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What is the Difference Between Thai Green & Thai Red Vein Kratom?

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Because kratom is a product of nature, it’s also a product of natural diversity. Variations in environment and conditioning techniques during growth often manifest themselves as differences in potency and characteristics at harvest. As a result, there’s a sizeable variety of kratom variants, or “strains” available on the market — each distinguished by slightly different properties.

To provide buyers with clarity in a world of choice, kratom sellers often classify kratom strains by name and vein color. For instance, one of the most popular kratom strains, Thai kratom, is available in red and green variants.

But are there enough dissimilarities to warrant distinction between Green Thai and Red Vein Thai kratom, or are they nothing more than the creations of clever marketing?

Let’s take a look!


What is Thai Red Vein Kratom?

Thai Red kratom is the red-veined version of Thai kratom. Although the strain’s name suggests that the strain originates from Thailand, most Thai kratom is actually sourced from other Southeast Asian countries — namely, Indonesia. This is because planting kratom was illegal in Thailand from 1943 until 2018 when the country legalized the plant for medicinal purposes. For instance, at Kratora, our Thai kratom is grown and sourced from the Kalimantan region of Indonesia.

Generally, Red Vein Thai kratom’s aroma is characterized as relaxing, soothing, and long-lasting. To create the strain, kratom farmers collect the broad, glossy-green leaves of the mitragyna speciosa tree at maturity — a stage of development that’s indicated by the red veins of the leaves. Once dried, farmers gather the leaves and grind them into a fine-grain consistency using industrial grinders, producing the kratom powder that thousands of customers from around the world are well-acquainted with.


What is Thai Green Kratom?

In many ways, Thai Green kratom resembles its red-veined equivalent. Both strains are produced in the same manner, and both are derived from the mitragyna speciosa tree.; however, there are some key differences between the two.

For one, as its name suggests, Green Thai is made from semi-mature green-veined kratom leaves rather than the fully matured red-veined leaves of Red Vein Thai kratom. Green Thai also possesses a distinctive aroma that’s much more energizing in comparison to Red Thai.

Which Strain Should I Choose?

While both strains offer a range of beneficial properties, one strain will likely suit you better than the other. Some customers are partial to red kratom strains, so for them, Red Thai is a natural fit. For others, green kratom strains are their top pick, so choosing Green Thai is a no-brainer. Ultimately, your preferences will dictate which of the two is preferable for you — but, of course, you can always get both in our Plain Leaf Variety Pack!


As a red kratom strain, Red Vein Thai kratom’s relaxing aroma is potent and long-lasting. As a result, it’s advisable to use Red Thai towards the end of your day so that the onset of relaxation doesn’t reduce your energy levels or increase your desire to sleep at an inopportune time.

While some customers do find that Red Thai aids their focus during the day, others find the strain’s relaxing aroma to be overpowering and fatiguing. Therefore, if you’re looking for a kratom strain that performs well as a daytime pick-me-up, Green Thai’s energizing aroma will probably be the preferable option.

Price & Accessibility

Both Green Thai and Red Vein Thai kratom sell at similar prices regardless of the product size, so cost doesn’t necessarily matter when choosing one Thai kratom strain over another. For instance, a 100g Green Thai kratom product should cost you about as much as a 100g Red Thai product. That said, you should expect some amount of pricing variation between vendors.

In addition, both kratom strains are available for purchase through a variety of online and local sellers. That said, Thai strains are often slightly less common than more mainstream strains like Maeng Da and Bali.

An image of an Indonesian landscape, where Green Thai and Red Vein Thai kratom grows

What to Look for When Buying Green Thai or Red Vein Thai Kratom

Now that you’re (hopefully) well-acquainted with the differences between these two remarkable kratom strains, it’s worth reviewing what you should keep in mind when purchasing them, whether online or locally. After all, kratom isn’t created equally, and as a result, product quality can vary from vendor to vendor.

Product Quality

As a biological substance, kratom is a product of its environment. Professional growing conditions fostered by grower expertise often produce high-quality kratom while poor growing environments and a lack of grower diligence often yield inferior-grade kratom products.

While it’s nearly impossible to watch your Green or Red Vein Thai kratom grow every step of the way before purchase, there are still a few ways to verify the quality of what you’re buying (without taking a trip to Southeast Asia!)

For starters, ensure that your Red or Green Thai kratom is all-natural and free of filler ingredients and additives. Secondly, verify your source is a high-quality kratom vendor who sources their kratom from reliable and reputable growers.


Even the highest-quality Thai kratom is susceptible to natural degradation if it isn’t properly packaged. Without protection from sunlight and outside air, kratom can quickly lose its potency, resulting in a product that’s severely compromised upon arrival. The best Green or Red Vein Thai kratom ships in airtight, sun-resistant packaging that’s designed to protect and preserve the product’s contents for years to come.

Order Premium-Grade Kratom Online at Kratora

At Kratora, we’ve been supplying customers within the United States and abroad with all-natural kratom since 2013. All of our kratom products, including our Green and Red Thai, are sourced from reputable growers, packaged fresh, and securely sealed for your satisfaction.

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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