Kratom Strain Guide: The Different Types of Kratom and Their Effects

As you shop for Kratom, you’re going to notice that there are many different types of Kratom strains available. Each Kratom strain effect is unique, allowing you to select an ideal variety that targets your desired outcome. Use this handy guide on Kratom strains and their effects to make an informed decision so you can enjoy the best possible results.

How Strains Are Named

The majority of Kratom strains are named according to their vein color and origin. For example, Bali Red Vein is a red variety sourced from the island of Bali. Most Kratom comes from Southeastern Asia, so you’re going to see types of Kratom primarily from that region of the world.

Vein Colors

While research is still ongoing as to why Kratom strain effects vary depending on the color of the plant’s veins, scientists believe that the vein color is directly related to the plant’s maturity. White vein plants are youngest and reds are most mature, with green vein varieties sitting right in the middle. Let’s take a look at how the types of Kratom vary in their effects based on vein color.


Red vein Kratom tends to produce the slowest effects. Red strains are known by users to be the most relaxing and sedating options, perfect for people who are looking to relax after a long day or combat sleeplessness.

Red vein types of Kratom also usually have the best analgesic properties, so they’re ideal for users who are looking for relief from chronic or acute aches and pains. While Kratom is not an opioid, it does produce effects most closely associated with opioids, so it’s a popular choice for those who are trying to fight withdrawals from opiates.


White vein Kratom is usually the fastest and most energizing out of all of the types of Kratom. Kratom enthusiasts frequently turn to white vein strains when they need a pick-me-up in the morning or during the workday. Many users prefer the clean, jitter-free boost that white vein Kratom provides compared to coffee.

It’s worth noting that white vein Kratom strain effects do vary, and they can still be relaxing and analgesic at higher doses. However, if your main reason for using Kratom is to improve motivation, focus, and concentration, white veins are a great starting point.


Green types of Kratom provide a nice middle ground between reds and whites. Green Kratom is quite versatile, boosting energy in low doses and sedating in higher doses. Many users report that green varieties offer the most euphoria and mood boost, and it’s a popular choice for those who are hoping to relieve anxiety or use Kratom for enhancing social situations.


Extracts are significantly more potent than traditional Kratom powder, as they’re highly concentrated. Extracts are made by boiling down significant amounts of plant material, leaving only a resin that contains significant amounts of Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine — the alkaloids that create Kratom strain effects.

Because extracts are so powerful, it’s important that you adjust your dose accordingly. For example, if you’re taking a 15X extract, you would take 1/15 of your normal dose with standard Kratom powder. You can also blend extracts with traditional Kratom for stronger effects. Here at Kratom Spot, we offer pre-made enhanced powders that include extract for your convenience.


From time to time, you may see types of Kratom classified as a gold, yellow, or bentuangie. This doesn’t refer to the actual vein color, but the curing process.

Gold Kratom is red vein Kratom that has been dried in the sun, and the effects are usually between a red and green. Yellow Kratom is also sun-dried, but it’s usually made from white or green Kratom, producing effects between a green and white.

Bentuangie Kratom can be any color vein, and it refers to a process of fermentation that produces unique effects. Bentuangies are generally best reserved for more experienced enthusiasts, as the effects can vary widely.

Stem and Vein

As the name implies, stem and vein Kratom is the plant matter that is left over after harvesting the Kratom tree’s leaves. Stem and vein contain the same alkaloids as the leaves, albeit in smaller quantities. Stem and vein can be used to potentiate standard types of Kratom, brewed into a tea, or used to reduce tolerance in-between doses.

Strain Regions

In addition to color, Kratom strain effects vary according to the region from which the plant is grown and harvested. However, there is no guarantee that every strain — or even every batch — will be exactly the same. Here are some of the most popular types of Kratom and the effects for which they’re typically known:

  • Maeng Da
    Maeng Da is not a region, but a phrase that simply means a vendor’s most potent offering. For this reason, Maeng Das are often the most popular options on a vendor’s list. They tend to be very energizing in low doses and sedating in higher doses.
  • Bali/Borneo
    For a long time in the United States, Bali Kratom was the only option available (specifically Red Bali). For many long-time users, Bali is considered to be the classic, quintessential Kratom variety. Many users report that Bali strains tend to be relaxing and analgesic.
  • Malay
    Kratom from Malay is often considered to be one of the most middle-of-the-road types of Kratom. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, Malay tends to be not too weak and not too strong, but just right. Malay Kratom is also known for its long legs, which means that the effects may last a bit longer than other varieties.
  • Hulu Kapuas
    Hulu Kapuas strains tend to be quite potent, and they often produce strong euphoria. Many Kratom enthusiasts find that Hulu Kapuas Kratom strain effects are very powerful without being too overwhelming.
  • Thai
    Thai Kratom is often similar to Bali, but with a bit more energy to it. Many users report that Thai strains tend to be relaxing and analgesic, but can provide an energy boost in higher doses.
  • Sumatra
    Sumatra Kratom — especially red varieties — tend to be quite relaxing, therapeutic, and analgesic. It’s a great choice for making physical pain or mental stress melt away.
  • Indo
    Indo tends to be quite powerful, and the effects vary widely depending on the color. For example, Red Indo is usually relaxing, whereas White Indo is usually quite uplifting.
  • Vietnam
    Vietnam Kratom is often quite fast, providing a pleasant, clearheaded boost of energy. It’s a great strain for working, boosting concentration, focus, and motivation.

Powders or Capsules?

In addition to learning about types of Kratom, you may also be interested in how to take it. The most popular options are Kratom powders and Kratom capsules. Powders are finely ground so you can mix them with your favorite beverage or make them into tea. Some users also use the ‘toss and wash’ method, which simply means swallowing the powder with liquid.

Capsules are perfect for those who prefer more convenience, cleanliness, discretion, and portability. Some people find the taste and/or texture of Kratom to be unpleasant, and capsules solve that problem. Capsules also contain specific measured amounts of Kratom, so dosing is easy. Capsules contain the same Kratom powder, so the only difference is how they’re consumed.

Not All Vendors Are the Same

More important than choosing the right types of Kratom is choosing the right Kratom vendor. Here at Kratom Spot, you can count on all of our products to be 100% natural and of the absolute highest quality. Our products never contain any chemicals, fillers, or additives, so you can take every dose with full confidence.

All of our products come from top Kratom forms throughout Southeastern Asia. We practice Fair Trade policies so small-scale farmers can thrive. Each individual batch is tested to ensure premium quality and consistency. We also consistently go above and beyond to keep our customers happy.

If you’re looking for specific Kratom strain effects, we encourage you to contact our customer support team so our experts can help you to make an informed decision. Kratom effects different people in different ways depending on their body chemistry, tolerance, dosage, weight, and other factors, but we can help to steer you in the right direction.

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