We’ve all been there before: you’re surfing the Internet, scrolling through product page after product page and everything starts to look the same. All too often, it seems like you need a secret decoder ring to decipher between all of the different kratom strains available online.
With hundreds of kratom vendors peddling an assortment of exotic strains and specialty blends it can get a bit confusing. After all, you can only read the words “strong” and “relaxing” so many times before everything becomes a blur.
That’s why we’ve compiled the following guide to the best kratom strains on the market. It’s our hope that this guide will serve as a beacon for readers who wish to recognize Mitragyna speciosa in all its wondrous forms.
As you will see, each kratom strain has its own distinct properties and no two strains are exactly as advertised. You’ll also notice that kratom dosage is key to unlocking its many specific properties.
The following guide consists of the top kratom strains across all vein colors.
Gold and yellow vein kratom powder isn’t ordinarily at the top of most people’s list, if for no other reason than it is less common than green vein kratom. But there is much to recommend gold kratom and I think you’ll agree that there is much that makes gold strains special.
Gold vein kratom is grown in direct sunlight, yielding plant matter with a tawny hue that is unlike any other strain. Gold kratom leaf is harvested at peak maturity and subjected to a unique drying and fermentation process which results in higher concentrations of mitragynine.
Gold Vein Bali is a gentle, full-bodied strain from the westernmost province of the Sunda Islands. Boasting high concentrations of mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, paynantheine and speciofoline, it is as bracing at small dosages as others are at larger dosages.
Although the leaves of this kratom tree are red, the veins take on a golden pigment after spending an inordinate amount of time exposed to the sun. A joyous experience is had by all who brew Gold Vein Bali.
With hundreds of upvotes and an average rating of 4.7, Gold Bali is right where it belongs as a high-ranking option for the discerning consumer.
A moderate tea with all the allure of “slow” strains, Gold Vein Borneo is a signature twist on traditional Borneo kratom. Strain reviews have lauded Gold Borneo for the determination and confidence it purportedly instills in users.
While kratom is not intended for medicinal use, many Americans use strains like Gold Borneo because they believe it enhances their cognitive abilities and induces a sense of well-being. If you ask around you’ll find that most all seasoned kratom enthusiasts include this one on their list of strains.
Hailing from the West Kalimantan region, this blond beauty is a rare and mysterious cultivar that is subject to secondary curing prior to micronization. Like Gold Bali, its veins are of a golden-brown color and its aroma is as invigorating as it is long-lasting.
This one comes on subtly and sticks around for quite some time, eliciting a sense of well-being that’s irresistible. With a dose range of 2-4 grams, it is the perfect strain for the more frugal user who wishes to preserve their stash for special occasions.
IMHO, this one deserves a four-star rating for its color alone (it’s something worthy of being on display). That it has the juice, so to speak, to back up its appearance is all the more reason for it to make any top 10 list.
Yellow Thai Kratom is produced using the same fermentation process as gold vein kratom. However, it differs from most gold strains in that it is not exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time. This is why its vein color tends to be much lighter than variants such as Gold Bali.
Known for its clean effects and hours of invigoration, Yellow Thai is favored by athletes and working professionals who often brew it before hitting the gym or tackling a work project. At certain dosages it is believed to heighten awareness and broaden one’s horizons.
Unlike many other strains, Yellow Thai is very effective when microdosing. For instance, many seasoned users only brew two to three grams as a single serving. This one currently boasts an average of 4.8 stars among user reviews and is renowned for its moderate effects.
Grown along the banks of the Mekong River, Yellow Vietnam is a veritable powerhouse of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. With a prized alkaloid content that is 20% higher than your typical strain, Yellow V yields a full-bodied experience that is more well-balanced than most others.
Known for its soothing qualities and prolonged duration (five plus hours on average), Yellow V is the stuff you want if you want something that’s gonna last you all day. The aroma lingers long after its counterparts and generally leaves one in a state of blissful well-being.
Sharper than most but never overwhelming, Yellow Vietnam is a 4.8-star favorite that ranks up there with Jongkong and Bentuangie in terms of its sheer versatility and longevity.
