Kratom is a tree found mainly in Southeast Asia in tropical climates. Its leaves have traditionally been used as a medicine and now it is gaining popularity as a recreational drug which enhances physical endurance and elevates mood. The leaves are dried in the sun and ground into a fine powder which is used in different ways according to preference. Kratom trees have many varieties and each one of them is said to have different characteristics. Having knowledge about different strains is key to finding out which one will be the best suited for you.
The three main varieties of Kratom are distinguished by different ways of processing and preparation. Any further different named varieties are mainly named after the place the leaves were sourced from.
The first main variety of kratom is White vein kratom which is more intense and beginners should start from a smaller dose. It carries an acquired taste and is rewarding for those who are interested in trying it. It is harvested while the leaves of the tree are young and the veins are white. After harvesting, leaves are dried completely indoors and in the dark. It has a mild stimulant effect and in lower quantities, is associated with increased energy and alertness. It is one of the most potent of all major kratom varieties and Is thus not a good choice for beginners.
The next main variety which is also among the most popular varieties of kratom is Red Vein Kratom. It is used for sedative effect and pain relief which can also give a feeling of euphoria to the user. It is processed using lots of sunlight or a UV lamp while drying the leaves. It can also be fermented to get a slightly different variation of the standard red kratom. It is the mildest among the major kratom strains which makes it the main choice for a lot of people. Red kratom is known to have a mild sedative effect and helps calm the user. It is also claimed to be a pain reliever but does not substitute any medicine.
Green Vein Kratom is a balance between white and red kratom. The leaves are typically harvested when the kratom plant is more mature and the leaves get darker. It is dried indoors first and then moved outside to finish the drying. It has a milder effect than white vein variety but is still known as a stimulant. It can give a mild energy boost with greater mental clarity to focus on tasks.
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