Are you curious about Kratom? Have you heard about all the different strains and effects but are still unsure where to start? If so, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we’ll explore each strain of Kratom in detail, including its effects on the body and mind. From White Vein Borneo to Green Malay, there are various Kratom options, each with unique properties that can be beneficial as an alternative natural remedy for physical and mental health issues. Read on to discover more information about these fascinating plant species!
What is Kratom?
The best place to start when discussing kratom and its various strains would be to start with what it is. Kratom refers to the leaves of a very specific tree, the Mitragyna speciose, which is actually part of the coffee family and is a tropical evergreen tree.
This tree can be found in Myanmar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Thailand in Asia. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant for its many benefits, most specifically, the fact that it can increase energy and is quite effective at treating pain.
What Makes a Kratom Strain?
Most people new to kratom assume, much like cannabis, that the leaves are all the same and that there is no difference. However, the reality is that depending on the region and the colour of the leaf’s vein, the effects experienced from the strains will be different.
However, what exactly is it that makes a kratom strain? The answer is simple: alkaloids. As of right now, we understand that there are a handful of alkaloids that are most active, such as paynanthine, mitragynine, speciociliatine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and a few more. The strain will determine what alkaloids are most active, and that will determine the effects experienced.
It’s important to note that the red strain is actually one of the most popular, if not the most popular, and widely used. What makes this strain unique is its concentration of the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine, which is very high.
In terms of the effects you might experience, these would predominantly be a deep state of relaxation, euphoria, and a feeling of sedation. This strain is also commonly used as a form of pain management. This strain is the most widely available and typically found in Southeast Asia.
Another very popular kratom strain is the white vein strain, which is the opposite of the red vein strain. If you were to consume the white strain vein, you would feel energized and stimulated. Most people who consume the white vein strain actually replace energy drinks with it. What’s more, you won’t only feel increased energy and stimulation from this strain; it is also used to uplift your mood, and you will feel slight euphoria upon consumption.
The next strain on this list always surprises many people since most know the two abovementioned effects of kratom: to feel energized or incredibly relaxed. However, the green strain of kratom is actually well-balanced.
When consuming the green strain of kratom, you will feel both energized and relaxed, but not too much of each. This strain of kratom is more commonly used by those looking for a little bit of pep for social situations but who want to feel relaxed at the same time.
Finally, the last strain of kratom is the yellow vein strain. This is the most interesting kratom strain since you never know what effects you might feel. This is because there are two methods used to grow this strain, and the method used largely determines its effects.
For example, one way to grow this strain is to harvest it between growth cycles. This is usually done either between red and green or white and green. This produces an in-between kind of strain, similar to green. However, if the white vein strain is left to dry, it becomes yellow, which might lead to more energetic effects.