If you’ve turned to kratom for daytime use, green vein kratom should be your starting point. Green kratom is, perhaps, the most popular form of Mitragyna speciosa leaf in its native South East Asia, effortlessly delivering a balance between the effects of reds and whites.
Both invigorating and exhilarating, green veins typically come on slowly and last for upwards of four hours in duration, providing users with a clean boost and a sense of purpose. The following are the most popular green vein kratom strains.
Easily one of the most sought after strains on the market, Green Cambodian is often referred to as the Emerald Dream for its vibrant color and reverie-inducing aroma. Although it is relatively new to the market, Green Cambodian has become a bestseller whenever it’s available.
A preferred brew among those seeking stamina and sleep, Green Cambodian is ideal for social engagements and moments of introspection alike. Word of advice: if you see it on sale, snap it up right quick because this one moves fast.
With a five-star rating and innumerable consumer reviews promoting it as the prince of premium strains, it’s no wonder that Green Cambodian is more in-demand than the prized Green Maeng Da.
Green Horned Leaf Kratom comes from Mitragyna speciosa trees with horn-shaped leaves. Indigenous to the remote jungles of Borneo, Green Horn has been used by the natives of South East Asia as a folk medicine. This is particularly true of laborers who historically chewed these horn-shaped leaves to cope with their muscle weakness.
Although kratom is not approved for medicinal use by the FDA, many American brew Green Horn tea for its fortifying aroma and replenishing results. As one of the longest lasting forms of kratom powder, Green Horn is a must-have for the discerning user.
Traditionally gleaned from the tallest of trees in Indonesia’s dense Kapuas Hulu forest, Green Hulu Kapuas is harvested not far from the Danau Sentarum and Kapuas Riverbanks. The tropical woodland is a supreme location for reaping mature kratom leaves that are brimming with color and life.
The two principal alkaloids of Green Hulu are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, each of which occur at high concentrations in this strain. These two alkaloids work in concert to elicit positive vibes and profound clarity.
Both invigorating and moderate, Green Hulu modifies and magnifies by virtue of its flawless aroma and extended release. Folks have often compared this strain to Green Ketapang in its initial onset, noting “hard” hit and prolonged sense of comfort.
Green Hulu Kapuas carries a 5-star rating with dozens of upvotes and Likes on social media and kratom review sites.
Known in Teochew as Tau-pang, Ketapang is the name of West Kalimantan’s capital city where this green vein goodie occurs naturally in the tropical rainforests of the region. The area’s humid environment and tempestuous weather conditions contribute to plant matter that is puissant and mitragynine-dominant.
As you will see in our complete guide to Ketapang kratom, Green Ketapang makes for a finely-milled brew that is both inspiring and elevating. A “fast” strain that offers hours of clean vitality, Green Ketapang is the strain you want if you want to avoid the mid-day comedown.
Green Ketapang has been awarded a 4.9-star rating with scores of upvotes to its name and reviews calling it everything from fresh and smooth to fantastic and one-of-a-kind.
Today, Green Maeng Da is one of the most in-demand kratom powders, effortlessly outranking Red Bali and Super Green Malay in terms of potency and acclaim. Mitragynine, the powerhouse indole alkaloid, is the driving force behind Green MD, making up 66% of its total alkaloid profile.
Lauded for its coffee-like qualities and pronounced invigorating aroma, Maeng Da Kratom is the herbal pick-me-up that packs the most punch. Its duration of effects typically lasts for around two to three hours and may last as long as five hours at higher dosages.
As I wrote in my Green MD strain review, Green Maeng Da Kratom is a fan favorite, carrying a five-star rating among users. It currently has hundreds of upvotes on social media and blogging sites. There’s a reason they call this stuff “Pimp Kratom” and it ain’t just its color, which is similar to a fresh pair of gators. Green MD is OG speciosa at its best!
The impatient among us are always talking up Green Riau for its fast pickup and extensive duration. The first wave of Green Riau’s aroma usually takes hold in under 20 minutes and sticks around for a good 4 ½ hours.
