In these times where most people depend upon Kratom for relief, the experts keep coming up with new types of strains to solve various health issues. Kratom consumption is quite common, and its consumer percentage keeps rising. Despite the increased use of the plant, not many people are aware of the effects that the different kratom types deliver.
Each strain delivers effects different from that of the other types. It is important to study each type in depth to infer which is best suited to your needs. One such strain type in discussion right now is the popular Maeng Da Kratom.
If you frequently find yourself wandering about in the diverse world of Kratom, chances are you may already have come across one of its main types – the Maeng Da Kratom. These strains are not so different from other, but it is safe to say that the type has quickly swooped into most consumers’ favorites list. From kratom tea to capsules, Maeng Da type presumes all shapes and forms that your typical Speciosa strains exist in.
What makes Maeng Da Kratom different from other strains out there? Where did the herb first originate from? What benefits does it entail, and how can this botanical wonder be used to bless your taste buds?
So, grab a cup of your everyday green tea, and get comfortable in your chair! If you haven’t already tried Maeng Da strains, the chances are that you would have already placed an order by the end of this article. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the essence of what the herb is.
What is Maeng Da Kratom?
Maeng Da is probably one of the most popular Kratom types available in the market right now. Maeng Da is a Thai term meaning “pimp grade”. Since the name has its roots in Thailand, it is obvious that the plant itself also comes from the said country. It is interesting to know that the herb takes its name from a water bug named Lethocerus Indicus.
The Maeng Da Kratom differs from the rest of the strains in terms of its alkaloid content and drying process. The plant is recognized physically through its darker color appearance in the raw leaf and crushed powder form. The alkaloid content is generally higher in this type due to the difference in how the herb is dried. The plan is also said to have a higher composition of active compounds than other types. This would tell you why the MaengDa retains its popularity amongst all other varieties.
To get further into the details of the alkaloid content and the potency of the aforementioned herb, it would be fair to say that the plant packs a high punch, bringing its consumers a greater stimulating boost than is expected of the general stimulants.
The energy hit that Maeng Da brings can be justified by looking into the percentage ratio of the two basic alkaloid compounds found typically in the Speciosa plant — mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. The volume of these two compounds found in Maeng Da is greater than most Kratom strains. According to a study carried out by Science Direct, “The mitragynine concentration in kratom leaves from Malaysia (12%) has been found to be less than the leaves from Thailand (66%).” This explains why the herb has far-reaching potent effects than other strains do.
The irony behind the plant’s name is that “Maeng Da” or “pimp grade” is considered an offense in Thailand. However, this name has become the reason behind the type’s popularity. Vendors associate “pimp” with edginess and wealth, and hence are driven to use the moniker as a marketing strategy to portray the potency and the ideality of the strain.
A common misconception about the difference in types is that the strains come from different trees. This is not true. The difference in the various types lies in how the plant is dried. The different colored veins are dried and processed in specific ways to produce unique and potent strains. Similarly, Maeng Da is also mistaken to be a distinctive type of Mitragyna leaf or tree, but it is processed in a certain way to achieve those effects in reality.
Before diving into how farmers birth the Maeng Da species, we shall first look into the plant’s history and its origin.
History of Maeng Da Kratom
As discussed earlier, the typical Mitragyna Speciosa herb roots lie in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. For centuries, the SouthEast Asians have been growing Maeng Da into these green lands and enjoying the multiple benefits that the herb offers. Its roots are deep set within the tribal areas, where natives would cultivate the plant and reap its benefits by chewing on the raw leaves.
Later, as time progressed, the tribal people learned to smoke the plant and soon incorporated it into their daily lifestyle as a healthy tea. To counter the herb’s bitter taste, most people would add sugar to it or take the crushed leaf form with juices and fruits.
It wasn’t until recent times that the Maeng Da powdered form was introduced first into a world that was already obsessed with this botanical wonder. And when I say “recent times”, I mean a century back. The powdered and all other types soon became everyone’s favorite way of ingesting Mitragyna Speciosa. As easy as the innovation made taking the herb in, the applications of Speciosa also increased dramatically.
