Kratom Strains, Veins & VarietiesMadi Furlong
Kratom strains are classified into three different color groups: Red-vein, White-vein, and Green-vein. The color becomes the strain’s primary name. The color groups are aptly named after the color of the central stem and veins of the leaves. Each distinct color-type of Kratom produces unique effects.
Red-Vein Kratom contains red-colored veins and stems on the leaves. Currently, Red-Vein Kratom is the most popular and most widely available type of Kratom on the market. This popular strain grows abundantly throughout Southeast Asia. It is considered to be much more persistent than its white and green counterparts.
Some researchers believe that the red hue of the plant’s veins pertains to the maturity of the plant. If so, Red-vein Kratom is the more mature version of Green-vein or White-vein plants. No studies have been conducted to prove this fact.
Not all red strains are created equal. Within the Red-vein Kratom group, there are sub-categories, each with their slight differences. Some strains, like Red Thai or the Red Vein Borneo, may produce relaxing effects. Other strains, like the Red Sumatra, have been said to provide a happy mood.
White-vein Kratom is widely considered the most stimulating of the Kratom strains and can be a definite mood enhancer. White Kratom, like it’s cousin coffee, is great for alertness, concentration, and cheerfulness.
The Green-vein strain can best be defined as the middle sibling in the Kratom family. If you can’t decide between the “cool” red-vein or the “hot” white-vein, then perhaps your goldilocks, “just right” vein is the green. If you’re looking to add some pep to your day, while maintaining a calm mood, Green-veined strains of Kratom have been called the best of both worlds. Green-vein strains include Sumatra, Bali, and Borneo.
By now, you have probably deduced that color isn’t the only way to classify Kratom. After color, strains are given a secondary name. The secondary name is a regional variation derived from the place in which the product was grown or where that strain originated.
Two popular secondary names are “Maeng Da” and “Horned”. These variations can be found in every color. They are extremely popular and can be found in nearly every vendor’s product list. Maeng Da is actually a translation of “pimp” in Thai, and eventually took on the meaning “pimp grade” in the Kratom industry. Horned refers to the shape of the Kratom leaf itself. These hybrid options were developed by grafting multiple strains of Kratom to emulate the desired characteristics of the parent plants.
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