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The Buy Kratom Bible: Strains, Types, Guides & More

What is Kratom?

Kratom is an evergreen tree naturally occurring and grows best in humid and hot environments without cold winters and fertile soil. It is part of the flowering plant Rubiaceae family. Mitragyna speciosa is its botanical name. Customers in the U.S. often buy Kratom cultivated in Borneo, Vietnam, Bali, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It’s easy to see this plant has quite a few origins.

Other Names For Kratom

Thom, Mitragyna speciosa, Kraton, Kakuam, Thang, Mambog, Krathom, Ithang, Nauclea speciosa, Maeng Da Leaf, Ketum, Gratom, Nauclea, Madat, Kedemba, Cratom, Mitragynine Extract, Kratum, Katawn, and Biak-Biak.


Kratom is indigenous to New Guinea, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia, but it’s original home in Thailand. People have been using Kratom for centuries for religious, recreational, therapeutic, and medicinal purposes.

Historical records show Kratom used by southern Thai and northern Malaysian laborers like rubber-tappers, farmers, and fishers, similar to how we use coffee today. They either smoked, chewed, or made tea using dried or fresh leaves to increase productivity and fight fatigue.

We know of usage in Thailand for socio-religious ceremonies and for treating various medical conditions, including morphine dependence. Other reports describe usage in rural areas for self-treating medical problems like pain, fever, diarrhea, diabetes. These people also used the plant as a poultice for wounds.

When opium was in short supply in Malaysia, addicts would buy Kratom as a safe alternative. Ancient Buddhists used it for both meditation and healing purposes.

A Dutch botanist by the name of Pieter Willem Korthals was the first Westerner to record Kratom’s written record. From 1831 to 1836, Korthals was the official botanist of Dutch East India Service – a shipping and trade company. Korthals assigned Kratom to the Mitragyna genus based on the fact that the stigmas of its flowers and the leaves had a similar shape to the bishop’s miter. British surgeon George Darby Havilandhe confirmed the description made by Korthals in 1895.

The British lecturer, botanist, and curator Edward Morrell Holmes also noted Kratom use as a substitute for opium in 1895. English naturalist, geologist, and botanist named Henry Nicholas Ridley documented Kratom’s ability to act as an alternative to opium for individuals seeking to find relief from their drug addictions in 1897.

How Kratom Interacts with the Human Body

According to researchers, Kratom contains phytochemicals (active compounds in plants) that interact with opioid receptors belonging to the opioid system, which controls addictive behaviors, reward, and pain.

There are three opioid receptor classes: kappa, delta, and mu (κ, δ, and μ). The primary alkaloids that Kratom contains are 7-hydroxy Mitragynine and Mitragynine. They are partial agonists at the mu-opioid human receptor. These active chemicals are also the competitive antagonists at the deltoid and kappa opioid receptors. Whenever the alkaloids bind together with the opioid receptors, they release neurotransmitters that produce the effects for which Kratom is so well-known.

Strains and Veins: How to Classify Kratom

Kratom is grouped in two primary ways: strain type and vein color. Strain groups’ names come from their origin regions. Kratom leaf powder is exported, cultivated, or originated from these Asian countries.

Mitragyna Speciosa continues to gain popularity in our culture faster than information about it can spread. Consequently, the names of the best Kratom strains have remained the same as what our historical ancestors gave them.

Strains are differentiated further by vein color, characterized by the vein that runs down the middle of a Mitragyna Speciosa leaf. There are three vein color classifications: White, Green, and Red.

Popular Kratom Strains

1. Thai Kratom

Named after Thailand, this Kratom type originates from Southeast Asia. Thai Kratom comes in White Vein Thai, Green Vein Thai, and Red Vein Thai strains.

2. Indo Kratom

Known as Indonesia’s primary strain, this Kratom is prevalent among active users compared with other strains. Indo Kratom strains include White Vein Indo, Red Vein Indo, and Green Vein Indo (sometimes called Super Green Indo). There is also Ultra Enhanced Indo for an extra kick.

3. Malaysian Kratom

This type of Kratom is often called Malay and gets its name from Malaysia, a country in Southeast Asia. Its long-lasting effects have made this strain popular among users with a busy lifestyle. However, Malay strains offer a different experience depending on amount. Consider how much product you plan on using before you buy Malaysian kratom strains. Available in White Vein, Green Vein, and Red Vein strains. There is also Super Green Malay Kratom. Lab results show high potency for this strain.

4. Borneo Kratom

This type of Kratom gets its name from Borneo’s island, which is the world’s third-largest island, and Asia’s most significant. This strain has high concentrations of 7-hydroxy Mitragynine, making it one of the more sedating strains. This Kratom is available in White Vein Borneo, Green Vein Borneo, and Red Vein Borneo strains.

