Yellow Kratom – What is Yellow Vein Kratom, Effects & Dosage

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Kratom strains are generally categorized by the color of the veins and stems on the leaves of the Kratom tree when harvested. These colors correspond to the maturity of the leaves because they change color during the growth cycle of the plant from a muted green when the leaves are young to a darker green, then ultimately a red color at peak maturity. This in turn has an impact on the level of alkaloids present in the leaves at each stage, and the potency of effects when ingested.

While there are three primary vein colors – red, green, and white – you can also purchase yellow vein Kratom. Yellow vein Kratom is not a primary category because it does not reflect a life stage of the Kratom leaf.

In this article we take an in-depth look at this unique Kratom category, offering a more detailed explanation of what yellow Kratom is, the common effects associated with taking it, dosage advice, as well as some of the most popular Yellow strains.

What is Yellow Vein Kratom?

Yellow Vein Kratom powder

Theories of the Harvesting Process

As mentioned, yellow vein Kratom is not one of the main categories of Kratom, so it is more complicated to describe, especially given that the other varieties can easily be categorized according to the stage of growth when the Kratom leaves are harvested.

Most people believe that yellow vein Kratom refers to a Kratom mix where white and red vein Kratom are mixed. The combination is then blended and fermented, giving the resulting powder a yellow hue.

On the other hand, a minority of Kratom users believe that yellow vein Kratom is just Kratom powder made from picking and drying Kratom leaves before they have reached full maturity. At this premature stage of growth, the stems tend to have a yellow appearance, so there is some logic to this.

Finally, some even believe yellow vein Kratom is a powder made from leaves harvested right at the end of their lifespan, which would explain why the powder would have a yellow hue. Just think about autumn leaves before they drop off the tree.

What is the Truth?

There is a bit of truth to more than one of the possibilities described above. In most cases, yellow vein powders are a blended mix of colors with leaves picked early in the growing process and late in the season. The leaves have often also undergone a unique drying or fermentation process, depending on the location it was sourced from.

There is far less consistency and next to no standards for yellow vein Kratom, which is why it is somewhat less predictable than any of the three main Kratom varieties, in terms of effects.

In most cases, it is a good idea to only purchase yellow Kratom from trusted vendors that publish a thorough product description, as this will help you understand what you are buying and give you an idea of what to expect.

Typical Yellow Vein Kratom Effects

Yellow Vein Benefits and Uses

Since it is one of the least consistent types of Kratom, the effects associated with the ingestion of yellow vein Kratom can vary substantially between any strain. That said, the effects and potential benefits tend to be similar to what you get with the ingestion of green vein Kratom.

For the most part, these beneficial effects include improved concentration and enhanced mood. Some people also find that yellow vein Kratom can help with anxiety relief. It can even offer some mild relief from physical pain, so many users take it to help ease pain associated with long-standing injuries and ongoing muscle fatigue.

While it is less predictable than the other Kratom varieties, yellow vein strains tend to have more muted effects than strains of red vein and white vein Kratom. For this reason, you might think that it would be a good option for beginners, but the different harvesting and processing standards means they can be unpredictable and better suited for those experienced with Kratom.

Yellow Vein Kratom Dosage

Yellow vein capsules

How Much Should You Take?

Since yellow vein Kratom tends to be far less predictable than other varieties, you will want to start with a small dose. Smaller doses tend to have fairly stimulating effects. Assuming your tolerance for Kratom is not too high, you should feel more awake and alert.

Larger doses of yellow vein Kratom usually produce more sedating effects, so you may feel somewhat tired and drowsy if you have taken a larger dose. No matter what effects and benefits you are looking for, we highly recommend starting with 1 to 2 grams of powder. This amount will allow you to familiarize yourself with the effects and allow you to gradually increase the amount you take until you have achieved the desired benefits.

Follow our Kratom dosage advice, which applies to any strain. When increasing the starting amount you take each time, 0.5 grams can be enough to see a difference.

Dose-Dependent Effects

People usually take smaller doses of yellow vein Kratom, generally classed as doses under 5 grams, for increasing focus and energy. You can also experience some mild pain relief, but not enough to be useful for any serious injury or muscle pain.

Anything over 5 grams would be considered a large dose of yellow vein Kratom. For most people, this larger dose can help deal with insomnia and other sleep-related issues. A larger dose also tends to bring out more of the pain relief benefits.

With that said, you do not want to overdo it, as this can lead to feelings of nausea and dizziness. This is why it is important to practice proper dose control by starting with a small volume and gradually increasing it.

