Here’s the deal:
Maeng da is widely known to be one of the most powerful kratom strains, but there may be a lot more to this strain hidden just below the surface.
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… and a useful one.
Let me explain…
Throughout most of the 20th century in Southeast Asia, the primary buyers of kratom were manual laborers.
And kratom harvesters knew what these workers needed: a strain that would provide both energy, endurance and pain relief, to help these workers stay productive in the harsh heat.
These harvesters scoured through local wild-grown, mature, kratom plants, and when they found potent plants that fit these effects, they tagged, cloned and even reproduced them.
Over time, this artificial-selection created a reliably energetic and pain-relieving kratom crop worked out phenomenally … and so Maeng Da was born.
Even today, some high-quality growers continue to take this same approach.
And this is why the title “Maeng Da” can give you a lot of information about the plant’s effects.
Note: Because some vendors misuse this title to increase sales, it is vital to use reputable and knowledgeable vendors when buying Maeng Da.
Maeng Da combines strong pain-relieving effects with high levels of energy, making its effects unlike any other available kratom strains. However, the most notable quality of Maeng Da is it’s strong mood-lifting and euphoric effect.
Maeng Da Effects
Due to the work of harvesters and farmers over the past several decades, this strain manages to seamlessly blend both powerful pain relieving, energetic and mood-boosting effects into a single powerful package.
Because of this, Maeng Da has garnered an immense popularity with its users.
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 suggestions for vendors based on our experience working with kratom over the past 8 years.
Of all MD varieties, red vein is by far the most popular.
For a good reason too — it perfectly encapsulates maeng da’s “best of both worlds” effects.
Red Maeng Da Effects
With a quality red vein, you get strong 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.
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 is especially effective for mental endurance.
As someone who is often impatient and restless, I’m impressed by the amount of energy and mood-lifting this strain provides.
… and for this reason I stay stocked up.
For anyone who wants to sacrifice some pain relief for more energy, green is a great choice.
Green Maeng Da Effects
This variety is ideal for those who are primarily looking for energy, but don’t want to lose too much of the calming effect a good MD provides.
GVMD provides a very strong level of focus, and for that, making it fantastic for difficult physical and mental work.
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, plus a considerable mood improvement.
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.
White Maeng Da Effects
It is these powerful 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.
Like green, WVMD is extremely potent for focus, provided you use the right dose.
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, without ever being jittery or anxiety-provoking.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the energetic effects of white maeng da, this strain’s potency makes it one that everyone kratom user could benefit from keeping in their cabinet.
I highly recommend it.
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 was this endurance increasing effect that made this strain so valued by many in Southeast Asia, and now … everywhere.
Luckily, you don’t have to be doing difficult physical work to take advantage of this benefit, mental endurance and focus as well seem to be improved.
We keep this strain stocked at all times because of its awesome utility, and I personally have been substituting MD and Thai strains for coffee with awesome results for the past few months.
As a notable side effect of this energy is reduced appetite. Many have used this kratom for weight loss with notable success, including myself (I wasn’t trying to, but in retrospect it’s pretty remarkable).
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 finding the vein type and supplier.
While a white vein variety may be somewhat ineffective for pain (though extremely effective for energy), a quality red vein MD 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, mood-lifting is one of the most common.
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 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.