Packed with a diverse cross-section of robust indole alkaloids, Green Riau is Sumatra’s answer to Maeng Da, providing a versatile range of effects and a bold taste. With high concentrations of mitragynine, hydroxycorynanetheidine and speciofoline, Green Vein Riau will arm users with everything they need for a well-rounded experience.
Strain reviews rave about this one’s uplifting and restorative properties with some users noting the unparalleled increase in sociability. If it’s confidence you’re after then Green Riau may be right for you.
Grown on remote parcels of land in the Sunda Island of western Indonesia, Green Vein Sumatra is a mature strain that ranks right up there with Maeng Da in terms of strength and longevity. Harvested on privately-owned plantations, Green Sumatra is considered to be a tropical treat for those who are dealing with stressors.
Like other plants from Sumatra’s coffee family, the Sumatra strain of Mitragyna speciosa provides a quick pick-me-up and promotes a sense of well-being. As with a strong cup of coffee, users often turn to this strain for an uptake in alertness. Unlike a dark roast, Green Sumatra is not known to induce a case of the jitters.
This smooth, robust kratom variant has been embraced by customers who yearn for perspicacity and lucidity. At lower dosages, Green Sumatra is said to promote concentration while delivering restorative properties. It has scored a solid a 5-star rating among users who have called it dynamic and dreamy.
Super Green Malay isn’t another tired enhanced kratom blend, it’s actually super effective in its natural state. So named for its extraordinary alkaloid levels, Super Green Malay is just one of many tropical plants which grow in Malaysia.
This strain has cell wall densities that set it apart from other strains. Much of this owes to its country of origin where it is grown in mineral-rich soil. Super Green’s unique cell walls render it virtually impervious to pests and other environmental factors.
As a result, Super Green Malay grows to optimal maturity and its protective outer layer seals in its high concentrations of mitragynine and other alkaloids and flavonoids.
It should come as little surprise that Super Green a 4.8-star rating among dozens of reviews. Users are simply kratom crazy over this uplifting, cerebral evergreen leaf.
Red strains are widely regarded as the most abundant form of Mitragyna speciosa in the Western world. Red Bali is readily accessible all across the United States, wherever kratom products are sold.
Both widely available and well-reviewed, red strains are affordably priced and easy to distinguish from other veins in terms of their purported benefits.
As a hybrid of Borneo and Sumatra, Red Vein Bali offers all of the intense tranquility of Borneo and the pleasurable repose of a Sumatra strain. Native to the Lesser Sunda island of Bali, Red Vein Bali is grown in mineral-rich soil which enables this grafted cultivar to grow to unprecedented heights.
Considered by some to be one of the most powerful kratom strains, Red Bali is said to provide calm, comfort and restorative sleep. A deeply introspective breed, Red Bali makes for a lucid brew that leaves you feeling brand new.
As we covered in our Red Bali strain review, this amazing cultivar is also available as a 15x kratom extract which has taken the smoke shop circuit by storm.
With a 4.8 star rating and hundreds of glowing reviews, it’s no surprise that Bali kratom is a bestseller with a sizable following.
The so-called Superior Blend, Red Bentuangie is a fermented strain that grows to awesome heights in the jungle regions of Jakarta. It is in these secluded rainforests that Bentuangie is carefully cultivated by the petani of Indonesia.
Red Bentuangie (pronounced Ben-Twon-G) is embraced as the senang daun (happy leaf) due to its uplifting chemical profile. With large volumes of alkaloids and flavonoids, Red Bent makes for a care-free, exhilarating experience that is virtually unparalleled.
The aroma of Red Bentuangie is unleashed in approximately five to 10 minutes. Its duration is said to last for several hours with its fragrance nearly unabated. Effective at small dosages, Red Bentuangie will typically last the average user for much longer than other variations of this Ayurvedic herb.
Users have awarded this strain a five-star rating thanks to its subtle spectrum of potential reactions and the overarching duration of its achievements.
The Kapuas Hulu district’s answer to Sumatra kratom, Red Vein Horn is arguably the strongest of all red vein kratom strains. Grown in the uppermost part of West Kalimantan province, in a hydrological environment that lends itself to mineral richness, Red Horn is one of the rarest and most inimitable strains around.
