Maeng Da vs Red Bali Comparison

June 10, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews

Both of these kratom strains are notorious for their signature effects. If you look on sites like Reddit, you’ll find countless remarks about both of these unique forms of kratom, much of it extremely divisive in nature. There are those who hate Maeng Da and swear by Horned Maeng Da only as well as those who can’t say enough good things about the strength and supposed pain relief of Red Bali.

Inevitably, you will also find people who don’t believe there’s much of a difference between the two. As one user wrote, “I find them both great for pain.” Nevertheless, there has been much debate around the two with some saying that they are both similar and others attesting to the fact that Red Bali can induce a case of the dreaded wobz.

So, how are these two powerful kratom strains similar and where do they differ? Let’s take a closer look!


Any committed kbomber will tell you, kratom is a versatile compound that varies dramatically depending on the vein color and the plant’s origin. Another way that kratom differs boils down to individuality.

When your mom told you that you were unique, she wasn’t kidding. We are all very different from each other on a biological and even cellular level. That’s why kratom can hit us all in a way that it wouldn’t necessarily hit someone else.

Part of the reason behind this is our capacity for absorption. By that, I mean that every individual who ingests kratom has a disparate ability of absorbing the active alkaloid content of the kratom leaves or kratom powder. As such, some people will absorb a lot of them and others won’t absorb as much.

Consequently, the effects will largely depend on the level of that absorption. In other words, some people will respond well to smaller doses while some individuals will require more milligrams in order to reach a threshold dose.

Since we’ve established that we’re all those beautiful and unique snowflakes that Tyler Durden insists we are not, it stands to reason that it is important to select the kratom strain that is right for you and your personal needs.

No matter what anyone else tells you, the truth is that Maeng Da and Red Bali are just like you. They are different from each other. Both are excellent kratom strains, but both possess their own pros and cons.


Maeng Da is a name that even noobs to the kratom community have heard of. It’s considered to be the top kratom strain because its green leaves contain a substantial amount of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine along with Speciogynine, Speciociliatine and Paynantheine. The strain’s alleged stimulating effects owe largely to the presence of these powerful alkaloids and their natural properties.


The kratom community has embraced Red Bali because it is jam-packed with content from the indole alkaloid Mitragynine to the oxindole alkaloids, Mitraphylline and Speciofoline. All told, there are no less than 25 available alkaloids in Red Bali, all of which have their own—here’s that word again—unique medicinal abilities.

Although there is inconclusive evidence to support claims that this, and other, kratom strains are effective at stimulating or relieving pain, innumerable kratom users have been vocal about its purported benefits.

Red Bali has been used to alleviate depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, insomnia, diarrhea and more. When taken in tandem with a Thai strain of kratom like Maeng Da, it may increase the plant’s natural sedative and muscle relaxant effects.


They are different in many ways, but the most significant way is in terms of location. Whereas Bali strains are grown in Borneo, a region of Indonesia, Maeng Da comes from Thailand or Malaysia where it is harvested in the wilds.

The composition of both are similar, but the amount of alkaloid content in each is different. As a result, the effects of Red Bali and Maeng Da will also be different from one another.


  • Pain relief
  • Stimulation
  • Increased energy
  • Increased alertness
  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Insomnia relief


  • Relaxation
  • Mild stimulation
  • Analgesia
  • Increased positivity
  • Mild euphoria


Much has been written about the prospect of adverse effects from kratom use with many medical sources citing the potential for kratom tolerance, kratom addiction, kratom hangover and kratom overdose.

While many in the medical community have frowned upon kratom use, there have been no controlled clinical trials conducted to determine whether it is safe for human use. All we know as of right now is that the FDA has issued a warning, beseeching the public to avoid human consumption of kratom as they have deemed it a dangerous substance.

Some of the bioavailable chemicals in kratom bind to opioid receptors in the brain and are known to be psychoactive. Even though kratom has a rich history of treating chronic pain and other maladies in its native Southeast Asia, there have been plenty of reports of kratom addiction in the same region.

Certain chemicals found in kratom can inhibit the drug-metabolizing enzymes in the liver which can lead to dangerous interactions between different medicines. Overdoses have also been reported, some of which have resulted in death.

There are a number of side effects associated with kratom use, but most of them occur at higher dosages. They may include any or all of the following:

  • Constricted pupils
  • Constipation
  • Facial flushing
  • Diarrhea
  • Apoplexy (dizziness)
  • Nausea
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Itchiness
  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Wobbles
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hypertension
  • Hallucinations


Users believe that both Maeng Da and Red Bali are awesome kratom strains for simple short-term pain relief and alleviation of stress. For those who are thinking about using kratom as an herbal supplement, consult with your physician before considering usage. Kratom is not intended for human or animal consumption. Be safe, be smart and be well.

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