Borneo is the third largest island in Asia. The island is divided amongst three countries: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

​In a 2002 survey conducted by the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Indonesia has 18,307 islands. 

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Types of Kratom

When researching kratom for the first time you will notice all of the different verbiage surrounding various types of kratom. Here is a basic breakdown of the more common items you will see in the names of kratom. By no means is this an all-inclusive list, as there are several exceptions in each category, but it will be a good starting point.

Kratom is generally categorized based on the color of its vein. Many other plants that are used for medicinal purposes share this type of classification. The three most common vein colors you will see with kratom are red, green, and white.

Red- Red vein kratom is the most commonly found. This is because red vein kratom traditionally has a higher level of alkaloids with pain killing effects. People commonly use red veined kratom as a sleep aid. It is also generally thought of as the most well-rounded vein of kratom. 

White -  White vein kratom is typically used as a stimulant. It is used more like a coffee substitute to increase alertness. The effects are typically described as increased energy and a boost to an overall positive mood. It can help combat feelings of fatigue and drowsiness.

Green - Green veined kratom falls in the spectrum between red and white. It is often described as having mild pain killing effects, while still being able to provide a small boost of energy. ​The effects of green vein kratom are the most moderate. 

Kratom strains are generally named after two things. The first being the color of the vein (see above). The second being the region at which it originated from. With the various growing regions throughout Southeast Asia, the effects of different growing conditions can have a slight impact on the kratom itself. Some common examples you will see is included in the name are Bali (Indonesia), Indo (Indonesia), and Thai (Thailand).

Some companies sell kratom extracts. An extract is a substance made my removing a part of the raw material using a solvent. The most common type of extract you will see sold are water based extracts. These are often identified by a 'x' (10x, 25x, etc). This is to indicate how many plain leafs were used to make the same weight in extract. There are also resin based extracts, which are created using a solvent with water.

In the naming process, many vendors opt to include the region where their product was grown into the name. Some common names you may see can include; Thai (Thailand), Indo (Indonesia), Malay (Malaysia), Borneo, and Bali (Province of Indonesia).

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