The Ultimate Kratom Strain Explainer

With the kind of benefits that kratom provides, it was really only a matter of time before it became the big shot natural remedy that it is. Today, kratom is enjoyed as one of the most powerful herbs on the market, used for a variety of health problems and conditions with promising, positive results.

Of course, it’s popularity has also paved the way for tons of research, and one of the most interesting findings that experts have made regarding kratom is that it comes in a variety of strains. Sure, you might be thinking the whole strain scenario is just an elaborate marketing ploy, but science proves that there actually are distinct varieties that have unique chemical properties that produce different effects.

The Basic Kratom Categories

Unlike hemp that’s categorized based on the effects of the herb, kratom is segregated based on color. Inspect the leaf of the kratom plant and you’ll find that the venation or the veins underneath the leaves change color depending on the variety of the plant. These colors have also been linked to a specific set of properties that make it easier for vendors and buyers to understand how a certain strain works.

All of this considered, it’s easy to see that not all kratom is ideal for your situation. Depending on what you’re trying to address, it may be necessary to fully understand each strain and what it brings to the table so you can fully enjoy the effects of the herb without exacerbating your situation.

For individuals using kratom for mental health conditions and disorders, it’s particularly important to avoid using varieties that might further compound your situation.

For instance, some people struggling with depression might find that red vein kratom varieties might further lower their mood and motivation. In the same light, people with psychosis or anxiety might feel overstimulated with white or yellow vein varieties.

Places of Origin

Another thing you’ll notice about kratom strain varieties at least from is that they typically combine a color with the name of a place. For instance, there’s the Green Malay kratom strain or the Red Thai kratom strain which are said to produce different effects from the White Thai variety or the Red Borneo.

While it might be exciting to think that all of these different strains come from varying parts of Southeast Asia, kratom is actually illegal in most of these places. So the tagging you see in the names of these varieties doesn’t necessarily mean that they come straight from those locations.

What we can take away from these names however is that they designate a specific cluster of effects. For example, Bali strains are known for their balanced effects, controlled energy enhancement, and moderate pain relief. Red Bali is more soothing, while Green Bali produces a slightly more stimulating effect.

However, aside from the names of places, there are also some strains that use distinctions like ‘horned’ kratom, or Maeng Da. According to studies, horned kratom varieties manifest a genetic mutation in which the leaves appear to have little horns on the edges. Some users claim that kratom from horned species are slightly more potent.

Maeng Da kratom on the other hand is the most popular type of kratom on the market. Despite being a green vein variety, it’s highly stimulating and energizing, offering heightened levels of alertness and vigor that makes the herb stand out against other choices.

Should You Use Just One Strain?

It’s common practice among buyers to assume that they should zero in on a single variety and stick to it, especially if they find its effects to be particularly satisfying. However most experts recommend rotating different kratom strains in order to minimize the chances of developing a dependence.

Even substances like caffeine in coffee or nicotine in cigarettes have been known to form an addiction, and kratom is no different despite being a natural substance. So when people use too much of the herb too often, they might experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms once they cease its use.

On the upside, there are a range of varieties of kratom to choose from, and rotating these options reduces the risk of your body acclimating to and depending on just a single variety. That said, it’s ideal that you incorporate kratom varieties from each color family into your weekly routine to prevent the risk of forming dependence.

Here’s an example of how you might want to rotate strains:

SUNDAY                         MONDAY                           TUESDAY
White vein Kali                White vein Kali                   Rest

WEDNESDAY                 THURSDAY                        FRIDAY
Green Malay                    Red Indo                            Red Indo


Adding in a few rest days when you don’t take kratom also helps cleanse the system from any trace of the plant’s chemistry. When this happens, your body reverts to its original chemistry and thus doesn’t get the chance to ‘get used to’ the presence of kratom in your system.

Similarly, some people also choose to use just one strain for the duration of a week, given that there are at least two rest days throughout the seven day period. The substitution occurs on the following week, when they use a kratom variety of a different color.

Final Thoughts

Kratom varieties are more than just a marketing ploy – they’re backed by real science that could help you form healthier kratom user habits. Each variety has its own purpose, and knowing how these effects come into play can make it possible for you to fully enjoy the benefits of kratom with respect to your specific needs. Make sure you understand your situation and what each vein brings to the table to help you pick out a strain that’s ideal for your needs, and don’t forget to rotate strains to minimize the risks associated with long term kratom use.

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