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Kratom Strains Explained

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Kratom is an exciting herb that is new to many people. Researchers are busy understanding the science behind how and why kratom can have so many beneficial effects. Most kratom users already are familiar with the plant’s properties, for example, its relaxing or energizing aromas. 


Kratom Strains Guide

You will notice that kratom varieties can be easily recognized and separated. To understand more about how kratom strains are explained, let’s look at the different vein colors. 


Red-Vein Kratom

One of the most popular varieties, red-vein kratom is very soothing. Red-vein kratom comes from the most mature kratom trees. It tends to have the highest level of 7-hydroxymitragynine in it. This molecule is a terpenoid indole alkaloid that comes from kratom leaves specifically. This is what makes it so useful for easing discomfort. 

Processing red kratom leaves requires a lot of light. In some instances, the process may involve fermentation. Many find the relaxing aroma good for easing day-to-day pain and quieting the mind.


White-Vein Kratom

White-vein kratom has the opposite effect. White-vein kratom helps with wakefulness and has a stimulating aroma. It helps users feel more alert and productive. 

White kratom comes from young kratom trees. It is harvested while the trees have not matured and the leaves are new, hence the white-ish color — the leaves haven’t had a chance to develop a richer color yet. These leaves are dried indoors without any light. The white kratom leaves have the highest level of mitragynine in them. Mitragynine is an indole-based alkaloid known for soothing discomfort and offering a boost of energy.

The uplifting aroma of white-vein kratom can be beneficial when users need additional focus, creativity, and productivity. It can also boost one’s mood. For this reason, users of white-vein kratom tend to find it more beneficial during the day rather than unwinding in the evening.


Green-Vein Kratom

Green-vein kratom combines the soothing effect of the red-vein kratom and the energizing effect of the white-vein. The leaves are harvested when the tree is not quite mature. These leaves are dried indoors, then moved outside to complete the drying process. 

Green-vein kratom has a mildly energizing aroma. It is less intense than white-vein kratom, making it good for users who want to feel more attentive without a huge spike in energy, for example when needing to tackle long-winded tasks.

Green-vein kratom can encourage relaxation and soothe mild discomfort and worry. There are trace levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine in green-vein kratom leaves, differing from the higher concentration found in red-vein kratom. 


Other Kratom Varieties 

Beyond vein colors, kratom strains can be explained further by region. In addition to the effects of each vein color, kratom strains from different regions can have different aromas.

Malay Strains

This variety is available in red, white, and green-vein colors, so you can enjoy the relaxing aroma of our Red Malay or the energy boost offered by Green Malay


Maeng Da 

This form of kratom is very popular and is known for its long-lasting effects. It’s often recognized as one of the most potent strains of kratom available.


Indo Kratom

Harvested from the vast Indonesian rainforest, Indo kratom encompasses some of the most popular kratom strains, including Red Bali and White Borneo. All our Indo kratom comes from sources that support eco-friendly practices.  


Thai Kratom

Thai varieties are popular with both new kratom users and experienced enthusiasts. At Kratora, our Thai kratom is sourced directly from Southeast Asia to ensure we offer the freshest, all-natural kratom available.



Now that we’ve explained kratom strains, you can find out what type of kratom you’d like by browsing our Kratora website. There are a variety of options available for you to choose from. Reach out to our expert team with any questions you may have about the different kratom options we offer or for more information on anything mentioned in our basic kratom strains guide. Shop today and get same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays (excluding holidays).

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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

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