Maeng Da Comparison: Red vs White vs Green

September 25, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains

We all know that Maeng Da has a reputation for being the strongest kratom strain on the market, but just how strong is it? And does this strength differ depending upon the color of the vein?

Today, we’ll take a closer look at Maeng Da in each of its forms so as to better understand how each form of Maeng Da stack up against one another. I trust you’ll agree that there is a world of difference between each one.

Green Maeng Da is, by far, the most well-known and popular of the Maeng Da veins, but does that make it the best? The truth is, that all depends on how you feel about it. As I’ve said on this blog time and time again, everybody’s different and we all come to the world of kratom for our own disparate reasons.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of red, white and green vein Maeng Da kratom that shows you what they have in common, what makes each of them unique and why they might be just what you’re looking for in a strain.

Let’s roll!


Red Maeng Da is number one with a bullet because it is the absolute strongest Maeng Da strain. The formation and chemical formulation of this one distinguishes it from its brothers and sisters. Harvested from kratom plants that grow in a humid, tropical climate, Red Maeng Da is lauded for its purported anxiolytic benefits.

Red Maeng Da is often used by those afflicted with anxiety disorders or individuals dealing with stress. It is a relaxing kratom leaf with the supposed ability to induce restful sleep in those battling insomnia. Although the FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use, the natives of Southeast Asia have been implementing kratom as a folk medicine throughout the ages and Maeng Da, in particular, is known to reduce anxiety and vanquish insomnia.

Among those who have used Red Maeng Da are persons with night shift work disorder, mood and behavioral disorders, arthritis, anxiety and/or work-related stress. While scientific evidence of its medicinal potential is considered to be inconclusive, the kratom community have been vehement about its alleged benefits.

Red Maeng Da is especially popular among these people who see it as a worthy herbal choice for calming their nerves and feeling at ease in high pressure situations.


With a medium to high percentage of panthetheine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, Red Maeng Da possesses muscle relaxing and antioxidant properties as well as potential anti-inflammatory effects. Those who have purchased Red Maeng Da swear by it due to the improved mood, mild stimulation, clean energy boost and alleged analgesia they say they have experienced.

While none of this is backed up by concrete scientific data, the kratom community at large have spoken and they say that this one is notably effective in these areas. Some see Red Maeng Da as a nootropic in that it may relieve “brain fog” and optimize concentration. At high doses, it is said to have a euphoric effect as well.


Due to kratom’s status in the United States, this website does not suggest kratom powder for human or animal consumption. However, copious amounts of testimonials by experienced individuals points to the average kratom user burning 2-4 grams as a mild dosage.

Red Maeng Da’s efficacy depends largely on a number of physiological factors and those who are elderly or obese may see less efficacy as this dosage level.


White Maeng Da is another top-selling kratom strain, although it is much less common than Green Maeng Da. Whereas Red Maeng Da may produce sedating and relaxing effects, white vein Maeng Da is more stimulating and energizing in nature.

Those who have used White Maeng Da talk about how effective it is as a pre-workout drink when tossed n’ washed or taken in the form of kratom tea. Boasting a full-bodied aroma and a rich color, White Maeng Da is often used by former coffee fanatics who are looking for the stimulation and mental acuity of coffee without a case of the jitters.

As with Red Maeng Da, White Maeng Da kratom has been known to be an effective herbal sleep aid among kratom users. Also like Red Maeng Da, the variations in its alkaloidal content makes it broadly flexible in its potential effects.

Users typically burn 5 grams for a moderate dose of White Maeng Da while some who are more used to it burn 6-8 grams. Seasoned kratom users suggest that 10 grams is the highest amount one should take, so as to avoid any negative side effects.


All forms of Maeng Da Kratom share some prospective adverse effects in common. These undesirable side effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach cramp
  • Lightheadedness
  • Respiratory issues
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting


Green Maeng Da may be the most well-known variant of Maeng Da, but does that make is the very best of the bunch? That all depends.

Due to its distinct blend of alkaloids, Green Maeng Da is mostly praised for its alleged ability to increase stamina and enthusiasm which makes it a must-have strain for those who are looking to get their Mojo rising, so to speak.

It is also the ideal strain for cognitive functioning and increased endurance. Those who work manual labor jobs often purchase Green Maeng Da because it gives them outstanding energy and supposed strength when lifting heavy equipment.

Green Maeng Da has much in common with Red Maeng Da; it has been known to improve one’s ability to concentrate on mental tasks and improve overall memory. Like the other strains on this list, it may have euphoric qualities at certain dosage levels.


So there you have it! If you’re looking for a strain that’s going to help soothe your mood and send you off to bed after a day full of life’s daily stressors, Red Maeng Da is the way to go. If you’re looking to get your hands on something that balances these relaxing effects with lots of clean energy, White Maeng Da may be more suited to your needs.

If, however, you want a bad ass strain that boosts your energy and helps your performance, Green Maeng Da could be the way to go. But no matter which one of these veins you land on, you’re likely to unlock a host of interesting effects.

Bob Freville
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