Strain Guide

Updated: Nov 1, 2019

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is a very unique plant and is in the same family as coffee.  Kratom, unlike coffee will create an energetic feeling at small doses and a more pain relieving sedative effect at higher doses.  

What do these vein colors mean?  The three main vein colors are red, white and green.


White Vein:  White vein is known for its energy and mental focus, good for the morning time or mid day.  


Green Vein:  Green vein is known for its euphoric effect and being the middle class between the vein colors.  Both energy and pain relieving effects can be felt from green vein while the energy will not be as prominent as the white vein and the pain relieving will not be as prominent as the red vein.  Green vein is well suited to treat anxiety and depression


Red Vein: Red vein is known for being more pain relieving and sedative.  This is well suited for night time and those who have any type of pain from chronic to to acute injuries. 

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Within the vein color you will also see the strain name of the plant, ie. Red Thai (red vein originating from Thailand).  When looking at the vein color you will know that this creates a more pain relieving sedative effect because of the red vein but also will have a different effect than other red veins that do not originate from Thailand.  Below you can look at the list of different strains and the effect the create on the body and mind.  Keep in mind your knowledge of the vein color in order to find a strain the suits your needs. Also note that everyone's body is different and what one person experiences from one strain may vary from what another person experiences. 

Thai: Thai can work as a nootropic, helping with mental focus, concentration and energy.  Works well for working long hours at a desk to manual labor.  The red vein will create a less energetic effect and will increase pain relief.

Borneo: Borneo has been known to help relieve anxiety and relieving pain.  The green vein is the most effective for helping with anxiety while the red vein will help those looking for pain relief.  The calmness and ease of mind created from Borneo can help with insomnia and depression also.

Maeng Da:  Maeng Da is one of the most popular and well known strains of kratom.  Maeng Da has been bred to be an almost super strain by having a high alkaloid content.  Maeng Da users have reported a feeling of euphoria with an energy boost and pain relief.  This strain has been used for decades by laborers in Southeast Asia in order to keep their energy and concentration up during long work days.  In high doses it is can create a strong pain relief and sedative feeling.

Malay: Malay has shown to be a well suited all around strain.  Green Malay helps well with anxiety and depression while the red helps with pain relief.  Malay is also a very good strain to take in combination with other strains.  Malay can increase the potency of other strains and has become a favorite for many people.

Sumatra: Sumatra is well known for its high energy and mental focus.  Works like a nootropic for creativity, focus, and strenuous tasks.  White Sumatra is the most energizing of all the Sumatras and is not recommended to take a night.  The sense of calmness accompanied with energy makes this a popular strain.

Bali: Bali is known for its calming effects.  It is well suited for pain relief and those with anxiety.  In high doses it can become sedating while lower doses are well suited for the daytime and achieving monotonous tasks.


Kapuas: Kapuas is a unique strain and not widely available, grown in the forest on the island of Borneo.  Kapuas has more characteristics of an energizing strain while creating a nice sense of calmness.  


Horn: Horn gets it name because of the horn shapes that form on the leaf.  Horn is known for being medicinal by boosting the immune system as well as energy and pain relief.  The mental effects are not as strong with this strain but will help those seeking energy boost and pain relief.

Bentuangie:  Bentuangie is a more sedative and relaxing strain.  Helps those with insomnia seeking to ease pain.  A good night time strain that eases the mind and relaxes the body.

Dragon:  Dragon is well suited for those in pain.  The red is the best for pain relief and creates a very sedative and euphoric feeling.  It helps with withdrawals and can relax the muscles.  Well suited for those in chronic pain and helps with insomnia.

Indo: Indo originates from Indonesia and is a long lasting strain.  The effects can be felt all day and create a relaxing pain relief effect.  White vein will create a more energetic feeling. 


The descriptions above are for informative purposes only.  Kratom is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and High Sierra Herbals does not claim that kratom can treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease.  The information above is not given by a medical expert and you should always ask a physician before taking any herbal supplement.

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