If you’ve researched kratom, one of the first things you’ve probably learned is the different strains.
Beginners learn that red veins are relaxing, white veins can energize you, greens are in-between, and yellow kratom is more subtle.
If you’ve researched kratom long enough, you might have noticed that while many sites offer an ultimate guide to kratom strains, there are some inconsistencies and contradictions.
Why Are They Controversial?
In fact, some vendors don’t sell kratom under strain names at all. They don’t believe in kratom strains—they believe they’re just a product of clever marketing. They insist that all kratom strains are the same type of kratom, with only subtle differences.
Are Kratom Strains Real?
If you’ve consumed kratom for a while, you may attribute different effects to red, green, and white strains. There’s no way it’s all in your head, (as some people claim), right?
You’re correct—there are different strains, with their own distinguishing effects. Each color strain has its own specific processes that enhance different alkaloids.
There are two main alkaloids in kratom, but more than 40 different alkaloids can come in different ratios (due to process methods) and produce different effects.
There’s a 2018 study that proves that different strains contain different alkaloid profiles. Five strains of kratom were analyzed in a lab. Red Malay, Red Bali, Red Thai, White Borneo, and Green Malay all yielded different percentages of alkaloids and different varieties.
Misconceptions About Kratom Strains
So why do people think strains are a myth? The problem is that there is a lot of misinformation surrounding strain names.
Myth #1: Strain names describe the geographic origin
The location in a strain name (i.e. “Vietnam”, “Malay”, “Thai”, etc.) does not mean that the kratom was sourced there. It may be true that some of the names may have originally derived from characteristics of plants that grew in these locations, but most of the kratom in the U.S. was harvested in Indonesia (more specifically, Borneo and Sumatra).
Myth #2: Red-veined kratom leaves produce the red strains
There is no correlation between kratom vein color and product. Most plants have leaves with red veins. The color comes from the oxidation process, not the veins.
Myth #2: Different strains come from older/younger leaves
While different environments and individual plant genotypes may contribute to some variations in alkaloids, there isn’t enough evidence to support these play a prominent role in strain differences. Leaves from the same tree are often used in different strains.
How Kratom Strains Are Different
There are three categories of kratom strains: red, green, and white, which categorize kratom by the process methods used on the leaves.
Red strains are usually produced by drying kratom leaves with sunlight or bright indoor lights. Sometimes it undergoes a fermentation process.
White strains are usually dried in complete darkness, often completely indoors. Sometimes it contains ground kratom stems to increase the energizing alkaloid content.
Green strains are dried with a little light (sometimes no light) usually in an indoor air-conditioned room. When they’re almost dry, the leaves are moved outside or under bright lighting to finish drying.
The specific processes may differ from vendor to vendor, but these are some of the most common methods.
Yellow strains of kratom can be processed differently, with fewer standards. Some sellers may mix other strains of kratom to produce yellow/gold kratom. Mixing kratom strains creates a different profile of alkaloids.
Why Do Kratom Strains Matter?
The different kratom stains guide buyers to order kratom with similar characteristics (alkaloid content) to what they enjoy. “Red Bali” categorizes the batches of red kratom with similar alkaloid profiles. Our White Hulu Kapuas Kratom won’t be the same as that from other vendors, but across the board, there will be similarities.
Vendors who don’t use strain names are only inconveniencing their customers. Strain names are particularly helpful for beginners to learn which types of kratom they prefer.
Generally, strain names are more accurate to classify the more classic/common strains of kratom (such as red bali, green maeng da, and white borneo).
Quality is the Most Important Factor
Whether you have a favorite strain color or variety, or you like to try multiple kinds, the best way to assure you’re buying kratom with the best alkaloid content is to search for quality vendors.
At OK Botanicals, we offer wholesale kratom powders and capsules that are of the finest quality. We use sanitary process methods that are given the utmost care and regulation. We also sell CBD and various cutting-edge supplements to help your workout, sleep, and recovery routine.