The Benefits of Maeng Da Kratom – An Ancient Cure
- May 01, 2019
- Robert Cunningham
Mitragyna Speciosa or Kratom is a large evergreen tree mainly grown in the tropical climate of Southeast Asia. It is in the coffee family and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The large leaves are identified by their vein colors, which also helps determine the strain. Kratom leaves have three vein colors (red, white, and green). These different veins or strains offer unique qualities. The leaves are used to treat a myriad of health issues. The locals of the countries where kratom is native, such as Indonesia and Malaysia have been using this magical little plant for over 5,000 years. Some of the ailments that people have been known to use kratom for:
- Easing the symptoms of opiate withdrawal
- A general sense of well-being
The leaves can be chewed, brewed into a tea, or ground into a powder. As it has grown in popularity, more vendors are now offering kratom capsules which can eliminate the unpleasant taste.
Veins / Strains:
As mentioned earlier, there are 3 main vein colors, each with its own subtle but unique effects. As people’s body chemistry varies, this is more of a guideline than a rule. All kratom offers a variant of basic qualities, however, each strain is more focused toward specific effects.
Red: Tends to have the most pain relieving properties.
Green: Tends to help more with overall mood boosting and provides some energizing effects.
White: Offers more energizing qualities.
While the vein color helps determine strain, the drying process of the leaves also comes into play. When these leaves are ready to be picked and dried, the process is done in a few different ways. Indoor, outdoor drying and/or fermentation processes all contribute to the effects you are likely to get from each strain. The drying process can bring out certain qualities in the kratom.
Maeng Da Kratom
Maeng Da kratom is the strongest regular leaf. Depending on the source, Maeng Da can be a mix of different strains or even a cross breed. Maeng Da loosely translates to pimp in Thai. So Maeng Da Kratom would be the highest or pimp grade. If you are in search of actual Maeng Da kratom, it is recommended to source through a reputable vendor. The word has gotten out and there are some greedy sellers that will slap a Maeng Da label on whatever strain they have laying around in order to increase profits.
Where Can I Buy Legit Maeng Da Kratom?
While kratom is sold in many gas stations and head shops, to ensure the best quality, you will want to purchase from a specialty shop or find a reputable vendor online. My rule of thumb is, if you can’t explain what it is and what it is used for, you probably shouldn’t be selling it. Many vendors lab test their products, which is transparency you will not find in many other industries. Read the reviews and do your research. Two community favorites:
Kat’s Botanicals – Although not as cheap as some online kratom vendors, Kat’s Botanicals actually care about their products and their customers, and it shows. They carry kratom in all forms, along with a variety of other botanicals.
Sacred Kratom – This lesser-known vendor has fabulous prices and quality products. They take great care in only sourcing from reputable places.
Helpful tips for newbies:
While kratom is relatively safe, too much can cause some not so nice side effects such as nausea and vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, and the dreaded wobbles (eyes can’t focus). As you get more comfortable in the industry, one thing you will hear time and time again is, less is more. What that means is depending on the effects desired, less kratom can sometimes provide better results than taking more.
This especially true for newcomers to the kratom world. If you choose to dabble in extracts, which is a concentrated form of the plant, please do so with caution. Treating yourself every now and then is one thing, but extracts can and will build your tolerance and can get expensive, so please keep that in mind.
Kratom has, unfortunately, been given a bad rap. People are scared of things they don’t understand. We kratom warriors can do our part by spreading the truth about this plant. It can be an amazing tool if used correctly and treated with respect.