The Different Types of Kratom Strains you should know about

Kratom Strains According to Color

If you are looking to get started on Kratom, you know that it comes in a wide variety of strains. Each strain of Kratom has a unique set of effects. Therefore, the results that you are looking for are the determinants of the ideal strain for you.

Read on to learn more about kratom strains.

Kratom strains are classified based on two primary attributes: the color of the Vein on their leaves and the region where they are grown.

There are three primary strains of Kratom based on this classification. They include;

Red Vein Kratom

As you can tell from the name, these strains have a red vein traversing their leaves. The Red Vein strain is renowned for its potent analgesic and sedative properties. It also happens to be the most popular strain among kratom consumers, as research shows that its sales typically surpass the combined sales of the White and Green Vein strains.

Therefore, if you are after Kratom for its pain-relieving effects, then you should be looking for this strain. In addition to pain relief, Red Vein Kratom is also great at relieving anxiety. One reason for its popularity is due to its availability. Red Vein strains are typically more resilient, which means that farmers have an easier time growing them all year round, as opposed to other color varieties.

Additionally, Red Vein kratom is also the most potent of all kratom strains in this classification, thanks to an abundance of alkaloids, which are the chemical compounds responsible for Kratom’s effects.

When using Red Vein kratom, the dose that you use will determine the effects that you experience due to how it acts on your opioid receptors. When taken in low doses, Red Vein kratom works to boost your energy levels, while higher doses are effective at offering pain relief as well as sedation.

Some other uses of Red Vein kratom include the treatment of opiate withdrawal. As mentioned, it binds to your brain’s mu-opioid receptors, which is what opiates do as well. This way, Red Vein kratom can trick the body into thinking that its cravings for opiates have been quenched, which makes withdrawing a lot easier.


White Vein Kratom

White Vein kratom strains are renowned for their stimulation and mood elevation effects. As such, White Vein kratom is an effective booster of productivity. A moderate dose of White Vein has stimulation properties that are equivalent to what you get from downing several cups of coffee. However, it does not result in the side effects of consuming too much caffeine.

White Vein, therefore, is immensely popular among individuals with mentally demanding jobs, such as programmers and engineers, or any other career that requires you to stay alert and sharp for lengthy periods.

White vein Kratom is also beneficial in the treatment of depression, thanks to its mood-boosting properties. However, experts recommend using White Vein Kratom as a short-term solution, as using it regularly for that purpose can result in a build-up intolerance, which can lead to addiction.

The intensity of White Vein kratom’s stimulation properties can be too much bear for some users, especially those prone to anxiety. If you are such an individual, consider using a less potent strain of White Vein kratom. Also, you should only consume it at the beginning of the day, as using it, later on, might affect your ability to find sleep.

Green Vein Kratom

Green Vein Kratom is considered as the ‘jack of all trades’ strain. This is because it possesses properties of both Red and White Vein strains. However, its effects are not as intense as either strain’s. As a result, Green Vein kratom is popular among recreational kratom users looking to enjoy sedative, painkilling, or energy-boosting effects at a milder level.

Due to these properties, Green Vein has become the kratom strain of choice in social events. It gives the users a mild euphoric boost, which allows them to be in the moment. Additionally, Green Vein’s anxiolytic effects go a long way in alleviating social anxiety, which makes those prone to anxiety to be more comfortable around other people. As mentioned, its effects are mild; therefore, you will still be yourself, with just a little enhancement. Think of it like having one or two beers, you are still yourself, but more relaxed and social.

The effects of Green Vein Kratom also tend to last longer. If you find that your Red and White Veins too strong, experts recommend mixing them with Green Vein Kratom to balance them out.

Kratom Strains According to Region

As mentioned, kratom strains are also categorized based on the region where they are cultivated. These strains also come in red, white, and green subtypes. The most popular strains include:

Bali/Borneo Kratom

In your search for Kratom, you are going to find a lot of Bali Kratom out there, as it is incredibly popular. Bali kratom, however, is not from Bali, but from Borneo. It is called Bali since the island of Bali offers the best port for shipping this strain. As such, Borneo kratom and Bali kratom are the same strain.

Bali kratom is renowned for its potent sedative properties; however, it does yield decent euphoric effects. If you are looking for a strain to relieve pain and anxiety, you cannot go wrong with Red Bali kratom.

Indo Kratom

Indo kratom comes from Indonesia and has properties that are similar to those of Bali kratom, as it is a potent pain reliever in its own right. Additionally, it is also used in the treatment of opiate withdrawal.

In addition to pain and stress relief properties, Indo kratom also triggers feelings of joy and euphoria, which help in combating depression. Therefore, if you are looking to unwind from a stressful day, opt for a cup of Indo tea over alcohol or tobacco.

Indo Kratom comes in a variety of sub-strains, including Ultra Enhanced Indo, Super Indo, and Premium Indo.

Maeng Da Kratom

This incredibly popular strain’s name means ‘Pimp’s Grade’ in Thai, as a tribute to its potency. Blue-collar workers widely use it in Thailand due to its energy-boosting properties. As such, it is the ideal strain for people who are prone to fatigue. Its effects usually kick in fast and last long.

Maeng Da kratom also has powerful analgesic properties and, therefore, it can be an invaluable aid in the management of both acute and chronic pains.

Malay Kratom

This kratom strain comes from Malaysia and is famous for its cognitive enhancement capabilities. It works to boost your alertness, focus, and energy levels. Therefore, consider using Malay Kratom in the mornings of the days that you need to get a lot done.

However, you cannot use it daily, as you will risk developing a dependence on it. Only use it during days that require you to be firing on all cylinders.

Sumatra Kratom

This strain originates from the island of Sumatra and works to offer user pain and stress relief. Additionally, the effects of Sumatra Kratom usually last longer than other strains. This makes Sumatra Kratom a good choice for the long-term management of chronic pain since you will not have to dose often, which reduces the risk of dependency.

Kratom Grades

 Kratom strains also come in different grades. These grades are a measure of potency. Potency, on the other hand, depends on factors such as processing methodology and alkaloid concentration. Nevertheless, this grading system is not standardized and, therefore, there is no clear-cut definition as to what concentrations/processes constitute a particular grade.

Needless to say, the kratom market is still in its wild west since its production and sale is yet to be regulated. As such, it can be quite difficult to separate marketing BS from facts. Nonetheless, these are the various grades used to rank kratom strains according to their potency, starting from the weakest:

  • Commercial Grade (least potent)
  • Premium Grade
  • Super Grade
  • Enhanced Grade
  • Ultra Enhanced Grade (strongest)

Ideally, if a strain states that it is of the enhanced variety, it should mean that it is a quite potent strain. Unfortunately, however, kratom vendors are known to give such labels to weak strains in a bid to lure customers. Therefore, do not fall for these cheap marketing tactics. The best way of ensuring that you get quality Kratom is by purchasing from a reputable kratom vendor.

Final Thoughts

The sheer number of kratom strains on the market often overwhelms people new to Kratom, leaving them wondering where to start.

This is why, before you embark on your kratom journey, first make sure that you educate yourself as much as possible on Kratom. It is your body, after all; you do not want to be putting things that you do not understand in it. This article should be one of the many resources that you use in your research.

If anything is not clear, go through our other posts to gain more clarity. Finally, yet importantly, remember that Kratom is only as good as its quality. Therefore, make sure to verify that a kratom vendor is legit before buying from them.