EXPOSED! The Myth Behind The Various Strains Of Kratom!

30 November 2017
EXPOSED! The Myth Behind The Various Strains Of Kratom!

Most of the kratom on the market today comes from Indonesia with small amounts from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia. All three colours of leaf are found within all locations of trees. Within Indonesia most of the kratom comes from the island of Borneo known today as Kalimantan although it is also found in Sumatra and Papua.

Kratom leaves occurs in the wild with three different vein colours, red,

green or white. One tree may have all three colours present or maybe just all one colour. The leaves change to these colours depending on environmental conditions, seasons etc.  


Back in 2001 we tried to keep the localities of the various Kratom strains that we found a secret!!! 
By doing so we created our own synonymous names for identification of the various strains WITHOUT giving away the location. As a result of this we continued to use these names which are also being used without specific meaning by many vendors up and until today.

A natural Kratom gove in Western Borneo, Indonesia. 

Bali Kratom   

Kratom does NOT occur on Bali. 

Original Bali Kratom comes from Central Western Kalimantan and this strain was and still is our main commercial strain. By 2002 we had sampled most of the different Indonesian Kratom strains including the rare strain from West Papua.

We were looking to commercialize Kratom for the international market we concluded that that a special blend of different colour strains from Kalimantan was the nicest type for a commercial Kratom, we called this “Bali Kratom” which was where we were located and shipped from at the time.


Maeng Da 

Young Maeng Da Trees before planting out.

Young Maeng Da Trees before planting out.

Probably the most well-known and famous kratom strain known today!!! Always associated with strength and the highest quality, the “Pimp’s” Kratom is our real legend. But WHAT EXACTLY is it??? Maeng Da means “Pimp” in Thai. Prior to our first commercial Kratom shipment in 2002 we spent a lot of time in Thailand studying kratom there.  We found a small community in the South that refer to certain type of good quality kratom trees known locally as “Maengda” and so we used this name as a sign and recognition for good quality, preferred kratom.

So, it has stuck. Our Maeng Da kratom has an average of 1.2% + Mitragynine content!!! Over 10 years ago we set up a specially designated area in a secret location in Indonesia to grow and hand craft our Maeng da Kratom trees. Our Maeng Da is a result of a special way of looking after and harvesting these trees that we learnt about in Thailand so that they produce more alkaloids and even more interestingly produce more specific types of alkaloids which are unique and give Maeng Da it’s special effects which people have come to identify only with our real Maeng da Kratom. Average wild collected leaf from the same location can yield as low as only 0.7% to 0.8% Mitragynine and can be compared to any other commercial leaf. With our specially designed hand crafted process, we have been able to naturally increase and influence the alkaloid type and content of our famous Maeng Da trees.


Thai Kratom

A typical Thai "quid"

Kratom is illegal in Thailand. It would be extremely unlikely if large amounts of real Thai kratom is available given the abundance of good legal Kratom from Indonesia. Also, given the fact that Indonesian Kratom contains more alkaloids and more Mitragynine than Thai Kratom or Malaysian Kratom. Thai and Malay Kratom are very similar to each other which makes sense given their proximity on Mainland Asia. This is why we called Sumatran Kratom “Thai Kratom” due to being so close to Malaysia and Thailand only being separated by only the narrow Straits of Malacca.


Malay Kratom 

Malay "Ketum" Tree

The situation with Malay Kratom is quite similar to Thai Kratom since Kratom is also illegal in Malaysia. It is illegal and not allowed to be exported therefore it is highly unlikely that any large amounts of Malay Kratom originating from mainland Malaysia are on the market especially considering as well the legal varieties from Indonesia are much more available compared to Malay Kratom from the Malay peninsula. Kratom also grows in both the Indonesian and the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo (Kalimantan) so regardless of which side of the border line it occurs the Kratom found on the island of Borneo wither Malaysian or Indonesian is the same.

Red Vein Kratom

Red Vein Kratom

Red Vein Kratom is also very popular. People describe this as having a more calming influence than other strains and can help you unwind and release tension. It has been described as being able to quieten your mind while giving you a sense of well-being. Red Kratom is also well suited for use as a sleep aid for people who suffer from insomnia. Physically, this type of Kratom is very soothing and can be used to treat muscle tension or as an alternative to pharmaceutical pain killers. Some of the strongest Kratom extracts that are used for opioid withdrawal come from the Red Vein category.


White Vein Kratom

White Vein Kratom leaves

White Vein Kratom generally has the highest amount of Mitragynine amongst all strains which is why it is typically described as being more energizing and mood enhancing. In lower doses it is often used as a stimulant in the place of caffeine to promote alertness, mental vigilance and wakefulness. People who take White Vein Kratom often state that they experience increased concentration as well as motivation and endurance when working for long hours. It may counteract feelings of fatigue and drowsiness, without causing anxiety or restlessness. Kratom from Borneo generally has a higher amount of Mitragynine in the leaves.

All White vein Kratom share the same characteristics regardless of origin, albeit Borneo, Sumatra, Thai or Malay. The only real difference that is maybe found is the amount of Mitragynine present in the leaves. For some reason, Indonesian leaf generally has a higher amount of Mitragynine than other localities.


Green Vein Kratom


Green Vein Kratom is appropriately described as somewhere between both Red and White strains. It is a mild energy booster that can perk you up without putting you on edge. Users say that it helps them to achieve a centred state of alertness and focus and has a subtler effect than either Red or White Kratom. It is documented as useful in treating pain, but without leading to the lethargy or drowsiness that other analgesics can cause.

Green Vein Kratom is often used for social anxiety and also for recreational purposes before heading out for a night on the town. Using Green Kratom can make you more inclined to engage in socially by helping you to relax and feel comfortable in social settings as well as making you more talkative.     

Horned Kratom


Horned Kratom is a naturally occurring mutation that causes the edge of the leaf to look like it has small horns. This mutation occurs in small groups of kratom trees mainly in small areas of central to eastern Kalimantan. We are presently conducting ongoing research into this type of kratom and are measuring the alkaloid content of a group designated trees to try to determine if indeed there is any difference with this type compared to other strains as it is widely believed that Horned Kratom is a stronger variety and is often compared to Maeng Da although this is not strictly true from our own experience and should definitely not be confused with Maeng Da. 

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