Maeng Da vs Red Kratom Varieties Comparison

June 14, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews

Noobs often get confused when the conversation turns to Maeng Da. They assume that green vein Maeng Da is the kratom of choice, simply because of how prevalent it is online. But make no mistake about it. There can be only one champ and that champ is red vein Maeng Da.

Red Maeng Da is widely considered to be the most potent version of the classic Maeng Da kratom strain. Sourced from mature kratom plants in its native Thailand, Red Maeng Da is a favorite among kratomites in a multitude of countries.

So, how does Red Maeng Da stack up against other red vein kratom powders? Today, we’ll do a deep dive on each red kratom option to see how they’re alike and what they have to offer the eager kratom newcomer.

Before we jump into it, let me preface this by saying that kratom is not intended for human or animal use and has not been approved by the FDA.


As I said before, Red Maeng Da is believed to be the strongest form of Maeng Da kratom because of the high volume of alkaloid content present in the strain. It is considered to be the number one kratom strain for fighting chronic widespread pain.

Much of Red Maeng Da’s perceived effectiveness owes to the presence of Mitragynine and other analgesic indole alkaloids. Its fast maturation process aids in producing its higher alkaloid and flavonoid levels.

Maeng Da comes from a plantation in Indonesia where its leaves are carefully harvested by dedicated farmers who ensure that their kratom grows in mineral-rich soil and under optimal environmental circumstances.

Maeng Da is particularly attractive to those who are looking for energy and focus as it is renowned for its purported stimulating effects. It has been used for hundreds of years by laborers in Southeast Asia. These individuals found it useful for keeping them attentive at their factory jobs and free of joint and back pain.


This red vein kratom strain is another favorite among kratomites who keep it on hand for its mild sedative effects. Red Bentuangie grows in the jungles of Indonesia and is recognized for its potency in much the same way as Red Maeng Da.

Nicknamed the “Tropical Blend,” Bentuangie is thought to be as effective as it is because of its high 7-hydroxymitragynine content. This terpenoid indole alkaloid is a strong pain reliever. Like other kratom strains, some people think it can serious enhance mood and cognitive ability. One user has even called 7-hydroxymitragynine a “warm fuzzy Band-Aid for the mind and body.”


This strain from the wilds of Thailand is notable form of kratom for its purported anxiolytic properties. It has been used as a folk medicine among those afflicted with anxiety disorders and depression. Unlike Red Bali and other strains, Red Vein Thai has less potential for inducing nausea in those who take higher doses.

Red Vein Thai is typically used for mood enhancement, but it doesn’t exactly curry favor with those who are looking for an energy boost. As opposed to green vein kratom, this particular strain generally lacks the energizing effects many kratom users have come to expect from the M. speciosa plant.


Calling all insomniacs! This is the kratom strain you’d be dreaming about…if only you could fall asleep long enough to reach REM sleep. Fortunately for you, users are saying that this strain can vanquish insomnia and induce a calm, restful state. Its powerful sedating effects are matched by strong analgesic ones.

Red Elephant Kratom leaves are plucked from large, old trees which leads to a vast array of alkaloids and higher alkaloid content. According to multiple sources, Red Elephant offers potential euphoric, stimulant and sedative effects. It also has less potential for nausea and other adverse effects when compared to its fellow red vein strains.


Red Vein Kali powder is one of the most sought-after kratom powders on the market. Not every kratom vendor carries it because it is difficult to source. Featuring a unique blend of complex alkaloids, Red Vein Kali is renowned for its hypnotic effects.

More sedating and less energizing than other kratom strains, Red Kali comes from Kalimantan, a lush island in Borneo with an ancient, biodiverse rainforest. Red Kali grows in this rainforest among clouded leopards and other wildlife.

The insects of Kalimantan pollinate the plants of the region and add to the richness of the soil in which kratom is grown. This pollination network assists in the maturation of Red Vein Kali. Farmers often implement a grafting process whereby they marry parts of two red vein kratom plants to form one superior plant.

Red Vein Kali is believed to induce relaxation, relief from fatigue, notable sedation and reduced pain.


Straight outta (you guessed it) Bali in Indonesia, this strain is an enhanced kratom with 25 different kinds of alkaloids and a brighter colored leaf than many others. Its Mitraphylline and Speciogynine content may act as a muscle relaxant and stress reliever.

Although Red Bali and, indeed, all kratom strains, are known to provide mild pain relief, Bali is more well known for its stress relieving quality than its analgesic potential. It is commonly purchased by customers who say its helps them cope with work deadlines and difficult family problems. One user wrote, “Bali is the only thing that stops me from tearing my hair out when I’m working on a big project.”

Bali may also be beneficial to those with anxiety or mood disorders as it features alkaloids that exhibit anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) traits.


As with almost any other substance known to humankind, kratom can have adverse effects. Some of the bad reactions people have had to kratom include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Hypertension
  • Lethargy
  • Tolerance
  • Addiction
  • Agitation
  • Headaches
  • Constricted pupils
  • Diarrhea


All kratom strains have their proponents, but red vein kratom has been embraced by many kratom fans of late thanks to their incredible alkaloid levels. Results vary depending upon the user. Those who are thinking about purchasing kratom should consult with a medical professional before doing so. Kratom is not intended for human consumption. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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