Are you at all familiar with that mysterious tropical evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia, called mitragyna speciosa? Well, if not, you may have heard of the North American term Kratom. If you still have no idea what on earth this thing is, keep reading because it is surely something you might want to consider researching simply for its vast array of mental benefits. A Kratom’s tree leaves produce stimulant-like effects—not a huge surprise since the Kratom tree is a member of the coffee family. Kratom varies from color to color and strain to strain, and its nuances can be intimidating for someone learning about Kratom for the first time. Although Kratom boasts many advantages, products containing Kratom can only be purchased for research purposes in the USA. This article will focus on red Kratom, specifically its harvesting process and strains. But before getting started with your research on red Kratom, it’s important to know more about the background of the Kratom colors.
What Are the Different Colors and Why Are They Important?
Before introducing the Kratom colors, it’s important to understand what parts of the plant are colored. The colors do not represent the Kratom leaves’ color, but rather the plant’s veins and stems. The leaves remain green throughout the Kratom’s life, but the mid-veins and stems change in color. The nuances in color result from the conditions in which the Kratom grows, such as the region’s climate and soil quality.
There are more than three Kratom colors, but these three seem to hog the spotlight. The three Kratom colors—red, white, and green—are the ones you will mostly hear about. The other less common colors of Kratom are yellow and gold. While there are a couple of different theories as to why these rarer colors exist, the theory that is widely accepted claims that the yellow or gold hues result from the drying process. The color of Kratom differs depending on which stage of its life the plant is harvested at. Red Kratom is harvested the latest, making them the oldest of the three. White Kratom is harvested early on, and green Kratom is harvested during maturation. Interestingly, the plant’s maturity generates different results in terms of its color and effects alike.
In short, color is important because each color of Kratom contains compounds that produce different aromatic effects. In your research, the best practice is to find your preferred color through trial and error. And the first part of that trial process should involve experimenting with the most popular color first: red Kratom. Afterward, having observed and monitored its impacts, you can move on experimenting with the other colors and their products.
Red Kratom Harvesting Process
Red kratom is considered the best selling Kratom on the market. If you look closely, a red Kratom is identifiable by its red-colored veins and stems. The red color is influenced by the plant’s maturity and the drying process. Once the leaves of a Kratom have red veins, the tree is mature and the leaves are ready to be picked. The leaves are then kept under direct sunlight or UV lamps to dry. The length of the drying process will depend on the type of strain. The leaves can also be fermented during this stage to create a newer strain of Kratom, called Bentuangie Kratom. Once the leaves have finished drying, they can be made into different forms, such as powder.
To supply the demand on the market, red Kratom has a high production rate. Red Kratoms normally have a higher concentration of two active alkaloids, 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine, and a lower level of speciociliatine. Red Kratom strains contain a total of about 30 alkaloids, with most of them being inactive. The promoted well beings of the strains will depend on the percentage of each alkaloid. Red Kratom strains tend to have a calming effect on the mind. They are generally the preferred color when the goal is to improve the quality of relaxation.
Red Kratom Strains
It can be surprising that the coloring of Kratom is about much more than mere aesthetics. As mentioned, there are multiple colors of Kratom and multiple strains within each color. The strain name normally signifies the location at which the particular strain was harvested. The variations between strains within a color are vast, potentially causing different effects depending on its potency level. The following main strains of Kratom can be helpful to know when shopping for Kratom products to avoid becoming confused. Although red Kratoms are popular, you have to pay attention to the type of strain since some are more potent than others.
This red strain is harvested from the Island of Bali in Indonesia. It’s one of the easier red strains to harvest due to its abundance of leaves. It is normally a favorite within the Kratom community and is often used as a baseline to compare other red strains because of its milder effects and high quality.
Borneo Red originates from the Borneo Islands in Southeast Asia. This strain is newer to the market than Red Bali but is increasing in popularity. The aromatic effects are not the most energizing and instead provide a strong relaxation effect due to its high potency.
Red Kapuas comes from the shores of the Kapuas Hulu River. This is also a potent strain and has become a favorite because of its effects and quality. This strain gives off a relaxing aroma and can produce an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Red Maeng Da
This strain is native to Thailand and generates the strongest effects of any of the strains mentioned above. Maeng Da is the name of the waterbus that can be found all over the waters in Thailand. It’s one of the most popular Kratom strains on the market.
Ways to Consume Red Kratom
There are multiple ways you can introduce Kratom into your diet. Kratom does not need to be processed in order to be consumed. The leaves themselves can be brewed into tea. Another option is to crush the leaves up and chew them.
If Kratom in raw form sounds undesirable, one of the most popular options on the market is Kratom powder. The powder is derived from the leaves of the Kratom tree, which are broken apart to create a powder. Like most powdered supplements, Red Kratom powder makes for a great addition to any smoothie. Otherwise, Red Kratom powder can be added to water for those who don’t mind a bitter taste. Others add red Kratom powder to their orange juice, lemonade, coffee, or tea. The powder can also be added to recipes for baking, but keep in mind that it will add a bitter taste to your baked goods.
The Final Word
So which Kratom is the best? There is a lot to consider when selecting the type of Kratom to research since they all contain different levels of alkaloids that produce varied effects. While all Kratoms have their advantages, red Kratom produces the only strains generating a sense of ease. In general, red Kratom targets mood and relaxation levels and delivers a mellow aroma. Strains within the red Kratom generally produce pleasant, relaxing effects, unlike their counterparts which tend to energize. No matter what, you should be diligent when selecting a vendor and make sure that they are certified lab-tested, safe, and of high quality.
Although Kratom has gained recent attention in the health and wellness market, it has been used for medicinal purposes for several centuries. Today, it’s being sold in various forms for chewing, drinking, eating, and smoking. The potential benefits of Kratom are numerous and can make for an amazing addition to anyone’s journey towards improving their health and wellbeing. Red Kratom is some of the most high-quality Kratom out there and the most appropriate as the first strain to research. Not only is red Kratom popular because of its relaxing effects, but it can also be more appealing to those users who do not desire the upper effect that green and white Kratom leaves provide. After experimenting with the red strains, the next step of exploration can be to move on to the white and the green Kratom.