-An in depth examination of the White 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 White 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.
White Vein Kratom
Which brings us back to White 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.) White Vein kratom has surged in popularity of late. It’s best associated with claims of increased focus, as a mood enhancer, and a general source of clarity. Kratom’s genetic similarities to the Coffee plant come as little surprise to those who report the effects of White Vein Kratom. White Vein kratom is reported to have balanced, enjoyable effects, often considered more mild than Red Vein Kratom – but not necessarily less potent. Its potency is partially genetics, but also depends on; 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.
White Vein kratom often has veins that run through the leaf with a yellowish, greenish hue (As opposed to Red Vein, which is often more brown) though the rest of the leaf has a relatively rote appearance. The strain is thought to originate in Thailand or Indonesia, then spreading across the South Pacific, and eventually, the globe. White Vein has enjoyed a surge in popularity as many users report its compatibility with their work life. In our fast paced world, the reported effects of White Vein kratom help many kinds of workers, businessmen, and students, all of whom have noted the mental clarity and focus they enjoy from taking the herb.
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. But these effects are also inherent to the kratom plant, to an extent. Thus, while Red Vein kratom is often thought to have the most medicinal potential, many users have reported enjoying the same medicinal benefits from White Vein kratom as well. It’s entirely possible that a certain White Vein kratom strain could be better suited for on users medicinal needs than a Red Vein; it comes down to the unique chemistry of the user, the quality of the product, and the specificity of that type of strain and phenotypes of kratom presented. It’s even possible that a kratom farmer mislabels their kratom product! Generalities regarding the effects of kratom strains are important to know, but there are always exceptions to the rule, based on the large number of variables.
White Vein kratom, however, has a certain balance and disposition of the compounds found in kratom which seems to best catalyze the reported effects of increased mental acuity, focus, mood enhancement, and general alertness. A significant study by Yale Medical (linked above) has lent credence to mounds of anecdotal evidence which supports the claims of White Vein kratom. This falls in line with reports from the kratom community.
History of White Vein Kratom
Most kratom strains also have a location attached to their name. One example of this would be “White Thailand”. This means that it is White Vein kratom that was grown in Thailand, or the strain is native to Thailand (The origin is more common an indicator now, as kratom farms have spread across temperate climates and countries). The country of origin and/or growth is very important. White Thai could be a popular strain because kratom farms in Thailand are uniquely suited to cultivate the specifics of the White Vein kratom tree, and the climate and soil seem to agree with the requisites for reaching the maximum potential of the all-important alkaloids, the compounds which impart the effects of kratom.
Thus, while some strains may be identical genetically, its area of origin is a vital aspect of its growth; it’s the idea of “nature versus nurture”. 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 strain’s potential, even though some users would swear that the famous Red Bali is “more potent.” A wide range of variables, including the user, impacts the final impact of the product.
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 nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, into the kratom tree. But bear in mind that some strains 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, thus maximizing its potential.
Finally, the drying and harvesting techniques employed not only impact the appearance, scent, and impact 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 White Vein kratom product into a “Yellow” vein – while there may be some differences in the final product, remember that it is still a White Vein strain, and the effects will be associated accordingly. Always remember – the only kratom strains are Red, White, and Green vein.
White Vein kratom has been enjoyed by countless users in the kratom community. Taken in low doses, many users report a boost in energy. Higher doses often lead users to report a more sedative effect better suited towards nighttime, analgesic scenarios; while these effects are most commonly reported in Red Vein kratom strains, the seemingly paradoxical impact of dosage does seem to apply to all kratom strains, to an extent. Whatever your intention, ensure that you trust your kratom vendor so that you can be sure that you are indeed receiving the White 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.