5. Maeng Da Kratom

Many people prefer to buy Kratom from the Maeng Da strain because it is specially grown and considered to be among the most potent strains for sale. It is unclear what its specific origins are, but it has been narrowed down to Indonesia and Thailand. Maeng Da in Thai is the name of Leothocerus Indicus, which is an edible water beetle. When translated from Thai, it means “Pimp.” Therefore, the strain is referred to as “Pimp Grade” by some people.

The strain of Kratom has dark-colored leaves. When powered or crushed, the color intensifies. Analgesic properties are a lesser-known feature of this Kratom. Maeng Da is best known for its stimulating and energizing properties that help mitigate the sedative effects of such a potent strain.

Maeng Da is available in Green Vein, White Vein, Red Vein, and Yellow Kratom strains.

6. Bali Kratom

This type of Kratom has the most classic opiate-like effects out of all of the different strains. Beginners are highly recommended to buy Kratom with Bali as the dominant strain. Its name comes from Bali, an Indonesian island, and is found growing today in Malaysia and Thailand.

It is one of the easiest to produce and fastest-growing strains. For quite some time, these two factors were responsible for making it the most dominant strain in the entire market. It is the most popular strain for users due to its high potency content combined with its shallow price point compared to other strains of Kratom.

Bali Kratom comes in White Vein, Red Vein, and Green Vein strains.

Strains by Color

White Vein Kratom

This strain is known for its positive mood-enhancing and stimulating effects that prevent fatigue, boost energy, and increase concentration and focus, especially for more complex activities. Coffee drinkers buy Kratom from the white vein family as a replacement for their caffeine habit because it doesn’t come with jitters and other side effects.

Green Vein Kratom

This strain combines the best qualities offered by White Vein and Red Vein. Its stimulating effects are lower than White Vein Strain, and its sedating effects are more moderate than Red Vein Strain.

Green Vein is an ideal strain for people trying Kratom for the first time and a must-have product for alternating with to avoid building tolerance and reduce dependence. It also is used for easing social discomforts due to its balanced effects. For an even milder effect, consider making Kratom tea.

Red Vein Kratom

This strain is among the most widely available and best-selling strains. Its amount of 7-Hydroxymitragynine Alkaloid is higher than average, making it a popular candidate for pain management. Red kratom strains are also reported to produce the most sedative and calming effects typically preferred by beginners.

Red vein varieties of Kratom have various properties and effects. Some strains like Red Vein Borneo and Red Thai have also been reported by users to produce sedative effects, whereas elated mood effects occur with Red Sumatra types.

Enhanced Kratom Strains

These strains of Kratom have had their potency either improved or intensified by the addition of pure alkaloids or Kratom extract.

These strains are very popular with people who have built a tolerance up to regular once. However, they tend to be priced on the high side and can be challenging to obtain. So if you buy Kratom with enhanced properties, consider it unsuited for daily use. Save these strains for a rainy day.

1. Enhanced Red Horned Kratom

Enhanced red horn is a slow reacting strain based on how long it takes to experience the effects. Users do not seem to mind because it also has long-lasting effects, often up to 8 hours. Users report that the strain provides a mild to pronounced boost in energy, increased relaxing sensations, reduced anxiety, improved mood effects, and positive feeling of well-being.

2. Enhanced Bali Kratom

Enhanced Bali is a refined form of the traditional Bali strain and produced when resin extracted from large Kratom leaves mixes with the untreated organic powder. It is reported by users that the strain increases energy, raises mood levels, helps control stress, and allows for social development and personality building.

3. Enhanced Maeng Da Kratom

Maeng Da alkaloids with a 99% purity rating are added to the base crop of this strain to produce its “enhanced” effects. Users report that the strain provides psychological and emotional support, stimulation, analgesic, relaxation, and mood enhancement effects. The strain is expensive and not readily available at most online websites.

4. Ultra Enhanced Indo Kratom

These varieties have around 1500 mg of pure alkaloids added to the kratom strain. Users report that the effects produced include severe sedation feelings and an intensive euphoric sensation.

Active Constituents of Kratom

Kratom contains various polyphenols, glycosides, flavonoids, terpenoid saponins, and alkaloids. The main active ingredients are alkaloids found in different amounts depending on the strain. Different alkaloids at various levels explain why some strains of Kratom are reported to assist with specific conditions better than other strains.

7-hydroxy-mitragynine and Mitragynine are the two significant alkaloids responsible for the relaxant or stimulating effects of Kratom.

