Something new is often considered as something better. So, consumers often flock toward new products. Just think about the latest models of iPhone, PlayStation, or other products. There is never a shortage of buyers, and these products tend to be sold out as soon as the products are out.
However, new isn’t always better. Quite a few highly-hyped releases had miserably flopped. For instance, in 1985, in hopes of beating the growing popularity of Pepsi, Coca-Cola released its “New Coke,” replacing its traditional formula in hopes of beating Pepsi. Consumers weren’t happy, and a few weeks the company went back to its old formula.
Similar flops happened when Amazon intended to release an Amazon phone, Apple tried to release a tablet in the early 90s, long before the public was ready for iPads, Cosmopolitan magazine launched a yogurt brand, and with other products.
As kratom gains growing popularity and demand, we’re seeing an increased supply and a wider array of strains being offered by vendors. One of the newest offerings in a number of vendors’ inventory is Trainwreck kratom which you may have come across.
So, what is Trainwreck kratom and should you be jumping on the bandwagon?
Is Trainwreck kratom a trend like the newest iPhone release or more like the “New Coke?”
Let’s dive in, review the details, and figure that out.
What Is Trainwreck Kratom?
While vendors are rather vague in describing what Trainwreck kratom is, most state that it’s a “full-spectrum blend” or a “full-spectrum strain.” Beyond that, very little additional information is provided.
Vague kratom product descriptions aren’t anything new. Due to the herb not being unregulated by the FDA vendors cannot openly speak about the effects of kratom on the human body or its abilities to help with health conditions. Otherwise, they can get in trouble with the FDA.
However, Trainwreck kratom descriptions are even vaguer than that.
Here are some descriptions that we have found reviewing various vendors that sell Trainwreck Kratom:
- Full-spectrum blend or strain
- A blend of 11 strains or “all our strains”
- More powerful than original kratom strains
- Not a kratom extract but a blend of finely ground Mitragyna speciosa leaves
- Secret blend, with every kratom vendor having their own signature recipe
- Trainwreck kratom has multiple colors such as red, green, yellow, blue, and violet
- Trainwreck kratom facilitates a wide array of alkaloids
- Good for beginners
We’ll take a closer look at these so that you can make an informed decision if you consider investing in Trainwreck kratom products.
Where Does the “Trainwreck” Moniker Come From?
“Trainwreck” isn’t a very positive word, especially considering the controversy around kratom. So, why is it used to refer to a supposedly more powerful, well-rounded, and overall better kratom product?
The name is borrowed from the cannabis industry, namely from Trainwreck marijuana.
Trainwreck marijuana is a hybrid strain with a very high THC level (around 18%-26%). Therefore, it is of higher potency than other strains and can lead to very intense mental “highs.”
The Trainwreck marijuana strain was developed in the state of California by crossing Thai and Mexican Cannabis sativa strains with Afghan Cannabis indica strains. The hybrid bled is approximately 65% sativa and approximately 35% indica. So, it’s a powerful relaxant, yet it’s not too drowsy.
According to user reports, this strain is not for a workday or any other day when you need to get things done. It’s for a day off or when you need to wind down. Its effects are euphoric, relaxing, and pain-relieving.
Clarifying Trainwreck Kratom Questions
1. Is Trainwreck Kratom a Strain or a Blend?
Trainwreck kratom isn’t a strain but rather a blend of different strains that each vendor of it mixes according to their own “recipe.” Some vendors state that they mix 11 different strains; others say they mix all their strains.
Kratom blends are not new in the kratom world. In fact, yellow kratom and gold variety are blends. They offer moderate effects akin to those of moderate greens and usually have long-lasting effects.
If we must find an equivalent of Trainwreck marijuana in the kratom world, then it would be Maeng Da kratom. Maeng Da has been grafted from a Thai and an Indo kratom variety to yield a more potent strain. Thus, it has retained the most potent qualities of its strains of origin, as well as is more resilient to weather and pests, potent, and long-lasting.
2. Is Trainwreck Kratom Full-Spectrum?
Vendors that offer Trainwreck kratom blends state that it’s full-spectrum in comparison with other kratom strains.
This is actually improper use of the term.
Similarly to the “Trainwreck” moniker, “full-spectrum” vs. “isolate” are terms that are borrowed from the cannabis industry. They are commonly used to refer to CDB; however, the term “full-spectrum” is used differently by Trainwreck kratom users.
Isolate CDB is simply a pure form of CBD where cannabidiol, or CDB for short, is extracted from cannabis. It is not the only beneficial compound in cannabis. CBD along with THC are two of the most abundant cannabinoids. Yet, cannabis plants have a minimum of 144 different cannabinoids as well as other chemical compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids.
Meanwhile, full-spectrum CBD includes CBD as well as the other beneficial compounds that are naturally present in the cannabis plant and are removed when producing isolate CDB. Full-spectrum is simply referring to the product being closer to the more natural form of the plant.
The way Trainwreck kratom sellers use the term “full-spectrum” implies that individual strains are not full-spectrum. This, however, is not accurate.
Kratom is a raw botanical product acquired by grinding kratom leaf matter. No chemical compounds are removed during the process, making each individual strain full-spectrum. Non-full-spectrum or isolate would be, for instance, pure mitragynine or 7-hydroxymitragynine extract.
Alkaloid composition differs between different strains; that’s true. However, referring to blends as full-spectrum is inaccurate as each pure strain is full-spectrum.
