White Maeng Da vs White Borneo Comparison

June 19, 2018 Articles

You might be thinking to yourself, “White is white, right?”

Well, that’s just racist.

That’s like saying Bill Murray is the same as Jeff Sessions.

Come to think of it, that’s not a bad analogy for how vastly different two kratom strains can be. Yes, they’re both white, but one will crash your bachelor party without even knowing you, gifting you with an Instagram photo that’ll make your friends and co-workers envious while the other will perv on your teenage daughter and prevent your grandma from getting her medicinal marijuana.

Obviously, no kratom strain can do either of those things, but I trust the analogy lands. Point being, if you’re researching white vein kratom for the first time, you need to know the basics. After we explore White Maeng Da and White Borneo in more depth, I think you’ll agree that they are two very different animals.

Let’s roll!


This can be summarized in two words: Jolt Cola.

For any millennials who are too young to remember, Jolt Cola was a powerful carbonated soda from the 1990s that students and IT guys would drink in mass quantities when pulling all-nighters. It was a super-sweet, overly-caffeinated beverage that delivered on its name.

After a few sips, you got that familiar jolt you were looking for and, suddenly, your fingers were dancing across your keyboard, banging out term papers or whatever else you might’ve been working on.

The only problem? That jolt came at a price. The obscene amount of sugar in each bottle combined with the ridiculous volume of caffeine resulted in weight gain, jitters and the inevitable crash. And when you crashed after coming off a serious Jolt Cola binge, you might as well have been coming off some booger sugar.

Luckily, folks who were in the market for an herbal alternative to Jolt Cola’s effects happened upon White Maeng Da and order was restored. To put it another way, White Maeng Da offers all of the energy and stimulation one would want out of a caffeinated libation or energy drink without all the harmful side effects and hardcore crash.

You don’t get the wobz with White Maeng Da, at least not at responsible dosages, and users have reported experiencing sharper focus, increased concentration and much more.

Originating in Thailand, Maeng Da is a kratom strain that is known to be far more potent than its counterparts, owing to the wealth of purported benefits it may carry. The potential effects of White Maeng Da may include any or all of the following:

  • Stimulation
  • Increased energy
  • Pain relief
  • Sharpened focus
  • Increased concentration
  • Increased sociability
  • Euphoria


There are a number of factors that this may depend on, not least of which is one’s physiological makeup. With that being said, most users start to feel the effects of White Maeng Da within 15-30 minutes of dosing.


As with all kratom strains, tolerance and addiction are very real threats, ones that can be extremely detrimental to your health. Although it may be tempting to abuse White Maeng Da, those who have taken it in high doses or succumbed to chronic use have documented the devastating effects of both kratom hangover and kratom overdose.

There have been some suspected cases of alleged kratom overdose resulting in the supposed users slipping into comas or, in some instances, suffering from seizures.

One user on Reddit made the mistake of taking three tablespoons of kratom powder. The person experiencing the shakes and suggested that the potential of adverse effects was adding to his anxiety disorder. Other users reported dizziness, nausea and vomiting from misuse.

However, some scientific research has pointed to kratom overdose being highly unlikely. Nevertheless, there have been many reports of adverse effects and several kratom-related hospitalizations. For this reason and others, the FDA has issued a warning, admonishing the public about just how dangerous they believe kratom to be.


As the name would suggest, this strain is coming to you straight outta Borneo. Like White Maeng Da, it has a reputation for being an energizing strain with a host of purported benefits and effects. Also, like White Maeng Da, it is believed to induce focus and make the user more productive during its duration.

Some have called it one of the most useful strains of powdered Mitragyna speciosa (kratom). Millions of kratom users the world over have found White Borneo to be a therapeutic strain for chronic pain and cognitive enhancement.

Borneo is the largest island in Southeast Asia and kratom is one of its greatest exports. The bioactive alkaloids present in this strain with voluminous levels of all 25 giving it is potency and potential. Unlike White Maeng Da, White Borneo is said to be more effective at calming the nerves due to the level of anxiolytic alkaloids present in its leaves.

The effects of White Borno may include any or all of the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Motivation
  • Energy boost
  • Enhanced concentration
  • Sharper focus
  • Increased sociability


Yet another thing that White Borneo shares with White Maeng Da and, indeed, all kratom strains, is the possibility of adverse reactions to kratom use. Those who have dosed with White Borneo kratom have experienced some, if not all, of the following potential side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Agitation
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypertension
  • Darkening of skin
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased libido

That’s the funny thing about kratom in general. Some of the conditions that kratom has been used to treat, such as insomnia, decreased sex drive or diarrhea, may also end up being side effects of kratom use.

What’s not so funny? The effects that kratom may have on your liver. Mixing kratom with alcohol is especially risky as countless users can attest to. Kratom’s precise cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity are still up for debate, which is part of the reason why kratom is not approved for human consumption by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).


White Maeng Da and White Borneo are both energizing kratom strains that are considered to be nootropic strains with the ability to stimulate and motivate those who enjoy it as an Ayurvedic herb.

Bob Freville
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