White Vein Borneo Kratom
Harvested from only the most mature leaves, our White Vein Borneo kratom is then finely ground to the consistency of powder sugar. Harvested from the Island of Borneo, this strain is used in shamanic circles for its energizing as well as euphoric effects. Often referred to as the poor man's Maeng Da, it can be used as a standalone or blended with Maeng Da to extend and preserve the premium leaf.
The US FDA has not approved this herb to be sold for internal use. Sold for external use only.
History & Traditional Use
Situated in Southeast Asia, Borneo is the planet’s third-largest island and it’s divided amongst three countries: Brunei and Malaysia in the north and Indonesia in the the south. The southern regions of Borneo are referred to as Kalimantan.
Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) grows wild in Borneo’s rainforests, which are estimated to be approximately 140 million years old — some of the oldest in the entire world! In fact, it’s amongst the most ecologically diverse regions on the planet, and over 120 new species have been discovered since 2007 when the Heart of Borneo agreement was signed.
Borneo’s lowland rainforests cover a majority of the island, so kratom is free to grow in the more than 165,000 square miles. Kratom is also cultivated in Borneo, which is currently the planet’s largest exporter thanks to the ideal climate, combined with favorable political conditions. While kratom is illegal in Malaysia, a majority of the island falls under Indonesian territory and Indonesia encourages kratom cultivation and trade.
Several varieties of kratom are named for Borneo, as this is where they are believed to have originated. It is common to hear reference to Kali or Kalimantan kratom, which is so named for the southern regions of this island.
Borneo is a common cultivation site for green Malaysian kratom, green Malaysian kratom, red vein Borneo kratom, green vein Borneo and the less common white vein Borneo kratom., along with all varieties of Kali kratom. The volume of Borneo kratom exports have increased dramatically to western cultures in the past decade.
Notably, when Borneo first began exporting kratom, Bali kratom strains were shipped to Borneo. Then, the Borneo and Bali kratom was exported together. This resulted in Borneo/Bali blends and many started using “Borneo” and “Bali” interchangeably.
While there are some kratom plantations in Borneo, kratom is more commonly “wildcrafted”. Wildcrafted kratom is kratom that is harvested directly from wild trees in Borneo’s expansive rainforests. These wild, mature trees are renowned for having a high quality kratom, with a high alkaloid concentration.
Wildcrafted kratom is the traditional method for sourcing kratom in Borneo. This is largely due to the challenges that are associated with cultivating kratom. Kratom trees prefer indirect sunlight, so they tend to thrive in an environment where the trees are sheltered by the taller trees of the rainforest canopy. Additionally, it’s quite challenging to grow kratom from a seed, so plantation owners must find an existing tree and take cuttings. The kratom tree cuttings are then allowed to take root. Even once the cutting takes root, though, it takes a long period of time – months or even years — for the tree to reach a maturity level that allows for a sufficient alkaloid concentration. For these reasons, harvesting kratom leaves from wild trees is the traditional practice in Borneo.
Traditionally, native cultures on Borneo have used kratom as a natural medicine. In fact, there is evidence that kratom has been used locally for thousands of years for its pain relieving properties, its anti-diarrheal properties and its ability to provide sedation, anxiety relief, improved mood and improved energy. Thanks to its energy boosting and pain relieving properties, kratom has long been popular amongst the working class and laborers.