Red Bali vs White Maeng Da Comparison

July 22, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains

We’ve discussed the difference between Maeng Da and Red Bali in the past, but a friend of mine brought up an interesting point recently. Red veins and white veins vary dramatically from one another, thus necessitating a fair and balanced assessment between Red Bali and White Maeng Da.

As it has become a recent habit of mine to test out these kratom strains personally, I’ve decided to sample our own Red Bali against some fine White Maeng Da I picked up from Kraken Kratom. The results of this comparison may surprise those who think they know everything there is to know about Maeng Da.

Many people believe Maeng Da is the strongest kratom strain out there which is fair to assume since this variety is known for its high volume of alkaloids, but Red Bali is also extremely popular because of its potency and aroma.

Today, we’ll take a thorough look at where their effects differ and why one might be better than the other.


One of the many reasons why Red Bali has risen to the top of the heap in terms of bestselling kratom strains is its widespread accessibility. Red Bali is a prevalent strain that’s well-regarded for its analgesic properties and relaxing effects.

This readily available kratom powder has been known to induce a sense of calm and well-being that’s in keeping with kratom’s overall reputation as an Ayurvedic herb. Harvested from the large leaves of Indonesian kratom plants, Red Bali Kratom is renowned for its rapid growth as well as its array of purported benefits.

Those benefits may include any or all of the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Stress reduction
  • Relaxation
  • Mood enhancement
  • Mild sedation

After taking 4 grams of our Red Bali, I can feel the effects within fifteen to eighteen minutes. There’s a clean edge to everything. In other words, I feel both energized and totally chill at the same time. My muscles seem to relax and I ease into work without any of the jitters I’ve come to expect from my morning coffee.

After about forty five minutes, I begin to peak as I notice myself grinning like an idiot. No joke! This one actually makes me smile. It’s one of the reasons I got into the kratom game in the first place because I wanted to share with the rest of the world what I’ve experienced with this amazing herb.

What I’ve noticed about Red Bali versus other Bali strains is that I don’t ever get queasy and I never fall asleep when I don’t intend to. That’s more than I can say for other, more sedating strains that can force a nap on you when you least expect it. It’s important to note here that I never take more than 4 grams at a time and only after I’ve acclimated to any respective strain.

As a longtime kratomite, I’ve grown accustomed to the threshold dose of 2 grams and I’ve graduated to 3-5 grams at a time. But I always caution my friends against burning that much kratom in one sitting when they’re not used to it.


Most kratom enthusiasts I meet are married to Green Maeng Da, probably because it’s the most common Maeng Da on the market. But don’t get it twisted, there are other Maeng Da strains out there and White Maeng Da is my personal fave.


Because Maeng Da contains substantial amounts of Speciogynine, Speciociliatine and Paynantheine in addition to the much-coveted Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Paynantheine is said to have stimulating effects while Speciogynine is a smooth muscle relaxant.

It is important to note here that the FDA does not consider kratom to be beneficial for medicinal use and have parted with many researchers’ findings regarding these active alkaloids. However, innumerable kratom users have attested to the effects induced by the kratom plant.


White Maeng Da’s purported effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • Heavy stimulation
  • Relaxation
  • Sharpened focus
  • Insomnia relief

I should say up front that I am not a fan of Maeng Da, at least not to the extent that most people are. However, my assessment of White Maeng Da is unbiased as I have never tried the white vein Maeng Da before. Consider this me losing my Maeng Da virginity.

I decided to take just 3 grams of White Maeng Da since I’m new to it and I’ve gotta tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by the results. I felt almost immediately rejuvenated after slogging through my mid-morning duties.

The first hour was definitely stimulating and I got a lot of work done in a short amount of time. I would have to say that this strain is the nootropic strain, the one that you’d want if you’re looking for a cognitive boost.

With that said, I can’t recommend it too strongly since the second hour saw my eyelids getting heavy and I experienced a bit of the wobbles when rising from my office chair to go to the bathroom. As someone who grew up with drug addiction in my family, I’ve never appreciated the feeling of downers or depressants and the second hour after taking this strain made me feel a bit unsteady and drowsy.

I’d have to say that White Maeng Da is definitely the most powerful Maeng Da I’ve tried and wouldn’t be one I’d suggest as an option for anyone who wants to feel rested throughout their afternoon. On the other hand, I’ve heard a lot of chatter about people using it to treat insomnia and now I can understand why that makes sense.


Both Red Bali and White Maeng Da have their pros and cons, and each is similar in their potential for stimulation and relaxation. But if you’re not looking to end up on the nod, you may want to stick with Red Bali. Mild stimulation and calm will always beat the jitters and the wobz.

Bob Freville
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