-An in depth examination of the Red Vein kratom strain
Red, white, and…Green? It’s not quite the triumvirate tint that we think of, and yet it’s an important distinction. The kratom tree, originally native to SouthEast Asia, comes in three distinct strains that are defined by their coloration. As we examine Red Vein kratom, bear in mind that genetically, only three strains exist.
Why, then, have we heard of other colors, like Gold? And still other outliers exist, like Maeng Da, a kratom product that doesn’t even have a color attached to it. Strain colors that do not fall under red, white, or green, can be induced to certain coloration via processes of drying and curing; some mixes, like “Yellow” kratom are just mixes of white and green; names that do not include the color are still one of the three strain colors, but sometimes are recognized by their country of origin – which can significantly impact its effects based on climate and soil conditions – and still others are named as a means of marketing.
Which brings us back to Red Vein kratom. (The “vein” comes from the distinct veins visible in the kratom leaf, whose colors often distinguish the strain, but do not always have to.) Many kratom users would say that Red Vein kratom is the strain of kratom most emblematic of the effects they associate with the kratom tree. It’s best associated with claims of pain management, as a sleep aid, and as a mood enhancer. Red Vein kratom is often considered to have the most pronounced effects, though this does not always equate to the most potent; the methods of the farmer, the drying and curing techniques, and its climate of origin – in addition to the season it was harvested – can all have significant impact on how the user perceives the effects of the product.
Red Vein Kratom
Reddy or Not…Red Vein kratom often has veins that run through the leaf with a reddish hue, though the rest of the leaf has a relatively rote appearance. Ground Red Vein powder, which is a common form that kratom is sold in, will often have a slightly darker appearance than White and Green Vein, almost brownish. The strain is thought to originate in Thailand or Indonesia, then spreading across the South Pacific, and eventually, the globe. Red Vein has enjoyed such popularity because the effects most often associated with kratom are most pronounced in Red Vein kratom.
A kratom user often has certain expectations of a product. Some aspect of pain relief – anti inflammatory properties are anecdotally reported often – assistance sleeping, and a counter to anxiety and depression are all commonly reported effects imparted from Red Vein kratom. These qualities are present in other strains, but can most commonly be found in Red Vein kratom. This is because the compounds in kratom are found in a certain balance in Red Vein kratom which most consistently provides for these effects. A significant study by Yale Medical (linked above) has lent credence to mounds of anecdotal evidence which supports the medicinal potential for kratom, and the most commonly reported aspects of Red Vein kratom suggest that it may be the best strain for medicinal potential. This falls in line with anecdotes from the kratom community.
Location of Kratom
Most kratom strains also have a location attached to their name. One of the most common is “Red Bali”. This means that it is Red Vein kratom that was grown in Bali, or the strain is native to Bali (The origin is more common an indicator now, as kratom farms spread across temperate climates and countries). The country of origin and/or growth is very important. Red Bali could be the most popular strain because Bali, Indonesia is uniquely suited to cultivate the specifics of the Red Vein kratom tree, and the climate and soil seems to agree with the requisites for reaching the maximum potential of the alkaloids, the compounds which impart effects. (Bali is the port city from which this strain of Kratom is known, but the point remains – the region north of Bali is best suited for the growth of this strain.)
Thus, while some strains may be identical, its area of origin is a vital aspect of its growth. For example, Green Malaysian kratom is another popular strain. This is because kratom users have found it to be particularly effective. The reason for this would be that this particular strain agrees with the climate and soil conditions in Malaysia, and maximizes the strains potential.
The season when kratom is harvested also has a significant impact on the overall impact of the strain. Many farmers harvest their best crops in early fall, after the monsoon season in the South Pacific. The rains provide an extra boost in watering the roots and washing additional plant foods, like nitrogen and phosphorus, into the kratom tree. But bear in mind that some strain of kratom prefer a drier environment – thus, it is not inconceivable that a type of White Vein kratom would be best harvested in mid summer, before the monsoons hit.
Finally, the drying and harvesting techniques employed not only impact the appearance, scent, and effects of the plant, but also the naming. Some farmers use different curing techniques to freshen up their stock; for example, a few extra days drying in a low humidity environment could lead to a plant with a brighter appearance. This changes a Red Vein kratom product into a “Yellow” vein – while there may be some differences in the final product, remember that it is still a Red Vein strain, and the effects will associate accordingly.
Red Vein kratom is, by many users estimations, the best that the kratom plant has to offer. Taken in low doses, many users report it to boost energy. Higher doses often lead users to report a more sedative effect better suited towards nighttime, analgesic scenarios. Whatever your intention, ensure that you trust your kratom vendor so that you can be sure that you are indeed receiving the Red Vein strain that you hope for.
Chances are, you won’t be disappointed. Few are.
Do not take anything on this blog as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making any decisions about your health. Do not stop taking any doctor prescribed medications unless you have talked with your doctor. Kratom does not cure any diseases. Further research will continue to show that kratom does not cure any diseases. Thus, do not take kratom as a cure for any diseases. Some studies show that kratom may be able to lessen some symptoms. This is not proven. The content of this blog is based on reports, is speculation and conjecture, and should not in any way be regarded as proven or medical advice. Always conduct thorough research. Never take medical advice from the internet. Always think carefully about what you put into your body. Always consult your doctor before making any changes that may affect your health.