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A common mistake that a lot of newbies do when they get into Kratom is that they buy only one strain and reuse it over and over. At first it works quite well, but eventually, they’ll notice that the effects get weaker.

Rotating strains of Kratom is important for one very important reason only, and it is to keep your tolerance low. It’s also good so you can try out other Kratom strains as well. 

We also discuss Kratom rotation in our Kratom Beginners Guide.

If you take the same strain day in and day out, your body will get used to that specific strain and the effects won’t be as strong as it used to be.

Imagine working out and doing the same exercises every day. It’s hard at the start, but your body will eventually find a more efficient way to perform them. If you don’t do that movement every day, then your body won’t be so used to it. Your tolerance to Kratom is like working out. With constant exposure to the same thing, the body will find a better way to handle it or get use to it.

When I first started Kratom, rotating the kratom strains was one thing that I did right. Most of the time, I would have good aromas from taking Kratom unless I overdosed.

Although I did rotate strains correctly, I was also curious and broked the rules just to see what would happen. I would experiment and try one kratom strain and continued taking it the following days, and what I notice was the Strain’s effect worked well for 2 days. On the third day, the same Kratom strain wasn’t as potent as when I had rotated the strains properly.

For some crazy reason, as my tolerance for the specific strain increased, so did my tolerance for the rest of the other Kratom strains. As a result, I had to go cold turkey for about a week.

It sucked, but good thing you found this guide before you start burning one specific strain and complain about Kratom not working for you anymore. 🙂

Tolerance To Kratom



To rotate strain you should consume a different type of kratom strain every day. Preferably 5-7 strains should be in your rotation.

If you want to take the same strain again then you should give it roughly around 3 days to take that same strain again. The more times you take the same strain without proper rotation, the more your tolerance builds up, thus makes that specific strain much much more difficult to take effect.

One thing you can do is take the same strain on the same day, but do know that you will have to take a slightly larger dose than you did earlier. We say take it again after 3-4 hours from the last time you took it.


This depends on the individual. If you aren’t set on taking Kratom every day (beginners), then 3 is the minimum. But to effectively keep tolerance down you should have, like said previously, around 5-7 strains.

Each strain has its own speed, and we usually tend to prefer a different speed every day. Monday could be moderate, Tuesday could be fast, Wednesday could be slow, Thursday could be back to moderate, Friday could be fast, Saturday could be slow, Sunday can be moderate.

We don’t believe the different rotation of speed would have much effect on tolerance, it’s just how we prefer to do it. We’ve also gone from one fast strain to another fast strain the following day. An example would be taking Hyper Hippo (Maeng Da) on Monday and then taking Red Hot Hippo (Red Thai) on Tuesday.

So for most people, if you are planning to live the Kratom lifestyle then we would recommend 5 to 7 strains so you can rotate them properly.

For a beginner start out with 3. There is a Happy Hippo Starter Pack with three great strains for some rotation practice.





Tolerance To Kratom




Tolerance To Kratom



You can lower your tolerance by going off of Kratom (cold turkey) for a week. The better way is to properly rotate your Kratom strains. If done correctly, you will always need the exact same amount of Kratom to hit your sweet spot, no more, no less.

Those who have been taking only one strain should go off Kratom for one whole week then after that, you can go ahead and take Kratom again while properly rotating strains.

Pros and Cons of Rotating:

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of having a rotation schedule. If you are a daily user of Kratom it is best to decide and plan ahead on your Kratom rotation schedule.

Pros of having a Kratom rotation:

  • You are able to keep your Kratom tolerance down by allowing your receptors to refresh to a certain strain for 3 days or up to a week while getting an effect from a different strain.
  • You are able to try out many different types of strains and know which Kratom strains work best for what days you are using it for.
  • Your Kratom effects will always be strong as they were the first time you’ve tried it.
  • Having multiple strains will allow you to experiment by combining strains to get different effects. (We are currently trying this out and some combination are duds and some are amazing).

Cons of having a Kratom rotation:

  • Having many strains, around 5-7, can get quite expensive, and not a lot of people can’t do that due to their financial situations. 
  • Some strains may not be best for you. (try strains before you add them to your rotation).
  • You are a Kratom fanatic/freak :).

There you have the pros and cons of having a Kratom rotation.

For beginners, you should definitely not buy 5-7 strains your first time, unless you’re super-rich. We suggest you get three strains and try them out, and then try different trains the next time. The reason for this is because you shouldn’t invest your money in strains that may not work for you in the future. 

For the first six months, beginners should experiment. Until you find the right strains for you, and until you have decided that you want to take Kratom daily is when you should begin taking rotation seriously.

If your financial situation doesn’t allow you to rotate 5-7 strains, we suggest having on 3-4 strains and have some days where you don’t take Kratom at all.


Remember that to take a specific strain again, it should be 3 days apart from the time you last consumed it.

Don’t take the same strain on consecutive days.

If you already have built up a high tolerance to Kratom, you can simply go off kratom for a week to lower your kratom tolerance. 

For beginners, you should give yourself some time, roughly around 6 months, to experiment with Kratom before they decide to make Kratom a part of your life. By doing this you save money and be able to experiment with kratom without fully investing in the idea of making it a lifestyle.

Until next time.

.-Ben and Chihao

P.S: If you’re looking for a great vendor we recommend checking out Happy Hippo Herbals. They have the best Kratom and we have personally been using them for almost three years now.

  • Michael August 13, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Thanks for all of the great info. I have looked for this info in lots of spots online and this is the most succinct and well put together. Very well done. Do you think it is important to rotate speeds? You mentioned that you rotate speeds – not for tolerate but because that is the way you do it.

