What Is Maeng Da Kratom
Part of the coffee family, kratom is a tropical evergreen tree native to Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and a few other places around Southeast Asia. Its leaves have been used for centuries as medicine to treat pain, stomach problems, and fatigue. Not much clinical research has been done on kratom, but its effects are widely reported anecdotally and in what research has been done to include calmness, a boost of energy and alertness, focus, sociability, and pain relief.
Similar to marijuana, kratom is a plant with different strains. Many of the kratom strains get their names from where they are grown. Different strains of kratom may have different effects, though no there is research to back this up now. Still, users report that each strain of kratom can provide a different effect than another. If you have already tried kratom, you probably know this to be accurate. One of the most popular strains of kratom is called Maeng Da.
Maeng Da Kratom Basics
Maeng da kratom has never grown naturally. It is a manufactured, high-potency strain originally made in Indonesia’s high heat and humidity. Despite being from Indonesia originally, maeng da is a Thai term that translates to English as “pimp.” So, maeng da is known as the “pimp grade” of kratom. This name is a reflection of the power of the strain. Maeng da is a high-potency strain known for its strong and long-lasting effects. Specifically, maeng da kratom is anecdotally documented to be very effective as a stimulant and pain-reliever, an effective mood enhancer, and somewhat effective at bringing calm and relaxation. Many people seek out maeng da for an energy boost or pain management.
Some users say that maeng da kratom is unlike other stimulants in that it provides energy and alertness without the negative side effect of feeling jittery. Others report being especially talkative when taking the maeng da kratom strain.
Maeng da kratom comes in red, green, and white. Red maeng da has been touted as slightly more effective at pain relief. Green maeng da and white maeng da varieties seem to provide somewhat stronger stimulant effects. Overall, users claim the strongest of the three varieties is red maeng da. This is because it has the most active alkaloids; the substance in the kratom leaves that lead to its effects.
What Makes Maeng Da So Effective As a Stimulant And Pain-Reliever?
To create a specific strain of kratom, a technique called grafting is used. In grafting, different plant, tissues are blended together. The creation of maeng da kratom had a specific goal of breeding kratom for pain relief without sedative effects. This way, it could be utilized during the day while working.
Despite this goal, maeng da kratom, like kratom in any strain, has different effects depending on the dosage. The stimulant effects of increased energy, alertness, and ability to focus come with a smaller dose, typically under five grams. At this dosage, it is also reported to be a mood-booster. Taking a higher dose of maeng da can create opioid-like sedative effects instead of providing energy.
The success of maeng da kratom as a powerful pain-relieving and energy-boosting strain appears to be that regardless of the dosage, low or high, it remains highly effective as a pain reliever. As such, taking a low dose of maeng da means getting both the energy and pain relief many are looking for.
Where your kratom comes from may also affect the quality you are getting. This applies all to maeng da kratom just as it applies to any strain. Factors that impact kratom’s effects include where it was grown, the type of soil in which it was grown, how much rain and sunlight it received, and if it was grown with artificial lamplight. Generally speaking, during the rainy season, kratom leaves tend to be less potent.
What Dosage of Maeng Da Kratom Should I Take?
Those taking maeng da for the first time should be cautious of high doses, as it is already a high-potency strain. The recommended beginning dosage of maeng da kratom is one to one and a half grams. If that does not seem to be enough, try increasing the dosage by a half a gram at a time to figure out your individual ideal dosage. You can expect it to start kicking in within 20 to 30 minutes.
Taking more than 15 grams of any strain of kratom, let alone a potent one like maeng da, is considered risky. The lack of clinical studies on kratom means you are always taking kratom at your own risk, so it is best to stay safe and dose less than 15 grams at all times.