What’s the difference between Kratom vein strains? Red vs Green vs White Kratom

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What do the different Kratom vein colors mean ?

Kratom (mitragyna speciosa)is the mystery plant from Southeast Asia whose popularity is gathering pace in the western world and taking the United States by storm.

Loved by kratom enthusiasts, scorned by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, this wondrous herb has many purported benefits but also polarises opinion.

As you may expect, there are various kratom types. Not dissimilar to the cannabis plant, there can be hundreds of different kratom strains with varying degrees of potency and different effects.

No matter what strain of kratom you have, it will certainly stem from one of four different colors; red, white, green or yellow.

In this article I’m going to discuss each type of kratom in detail. You’ll begin to understand how different strains of kratom have different effects, where they come from and even get some recommendations on popular strains you might like to try.

If you want to take a deep dive into the best kratom strains then check out our article in the link.

Why does kratom have different vein colors?

Essentially the color of the veins in the kratom plant are what gives rise to the descriptive color.

One kratom myth is that the colors represent different regions and different conditions under which the plants have been grown.

This is actually false and the real reason for differing colors is down to the maturity of the plant.

When a kratom plant is young, the veins in the leaves are white, as it develops they become green and finally when the plant is fully matured we are left with red vein kratom leaves. The color of the stem will replicate that of the veins in the leaves.

So what makes the color change?

As the plants grow they produce various alkaloids, which are the chemicals that give rise to the psychoactive and mood altering effects.

Depending on which stage of the growing process the plant is at, the level of alkaloids and their effects will differ. 

The drying process can also alter how these chemicals are cultivated. Using a UV lamp to manipulate the alkaloid levels can essentially give a young plant red vein leaves.

Let’s take a look in more detail at the different types of kratom, starting with the red vein strains.

Red Kratom Strains

As we’ve said, red strains are the most mature out of the bunch and as you might expect, that means they give the most well rounded effects as their chemical balance has matured to the level that nature intended.

For first time users, a low potency red vein strain might be the best option and red strains are in fact the most popular of all the colors.

Red vein kratom strains can produce a sedative effect and are marketed by kratom vendors to those suffering from chronic pain or battling with insomnia and in need of non-prescription medications.

Red vein maeng da is amongst the most potent red strains and has been used to combat the withdrawal symptoms of heavy opiate users. 

We’ve written an in depth article on kratom as an opiate substitute, follow the link to find out more.

However, a word of caution; the stronger the strain, the higher the likelihood of negative side effects so make sure that you seek expert medical advice before trying kratom.

Popular red vein kratom strains include; red Thai, red Bourneo, red sumatra, red Bali kratom and red maeng da kratom

INTERESTING FACT: **Maeng da translates as ‘pimp grade’ due to its potency**

White Kratom Strains

At the other end of the spectrum are the white strains. These are taken for the exact opposite of the red strains and marketed for their stimulant properties.

Anecdotal evidence from kratom users is that taking white vein kratom gives them increased energy levels, motivation and helps them concentrate.

It is a good idea to try white vein kratom in the daytime and avoid it late at night as the likelihood is that you’ll be unable to sleep afterwards.

Popular white vein kratom strains include; white vein indo, white vein kali, white sumatra and white maeng da

Green Kratom Strains

The general guidelines are that green strains sit nicely in between the white and red ones. Green vein kratom strains enhance the stimulant effects of the white strains whilst providing the same comforting pain relief as the red strains.

Despite this happy medium or perhaps because of it, a lot of people still prefer to opt for red vein kratom instead.

According to Kratom Gardens:

Green vein kratom can be mixed with red or white kratom strains to create a more rounded flavor with a more sophisticated effect. When properly mixed it prevents the excessive anesthesia of the red veins and the overstimulation of the white veins.

Due to the balanced functioning green vein kratom is often used against social fears. You will be less afraid and more able to disregard the importance of other people’s impressions and opinions.

Therefore, the green veins are popular during recreational activities such as a night out in town. Green vein kratom makes you more talkative, friendly and cheerful.

You will be more inclined to immerse yourself among people while comfortable in your own skin.

Popular green vein strains include; super green Malaysian, green vein Kali and green maeng da kratom.

To help make your mind up on the best kratom strains for you, be sure to follow the link and check out our deep dive.

Which kratom vein strain is best?

As with all things, the answer to this question comes down to personal preferences. Whilst some people may opt for red vein kratom as a method of pain relief, others may choose to use white strains to keep them motivated and alert.

The method of consumption will also play a role in what effects you get from your kratom strain.

Check out our; ‘How to take kratom’ article to understand the weird and wonderful ways that people have found to consume kratom.

If you’re looking for a reputable and honest kratom vendor then head over to our friends at Golden Monk who are trusted members of the American Kratom Association.


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