There are three main types of kratom: white vein kratom, green vein kratom, and red vein kratom, with many different strains within those categories. Recently, gold vein and yellow vein kratom have appeared on the market, but they tend to be less abundant than the three major types of kratom.
You may be wondering, what do the different colors of kratom mean? We’ll go over that in this article.
Kratom Colors Explained
The difference between kratom strains’ colors and effects has to do with the age of the plant. Sometimes, the way kratom leaves are dried and/or processed impacts the color or strain, but the major distinction lies in the age of the leaves when harvested. White vein kratom is the young plant, green vein kratom is the plant as it’s maturing, and red vein kratom is the fully mature plant. As a kratom plant matures, different levels of alkaloids build within the leaves. The different alkaloids determine what effect the kratom will have and also give the veins their unique properties.
As we said, how kratom leaves are harvested and dried can also impact how the final product turns out. More or less exposure to light is just one of the things that can impact the final color and alkaloid content of kratom leaves, thereby changing their effect.
As with all farmed plants, genetics play a very important role in the outcome of crops. Kratom plants can be bred to display the traits of one vein throughout their entire life cycle. For example, you can breed kratom to act like a red vein even as a young plant.
Effects of the Different Strains of Kratom
Now that you know how kratom strains get their color, let’s look at what different colors of kratom mean.
Red vs. Green vs. White Kratom
White vein kratom tends to be energizing, uplifting, and focusing while green vein kratom is euphoric, bringing positivity and chattiness. On the other hand, red vein kratom tends to be mildly sedating, relaxing, and pleasant.
Within each kratom vein, there are many different strains available.
Here are some examples of white kratom strains:
- White Sumatra
- White Thai
- White Borneo
- and White Maeng Da
As you can see, the difference between kratom types relates to where the plant is from. White Sumatra would be a white vein grown in Sumatra, whereas White Thai would be a white vein grown in Thailand. This is true for many strains of white, green, and red vein kratom.
What is Maeng Da?
Maeng Da is one of the most popular types of kratom, and you can find Red Maeng Da, Green Maeng Da, or White Maeng Da. This type of kratom was originally from Thailand, but nowadays you can find it from a variety of places.
Essentially, ‘Maeng Da’ is a term that refers to quality. In Thai, the term translates literally to ‘pimp grade’, denoting high quality. As kratom has spread outside of Southeast Asia, the term is still used to refer to kratom types with a high alkaloid content.
So, to recap, the major differences between kratom veins are-
White Veins- Energy, focus, determination
Green Veins- Happiness, joy, euphoria
Red Veins- Relaxation, contentment, relief
And Yellow Veins tend to sit in between the effects of White Veins and Green Veins, bringing mild energy and euphoria boosts with neither effect being overwhelming.
What to Look for When Buying Kratom
Each singular strain tends to have its own distinct attributes, but these can vary slightly between harvests and growers. Regardless of which kratom types you’re looking at, check to see if the company you’re purchasing from has descriptions of each of their strains. This is the best way to get an accurate idea of what a strain’s effects may be like before purchasing. That being said, you won’t know for sure how a strain of kratom will make you feel until you try it out for yourself.
At GRH Kratom, we provide written descriptions for each of the different strains of kratom we sell. We also guide our consumers as to the difference between kratom strains. Also, we have been as accurate as possible when describing the effects we’ve experienced from each strain such as white, green, and red kratom strains. We hope our experiences hold true for you.
We hope this kratom comparison helped you to have a better understanding of the various kratom types.