Learn More About Yellow Vein Kratom
What are yellow and gold kratom? While they’re not quite their own strains, there are distinctions to be made between yellow kratom and other colors. We’re familiar with the classics, of course. Red, green, and white vein kratom are all well-documented with their accompanying regional delineations. But, another shade has emerged from the shadows — yellow vein kratom.
With little information upon its emergence some years back, the astute observer was compelled to inquire: is this a marketing trick, a genetic mutation? Is yellow kratom a product worth getting? The Kratom Company is here with answers. Take a look at our overview for this new hue today!
The origin of yellow kratom is subject to some conjecture because kratom can appear yellow for a variety of reasons. Most of the time, yellow vein kratom is called by its full name because it is the veins that are yellow and not necessarily the leaf. We use both terms throughout this blog, but we’re referencing the same product.
The reason behind the yellow veins is primarily due to genetic and production factors. In some cases, it’s a misnomer to refer to ‘yellow’ kratom as ‘yellow vein’ kratom, as it does not always have a yellow vein. Confusingly, sometimes the appearance of the powder, often on a spectrum between copper, yellow, and gold, is also a reason this type of kratom has such a colorful name.
Separate, But The Same
It’s important to note that yellow veined kratom is not a separate genus of Mitragyna Speciosa (kratom), in the way that green, red, and white vein kratom are distinct strains with differing genetics and cultivation styles. So if it’s not its own species, how did this hue of kratom receive this designation?
The variegation of the strain seems to come largely from the process of drying and curing, which occurs with many botanicals. Drying and curing is not a strange or foreign process. Many plants are wet upon being freshly picked, but that’s not the optimal state to use them. Through drying and curing, some compounds that are undesirable for human consumption — like chlorophyll — dissipate or collect in the soon-to-be-removed stems. Drying also allows other chemical processes to occur that make fruits and vegetables taste better.
Since kratom is often ground into a powder, it undergoes similar changes to other plant life that turn out to be advantageous. Drying kratom eliminates the risk of mold and pathogens during storage, enhances shelf-life, and improves the effects of the product.
A Maze of Maize
Yellow kratom may actually come from white vein kratom that has been dried and cured in particular conditions. Any alterations to humidity, length of time, temperature, exposure to light, and airflow can affect how the kratom dries. As a result, it can change the color as well as the chemical profile. Because of the unique chemical profile, people who use yellow kratom have reported effects that vary widely. Some report that they experience the same impact they get from white kratom, while others experience fairly different results.
We chose not to list out any of the unique effects because there is no certainty or evidence behind the claims. For one, little is known about how exactly farmers produce this yellow variation. Some farmers have said they altered the curing process for red leaf, others that of white leaf. At times, leaves of a kratom tree, depending on how and where they are grown, may plainly be one strain but have a yellow hue, enough of an impetus for a bored grower to call it yellow.
A number of users have reported ordering yellow kratom only to discover that they recognize it as a red or white strain. Other reports have also confirmed that several less reputable kratom vendors have caught wind of this new hue of kratom and have simply renamed their normal product as ‘Yellow Vein Kratom’ in order to drum up sales and interest.
At the end of the day, The Kratom Company wants to foster an environment of education and trust, so we won’t be touting its benefits or selling this variety until more research confirms the effects.
Is There Authentic Yellow Kratom?
Authentic yellow kratom may, in fact, be the consequence of a local technique used by a small circle of farmers. Its rarity suggests that it takes additional steps to create, likely a longer drying time with specific or difficult to achieve curing conditions. Due to the fact that this type of kratom is not necessarily better than the traditional trio of established strains, it might be seen as superfluous by kratom farmers. Simply put, we just don’t know enough about yellow kratom to make any claims. Our best guess is that it’s actually a white vein kratom that is dried and cured under special circumstances, altering its chemical profile, but not necessarily improving it.
Should You Buy Yellow Kratom?
You’ve seen some ads for this type of kratom, but you’re not sure if you should buy it. Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you trust your vendor?
- Is this a new vendor that you know is trustworthy?
- Have you bought from them before?
- What are the reviews on their site?
A trustworthy kratom vendor has likely ensured that this yellow kratom is authentic to some degree. We would caution a prospective buyer not to set expectations beyond reality; there remain three strains of kratom, and a differing drying technique won’t change the effects that much.
That’s not to discourage you from trying a new version of kratom. If you feel comfortable with your vendor, you may find the balance of compounds in yellow kratom to be better for your needs. There is a range of positive reviews regarding yellow kratom, and some may even be accurate.
Yellow Powder? Gold Leaf? Who’s to Say?
Gold, yellow — one can hardly tell the difference between these hues of kratom powder, but that hasn’t stopped vendors from marketing them differently. Yellow and gold kratom are often interchangeable, making things even more confusing in the marketplace. Vendors widely claim that gold kratom is more potent.
We think the truth is a little different. Gold kratom is, at best, yellow kratom — and at worst, a cheap marketing tactic. Be it a mixture, yellow kratom, or nothing special at all; gold kratom is hardly the treasure many suggest.
Is It Real?
Yellow variations of kratom may be real, but for now, there doesn’t seem to be any research backing it up. If you see someone selling it, be careful of what you buy. For best results, go with a vendor of repute who has certified genetics because with kratom, there’s no need to add any color.