Beginners Guide to Kratom

As a Beginner to Kratom, things can be confusing. Let us clear some things up for you.

What is Kratom?

If you are a newcomer to Kratom, the first step down your journey is knowing what kratom is and where is comes from and how it can affect you. 

Kratom also known as Mitragyna Sepciosa is a tree that grows native in Southeast Asia. Part of the Rubiaceae plant family, kratom is related to the coffee plant but the pharmacology is much different. Kratom has more than 25 compounds and alkaloids that grow naturally in the leaves. Click here for a list of alkaloids. The leaves have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes but have only caught on in the western world over the last decade.

The native people to Southeast Asia commonly used the leaves to relieve pain, anxiety, depression, increase concentration, boost mood, and help with sleep. Today kratom leaves are dried and crushed into a powder to make tea or capsules. Kratom is categorized into a few different colors and strains and grows in a handful of regions. These colors and regions are how most brands name the kratom strains. Red Vein Thai, Green Vein Borneo, and so on.

Kratom is a very unique plant that many people would call a miracle. Each person has a very unique experience with kratom depending on the dose and strain. This is why kratom can be very confusing. A strain that works for your family member or best friend may not work for you. Let’s break a few more things down so you can understand each strain and dose.



Kratom Vein Colors and effects

There are only 3 true kratom strain colors. These are White, Green and Red. These strains get their colors by different drying techniques and properties. All Kratom leaves are harvested when they are roughly the size of a human hand. Whether the leaves are dried indoors or outdoors the alkaloids can be manipulated through the drying process to make a different vein color. You may also see vendors who make Blends or Fusions, At the end of the day there are only 3 strain colors.

Each color produces its own unique set of effects, but each variation within a color can vary. For example, White Borneo and White Thai produce roughly the same effects. However, White Thai produces more potent effects due to its higher potency of alkaloids.

You can expect kratom’s effects to last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.

Kratom Leaf being held against a blurred background

Red Vein Kratom

Red veins are more sedative, relaxing, and produce stronger pain relief than other strains. Hence, why they are also the most popular. If you are looking for relief, relaxation, or having trouble sleeping, a red strain might be the ticket.

  • Red Maeng Da: Most popular strain for physical relief and sedation. Also used for recovery after a workout.

  • Red Indo: Great for physical daytime relief and stress relief

  • Red Borneo: Great for stress relief and muscle discomfort. Red Borneo is not as sedative as other Red Strains.

  • Red Thai: The most energetic Red Strain, Great for daytime relief and relaxation.

Red Vein Borneo Capsules
Premium Green Vein Indo Kratom

Green Vein Kratom

Green strains They can produce euphoric and energizing effects with a boost in your mood. Many use green strains for daytime relief as well.

    • Green Maeng Da: Extremely euphoric and energizing. It’s perfect for people who are looking for a mood lift.

    • Green Malay: Green Malay is slightly more energizing than Green Maeng Da but is widely loved for its mood enhancement properties.

    • Green Thai: Known as the most energetic green strain. Great for focus and training. Many people like it for a pre workout.

    • Green Borneo: Moderate energy and balanced mood. Great to replace a cup of coffee.

    • Green Indo: Moderate physical relief balanced mood and a boost of energy.

White Vein Kratom

White veins are stimulant strains. They provide energy and mood boosts as well as increased focus. They are great for relieving anxiety, staying productive, and ideal for work or studying.

    • White Maeng Da: High Potency and long-lasting properties make this a great strain for focus and help with physical discomfort.

    • White Thai: A personal favorite. This strain is extremely euphoric and helps to eliminate anxiety as well as increase my productivity.

    • White Borneo: Unique among white strains because it also provides pain relief. If you need to be productive and boost your mood but don’t want sedative effects this strain is for you.

