If you are a kratom enthusiast or have been using the plant for a while, you most probably are familiar with strains like Maeng Da, Malay or Bali kratom. These are some of the kratom top-sellers and many users rely on them daily to alleviate pain, anxiety or to simply get that extra-energy that they need to start the day. No doubt that these strains are popular thanks to their effectiveness, but they are not the only ones out there. There are other less popular kratom strains that hold some interesting properties that you might be missing. If you are curious to know some of them, continue to read below to discover our list of kratom hidden treasures: the lesser-known kratom strains.
Kratom Hidden Treasures: The Lesser Known Kratom Strains
No matter if you are new to kratom or an experienced kratom user, you probably don’t know all kratom varieties that are available in the market. As you know, Mitragyna Speciosa (kratom’s botanical name) grows in various areas of the South East Asian rainforest. There is only one kratom tree, but like any other plant, different climates, soils, and growing conditions may result in different varieties of the same plant.
At this point, you are most definitely familiar with the three main kratom colors: white, red and green and their specific properties: i.e. white type are energizing, red are relaxing, and green is in between. We are also sure that you know the most popular kratom types, but are you sure you know them all? Discover below some kratom hidden treasures: the lesser-known kratom strains. And, who knows? You’ll probably discover your next favorite!
Typically, kratom leaves are smooth and rounded in shape and have a resemblance to a miter (a bishop’s ceremonial hat). Some people think that kratom’s botanical name is “Mitragyna Speciosa” for this reason. But not all kratom varieties show this distinctive shape. Horned Kratom is a variety of the plant with pointy leaves with serrated edges that resemble little horns.
You can find red, white and green horned kratom in the market. Like its cousin, the red varieties are relaxing, white types are energizing and green types are somehow in between. So, take this into consideration before buying horned kratom.
Kalimantan is the Indonesian name of Borneo. Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and its territory is shared by 3 countries: Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. Kali kratom is native to the Indonesian part of Borneo.
Although there are white and green Kali varieties, they are not so easy to find, so, typically the strain that you’ll find in the market is the red vein variety.
As part of the red varieties, Red Kali holds relaxing properties. Although its effects are long-lasting, they tend to be milder than in other red varieties, this makes it ideal for beginners.
Bentuagie kratom is considered one of the newest kratom strains. It typically grows in the wild in areas of Indonesia, where its leaves are harvested manually by laborers.
Although you can find white Bentuagie in the market, the most common is the red variety. Red Bentuagie holds potent relaxing and calming effects, so it should be avoided by individuals who use kratom for energy. On the other hand, red Bentuagie can help relieve pain and elevate mood.
Bentuagie kratom effects are said to last longer than other red strains. On the other hand, although kratom tends to be more relaxing at higher doses, in this case, small doses can also achieve this purpose.
An interesting fact about this strain is that many individuals mix red Bentuagie with red Maeng Da. This will help maximize both Maeng Da’s pain-relieving properties and Bentuagie’s relaxing effects.
Kratom Stem and Vein
This is not a variety of kratom itself, but it’s an interesting product if you want to make your kratom batch to last longer. To produce kratom powder, the stem and vein are removed from the leaf material. But the stem and vein of the plant are not discarded. Instead, they are turned into powder to make a different and unique product.
As you may imagine, removing the stem and veins from the leaves completely is not always possible. That’s why kratom stem and vein typically contain some leaf material (roughly 30%).
Stem and vein kratom are not typically used on its own, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t. Most users mix stem and vein with their usual kratom strain to increase its effects. This way, they’ll need less of their most expensive kratom variety and, at the same time, will prevent them from developing a tolerance.
What Are the Most Popular Kratom Strains?
Now that you’ve read our own list of kratom hidden treasures, you are probably curious about the most popular kratom strains. Due to the high amount of choices available in the market, providing an exhaustive list of popular kratom types is not easy. Every individual uses kratom for different purposes, so the list would be huge. However, there are some top choices that many people go for. Let’s see some of them:
- Maeng Da kratom. This funny name refers to one of the strongest kratom types that you can find in the market. Although it’s typically more pricey than other strains, Maeng Da is the variety of choice for many users thanks to its potency.
- Bali kratom. Contrary to Maeng Da, Bali kratom is very popular thanks to its affordability. As its name suggests, it’s grown in the paradisiac region of Bali. It is typically praised by people who want to achieve relaxation.
- White Borneo kratom. This is one of the most popular varieties among people who use kratom for energy, focus, and motivation. One of its best characteristics is that it doesn’t provoke the uneasiness of other white kratom types.
- Green Malay kratom. This is probably one of the top seller kratom varieties. Like most green types, Green Malay holds many properties and can be used for different purposes. On the other hand, this variety is popular thanks to its long-lasting effects, which can go up to 8 hours.
Why You Should Switch Your Kratom Type?
When buying kratom, most individuals, many times go for the same strains over and over again for various reasons:
- they have used them before and know that they work
- finding information about newer strains sometimes is hard
- there are too many options and users get overwhelmed
- they think that they should stick to what they have already tried
Although it is true that not all strains are suitable for all users, sticking to one or two varieties is not always a good idea. If you have been using kratom for a while, you have probably experienced the so-called tolerance. This is a situation that happens after an individual uses a substance for a long period of time. It means that you’d need more amount of product to experience the same effects. Kratom is not a cheap plant, and, developing tolerance will make it even more expensive. So, obviously, this is something that kratom users would like to avoid.
One of the best ways to prevent tolerance is by keeping your dosages as low as possible. But did you know that you can also prevent it by switching strains from time to time? Different kratom strains have different alkaloid concentrations, so your system won’t get used to the same properties so easily. That’s why it’s recommended to rotate your kratom varieties.
Finally, we’d love to know from you. Do you use any lesser-known kratom variety that you would like us to know about? Let us know in the comments section!