Kratom Strains

White Vein Kratom Strains & Their Effects

The easiest way to group kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is by the color of the veins.

People who reach for white vein kratom usually use the plant for its nootropic or stimulating properties. White vein varieties contain the highest concentration of mitragynine, which is a stimulant similar to caffeine from coffee. These strains are known for their clear-headed “buzz” and physically energizing action. 

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about white vein kratom — including what effects you can expect and how to decide which strain to start with first. 

Written by Wade Paul
Last Updated 2 years ago

Wade Paul

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Wade Paul is the founder and editor-in-chief at

What Is White Vein Kratom?

There are three main categories of kratom strains (red vein, green vein, and white vein) and one bonus category (yellow vein).

If we were to place each strain on scale, with stimulating and euphoric on the left, and sedative and analgesic on the right — white vein kratom would be on the far left.

Most people who prefer white vein kratom use the herb for its stimulating, mood-enhancing, and nootropic benefits rather than for managing chronic pain, anxiety, or insomnia.

White vein kratom contains a high concentration of mitragynine — which targets the opioid receptors (responsible for the euphoric effects) and 5HT2A serotonin receptors (involved with cognition and focus).

It’s interesting to note that most of the classical psychedelics work by activating the 5HT2A receptors as well. While white vein kratom is not psychoactive, it does have an impact on cognition and our ability to think outside the box.

What Does White Vein Kratom Do?

Every white vein kratom strain is a little different, but the general effects people associate with white vein kratom are for improving mood, focus, and creativity.

Summary — The Benefits of White Vein Kratom:

These strains are popular among people who rely on their creative abilities for work. They’re used to stimulate the creative process, increase mental energy, and elevate mood. White vein works to both improve our exertion of cognitive energy while performing various tasks and allows us to maintain this output for longer periods of time (mental stamina).

White vein kratom strains are also respected for their mood-supportive benefits. They’re used in a similar way to herbs like kava or cannabis to promote a mild euphoria and a greater sense of wellbeing.

People who drink white kratom often say they feel like they’re “floating” and that they’re at peace both with themselves and with the world around them.

White Vein Kratom For Creativity

This section is going to get a little bit metaphysical, but I’d like to make a case for using white vein kratom to help with creativity and deep intellectual work. I use white vein a lot while I work and find it to be one of the most reliable nootropics for stimulating creativity through processes.

There’s a concept involved with motivation called Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

This concept outlines the basic needs of every human. It covers our physical, psychological, and self-actualization needs.

Here’s a quick rundown of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs:

  1. The bottom levels are for our basic needs — including our needs for food, water, air, and security.
  2. The middle layers are for our psychiatric needs — including our need for social interaction, our sense of achievement, and contentedness.
  3. The highest level is reserved for self-actualization needs — such as our need to create and solve problems.

Only when the lower tiers are satisfied can we reach the pyramid’s higher levels. If we can’t reach these higher tiers, it becomes more difficult to remain focused and inspired to do creative or more complex cognitive tasks.

White vein kratom is used to satisfy the mid-tier layers of the pyramid by elevating our mood. It gives us a feeling of contentment, mental energy and puts us in a much better mental state overall.

As a result, pending that other basic needs (such as hunger, thirst, and social interaction) are met, it becomes much easier to reach the pyramid’s higher levels where most of our creative and intellectual work is done.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa)

White Vein Kratom Dosage

All kratom follows the same general dosage guidelines — which involves two main categories of dose:

  • Low dose kratom — 2–5 grams
  • High dose kratom — 5+ grams

If you want more specific advice on what dose of kratom to use according to your individual weight and desired set of effects, check out our all-inclusive kratom dosage guide.

The lower doses of kratom have a much stronger stimulating action and are the best dose for people looking to use kratom as a nootropic or alternative to coffee. Since these are the primary uses for white vein kratom, it’s recommended that you aim for the lower dosage range with these strains to get the greatest level of benefit.

Higher doses of kratom become much more sedative and euphoric. These doses are preferred by people who are using kratom to help them sleep, alleviate chronic pain, or induce a state of inebriation or euphoria. The higher the dose, the more likely you are to experience side effects, so always work your way up to higher doses gradually.