Kratom leaf close up

While yellow vein Kratom will vary and can be somewhat unpredictable, it is still possible to purchase specific strains. Like the other colors of Kratom, these unique strains originate from different locations and as such will have unique alkaloid compositions based on the climate, temperature, soil and other growing conditions in that region. These strains offer slightly different effects, and people take them for different reasons.

The following are some of the best yellow vein Kratom strains:

1. Yellow Sumatra Kratom

Yellow Sumatra Kratom is often associated with mood enhancement while working as an effective sleep aid. The Kratom trees grown on the island of Sumatra tend to have a rich alkaloid profile thanks to the ideal soil and climate.

If you want a Kratom strain that can help you feel better and far calmer, try Yellow Sumatra. It is best to avoid taking it early in the day, especially if you are busy, as most people find it can make them feel fairly sleepy.

2. Yellow Maeng Da Kratom

Yellow Maeng Da Kratom acts differently from Yellow Sumatra Kratom, as it is known to have an energizing effect on the body and mind. It is also popular as a mood enhancer, so many people choose to add it to a smoothie or juice at the start of the day.

While a large dose can have the opposite effect and make an individual feel tired, this usually requires ingesting a significant amount. Since it is relatively easy to find and can be very energizing, it is becoming a popular alternative to caffeine within the Kratom community.

3. Yellow Thai Kratom

Yellow Thai Kratom is also quite energizing, but its most unique feature is its ability to improve concentration. Some even claim it can enhance short-term memory and reduce anxiety, so it is becoming a somewhat popular study and work aid.

It is difficult to find, so it has not quite exploded onto the Kratom scene. As demand increases, we would not be surprised to see it offered through more Kratom vendors. For a strain that can help with mental alertness and concentration, consider keeping an eye out for Yellow Thai Kratom.

4. Yellow Bali Kratom

Yellow Bali Kratom, on the other hand, tends to be one of the most popular and easily accessible yellow Kratom strains on the market today. This strain is known for its ability to stimulate the body and mind, as well as regulate sleep and improve a person’s overall mood.

When taken in large volumes, it is sedating, so it is best to avoid taking too much at the start of the day. Larger doses also help with pain relief, so if you struggle to fall asleep at night due to chronic pain, a larger dose of Yellow Bali Kratom might be just what you need.

5. Yellow Vietnam Kratom

Yellow Vietnam Kratom is another popular variety, as it offers a little bit of all of the best-known benefits of yellow vein Kratom strains. It can increase energy and mood, relieve physical pain, and help treat anxiety. When taken in large doses, it works well as a sleep aid.

It also tends to be among the most affordable yellow vein varieties and can be a good option for those on a tight budget. Again, just make sure that you buy from a trusted retailer and always practice proper dose control.

6. Yellow Sunda Kratom

Yellow Sunda Kratom originates from the tropical Sunda Islands of Indonesia, and thanks to the outstanding growing conditions, the strain tends to have fairly high levels of active alkaloids.

Like Yellow Sumatra, Yellow Sunda Kratom is very beneficial for anyone that is looking for a strain that can help them treat anxiety and stress. It can produce a sense of calm, as well as make a person feel far more relaxed. As an added bonus, it can actually help quite a bit with mental fog, as it is known to improve mental clarity.

The combination of improving focus and helping with relaxation means it can be very useful for anyone that feels overworked or over-stressed. Just remember, it can also make you feel fairly sleepy, so avoid taking too much if you have a busy day ahead of you.

In Summary


Yellow vein Kratom strains are typically achieved by mixing Kratom leaves picked at different stages of their growth cycle, typically at the very beginning and the very end, or white and red veins. They often undergo a different drying process that ferments the leaves, but this isn’t standardized and depends on the source.

As you would expect from its composition, yellow vein Kratom offers a little bit of what both red and white vein Kratom varieties do. While it certainly has its place, for the same reason, it can be more unpredictable. For those new to Kratom, you would be better off starting with and getting familiar with the primary varieties (white, red and green) before trying out yellow vein Kratom.

If you are an experienced Kratom user, look for the yellow vein strains that come closest to delivering the benefits you are looking for. Given that it is a blended type of Kratom, it is even more important that you buy it from vendors that lab test their Kratom. Avoid concentrates and stick to the yellow vein powders and capsules.

Written by Daniel Recardo

Founder of Kratom IQ; a self-improvement junkie and Kratom enthusiast. I started this website in 2015 to help people avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes with Mitragyna Speciosa, and ultimately get the most out of this amazing plant. Learn More...

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