Noted for its broad spectrum of effects and signature brownish red color, Red Vein Horn is a real knockout. Botanical enthusiasts have often stacked this one with turmeric and ginger for a bracing cup of tea that’s as extreme as Super Green.
Users have given Red Horn a 5-star rating online where hundreds of reviews declare it one of the best strains on the planet. Try it today and see for yourself how this Horn is as strong as a bull.
Red Vein Indo is a bestseller for a reason—it’s got all the goods where indole alkaloid content is concerned; this variant packs a punch, composed as it is of more than 22 disparate alkaloids and flavonoids.
Red Indo is appreciated by many for its revitalizing aroma and positive impact on those suffering from headaches. While Red Indo is certainly not intended to treat or cure such maladies it is enjoyed by many who swear by its restorative properties. Some have compared Red Indo to Horned Leaf.
This red vein strain carries a 4.7-star rating among several user reviews, with customers counting it among their favorites and calling it “pretty awesome stuff.”
Named for the West Kalimantan province from which it is harvested, Red Jongkong is a high quality strain that has been compared to a tranquil canoe ride down the Kapuas River. Cultivated by West Kali’s most revered ahli botani, this strain is as powerful as it is vibrant.
The sparkling color and fine texture of Red Jongkong is matched only by its high-spirited aroma and utility at bedtime. In smaller batches, Red Jongkong is ideal for productive daytime brew, but in larger portions it makes for an excellent nightcap.
Today it is grown deep within the Kapuas River valley where it is then sun-dried before being sifted and subject to micronization. Red Jongkong kratom powder is an OG classic of the Mitragyna speciosa family and one that you will want to return to again and again.
Those who have experienced its rich fragrance and bold flavor have raved about the optimal serenity of the brew. Users have even given it a 4.8-star rating on related sites. This is appropriate given its popularity and reputation as “next level leaf.”
This luxurious strain hails from Tau-pang in the southernmost province of West Kalimantan. It is grown deep within the dense cluster of mountain ranges that abut the Kapuas watershed. The so-called Province of a Thousand Rivers is a swampy mass of mangroves and evergreens, of which Red Ketapang is one.
Red Vein Ketapang, aka Teochew or “T-choo-choo,” is right up there with Maeng Da and Sumatra in terms of the strongest forms of Mitragyna speciosa on the market. As one Reddit user puts it, “Red Ketapang is my boyfriend.”
Without placing a gender on this superior strain, it’s easy to see why it’s so adored by so many who try it. Red Ketapang is naturally powerful, very peculiar and bursts with an inimitable fragrance. As we covered in our complete guide to Ketapang, Red Vein has an earthy flavor and a restorative aroma.
This five-star form of M. speciosa has attracted hundreds of proponents in the kratom community, many of whom rave about its sheer vigor. As one user said, “Holy hell that Red Ketapang is fire.”
It may lack the name recognition of its counterpart—Super Green Malaysian—but Red Vein Malaysian or Red Malay, for short, is the temperate version of kratom that many users are looking for. A mild, restrained tea that’s as exultant as it is mellow.
Harvested in the lowland rainforests of Borneo, Red Malay is said to be full-bodied and uplifting. For more on Green Malay’s exquisite sister visit our strain review here.
As I said in my Red Sunda kratom strain review, this red-veined marvel is some powerful stuff. As far as I’m concerned, it deserves to knock Maeng Da out of the top spot as strongest M. speciosa leaf.
With it origins in the mineral-rich Sunda Islands, this true Mack Daddy of strains is guaranteed to contain an alkaloid profile unlike anything you’ve found before. Grown in the Malay archipelago among the estuaries and mud flats of the region, Red Sunda is mildly invigorating and über-chill at higher dosages.
Red Sunda currently holds a 4.9-star rating among dozens of online user reviews. It has been praised for its high quality and maximum performance.
