Green Maeng Da: Effects, Benefits, and Dosage
Kratom is an incredibly versatile plant, known for its wide range of effects and benefits, depending on which kratom strain you take. For example, red kratom strains are more effective at helping individuals achieve relaxation and to unwind after a long, stressful day. Both green and red kratom varieties have been reported to relieve pain quite effectively, but the same cannot be said for white kratom, which is most often used for stimulation and energy boosts.
Maeng da kratom is one of the most popular strains — it is one of the most potent varieties of the plant, with a higher level of primary alkaloids than in other kratom strains. Just like with any other kind of the kratom plant, maeng da can be categorized into red, white, and green maeng da strains. In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at green vein maeng da kratom, including what effects you can anticipate from it, how it can help you in your day-to-day life, as well as how it compares to other strains.
What Does ‘Maeng Da’ Even Mean?
This is one of the first questions that pops into the minds of beginning kratom users when they hear about this variety. The phrase ‘maeng da’ is Thai in origin, and when translated literally, it means ‘pimp grade.’ In Thai culture, referring to someone as a ‘pimp’ carries pretty heavy negative connotations, as it is tied to the practice of street prostitution.
However, when it comes to marketing certain susbtances, such as kratom, it puts a clever twist on this phrase, and is clearly meant to target Western audiences, for whom ‘pimp’ is usually associated with people or items with a high level of street credit.
The maeng da, or ‘pimp grade’ kratom’s special characteristics don’t derive from a specific type of kratom plant being harvested, but rather to the processing practices that allow harvesters to yield the most potency.
How is Green Maeng Da Kratom Processed?
Nearly all kratom strains, regardless of whether we’re talking about green, red, or white vein maeng da, are taken from the same plant. The difference in vein colors of kratom leaves lies in the different stages of the plant’s maturity. White vein kratom products derive from immature leaves, whereas red vein ones are harvested from fully matured plants. Green kratom strains are produced from a plant that has just entered the ripening phase.
In order for green maeng da kratom leaves to be ready for consumption, they need to be properly dried off first. When it comes to green vein leaves, they need to be stored in an air-conditioned, dark room for a period of at least 72 hours. Drying kratom indoors requires impeccable attention to the cleanliness and moisture control of the space the plant is being stored in.
The next step is to crush the dry leaves into powder, which can already be used in kratom products, or processed further to make green maeng da tinctures, oils, and other supplements.
Green Maeng Da Kratom Effects
Seeing as it is much more potent and stronger than other green vein strains, the effects of maeng da kratom are amplified in comparison to its counterparts, however, the general nature of these effects remains the same.
Green vein kratom strains are known to be the most balanced out of the three color varieties, and this statement also holds true for green maeng da kratom products. The most-frequently reported effects of it include lifted energy levels and a general improvement in the individual’s overall mood. It also greatly stimulates the mind and brings about moderate pain relief. However, you might want to turn to another strain if relaxation and a sleeping aid is what you’re after – green maeng da’s stimulating nature might work to your detriment in that particular scenario.
Considering its stimulating and mood boosting properties, kratom enthusiasts often turn to green maeng da as their go-to morning coffee substitute. It can also serve as an effective pick-me-up during an extended workday, or a motivation booster on those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything productive at all.
Mount Kratom’s green maeng da kratom powder is a mixture of 80% green and 20% white leaves, which amplifies the energy-boosting quality of the product even further.
Green Maeng Da Kratom Dosage Guide
As we’ve mentioned, maeng da kratom varieties are much stronger than their counterparts. Therefore, you’ll only need to take a small dosage of it to feel the green maeng da effects in all of their glory.
We recommend kratom beginners start out with as little as half a gram per dose at the start, and work their way up to a maximum of 4 to 5 grams as their tolerance grows. 5 grams of maeng da kratom is more than enough to feel the full scale of its positive effects, and you shouldn’t really exceed that dosage, as it increases your risk of experiencing unwanted side effects.
It is also important to emphasize that you don’t need to up your dose all the way to 4 or 5 grams if you feel like 2 grams are doing the job just fine. In fact, it is advisable to find a good dose for yourself and stick to it, so as to prevent building up a tolerance and developing a dependency on kratom.
Green Maeng Da Kratom Benefits
There are plenty of therapeutic qualities that can be ascribed to green maeng da kratom. The most frequently-cited ones include:
- improved cognitive skills
- anxiety relief
- helps alleviate pain
- energy boost
- elevated motivation levels
Remember that in order to reap the benefits mentioned above, you should only purchase approved kratom products and refrain from buying black market or off-brand kratom supplements.
Green vs. Red and White Maeng Da Kratom
While all kratom varieties essentially serve as a dietary supplement and a natural remedy for light pain, each kratom strain has its own, unique qualities. You already know all about green maeng da kratom, but what about the other strains? You’ll find a brief rundown of their main effects and benefits below.
- Red maeng da kratom: this is definitely not the right kratom strain for a coffee substitute. Red maeng da, harvested from fully mature plants, works best for pain relief and relaxation. It can also help you combat anxiety. Considering its main characteristics, you should opt for red maeng da if you’re looking to relax after work, manage moderate pain, or need some help falling asleep.
- White maeng da kratom: similarly to green maeng da, white maeng da kratom can also be used to get a major energy boost. In fact, white maeng da’s energizing qualities are even higher than the green strain’s, which is why at Mount Kratom, we also use it as an additive to our green maeng da kratom powder. If you’re thinking of taking white maeng da by itself, be very careful with the dosage! Just like with regular coffee, too much of it ingested in a short period of time can make you anxious and jittery.
How to Take Green Maeng Da Kratom
There are plenty of ways of taking green maeng da kratom, and each one of them is as effective. However, your preferred ingestion method is probably dependent on the reason why you’re interested in kratom in the first place.
If you’re thinking of replacing your morning cup of coffee with green maeng da kratom, then the best way to use it is in the form of kratom tea — it can be made with kratom powder, as well as easily mixed with other teas for added flavor. Just be careful about what you mix it with — it already packs quite a punch, so we wouldn’t combine it with strong black tea, for example.
Kratom powder and tinctures can also be incorporated into a variety of food recipes, whether sweet or savory. Green maeng da cookies are a great idea for a work lunch dessert option that will help you get over that afternoon sleepiness.
Green maeng da kratom is not only an incredibly popular strain of kratom, but it is also one of the most potent forms of the plant. If you want to use it as a morning pick-me-up or a pain relief aid, be sure to start with smaller doses – otherwise, you might run into some side effects! Finally, to ensure that kratom actually works to help your overall well-being, and not to its detriment, make sure you’re not taking any prescription medications that might poorly interact with it.