Over the past two years, we have seen Vietnam kratom rise from obscurity to a fairly popular option, similar to other strains, such as Sumatra kratom.
However, Vietnam kratom is far from new.
For thousands of years, kratom has grown in the more fertile areas of Vietnam.
For anyone interested in kratom, Vietnam strains are fairly unique in effects and are definitely worth looking into.
The effects of Vietnam kratom are heavily influenced by Vein type. White vein Vietnam is quite energetic, whereas Red and Yellow Vietnam are very pain-relieving and sedating. Green Vietnam has both pain relieving and energetic effects.
In addition, some other effects of Vietnam strains are:
While the descriptions of these effects seem fairly difficult to discern, this list is compiled from a variety of different sources. Overall, the effects reminiscent of a more potent white vein borneo.
But there are some unique differences, as it seems to blend both powerful painkilling capability with energetic effects and lucidity, without the more overpowering nature of a strain like Maeng Da.
It should be noted that the effects of Vietnam are more uniquely swayed by the vein color than most other strains, so there can be some strong variations.
For instance, yellow and red Vietnam kratom are much more sedating than their green and white counterparts.
While not as potent as a strain such as Bali or Borneo, Vietnam strains are fairly close in painkilling effects. The nature of these effects feels somewhat different, as it doesn’t have as much of the characteristic sedation found in other strong strains for pain relief.
While not overpowering to any extent, Vietnam kratom is known for its extremely smooth energetic effects. Unlike some strains like Thai, it is not a forceful energy, but if you need to get stuff done, the energy is certainly there.
Because of this, many people prefer Vietnam strains for daily use.
One of the most unique effects of Vietnam strains is their organic feeling of clarity and mood lifting, which aside from this strain, typically only occur in strains such as white vein borneo.
This feeling is characterized by a feeling of mental energy, and clarity, making difficult work a breeze, without the physical intensity that some other strains cause.
Despite not being overpowering, users of these strains know that this effect should not be taken lightly, as it is fairly potent despite its subtlety.
Although Vietnam is a fairly large province, nearly all of the kratom that has been exported over the past few years is located in or around the An Giang Province. This province, is located on the Mekong River making it a very fertile area for growth.
Because of the unique growth and fertile conditions along the Mekong River, this area receives a large amount of rainfall, humidity and minerals swept down the river from northern mountains, deeper within the continent of Asia.
Because of these conditions, it is in one of the most ideal locations for kratom growth, and its unique genetic properties give it some unique effects and alkaloid differences between strains from other areas.
All of these factors make Vietnam kratom very different from other strains, and definitely worth checking out.
2019 update: Vietnam has made kratom fully illegal, so any Vietnam strains are now grown in different locations (likely Indonesia), so the effects profile may change slightly.
Despite Vietnam’s increasing popularity, kratom is now illegal in Vietnam (as of 2019). Because of this, Vietnam kratom is temporarily less available, however, many are starting to export strains originated in Vietnam to Indonesia to be grown.
If Vietnamese kratom continues to flourish, we can expect to see a lot of great additions to the kratom strain selection over time. Vietnam kratom shows a lot of promise, and is definitely worth looking into.