Red Malay Kratom Strain: Dosage, Side Effects, and Where to Buy Them

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Feb 4, 2023

Are you a fan of natural alternatives? If so, I have a great option for you. 

Red Malay is considered a very potent red strain, and thus, should probably be avoided by those who are new to kratom. 

Keep reading to learn more about dosage, storage, and how to avoid side effects! 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in our articles are represented solely as the opinions of the respective authors, who do not claim to be medical professionals. We are not medical experts, just kratom enthusiasts.

What Is Red Malay Kratom?

So, what is Red Malay kratom? To answer the question, I must first provide you with a bit of background context. 

Red Malay is a variation of the kratom tree, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, which can grow up to 80ft tall and originates in the jungles of Southeast Asia, as the tropical climate is best suited for cultivation. 

Kratom can be found in four colors, including: 

1. Red

2. Green

3. Yellow

4. White

Each color shares a unique combination of effects, generally speaking. For example, Red Malay and Red Maeng Da will offer very similar benefits.

The name of the strain is usually attributed to the location where the strain was founded or created. Therefore, we know that Red Malay kratom was created in Malaysia. 

Two alkaloids, Mitragynine and 7-Hydroximitragynine, found in kratom leaves are responsible for kratom's many effects. 

Red Malay is known to have large leaves with a high concentration of alkaloids. Thus, it's a very potent strain.

Once the leaves mature, they are harvested, dried, and grounded into a powder that can be converted into additional forms of kratom products, like capsules. 

How Much Red Malay Should You Use?

It's very difficult to provide you with an exact amount of Red Malay to use because the quantity depends on a few factors such as: 

- Weight

- Gender 

- Tolerance

Someone whose been using kratom consistently for a year will inevitably have a higher tolerance than someone who is new, and that dramatically changes the serving size. 

If you're new to kratom, do not take kratom twice in the same day. If you didn't experience the desired effects, wait until the next day to try again, otherwise you are very likely to experience side effects. 

Red Malay Kratom Side Effects

Red Malay, like all kratom products, can have unwanted side effects, both long-term and short-term, when used irresponsibly. In other words, when you use it recreationally or in large quantities. 

Allow me to elaborate. 

Red Malay Short-Term Side Effects

I have experienced short-term side effects as a direct result of not drinking enough water or taking too much kratom (in some cases both). 

Therefore, it goes without saying, always drink plenty of water when using kratom. Otherwise, you may find yourself experiencing: 

1. Dry mouth

2. Constipation

When I experienced dry mouth, it wasn't a big deal. I simply drank water and the dry mouth went away within a few minutes. 

However, when I got constipated, the problem was, how can I say, crappy. Even though I drank water as soon as I realized I was constipated, it took a while (30-60 minutes) for the issue to go away. 

Don't make the same mistakes I've made, and drink water when using kratom. 

The other type of short term side effects of using Red Malay, which are caused by using large quantities, have much more unpleasant outcomes. Yes, even worse than constipation. 

They include: 

1. Nausea

2. Vomiting

Unlike a dry mouth and constipation, I came to realize that there wasn't much I could do to eliminate them. Laying down and eating (if vomiting is not already an issue) will help, but not much. Waiting it out is the name of the game. 

Fortunately, none of these side effects are lethal. They're just really unpleasant, especially nausea. The nausea produced by Red Malay is really bad, believe me, avoid it all cost. 

So, after sharing all of this with you, I hope you take the table with the suggested servings sizes very seriously. 

Red Malay Long-Term Side Effects

Red Malay's long-term side effects are caused by taking kratom for years. Although there is very little research on this specific topic, it's well known that extended use can result in damage to vital organs like the kidneys and liver.  

Hence, I always advice against using Red Malay recreationally, as you can become dependent on it, similar to how people become dependent on coffee. Coffee and kratom come from the same family tree, no pun intended. 

Play it safe, and only use Red Malay kratom when you absolutely need it. 

What Does Red Malay Taste Like

Red Malay, like most red strains, is not as bitter as the other color groups. However, it's still very earthy and tastes similar to matcha. In fact, many of my friends have made that very same claim. 

The powder has a very fine texture. More so than table salt and sugar. 

