All Types of Kratom and Their Unique Benefits

By Nootroholic | Kratom

types of kratom

There’re many different types of kratom. We call them names based on where it’s cultivated from:

  • Malay (Malaysia)
  • Thai (Thailand)
  • Bali (Combination of Sumatra and Borneo)
  • Borneo (Indonesia)
  • Indo (Indonesia)
  • Maeng Da (Enhanced version of Thai)
  • Vietnam
  • Riau

The question is, what kratom type suits your needs? Let’s find out in this article.

First, you want to pick the color that produces the effects you seek. Then, strain and the extract formula. Powder and capsules are the standards. You can also buy tinctures and resin extracts.

But to know the types of kratom you should first look at vein color and then strain. Here’s what the different colors can do for you:

Red Vein

Red types are kratom therapy that produces the best medical benefits. The high levels of 7-hydroxmitragynine make red veins effective painkillers. Red is the most sedating type that can also banish stress and depression.

Green Vein

Green is the best type of kratom to experience what red and white have to offer. The effects last longer compared to white and red. Green is not as sedative as red or stimulating as white. You can also relieve pain like a red strain if the strain is right. Borneo and indo do a good job.

White Vein

White veins produce stimulating effects. Often used as a nootropic; a cognitive enhancer for memory and focus. Most people use white to boost energy and prevent fatigue. You can use maeng da instead of coffee because you won’t experience physical discomforts such as jitters and shivers.

Yellow Vein

Yellow veins appeared by an ancient complex drying process. This color has a unique scent and alkaloids. Sometimes referred as ”golden kratom”. These strains can produce the experience like no other kratom can.

Color Conclusion

Red veins are great stress, anxiety, and pain relievers. They affect people differently because of unique body chemistry. Red sells best and is often some of the strongest kratom strains.

Green veins can enhance cognitive performance and your immune system. Depending on the strain, they can kill pain like red and improve your mood better than pharmaceuticals, especially green thai.

White veins are stimulating and perfect for focus and productivity. White maeng da is popular among fanatic kratom users.

Popular Kratom Types 

Thai KratomDominant strain with energy and stimulative effects. Thai is not for everyone, especially not beginners.
White Horn KratomOne of the best white veins that boost energy. It can also enhance mood and induce euphoria.
Red Horn KratomGreat natural painkiller from the Kalimantan forest in Indonesia. Red horn is not for pleasure. Good for healing and suited for pain management.
Red Borneo KratomA classic, cheap strain. Depression, hypertension, anxiety, and chronic pain, is where red borneo perform its magic. The high level of 7-hydroxmitragynine makes it a well-rounded kratom for therapeutic benefits.
Yellow Vietnam KratomA mind-clearing kratom that is balanced with calmness and energy. It can also enhance mood and visual perception. Used by painters and people who enjoy the non-bitter taste.
Red Thai KratomThe best selling kratom with sedating and longer lasting effects compared to bali. It’s also more stimulating than red bali. This type of kratom is also widely used for opioid addiction. Also good for depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
Red Maeng DaA modified version of Thai kratom. Maeng da means ”Pimp Grade”. It’s one of the strongest types you can take. Praised for the pleasant aroma and energizing effects. Good painkiller for chronic pain.

Types of Kratom – The Extract Formulas

Kratom extracts consist of almost all the active alkaloids. Some are stronger with their own unique advantages.

Enhanced Leaf

Enhanced leaf is many people’s favorite form because of the potency and uncommon side effects. Ultra enhanced maeng da and indo are two examples. Enhanced leafs are good for pain but can make you tolerant quickly. Pricey as well.

Water Extract

The most common form where the alkaloids are extracted from the leaves then dissolved in water. This technique leaves behind a high alkaloid concentration. The water-based extract can also be used together with plain leaf because of the fewer side effects it produces. The downside is less pain relief and sedation. It’s also pricey and not effective if you don’t take it with plain leaf.

Reisin Extract

Kratom resin can be pricey but more potent than water extract. They offer the whole set of effects and it’s easy to use and store. Side effects are common and you need to pay attention to temperature because it can melt in minor heat. You only need a small piece to feel the effects.


Dissolve kratom leaves in ethanol and you’ve got the mix for tinctures. Tinctures are highly concentrated and potent. Not more than two drops are enough to feel the effects fast. Beginners should look elsewhere since kratom tinctures can mess up your tolerance for weeks.

Types of Kratom for Your Needs

PainManeg Da, Borneo, Bali, Indo (Red)
AnxietyBali, Borneo, Green Malay (Green or Red)
DepressionMaeng Da, Malay (Red or Green)
Immune System EnhanceGreen Malay, Borneo, Maeng Da (Green)
Cognitive PerformanceGreen Malay, White Maeng Da (White)
SleepRed Bali


Utilized for centuries in Southeast Asian countries because of the pain relief and stimulatory effects. Kratom is also an incredible natural remedy for a plethora of medical benefits. The different types of kratom are easy to understand once you know about the colors and veins.

Read this kratom guide if you want to develop further understanding of the plant.

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