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Are Kratom Strains Really That Different?

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp, more and more people are turning to herbal supplements because of the overall wellness that they offer. Kratom is relatively new in terms of popularity, but it has been around for centuries within Southeast Asian culture. 

There is a lot of buzz being generated around kratom, and it makes it hard for new users to know what is right and wrong. One of the biggest questions that we get is “are kratom strains really that different?“. It certainly is a question worth exploring, and even some avid users may be wondering about this as well. 

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Different strains will offer various wellness factors. So, yes, kratom strains are different. However, when you place them side-by-side you may be wondering what the significant differences are. 

Please note that kratom is not used to treat, cure, or mitigate any disease, illness, ailment, and/or condition. Please see FDA import alert 54-15. We make no representations as to intended use or suitability for use.

Here are some of the key points that can help you understand whether or not strains contain unique characteristics. 

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Understanding Kratom Varieties

If you want to cut to the chase and understand the answer to our initial question, yes kratom strains are different from one another. To fully understand how kratom strains differ you should first take a look at the cannabis varieties. 

Cannabis sativa has a high CBD count, which affects the receptors in the brain, while cannabis Indica has a high THC count that will affects the body. This same difference can be applied to kratom varieties. There are major types of kratom that can be identified by their vein color: green, red, white, and yellow. Leaves that possess green veins will differ in the overall wellness that is delivered compared to those that red or white veins offer.

Yellow vein kratom is considered a rarity. There are only actually three strains that are recognized, but yellow is the product of white vein kratom that has gone through a specialized drying process. 

Age Of The Plant

The difference in the color of the veins has to do with the age of the plant. 

As the leaves of the kratom plant mature, there will be a variance in the alkaloid levels. The alkaloids within the leaves will impact the overall wellness that you will experience. So, the vein colors all have unique properties. 

Harvesting Kratom

To accomplish different vein colors means that the leaves will need to be harvested at different times. How the kratom leaves are harvested and dried will impact the final product. If the leaves have more or less exposure to light it will change the final color and alkaloid makeup. All this will cause a variation in the wellness that it offers. Genetics play a role in the outcome of the crop. Kratom plants can be bred to contain different traits offered by various veins. 

Are Kratom Strains Really That Different?

Each kratom vein has many different strains. You may also notice that a strain may be available in various vein colors. Here are some examples to show how vein color and strains vary. 


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There are many different kinds of kratom strains available. You will notice the strain will often be named according to its origins. So, Red Borneo would originate from Borneo. Every strain will have its characteristics, which will vary slightly between harvests and growers. 

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Where Kratom Originates

Aside from the types, other factors that cause differences among the strains. Where the kratom grows will also have an impact on the alkaloid count within a kratom plant. Mitragyna speciosa naturally grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. 

In addition, where the kratom originated will also be a part of its name. This helps classify the kratom strain. Its origins will also have a direct impact on the overall wellness that it will provide. 

Forms Of Kratom

Kratom originates from Southeast Asian countries and has widely been used throughout their culture.  There are various forms of kratoms, and it is based on personal preference as to which form you would select. 

Traditionally, dried leaves were chewed. However, dried leaves are not widely available. The leaves can be used to brew tea. In addition, the leaves can be crushed into a powder and mixed in water or juice. The powder can also be made into capsules to make it easy for you.

Please note that kratom is not used to treat, cure, or mitigate any disease, illness, ailment, and/or condition. Please see FDA import alert 54-15. We make no representations as to intended use or suitability for use.

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Ordering Kratom

When you are ordering your kratom you will notice in each of our descriptions that we talk about the strain. This will give you the most accurate idea of what each strain has to offer. If you have any questions about our kratom strains let us know. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. The best way to know the difference between strains is to try it for yourself. This will let you know how the specific strain affects you and what it has to offer. 

Now that you know the answer to the question, “Are kratom strains really that different?” You can check out our blog to gain an inside look at the kratom industry.

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Updated on July 3rd, 2022

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