Soon, chemists started using this herb’s powdered form as an ointment or a balm to several wounds. The toss and wash method and the Kratom snorting soon became a trend. The herb retained most of its popularity within the working class. Laborers who engaged in strenuous physical activity and broke sweat under the blazing sun the whole day long were most fond of this plant. The energy dosage supplied by Kratom was enough to keep them going throughout the day.
As the use of Speciosa became more widespread, the day wasn’t far when the elite class would discover the eliteness of this plant as well. Carefully refined kratom swept its way onto the nobles’ tables, who served tea as a royal beverage similar to a brandy or a scotch that the nobles of today would present to guests.
Production of the Maeng Da Kratom
MaengDa Kratom is an ingenious product of amalgamating tissues of different plants together. The result of this technique is an extremely potent plant comprised of the properties of both the plants that were used to give birth to the final species. This kind of cross-breeding technique is known as grafting, where the various qualities of each plant used in the experiment come together to form one plant that has the properties of all other plants.
Pimp Grade Kratom was cultivated primarily for local and personal use. However, now, it happens to be a significant cash crop. Despite its widespread cultivation, the crop is grown on very large scales in a sustainable, biodiverse environment, in the region’s rainforests, or in some small villages’ backyard gardens. This makes it easier for farmers to carry out their farming practices in the same lands that their peers have cultivated crops in, for income and private use.
Conditions Needed to Grow Maeng Da Kratom
Speciosa trees usually grow up to a height of 80 meters tall. The most intriguing part about the sturdy plant is its broad leaves with varying vein colors that depend upon various factors like genetics and sunlight intensity to which they’ve been exposed. Below are some of the factors that contribute to the healthy growth of the pimp grade plant.
Type of Soil
The best type of soil required for optimum growth of Mitragyna is the one that is rich in humus and facilitates sufficient drainage of water. The soil needs to be wet, but only enough so that the plant can grow well. If the ground doesn’t drain well and is water-logged, the plant will not thrive well. But then again, the water shouldn’t drain too much either because the herb will not survive in dry soil.
Although it is best to keep the plant in soil conditions with just enough water, large amounts of water won’t be as big of a dry soil problem. The only problem with abundant water in the soil is that its accumulation promotes fungi’ growth and hence can cause fungal diseases in the plant, stunting its growth.
Apart from the soil’s dampness, pH is another important factor that needs to be considered to ensure the healthy growth of the herb. Speciosa thrives best in a slightly alkaline environment with a pH of 5.5-6.5. A soil with a pH level below or above this mark will make it difficult for the herb to reach its full potential by preventing it from absorbing nutrients actively. This can be quite dangerous and even prove to be fatal for the plant.
To grow to its full potential, the pimp grade Ketum plant needs to be placed in a hot, humid climate where sunlight is plentiful. The plant is vulnerable to cold temperatures and frost. Hence, growing it in cold areas in the US where winters bring too harsh weather with it, cultivating Maeng Da outdoors on a large, commercial-scale would be an impossible task.
This is why the herb is native to the tropical areas in Southeast Asia, where hot climates and humid weather is the norm. The minimum degree of hotness required for optimum growth lies somewhere between 24 to 32 degrees celsius. This is the lowest temperature range in Thailand, where temperatures do not fall below 20 degrees celsius. Should the temperatures drop below this range, expect stunted growth, and should they cross the 10-degree temperature mark, the plant will likely meet its doom and die.
As for the humidity, the percentage of water vapors in the air of Kratom’s environment needs to be at least 90% in the daytime and around 50% in the night. If the atmosphere goes dry for a short period, the herb can take it well, only as long as the conditions are restored relatively shortly.
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How Are Maeng Da Leaves Harvested?
Once the tree leaves have reached their state of maturity and ripened, the experts harvest each stalk individually. This is done with the utmost care where each leaf is pinched off by hand to ensure that the rest of the tree is unharmed and untampered to grow fresh leaves for the next harvest.
The leaves of this tree, like any other plant, grow with veins that are each with a different color. Red, white, green, black, and yellow are some of the vein colors you can expect to achieve from a Maeng Da tree.
