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What is Stem and Vein Kratom? Uses, Benefits, & History

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Kratom — the leaves of the Southeast Asian mitragyna speciosa tree — is best known as a finely ground powder. However, the plant is also commonly sold in other, less ubiquitous forms.

One of those forms, stem and vein kratom, exists as a middle-ground option between raw kratom plant leaves and the kratom powders that customers from around the world are well-acquainted with. Even though buying stem and vein kratom is less popular among buyers, this lesser-known kratom variant does have some distinguishing properties.

Stem & Vein Kratom

In the simplest terms, stem and vein kratom is a by-product of kratom processing. The process begins in Southeast Asia, where the majority of the world’s kratom is cultivated and exported. 

Across countries like Indonesia, locals collect the leaves of the kratom tree, mitragyna speciosa, in large quantities. After cleaning the leaves and allowing them to dry in the sun, the locals de-stem and devein the leaves before grinding them into a fine powder. The raw, unprocessed leftover stems and veins are then sometimes sold as stem and vein kratom.

Although stems and veins are often discarded, the raw plant matter is actually packed with many of the same naturally-occurring alkaloids found in kratom leaves. Alkaloids are nitrogenous organic compounds that imbue kratom and other plants with prominent psychoactive properties. As a result, kratom suppliers have found a secondary — albeit, less popular — niche market for selling and buying the countless kratom stems and veins that are produced during processing.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, the available scientific literature on stem and vein kratom is limited. Some users have theorized that stem and vein kratom contains a weaker alkaloid concentration in comparison to ground leaf kratom, while others have suggested that stem and vein kratom contains higher levels of specific alkaloids.

Regardless of its potential scientific merit, buyers of stem and vein kratom often praise the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics. As a result, many online kratom retailers have opted to carry stem and vein kratom as an alternative to standard kratom powders and kratom extracts for sale.

Why Use Stem and Vein Kratom?

While most buyers prefer kratom powder, stem and vein kratom does enough to differentiate itself from the gold-standard of kratom products. Although it’s not an outright alternative to kratom powder due to a potentially weaker alkaloid profile, stem and vein kratom has a range of other various uses that keeps buyers interested.

Most notably, stem and vein kratom has gained traction as a complementary product or kratom “potentiator.” The idea here is that combining both kratom powder and stem and vein results in a diversified alkaloid range, producing a broader aromatic spectrum.

Another distinguishing quality of stem and vein kratom is its price. Generally, one can buy stem and vein kratom for less than ground kratom products — sometimes at half the cost! This low price point often makes the raw kratom plant matter appealing to budget-minded shoppers; however, due to a weaker alkaloid profile, stem and vein shouldn’t be considered a direct alternative to ground kratom products.

Ultimately, stem and vein kratom has a considerably large range of utility and earns its place on any kratom enthusiast’s shelf. That said, most kratom buyers will find it to be inessential.

White, ceramic bowl filled with loose stem and vein kratom plant matter

Stem & Vein Vs. Kratom Powder

As we’ve established, stem and vein kratom and kratom powder are different enough to warrant distinction between the two. If it comes down to choosing between one or the other, the differences in alkaloid composition make it easy to recommend kratom powder over stem and vein for most users. However, in some cases — as we’ll explore below — stem and vein might be preferable.

Choice & Selection

Unlike stem and vein kratom, customers can choose from several or more varieties when shopping for kratom powders to buy online. Due to the biological variance that occurs during kratom cultivation and processing, dozens of kratom powder variants — or “strains” — exist. To differentiate between the many available kratom strains, suppliers often label products with region-specific names like “Red Thai” or “Green Borneo,” but non-region-specific strain names like “Maeng Da” are also prevalent.

If you’re interested in buying stem and vein kratom, you’ll probably notice that most online suppliers only sell stem and vein as a generic product. In other words, it’s rare to find stem and vein kratom marketed as “Red Maeng Da Stem & Vein” or labeled with other strain names. Some buyers might find this lack of product diversity off-putting, especially if they’re accustomed to ground kratom products.

In Soaps & Incenses

Kratom soap and incenses are some of the most popular ways to prepare kratom, and for this purpose, stem and vein kratom does possess some disadvantages to ground kratom. Due to its loose-leaf like consistency, making kratom soap or incenses with stem and vein kratom can result in products with large, woody chunks. Kratom powder, on the other hand, can easily mix into these products.

Those who prefer to enjoy the natural aromas of multiple kratom powders might be willing to sacrifice convenience for a more diverse kratom experience. On the other hand, kratom soap and incenses enthusiasts who value ease-of-use above variety might be better off with stem and vein kratom.

Order Premium-Grade Kratom at Kratora

At Kratora, we carry a broad range of high-quality, all-natural kratom products, including stem and vein kratom. All of our kratom products are sourced from reliable growers and freshly packaged to preserve their potency and purity.

Shop with us today to receive same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 PM EST Monday through Friday and 1 PM EST on Saturdays (excluding holidays).

Please note that the US FDA has not approved kratom to be sold for human consumption, sold for external use only. None of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

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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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