    What Kratom would you recommend for focus. I have been taking Adderal and would prefer not to take it anymnore. Which Kratom strain(s) do you think would works best to take the place of Adderal?


    • Ben Nguyen August 13, 2015, 8:38 pm

      Hey Michael, thanks for the kind words it means a lot :). Rotating base on the speed of the Kratom is just a preference. It just comes down to taking a different strain each day that really matter for tolerance. So, have different types of Strains and rotate them. Allow yourself to give each strain a week to refresh your receptors.

      I am sure adderal would be a lot stronger in the effects for focus. Kratom strains that would likely help you focus would be the fast strains like Maeng Da (Hyper Hippo) (Rockstar Hippo) and Red-vein thai (Red Hot Hippo). We find that Kratom is more motivational and that motivation and energy keeps you focus. If you do get a chance to try it out keep us updated.

  • Michael August 13, 2015, 5:44 pm

    One more question…How do you rotate pure Phenibut (or do you ?) with your Kratom?

    • Ben Nguyen August 13, 2015, 8:41 pm

      We’ve only tried Phenibut a few times and will be ordering a bit more just to experiment with it. I don’t think you can rotate phenibut because they’re all the same. It depends on the quality of the phenibut in order to get effects. Unlike Kratom there are no different strains of phenibut. Best to take it once or twice every week.

  • Trish March 23, 2016, 6:47 pm

    I don’t care for moderate to fast strains therefore I’ve only been using the slower strains. I noticed sleepy wasn’t working well so I mixed that with another slow strain, they seem to work really well as I’ve had the flu for a week now and had been miserable. By mixing different slow strains will tolerance still build up if I mix 2 different from day to day

    • Ben Nguyen March 23, 2016, 6:54 pm

      Hey Trish, sorry to hear that you haven’t been well. Hope all gets well for you soon. To answer your question, yes, it will actually make your tolerance go up faster than taking one strain day to day. Strange that sleepy isn’t working too well. Try to get more slow strains into the rotation if you can, and maybe moderate strains since they are closer to slow than fast. Let us know if you have any more questions.


  • Nita Thompson January 23, 2017, 5:51 am

    Thanks so much for this. I’ve been using kratom to treat my fibromyalgia for the last few weeks successfully, and I have noticed that I’m having to slightly increase the amount to get the same effects (as you said). Because I use it for pain, I can’t simply stop taking it for a week. My pain would be excruciating!! So my question is: can I just start tomorrow with a different strain, instead of having to stop using it completely for the refreshing of receptors)? Thank you so much for your help.

    • Ben Nguyen January 23, 2017, 5:54 pm

      Hi Nita, and thank you! You can definitely do that, since it has only been a few weeks I don’t think it has built too much of a tolerance. If you do ever go on a Kratom break, you can always substitute kratom with Stem & Vein, which has similar effects but double the dosage of your regular dose. You’re fine and just need to switch up your strains from here. Glad to know Kratom is doing good for your pain 🙂

  • Tony b May 8, 2017, 2:51 am

    M problem is only one strain works for me red Borneo everything else no effects I’ve been using for 7 months and now I can’t feel any effects at all what do I do?

    • Ben Nguyen June 7, 2017, 4:08 pm

      Hey Tony, Have you tried many other strains? Sometimes certain strains may need you to take larger amounts to feel the effects. Because you’ve used it for 7 months straight, you should take a week break, which we suggest taking Stem & Vein for a week straight to avoid any withdrawal.

  • Rawrzxor April 15, 2018, 6:15 pm

    I’ve always taken 1 strain at a time. I’ve been taking kratom daily for 4 years. It’s been profoundly helpful and positive on my life. However, of course, there are drawbacks, still. Of course, it can be quite difficult, taking a single strain.

    After much experimentation, I found what works pretty well, for me. I don’t really have a choice in strain breaks, since each batch is slightly or largely different. And, even in 1 kilo batch, it seems still to be separated into two different alkaloid groups, still similar, but different enough to cause strain switch wd. Marginal, but annoying. But, this serves to stabalize my tolerance at around 18-24g per day. Quite a bit, but this level seems to be ideal, for me.

    But, in this way, my tolerance always gets downgraded to a lower level, allowing me to maintain the same dosage for around 4-6 months, until I feel the need to up the dose by a gram or 2. At which point, I take a painful week’s taper and reset it to where it was.

    It seems this works fairly well, for me. But, perhaps I will try rotating daily. I have 500g each of 3 strains just lying around. I usually switch strains monthly. The thing is, my tolerance is still quite high, and cold turkey is not so feasible, for me. Even a marginal taper is quite difficult. Particularly when one has the ability to make the discomfort cease, at any point. Unfortunate, but that is one of the cons.

    I’ve also noticed that some strains are easier to taper from than others, so I tend to wait until I get a batch that has easier alkaloids to taper with, and just transfer onto a new strain from the strains that are difficult to get off [most of them, for me].

    Nonetheless, I wouldn’t trade kratom for the world. It saved my life, gave me stability and strength, both mental and physical [working out with kratom is awesome! 😀 So many muscle gains! And kratom encourages healthy eating, for me.]. No anti-depressants worked for me, but kratom did. I nearly died several times, but kratom served and serves as a lifejacket. Everything is going to have negatives. But, I will now consider attempting daily rotation to mitigate some more of the cons. It’s worth a try, and it’s something I’ve never tried, before. Now I just gotta find a way to take a week off. Eeeeee.

  • Mark August 28, 2018, 1:09 pm


    Rotation is good imo, but if you take kratom for pain or anxiety ? Green and white seems not working for these purposes ( a least in “normal” doses ).
    To bad the gut problems are too important staying on all the time. ( more water intake, fiber and probiotics only work for a moment )

    Any suggestions ?



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