1. Stipulatine

Also called rotundifoline, stipulatine is an oxindole alkaloid that works as a mild to moderate opioid receptor agonist. It has antioxidant and sedative effects.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

2. Speciofoline

This Kratom ingredient is a mild opioid receptor agonist that has pain-relieving analgesic effects. It has also known for antitussive qualities.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

3. Akuammigine

This compound is an indole alkaloid that works as a potent opioid receptor agonist. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

4. Mitrafoline

This oxindole alkaloid is a natural preventative. Mitrafoline benefits may include muscle relaxant, antihypertensive, and vasodilation effects. There have also been reports that it can act as an anti-Leukemic and anti-amnesic.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

5. Tetrahydroalstonine

Tetrahydroalstonine contains hypoglycemic properties that some claim to help with stabilizing blood glucose levels. Also, it has anti-adrenergic effects to help reduce the harmful effects of anxiety and stress and improve energy levels.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

6. Paynantheine

This active ingredient is an indole alkaloid with relaxing and muscle soothing effects.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: 8.6% – 9%

7. Epicatechin

This compound is an antioxidant flavonoid often found in cocoa and green tea. The pharmacological effects include anti-diabetic, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-leukemic, and anti-mutagenic. It also helps to decrease Myostatin that hurts the growth of muscle and may even improve heart and brain health.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

8. Corynoxine B

It is a dopamine mediator that enhance effects produced by Corynoxine A.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

9. Corynoxine A

This ingredient is a dopamine mediator that reduces anxiety and improves mood.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

10. Rhynchophylline

Rhynchophylline is related chemically to mitragynine. It acts as a vasodilator and has anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive effects.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

11. Ajmalicine

Ajmalicine is known as well as a raubasine or δ-yohimbine. It is antiaggregant, meaning it inhibits thrombus formation and decreases platelet aggregation. Therefore it is used for treating high blood pressure. It also relaxes and soothes muscle soreness. Ajmalicine has anticonvulsant, sedative, anti-adrenergic, and Cerebro-circulant effects.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

12. Mitraphylline

Mitraphylline has vasodilator, anti-amnesic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory effects. It has anti-proliferative effects as well, which help to retard or prevent cells from spreading, particularly malignant cells.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

13. 9-Hydroxycorynantheidine

9-Hydroxycorynantheidine contains analgesic effects. When combined with 7-Hydroxymitragynine, it works to amplify its pain-relieving capability.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

14. Ciliaphylline

Ciliaphylline has analgesic and anti-tussive qualities. Reports also mention use as a sedative and mild analgesic. Some claim it helps to reduce diarrhea and related stomach issues.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

15. Isopteropodine

This compound is one of the many active stimulants of the body’s immune system. It exhibits antibacterial activity. It may help to fight against gram-positive bacteria too. Isopteropodine also has neuroprotective effects.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

16. Isorhynchophylline

This Ketum ingredient is a mainstream stimulant within the immune system. It acts against the central nervous system and cardiovascular diseases, including amnesia, vascular dementia, sedation, arrhythmia, brachycardia, and hypertension.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

17. Corynantheidine

Related to ajmalicine and also referred to as rauhimbine. It has anti-hypertensive effects and is a subsidiary antagonist opioid receptor.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

18. Isomitrafoline

Its chemical structure is similar to Isomitraphylline. Isomitrafoline is an auxiliary stimulant of the body’s immune system.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

19. Isomitraphylline

Isomitraphylline is an immunostimulant or primary stimulant of the body’s immune system. It has anti-leukemic effects, as well.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

20. Speciogynine

This Alkaloid is the third most abundant type contained in Kratom. It produces a relaxing effect by modulating intestinal smooth muscle functioning.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: 6.5% – 7.5%

21. 7-Hydroxymitragynine

It is a terpenoid indole alkaloid that is stated to be twenty times more powerful than mitragynine and 17 times more potent than morphine. Reports mention it does have an analgesic effect on the human body since it is just a partial agonist. Pain relief is milder compared to morphine treatment, which is a full agonist.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 2%

22. Mitragynine

Mitragynine, chemically referred to as 9-methoxy-corynantheidine, is a kind of indole-based opioid-receptor agonist (this is a substance that when combined with a receptor produces a physiological response). Mitragynine is the most abundant alkaloid contained in Mitragyna Speciosa. People typically buy Kratom because of the desirable effects of Mitragynine.

Effects are sedative, anti-diarrhea, antitussive (anti coughing), and analgesic. Low doses are much more stimulating, and high doses tend to provide more pain relief.

Alkaloid profile total concentration: 12% to 75%

23. Mitraversine

Alkaloid profile total concentration: Under 1%

Note: Alkaloid profile total concentration percentages have been based on mean derivative research information. They are not intended to be complete information in every sample.

