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Red Maeng Da Kratom Powder
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Red Maeng Da Kratom Powder
A Powerful and Potent Vein of Kratom
Ranking among the most potent of kratom strains (or ‘veins’), Maeng Da is revered for its powerful effects, attributed to its complex and unique blend of naturally occurring alkaloids.
In this guide, we explore the strain’s history, uses, notable features and more.
So kick back with your favorite ‘cup of kratom’ or other beverage and let’s dive right in…
Red Maeng Da Kratom’s History
This strain of kratom has a storied past, having been used by the indigenous people of Southeastern Asia for centuries. Traditionally, kratom powders are named after the ‘vein’ of the leaf, and/or region from which it was grown and harvested.
When it comes to Maeng Da, its nomenclature takes an interesting turn that might sound comical or odd to Westerners. It may even subjectively come with negative connotations. But don’t let that turn you off, as the strain itself receives virtually nothing but praise.
In traditional Thai, the words ‘Maeng Da’ is translated to ‘Pimp Grade’ or simply ‘pimp’. Although there is some debate as to the origin of this name, be it as a marketing ploy or simply due to its ancient use as an aphrodisiac and energizing concoction, one thing is certain…this vein packs a punch.
For most users, ‘pimp grade’ is traditionally interpreted as simply being STRONG. That in that regard, Maeng Da does not disappoint.
What is Red Maeng Da Kratom Powder
Maeng Da is a type of kratom powder known for its potency. This strain of kratom is made from the cultivated, harvested and dried leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree. The Mitragyna Speciosa, an evergreen distantly related to the coffee plant, produces leaves with notable concentrations of alkaloids known to produce a myriad of physiological effects when consumed.
With a little going a long way, many kratom enthusiasts appreciate that they can ‘stretch out’ supplies of Maeng Da while still being able to enjoy its hard-hitting effects.
Where is Red Maeng Da Grown?
The trees used to produce Red Maeng Da are grown throughout Southeast Asia, most notably Indonesia. That said, some blends of Red Maeng Da may come from the leaves of trees grown in India, Thailand, Malaysia and other regions.
How is Red Maeng Da Cultivated?
The Mitragyna Speciosa trees needed to make Red Maeng Da thrive in acidic soil and hot climates with high moisture, a climate common throughout Southeast Asia. There the trees are grown on small farms, often ran traditionally as they were for centuries, with localized wisdom passed down through the generations.
How and When are the Leaves Harvested?
As the name implies, red-veined varieties of kratom are harvested when the veins on the underside of the tree’s leaves turn red. This visual indicator tells farmers that the leaves are rich with the desired concentration of alkaloids for the strain.
Typically, the leaves needed for Red Maeng Da are harvested later in the growing season after having a chance to mature post-rainy season. These now mature leaves are then carefully hand-picked for drying.
How is Red Maeng Da Processed?
The now hand-picked leaves are taken to a dark, cool drying room. This room is temperature-controlled and kept absent of both artificial as well as natural sunlight. The drying process is carefully monitored to ensure an optimal end product, with Red Maeng Da typically having a longer drying process than other strains. This process affects the end concentration of certain alkaloids responsible for its effects. Once dry, the leaves are ground into a fine powder and vacuum-sealed to preserve freshness and potency.
What Makes Red Maeng Da Kratom so Special?
For centuries, kratom has been used for its psychostimulatory and physiologically altering properties. Although more research is needed, several studies have confirmed kratom’s ability to induce or cause a wide range of effects, many of which users deem as beneficial.
As for Red Maeng Da, this particular vein of kratom embodies all of the features kratom should, eliciting desired effects, with one notable difference: the strain is POTENT. Because of this, the powder is often reserved for times when deep relaxation or sedation are desired.
Red Maeng Da Alkaloids
The specific concentration of alkaloids present in Red Maeng Da powder is attributable to a few key factors:
- The region it was grown
- How it was cultivated
- The drying process
- The age of maturation prior to harvesting
According to several scientific journals, the alkaloid concentration in kratom typically varies from between 0.5%-1.5% of total plant mass, with Mitragynine being the most prevalent alkaloid, followed by 7-hydroxymitragynine.
*Malaysian varieties tend to be lower in mitragynine
Beckett, A. H., Shellard, E. J., Phillipson, J. D., and Lee, C. M. (1966), ‘The Mitragyna species of Asia. Part. VII. Indole alkaloids from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa Korth’, Planta Medica, Volume 14, pp. 277–288.
Arndt, T., Claussen, U., Güssregen, B. et al. (2011), ‘Kratom alkaloids and O-desmethyltramadol in urine of a “Krypton” herbal mixture consumer’, Forensic Science International, Volume 208, pp. 47–52.
What Are the Effects of Red Mae Da Kratom?
According to the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the primary alkaloids found in Red Maeng Da kratom have shown both ‘full’ and ‘selective’ agonist activity on our body’s own natural opioid receptors.
This interaction with our opioid receptors is said to be largely responsible for the plant’s effects when consumed. Some studies have demonstrated similarities between codeine for cough treatment, and that 7-hydroxymitraggnine can be up to several times more potent of a pain reliever than morphine when taken via oral administration.
Adkins, J. E., Boyer, E. W., and McCurdy, C. R. (2011), ‘Mitragyna speciosa, a psychoactive tree from Southeast Asia with opioid activity’, Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, Volume 11, pp. 1165–1175.
Given this strain’s potency, many users report a highly relaxing and even sedative effect.
Other Reported Effects By Users Include:
- Mood enhancement
- Deep calming sensation
- Intense relaxation
- Lowered stress and worry
- And more…
Other Strains Similar to Red Maeng Da
Strains from the same vein (although different regions and growing conditions) that have similar but unique effects of their own include:
- Green Maeng Da
- White Maeng Da
- Green Malay
- Green Bali
Other Strains NOT of the Maeng Da Variety that Kratom Users Enjoy Include:
- Red Borneo
- Red Bali
- Red Hulu Kapuas
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