Maeng Da vs Indo Comparison

June 11, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews

That’s the question that’s on everyone’s minds, right? How are Maeng Da and Indo kratom different from each other? Well, the answer might surprise you.

You can think of it this way: If Maeng Da is the car that breaks records at the Indy 500, Indo kratom is the whip that you and your buds go cruising in on a Saturday night. Both are pretty dope and you’ll feel confident with either selection, but Indo is the one that would make Matthew McConaughey be all like, “Alright alright alright.”

If that pop culture reference went over your head, fear not, my friend. We’ll dig deeper as we move along. Today’s post is your go-to crash course in Maeng Da vs Indo, so make like you’re at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and buckle up.


I talked about this yesterday, but it still bears mentioning here for those who didn’t read it. Any true blue kratomite will tell you that it’s important to select the kratom strain that suits your needs. Everyone’s different and not every kratom strain is right for you.

Some people turn to kratom because of a chronic pain condition while others turn to it for the supposed euphoria it can induce. I’ve met a mess of kids who tried kratom because they thought they were gonna get high. They based this notion on the shizz they read on Reddit and the like.

While it is true that kratom can have some powerful effects at high doses, it is not advisable for people to misuse kratom in this way. On the contrary, kratom is not intended for human consumption per recent warnings by the FDA.

Nevertheless, for educational purposes, let’s just say that certain kratom strains may be valuable to those seeking a natural analgesic while other strains may be effective for those looking for a mid-day pick-me-up. The kratom plant (Mitragyna speciosa) does hail from the coffee family after all!

Knowing the difference between Maeng Da, Indo and other kratom strains is vital to understanding kratom as a whole.


The better question is, “Why isn’t Maeng Da popular?” The testimonials about this kratom strain are incredible. Folks have talked to me until they were blue in the face about the bad ass experiences they’ve had with this strain.

My best friend asked me for a sample of our Maeng Da powder late last year when he was overdue on handing in a draft of his screenplay to some producers. He had two days to bang out the third act of his script and he thought he was doomed to failure.

I got a “Thank You” package from him the following week. Inside was a bottle of Ciroc, two tickets to a sold out concert and a note that read, “I’m in your debt, you beautiful bastard! I’ve never felt so on point in my life! I handed in the script and started another one in the same night! You’re a freakin’ miracle worker!”

While I’m not about to paint myself or any kratom vendor as a healer or guru, I will say this. In my personal experience, I’ve seen the wonders that kratom can do for people. It’s not exactly shocking when one considers that this Ayurvedic herb has been used for hundreds of years by the natives of Southeast Asia to relieve pain, get through tough manual labor and fight off insomnia.

Although there is insufficient scientific evidence to back up the claims made by the kratom community, the people speak for themselves. There is a wealth of information online pointing to its alleged efficacy.

That being said, Maeng Da is not believed to be effective as a sleep aid as it is more renowned for its energizing and stimulating qualities. Hence, my friend hammering out the third act of a movie in one night. But it’s the ideal strain for someone who might want to get things done, as it were.

The first time I tried Maeng Da, I found a sense of clarity that had previously eluded me. My thoughts were more clear and I was able to articulate them in a way that I’m not usually able to. I felt jazzed like I could talk about anything and it would make sense and really land with business partners.


Look on any kratom-related website and you’ll see people talking about how effective Indo can be. In fact, it’s considered to be one of the most effective kratom strains, owing to its alkaloid content and reputation as a mondo mood-booster.

Indo packs a lot of punch because it contains a larger volume of 7-hydroxymitragynine than other strains. This is the terpoenoid indole alkaloid that is responsible for much of kratom’s analgesic effects. As an agonist, it can substantially diminish aches and pains.


They’re different in about every way while still sharing many of the same natural qualities. Maeng Da is known to be more stimulating while Indo is known to be more soothing. If Indo is that hippie teacher from Beavis & Butthead, then Maeng Da is that crazy frat dude from that movie with the Saved By The Bell guy.


  • Pain relief.
  • Increased energy
  • Focus
  • Stimulation
  • Increased alertness
  • Insomnia relief


Indo kratom effects can vary depending on vein colors, environmental factors, temperature and more. With that said, here are the most common effects recorded by kratom users:

  • Relaxation
  • Sedation
  • Pain relief
  • Mood enhancement
  • Euphoria

As you can see, Indo is a pretty chill kratom strain whereas Maeng Da is the bad mamma jamma.


Speaking of bad, there’s always a little sour to make the sweet that much sweeter. In the case of these two strains, there are a number of potential adverse reactions that have been documented by users and individuals in the medical field.

Indo’s side effects tend to be less acute than other kratom strains, but there is still potential for bad reactions. They may include any of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Wobbles
  • Painful urination
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Sweating

Maeng Da’s side effects vary wildly among users, but they can present in any of the following ways:

  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Stomach issues
  • Respiratory problems
  • Insomnia


Both of these kratom strains have been embraced by the kratom community, but neither is intended for human or animal use. The FDA has issued a warning, urging people to consider kratom “dangerous.” However, many individuals love them some Maeng Da and Indo is the chillest kratom on the market.

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