When it comes to Kratom, as with most things in life, everyone has their favorite – favorite restaurant, favorite scented candle, and with Kratom…their favorite strain.
Those new to Kratom might be a little confused about the colors when they see that whatever strain they buy, the powder is always green, but in fact, the green (or red, or white) refers to the color of the veins found on the leaves. These veins are removed prior to processing, but the color of those veins indicates which properties that particular leaf will offer.
The Kratom Tree
It’s a popular myth that the different colored veins come from different trees because all three colors grow on the same tree – the color of the veins changes as the leaf matures, with white being the youngest, red being the longest grown, and green falling somewhere in between. As the leaf matures, the concentration of alkaloids within it changes – the older the leaf, the more 7-hydroxymitragynine it contains (Kratom is coveted for the two main alkaloids found within the leaves – mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine).
The Kratom tree, or Mitragyna speciosa, grows in abundance throughout Southeast Asia – the lush jungles and tropical climate offer the perfect growing conditions for this relative of the coffee plant to thrive, thanks in no small part to the volcanic minerals which are prolific in the acidic soil.
Green in More Ways Than One
Kratom is a highly sustainable and ethical crop to grow. Normally grown by small farms by farmers who have had their knowledge, skill, and expertise passed down from their fathers and grandfathers, Kratom has become the go-to harvest for Southeast Asian farmers who, at one time, will have worked on rubber and palm oil plantations, both of which are devastating to our planet and contribute greatly to deforestation.
Kratom is also a Fair Trade and sustainable crop – farmers only pick the leaves they need, leaving the ones they don’t require to mature and contribute to the growth of the trees.
The Best Green Kratom Strains
So, now you know a little about where the leaves (and their colors) come from, let’s look at the different green strains and what each one has to offer.
Green Bali is the perfect starting point for those new to Kratom, or those who want a good all-rounder. A harmonious balance between red and white, Green Bali offers the same potency as strains from other locations, but with a milder aroma, which is perfect for those who want their Kratom to be right in the middle.
Green Indo (or Indonesian) Kratom has a higher concentration of 7-hydroxymitragynine than Greens from different countries, which offers some of the benefits and potency of Red Kratom, but with a milder aroma.
Green Maeng Da is the best green Kratom for experienced users who want their powder to pack a punch. Maeng Da (or Pimp Grade) is a hybrid form of Kratom and is grown by grafting two or more different strains together, and is designed to offer the maximum strength and highest concentration of alkaloids, which makes it better suited to those who are used to burning Kratom.
Green Malay is hugely popular thanks to its wonderfully relaxing aroma. One of the first strains to be used in the West, it is still a favorite today and ideal for a chilled experience.
Green Thai is widely regarded as one of the best all-round Kratoms available, not least because of the country’s rich history of growing it. Kratom has been used for centuries in Thailand, and the skills used to farm it are evident in the quality of the finished product. Perfect for those just starting out, Green Thai Kratom is a wonderful strain.
A Final Word…
In order to get the most from your Kratom, you need to make sure that the company you are buying from is reputable and experienced in Kratom. Here at Hempora, we employ regular testing of all of our products by independent, 3rd party labs to ensure that what you are receiving is of the highest possible quality. These labs test for the presence of heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium), contaminants such as pesticides, harmful microorganisms including yeast and mold, and bacteria (salmonella and E.coli, for example), so that you can be sure of receiving only the best and purest Kratom on the market.