Kratom is a powerful Ayurvedic herb which is derived from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree. This evergreen Rubicae from the coffee family of plants has its origins in Southeast Asia where it’s been regarded as a folk medicine for centuries.
Mitragyna speciosa occurs naturally in three distinct vein colors—green, red and white, respectively. Each of these vein colors possesses a unique alkaloid profile which determines the kratom strain’s purported benefits and the efficacy of the same.
Super Green Malay has long been a personal favorite of mine, but more recently I’ve been exploring the legendary Maeng Da in a variety of dosages. These two best-selling strains are both unconventional in their own ways, but they are hardly uniform in their peculiarities.
As I’ll endeavor to show in today’s post, Maeng Da is the Mack Daddy of the bunch, but Super Green Malay is a real mesmerist in its own right.
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There are many misconceptions surrounding this enhanced strain, not least of which is its true origins. While many kratom vendors claim to source Super Green Malay (SGM) from Malaysia the truth is that it is illegal to do so.
With the passing of the Poisons Act of 1952, the sale of kratom is strictly verboten in the so-called Wild East. Therefore, it is impossible for American suppliers to obtain plant matter from Malaysian farmers.
Although the sale of Mitragyna speciosa and its key alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—is outlawed, the tree continues to grow in abundance throughout the wilds of the countryside. As a result, visitors to Malaysia have taken the cuttings of the tree and smuggled it into their own countries of origin.
Today, most Malaysian kratom is cultivated in Brunei, Indonesia and parts of Papua New Guinea. Most domestic sellers get their Green Malay from one of approximately a dozen native farms.
Once they have procured raw kratom powder they set about subjecting it to a cutting edge extraction process which enables them to infuse the micronized powder with large concentrations of indole alkaloids such as mitragynine, 7-OH (7-hydroxymitragynine), paynantheine and speciogynine.
The result is Super Green Malay or SGM, a turbo-charged “fast” strain that is as exhilarating as it is invigorating. SGM has long been my go-to by virtue of its exceptional clarity and venerable duration of effects.
The “aroma” of SGM lasts, on average, for about four to six hours, although I have even noted that it’s lasted for seven-and-a-half hours on occasion. Naturally, this duration is largely dependent upon moderate dosage.
On many days when I can’t bring myself to get out of bed, I force myself to brew 2.5 grams of SGM and it turns me completely around. Within 20 minutes, I’m able to focus my efforts, power through work projects and think more constructively.
However, users should bear in mind that others may have a very different reaction to this than I have. For some, this strain may not seem strong enough or “slow” enough.
Kratom’s purported benefits are not backed by conclusive scientific data and remain the subject of much speculation. Here in the U.S., the FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use. In fact, they have even gone so far as to issue a warning, urging the public to not consume it.
Despite this lack of conclusive evidence, many have attested to its potent effects and hundreds of users swear that it helps them live a more comfortable day-to-day life. In the case of Super Green Malay, users gush about its warmth, vitality and supposed euphoria.
The most commonly reported effects include all of the following:
As with SGM, Maeng Da (MD) is shrouded in mystery and nestled in a candy coating of shrewd marketing. Countless vendors have presented Maeng Da as the newest and strongest kratom solution on the market, but the truth is far less alluring to the jaded user.
The truth is, Maeng Da is regarded as the oldest example of horned leaf kratom by the native people of Southeast Asia. As the OG of the M. speciosa family, Maeng Da represents the gold standard in sacramental herbs.
Harvested in the jungles of Indonesia’s JongKong district, MD strains are famed for their wide spectrum of effects and formidable strength. Green MD is said to be less somnambulistic than its red vein kratom powder counterpart, but both induce a balanced aroma.
Unlike SGM, Maeng Da Kratom is potent at much smaller dosage levels. In fact, users with high tolerances have embraced Maeng Da because it helps them to control their intake.
The most commonly reported effects of MD dosage include the following:
It behooves me to mention the potential for adverse effects with Maeng Da intake. Users who take Maeng Da at moderate dosages put themselves at risk of developing profuse sweats, dilated pupils, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and an altered mental state.
While both of these incredible strains offer relief, repose and rejuvenation with relatively responsible usage, larger dosages of Maeng Da may be dangerous. By contrast, SGM is believed to be fairly safe at dosages of 1.5 to 10 grams.
Whereas Maeng Da may produce the dreaded “couch lock effect,” SGM is more likely to keep you up rearranging your kitchen in the wee hours of the morning. At moderate dosage, SGM is sociable, illuminating and motivational where MD is more drowsy and “slow.”
When you buy kratom online, you should always think about what you want out of a respective strain. Seasoned users may dig MD AKA Pimp Kratom, but noobs are likely to overdo it and get pimp slapped. : )
If it’s a balanced and engaged social strain you’re after, Super Green Malay is a true friend, but Maeng Da was made for the bold and intrepid who don’t mind weathering the occasional knockout.
Regardless of the strain you choose, make sure to start with a threshold dosage, lest you plunge yourself into an overwhelming experience. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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