Green Malay vs Maeng Da

September 04, 2020 Articles, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Anyone who’s visited this blog with any frequency knows that Super Green Malay is my go-to kratom strain. Although Maeng Da is undeniably strong, I much prefer the warmth and productivity that I experience with Malay.

As I said in yesterday’s Maeng Da vs Bali post, individuals will respond differently to any given strain. No two people are exactly alike and everyone wants something different out of this impressive (and versatile) Ayurvedic herb.

I decided to write this strain comparison because I think it will illuminate some things for our less experienced visitors. It may also shine a light on some of the falsities that have been perpetuated on the Internet.

The following is everything you need to know about Green Malaysian Kratom and Green MD.


This is where some mythbusting comes into the picture. Bloggers will have you believe that Green Malay is grown in the forests of Malaysia, but that can’t possibly be true and I’ll tell you why.

Kratom is illegal in Malaysia and has been since 1952. Although the Mitragyna speciosa or ketum tree continues to grow throughout the wilds of the region, native farmers are strictly forbidden from selling it.

In other words, the only way you are using kratom in Malaysia is if you live in one of many small communities within the country.

When writers and marketers claim that Green Malay is grown in Malaysia what they really mean is that the strain’s cultivar was originally located in the Wild East. Over the years, farmers from neighboring regions have taken the cuttings of the Malaysian ketum leaves and smuggled them into their own countries for planting.

Today, Green Malay is grown all across Southeast Asia by a handful of skilled petani. These petani have mastered the ancient art of the Ayurvedic herb, producing trees of optimal maturity and unparalleled alkaloid content.

Green Malaysian Kratom is widely available in a variety of forms including kratom powder, enhanced tea and kratom capsules.


More than any other M. speciosa variant, Green Malaysian is effective at low dosages. Those who have brew a threshold dosage may be surprised at just how focused and aware they feel. In the past, I have been amazed at the results from a small dose of just two grams.

In addition to the concentration and lucid thinking that I have experienced with microdoses, I have also found moderate dosages of Green Malay to be more satisfying than other green veins. I’m talkin’ confidence, motivation, clear thinking and complex problem solving.

Since kratom is not approved for medicinal use and scientific data about its effects are regarded as largely inconclusive, no medical claims can be made about its purported benefits. That being said, I’ve enjoyed this strain time and time again for the perceived sharpness, comfort and clarity it has brought to bear on my daily engagements.

Unlike other daytime strains, Green Malay is of theoretical utility to those who are looking for a good night’s sleep. That’s because larger dosages can induce calm and tranquility that puts one at ease. If I have a lot on my mind, I often brew six or more grams about an hour before I’m gonna hit the sack.


Maeng Da AKA Pimp Kratom is a strain from the JongKong region of Indonesia. The green leaf is known to be particularly invigorating, offering a bracing aroma that can be replenishing and illuminating.

There has been much debate over whether the Maeng Da name is significant or if it is merely a marketing ploy. Regardless of where you land on the subject, it is worth noting that the natives of Southeast Asia regard it as the oldest and truest example of Horned Leaf.

Today, Maeng Da is one of the most widely accessible strains in the Western marketplace. This is due, in no small part, to its reputation as the strongest form of Mitragyna speciosa.

Notorious for its potency and wide spectrum of effects, Maeng Da is available in powder, capsule and extract form. Maeng Da kratom extract has become a bestseller here at Kratom Crazy.


As with Green Malaysian, Maeng Da Kratom is renowned for its serenity, focus and invigoration. Like Green Malay, MD strains tend to be very strong at smaller dosages.

Unlike Malaysian kratom, Maeng Da has a tendency of inducing nausea, stomach cramps and dizziness. Many users have complained about developing a case of the “wobz” after using a moderate dosage of Maeng Da.

Commonly reported effects include altered mood, deep sleep and general well-being. Alas, larger dosages may result in adverse effects such as profuse sweating, stomach upset, diarrhea or vomiting.


Both strains tend to be pretty chill at responsible dosages with some users suggesting that the two work well in tandem. Green Malay may put users at ease and instill positive thoughts. Maeng Da shares these qualities at low levels, although irresponsible usage may lead to lethargy or apoplexy.

Maeng Da and Green Malay may also increase sociability in certain individuals, although this has only been reported by a select number of users. This has been discussed among some online kratom forum communities where members have talked about their experiences with these strains.


Whereas Green Malaysian is generally considered safe at larger dosages, Maeng Da may be overwhelming to users at levels as small as six to eight grams. First-time users have said that it kept them couch-locked and, in some extreme cases, individuals have found themselves a fall risk after taking it.

As one user on Reddit said, “Maeng Da is the least favourite I have tried – too strong and sedative for my taste.”

Another user wrote, “Green Malay is my current favorite…Euphoria: 7.5 out of 10.”


If you’re new to the world of ethnobotanicals you would do well to explore the wonders of Malaysian kratom before graduating to the intense aroma of MD products. Like an actual pimp, Pimp Kratom can be dangerous.

Bob Freville
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