Red Maeng Da Kratom Review: An Excellent, Selectively-Grown Strain

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Because of its unique name and incredible potency, the Maeng Da Kratom variety is one of the most widespread assortments of the plant around the world. Although you can purchase both Green and White Maeng Da, Red Maeng Da Kratom seems to be one of the most appreciated ones, likely due to its strength. This has led many consumers and sellers to brand it as the best kratom strain. Although we wouldn’t go as far, we do think there is a fair amount of truth to its reputation.

If you don’t know where to place the plant as a whole, Kratom (Mytragina speciosa by its Latin name) is an evergreen tree that belongs to the coffee family. For many generations, the indigenous populations of Thailand and neighboring Southeast Asian countries have used Red Vein Maeng Da Kratom as a folk remedy for chronic pains. 

Personally, we have used Red Maeng Da powder from multiple certified sellers, but we are yet to find a vendor whose strain is as potent as that of The Golden Monk.

  • Mood enhancement and feelings of euphoria
  • Energy boost
  • Combats feelings of depression and loneliness
  • Reduces pain and muscle tension
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Red Maeng Da Kratom

What Is Red Maeng Da Kratom? 

Red Maeng Da received its name from a local insect that is considered a delicacy in many Southeast Asian countries, namely Lethocerus indicus. Don’t Google it. Suffice it to say that it is repulsing enough for us not to put up a picture of it. It also makes our most hated crawlers look casual. Maeng Da actually means Giant Water Bug, so the association between the two probably came as a result of the fact that they both have a potent flavor and/or effect. 

The Red Vein Maeng Da Kratom strain did not occur naturally. You might read in some places that it is a product of genetic modification – this is not the case. Kratom Red Maeng Da resulted from a complex and lengthy process of selectively growing plants from the same family and then joining them to obtain a third, which is called grafting. It’s basically a form of domestication, but for plants. Unlike most GMO seeds nowadays, grafting is completely natural. Modern watermelons, bananas, and even corn look very different from their wild counterparts because of the same process. You can Google this.

The result is a more potent kratom strain that is richer in alkaloids, as well as less susceptible to negative environmental changes. Color-wise, Red Maeng Da Kratom is darker than other strains.

Red Maeng Da Kratom Effects and Benefits 

The problem with looking for specific Red Maeng Da Kratom effects is the lack of consistency in the strains that are commercialized at a global level. Because there is no uniform production where all Kratom Red Maeng Da originates, you’re also likely to get contrasting results when using the same strain, in the same way, but from two different producers.

However, if you do manage to purchase from a trusted supplier, the abundance of alkaloids, namely mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, in Red Maeng Da pack a serious punch. The alkaloids activate certain opioid receptors which then make us feel either stimulated or incredibly relaxed and pain-free. Chemically speaking, this is nothing like opioids (or doping, for that matter), though, so you have nothing to worry in case you’re being tested at any point.

Below is a list of the most frequent Red Maeng Da Kratom benefits:

Palliative effect. People who deal with muscle and/or joint pains on a daily basis rely on the Red Maeng Da Kratom’s benefits to alleviate their suffering. This Kratom strain is adept at easing pain in general, which is why people have used for a range of illnesses, including fibromyalgia and cancer, not just musculoskeletal disorders. Taken in appropriate dosage, it can replace OTC painkillers.

Energy booster. A distinctive Red Vein Maeng Da effect is the potent stimulation users get at certain doses, since most kratom strains are known to elicit a sedative-like effect. The energy boost is comparable to that of a strong coffee or an Espresso and it is a great pick-me-up for extremely long days or very early mornings.

Nootropic. Much like in the case of coffee, the stimulating impact of Red Vein Maeng Da will act as cognitive enhancer. You are likely to experience uncanny levels of reasoning and heightened clarity with this strain, so it might help if you’re trying to learn for an important test.

Euphoric and antidepressant. Because certain doses of Red Maeng Da Kratom will trigger a feeling of euphoria, the variety is also known to benefit people who suffer from anxiety or depression, since it helps them achieve a state of calmness and serenity.

Red Maeng Da Kratom Dosage

As is the case with all Kratom strains, your Red Maeng Da Kratom dosage should be influenced by your experience with this plant, as well as by your sensitivity to new substances. This is one of the more potent Kratom products you can buy, so we advise you to err on the side of caution and take less.

Different dosages are likely to have different impacts on your body, ranging from analgesic to stimulating, and even euphoric. For your own safety, you should not take Red Maeng Da Kratom alongside other drugs, sedatives, or alcohol. In addition, you should make sure that you purchase Kratom only from trustworthy suppliers that have a quality guarantee.

With this in mind, here are the general guidelines to Red Maeng Da Kratom dosage. New users should aim for anywhere in between 1 and 1.5 grams, which is roughly a quarter teaspoon. After a little while, you might fare better with a quantity between 1.5 and 3 grams. Once you’ve made the transition to average user, a moderate dose of 4 to 5 grams, a full teaspoon, might be required to tap into the pain relieving Red Maeng Da Kratom benefits.

Lastly, expert users might need anywhere from 6 to 9 grams of Red Vein Maeng Da powder. We do not, however, recommend you take Red Maeng Da Kratom, or any of the other strains, for that matter, in very high doses. Nor should you do it on a daily basis. You might get the opposite effect of what it is that you are looking for. 

Consumer Reviews 

Red Maeng Da reviews are often the best way to gauge whether the strain is likely to suit your own needs. Below are some comments from people who purchased Red Vein Maeng Da from trusted kratom vendors.


I was a regular user of OTK painkillers. After being stuck in the drug loop for years, I became open to herbal medicine hoping I would find a natural alternative. Fortunately, this stuff made it possible for me to reduce and now eliminate my prescription meds. Lower doses work best for my muscle aches.” 

Brenda S: 29 July 2019

As a person dealing with addiction, I have to admit that methadone was the least appealing part of my journey. After seeing so many people kick methadone with kratom, I also thought I’d give it a try. So far, so good. I’ve only been taking Red Maeng Da Kratom for just under two weeks, but the effects are significant enough for me to be able to work. Fingers crossed.

Heather B: 5 September 2019

Red Maeng Da Kratom Alternatives 

Due to its potency, Red Maeng Da Kratom is difficult to replace, especially for expert users. Despite this, many find that, in time, they develop a tolerance to the Red Vein Maeng Da benefits. In such cases, switching to a similar strain might actually have a better effect on your body. 

If you’re looking for an analgesic substitute, Red Borneo Kratom and Red Sumatra Kratom might have a better effect. For people looking to improve the quality of their sleep, Red Horn Kratom or Red Gold Kratom are likely to do the trick.

Is Red Maeng Da Worth Trying? 

Yes, without a doubt. However, Red Maeng Da Kratom is one of the strongest Kratom veins you’ll come across, so you should exercise an increased amount of caution when deciding on your dosage. Your own biochemistry might require much less or perhaps slightly more than the advised amount above. Either way, always try to go for the smaller amount, just to be sure. 

If you’re somebody who struggles with chronic pain or you find yourself frequently using stimulants to keep up, Red Maeng Da Kratom might be exactly what you need to reduce and/or avoid OTC medication. The variety is also known for its expeditious effect, so you’ll likely feel the kick in 10 minutes or less.