Yellow Maeng Da Kratom Strain Review

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Maeng Da has been called the strongest of all forms of kratom, but some strains are more powerful than others. As Maeng Da has grown in popularity, vendors have made it their business to source a variety of strains including the always in-demand Green MD.

As I talked about in our strains guide, each strain’s effects depend largely on the chemical properties inherent in the kratom leaf’s central vein. These veins range in color from light green and dark green to red and white.

In recent years, domestic suppliers have begun sourcing gold and yellow vein kratom powder. These strains are produced by discerning petani who are proficient in harvesting Mitragyna speciosa leaves at an optimal point in the season.

Yellow vein is not technically a naturally-occurring vein color, rather it is a hue that is achieved by a fermentation or sun-drying.

In the case of Yellow Maeng Da Kratom, a region-exclusive parchment process is implemented which results in a tawny shade of brownish-yellow. This cultivar, made from the cuttings of a traditional Thai kratom tree, is one of the rarest and most sought-after of all yellow or gold variants.

But is it really any better than standard Maeng Da tea? And should you buy into the hype?

Let’s take a closer look.


As I mentioned earlier, yellow vein kratom is forged from a signature process of photosynthesis. A controlled period of exposure to the sun yields plant matter that is lighter in color and richer in alkaloids than historical plain leaf.

On average, Yellow Maeng Da Kratom possesses an alkaloid profile which is 20% higher than wildcrafted kratom leaves. Careful sifting removes stem and vein from the mix, resulting in a smoother micronized powder that is perfect for a soothing cup of tea or a sprinkle in your smoothie.

Unlike traditional Maeng Da, Yellow MD is voluminous in mitragynine, kratom’s most abundant alkaloid. What’s more, it is dense with 7-hydroxymitragynine, a terpenoid indole alkaloid that may elicit a puissant and restorative aroma.


The fermentation method commonly used to make Yellow MD requires a tropical climate with muggy temperatures and plenty of moisture. Since Maeng Da is grown in the rainforests of Indonesia and surrounding areas, farmers rely on run-off and time-released sprinkler systems to keep the soil from drying up.

Once the Maeng Da kratom leaves are hand-selected and plucked from OG Mitragyna speciosa trees, they are transferred to a clean drying space where they are left to dry in the sun for a select period before being ground and sifted. The combination of heat and wetness releases chemicals which alter the alkaloid composition of the plant matter.

It is important to procure Yellow Maeng Da Kratom from a trusted source, as lesser suppliers will cut their kratom powder with potential hazardous substances such as Cat’s Claw and Turmeric. These kratom potentiators may make their powder work faster and hit harder, but they may also pose a health risk to some individuals.

Cat’s Claw can negatively affect pregnant women while Turmeric use can lead to kidney damage. Other side effects include nausea, dizziness and diarrhea.


Here in the United States, kratom has not been approved for medicinal use by the FDA. Despite this lack of approval, many users attest to kratom’s efficacy in a myriad of areas.

In the case of Yellow MD, users have attested to its superior potency and extensive duration. Compared to traditional Maeng Da, it is said to be more invigorating, less lethargic and as effective as any other strain in terms of elevation of mood.

Like other nootropic strains, Yellow MD is believed to sharpen focus, increase attentiveness and instill motivation. Many have pointed to Yellow MD as a well-balanced strain which is as advantageous as a daytime strain as it is as a nightcap.


Since this one is significantly different than plain leaf, users are advised to brew far less than they would with traditional variants. The optimal strength of this cultivar means that you will need far fewer grams to unlock its purported benefits.

Generally speaking, seasoned users can expect to avail themselves of Yellow MD’s unique aroma by brewing no more than four grams while beginners will notice its effects at even smaller dosages.

The following is a general guideline for brewing Yellow Maeng Da tea:

  • Threshold – 1 to 1.5 grams
  • Low – 2 to 2.5 grams
  • Moderate – 3 to 4 grams
  • High – 5 to 6 grams

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The bigger the dose, the bigger the dope. Unless you are a masochist who enjoys stomach cramps, blurred vision, confusion and agitation, it is always best to avoid brewing kratom in dosages of eight or more grams.

Those who have taken larger dosages have frequently developed adverse effects including tolerance, kratom hangover, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting and hallucination. Chronic kratom use has been associated with a risk of kidney and liver damage as well as the potential for seizures, cardiac episodes, coma and even death.

Pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid kratom consumption entirely, as it may be detrimental to the health of their unborn children. Persons with preexisting health conditions should consult with their physician prior to using kratom.


Yellow Maeng Da Kratom Reddit posts have addressed the reluctance that many in the community have when it comes to gold and yellow kratom. As one user wrote, “It seems like a lot of people are hesitant about buying/using yellow Kratom, but I think it needs some more love!”

This same user compared the bodily sensations of 5.6 grams of Yellow MD to the afterglow of LSD, noting how comfortable it was and how sociable it made them.

Another user agreed, saying that it was a strain they could use for work. Elsewhere, a reviewer discussed its innate exhilaration, writing, “My legs feel like they’re made of warm air. I wouldn’t say I’m all that energetic but I still recommend for anyone who likes the euphoria over other effects.”


If you’re a seasoned user who’s tired of chasing that elusive first-time experience, Yellow Maeng Da Kratom may bring you right back to the blast from the past. Just be sure to limit your dosages since this one can be a real blockbuster. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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