Every wonder what the vein colors on a kratom leaf mean? Well, if you have, you’re not alone. Of course, you see it promoted all the time. There’s green-vein this and red-vein that, and white-vein this-other-thing. So what do the kratom vein colors actually mean? Well, as trivial as it might seem, the vein colors play a significant role in the benefits and even side effects that kratom can exhibit.
To give you the short answer, the vein color is symbolic of the plant’s alkaloid profile. Depending on the vein color, you could get a varying array of effects from a kratom leaf. One vein color works quite well for sedating you with an analgesic effect. If you’re in pain, this is definitely for you. However, other vein colors are more adept to helping with opioid withdrawal symptoms by providing a euphoric effect.
The truth is that the so-called kratom high that you experience from any kratom that you use will largely depend on the vein color of the leaf. Now, different strains can vary in their effect, even within the same vein colors. But, for the most part, it’s largely about the vein color. By first understanding what to look for and why it plays such a significant role, you’ll be better educated when you actually go out there and buy kratom.
But before you get there, not only should you know what the vein colors mean, but you should also understand the varying mediums of kratom. Kratom can come in different formats that range from granulated powder to dried leaf used for making kratom teas, all the way to potent and highly-distilled extracts that come in the form of pastes or liquids. Now, you can’t smoke kratom. But you can consume it in a variety of ways.
Understanding Kratom’s Vein Colors
The vein color is one of the most important elements of a kratom leaf. When it comes to understanding the impact it will have on you, get to know the vein color first, then look at the strain. There’s a reason why the vein color is so important. It indicates the active alkaloid profile in the kratom leaf. Now, that doesn’t mean that the alkaloid profiles from one kratom leaf’s vein color is far different than the next, but the small variations have a significant change in effects.
First and foremost, ever kratom leaf is still just a kratom leaf. It hails from an evergreen tree from the coffee family (Rubiaceae) that’s indigenous to countries in Southeast Asia like Thailand and Indonesia and Myanmar. Its more formal name is Mitragyna Speciosa, and locals have been chewing on the leaves for hundreds (if not thousands) of years due to the medicinal benefits that come from kratom.
Regardless of the kratom leaf’s vein color, there are significant benefits that come from kratom overall. These benefits are largely categorized as analgesic (pain relief), euphoric (for opioid withdrawals), energetic (like a cup of coffee) and even nootropic (with cognitive functions). Each of the kratom vein colors will give you these benefits in some proportion. Not all will give you every single one of these at once. That’s where the varying vein colors come into play.
Here’s a brief breakdown of what you can expect when you selecting different kratom veins. Understand each of these before attempting to use kratom for the first time. Also, a word of caution. Don’t overuse in the beginning. Start out slow and check the effects. You don’t want to use too much because you risk potential vomiting for hours, never-ending nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, and a slew of other drawbacks. So take it slow.
There are two primary alkaloids that are active in kratom. One of those alkaloids is called 7-hydroxymitragynine. Studies show that roughly 1% to 2% of that alkaloid exists in kratom plants. Now, if you think that number is fairly low, listen to this. 7-hydroxymitragynine is 13 times more potent than morphine and 46 times more potent than mitragynine (the other major alkaloid in kratom).
Red-vein colors on kratom leaves indicate that there is a significant presence of 7-hydroxymitragynine. That’s the alkaloid responsible for the analgesic (pain killing) effect. It’s fairly sedative by nature. Depending on the strain you select, and just how much of a dosage of kratom you take, it could pack a powerful punch. Now, considering the inexpensive cost of kratom, it’s no wonder so many people turn to this natural and organic drug as opposed to prescription medication. Just imagine the cost savings.
Another very interesting fact about this kratom vein color is that it outsells the other two vein colors combined. It outstrips the white and green vein kratoms put together. Keep in mind, you still get the euphoric sensation from red vein kratom. It’s just far more sedative than it is euphoric. But not every strain is the same. Remember, it’s vein color then strain. Strains can impact vein color effects, but not too significantly.
White-vein kratom colors indicate that mitragynine is the active alkaloid. Mitragynine, which has a roughly 66% concentration in kratom, is 46 times less potent than 7-hydroxymitragynine. That means, it takes much more of it to effect us substantially. However, in white-vein kratom, the rationale is that there is a far less concentration of 7-hydroxymitragynine than there is mitragynine.
Mitragynine is responsible for the euphoric effects. That’s because these alkaloids bind to the mu-opioid receptor in the brain, spinal cord and sensory neurons. That’s responsible for a euphoric and analgesic effect. But it can also create physical dependence, so you have to be careful. The one difference here is that kratom is a selective agonist of that receptor. That means it doesn’t fully activate it.
The part that it doesn’t activate is the serotonin. It doesn’t release it. That would make it akin to heroin if it did. For that reason, you won’t get the same rush you get that’s attributed to heroin. While there is a so-called kratom high, it’s not the same thing. This is ideal for those who are suffering from opioid withdrawals. In fact, many do turn to this kratom vein color in order to deal with that.
The green vein color in kratom leaves is primarily known for having a smoother blend of the alkaloids. You won’t get one or the other effect too prominently. Now, it does depend on the strain you select. But this is more like drinking a cup of coffee. You’re alert. Your cognitive functions are enhanced. You don’t feel as sedative as you do when taking a red-vein kratom. You also won’t have the same effects that you would have with a Maeng Da kratom.
Maeng Da is available in in different vein colors, but it’s artificially created through a process known as grafting. It’s especially rich in its alkaloid profile, but there’s no smooth blend there. If you’re looking for powerful kratom, head for Maeng Da. On the other hand, green-vein kratom is smoother, and gives you more of a relaxed sensation. This kratom vein color is also longer lasting and more stimulating than some others.
However, green-vein kratom is less popular. The smoothness of this blend doesn’t make it as attractive to most kratom users. The fact is that 4 to 5 million Americans use kratom, with a large majority of them opting for the red vein color variant. Still, no matter which vein color you opt for, remember to be wary of how much you use. You can build a tolerance to kratom and also get addicted to it. So tread carefully.