Types of Kratom Strains and How They Compare

Kratom is an evergreen tree native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia that comes in a variety of different strains. The types of Kratom strains differ in terms of their composition, effects, color, uses, and potency. This is why so many people around the world love Kratom—there is a Kratom strain for everyone!  

In this article, you will learn:

Types of Kratom Strains

Kratom strains are a reflection of the different types of effects produced by the strain as well as where the Kratom was originally picked. With so many Kratom strains out there, choosing one can feel overwhelming or confusing. These are the most popular types of Kratom strains. 

White Vein Kratom

White Vein Kratom is a potent strain that is harvested from young Kratom trees. The strain has a mild stimulant effect when taken in lower doses and is reported to increase energy and focus. Due to its potency, this strain is not recommended for beginners. 

Red Vein Kratom

On the other hand, Red Vein Kratom is known for its supposed sedative effects, such as pain relief and relaxation. Harvested from mature Kratom trees, the strain is less potent and therefore more mellow. Because of its low potency, this strain is excellent for those who are new to Kratom. 

Green Vein Kratom

For a more balanced type of Kratom, opt for Green Vein Kratom. This strain is harvested in the middle stage of the Kratom tree’s life cycle and is known to have both stimulant and sedative effects, depending on the dose. Taken in small amounts, Green Vein Kratom is reported to boost energy and mood, and taken in higher doses, it is said to promote calmness and clarity. 

Yellow Kratom

Yellow Kratom is a vein characterized by its unique potency. It is slightly fermented which leads it to having different effects than traditional White/Red/Green Veins. It is said to be highly potent and have long-lasting effects. It is often used to boost energy and improve mood and mental clarity.

Comparing Different Kratom Strains

By color

Green Maeng Da vs. White Maeng Da

Both strains are highly potent. However, they are dried using different techniques. The way in which Green Maeng Da Kratom is dried means it contains slightly more 7-hydroxymitragynine, so it tends to last longer than White Maeng Da Kratom. 

Red vs. Green Kratom

Red and Green Kratom have similar mood-elevating effects. However, Red Vein Kratom offers more sedating, analgesic whereas Green Vein Kratom has stronger pain-relief effects and is also energy-boosting. 

Red Maeng Da vs. Green Maeng Da

Red Maeng Da and Green Maeng Da Kratom are both known for effects that last a similar amount of time and provide immediate pain relief due to the strain’s potency. However, Red Maeng Da is more balanced and relaxing, whereas Green Maeng Da is better for energy and productivity. 

By origin

Bali vs. Maeng Da

The major differences between Bali and Maeng Da Kratom are, first, in where they’re grown: Bali Kratom originates in Borneo, and Maeng Da comes from Malaysia and Thailand. Second, Bali Kratom is reported to have relaxing, sedative effects, whereas Maeng Da is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Maeng Da Kratom is much more potent than Bali Kratom. However, their effects are said to last the same amount of time.

Green Malay vs. Maeng Da

Green Malay and Maeng Da Kratom share highly concentrated alkaloid profiles and therefore highly potent effects. They are grown in different regions; Green Malay originates in Malaysia, and Maeng Da is grown in Indonesia. Their effects are also similar, offering mild pain relief, increased energy, and mood-boosting qualities. 

By effect

These strains are known for stimulant effects, including energy, mood-boosting qualities, and focus:

These strains are known for sedative effects, including pain relief, relaxation, and help with anxiety:

By form

Kratom extract vs. powder

Kratom powder is the product of dried and crushed Kratom leaves that are ground so finely that it turns into a powdered form. On the other hand, Kratom extract is made by boiling the Kratom powder and then straining it, which extracts the alkaloids. The final product is a liquid that is highly potent. 

You can consume Kratom powder by mixing it into smoothies and food or by itself if you don’t mind the somewhat bitter taste. You can also mix Kratom extract into drinks or food. Due to its potency, you don’t need to take as much of a Kratom extract as you do of the powder, but it also means it is more expensive. 

Kratom tea vs. capsules

Kratom capsules consist of powdered Kratom wrapped up in a small, easy-to-swallow capsule. Kratom tea is brewed using Kratom leaves and is a common way to enjoy Kratom. 

Kratom capsules are convenient as there is no taste and the Kratom is already measured out in doses. Capsules are the most costly way to consume Kratom. In comparison, Kratom tea takes a long time to brew, so it is not the quickest and most convenient way of consuming Kratom. Some people also find it has a bitter taste. 

Kratom powder vs. leaf

Kratom leaves are usually crushed, whereas Kratom powder is ground into a fine texture. They are both traditional ways of consuming Kratom. The difference between powder and leaves is their texture and the way they are consumed. While the powder is often consumed raw or mixed with drinks and food, Kratom leaves are brewed into tea. 

Which is the best Kratom strain? 

There is no ultimate Kratom strain, as the best Kratom strain is different for everyone depending on individual needs. If you’re unsure what your needs are and what Kratom will work best for you, Maeng Da strains and super strains are a good place to start. 



5 thoughts on “Types of Kratom Strains and How They Compare

  1. jim powers says:

    What is the strongest product you have for pain relief. I’ve had seven surgeries hips knees three on my feet. I was on opioids for over a year and do not want to go back on them

    • Lisa Marshall says:

      The red maeng da helps my pain wonderfully. I mix the red marng da and the red bentuangie during the day. And in the evening I mix red maeng da and red Thai to help relax. It works really good for me. I use to take a lot of pain pills a day. Now I hardly do so since I’ve been taking this

      • Jacki Stavracos-cox says:

        I have been on and off pain meds for most of my life!

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  2. Lisa Marshall says:

    I have RA and AVN. AVN is a debilitating disease. My bones aren’t getting blood circulation and they are dying. I suffer extreme pain 24/7. I take a lot of pain medication. I recently started taken kratom powder and it’s unbelievable. I rarely have to take my pain pills now that I have the kratom. I do have problems getting it down because the taste is so bad. But Kingdom Kratom is amazing. It goes down with no problem. It’s smooth and not gritty. I did a lot of research on kratom and try different strains until I found the right strain for my pain and my insomnia. I will never order from anyone else but Kingdom Kratom. The quality and quantity is great. And Alex had answered every question I had. She never said I don’t know to any question I asked. I had a bunch of I don’t knows when I called other places. The red strain kratoms work amazing for me.

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