Have you planned on using kratom but are confused about which strain to choose? We understand your situation and have decided to write an article dedicated to all those who want to know beyond the basics when it comes to kratom and kratom strains.
Kratom: Strains And Colours
Kratom is a medicinal and stimulating herb that has been used for 100s of years. Kratom is a tree and the leaves of this tree can be made into a tea traditionally used in some Bhudhist ceremonies but mostly by manual laborers in rural areas.
You can determine the potency of a Kratom strain by looking at its colour. Based on many different factors, the vein of the leaf will change color. Without scientifically testing your kratom, looking at the color is the best way to determine the effect.
Kratom plants that are older and are more likely to grow red leaves. Alkaloid content has been shown to shift in favor of alkaloids that are more relaxing rather than stimulating or euphoric.
White-veined kratom is often made by adding dried stem to the final product. This gives it it’s white color and is said to increase the stimulating properties but this has not been proven.
Green kratom often comes from younger or fresher plants. Greens tend to have more of the stimulating alkaloids and are good for energy. Some of the most potent kratom ever tested has been green-veined.
Benefits Of Strains According To Colours
The Kratom strains have three basic colours and on the basis of their colour you can generally estimate the age and also the general alkaloid content of the plant.
Red strains are the most popular strains of kratom. These strains majorly offer relaxation and also work for analgesic purposes. People who have to cope with opiate withdrawal symptoms prefer these colors. The sedative effects of this strain last for up to five hours to help manage pain over the course of a day.
White strains come in handy to make you productive by giving a great boost to your energy levels. They are genuinely helpful in treating depression and anxiety. Reports indicate that the stimulating effects generally last about 3 to 4 hours.
Green strains are desirable because they have a high concentration of the alkaloid mitragynine. This alkaloid works as a stimulant to most individuals and is also often accompanied by euphoria. Increasingly becoming a popular alcohol substitute.
How To Choose Different Kratom Strains
Every Kratom batch you will ever encounter will have a unique effect. Some strains can help in soothing your muscle pain, some will help you stay worry free or energized, some are good for socializing, and others are good for going to sleep.
There are over 40 known alkaloids in kratom but the two primary alkaloids are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-HO). Mitragynine is the primary alkaloid making up over 60% of the total alkaloids and 7-HO measuring at under 2%. 7-HO is much more powerful than mitragynine and as the kratom plant ages it shift from having more of the stimulating mitragynine to having more of the relaxing 7-HO.
The possession of kratom in Thailand has been illegal since 1943. It’s possible that this strain of kratom somehow has its origins in Thailand but more than likely the strain is entirely made up by marketers wishing diversity for their product.
Whether you knew it or not, Borneo Kratom strain is named so because it came from Borneo Island. This island is the biggest exporter of Kratom. 99% of all kratom is grown in Borneo. It’s actually redundant to even call it Borneo kratom. Names start to mean something when they describe a place within Borneo, like the Kapuas River Valley which is home to the most potent kratom grown on earth.
Maeng Da Kratom
When we talk about Maeng Da Kratom, it would not be wrong to say that it is one of the most potent strains out there. It doesn’t actually refer to a strain however. “Maeng Da” translates to “Pimp Grade” and while some say it was created using grafting techniques, probably it just means the kratom that a farmer is most proud of.
Indo kratom would indicate that it is kratom that comes from Indonesia, which would be another redundant name as all kratom comes from Indonesia.
It is possible that Bali kratom is kratom that was first grown in Borneo and then shipped to Bali where they have unique drying and packaging processes that changes the quality of the kratom.
As the name suggests, it belongs to Malaysia and it is commonly known as a Malay Kratom. You can use this strain for different purposes.
- If a high dose is consumed, it can have sedating effects
- It possesses stimulating effects
- It increases mental energy
- It improves cognitive functioning
Gladly, now you have enough information about Kratom strains that will help you choose the appropriate Kratom strain. You must always do your research before you choose the best kratom strain. Also, if your friends have used Kratom strains then you can also consult them but don’t forget that their need to shift to Kratom might be different than yours. When you buy your desired strain, make sure to start with the lowest dose and gradually increase it according to your suitability.