6 Types of Kratom Strains and Their Effects


Before we go into the different types of kratom strains, we first need to understand vein color varieties. Strain is a different “breed” of this plant, and the variety is related to color, which varies within the strain. There are different varieties within one strain, and all can have slightly different effects.

Yellow, green, white and red varieties can all be found in various strains. As an example, Maeng Da contains all of these color variations and has different effects at same dosages. Yellow and red variations have a sedating effect, green and white give off a more energizing, stimulating and sedating effect. The analgesic effects that kratom has all come from Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine alkaloids.

There are a couple of kratom strains that stand out more than others, like Super Green Malay and Maeng Da, and other strains are often identified based on their geolocations. For example, Borneo is a separate strain found on the island, but Kalimantan is also located on the same island, although it is a completely different strain. Therefore, the location can make a difference; Borneo and Bali actually do have different effects. Kratom is a plant that is sensitive to environmental factors, and even a small change in the environment can make a huge difference.


Borneo is one of the most popular kratom strains. This is the largest island in Asia, particularly because parts of it are in Malaysia and Indonesia. A very big portion of kratom comes right from this island and the kratom found on Borneo can come in all 4 color strains; red and green Borneo are the ones that are the most popular.

Maeng Da


Besides Borneo, Maeng Da is also one of the most popular types of kratom. When translated from the Thai language, it means “Pimp”… This strain was created through rigorous selective breeding techniques. Maeng Da kratom comes in all 4 color varieties and green and white are the most popular ones. Maeng Da will provide you with some powerful energy and a mood boost; at the same time, it offers an analgesic effect. This type of kratom also comes in “horned leaves”, which are rare varieties and are identified by their oddly shaped leaves.


Located in Indonesia, Bali is a province island that is smaller than Borneo and it is situated on the other side of the Java Sea. Bali often gets confused with Borneo Kratom and it comes in green, white and red, where the red is the most popular variation of this kratom.


This is another type of kratom that is identified by the location it grows in and many Malaysian strains are not that popular like the ones that grow in Indonesia, because kratom is illegal in this country. Super Green Malay is one of the best known Malaysian variations, which gives a powerful energetic and mood-boosting effects. Some believe that Super Green is, as a matter of fact, its own strain and that it grows through Indonesia like the Indo variation. Malaysian strains also, like many other kratom strains, come in 4 different color varieties.



Indo or Indonesian kratom, is a strain that grows in Indonesia and in some parts of Borneo and Bali. This type of kratom is known as “White Indo”; it stimulates the brain and it is very popular. Indo can also come in red and green; red is also considered to be popular, but not nearly as the red Borneo strain.


This type of kratom is fermented in a bag, unlike the others that go through a drying process. This fermentation process gives this strain a unique flavor and it increases the percentage of alkaloids. Bentuangie is a strain that is rare, but it is starting to gain in popularity. This type of kratom is a little more costly than the other typical strains that are on the market.

There are a few more strains that are not that well-known like Kalimantan, Sumatra and Thai, but the ones above are more popular and have amazing effects on the body. So, depending on whether you need kratom to just relieve stress or to deal with withdrawal symptoms, you can choose the one that will suit you the most based on its strains.

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