White Vein Maeng Da Kratom Capsules
Ursae Major Blend is for Energy and Relief

Kratom Blends

Kratom blends or kratom fusions are a blend of 2 or more regular kratom strains mixed together. Many brands that carry them make up their own blends and names. These are not for everyone but if you are having trouble finding a regular kratom strain a blend may be what you need.

Here are a few of ours

  • Ceti Kratom Blend: A blend of White Thai and Red Maeng Da. This strain is great for focus and helps with cognition but also aids with daily physical relief.

  • Ursae Major: Equal parts Red and White Maeng Da. This is one of our most popular strains. Many people like it for its balanced effects but also cause it can be used day or night.

  • Gamma Green Blend: Incredibly motivating. This strain is energetic and uplifting. It is also our most popular kratom blend.

Enhanced Kratom Stains and Extracts

Many brands make their own extract by a filtration process that removes the plant matter and leaves the alkaloids essentially making a concentration. This concentration is sold on its own as an extract or added to another regular strain to make an enhanced version. These are not for beginners. If you would like to learn more please read this article.

Golden Road Botanicals Enhanced Gamma Red Blended Kratom Capsules in a stand up pouch.

Legalities of Kratom

The fight to keep kratom is ongoing, there are organizations like the American Kratom Association and the Botanical alliance that is fighting to keep the legislation on our side. Over the years we have seen many studies on Kratom and as time goes on we are seeing more and more positive results which are key to prove that kratom should be available to the public. For now…kratom remains legal in the majority of the US with the exception of the following locations:

  • Sarasota County, Florida
  • Illinois with the exception of Jerseyville
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • Indiana
  • Wisconsin
Map of where Kratom is legal in the United States

How to take Kratom

Throughout the rest of the world, Kratom is consumed as tea. The hot water in the tea helps to activate some of the alkaloids in the kratom leaf. In the United States, kratom tea is not as popular and the powder is mixed into a drink, taking in a capsule form, or swallowed using the toss and wash method.

Kratom capsules and powder on a table from Golden Road Botanicals

Kratom Capsules

 If you value convenience over taste, kratom capsules are perfect for you. All you need is a beverage of your choice to chase it down with.
Capsules retain all of their alkaloid concentration. Therefore, providing potent effects. The only downside to using capsules is the amount of time it takes your body to break the capsules down, which is roughly 30 to 45 minutes.
Most kratom brands use a size ‘00’ capsule. These capsules hold roughly .5 grams of kratom powder. You would take 2 capsules for every one gram you want to take. These are great for beginners to easily count your dose and it helps with the bitter taste the powder has. Capsules are also
Kratom Tea macha mix from Golden Road Botanicals

Kratom Tea

Kratom Tea is not only the traditional way of taking kratom but it also boasts the most benefits. When you ass kratom to hot water it helps to activate more of the alkaloids within the kratom leaf.

Learn how to make a great cup of Kratom Tea here

Kratom Tea in a cup on a placemat

Toss and Wash

The toss and wash method involves taking the powder directly in your mouth. Take your preferred dose of kratom, set it on your tongue and chase it down with a beverage that you wish.

How Much Kratom Should You Take?

What is a good dose for a beginner to kratom?

This is the most asked question by new kratom customers. It’s also where most people get timid or nervous to try kratom. We recommend starting at a very low dose and climbing up from there each dose after. We have written an entire article on this one topic. Please read it to get the best answer.



Always be responsible and know your body. Kratom is a personal journey and is different for everybody. When the right dose and strain are found, it can do wonders.

Try our Kratom Starter Pack

The best way to understand Kratom, the vein colors, and the strains is to just jump in and get your feet wet. It will take some trial and error to find your strain and dose. This is our Kratom starter pack. It has one of each vein colors and one of our most popular blends. This is the best way to try a few different strains for a great price.

This pack is available in Capsule or Powder as well as 25 or 50-gram sizes of each strain.

  • Red Maeng Da

  • Green Maeng Da

  • White Maeng Da

  • Ursae Major

Golden Road Botanicals bginner pack of Kratom

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