The Truth Behind Strain Names

The Truth Behind Strain Names

Hello Otie’s Family!

Today we are going to talk about the various names our precious leaf is given. We answer customer questions about strains and their names quite often. So, we wanted to give you some more information.

Strain names are all but names for marketing. I know that can be a let down for some. These names were all created by our awesome Indonesian farmers just for Kratom consumers, they know how much we all love options!

With that being said, a ‘Maeng Da’ from one vendor, will most likely not give you the exact same effects as one from another. We know a lot of people prefer to stick with a certain name. It is a comfort thing, Adam and I were the same way at one time, till we did some more research on our beloved plant. This is why we want to share as much information with you as possible.

Please remember, there are only three Kratom vein colors. Red, Green & White vein. Believe it or not, most trees grow with a red vein! Green vein is fairly common as well, but white vein leaves are few and far between. Also, one tree can grow each color vein. Strains are all but blends of certain colored vein.

The drying process of these leaves after they are farmed is actually what gives us such a big difference in color. Indoor drying, outdoor drying, use of a UV light, fermentation, and variations of those processes give us the colors we know and love. For example, white strains are typically dried entirely inside, with little to no light. While reds are dried in sunlight, or with a strong UV light. Any strain can be fermented, which gives us our tried and true Red Bentuangie. Yellow and Gold strains are the most interesting of them all, but they are typically also fermented. They can be blends of a fermented red and green, white and green, etc.. It all depends on the farmer and/or vendor. The season in which these leaves were farmed also has a lot to do with potency. As well as location and the soil in which is grows. The rainy season in Indonesia is known to produce brighter or pale leaves, which sometimes can be less potent than the dry/hot season. All of these colors have different alkaloid properties, which in turn give us our very different effects.

These names given are typically blends of different colors. For example, a Green Maeng Da could be 80% green, 20% red. Most farmers have their own percentages for their strains. This is why Otie feels it is so important for everyone to branch out when it comes to names of strains. You may think that a Bali won’t work for you, because you tried one from another source. But you never know if a Bali from a different vendor could become one of your favorites! Not all strains are created equally. You may try a strain from a new vendor you have tried elsewhere, and the effects are completely different. This is why we offer our sample pack, to give new customers the opportunity to try them all!

Please always read descriptions of the strains you are interested in, as well as reviews from other customers. Join our Facebook group, ask customers about their personal experiences. Try a little before purchasing a lot, and as always…start with a low dose and work your way up to find the right amount for you.

We hope this gives you the confidence to branch out with new strains, and strains you’ve previously tried. You just never know which strain will become your #1! πŸ–€πŸŒΏ

Oblate Bags: How To

Oblate Bags: How To

We have quite a few customers who love using oblates for taking their kratom. We also have some curious on how these work. So, I put together a little video to help anyone curious.

Oblate bags are avaliable on Amazon.


– Becca

How do you take your Kratom?

How do you take your Kratom?

We all take our Kratom differently.

There are so many options!

Some people do toss and wash, which is taking a sip of liquid and dumping powder directly into their mouth and swallowing. It is not an easy method to get used to. One false move and you are choking on kratom powder, it’s coming out of your nose..but some people have it down to a science.

Some people drink it in tea. It isn’t the best tasting tea, but tap warm water helps with absorption. Some take capsules, but caps can take time to break down. Therefore it can be less effective for some people, or you need more caps to make up for it. Honey balls are taken like capsules and you don’t have the issue with gelatin breaking down in your stomach.

I personally like to mix mine into my morning protein shake. I feel it lasts longer, and the taste is masked by the chocolate protein powder. Sometimes, I mix my powder with a little lemonade and take it as a shot. Adam likes to mix his with a little bit of OJ and gulps it down, orange juice and lemonade both mask the flavor, and helps with absorption.

How do you take yours?

Each comment on this post will be entered to win 56 Grams of our Super Green Maeng Da!!

-Becca from Otie’s Botanicals

Kratom Honey Balls

Kratom Honey Balls

Looking for a new way to try taking your kratom?

Try honey balls!

They are super easy to make, easy to take, and work just like a regular toss and wash or tea.

Here’s how to do it:

Weigh out your desired amount of kratom. Whatever strain, or mix of strains you want. For my first time I only used my normal amount. Now I do quite a bit to keep on hand for later.

Add it into a decent sized bowl, grab a mixing scraper or spoon. Add a few drops of honey. & MIX.

You will mix a lot….I mean, a lot. But don’t over do the honey. I did about one drop per gram of kratom.

Once you have mixed it to death, it will be a little sticky, a little crumbly, but should pack together nicely.

I roll it into a log and cut into equal pieces, then roll them each into little easy to swallow balls. You can store them in a freezer, freezing helps pull out the alkaloids.

Bam. Done. Take your normal dosage, it is just like taking capsules.

I prefer to drink mine with some warm lemon tea.

No nasty taste. Plus it will work faster than capsules, which tend to take forever to dissolve.

Enjoy! Let us know if you give this a try!

– Becca

Is Kratom Legal?

Is Kratom Legal?

The FDA and DEA have yet to make a decision on the legality of Kratom across the United States. For some states, Kratom still remains a gray area for its citizens, for others, this plant is free to purchase and consume.

The following states have banned Kratom or are in the process of banning Kratom.

  • Alabama – Kratom is a Schedule 1 controlled substance drug as of May 10, 2016.

  • Arkansas – Kratom is a controlled substance as of February 2016.

  • California – Kratom is legal except in San Diego where a local ordinance was passed,

  • Florida – Kratom is legal in Florida with the exception of Sarasota County.

  • Illinois – The sale of kratom is banned to minors under the age of 18, it is banned in Jerseyville, but is legal in the state.

  • Indiana – Kratom is classified as a synthetic drug and is banned

  • New Hampshire – Legal if you are 18 and over.

  • Rhode Island – Kratom is banned in this state

  • Tennessee – Kratom has just been made legal in this state.

  • Vermont – Kratom has been banned in vermont

  • Wisconsin – Kratom is classified as a Schedule 1 and is banned.

  • Columbus, Mississippi – Kratom is banned for sale in any store in this town.

  • Washington D.C. – Kratom is banned.

What is Kratom?

What is Kratom?

What Is Kratom

Kratom is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia and comes from the Rubiaceae family, a cousin of the coffee bean. The scientific name, mitragyna speciosa, was given to this plant by Dutch botanist Peter Korthals. Korthals noticed the leaves and the stems of the flower resembled a bishop’s mitre, which influenced the name of this plant. From this point, Korthals provided historical documentation of this leaf in its first usage.

Kratom is known by many names: Krathom, Kakaum, Ithang, Kratum, Thom (thailand), Biak-Biak and Ketum (Malaysia), Mambog (Philippines). Different regions across Southeastern Asia have created specific descriptions for this plant but the chemistry remains the same.

The Kratom tree is a very peculiar plant. The tree requires certain environmental elements in order for it to survive in the wild, normally in tropical environments which presents hot and humid weather. Usually found growing wild in the jungle, the tree needs both fertile soil and excessive water in order to grow at its maximum height of 100 – 115 feet. While not impossible to grow in climates which do not carry these certain elements, the tree will experience stunted growth and will not reach its full potential.

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