Kratom 101: All Of The Strains And Their Differences

July 23, 2021

If you’ve been into Kratom for a while, you probably have heard that there is more than one strain of Kratom leaves out there. We also need to differentiate the type and strain. The “type” refers to its categorization into three different colors: green, white, and red. These colors are attributed to the stem and the vein in the leaves. On the other hand, the “strain” usually refers to the origin of the plant.

Strains and Differences

Like other herbal or hemp-based medicine, the different strains of Kratom also have their unique effects and levels of potency. They are commonly found in Indonesia but countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Borneo, and Thailand also grow them. Some are more popular than others because of their varying characteristics and how they affect those who consume them.

Many people find that different forms of this plant work better for them, but there are many ways to enjoy kratom. Some prefer the convenience and ease of use with kratom capsules while others might like mixing kratom powder into the water as a tea or an extract. So there’s no one “best” way to use this plant!

  • Bali

Although this particular strain originated from Indonesia, it didn’t come from Bali. Rather, it is said to have come from Central Kalimantan, a province of Indonesia where these strains naturally grow.

It popularly called the “red vein”, and is famous as an analgesic. It is also the most “opioid-like” among all of the different strains.

  • Indo

Another strain that comes from Indonesia, it comes with different colors (stem and vein of the leaves) and is commonly used to relieve pain. It does not have stimulating effects like the other strains, but it can improve relaxation, pain relief, and is helpful to people with anxiety.

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  • Maeng Da

This is one of the most popular strains of Kratom because it is the original plant. It gained prestige because local farmers take special measures when rearing and harvesting these trees. As a result, Maeng Da strain has significantly higher levels of alkaloids than other strains. This means the effects are strong and fast which makes it one of the most sought after strain in the market.

It is a potent stimulant and is reported to be able to boost energy and increase focus while reducing pain. Overall, taking the red type of Maeng Da can induce a feeling of well-being, energy, and relaxation.

  • Green Malay

The Malaysian government has deemed Kratom to be illegal and so is its exportation. So it’s probably safe to say that you’ll find it difficult to find this strain in the market (legally).

The Green Malay has a dark green vein and has different effects depending on the dosage. At a lower dosage, it can be a stimulant and can help increase alertness and boost energy. But at higher dosages, it can be a sedative and is used to treat pain and anxiety.

  • Thai

Kratom is also illegal in Thailand so authentic Thai Kratom is not in abundance in the market today. Both Thai and Malay Kratom have similar properties, given their proximity and the similarities of the region’s climate.

The green and white type of Thai Kratom has psychotropic properties, which induce that “high” effect to its consumers. The red vein type is commonly used for pain relief.

  • Borneo

Originating from Borneo, this strain comes in red, white, and green types. This strain has a more sedative effect and is used for sleeping problems and pain relief.

  • Malaysian

This type of strain has a well-balanced effect between relaxation and stimulation. It can help in modulating moods, relieving pain, improve focus, and increase energy levels.

Choosing the right strain is entirely dependent on your preferences and requirements. It is important to know the different strains because some of them will have different effects, even if they have the same color. This is due to the kind of environment where the leaves were sourced.

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