Stem and Vein Kratom: Is It Right for You?

Many kratom enthusiasts are always on the lookout for new kratom products that can offer a slightly different experience. Many of these users will hear about stem and vein kratom and wonder if it’s right for them. Due to differences in individual physiology, it’s impossible to predict the exact effects, but this article takes a closer look at this type of kratom including its potential uses and how it differs from traditional raw powder and extra strong extracts.

What is Stem and Vein Kratom?

Kratom leaves showing their stem and veins

Kratom leaves still on the stem and showing their veins.

This kratom is made from the woody parts of the kratom plant, such as the stems, veins, and branches. Compared to raw leaf kratom powder, stem and vein kratom is darker and coarser due to the presence of these plant parts. This kratom is not as strong as other kratom products but has a unique alkaloid set that offers different benefits.


  • Tolerance Reduction: According to users, the kratom contains the lowest alkaloid levels of all kratom products. This makes it useful for tapering off kratom usage and reducing tolerance levels.
  • Relaxation: Some users report that stem and vein has a relaxing effect that can calm the nerves with fewer of the sedative-like effects that come from larger amounts of kratom alkaloids.
  • Alkaloid Profile: Hard research data isn’t widely available, but there is some evidence to suggest that stem and vein kratom has lower concentrations of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine but more of kratom’s secondary alkaloids. While the medical and scientific community is still trying to understand all of kratom’s alkaloids and their effects, these differences would likely influence the product’s overall effects.

The chemical structure of a mitragynine molecule

Stem and Vein vs Raw Leaf and Extracts

  • Taste and Texture: It has a different texture and taste compared to regular kratom powder or extracts. It is darker and coarser, and some users may find it unpleasant to consume. Many people choose to add raw leaf or stem and vein kratom to their favorite beverage to mask the taste.
  • Strength and Onset: This kratom isn’t as strong as raw leaf powder or extracts. While some users may find this to be a disadvantage, others appreciate its milder effects. Kratom extracts are also absorbed more quickly by the body, leading to a faster onset of its effects than stem and vein varieties.
  • Availability: Because this type of kratom doesn’t create the same level of demand among kratom users and because its exact alkaloid content is even less understood than kratom leaf, many vendors do not carry this type of kratom, or only carry it in limited quantities.


How It is Used

A cup of kratom tea with a leaf garnish

In terms of consumption, this kratom is typically used in the same way as regular kratom powder or extracts. It can be mixed in with drinks (most commonly tea), or it can be consumed directly. Serving sizes vary depending on the individual and their goals, so we still recommend that users start with a small amount and gradually increase it until the desired effects are achieved.


Best Places to Buy Stem and Vein Kratom

Stem and vein kratom could be worth a try for people looking to manage their habit or explore the effects different kinds of kratom. As Golden Monk rarely carries this type of kratom, we recommend checking out the following vendors that carry stem and vein products from time to time.

Still, most people find they prefer raw leaf or kratom extracts over the long run. For the best combination of quality and price for raw leaf powder, Golden Monk is hard to beat. For kratom extracts, you can check out this resource guide, but we can also recommend our sister brand, MIT45, one of the industry leaders for strong, reliable kratom extracts.