Blends are not full-spectrum. They are simply blends that present a different versatile combination of alkaloids. Blends only contain a combination of strains, not each and every strain of kratom that exists, and that combination would differ from one Trainwreck kratom blend from another. As a result, referring to these blends as full-spectrum is misleading and inaccurate.
3. Is Trainwreck Kratom More Potent than Individual Kratom Strains?
We would be very cautious with descriptions such as “more powerful than other strains.” If that is truly a blend of kratom strains, it should be just as potent as the other strains.
If Trainwreck kratom is more potent, then that would imply that it contains something other than kratom. It can be a sign of a kratom extract, but that’s not what the descriptions state. Moreover, some vendors actually write that their blends contain pure kratom powder only, not extracts.
Using a blend would be no different than mixing kratom strains yourself, and that alone would not make them more potent than the individual strains. The blend would simply have a different combination of alkaloids that you are exposed to at any given moment if you take individual strains.
4. Does the Blend Contain Different Colors?
This claim would be partially true. If a vendor mixes different stains, they may indeed combine different vein types. So, their blend would actually contain red, green, and white vein kratom and perhaps also yellow or gold kratom. Nonetheless, since each vendor has their own secret recipe, we cannot actually confirm that.
Yet, we did come across a vendor stating that their Trainwreck kratom powder is of different colors. That, however, is rather disturbing.
Kratom powder, regardless of the vein type, is green. That’s because the leaf matter is always green. It’s the veins and stems that have different colors, but they are removed before the grinding process. The shade of green may vary between different strains, but the powder is still green, regardless of the vein or strain type.
Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a rainbow-colored powder. That would imply that there is something other than kratom in it, modifying the color.
Another statement we found read that the brand’s Trainwreck kratom is full-spectrum because it “combines varieties of colors such as red, green, blue, yellow, and violet, thus facilitating a wide range of alkaloids.”
This, too, is a rather disturbing description. While Trainwreck blends would indeed offer a wide range of alkaloids and yellow kratom exists as a blend, there is no blue and purple kratom.
There used to be a brand that had a product called Blue Kratom extract, but that is an individual product, not an actual type of kratom. Meanwhile, purple may be a reference to resins as they have a dark color that can have a purplish hue. Nonetheless, there is no such thing as blue or purple strains.
If the brand is mixing kratom extracts in their Trainwreck blend, it must be explicitly clear about dosage. Extracts are rather tricky to dose and can easily lead to side effects or up your tolerance if not taken adequately.
5. Is this Blend Good for Beginners?
Since there is no standard formula for Trainwreck kratom, each vendor can decide on their own, and we suspect that some may be mixing in extracts to make their bend more potent, there is no solid answer to whether this blend would be suitable for beginners.
Whether Trainwreck kratom is good for beginners would depend on the composition of each vendor’s specific bend. Nevertheless, we generally do not recommend blends to beginners.
As a botanical product, kratom and even its different strains can interact differently with each user. It is usually a better approach to experiment with tried and tested pure strains first if you have no experience with the herb. This will allow you to know how you react to different strains as well as what the right dosage for you is.
What Do Users Say about the Trainwreck Blend?
Since this is a new product, finding reviews for it on product pages is not easy, at least at this time. However, there are some comments on Reddit. Here’s what we were able to gather:
- “$20 an ounce is a train wreck in itself. I see that it was a blend but still waaaaaaaaayyyyyy to much money.” Another person agreed with this comment stating that it’s a third of what a split kilo would cost.
- “…we’ve tried blends. It depends. It’s a toss-up whether it’ll be good or rather, that you’ll get desired effects from a blend.”
- “Mixing a bunch of strains doesn’t mean it’s better. Stop paying the shop price they are just ripping you off. You can get much better kratom for a 5th the price.”
- “It was alright. Nothing spectacular”
- “Eh, couldn’t tell the difference between this and a plain Maeng Da tbh.”
- “I’m pretty curious as to the whole “11 strain blend” thing. To me, this either means they’ve actually taken some of pretty much every strain, or it’s a jumble of leftovers. I guess I’ll find out…”
- “I used to make crazy blends. 5+ strains, multiple vein color, etc. What I found was less than average burns most of the time. I now rarely mix more than two strains. Others chimed in with similar results when this was brought up.”
- “Tried it, about 5 grams and it actually did hit harder than the same dose of what I normally take.”
From the comments we were able to find, only one person stated that the mix was more potent than the same amount of kratom they would normally take. While this could speak in favor of the Trainwreck kratom blend, this may also indicate the poor quality of kratom that this person usually takes. Low-quality kratom is not uncommon; so, this comment could go either way.
Other commenters pointed out that the blend is very expensive or not that effective. One person even expressed their doubts about whether the blend is actually a well-crafted blend or simply a mix of leftovers.
Do We Recommend Trainwreck Kratom?
We personally are dubious about Trainwreck kratom products. Brands use lots of powerful wording to sell their products, and a lot of it is misleading and inaccurate.
Moreover, without seeing the actual composition of a product such as the strains used along with their percentages, we cannot state more. Therefore, we would not recommend Trainwreck kratom to our readers.
However, if you do choose to buy Trainwreck kratom blends, make sure that you trust the company selling those.
Have you tried Trainwreck kratom? We would love to hear what your experience with it has been.