Sumatra kratom has been around for thousands of years as part of the region’s local culture, typically rolled up into a quid and chewed on.
Interestingly, it has only been in the past few years that this strain has risen in popularity.
As the name entails, this strain is from the Sumatra island in Indonesia — a rainy, humid, tropical climate, ideal for the immense number of wild-growing kratom trees which naturally populate the area.
Sumatra has some very unique properties and effects, which may be very beneficial for you.
Sumatra is often a difficult strain to characterize by effects due to the differences in effects among vein types.
However, I feel with the right distinctions, you will quickly see the benefits of all varieties of Sumatra kratom.
Sumatra strains have fairly unique medicinal and enjoyable effects,which are typically very physical in feeling, with mental effects (though less pronounced) which are definitely present as well.
One of the most prominent uses of Sumatra strains is pain relief.
This is due to the leaf’s, especially red vein varieties, high level of 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-OHM), a potent alkaloid which mimics the brain’s natural endorphins and enkephalins.
For this reason, many users have found red vein sumatra one of the most potent strains for pain relief.
Because of the immense physical relaxation and muscle relaxation characteristic of this strain, it exerts a very potent anti-stress ability within minutes. Because of red vein sumatra’s sedating properties, it is often best used on off-days or in the evenings, since it lends well to sleep.
As briefly mentioned, this strain’s sedating properties, particularly red veins, make it highly effective for sleep. Interestingly, it is exponentially more effective when combined with other natural sleep aids, such as valerian root, as there seems to be a sort of synergistic effects between the two.
All varieties and vein types of this strain have quite pronounced mood enhancing capabilities, and can be quite euphoric in the right dosages, but the quality of this mood boost can vary depending upon the vein type as well. White vein varieties tend to be more energetic and mental, whereas red veins tend to be more sedating and physical.
The two most commonly found types of this strain are red and white vein. Although there are green veins which cam be quite potent, they are not as commonly found.
The key qualities that you can expect to find when trying out red vein sumatra are:
The pain relief capability of this strain are quite immense, and more pronounced than in its white vein cousin, and on the whole, the red tend to be more sedating, good for sleep, and physical and effect.
White vein sumatra shouldn’t be ignored, as it has some of the most diverse profile of effects, depending upon dosage, making it quite hard to pin down. At lower doses, it tends to be fairly energetic and stimulating, whereas at a higher dosage, the effects tend towards relaxation and painkilling. This unique strain can be a sort of kratom variety “philosopher’s stone” due to this unique ability.