As kratom’s popularity within the United States and across the world soars, thousands of people are discovering the plant for the first time.
However, as many newcomers of the plant wade into its mysterious waters, they may find themselves confused and disoriented by the sheer variety of available choice. That’s because as a plant, no two kratom leaves are exactly alike.
Online kratom vendors sell kratom in various colors, but red-veined kratom is often considered to be the most popular among buyers. So, what is red vein kratom, and what distinguishes it from other types of kratom? Let’s take a look!
What Is Red Vein Kratom?
The story of red kratom begins with the leaves of the mitragyna speciosa tree, a plant that grows naturally within Southeast Asia. For hundreds of years, native populations in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia have harvested the leaves of the kratom plant and utilized them for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
The actual differences between kratom colors and strains present themselves in various ways. At harvest, the distinction between red, green, and white kratom is thought to be visually observable in each leaf. The leaves used to produce red kratom have a pronounced red coloration, while green and white-veined kratom leaves are also named after their respective vein colors.
Beyond the cosmetic differences of each kratom leaf, the vein coloration also purportedly reflects a difference in alkaloid composition. Alkaloids are naturally-occurring, acidic chemicals in plants such as kratom, but can also be found in other plants. A common alkaloid plant is the coffee shrub, which is a distant cousin of the mitragyna speciosa tree and a member of the Rubiaceae family.
Unfortunately, research on the compositional alkaloid differences between kratom leaves is limited. However, the experience of kratom users seems to suggest that red vein kratom is typically more sedating and less stimulating when compared to white and green kratom strains.
Where Does Red Kratom Come From?
Like other kratom varieties, red kratom is most commonly cultivated and exported from Southeast Asia. The plant can be grown elsewhere provided that its environmental needs are met, but the hot and humid climate of regions such as Borneo and Bali allow the mitragyna speciosa plant to thrive organically.
For hundreds of years, native populations in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia have harvested the leaves of the kratom plant and utilized them for both medicinal and recreational purposes. However, as farming and cultivation efforts persisted throughout history, these native populations discovered that the kratom leaves were not all exactly alike. Depending on when the leaves were harvested and how they were processed, the resulting kratom produced was distinctive in nature.
Now, although cultivation still takes place in kratom’s natural habitat, the resulting kratom leaves and powder can be sold around the world. Typically, the variety of kratom is named after the color of the leaf vein and the location of the source. Some common varieties of red vein kratom include:
- Red Thai Kratom
- Red Vein Indo Kratom
- Sumatra Red Vein Kratom
- Bali Red Vein Kratom
- Malay Red Vein Kratom
- Red Vein Maeng Da Kratom
Measuring Red Vein Kratom: How Much Should I Buy?
When it comes to purchasing Kratom, one of the most common questions is how much should you buy, and what strains should you consider?
As every person is different, and everyone may have different desired effects or considerations, there’s no particular strain of kratom that is “the best” for everyone. Instead, customers should consider trying a variety of options, or even purchasing a sample pack that has multiple strains or varieties, and experimenting with which varieties produce the most desirable effects based on the individual.
As for how much you should purchase, that is also up to personal considerations. Age, weight, overall health, and other factors can all have a differing affect on how your body will react to kratom. It’s important to keep in mind that kratom can be dangerous in excessive amounts, so it must be treated with discretion. It’s important to follow the label suggestions and consult a healthcare professional if you have any additional health concerns.
Kratom comes in different forms, most notably as a powder or as capsules filled with pre-measured powder amounts.
Red Vein Kratom Capsules
Capsules can come in a variety of sizes, depending on where you purchase them.
The capsules we use at Kratom Spot are 000-size, which hold 0.6 grams of finely-ground kratom powder per capsule. They are also gelatin free, vegan, clear, and packaged in a facility that adheres to our stringent quality control guidelines.
Red Vein Powder
Kratom powder comes from the finely ground remnants of the kratom leaf. When purchasing powder, one is essentially purchasing in bulk. Users must then measure out their own amounts, either into capsules of their own, their own mixture of choice, or for serving in drinks or teas.
Red Vein Kratom Effects
The experience of red vein kratom users will vary according to individuals, their metabolism, and the amount they prefer.
Typically, red vein varieties are seen to have a more sedative or depressant effects. Other varieties of kratom can have different effects.
White kratom contains higher concentrations of the alkaloid mitragynine and lower concentrations of the 7-hydroxymitragynine alkaloid compared to red kratom. It is known as a stimulant, often creating a euphoric sensation.
Green kratom is believed to have a similar composition to white kratom strains, but may have different effects. Green kratom is known for both its stimulant and minor sedative effects, and can generate a similar sensation to either white or red strains.