However, if you don't enjoy pungent or bitter flavors, use Red Malay in capsule form, as it'll bypass your taste buds. 

If you're making Red Malay into a tea, add honey or sugar to sweeten the taste. 

How to Use Red Malay Kratom

Red Malay is converted into many types of products, including tea, shots, capsules, powder, and extract powder and tablets. 

If you're not sure how to use Red Malay, I'll be happy to elaborate on the three most common ways of using the strain to help you decide what's best for you. 

Toss & Wash


- Kicks in fast

- Potent results

- Lowest cost


- Extremely bitter taste

- Some people may not enjoy the powdery texture

This is my favorite way to use Red Malay, for obvious reasons. It's quick, delivers potent results, and the effects last longer than those produced by tea. 

The toss and wash method requires taking a spoonful of Red Malay powder, swirling it around your mouth with water, then gulping it down. 

Make sure not to breathe as you're taking the spoonful of powder or you WILL have a coughing frenzy. 

If you can get over the taste and texture, I highly suggest the toss and wash. 



- Kicks in super fast

- Potent results


- Effects don't last as long

- Pungent bitter taste

Making kratom tea is my least favorite way of using Red Malay, mostly because it requires time, but I'm also not a fan of the taste. 

However, if time is not of the essence for you, give Red Malay kratom tea a chance, as maybe it'll be right for you. 



- No bad flavors


- Higher cost

- Take the longest to kick in

- Effects are slightly less potent 

Capsules are extremely popular due to the fact that you bypass your taste buds and avoid Red Malay's harsh flavors. 

At Kratom Monkey, each capsule holds 0.7 grams of powder and is made with vegan material to protect people who are allergies to animal products. 

How Long Does Red Malay Take to Kick in?

The time it'll take you to experience Red Malay's amazing benefits will depend on how you use it. 

For example, capsules take longer than tea to kick in for very obvious reasons. 

Therefore, take a look at the table below to get an idea of how long Red Malay takes to kick in. 

How to Store Red Malay Kratom

Correctly storing Red Malay is very simple. You simply have to minimize its exposure to three elements: 

1. Heat

2. Humidity

3. Sunlight

These three elements are like kryptonite to Red Malay. Over time, they destroy the alkaloids. Thus, reducing the potency.

Therefore, you'll want to store Red Malay away from: 

  • Sinks

  • Bathrooms

  • Ovens

  • Chimneys

  • Heaters

  • Stoves

  • Window sills

  • Cars

Good places to store Red Malay include: 

  • Closets

  • Pantries

  • Drawers

You don't have to be super cautious about Red Malay's exposure to the elements, however, as it's not that delicate. I'm talking extended periods over the course of months that will result in a reduced potency.

What is Red Malay's Shelf Life?

If stored correctly, Red Malay's shelf life is roughly one year. However, you can freeze kratom to extended the shelf life. Just make sure the container is air tight. 

I've stored kratom (without freezing it) for over a year and did not notice a reduction in potency. 

Is Red Malay Kratom Legal?

The short answer is yes, but only under federal law. States and local governments can and have taken further action against kratom. 

In fact, in many states, such as Mississippi, kratom is legal under state law. However, a myriad of cities and counties have completely outlawed the plant. 

Therefore be very mindful of kratom laws whenever you travel into a new jurisdiction. 

The following six states have banned kratom: 

1. Alabama

2. Arkansas

3. Rhode Island

4. Vermont

5. Indiana

6. Wisconsin

What to Look For When Buying Red Malay

If you plan on buying Red Malay in the near future, you may want to look at the following buying tips I've outlined below. They'll help you not only protect your wallet, but more importantly, your health. 


Whenever you're in the market for Red Malay, look for a product that says it is organic. 

Products that are organic are free from heavy metals, pesticides, and harmful pathogens like Salmonella or E. Coli. 

Lab Results

Lab tests serve a very important purpose. First of all, they verify that the Red Malay product is organic. 

Secondly, they verify the concentration of alkaloids, which means the customer can compare the potency between various vendors while also protecting them from false or outlandish vendor claims. 

Customer Guarantee

If a vendor is truly confident in their Red Malay products, they will offer a customer guarantee. 

There more confident the vendor, the better the guarantee. 

Feb 25th 2023 Phillip Rivera

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