Kratom Color Chart

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You’ve probably noticed that Kratom comes in a ton of different varieties. However, there are a few Kratom colors that are on every label. But, what do they mean? The Kratom colors are different from one another in how they are produced and the effects that they have. We’ve created a Kratom color chart to help you understand their differences. And, we’ll be diving into the details of each color.

Kratom color chart infographic by The Kratom Capital

What Is Kratom?

Before we get into the details of Kratom, let’s take a little refresher on just what Kratom is. Kratom, or mitragyna speciosa, is an evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. The leaves of this tree have been in use in the traditional medicine practices of these areas for centuries. Additionally, laborers commonly used Kratom leaves plucked from the tree to stave off fatigue and pain throughout their days.

Today’s Kratom sees a little more of a production than fresh leaves plucked from trees, however. Kratom today is made by harvesting the leaves from the trees, drying them out completely, and then grinding the dried leaves into a fine powder. From there, the powder is either weighed and bagged, or packed into convenient Kratom capsules.

kratom color chart: red vein kratom leaf

What Are Kratom Colors?

Kratom typically comes in red, green, and white varieties. You may also find yellow Kratom varieties from some vendors. These colors refer to the veins of the actual leaf of the Kratom plant. You can actually, physically see the differences in the vein colors of different leaves of Kratom. The leaf pictured to the right is a red vein Kratom leaf. You can see that both the main vein and the smaller veins of the leaf have a reddish color.

How Are Different Colors Made?

The different Kratom colors are not unique strains of Kratom, however. Kratom strains certainly exist, but they usually all come in red, green, and white varieties. This is because Kratom colors are a result of when the Kratom is harvested, not the strain of the tree itself.

We mentioned above that Kratom leaves are harvested and then dried. It is the timing of this harvest that dictates the color vein of the Kratom. You see, the veins on a leaf of an immature Kratom tree are white. As the tree matures, the veins turn green. And, in aging trees, the veins become reddish. Kratom producers must time their harvests correctly for the color veins they’re aiming for.

What Are the Effects of Different Kratom Colors?

These different color veins are sought out because they have unique effects from one another. Kratom color effects can typically be described as follows:

  • White Vein Kratom — Known to be energizing and uplifting, almost like a cup of coffee. Preferred for daytime use. Offers moderate pain relief.
  • Red Vein Kratom — Sedative in higher doses. Offers maximum pain relief. Perfect for evenings, winding down, and getting to sleep.
  • Green Vein Kratom — Thought of as a sort of middle ground between red and white veins. Green vein Kratom offers moderate pain relief, and a mild, pleasant, uplifting sensation. Not known for being highly energizing or sedative.

Kratom Color Chart Conclusion

The Kratom color veins are all unique, and people use them at different times of the day and for different purposes. As much as Kratom color veins are unique, so is everyone’s body chemistry — color veins and strains will affect everyone differently. If you’re exploring Kratom, we always recommend starting small and keeping notes to find the dose and vein that is right for you. If you’re not sure which color to try, our Free Kratom Sample pack is a great way to try out each color and see what you like!


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