TL; DR: So far, Kratom Therapy Red Dragon Capsules are my favorite KT product. They’re nicely balanced between stimulating, pain-relieving, and more-than-a-little euphoric. As an added bonus, the kratom inside the gel tabs doesn’t taste so bad when you crack them open and swallow them in powder form.
As mentioned in previous reviews, Kratom Therapy sent the mother lode of sample packages: 3 varieties of their powdered kratom, 3 varieties of their capsules (oddly, these were the same strains as the powdered kratom sent), a small pack of 30x potency extract capsules, and a packet of Maeng Da kratom tea leaves. After checking out their site, I came to realize that Kratom Therapy had sent a total of roughly $100 worth of merchandise to sample; clearly, this is a kratom manufacturer that either does very brisk business, or has a tremendous amount of confidence in the quality of their products, or both. The Superior Malaysian powdered kratom and White Vein Thai capsules that I had tried weren’t bad, though neither deserved (in my opinion) a five star rating (the Malaysian was slightly lacking in the potency department and tasted awful, and the White Vein was a bit too speedy for my tastes). However, my sampling of Kratom Therapy’s Red Dragon capsules was a sort of “Goldilocks” experience; it was “just right”.
KT’s capsules are packaged in bluish-green pill bottles bearing their distinctive logo (a “K” with a Mitragyna speciosa leaf protruding from the top tine) and a caduceus on the side label and the bottle’s cap. Each 0.5 gram capsule is packed solid with finely powdered kratom, and after cracking open a cap and pouring its contents into a measuring cup, the powder is ever-so-slightly moist to the touch. My nose didn’t wrinkle up at the scent of the Red Dragon powder as it did with KT’s Superior Malaysian powder. Brave soul that I am, I decided to taste the powder by itself; though it clumped up around my gums, I didn’t feel the pressing need to immediately wash every last granule down my throat with orange juice. The flavor was slightly bitter, but otherwise inoffensive.
The instructions on the label state that the capsules are “Active at 2 grams (1 capsule = 0.5 grams)”, so they assume that their average customer has basic math skills. I generally have a high tolerance for kratom, but I figured I’d give this product a fair shake and start out with the recommended dosage amount; if that didn’t do the trick, I still had a bottle with 46 more capsules to determine potency. After washing down 4 Kratom Therapy Red Dragon Capsules with some OJ, I began to feel a heightened sense of focus within 15 minutes; within 20, I felt somewhat euphoric, and the muscle cramps and aches that had bedeviled my morning were pretty much gone. After 45 minutes, the feelings of stimulation had gradually segued into a very pleasant feeling of calmness and relaxation, which lasted a good 4 hours.
I decided to give the Red Dragon a go without the gel tabs, and split 5 capsules open into my handy-dandy measuring cup. I had run out of orange juice, so water had to do. Even in larger amounts, the Red Dragon wasn’t a chore to wash down. There were still little pockets of the stuff wedged behind my teeth, but I wasn’t in a huge hurry to cleanse my palate. This time, the effects were much more intense and immediate: in less than 10 minutes (!) I felt simultaneously peppy and at ease. Unlike their White Vein Thai powder, I didn’t have a hard time focusing on my work—the calming, stimulating, and euphoric effects just seemed perfectly balanced.
Judging by the informational brochure included with the KT samples, Red Dragon is their flagship product: “It is from a deep jungle plantation that only KT has sole rights to, and is our trade secret… Not an extract or a mix, just 100% natural kratom”. Now, I have no way of confirming if all of this is true, but KT’s Red Dragon capsules (and powdered kratom, since I took the liberties of freeing the powder from the caps) is definitely deserving of praise, and occupies that “Goldilocks zone” of kratom products: it’s stimulating, but not speedy; it’s relaxing, and effectively dulls aches and pains; it’s got a nice duration of effects; and it doesn’t taste vile. All things considered, I was very impressed with Kratom Therapy Red Dragon Capsules, and if I awarded stars in my reviews, this product would receive a full five out of five stars.
-Kicks in quickly
-Stimulating, with a sharpened sense of focus
-Effectively numbs pain and discomfort
-Pleasantly transitions from stimulating to relaxing
-Doesn’t taste terrible in powder form