Here’s the deal:
Maeng da is known to be one of the most powerful kratom strains, but is there more to it than meets the eye?
Below, we’ll dive into the effects of this strain, the most powerful varieties, and where to get them.
We’ll also cover why this strain … isn’t really a strain at all.
The bottom line:
Maeng Da is a marketing tactic.
…an incredibly useful marketing tactic that eventually became a reality.
Let me explain,
Around 30 years ago in Southeast Asia, the primary buyers of kratom were manual laborers.
To increase sales, kratom vendors knew they needed a strain that would provide both energy and pain relief to help these workers stay productive in the harsh heat and working conditions.
These vendors scoured through all the wild-grown, mature, kratom plants, and when they found plants that fit these effects they tagged and often cloned them.
Over time, this approach to creating reliably energetic and pain-relieving kratom crop worked out phenomenally, and so maeng da was born.
Even today, high-quality farmers continue to take this same approach. Because of this, the title “Maeng Da” can give you a tremendous amount of information about the plant’s effects.
Because many modern sellers mislabel their strains to increase sales, it is vital to use only the most reputable and knowledgeable vendors when buying maeng da.
Of all kratom strains, Maeng Da is by far the most enigmatic.
With almost every other strain, you have to pick between energy on the one hand, and pain/stress relief on the other.
…not so much with maeng da.
Due to the work of farmers over the past several decades, this strain manages to seamlessly blend these unlike effects into something beyond what most strains are capable.
Because of this, it has garnered an immense popularity with its users.
Arguably, the most noticeable maeng da effect is the strong energy it gives.
This energy is often described as “clean” to distinguish it from the jittery effects of caffeine and many other common stimulants.
This strain’s combination of energetic and pain relieving effects make it fantastic for improving physical (and even mental) endurance.
It is this endurance increasing effect that made this strain so valued by the workers in Southeast Asia.
Luckily, you don’t have to be doing difficult physical work to take advantage of this powerful benefit — even mental endurance and focus seem to be improved.
We keep this strain stocked at all times because of its awesome utility, and I personally have been substituting MD for coffee for roughly 8 months now with awesome results.
Pain relief is the hallmark of a good kratom strain.
Many of those who use kratom for pain have resigned to dealing with the sedative effects of powerful pain-relieving strains like Bali and Borneo, even when that sedation it isn’t convenient.
With a well-grown MD, however, this trade-off often isn’t necessary.
A good red vein maeng da can provide as much pain relief as strains such as Indo and Bali and still provide a moderate level of energy.
The key to using maeng da for pain is choosing the vein type and supplier.
While a white vein variety will be close to useless for pain (though extremely effective for energy), a quality red vein variety can provide strong pain relief without sedation.
The effectiveness boils down to vein type, plant genetics and grow conditions. A good maeng da vendor will only purchase varieties that fit this profile, so it is important to choose a supplier which knows their product!
Of all reasons for buying maeng da kratom (with the exception of pain relief) mood-lifting is one of the most frequent.
The pronounced mood-lifting effects of this strain are directly related to its unique “best of both worlds” alkaloid profile.
Most experience the euphoric effects of maeng da to be highly motivating and stress relieving.
For most, this strain puts users into a clear-headed and focused state of mind, which we have found to be great for focus and creativity.
…But there’s a catch:
Tolerance to mood-lifting effects build quickly — especially for those who don’t watch their dosage. Because of this, it’s always prudent to space out your dosage and not take kratom frequently unless necessary.
I can’t emphasize this enough:
The biggest factors to pay attention to when buying a MD strain are vein color and vendor quality.
Below we’ll go through the effects of different vein types and our suggestion for vendors, which we have developed over the past 8 years in the industry.
Of all MD varieties, red vein is by far the most popular.
With good reason too, as it perfectly encapsulates maeng da’s “best of both worlds” effects.
With a quality red vein, you get pain relief without sedation and energy without jitters, making it a great place to start for anyone who wants to try this strain for the first time.
In a broad sense, the effects of a good red MD include:
Top Red Vein MD Vendor
Of all MD vendors, Coastline is our top pick.
We’ve worked alongside them for years and have been nothing but impressed in the quality and reliable potency of their MD strains.
Coastline’s Red Vein Maeng Da is energetic like most others of its kind, but is longer lasting and provides quite a bit more pain relief than the standard.
We’ve found this strain to be awesome for daytime use, and to be especially effective for mental endurance.
As someone who is often impatient and restless, some of the most stimulating MD don’t jive with my brain chemistry, making me doubly surprised at the amount of mood-improving energy and calmness this strain provides.
…and it’s for this reason I stay stocked up.
For anyone who wants a more energetic and (slightly) less pain relieving MD, green is a great choice.
This variety is ideal for those who are primarily looking for energy, but don’t want to sacrifice too much of the calming effect a good MD provides.
Overall, the effects of a good green maeng da are:
As you can see, there are quite a few similarities with its red maeng da counterpart, but slightly shifted towards the energetic side.
Top Green Vein MD Vendor
HH has been selling some of the top green vein strains on the consumer market for a while now and have a variety of other top notch strains.
If you’re looking for a good GVMD, definitely check out their Green Vein Maeng Da.
To describe this strain as concisely as possible, it’s like a really good and long-lasting cup of coffee. All of the benefits of lots of caffeine without any of the jitters or crash.
This strain, while also enjoyable, is a great “utility” strain; just don’t take it before you sleep!
WVMD, of all strains, is what you should look for when you need a serious boost in performance.
It is these strong energetic properties that make it so highly desirable among those who work difficult and fast-paced jobs.
Although it has a lot less of the relaxing and pain-relieving effects, they are not entirely gone.
To give an overview, the effects of WVMD are:
Top White Vein MD Vendor
As with the RVMD, we highly suggest Coastline’s White Vein Maeng Da. This strain provides an immense kick that lasts for 5 to 6 hours.
I’ve gotten fantastic use out of this strain when working on tough projects, as well as working when sleep deprived.
It seems to take all the fatigue built up throughout the day and clear it away with ease, and without ever being jittery or anxiety-provoking.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the energetic effects of white maeng da, the power of this strain makes it one that everyone kratom user should keep in their cabinet. I highly recommend it.
I hope this has given you the information and tools to know what vein type you need, and a good maeng da vendor to get it from. Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or advice on the matter.