Green Vein Thai vs Red Vein Thai – What is the Difference?

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May 8, 2019 0 Comments

Red Vein, Green Vein, Bali, Maeng Da…it’s confusing, isn’t it? With such a multitude of names associated with Kratom, it can be bewildering to someone who is new to the subject, and even to those who have been interested in Kratom for a while, the terms can still take some getting used to.

Although in this article we will be concentrating on the differences between Green Vein Thai and Red Vein Thai, the explanations should make your understanding of the terminology a lot easier and will help when looking at other strains, too.

What’s in a Name?

Well, quite a lot, actually. It does help if you break it down onto components, which is what we’re about to do.


The red, green, or white part of the name refers to the color of the veins on the leaf when it is harvested. All Kratom leaves start out with white veins, and as they mature, the colors change. White denotes the youngest leaf, green is ‘middle aged’, and finally red represents the most mature of leaves, which are normally to be found closer to the ground.

However, if you are new to Kratom you might be thinking that this color translates into the powder. It doesn’t. The veins are actually removed before the leaves are processed, and while there may be a hint of the color in the powder, the finished product is always a vibrant green, and should have a slight ‘earthy’ smell, without a chemical scent (which would suggest poor processing practices).

So why use the color in the name? Well, different colors have different properties, and once you know what effects each one offers, it makes choosing the right variety a piece of cake.


Kratom is grown prolifically throughout Southeast Asia, but each region brings something different to the Kratom it produces, because the different soil compositions affect the levels of alkalines in the tree, in particular mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the two active components which make Kratom such a remarkable plant. In Thailand, the soil is acidic which results in much higher levels of the two alkalines, making this a much sought-after strain.


The last thing you need to be aware of when looking at the different strains is it’s finished state. Is it powder, extract, or encapsulated? Powder is the most common method of use, while extract is made by evaporating as much water as possible from the boiled leaves until a concentrated paste is formed. Capsules are made purely for convenience, with measured amounts in each one.

Difference Between Red and Green

Okay, so now you have the basics of how a Kratom strain is named, you want to know the different properties of the colors.

Red Vein Thai Kratom is hugely popular thanks to its revitalizing aroma, and is often a perfect choice for those who are just starting out on their Kratom journey, and is useful in coping with the hustle and bustle of today’s busy lives.

Green Vein Thai Kratom, on the other hand, is a beautiful middle ground which is used by many people to help them focus.

Good For the Environment

So now you know a little more about how and why Kratom is named, a final word should be given about why using reputable companies like Kratom Mystic is good for the environment.

We use only Fair Trade farmers who have turned their backs on industries which have vastly contributed towards deforestation, such as palm oil and rubber. Leaves are only picked when they are needed, which means that the trees are totally sustainable (and which also means that you, the customer, receives only the freshest supply of Kratom), and by working with small farms, the skills learned will be passed down through generations, ensuring ever-better quality for us, and a better lifestyle for the farmers and their families.

It’s the best win-win you’ll ever see!

Author : Andy Cyrus