powder is the same in all the methods, the delivery will affect the potency.

The method you decide to use when taking your Red Hulu will ultimately depend on the goals and benefits you are trying to achieve from it.

Starting with the first method.

Red Hulu Tea

Red Hulu Tea

 Drinking Red Hulu Tea is a great method for people who enjoy the ritualistic aspect of drinking tea. The only real downside of this method is the bitter flavor of the Kratom. To prepare your Red Hulu this way, simply pour some boiling water into a container with your Kratom in it. Once steeped, filter it before consuming it to remove the sediment.

If you prefer, you can use Kratom leaves instead of powder. To do this, just put the leaves into a coffee grinder and grind them. Then, use that as a substitute for the powder.

The main drawback of this method is the preparation time. It takes about 25 minutes to prepare the Kratom Tea.

Kratom Tea will be fast-acting, and the initial effects will be felt within 5-10 minutes. The effects will last between 3-5 hours, which is standard for all three methods.

Tip: Add honey to your tea to reduce bitterness


  • Fast Acting


  • Requires More Powder (Higher Cost)
  • Bitter Flavor
  • Time to Prepare

Red Hulu Capsules

Red Hulu Capsules

Taking your Red Hulu Kratom by capsule is great for people who want to avoid flavor and texture altogether. Also, because it is in pill form, it makes it extremely portable.

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

Something to remember when taking your Kratom this way is that the initial effects will take longer to feel, usually around 30-45 minutes. But the effects will still last between 3-5 hours.

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


  • Quick Consumption


  • Higher Cost
  • Longer Onset for Initial Effects

Red Hulu Toss & Wash

This particular method of taking Kratom is my favorite way. By using the toss and wash method you are able to quickly consume your Kratom and feel the results almost immediately. This method also produces more potent results than the tea or capsules.

To take your Red Hulu this way, simply put the powder in your mouth and add some water. Swirl it around to mix it up a bit, then swallow.

This isn’t necessarily the most desirable way to take Kratom due to the bitterness and texture of the powder, but if you can get past it you will be rewarded.

The initial effects take about 5-10 minutes to kick in and last between 3-5 hours.

Tip: Use cold water to reduce the bitterness.

How Much Red Hulu Should You Take?

How Much Red Hulu Should You Take

Sadly, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to dosages and Kratom. A common misconception is that there is one dose that everyone should take, but this is absolutely not true.

Spreading information like this is not only misleading, but it is also dangerous. 5 grams of powder for one person might be the perfect amount, but in another, it could produce unwanted side effects.

For that reason, the best way to find your own Kratom dose that is right for you is by experimenting. If you already use Kratom, then stick to your usual dose when taking Red Hulu. 

If you are inexperienced with Kratom, then pay close attention to the following sections and remember to always follow these rules.

  1. Only use one method of taking Kratom when first finding your dose
  2. Do not take Kratom twice in one day when finding your dose, as the second time you take it, the effects will be weaker.
  3. Remember to wait at least two hours after your meal before taking Kratom.

Dosages will vary depending on the method of taking Kratom. For instance, 5 grams via the toss and wash method will produce more potent results faster than using the capsules.

Keep the following key factors in mind when you are searching for your dose:

Weight: Much like many other substances, the dose of Kratom you take will depend on your weight, with people weighing more having to take more Kratom

Gender: Most of the time, men will need a higher dose than women when taking Kratom, even if they weigh the same amount. However, there are always exceptions to every rule.

Tolerance: In some cases, people are just naturally more tolerant of certain substances. It is possible for two people of the same gender, who weigh the same, to require different doses of Kratom.

Food: The more food that is in your system, the less effective Kratom will be. This is why we suggest waiting a minimum of two hours after your last meal before taking Kratom.

Red Hulu Tea

Taking Kratom by drinking it in tea form will require more powder than the other methods in order to produce the same effects. 

For tea, we recommend you start with 4 grams if you weigh under 200 pounds and 6 grams if you weigh over 200 pounds.

It is important to wait around 45 minutes before deciding if this is the right dose for you.

If the results are weak or nonexistent, then increase your dose by one gram the following day. Continue this procedure until you find your ideal dose.

Red Hulu Capsules

For this method, you will start with 3 capsules if you are under 200 pounds and 4 capsules if you are over 200 pounds.

Waiting again 45 minutes before deciding if this will be a good dose for you.

If the results are weak or nonexistent after the waiting period, then increase your dose by one capsule the following day. Repeat this process every day until the desired effects have been met.

Red Hulu Toss & Wash

The method for finding your dose using the toss and wash method is no different than the others.

Start with 2 grams of powder if you weigh under 200 pounds and 3 grams if you weigh over 200 pounds.

Again, wait 45 minutes in order to see how this dose affects you.

If the results are weak or nonexistent, then increase your dose by one gram the following day. Continuing this process until the desired results have been met.

When to Increase Your Red Hulu Dose? 

If you begin to feel that your current dose is no longer working, then increase it by using the methods outlined in the section above.

Once you get to the point where you are doubling your dose, it is time to take a tolerance break.

Tolerance breaks should last one full month of not using Kratom.

Red Hulu Side Effects & How to Avoid Them

Red Hulu Side Effects

The main reason behind people experiencing negative side effects when taking Kratom is that they took too much, and their bodies couldn’t handle it.

The side effects usually consist of a non-fatal nauseous headache.

Depending on how large of a dose you took and your tolerance level, the side effects could be mild or to the point of throwing up.

To avoid these side effects from happening, just follow the sections above on how to find your dose properly, and you will have nothing but good things to say about your experience with Red Hulu.

Nauseous Headache

I have personally experienced the headache numerous times, but luckily for me, it goes away in about 45 minutes.

If you are just starting out taking Kratom and you take too much, you are more likely to experience a headache since you have yet to build up a tolerance. Especially if you take it twice in one day.

Kratom High

The feeling of “getting high” is also a negative side effect of Kratom. This is a very different high than you would get from smoking weed. The times I have accidentally gotten high, I was still mentally in control and just really dizzy. Time did not slow down, and I did not feel like laughing.

Needless to say, this was a less-than-enjoyable experience. The cause of this, once again, is taking too much Kratom.

Be smart with your dosages and follow our outlines above. If you do this you will avoid these negative side effects.


There are some theories that Kratom causes hallucinations, but I have yet to meet someone who can attest to this. I have been using Kratom for years, and so have many of my readers, but none of them have ever hallucinated.

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

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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