Strain Varieties

You may find yourself overwhelmed by the wide variety of choices available. It can be difficult to differentiate the many different types of Kratom available. Kratom has evolved into a variety of different strains, with different effects, due to different growth regions and breeding. There are three dominant effect categories one can divide strains into: stimulating, sedating and moderate.

Note: Every plant within a strain can vary, so in no way are the effects set in stone, rather they based upon an average of verifiable user reports to provide a guide to the strain as a whole.

Some strains are highly recognized, like Maeng Da and Red Bali. Some other strains are downright obscure or may be a blend of different strains only marketed by a single vendor.

To complicate things, what defines a particular strain is not always clear. Sometimes, different strains are named based on geographic distinctions, whereas other strains may be named based on the physical qualities or alkaloid content of the tree. As an example, Maeng Da is famous for being a highly potent strain of kratom, that some vendors market as “Pimp Grade”. While there is science that backs the enhanced potency of Maeng Da over other strains, many names are given simply for commercial branding purposes. Some companies will make up their own names to market their own blends or particular leaves. However, the not all companies follow the same labeling practices, making it even more important that you pick a high quality vendor.

In spite of this lack of a uniform naming scheme, we can generally specify some key strains that are common. When purchasing Kratom, products are usually categorized by three distinct features: the vein color, the grade and the strain of leaf.

Included in the war on drugs, there’s a war on a plant called kratom.

Federal authorities have attempted to classify kratom (which is widely available and legal in most of the U.S) as a Schedule I drug. The same class of drug as heroin and LSD. Schedule I drugs are considered dangerous for their high potential for abuse and lack of known medical benefits.

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