Legal Status of Kratom

Currently, it is illegal to use, possess, or buy Kratom in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Sweden, South Korea, Romania, Poland, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lithuania, Israel, Finland, Denmark, and Australia. In New Zealand, Germany, Romania, Denmark, and Finland, Kratom is not banned, but it still has an uncertain legal status.

In the United States, currently, Kratom is sold as an unregulated herbal supplement. In the states below, it is illegal to use, possess, or buy Kratom and listed as follows:


Labeled as a Schedule 1 controlled substance.


Labeled as a controlled substance.


Buying Kratom is illegal and defined as a synthetic drug.


Labeled as a controlled substance.


Ketum is a regulated drug. This listing makes it unlawful to possess, manufacture or have under a person’s control, or to dispense, administer, prescribe, or sell.


The primary alkaloids contained in kratom are Schedule 1 drugs, which makes any Kratom for sale in Wisconsin illegal.

Rhode Island

Mitragynine, a compound found in Kratom, is listed as a controlled substance, which makes kratom illegal.


Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are also legally prohibited from using Kratom.

Local Kratom Laws

In states that permit Kratom, individual counties and cities might subject it to other legal requirements that either make it legal subject to specific restrictions or illegal.

For example:

  • Legal in the state of California, but a local ordinance makes it unlawful to purchase Kratom in San Diego.
  • Ketum is legal in the state of Florida yet illegal in Sarasota County.


Selling Kratom to minors is illegal.

New York

In certain areas, buying Kratom requires being a minimum 21 years old.

Things to Consider Before You Purchase Kratom

The increased popularity of Kratom has increased by manufacturers. Trying Kratom for the first time can get quickly overwhelming with all the Kratom for sale that is available. You may struggle to make the best decision that suits your personal needs and preferences. It would help if you considered the following before you buy Kratom.

1. Know what the source of the Kratom is

Classify Kratom according to vein color and the area of origin. The area also indicates what kinds of effects are produced by the strain. To ensure that you buy a strain that will provide the effect you want, you need to ensure you know the source of the Kratom.

2. Know why you want to use Kratom

There is not one single strain of Kratom that is well-suited for all conditions or all people. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the effect you want to create or the state you are trying to treat before you begin to shop. Your awareness of the expected results will save you money and time by helping you narrow down to the specific strain you prefer.

3. Only purchase from a reputable and licensed seller

Currently, there are no rigorous regulations for Kratom. Dishonest sellers or manufacturers looking to make fast money tend to take advantage of that fact and cut corners wherever possible. Do some research before buying Kratom to ensure you only purchase from a reputable and licensed seller who offers quality strains.

4. Purchase more than a single strain

Alternate between strains as a way of avoiding building up addiction and tolerance to Kratom whenever there is not an option for limited use due to having severe symptoms. If you plan on using Kratom for an extended time, purchase multiple strains.

5. Check for lab testing

Review the lab testing reports, particularly from FDA licensed, third-party labs to help you confirm the Kratom’s purity levels in addition to the alkaloids that it contains. The reports should be available either by request or on the company’s website. Find another seller if there are no reports available.

6. Only buy Kratom US review quality or better

Reviews are an essential part of purchasing Kratom online. If everything on the site seems to check out for a Kratom vendor you’re considering, complete your due diligence by searching for their reviews online.

Kratom Vendor Reviews and Product Reviews

Any reputable Kratom vendor in 2020 will have these types of reviews:

1. Reviews Managed by a Third Party Company

Great vendors rely on premium reviewing services such as Trustpilot. These companies are paid top dollar to ensure that customers and companies alike have more transparency during the Kratom buying process. They also monitor the quality of reviews to ensure verified customers hold the most weight in the rating scores. Fake Kratom reviews often found directly on some vendor websites are blocked when using a third-party review company’s spam filters. They ensure that only real customers share their Kratom story.

2. Reviews on Social Media

Social media matters to top Kratom companies, and they all have several reviews on platforms such as Facebook. These recommendations are beneficial because you can reach out to these people and get the full story of their buying experience. As a bonus tip, the best Kratom vendors in 2020 will often have a lot of shares and engagement on their posts. People naturally gravitate to quality vendors online.

3. Reviews on Popular Kratom Hubs

Any good Kratom store will have posts on other websites about their company and products. Great products attract the attention of bloggers and influencers. Social media pages will often share posts and products with their loyal fans. Websites will usually order a new Kratom product and post reviews to gain readership. There are also Buzzfeed for Kratom type sites that list their favorite products in an accessible format for their blog subscribers.