Best White Vein Kratom Strains

There are many different strains of kratom that are available in their white vein form. The color of the veins is largely dependent on what period the plants were harvested during the growth cycle.

Pretty much any strain can be harvested earlier to obtain the white vein characteristics.

White vein kratom strains include:

Every strain is a little bit different, and while it’s possible to make generalizations about the effects of white vein kratom overall, there are exceptions to this rule.

Here are the five most popular white vein kratom strains, along with some tips on what effects you can expect from each:

1. White Borneo Kratom

Summary: This is the most popular white vein option for a reason.

White Borneo kratom was the most popular white vein strain in 2019 and 2020. This strain is very consistent and offers strong but well-rounded effects. It’s perfectly suited for the productivity-glorifying attitude of the modern world.

White Borneo kratom is like turning on the cruise control in your car. It’s not as strong of a stimulant as other strains, and it’s not the strongest painkiller either. Instead, it seems to put you into a nice, stable groove. You feel a mildly heightened but long-lasting improvement in energy levels that allow you to push through your work at a steady, consistent pace.

The effects on pain and mood are the same. There are no drastic fluctuations, but it brings you closer to the midline and keeps you there for several hours at a time.

People love this strain because it’s reliable, it’s effective, and it isn’t too strong that you risk feeling the uncomfortable side effects inherent so some of the more heavy lifters in the kratom space. This is a staple everybody can find value from.

2. White Thai Kratom

Summary:  Excellent strain for use in social settings. 

Not all white vein kratom is actually grown in Thailand — but the original source of these strains is from the mountainous regions in Southern Thailand. These strains are most often cultivated in Indonesia, where the kratom trade is thriving.

White Thai kratom has all the key features of white vein varieties, with one subtle difference.

While this strain is considered stimulating, it also has a contradictory relaxing effect. It makes you feel like you’re awake and alert, with plenty of energy, but very relaxed and chill at the same time. It’s difficult to explain this sensation without trying it yourself.

This is a perfect strain to use while writing, drawing, or doing other forms of creative work. It’s also an excellent choice for people who use kratom while socializing or hanging out with friends as the energized-yet-relaxed sensation it produces is conducive for engaging in deep conversation.

3. White Bali Kratom

Summary: A well-rounded White vein kratom strain for stimulation & pain relief.

Like most white vein kratom strains, white Bali is a potent stimulant. Compared to other white vein options, white Bali kratom tends to be milder overall and offers more versatility in its effects.

This strain is fairly even-keel in terms of the alkaloid content — which allows it to offer additional benefits not commonly associated with white vein strains. This is a good strain for people who want the painkilling benefits of kratom but prefer the stimulating nature of white vein kratom.

The broad balance of this strain also makes it less likely to produce side effects. Most people report taking much higher doses of this strain without any notable side effects.

4. White Sumatra Kratom

Summary: A highly stimulating strain to replace your morning coffee.

White Sumatra kratom is some of the most stimulating kratom available. It contains an exceptionally high concentration of the alkaloids mitragynine and paynantheine.

The former alkaloid provides most of the stimulating action of the herb, while the second (paynantheine) works to counteract side effects common in stimulants such as anxiety and muscle tension.

This is an excellent option for people looking for a caffeine-free alternative to coffee.

5. White Indo Kratom

Summary: Excellent all-around white vein kratom option.

Indonesia has the ideal growing conditions for kratom. Many of the best strains in the world come from this country.

However, subtle changes in the climate from one part of the country to the next can influence the characteristics of the kratom grown here. As a result, there are some inconsistencies from one Indo strain to the next.

For the most part, white Indo kratom is an excellent average of white vein strains overall — offering stimulating, mood-enhancing, and euphoric benefits. Subtle differences from one strain to the next may make some samples a little more stimulating than others.

We’ve found the white Indo kratom offered by Star Kratom has the strongest stimulating effects, but all white Indo is going to be fairly similar.

