Although plants have been used for medicinal and recreational benefits since the dawn of time, kratom has only hit mainstream media in recent years.
“Kratom” is a word that’s quickly becoming more well-known, and many Americans have begun experimenting with different kratom strains to see how it’ll make them feel.
While there isn’t a definitive consensus on the safety or efficacy of the plant, people are still using it. If you’re thinking about trying kratom, you should know how the different strains of kratom can affect your experience.
Read on to find out more.
White Vein Kratom
White kratom gets harvested while kratom trees are still young. While trees are young, the veins still have a white color (hence the name).
The psychoactive component (mitragynine) content of white kratom is very high. This means it is not always the best choice for beginners.
However, experienced kratom users love white vein kratom due to its stimulatory effect. It can improve energy, alertness, and productivity at a low dose.
Green Vein Kratom
Green kratom is harvested in the middle of the tree’s lifecycle. The effects of green kratom are similar to white kratom but less intense. Because the tree is harvested later, the mitragynine content degrades slightly.
People still experience a mild stimulatory effect, but it usually manifests more as mental clarity and focus rather than increased energy.
Red Vein Kratom
Red kratom is only harvested from trees when they reach maturity – therefore, it’s often more expensive. It has the most mellow effects of all the strains.
However, the main difference is that it is relatively sedating. At a low dose, it’ll have an anti-anxiety effect.
In higher doses, people sometimes use it for pain relief (the FDA hasn’t approved kratom for medicinal purposes and reports of pain relief effects are anecdotal).
Maeng Da Kratom
The origins of kratom for recreational purposes are deeply rooted in South East Asian culture. If you ask “what is kratom” in South East Asia, they’ll likely talk to you about Maeng Da. This is one of the rarer types of kratom in the United States.
Maeng Da is a different type of kratom tree grown in Asia and has been hailed as a practical option for pain relief. Like kratom in the USA, it can be harvested into red, green, or white strains.
When choosing a kratom strain for the first time, bear in mind that Maeng Da is particularly potent. Start with a low dose and see how you feel.
Common Kratom Strains Explained
Now you understand the different kratom strains available, which do you think will suit you the best? Are you a white, green, red, or traditional Maeng Da type of person?
Whatever you decide, remember that less is often more when dosing your kratom. Start slow and increase your dose as and when you need.
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