Kratom’s popularity in the past decade has reached insane levels; especially due to the wide spectrum of proposed benefits that it is believed to carry. Over the years, many people have found kratom to be an excellent alternative to drugs and medicine for managing chronic pains, as well as for relief from insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc.
Some would occasionally use it for recreational purposes while others use it as a replacement for coffee for that energy kick.
Although kratom is not regulated by the FDA and all the efforts by the FDA and DEA to put it under the Controlled Substances list were in vain, it is recommended to be cautious when consuming kratom.
Ironically enough, kratom’s popularity has only increased since these controversies.
Different Kratom Veins/Strains/Types and their supposed benefits
The overall nature, range, and intensity of effects of kratom vary largely based on the kratom leaves, their vein colors, and the region they are cultivated.
Largely, you’ll see kratom divided under these three categories:
- Green Vein
- White Vein
- Red Vein
These are further divided into several types. Most sellers would have Green and White in their stock most of the time as kratom powder. Different strains contrast significantly from one another in terms of dosage, effects, the longevity of effects, etc.
In this post, we’ll talk about two of the most potent and famous strains. We’ll discuss all the things they have in common, their benefits, and what makes them unique/special. The two types are Green Maeng Da and White Maeng Da.
Let’s look at two of these famous strains in detail –
Things That Make Maeng Da Awesome
Probably the most promising thing about White Maeng Da is that it doesn’t come with any sedating effects. Therefore, if you’re looking specifically for something that can soothe and relax you all the while making your mildly euphoric, this is not the strain for you.
This one is particularly energizing strain that may aid cognitive functioning as well as your mood. That is why it happens to be the favorite kind among bodybuilders, athletes, college students who need alertness and focus and anyone suffering from depression and anxiety.
You have to know that there’s not enough evidence to support that White Maeng Da does indeed help promote sharper focus and clearer thinking; those who have consumed kratom will often attest to these.
Know that kratom tends to have unique effects on different individuals. Therefore, no two people will experience the same profile and set of effects.
What Benefits To Expect From White Maeng Da?
Different people may seek this strain for a variety of purposes. All and all, you can expect a combination of the following benefits from White Maeng Da –
- Mild stimulation
- Higher energy levels
- Better focus
- Cognitive boost
- A more positive/optimistic outlook
- Mild pain relief (analgesic effect)
- Temporary relief from anxiety and depression
- Better concentration
What Makes Green Maeng Da Popular?
Some of the winning highlights of this particular strain are less bitter taste, bright green color, and a pleasant aroma. Green Maeng Da is supposed to be the most potent of all; perhaps due to the presence of 25 active alkaloids which are in high percentage.
Most users feel it helps them fight fatigue, improves concentration along with better stamina. The strain supposedly carries the abilities to instill a sense of motivation and a clear-headedness. Add to that energy-enhancing properties and analgesic (mild pain-relieving), and it’s no wonder Green Maeng Da continues to be a popular choice among avid kratom users.
Most people turn to this particular strain when they get tired of the weaker strains; the effects of which do not kick-in easily. The half-life and potency of this strain are also promising.
Few of the proposed benefits of Green Maeng Da
- Mild relief from depression
- Better stamina
- Analgesic properties (pain relief)
- Mild stimulation
- Better mood and outlook
- Helps fight fatigue and keeps you energized
What Do the Two Strains Have in Common?
Both Green and White Maeng Da have a heavy concentration of alkaloids that offer analgesic and pain-relieving effects. However, Green strain is supposed to be way more effective if pain management is what you’re aiming for. It’s partly due to the higher volume of the 7-hydroxymitragynine in the leaves.
Both of these will make you more alert and improve your sociability quotient. So, if you’re an introvert who has a hard time socializing or if you have social anxiety; both of these strains are ideal for you. Many users report feeling quite confident after consuming green and white maeng da.
How Are They Different From Each Other?
If you compare the two, the Green one is a little milder. However, in terms of the longevity of effects – it tends to last longer than white-veined kratom.
The one aspect where Green Maeng Da falls short will probably have to be its bad rap for often disturbing your sleeping patterns.
White Maeng Da also differs from the Green one in the sense that some users are likely to experience jitters from it. These jitters are often hailed as ‘the wobbles’.
Side-Effects of Maeng Da
Kratom can have a set of unpredictable effects if you’re not careful enough. However, if you consume it small, infrequent doses – the side-effects should be mild, unharming, and should subside all on their own in no time. However, if you do sense something’s not right; don’t be hesitant to call for emergency medical help.
With that said, make sure to be on the lookout for the following side-effects one may experience from Maeng Da consumption:
- Dry mouth
- Sleep issues
- Frequent urination
- Respiratory compression
Both White and Green Maeng Da carry a lot of similarities. Both offer a beautiful combination of relaxing and mild stimulating properties. Both carry anxiolytic and analgesic properties too. However, each of these comes with a unique list of pros and cons.
If a good night’s sleep is your aim; go for White Maeng Da. If you want something more on the mildly stimulating end of the spectrum; green one will make more sense for you.
In conclusion, let’s just say that the Maeng Da kratom strain is a highly potent one which has an impressive concentration of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.