What is Maeng da Kratom?

Kratom leaves

Out of all the kratom varieties, Maeng Da is a popular one. It also goes by the name ‘pimp grade’. Historically, this variety has been grown and harvested in Thailand. This is where most products in the US come from. Maeng Da vareity has been named after a native water bug called ‘Lethocerus Indicus’.

Maeng Da is a strong kratom variety which has considerably higher alkaloid content. The one procured from the regions of Bali and Thailand are reported to have more alkaloids than any other variety.

In terms of appearance, you can identify the Maeng Da variety by its darker shades of green leaves. The color deepens when you crush it to turn into powder.

It supposedly carries several health benefits; but like with any other kratom variety, the research is still lacking. You should remember that the majority of these benefits are based on anecdotal evidence.


Since kratom is an unregulated supplement, no vendor would supply the product with dosage instructions. That is why it is advised (especially if you’re consuming Maeng Da) – you should stick with a dose less than or equal to 4 grams. At this dose, you should easily be able to achieve the range of effects you desire.

A dose higher than this might lead to unpredictable results because Maeng Da has a strong alkaloid profile. In terms of the effects, they could have an early onset and might easily last you up to 8 hours. However, these are all just generalized guidelines. None of them are meant to serve as final instructions. You may have to tweak the expectations and dose to arrive at an optimum range of effects.

Also, if you’re buying this strain online, always resort to well-known and reliable vendors. There’s always a possibility of adulteration. So, go for a seller that promises a pure product.

Benefits of Maeng Da Kratom

A few of the suspected benefits of Maeng Da kratom are –

  • Improved energy levels
  • Better focus and attention
  • Mental clarity
  • May help with minor pains and aches

Due to this range of effects, many users prefer taking it in the morning. You might particularly enjoy the benefits if you consume it in the form of hot tea.

Maeng Da is a unique strain. That is why some users report feeling relaxed with a sense of contentment.

Possible Side-effects

Since Maeng Da is a strong strain, there’s always a likelihood of an occasional user experiencing some Kratom side effects. The odds are greater if you do not stick with a safe dose or consume it in a safe environment.

With that said, here are some reported side-effects one may experience –

  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of focus
  • Irritability
  • Stomach issues
  • Lethargy
  • Lightheadedness

Most of these issues might disappear all on their own. To avoid experiencing these effects, stick with a safe dosage.

Popular Maeng Da Kratom Strains

Here is a list of the most popular Maeng Da Kratom strains:


If you’re wishing for a surge of motivation – go for green Maeng Da. This variety is best for when you hit that afternoon slump in productivity. You can even go for it first thing in the morning to give yourself a kick-start.

Blend it into your smoothie or brew as tea. You can also add it to your coffee but be careful. You wouldn’t want to go overboard with this mix.

If you like to keep things simple, just toss n wash the powdered dose.

Green Maeng Da is for those users who need a little pick-me-up, a sense of optimism, and motivation.


Red is the strain for those who need something to keep them going through the day. When everyday stresses and work responsibilities get too much to handle, you can resort to Red Maeng Da. It should give you a lasting sense of well-being, alertness, and tranquility throughout the day.

Red is popular for giving a synergistic combination of calmness and balance. It’s the thing you need to beat everyday stresses.


White Maeng Da is a high-quality and popular strain. The effects of this strain will leave you with a sense of wellness and tranquility. The aroma of white one is also something to fall in love with. This is perfect for both mornings and afternoons.


You can think of the effects of yellow as a crossover between white and red Maeng Da. While white should leave you with a sense of well-being; red will make you feel calm and optimistic. Yellow will give you a combination of these effects.

It may give you a healthy balanced lifestyle when you’re juggling with multiple responsibilities. It’s good as an afternoon pick-me-up as well as for a morning cup of tea for that kick to start your day with.

To make tea, you can add your yellow kratom dose into hot water. Keep mixing it until the dose is well combined. For a citrusy kick, add some lemon juice. Lemon is also a potentiator; meaning it will amplify the overall effects. To sweeten your pot, you can add agave syrup, honey, or sugar.

Which Type Is the Best?

There’s no ‘BEST’ variety per se. It all depends on person to person. While one strain may turn out beautifully for one individual, it may not be the thing that someone else is looking for.

Generally, you can expect a sense of calm and focus from the red one. White should give you feelings of positivity and optimism while green is good for focus and better mental performance. So, you have to pick the right one based on what you seek.