Kratom Strains, Effects, and Measurements

Posted by Laughing Lion Herbs on 10th Aug 2023

People in some parts of the world have already had a happy relationship with kratom for many generations, and it’s finally starting to get some attention here in the United States. As people discover kratom, there has been a sudden rush to learn more about it and the Mitragyna Speciosa tree from which it comes. Kratom has even been politicized in some circles, which led to a rapid spread of information. Some of the things you read and hear about kratom are accurate, some are questionable, and some are downright fabricated.

This can make it hard for some people to separate fact from fiction when they first become interested in kratom. There’s a lot to learn about this plant, but it’s best to start by understanding the various strains, their effects, and how kratom is measured. One you can develop an understanding of some basic kratom facts, it will be much easier to appreciate the Mitragyna Speciosa plant for what it is. To that end, read below to learn more about the strains, effects, and standard measurements of kratom.

Kratom Strain Types

The Mitragyna Speciosa tree has grown naturally in Southeast Asia for centuries, where the working class has looked at it to boost energy as well as overall wellness. Some of the trees in that part of the world can grow to be nearly 100 feet tall, where they grow leaves in addition to bright yellow flowers. Depending on the age of a given Mitragyna speciosa leaf, its position on the plant, and the specific tree, it may have different characteristics.

Like with other plants, no two Mitragyna Speciosa trees are exactly alike. That said, though, kratom powder can generally be categorized into one of a few different strains:

  • Red Vein Kratom
  • Green Vein Kratom
  • White Vein Kratom
  • Gold Vein Kratom (Which is a blend of red/white strains)

However, contrary to what most will tell you or believe, the colors and even the strains are a marketing ploy from the Indonesian farmers. There is little to no difference between the different strains or colors. We inform what we know to be true and you can decide for yourself. But we do have consistency in our products. We make everything in our Colorado facility and do our best to continue producing consistent results across the various batches! 

Effects of Kratom

The different strains of kratom are each associated with their own effects. Everyone’s experience is different, so many people like to purchase a few different strains of kratom when they’re first starting out. That way they can determine exactly which strain they like the best. Before you get started, learn more about the most commonly reported effects of the four main kratom strains.

  • Gold Vein Kratom Effects

Gold kratom is often considered to be one of the most mellow varieties. Some people report that it’s associated with feelings of wellbeing and relaxation. People all around the world, especially in Southeast Asia, have turned to gold vein kratom when they want to feel differently either mentally or physically. That is, some people say it offers positive sensations for both body and mind.

  • Red Vein Kratom Effects

Many people buy red vein kratom online to start with, because they say its effects are most consistent with what they want from their kratom experience. Customers all over the world have reported buying red vein kratom for functional body use like relaxation and to help cope with from the stress build up from a difficult day.

  • Green Vein Kratom Effects

If you’re looking for the strongest kratom you can buy online, some people say you should check into the green vein variety. Of course, the actual strength of effects will depend on the specific plant, the skill of the harvesters, and the reliability of the vendor. Some people have said that green kratom is a great middle-ground between white vein kratom and red vein kratom. Effects will depend on the measurement, but many people report that it’s nice for both energy and mental clarity and focus.

  • White Vein Kratom Effects

Many people report that white vein kratom is tied to feelings of energy, an uptick in productivity, and a generally uplifted mood. This isn’t the most surprising news, especially if you consider that the Mitragyna Speciosa tree is related to the coffee tree. Some people say they love to buy white kratom for the daytime and other strains for the evening or night.

  • Kratom Effects by Measurement

One of the fascinating things about kratom is that people say the effects can depend on the measurement. For example, some people say they measure out a small amount of kratom when they want to experience an energized boost, and measure out a larger amount when they want relief from a stressful day or to relax at night. People who are experienced with kratom often become good at measuring out just the right amount for their situation.


Most people measure kratom either in grams or in teaspoons. If you have a kitchen scale handy, measuring by gram may be the most effective way to come up with consistent, repeatable measurements. When measuring by teaspoon, just be conscious of exactly how much you’re filling up your measuring spoon. In other words, are you measuring out a level teaspoon, a rounded teaspoon, or a heaping teaspoon? We package our kratom supplement with the suggested dose of 3 grams. This is equal to about 1 measuring teaspoon but can vary by as much as 25% depending on how compacted it is, the amount of moisture in the batch, and other density factors.

Measuring Kratom With a Measuring Spoon

Measuring out a heaping teaspoon may give you a much larger amount of kratom than a level teaspoon. Level teaspoons, on the other hand, are much easier to measure out repeatedly. That’s because when you make a heaping teaspoon, there’s really no way to know exactly how much kratom powder is piled on top of your measuring spoon. However you decide to measure your kratom, just try to be as consistent as possible with your method so you can make adjustments to your measurement over time.

Most people like to measure out somewhere between one half to three teaspoons of kratom at one time, especially when they’re new to kratom. For reference, a measurement of three teaspoons is also the same as one tablespoon. A teaspoon is a great place to start, and you can always start measuring out more or less kratom in the future if you want to make an adjustment.

Measuring Kratom With a Kitchen Scale

If you have a scale that can weigh by the gram, that’s probably the most efficient and exact way to measure your kratom. Most people who are new to kratom should probably start by measuring out about one to three grams. Once you’ve tried that a few times, you may decide to try adding a little bit of weight to your kratom measurements– just don’t go up by too many grams at one time. People who have more experience with kratom normally become very comfortable deciding how much to measure out at one time. Using too much kratom will trigger “rejection” by the body which may result in nausea and if it’s too much, throwing it back up. While there is no scientific data to suggest one way or the other, it seems that everyone has a different “tolerance” level and you must find what level is good for your body We have customers who say they use 1 gram and are thrilled with the results, and others who use 20 grams per dose and have the same effect. So it really comes down to your individual body chemistry, previous use of prescription or illegal drugs, and many more factors that we do not yet know. - AS ALWAYS, USE CAUTION WITH KRATOM, LESS IS ALWAYS MORE AND CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CONSUME KRATOM OR ANY OTHER SUPPLEMENT/HERB

Buy Kratom Online at Laughing Lion Herbs

Some kratom vendors aren’t very reliable, which makes it hard to predict the effects of their product. Avoid problems with consistency and purity by buying kratom from only the most trusted vendors available.

Here at Laughing Lion Herbs, we offer kratom strains online, and our customers can find a wide variety of different options. We only work with reputable harvesters to ensure the highest level of quality for our customers. In addition to providing top-shelf premium kratom, we take great pride in helping people learn more about this fascinating plant. If you have any questions about our products, or about kratom in general, please reach out to speak with an experienced member of our staff.