Red Kratom: All You Need to Know About Everyone’s Favorite Strain

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For centuries, the tropical evergreen tree mitragyna speciosa has grown natively across Southeast Asia. Over time, various indigenous cultures became fascinated with the plant. When used in this manner, the leaves of the plant — whether fresh or dried — became known as “kratom.”

Eventually, kratom made its way to the western world, where its distinctive aromas quickly caught on with consumers who were previously unfamiliar with the plant. However, when purchasing kratom, many buyers found themselves confused and overwhelmed. Despite kratom’s increasing popularity and a growing body of research, only limited information about the best kratom varieties or “strains” was available.

Today, most kratom is categorized into three major color groups — red vein, white vein, and green vein. Thankfully, this method of kratom classification has provided some well-needed clarity for both newcomers and kratom veterans.

So, just what is red vein kratom, and what distinguishes it from other forms of kratom? Let’s find out!


What is Red Vein Kratom?

Like green and white vein kratom, the term “red kratom” refers to the coloration of its stem and leaves. Because kratom leaves naturally change color over time, kratom farmers can pick or “harvest” the leaves of their trees at a specific period during cultivation. To create the best red kratom, farmers typically harvest kratom leaves at full maturity when they display distinctive, red-tinted veins.

Once red kratom leaves have been harvested, they’re either hung or placed on racks to dry in the sun. At this point, farmers can adjust the amount of time their kratom spends in the sun to create additional alterations in the naturally-occurring alkaloid concentrations of their leaves. Alkaloids play a crucial role in the formation of the unique aromas that kratom is known for, and many farmers utilize special techniques like fermentation to further alter the alkaloid content of their best kratom.

When red kratom leaves are fully dried, they’re typically ground into a fine-grain powder using industrial grinders. The resulting powdered kratom usually retains its color, with red vein kratom strains appearing tan or brown as opposed to the greener and lighter hues of green and white strains.

What Makes Red Vein Kratom Unique?

Red vein kratom is often considered to be the most popular or “best” kratom and is usually more commonly available than its green and white counterparts.

There are likely many ways to explain red kratom’s strong popularity. For one, most people associate kratom with relaxation, and red kratom strains are known for their relaxing aromas. Secondly, red kratom strains typically have the longest duration of any kratom vein coloration, meaning that red kratom tends to offer buyers more value in comparison to green and white strains.

However, the tradeoff is that the aroma of red kratom strains is barely stimulating, whereas white and green strains are lauded for their invigorating aromas. That said, because no two kratom strains are alike and user experience can vary, it’s ultimately up to the individual to determine which strain is the best kratom for their needs.

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Where Can I Buy Red Vein Kratom?

In today’s online economy, one can purchase red vein kratom from a variety of online sellers with little effort. Most online vendors carry multiple red kratom strains at fair prices and often sell them in various forms.

Some popular red vein strains include:

Buying the Best Red Kratom: What to Keep in Mind

Whether you’re stocking up on your favorite strains or ordering kratom for the first time, you should always be mindful of where you’re purchasing your kratom. Because red vein kratom is an organic product, its quality can vary greatly from seller to seller, and buying from a trusted source will ensure you receive the best kratom and prevent you from receiving a compromised or adulterated product.

To ensure your safety, always check to verify that a seller’s product is:

  • All-natural
  • Organic
  • Freshly sourced
  • Free of chemicals, additives, and filler ingredients

When searching for the best kratom supplier, the internet is a great resource. Reading up on what other customers have said about specific kratom vendors is a valuable way to inform your next purchasing decision.

Red Kratom Products

Because kratom can be processed and packaged in multiple ways, many suppliers sell red vein kratom products in various forms.

  • Kratom Powders are easily the most readily available kratom products. They consist of finely-ground red leaf powders that can be measured and used as needed.
  • Kratom Extracts are produced through meticulous extraction, resulting in remarkably potent powders; however, they’re typically much more expensive than standard kratom powders.
  • Enhanced Kratom Powders are variants of existing kratom strains with added alkaloids, resulting in an enhanced potency. These products are generally very costly but offer great overall value.


Kratora: Your Online Source for the Best Kratom

At Kratora, we’ve been providing customers from around the world with premium-grade kratom for over half a decade.

Since opening our doors in 2013, we’ve scoured the globe in search of the world’s finest ethnobotanical specimens. During our hunt, we established a trade partnership with reputable kratom growers who continue to supply us with fresh, all-natural red vein kratom to this day.

We take great pride in offering our customers:

  • A broad selection of the best carefully curated, high-quality kratom products
  • Fast and affordably priced shipping options
  • A full-fledged loyalty program that rewards repeat customers
  • Same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 PM EST Monday through Friday and 1 PM EST on Saturdays (excluding holidays).

At Kratora, we believe in striving for absolute customer satisfaction. That’s why we offer a full, 30-day refund guarantee whenever you shop online with us. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your order, our friendly and responsive customer support team is available to assist you.

Shop with us today and get free priority shipping in the US on orders of $75 or more!

Please note that the US FDA has not approved this product to be sold for internal use. Sold for external use only.

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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.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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