Kratom powder, kratom extracts, enhanced kratom, kratom liquids … there are numerous kratom products in the market that can make it hard to make a decision on what to buy. Plain leaf kratom powder is definitely the most popular product, especially amongst individuals who like the real deal. In fact, many people prefer to stay away from extracts and enhanced products, which might cause unpleasant side effects in people who are not used to the herb. If you are one of these people, you might like to try kratom stem and vein, a by-product of kratom powder with unique and special properties. In this article, we’ll show you how to use kratom stem and vein and all you need to know about it!
Kratom Harvesting and Processing
Let’s start with the basics. What is kratom stem and vein and where does it come from? As we said, kratom stem and vein is a by-product of kratom. To obtain it, farmers in Indonesia and other regions of the rainforest of South East Asia, pick the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree when they are mature enough. Then, they will load them into trucks and send them to the processing facility to turn them into kratom powder.
The kratom vendors will then process the leaves to obtain the different strains or colors. To do this, they will dry either fermented or non-fermented leaves indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of product that they wish to obtain, i.e.: green, red, or white kratom.
After the leaves are dry, the processors will remove the stem and the veins from them, to then crush the leaves to obtain the fine powder that they will later export to the final vendors in many different countries.
As you see, this process involves removing the stem and the veins from the leaves. So, what do they do with them? Instead of throwing them away, some veins are mixed with dried leaves to obtain white kratom. And the rest are processed separately to obtain kratom stem and vein powder, this will then be sold under that name. But is this product any good? Let’s find out.
Properties of Kratom Stem and Vein
When kratom vendors in Indonesia process their kratom products, they remove the stem and vein from the leaves. But when they do this, some leaf material will remain attached to the stems, as removing them completely would be a very arduous and time-consuming task. This means, that kratom stem and vein powder not only contains the bones of the leaves, but also some leaf material.
On the other hand, the stems and veins have their own set of alkaloids. Although it is obvious that most of the active compounds of kratom are in the leaves, this doesn’t mean that the stems and veins are free from them. In fact, the leaf veins have stimulating effects on their own. That’s why they are added to the dried green leaves to obtain the energizing white vein kratom variety. So, the main property of kratom stem and vein is stimulating and energizing.
How to Use Kratom Stem and Vein?
So, now to the most important question. You have bought your product, it has arrived at your home, and you wonder now how to use kratom stem and vein?
There are two ways to use kratom stem and vein: alone or mixing it with other strains. Let’s see them below:
How to use kratom stem and vein alone?
This is as simple as it sounds. You will notice that the product is similar to kratom powder. So, the way to use it is exactly as you would use your kratom powder. So, you can toss n’ wash it, prepare kratom tea, insert it into capsules, etc.
As we said, this product is mostly energizing, but you shouldn’t expect a kick of energy like that of white kratom. Stem and vein effects are more subtle and less potent. For this reason, many people use it to reduce their kratom intake or to help them stop using kratom completely.
Since kratom stem and vein is less potent than plain leaf kratom, you can use a larger amount each time. However, like with plain leaf powder, there’s no general dosage. You would need to adapt your dose, depending on what you want to achieve. If you’d like to quit kratom, you should start at a higher dose and keep reducing it over time until you quit completely. But if your goal is to reduce your plain leaf powder intake, i.e: by alternating plain leaf and stem and vein, you would like to try different doses until you find one that does the trick for you.
Keep in mind that, although stem and vein is much less potent than the plain leaf, if your goals are to reduce your kratom intake or to quit completely, you should keep your dosages as low as possible, the same as you would do with your kratom plain leaf powder.
How to Use Kratom Stem and Vein with Other Strains?
Although you can use kratom stem and vein alone, this is not its most popular use. Possibly, the most interesting property of this product is its capacity to enhance and extend the effects of other kratom products. So, most stem and vein users mix it with their favorite plain leaf variety to achieve this purpose.
There’s no general formula to mix stem and vein and kratom powder. Some people use a 50/50 combination, while others prefer to add as low as 10% stem and vein to their kratom powder. The mix will largely depend on the effect that you want to achieve.
If you are new to this product and would like to try it, we would recommend starting on a 10/90 combination (being 10 stem and vein and 90 plain leaf powder) and see how it goes. If it works for you, you can increase the amount of stem and vein and reduce the plain leaf powder. This will help you reduce tolerance and will help you save some money at the same time!