Red Maeng Da vs Red Borneo

September 11, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

With so many fantastic kratom strains in circulation, it’s becoming easier than ever to decide which strain you prefer. Of course, with an increase in availability there has also been an influx in misinformation.

The number of kratom vendors selling “rare” strains such as Maeng Da and White Sumatra is dwarfed only by the sheer number of shit posts by trolls and shill pieces by shady bloggers. If you’re new to the world of kratom, you’ll undoubtedly encounter a wide variety of strain explanations.

Some reviewers will lead you to believe that Red Maeng Da is a newer and stronger brand of Mitragyna speciosa while others will exalt Red Borneo for sleep and pain.

There is a lot that these sites aren’t tell you, that’s why I’ve decided to share this educational overview with our readers. I’ve come to find that there are many details that bear mentioning about each M. speciosa cultivar, most of which you are unlikely to find in your average blog post.

The following information is based on my six plus years of independent research. It’s also informed by my many personal experiences with different kratom strains.


Maeng Da AKA Pimp Kratom is a mitragynine-dominant strain from Indonesia. Here in the Western world it has been marketed as the strongest kratom on earth, but this is largely subjective.

In this writer’s humble opinion, White Sumatra and even Super Green Malay are far stronger than Maeng Da Kratom at moderate dosages.

Another bit of fake news concerning Maeng Da (MD) is its status as the newest, latest. Although Maeng Da is most certainly a current favorite among kratom consumers, it is actually regarded as the oldest horned leaf strain by the natives of Southeast Asia.

Originating in the JongKong district of Brunei, MD speciosa trees are grown in the lowland forests of Darussalam where it flourishes along the peat swamps and mangroves of this precious ecosystem.

Red vein kratom powder is lauded for its coffee-like aroma and Red MD is no exception. Offering a gentle boost that’s subtle yet profound, this herb is geared toward any user who wants a smooth transition from sluggishness to productivity.

Red MD is available in a number of forms including raw powder, kratom capsules, kratom extracts and kratom blends.


Folks have found this one to be as suitable for nighttime use as daytime use by virtue of its balance of “slow” and “fast” effects. The effects most commonly associated with this cultivar include all of the following:

  • Mild elation
  • Moderate invigoration
  • Clean sensation
  • Subtle endurance
  • Purported stamina
  • Sense of calm
  • Overall well-being

While kratom has not been approved for medicinal use by the FDA, its reputation among recreational users is the stuff of legend. For hundreds of years, this Ayurvedic herb has been used as a folk medicine in its native land. Over the last 20+ years, Westerners have slowly come around to this remarkable plant.


Hailing from the third largest island in the world, Red Borneo is cultivated in the wilds of the archipelago where it reaches optimal maturity along the Kapuas River. Whereas Green Borneo is a notorious “daytime” option due to its deep vitality, Red Borneo is far more serene.

The full body serenity and fragrant scent of Red Borneo has established it as a mainstay among ethnobotanical enthusiasts. Borneo has a pleasant taste that’s less bitter than its counterparts and less likely to cause nausea.


Commonly reported effects of Red Vein Borneo include all of the following (and more):

  • Sharpened focus
  • Increased sociability
  • Gentle repose
  • Mild invigoration
  • Moderate tranquility
  • Overall well-being


Unlike Red MD, Borneo Kratom is famous for its perfect balance of invigoration and tranquility. As anyone who’s tried Red Maeng Da can tell you, it is far from chill. On the contrary, it can be quite overwhelming at moderate dosages.

In the past, I’ve heard from friends who admitted that they simply couldn’t handle the hours of intense invigoration that Red MD provided. By contrast, Red Borneo has remained a favorite among colleagues and worldwide users.

Where Red MD is a viable choice for active individuals, it may not suit users who are accustomed to a more sedentary existence. The couch lock effect it can have at moderate dosage may not affect them adversely, but smaller dosing might come as surprising to those who aren’t used to a coffee-like pick-me-up.

On the other hand, Red Borneo may be exhausting for users who wish to avail themselves of a clean boost. When stacked up against Red MD, this Borneo strain seems downright somnambulistic.


There has been much debate on platforms like Reddit as to the distinctions that can be made between strains such as Red Maeng Da, Bali and Borneo. As one user wrote, “Red Maeng Da has a big more of a noticeable sedation element compared to Red Borneo.”

In a post seeking advice on Red Maeng Da kratom capsules dosage, another user pointed out the difficulty in determining proper usage from brand to brand. As they said, “there isnt any real way of knowing how much per capsule if we dont know the brand or anything but most likely its around .5g per cap. in that case i would say take like 4-6 and see how it affects you first. you could be sensetive to it or not feel it very much. adjust depending on how that affects you.”


You can find these strains, and many others, at just about every smoke shop across America, but to avail yourself of high quality solutions you must do some digging on the Internet. As you’ll see, most every legitimate kratom vendor maintains an online store.

When you buy kratom online, be sure to look for brands that are backed by money back guarantees. This is the first surefire sign of a trustworthy supplier.

If you join one of the many online kratom forum communities, you’ll find plenty of user recommendations and vendor warnings. As any seasoned user will tell you, the very best kratom vendors offer kratom coupon codes, third party lab results, detailed strain origins and a 30 day refund policy.

The following is my short list of the top sellers of Red Maeng Da and Red Borneo Kratom. Each of these brands has been thoroughly vetted, and is known for its quality and affordability.

  • Kats Botanicals
  • MitraGaia
  • PDO Botanicals AKA Pharmacy Dropout


I think you’ll agree that there is much to recommend both of these incredible strains, but when it comes to personal preference it’s a bit like that Christopher Lambert classic Highlander—There can be only one. Try ’em both today and see which one suits your needs. Stay safe, y’all!

Bob Freville
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