You may have been wondering what the different types of kratom are. Especially if you are new to kratom. There is a wide variety of strains available on the market. Most frequently, they are classified by their color.
But kratom comes from the leaves of the same tree, you may think. Aren’t they all green? Yes, indeed, however, the colors refer to the stem and veins that run through these leaves.
If you look at the kratom leaves, you’ll notice that their stems and veins are a slightly different color. It means a different chemical composition, and, as a result, different properties.
What Causes the Different Kratom Vein Colors?
The different vein colors are the result of how kratom is grown and developed. Different strains thrive in different conditions and develop different alkaloids. Their properties will depend on factors such as soil content, the location of the leaves on a kratom tree, as well as the rain and dry period ratio.
These qualities are further amplified by the kratom processing methods. Or, more specifically, by the conditions in which it’s dried. Farmers usually keep the exact process secret. But, we’ll give you a little sneak peek into what happens on the inside.
During the grinding process, farmers remove the stems and veins. So, the powder that you buy is purely the leaf. Yet, there are a few kinds of coarser kratom that does contain the stems and veins. It’s a matter of preference, but some users prefer the latter.
Red-Vein Kratom and Its Effects
Red-vein kratom is generally the most popular by users and the most widely sold. It’s mainly due to the fact that it’s more widely grown and yields larger harvests. Red vein also tends to be the most resilient kind that can grow in different environments. It also tends to be the kind that receives the most sunlight.
Its leaves have red strains and veins. Farmers dry it in direct sunlight or in UV light (with lamps) and also longer than the green and white varieties.
Red-vein strains are most widely known for its powerful sedative effect. It has the potential to relieve pain, stress, and anxiety. Red vein strains can also help one to fall asleep, which can be useful for people who suffer from insomnia.
Nonetheless, varieties such as Red Sumatra can provide uplifting, mood enhancing effects. Especially if used in smaller doses.
These are some of the most popular red strains:
- Red Bali
- Red Maeng Da
- Red Thai
- Red Horn
- Red Borneo
- Red Kapuas
White-Vein Kratom and Its Effects
White vein kratom earns its name due to the white, or more so pale, color of veins and stems. Its leaves receive less light than the red vein and more than the green vein. Farmers primarily dry this variety indoors with no exposure to light.
White strains are best known for its stimulant and mood enhancing properties. It can help you boost focus and concentration. Those who suffer from depression or stress can benefit from white vein kratom as well. That’s because it can energize and lift one’s mood.
Quite a few users don’t recommend starting off with white strains if you are completely new to kratom. Instead, they suggest starting off with red or green strains and easing into the white ones.
Here are a few of the most popular varieties of white-vein strains:
- White Maeng Da
- White Horn
- White Borneo
- White Bali
- White Kali
- White Kapuas
Green-Vein Kratom and Its Effects
Green vein kratom come from leaves that have green veins and stems. These are also the leaves that get the least exposure to sunlight. Farmers dry the leaves indoors with little light and afterwards also outdoors. Usually, only for a very short time.
Green vein strains provide a balance between the red and white vein varieties. If red strains primarily have a sedative effects and white strains – a stimulating effect, then green strains have both. Yet, they are not as intense in potency, but rather somewhere in between.
These are some of the most popular strains for this variety:
- Green Maeng
- Green Horn
- Green Malay
- Green Borneo
- Green Kali
- Green Bali
- Green Kapuas
How About Yellow-Vein Kratom?
Well done, you’ve noticed that something is missing! Indeed.
Although red, white, and green strains are the most common types, there’s also the fourth type of kratom – yellow vein. And it’s been rapidly gaining popularity.
Yellow vein kratom usually refers to blends, fermented, or differently dried varieties. This can be a green and white mix that’s fermented or a red and green mix that’s fermented. Yellow vein can also be red veined kratom that’s been dried longer or fermented. It can also be the green and white strains that have been dried outside rather than inside. But yet again, farmers keep the exact process to themselves.
As per its effects, yellow strains produce effects that are close to, yet slightly more potent than green strains. It also tends to last longer.
Here’s our pick for yellow strains:
- Yellow Bali
- Yellow Vietnam
Which Types of Kratom are Best for You?
The types of kratom that suit you best would depend solely on you, your needs, and situation. If you’re looking for a strong sedative effect, then red strains may work better for you. If, on the contrary, you want to feel more energized, then white vein may be your type. But, if you aren’t quite sure, you can start with green or yellow strains.
What are your favorite types of kratom, and why? Is there a type that you’d like to try? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments section below.