First of all, it is important to understand that all kratom stems comes from the same plant, the Mitragyna speciosa, which is a member of coffee family. Often, kratom types will be referred to by color: white, green, yellow, or red. Vein colors indicate how the leaves looked when they were harvested. Strains of plants are often determined by the geographical location in which they were grown, as well as the color of their veins. Kratom with green veins, for instance, or Kratom with red veins, for example.
Veins and Color
There are four common colors associated with kratom veins. As kratom plants mature, the veins of the leaves change color. There is a change in the concentration of compounds and alkaloids in the leaves as the plant ages. Like in tea leaves, the color of the veins can also indicate when the leaf was harvested. Shortly, kratom comes in different colors or veins and is used in different ways.
White Vein Kratom
The leaves of white vein kratom are harvested at their most juvenile stage. A very light green shade, technically. Kratom in the white vein contains high concentrations of mitragynine.
Green Vein Kratom
In order to harvest green vein kratom, the leaves must not be fully mature. After maturing, the leaf produces a color that resembles the flesh of the kratom leaf. A leaf has the greatest opportunity to absorb energy during this period.
Red Vein Kratom
A mature leaf of kratom red vein is harvested when it is fully mature. In mature plants, the veins of kratom leaves will turn amber in color. When the kratom leaves are reddish in hue, the farmers know that the leaves are ready for harvest. The leaf is becoming more abundant with anthocyanins during this stage of growth. Kratom of the red vein variety is known to be the most common.
Yellow Vein Kratom
Kratom with yellow veins is a more recent development. The process by which yellow vein kratom is produced is a subject of various theories.
In one theory, yellow vein kratom leaves are harvested near the end of the Mitrayna speciosa’s life, which causes their veins to be yellow. There is an alternative theory that states yellow vein kratom is created by processing the plant after harvest, instead of when it is being grown. In addition to drying, fermenting, and blending kratom leaves with white, green, and red veins, these theories discuss making yellow kratom.
Strains and Varieties
Strains and varieties of kratom are the subtypes of the product. As well as the vein color of the kratom plant, the strain typically notes the geographic location from which the kratom originates. It is also possible to find varieties that refer to a mixture of strains or how kratom has been processed. It is common to label kratom strains with both the vein color and the geographic location to indicate the varieties’ properties, speeds, or effects. Kratom comes in a variety of forms including Thai, Balinese, Sumatran, Borneo, Thai, Bhutangie, Malay, and Maeng Da.
In addition to the many types, strains, and methods for taking kratom, there are also different ways to pronounce kratom, as well as ways to decide what dosage is best for you. First, there is kra-tum. The word “krat” rhymes with the word “at”. Throughout, the words ‘tum’ and ‘ton’ are rhyming. Second, it is pronounced cray-tum.
As well as taking kratom capsules, you can make kratom tea, add kratom powder to drinks or foods, take kratom extracts, and even smoke kratom. You can tailor your kratom experience to your liking while enjoying the particular lifestyle benefits of the Mitragyna speciosa plant.