What is Stagnant Strain Syndrome?

Stagnant strain syndrome is a term used to describe how a single strain of kratom can lose its potency over time. The kratom community coined this term in order to describe one of the more unusual types of kratom tolerance.

To better understand stagnant strain syndrome, let’s look at a white vein maeng da kratom user. This individual ingests only this one strain of kratom every morning. At first, their daily dose of kratom works as advertised. Over time, however, this user notices that their white vein maeng da is no longer working as well as it used to. In this example, the white maeng da has become a “stagnant strain,” and the user experienced what we call “stagnant strain syndrome.”

So how does someone overcome stagnant strain syndrome? Should the aforementioned white vein maeng da user switch to red vein or red Bali, kratom types they like less? Let’s take a more in-depth look at how you can overcome your favorite stagnant strain of kratom.

Understanding Stagnant Strain Syndrome 

Because stagnant strain syndrome is a type of kratom tolerance, it’s important first to understand tolerance itself. However, tolerance isn’t yet well understood as a pharmacological phenomenon. Here’s what we do know about kratom tolerance and tolerance in general:

  • Tolerance is also commonly known as “chemical tolerance” or “drug tolerance.”
  • If you have developed a tolerance to a particular chemical or medicine, that chemical now has a diminished effect on your body and mind.
  • Tolerance can mean that your body has become used to a particular chemical or substance; scientists still aren’t sure about the parameters surrounding this.
  • It is understood that genetic and behavioral elements influence an individual’s tolerance. Again, this concept is not well understood by the scientific community.

When discussing stagnant strain syndrome, we must keep in mind that this form of kratom tolerance only occurs when a single strain of kratom is used, not multiple kratom types. This is because different strains of kratom – like white vein, red vein, or green vein – are known to have differing effects.

In this way, your body may develop a tolerance to just one strain of kratom. If you take red Bali kratom – a red vein – every day, your body might develop stagnant strain syndrome as a result. If you alternate between red Bali, white vein, and even maeng da kratom strains, your body might not develop this kratom tolerance because you’re using a variety of strains in conjunction with one another. The red vein (or whatever you prefer) does not become a stagnant strain.

Overcoming a Stagnant Strain: Tips & Tricks

There are many ways that you can overcome a stagnant strain. As we mentioned, alternating to different types of kratom every day or every few days may be a great way to avoid stagnant strain syndrome altogether. But what if you only like one color of kratom leaves? What if white vein or green vein don’t do it for you?

Fear not, for there are other ways to overcome your stagnant strain!

Try Different Kratom Strains of the Same Variety

For every color of kratom leaf, there are multiple products. If we look at Kratom Spot’s selection of red vein kratom powders alone, we have six unique types of kratom!

Switching to a similar variety of your favorite kratom strains may alleviate the diminished effects of stagnant strain syndrome. So how would you do this?

Let’s say you enjoy the red Bali varieties of kratom. Instead of red Bali kratom, you could try white or green vein Bali, which may produce similar effects. However, if you know you don’t like white or green veins, you can always switch to a red vein that isn’t red Bali, like red Sumatra or red Indo kratom powder.

Take a Kratom Tolerance Break

There’s always another option for overcoming a stagnant kratom strain: taking a kratom tolerance break. This option involves one step: stop taking kratom for a pre-established period of time. Maybe it’s a week. Maybe it’s two. Regardless, stopping kratom intake might help reset your body’s kratom tolerance, allowing you to take your favorite strain after a predetermined period of time without experiencing kratom tolerance.

Stagnant Strain Syndrome: Treatment First

Regardless of how you choose to overcome stagnant strain syndrome, what’s important is that you know what to look for. Especially for those taking kratom daily, our health and wellness are important to us. If our favorite strains of kratom stop working, that could dampen our wellness options.

Instead, knowing how to deal with a stagnant strain allows us to focus our efforts towards continuous health and wellness. Take steps to add variety to your kratom regimen in order to avoid the effects of stagnant strain syndrome.