Most every kratom connoisseur can agree that white vein kratom is the best kind of M speciosa for the introvert. In addition to its natural restorative aroma, white vein kratom is renowned for the revitalizing and bracing effect that it has on most users.
White vein kratom is the baby G of the bunch, harvested as it is at an early stage in its maturity. Each white vein kratom strain is dried indoors and stored in a cold, dry place. As the infant of the Mitragyna speciosa family, white vein kratom generally possesses lower concentrations of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragyine.
Many users have talked about the White Borneo kratom high. What they really mean by that is, White Vein Borneo packs a serious punch. If the Borneo family of kratom strains were the Seven Dwarves and Red Borneo was Sleepy then White Vein Borneo would be Dopey.
Both red and white veins share a similar laid-back vibe, but only White Borneo gives users the added bonus of a pick-up. Like a Jolt cola or some particularly strong Espresso, White Borneo sends you into a metaphorical orbit, aligning motivation with sharpness of thought.
Users have compared White Borneo to the movie Limitless due to its natural capacity for clarity and attentiveness. With a five-star rating, it’s obvious why this one has been adopted by students and entrepreneurs alike.
White Dragon is technically more than just a strain. In fact, it was one of the first kratom blends to grace the marketplace. A powerful combination of Elephant leaf and White Maeng Da, WD is the white vein fanatic’s dream.
White Dragon’s name is more about marketing than anything else, but this Elephant hybrid isn’t just another bogus fad. In fact, it currently enjoys a 4.7-star rating on a number of sites and remains as well-regarded as Maeng Da or Ketapang.
Providing hours of nootropic features and Zen-like tranquility, White Dragon is a veritable powerhouse. Check out our full White Dragon strain review here.
We all want what we cannot have and kratom is no exception. As one of the hardest-to-find strains, White Horn is one of the most coveted cultivars in America. Vendors regularly sell out of this white vein kratom powder as soon as they post it to their online stores.
That’s because White Horn isn’t simply rare but, also, formidable in its aroma. Possessing an impressive cross-section of alkaloids, flavonoids and indole alkaloids, this horn-leafed Mitra tea gives users a distinctive bouquet and a vigorous finish.
Another five-star special, White Horn is well-reviewed and widely espoused as one of the “smiliest” varieties. One user even reported experiencing contentment based on simply smelling this fresh powder.
A sacramental strain among the natives of Southeast Asia, White Vein Indo grows in abundance across Indonesia. Its prolonged exposure to sunlight and the humid temperatures it grows in produce a light, earthy leaf that is as mild as it is aromatic.
Acclaimed for its calmative fragrance and animating properties, White Indo is an enlivening strain that electrifies the senses and spreads collective spirit. Cheerful, rousing and moderate, White Indo is the perfect choice for first-timers and in-betweeners.
With a 4.9 star rating and hundreds of upvotes and Likes, it’s obvious that this is the white vein leaf for anyone who’s tired of the jitters and looking for something that encourages free thought and vitality.
A premium grade strain from one of the largest islands in Indonesia, White Sumatra is widely considered the upscale choice of the Mitragyna speciosa family. If white vein kratom is caviar, White Sumatra is the Beluga of the bunch.
As we covered in our comprehensive guide to Sumatra kratom, this particular variant is deeply resonant. It tends to offer users a protracted experience that’s driven by massive amounts of 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Whenever I’m on the verge of a meltdown, I turn to White Sumatra for its Zen calm and the gentle nourishment of this fragrant tea. This strain is also high in mitragynine and paynantheine. And so, too, do legions of kratom connoisseurs; it has earned a five-star rating across multiple platforms with hundreds of upvotes to its credit.
If you’re looking to kick the coffee habit and find a pick-me-up without the jitters associated with caffeine you’ve found the strain for you. White Thai is every bit as bracing as an espresso and is every bit as effective as a strong cup o’ joe.
Whereas many others white strains lack the panache of their green and red counterparts, White Vein Thai is widely considered a high-performance cultivar, delivering high concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine and other alkaloids.
Our White Thai kratom currently carries a five-star rating with customers writing in to tell us about how satisfied they were with this traditional plain leaf.
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