Of all the kratom strains that have made their way to the Western world, none has left as much of an impression as Maeng Da. This Thai OG cultivar has been a staple of the industry since its inception and it remains the Mack Daddy of all strains.
Despite its soaring popularity, there has been much debate as to whether or not it is truly the strongest kratom available. In this in-depth strain review, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about where Maeng Da comes from, what makes it special and why it deserves its place at the top of any list.
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Derived from OG (Old Grown) kratom trees in Thailand, Maeng Da kratom leaf is an Ayurvedic herb with unparalleled alkaloid concentrations. The average mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine levels in dried leaf or micronized kratom powder are anywhere between 12-21 mg/g. These levels are significantly higher in Thail strains.
Whereas most plain leaf has a total alkaloid concentration of 0.5-1.5%, Maeng Da is known to have far more—mitragynine makes up 66% of total alkaloids, to be exact. While 7-hydroxymitragynine is in shorter supply (around 2%), the presence of large volumes of corynoxeine and paynantheidine more than make up for this.
In other words, key alkaloids naturally occur in abundance in Green Maeng Da kratom. This is why it really blows your ears back when you brew it—it’s an über-potent leaf that packs a punch and sticks around longer than its counterparts.
Green Maeng Da refers to Maeng Da trees which grow leaves with green veins. It is these vein colors which largely determine what the effects of M. speciosa will be. In the case of Green MD, is serves as a coffee-like brew.
Unlike a strong cup of coffee, Green MD does not typically cause the jitters. Furthermore, it promotes a sense of well-being that is not associated with other plants from the coffee family.
Maeng Da may have a silly nickname (“Pimp kratom”), but don’t get it twisted. This Ayurvedic herb deserves to be taken seriously. As a natural alternative to more harmful products, Green MD makes for an exceptional aromatic tea that is soothing, stimulating and enlightening.
This strain is said to augment one’s thinking by providing some much-needed clarity. It is also believed to be useful to those who are dealing with life’s daily stressors. Users have lauded its bold aroma and long-lasting fragrance.
Its many purported effects may include the following:
As I mentioned in my Red Maeng Da strain review, there are many similarities between each vein. Like Red MD, Green Maeng Da kratom may induce a sense of calm and well-being.
The difference between them really comes down to the strength of certain integral properties. Red Maeng Da is more exhilarating and potentially solipsistic, loaning it to afternoon or evening use. By contrast, Green MD is more invigorating which makes it ideal for daytime use.
Naturally, these effects largely depend upon dosage which varies widely. First-time users are generally advised to stick with threshold dosages until they have acclimated to this intense strain.
Because of Green Maeng Da’s unique potency, effects can be felt at far smaller dosages than with other kratom variants.
You may have heard people muttering about Maeng Da Silver around your local headshop or convenience store. They were likely talking about OPMS Silver, a smoke shop brand that’s blown up in recent years.
OPMS is notorious for being sketchy AF! This has never been a brand that I would recommend, largely because I fear for the safety of those who take it. Maeng Da Silver is no exception as it shares a dubious origin in common with other OPMS products.
If you run a search on one of the best kratom forums, you’ll see plenty of users opining about OPMS and their Maeng Da extract. Many users have called their products garbage. As one member on I Love Kratom wrote, “The “1x” is just marketing – most of what you’re feeling is not from anything that occurs naturally in kratom. The actual kratom in the capsules is trash and has negligible effects compared to the added alkaloids.”
For safety, purity and transparency, there’s simply no beating 100% natural Maeng Da from one of the top-rated kratom suppliers online.
Many newcomers to MD want to know how it compares to other veins. As one user said on Reddit, “Ive tried White Maeng Da, and enjoy it, what differences would there be in the Green Maeng Da? I know the basics of it mixing the effects of the two types of veins, but do you think it lasts longer or is stronger in one area…”
Another user suggested that Green MD was more “euphoric” than White MD, but this is definitely subjective. Every person is different and no two people will react to GMD in exactly the same way.
Kratom capsules are a wise solution for those who don’t want to be bothered with measuring spoons and digital scales. However, consumers should be sure to find out how much kratom powder is in each capsule.
Gelatin capsules can vary in size and milligram amount with some containing very little and some containing quite a lot. XXL kratom capsules are readily accessible in many local tobacco shops. In order to determine the dosage that’s right for you, it is important to factor in the capsule size you are using.
Once you’ve done the math and figured out what kind of capsules you’ll be using, the following is a general guideline for brewing mitra tea:
If you are new to Green Maeng Da kratom then you should be sure to shop around before settling on a source for your M. speciosa powder. You should also stick to the lowest possible dosage for your first cup of tea. Always err on the side of caution when brewing kratom. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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