Red Maeng Da is a strain of kratom that is the preferred leaf of many long-time enthusiasts, as it is known for its longevity and its higher alkaloid concentration (potency). Unlike most strains that come in a particular color, Maeng Da kratom isn’t inherently of any type of vein between the red, white, and green variants. This is because Maeng Da doesn’t occur naturally but is created through a botanical process called grafting.
What is Grafting?
Grafting is the process of taking tissue from one plant and inserting it into the tissues of another, forming a pseudo-hybrid of the two plants. This has led to the misconception that Maeng Da is created in laboratories through genetic modification, but grafting is a horticultural or botanical process where no “gene splicing” occurs. As a result, Maeng Da can be either white, red, or green vein depending on the process by which it was made, and the effects can vary widely from one to the next.
Red Maeng Da and Their Effects
The red strain of Maeng da is closer to the norm, offering high sedation properties, and very high pain relief. As the effect can be powerful, this one is recommended in small doses for beginners. It is most useful against chronic pain.
Apart from Red Maeng Da kratom, there are other different colored strains of Maeng Da as well. For each of these, the typical duration lasts from 6-8 hours, making Maeng Da the longest lasting of any powdered kratom, excluding those that combine different strains.
Other Maeng Da vary in their properties; for example, White Maeng Da is Cultivated by combining tissues with a white vein kratom plant, this strain is highly sedative rather than highly energetic. It is good for post-work relaxation and anti-anxiety. While Green Maeng Da strain usually supplements its moderate pain relief with incredibly high energy. This is usually the preferred strain for those suffering from depression, as it lessens the listless feeling brought about by the affliction.
Red Maeng Da Kratom Dosage Recommendations
As Red Maeng Da kratom is one of the more powerful strains, dosage should be adjusted accordingly. The safe side would be roughly 60% of your usual intake. For example, if you take 3 grams of a strain that has normal potency, 2 grams of Red Maeng Da is advisable. The idea may be that the weaker strains aren’t working for your pain-relief, energy, or sedative needs, so taking the same amount would do the trick, but Red Maeng Da inherent potency means it is more prudent to proceed with caution until you’ve worked your way up to a comfortable level. Exceeding 6 grams of Red Maeng Da in any one does isn’t recommended, as this can increase the likelihood that the side effects mentioned below will occur.
Red Maeng Da Kratom Possible Side Effects
Red Maeng Da kratom has the typical side effects of any kratom strain, which include nausea, upset stomach, headaches, insomnia, and hyperactivity. Kratom side effects are rare and usually non-debilitating, but they can occur if dosage, sleep, and fluid intake aren’t properly considered. Nausea and stomach pain are generally indicators that you’ve taken too much kratom in a single dose or multiple doses too closely together. You can lessen these effects by drinking plenty of water and laying down if possible; as mentioned, they are usually mild discomfort rather than a debilitating ailment that inhibits normal activity.
Headaches, insomnia, and hyperactivity are generally caused by lack of rest; however, they may not happen with Red Maeng Da; this is particularly when taking high-energy strains like the green vein Maeng Das that eliminate feelings of fatigue. Eventually, the kratom wears off and the deprivation catches up, so you should avoid taking high energy strains later than the afternoon. If you suffer from anxiety or stress, the high-energy strains should be avoided in favor of the sedative ones, as the energy boost may actually increase anxiety.
Facts About Red Maeng Da Kratom
- Because of its high energy provision, Red Maeng Da kratom is considered the go-to strain of farmers, heavy lifters, and laborers.
- Red Maeng Da kratom is most suited for the humid, tropical climate of Thailand, though the complex horticultural knowledge necessary to grow it will inhibit most from trying to grow it at home.
- As Red Maeng Da kratom has the highest concentration of alkaloids in any strain, many users find tiny dose of liquid extracts and resin blocks enough to last all day. Special care should be taken when using these variations, however, as some concentrations and effects vary for each batch.
- Red Maeng Da kratom has an exceptionally bitter taste compared to most kratom strains. If consuming orally, consider washing it down with something equally strong in flavor like grapefruit juice instead of water.