This is an excellent all-around white vein option for people using kratom as a stimulant or mood enhancer during the day.

Best Places to Buy White Vein Kratom

White vein kratom is very popular among entrepreneurs, students, and creative freelance communities. As a result, it’s easy to find vendors selling all sorts of white vein strains online.

There’s a big difference between good quality white vein kratom from a poor quality white vein.

I’ve ordered cheap white vein leaf powder and have been very disappointed in the past. If the farmers growing kratom are inexperienced, they may harvest the leaves too early. The leaves will be white when they harvest, but they may not have had enough time to develop the rich alkaloid content that makes these leaves useful.

Plants that were harvested early aren’t going to be very strong. Kratom vendors that are further away from the source may inadvertently end up with these weaker white vein strains.

Here are three kratom vendors with a robust connection to kratom farmers in Southeast Asia and offer reliable and potent white vein kratom.

1. Kona Kratom

Aka GMP Certified yes
Pricing $45.00 — $115.00
Verified Vendor

Kona Kratom

4.95 / 5
Ranked 1 out of 190 vendors

Kona Kratom is one of the leading suppliers of kratom powder for a reason. They have excellent connections with the local kratom farmers in Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, and Vietnam.

This gives them three key advantages over their competition:

  • They have access to an incredibly wide range of strains to choose from
  • Their selection of kratom is consistent because they source from the same group of farmers
  • They’re able to offer better prices than companies that source kratom through a middle-man

This is the best one-stop shop for kratom we know of and has pretty much become our main source for kratom at the moment.

2. Star Kratom

Aka GMP Certified yes
Pricing $35 — $95
Verified Vendor

Star Kratom

4.9 / 5
Ranked 2 out of 190 vendors

Star Kratom is a newer brand we’ve been ordering from lately to test out. What we really like about this company is their emphasis on getting your order shipped as soon as possible.

We love the selection at Star Kratom, which features a few of the more exotic strains like Thai Elephant in red, white, and green vein options. They also carry a few other rare and exotic strains throughout the year in limited batches.

3. VIP Kratom

Aka GMP Certified yes
Pricing $40.00 — $125.00
Verified Vendor

VIP Kratom

4.85 / 5
Ranked 4 out of 190 vendors

VIP Kratom differentiates itself from the pack in its preference for premium powder. We spoke with the founder to explore their process and were impressed with his integrity for product quality.

He told us if he or his team thought the kratom they received from their suppliers in Southeast Asia weren’t strong enough, consistent enough, or produce the effects they were looking for, they would reject it on the spot and send it all the way back.

These guys are not messing around — their emphasis on selling only the highest grade kratom possible makes them worthy of our top three list.

The catch? The costs involved with finding A-grade kratom, testing it both in-house and independently, and taking fairly large losses every now and then on rejected batches make the cost of business higher than average. Understandably, you’re going to pay a little bit of a premium for this brand.

If you don’t want to waste your time with inadequate or underpowered kratom and don’t mind paying a little more to guarantee the quality of your product — VIP is definitely the way to go.

Final Thoughts: Best White Vein Kratom

There are a lot of different white vein kratom strains to choose from, and while each one is a little bit different, there are a few generalizations we can make for these strains.

In lower doses, white vein kratom strains are potent energizers. They’re the most popular choice among people using kratom as an alternative to coffee or other stimulants, or in small doses as a nootropic (less than 4 grams).

Higher doses of kratom bring a completely different set of effects. Green and red generally become sedative, but white vein is a little bit different. Instead of becoming sedative, higher doses of white vein have a euphoric effect. They’re very popular among people using kratom as a natural antidepressant or for drinking with friends and social gatherings.

The most popular white vein kratom is the white Borneo strain. It does everything you’d expect from an energetic white vein kratom, but without being overpowering.

If you’re looking for something super potent in the white vein category, check out the white Sumatra from Kona Kratom or VIP Kratom. Other vendors have excellent Sumatra kratom as well, but we’ve found they aren’t always consistent.

The best white vein for social gatherings, hands down, is the white Thai strain (we use the Kona Kratom version).