A guide to kratom strains

The Ultimate Guide to Kratom Strains

When looking for high-quality kratom, the options are many. The rise in popularity of this tropical plant has resulted in new companies popping up with a number of great products for sale. And within all of these product offerings, there are also a variety of different strains of the plant to choose from.

So, what’s the difference between kratom strains?

This article will explain just that based on effects, origin, and some other factors that help to define the difference between kratom strains. This information will serve as a quick guide towards discovering which strain is best for you and will also provide suggestions on proper dosage and how best to consume your preferred strain. 

Are All Kratom Strains the Same?

Even though all strains of kratom come from the leaves of the same species of tropical evergreen tree, Mitragyna speciosa, there are indeed different strains of the plant. This variation allows for assorted effects that differ between each strain based on the presence and amount of distinctive alkaloid profiles within each strain.

There are three main veins of kratom – Red Vein, White Vein, and Green Vein. Within those veins are a number of different strains that originate from different regions of the world, with nearly all kratom varieties originating in Southeast Asia.

The Main Veins

The main veins of kratom earn their classification in a very literal fashion – by the color of the stem and vein of the leaf before it is processed for consumption. These varying colors of kratom are red, white, and green and each carries a different chemical composition. This alkaloid profile results in the assorted effects that are commonly associated with each vein. 

Red Vein Kratom

Red Vein Kratom is the most popular vein and the most common variety you will find available for sale. Varieties of this vein are often preferred by first-time kratom users as their effects are not as intense or potent as the other veins. That is not to say that this vein is of any less quality, it just has more calming characteristics that provide a good entry-level experience for anyone unaccustomed to kratom. 

Uses of Red Vein Kratom include applications for pain relief and as a sleep aid with calming and euphoric effects also commonly experienced. Different strains within this vein can have varying effects which will be examined in more detail below. 

White Vein Kratom

White Vein Kratom is the result of leaves being harvested while still young when the veins are still white. This vein is often used as a stimulant which results in effects such as increased energy and euphoria. With that in mind, white vein can be too much for first-timers as it is potent, strong, and effective. 

Many people like White Vein Kratom due to its inherent potency that can bring uplifting effects to the mind and body. It has been said to have similar energizing effects to caffeine, allowing consumers to feel more alert and concentrated. This variety can also provide a feeling of enhanced well being and mental clarity. It is preferred among seasoned kratom users but should be used with caution if unacquainted.

Green Vein Kratom

Green Vein Kratom sits in the middle ground of the three main veins. It can have energetic properties but is also effective in treating pain. Green kratom leaves are harvested later in the tree’s life cycle which makes for a more established leaf that is darker in color. Varieties of Green Vein Kratom tend to have a more indirect effect than white vein while still providing a feeling of well-being. 

This vein is sometimes mixed with the other main veins to enhance its flavor or cater to an intended effect. Doing so can further enrich the experience one feels when consuming kratom by highlighting both the stimulating and sedative effects in subtle fashion. It can provide this same experience when taken on its own as well. 

Common Kratom Strains

Within the main veins of kratom are a number of different strains. These strains are typically named in relation to their location of origin and their effects and potency can vary greatly from one another.

Here are some of the most common strains of kratom alongside expected effects and proper dosing recommendations:

Bali Kratom

One of the most well-known and commonly available strains found online. Originating from Bali, it is versatile in application resulting in its tremendous popularity. Bali Kratom is potent, effective, and a favorite among many.  

Effects: Energy boosting, pain relief, euphoria, relaxation, mood-enhancing

Dosage: ½ – 3 teaspoons (1-6 grams)

Maeng Da Kratom

This strain is well-known for being very potent and effective and originated in the ideal growing conditions of Indonesia. It has been specifically bred for a high heat region which results in potent alkaloid content. 

Effects: Strong energetic and pain-relieving effects, increased stamina

Dosage: ½ – 3 teaspoons (1-6 grams)

Thai Kratom

Thai Kratom varieties originated in Thailand where much of the strain is still grown and produced today. White Vein Thai strains are some of the most energetic you can find but don’t offer as much pain relief. Red Vein Thai strains can have very similar effects to Bali strains. 

Effects: White Vein Thai is very stimulating, euphoric, and energy-boosting. Red Vein Thai is more rounded with both energetic and sedative effects.

Dosage: ½ – 3 teaspoons (1-6 grams)

Malay Kratom

This strain has origins in the thick forests of Malaysia. Super Green Malaysian (SGM) is prized for its high alkaloid content that results in a very potent green kratom. As in all green strains, it blends both energetic and relaxing effects.    

Effects: Pain relief, energy-boosting, euphoria, relaxing. Long-lasting effects due to high alkaloid content.

Dosage: ½ – 3 teaspoons (1-6 grams)

How to Choose a Kratom Strain

As indicated by the information found above, different veins and strains of kratom will have different effects. Depending on your preference or the intended purpose for consuming, you will want to choose a strain that matches these needs. 

If you are trying kratom for the first time, Red Vein is a good choice as it will give you a more mellow experience and allow you to become accustomed to its effects. Red veins and strains can also provide good pain relief if that is your intended purpose. 

If you are looking for a serious energy boost or dose of euphoria, White Vein strains are worth exploring. And Green Vein strains can bring together both worlds by blending mood-enhancing and stimulating effects with feelings of calm and serenity. 

It’s important to experiment to uncover what strain of kratom is best for your individual needs. While the effects mentioned here can serve as a guide to point you in the right direction, you may find that a particular strain affects you in a desirable or undesirable manner. The same strains from different sources may also have different effects based on quality as well. 

How Much Kratom Should You Take? 

Finding an exact dose of kratom that works best varies from individual to individual. You will notice a small range of recommended dosages in the strain descriptions above. Different strains will have different potencies and that leads to varying ranges. If unaccustomed to using kratom, start with a small dose and work your way up from there until desired effects are reached.  

It’s also important to note that kratom is available in different forms for consumption. Dried leaves will have more mass and be less potent, meaning you can take a higher dose. Powdered kratom will be more potent at smaller quantities, meaning a lighter dose. 

How to Take Kratom

Kratom can be taken in a variety of ways with the most common being dried leaves and powder. Dried leaves can be steeped in hot water and consumed as a tea. Powder can be mixed with water and then drunk or be put into capsules and swallowed. Kratom powder can also be mixed into a variety of other drinks or recipes. Fresh leaves can also be chewed but that isn’t an option unless you live in a region where they are grown.

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