Bali Kratom is one of the most economical strains due to large leaves and quick growth. Proper dosage for some Bali strains can be difficult, as they are known for their fairly low "wobble" threshold. Though many have found one can minimize this negative by mixing it with another strain.
Stimulation: 2-4 / 10
Pain Relief: 7 - 9.5 / 10
Mood: 7 - 9.5 / 10
Indo strains are very well-rounded for pain and have less side-effects than comparable Balinese strains, borneo as well is a variety of indo, but with unique characteristics. Many have reported delayed effects from many types of Indo Kratom, which is likely due to the leaves tough cell-walls, similar to Green Malaysian strains.
While the effects are similar to Borneo Kratom strains on paper, regular users may notice some of the subtle but very notable differences experience.
Stimulation: 2-3 / 10
Pain Relief: 8 - 10 / 10
Mood: 8 - 10 / 10
Many prefer a moderate strain as their daily go-to, due to its potent, yet smooth, effects. Currently, one of the most common moderate strains is Green Malaysian; however, it is good to remember that the interplay between strains, vein types, breeding and growing conditions can make an characteristically sedating or stimulating strain moderate.
Green Malaysian has long been known as one of the longest-lasting strains due to leaf cell-wall density.
Some have remarked on this strain's unique nootropic effects, which many have found to increase mental endurance, allowing longer focus. Interestingly, due to the quality of these effects, they are often only noticed in retrospect due to the strain's characteristically smooth and even-keel effects.
Stimulation: 4-6 / 10
Pain Relief: 6 - 8 / 10
Mood: 7 - 8.5 / 10
Vein Types: Effects & Analysis
Something unique to this plant, in comparison to many other medicinal plants, is the distinct differences of vein color which result from breeding and growth conditions. These different vein colors often correspond to very reliable differences in effects and can provide strong clues as to what to expect from a given strain.
However, there are some minor exceptions, especially when dealing with strains with a less balanced alkaloid profile such as Thai, or Borneo/Indo strains which on the whole provide a more polarized Kratom experience (being more stimulating or sedating, respectively).
Red Vein Kratom
Red Vein Kratom is one of the most popular due to its natural tendency toward higher levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine, which leads to impressive pain-killing effects, sedation, as well as anxiety and stress relief. Red veins also tend to be less at the mercy of individual brain chemistry; whereas white and green vein strains often effect people variably.
Pain Relief: 3/3
White Vein Kratom
Despite the lower amount of 7-hydroxymitragynine found in white vein strains, this vein type should not be treated lightly. White Vein Kratom has a very strong following, and many have found it very effective for conditions such as lack of focus/energy.
Of all the vein types, white vein shows the most potential as a nootropic (cognition enhancing) substance. Many have found that using this vein type first thing in the morning to be a great substitute for coffee due to its "clean" effects on alertness and focus.
Pain Relief: 1/3
Green Vein Kratom
For those who prefer neither the sedation of red veins, or the stimulation of white veins, Green Vein Kratom may be the best solution. Green vein strains are (on average) much more moderate in their effects than other the other vein varieties and can provide the best of both worlds, making them commonly used as a daily Kratom. However, green veins tend to be much more easily influenced by individual strain differences, making them the most variable vein type in regard to effects.
Some green vein strains may also provide nootropic effects, and are generally less at the whim of personal brain chemistry than white vein strains tend to be.
Pain Relief: 2/3
While typically not as well-rounded as the plain leaf in effects, Kratom extracts can certainly serve a purpose for those with chronic pain or other debilitating conditions in which the plain leaf will not suffice. There are a large variety of different types of extracts with varying effects, based upon both the method of extraction as well as the base plant material used to make them. Read below to learn about these different extract types.
Water-based Kratom extracts are by far the most common variety. As the name implies, the extract is performed by: dissolving a portion of alkaloids into water, straining the powder, and evaporating the water. This process leaves a brownish, more alkaloid-concentrated version of the plain leaf behind.
Water extracts are commonly referred to with an 'x' (e.g. 10x, 25x), which implies how much plain leaf material was used to create the same weight of resulting extract.