Contrary to what some may think, there is only one species of Kratom plant. That species is Mitragyna Speciosa.
How could it be, then, that there are literally hundreds of different Kratom powders and capsules available?
There are reds, greens, whites, hybrids, and even more Kratom categories, leading many consumers to believe that there are just as many different kinds of Kratom plants as there are strains. This isn’t true.
Virtually all Kratom strains are made from the same species of plant. However, there are very real differences between the 15+ Kratom strains and blends available through GLA. So, in this article, we’re going to be diving deep into the ways in which our Kratom blends are differentiated, categorized, and optimized for specific use cases.
After reading this article, you’ll have a better understanding of which Kratom blends might be most suitable for you depending on your unique needs as a botanicals consumer.
Blends and Strains: What’s the Difference?
The terms ‘strain’ and ‘blend’ are sometimes used interchangeably. Because there is no established panel of botanical experts that make rules about how the Kratom plant is supposed to be named after it has been harvested, the industry itself makes the rules.
This can create confusion when comparing the offerings from multiple Kratom vendors. At GLA, we’ve simplified Kratom naming nomenclature by grouping our Kratom powders and capsules into the following categories:
We also group some strains together because their alkaloid profile is similar enough that it makes sense to do so. To keep things simple, Maeng Da and Bali Kratom have their own dedicated corners on the GLA website.
There is a lot to be said about what differentiates one strain from another. For more information on this topic, it might be helpful to read our recent post titled, ‘Methods of Harvesting and Drying Kratom’.
In this article, we’re keeping our focus on the Specialty Blends we offer.
In short, a Kratom strain can be thought of as any Kratom product that has a distinct alkaloid profile unique to itself. Some strains are sole-sourced from a single harvest that is given the same drying and post-processing treatment resulting in a uniform alkaloid profile for the entire batch. Other Kratom powders and capsules can be combinations of more than one strain, even though the combination itself is referred to as its own strain.
A good example of a sole-sourced, single-harvest Kratom strain is our Green Bali Kratom. This strain is not blended with any other strain.
Before the Blend: Whites vs Greens vs Reds
Directly associating the effects of Kratom with different color categories can be problematic, because every Kratom user responds slightly differently to each strain or blend.
For some, a Green Vein Kratom strain might be just what they need to enhance their well-being during the middle of the day, whereas for others, Green strains don’t seem to provide a noticeable effect. For this reason, we always suggest that those new to Kratom experiment with multiple different strains at different times of the day so they can find out for themselves what alkaloid profiles best suit them.
All of this being said, most Kratom users agree on a few broad descriptors that are often used to describe White Vein, Green Vein, and Red Vein Kratom strains whether they’re blended or unblended:
White Vein Kratom strains are typically considered best for ‘morning-time’ use. They often provide effects that put an extra kick in your step—White Vein Kratom is sometimes used in lieu of or alongside coffee for a morning boost in productivity.
Green Vein Kratom strains are generally best for midday enhancement. Greens are great for improved feelings of optimism and for helping to roll with the ups and downs of everyday life.
Red Vein Kratom strain effects are most closely associated with feelings of tranquility, calm, ease, and comfort. This makes Red Vein Kratom strains ideal for use later in the evening or before bedtime.
On their own, use of any of these Kratom strains can have immense benefits for the consumer. When blended together, however, the result can be truly life-changing for some.
Spotlight on Specialty Blends
Formulating the best specialty Kratom blends isn’t just guesswork done on a wing and a prayer.
It has taken years of experimentation to arrive at the blends that have proven to be the most powerful and useful for our customers. More often than not, a blend candidate will make sense in the formulation phase only to be underwhelming when it’s actually tried by a test population of Kratom consumers.
Only the best and brightest specialty blends make it into the commercial production phase.