Yellow Vein Kratom Strains: Pointless Hype or Superior New Type of Kratom?

There is one topic that both long time kratom users and dabblers know little about: yellow vein kratom. It’s relatively new to the market so there’s a whole lot of misinformation.

Many people have been turning to kratom for help in dealing with anxiety. It’s understandable to want to jump into it outright to see if it can help your situation, but just like with anything that you introduce to your body, it’s crucial to be informed about what you’re taking. So here’s what you need to know about it.

What is Yellow Vein Kratom?

Technically, the term “yellow vein kratom strain” is a misnomer. To get to that, let’s look into what kratom is in the first place.

There are three major types of kratom on the market – green, red, and white. The powder is derived from the dried leaves of Kratom plants (Mitragyna Specios), a tree-like plant that grows in abundance in places where the climate is hot and humid, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. This plant is part of the Rubiaceae family, which is the same group of plants as coffee.

Kratom is special in that it brings a myriad of effects. Just like coffee, kratom can be consumed for its stimulant effects. However, these effects can only occur when kratom is consumed at lower dosages.

At higher dosages, it can work as a mild pain reliever and induce feelings of euphoria. At even higher dosages, it can work as a sedative. This is because it can act on the body’s opioid receptors, which is why it could have potential as an opioid substitute.

These stimulant and sedative properties are due to the unique combination of chemical compounds found in the plant’s leaves, particularly the alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

This type of kratom has a red appearance, hence the name. The color is derived from the dominant color in the plant’s leaves.

It is known to have high hydroxymitragynine content, the alkaloid that is responsible for the pain relieving and mildly sedating properties of kratom, which are also the properties that make an opioid substitute. It is the most popular strain and is usually the more expensive strain. It is recommended for more experienced users.

This strain is known for its stimulant and mood enhancing properties. It has a similar effect as coffee, in that it boosts alertness, focus. This is why some people who want to wean themselves off caffeine but still need to remain alert for work or for day-to-day life opt for kratom instead.

Those who need a mood booster and those who feel lethargic could benefit from this strain, although if you’re having problems sleeping, you should avoid consuming any especially before bedtime.

This is the middle-of-the-road strain, which is why before the yellow kratom strain became more available, it’s the one that’s frequently recommended to newbies. It has moderate intensity so it can boost your mood and make you feel energized without getting you too stimulated. And unlike the red strains, it won’t have a sedative effect that would leave you feeling drowsy.

This strain is more commonly used by those who experience anxiety and could use a little help when placed in social settings. It can make you feel more relaxed so that you feel comfortable in your own skin, and appear more cheerful and open.

4. Yellow Vein Kratom

The kratom powder on the market these days that are advertised as “yellow vein” are not an entirely different strain. The coloring is the result of a drying process that enables the development of certain unique properties in the final product.

For example, red vein strains can be dried over a longer period of time than usual to achieve this color. Strains that are traditionally dried indoors could also be dried indoors. Even minor changes in this drying process can alter the alkaloid composition in the leaves, resulting to kratom powder that produces different effects.

Regardless of the strain, kratom products typically come in powder form. The powder can be consumed by smoking, brewing it into tea, or mixing it in with food. Kratom also comes in the form of capsules or concentrated extract.

Yellow Vein Kratom Strains to Try

Ready to get started? Here are some recommendations:

Maeng Da Thai Kratom Powder (Yellow Vein)

Maeng Da powders are known for their potency and is one of the most popular choices on the market, and this yellow vein strain will not disappoint. 

It brings the pain relieving properties of conventional Maeng da, without the overwhelming energy boost that would cause you to become jittery and unfocused.

Thai Kratom Powder (Yellow Vein)

Thai Kratom Powder is relatively new to the market but the locals have been using kratom for centuries. This variety in particular is developed through a small-batch drying process that produced a pretty unique profile. 

The effects are mild yet long lasting – ideal for the new kratom user who wants to enjoy its benefits for an entire day.

This is for every type of kratom enthusiast, from beginners to seasoned users who want to satisfy their curiosity. Just like green strains, this one from Borneo is known for its mild euphoric and stimulating effect. 

If you want relief from discomfort and you want to get through a rough day, this might help you.

Who Is It For?

Because the drying process that was used to develop this variety of kratom resulted to an alkaloid profile that gives milder effects, it’s ideal for those who are new to using kratom.

It has similar effects as green kratom. If your goal is to ultimate try the more potent red or white vein strain, this is a good way to ease you into the routine.

You can also expect benefits such as mild pain relief, enhanced concentration, and improved mood (and in some cases, euphoria). So if you’re experiencing mood swings, and if you need a little push to get through a day you’re dreading, this might be the strain for you.

So, Is It Worth The Hype?

One thing’s for sure – it’s not for everyone. Those who are looking for the potency of red vein kratom and are expecting to find it in this one will likely be disappointed. However, those who are new to taking kratom or those who are looking to transition from a mild regimen to a higher dosage, will likely find the yellow vein kratom beneficial.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that a good kratom regimen always requires experimentation and you can do it safely by taking it slowly.


Alex Eriksson is the founder of Epic Kratom, a blog dedicated to all Kratom lovers that provide honest and research-backed advice on how people can treat their chronic health problems using Kratom.

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