Kratom Strains Explained


If you are new to kratom and are just learning, there is a lot of information out there and the majority of it is confusing. For one, you have all these options in front of you and its really hard to choose a strain if you have no idea what to expect or what each strain helps you with. The most common misconception about kratom is it being mistaken for a “legal high”… more on that below.  The color indicated in the name is given from the color of the vein of the leaf before being de-veined and powdered, either green, red, or white. 

Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa is a relative to the coffee plant.  It is a leafy tree that can grow up to 15 meters in height and is found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, where it has long been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat pain, boost energy, alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms, and promote feelings of wellness and happiness. 

Kratom is not a “legal high”, and if you are hoping to get high from kratom, you will end up being disappointed.  It is a gentle herb which can provide a mood lift and stimulation and sedation.  Stimulating kratom is not unlike caffeine, but it is much different feeling and smoother than caffeine.  The duration usually lasts between 2-5 hours.  Smaller doses (between 2 and 7 grams usually) provide energy and stimulation and focus.  The more kratom you take, the more sedating it becomes.  Kratom is high in antioxidants and a healthy alternative to caffeine. 

Kratom is often made into a hot tea.  This is done by soaking the powder in hot or near-boiling water and letting steep for 15 minutes or so.  The powder can be strained out, or it can be swallowed with the tea.  Many people prefer capsules because they do not like the bitter taste of kratom tea, and also because they are more convenient.  Kratom dosages usually start around 2 grams and can go anywhere up to 10 to 15 grams for some people, depending on their weight, tolerance, and other factors.  Dosages should always be started low and slowly worked up until the desired dose is found.  The trick is finding the perfect medium for yourself and keeping with that desired dose.  Too high of doses are not physically dangerous, but can cause nausea.


Green Leaf Kratom is proud to provide our customers with only the very best selection and quality of kratom powders and capsules with every order.  We purchase straight from the source, and pass the kratom on directly to you.  We offer a large variety of strains, gathered from a lot of different areas of the world.  Once we find an optimum source for a particular strain, we will only import our kratom from that source.  We do this for each strain we carry, resulting in great kratom no matter which strain you choose to buy.


Naming of Leaf Strains

There are different varieties of Mitragyna Speciosa strains available for purchase. Reputable vendors use the standard names for strains.  Naming Mitragyna Speciosa leaves consist of:

1. The country where the Mitragyna Speciosa tree is from.

2. The region the kratom was picked.

3. The color of the leaf veins, red or green or white.

For example: Green Vein Indo would tell the user that the product is from a green veined leaf from a tree in Indonesia.


Red Vein, Green Vein, or White Veined?  What’s the difference?     

Green & White Vein Kratom: These are your energetic strains, with white (in general) being slightly higher in energy.  These leaves produce more stimulating effects than red vein varieties. Green vein leaves are known for providing clearer thinking as well as extra endurance, and is preferred by athletes and labor workers. Some users have reported that green vein leaves have been useful for anxiety and depression symptoms.

Red Vein Kratom: These are your sedating strains. After the initial rush of energy, the calming effects take over. Red vein is often used for pain relief and as a substitute for opiate detoxing.  Some users report that it gives them a euphoric feeling.


Some Popular Kratom Strains

Bali kratom effects are both relaxing as well as energizing. Higher doses of bali kratom tend to be more relaxing, while lower doses produce stimulating effects. For a new user, the kratom effects can last around 5-6 hours. Experienced users may feel the effects for around 3 hours.

  –  Green Vein Bali  –
Green-Veined Bali is found in Borneo and Sumatra. Green-veined Bali has a high alkaloid level that resembles Maeng Da. This Mitragyna Speciosa strain is becoming popular do to it’s balanced level of alkaloids. The kratom effects are said to be both relaxing and slightly stimulating with waves of euphoria.  A perfect balance of energy and sedation.

  –  Red Vein Bali  –
This strain of Mitragyna Speciosa is also known for its balanced alkaloid content. It has a unique taste and is a bit more sedating.  Red Veined Bali is often used for pain relief due to it’s sedating effects.  It is also effective for detoxification from opium.

Green Malaysian
This is a very popular strain. Green Malaysian is a long lasting energizing strain.  It is easier than some other strains to take due to it’s more pleasant taste. Green Malaysian is considered on the more euphoric side of the effect scale. When taken, the kratom effects can last up to 8 hours for a beginner and around 3-4 hours for an experienced user.

Thai kratom is known for energizing effects and as a sexual stimulant. It lasts for about 4-6 hours.  Because Mitragyna Speciosa trees were banned in Thailand in 1943, Thai strains are grown in other countries, such as Malaysia and Indonesia.