The color difference indicates that the leaves have different concentrations of alkaloid present in them, and hence they create different strains with varying potency and properties. Out of the five common colors, the red vein kratom leaf is used most frequently in creating powerful pimp-grade powder.
You would know how the plant is treated once harvested for those of you who have done their research on Kratom. Experts dry the leaves, remove the veins from the leaf and grind the leaf into powder.
The pimp grade Kratom leaves also go through the same procedure except that its leaves go through a longer drying period than regular Ketum. You see, the more time that the leaf is left to dry, the higher its potency. Farmers need to ensure that the alkaloids present in the leaf are fully mature after harvesting and completely dried out before grinding it into powdered form.
Refining Maeng Da
After the leaves are harvested and ground into their powdered form, the powder is carefully packed into an airtight container. The sealed packaging ensures that the product remains safe and free from any contamination in unwanted particles mixing with the powder. It is also kept airtight so as to prevent the product from reacting with the oxygen in the air and losing its vigor.
The Maeng Da powder texture appears to be fluffy with a strong scent similar to that of fresh grass and vegetables.
Types of Maeng Da Kratom
Now that you know how the Mitragyna strain in the discussion is harvested and monitored, we must look into its different types and infer which one is best for you. The main Maeng Da types are:
Red Maeng Da
Red Vein Maeng Da Ketum is the most potent and hence the most popular kind of kratom strain out there. The said strain has a much higher concentration of the 7-hydroxy mitragynine compound, which explains its powerful nature.
The red Maeng Da strain accomplishes its potency by going through long spells of drying and processing under direct sunlight or UV lamps. To further bring out the strength of the alkaloids present in the red-vein, some farmers find it a regular practice to ferment the leaves indoors by putting them in bags and packing them up.
The red Maeng Da powder is best for those experienced with Speciosa intake on a regular level. Beginners may find it a bit difficult to cope with the high energy levels that the powder delivers. This type of strain is best for anyone looking to relax and make you more alert and energetic.
White Maeng Da
The white vein Maeng Da powder is best for mild users. It is said to have a higher mitragynine content than the 7-hydroxy mitragynine compound; hence it is indeed the smoothest variety of Ketum powder out there. The white leaf is kept in the dark in an air-conditioned room for a while. Once that is done, the leaf is then brought outside and kept under direct sunlight or UV light for a few hours. After that, the leaf is ground into a powder and sold.
Green Maeng Da
Green vein Maeng Da leaves keep a balance between both of its alkaloid compounds. They essentially have the same concentration of both the mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine content.
Similar to the white vein, the green Maeng Da is also kept inside a dark, air-conditioned room and brought outside to be dried into UV light. However, the only difference is that the Green vein is dried for a much shorter period than the white vein- for an hour at max.
Maeng Da Kratom’s green strains are mildly potent and are best for those looking for a mild energy dose to keep them going throughout the day. You can mix this powder with juices or ingest it using the toss n wash method to counter its bitter taste.
You can also get access to Maeng Da in the form of capsules filled with the Pimp Grade Ketum powder or extract or even both, sometimes to deliver a mix of that unbeatable energy and relief.
How to Make a Cup of Maeng Da Tea?
There are several ways that you can brew a delicious and healthy cup of Maeng Da Ketum tea. All of the ways you would use to make typical Mitragyna tea can also make Maeng Da tea. However, to achieve the maximum results from just one cup, we recommend going for the most common way of making Speciosa tea, i.e., making tea using powder!
Making Maeng Da Tea Using Powder
Ingredients and Materials:
- Saucepan with a pouring lip
- 8 oz water
- Small whisk (a whisk for Matha works best)
- Kratom powder (your preferred dosage)
- 1 small lemon
- Strainer or coffee filter
- Honey, agave juice, maple syrup, or sugar (optional)
- Heat the 8 oz of water in your saucepan until it is heated. Note that the word used here is heated and not boiling, so make sure you do not heat the water for too long, so much so that it starts to boil.
- Squeeze the lemon into the water in the saucepan. The lemon juice’s acidic nature will make sure that the alkaloid content in the Pimp Grade powder is retained.
- Next, add the Pimp Grade Ketum powder according to the dosage you normally prefer taking.
- Stir the mixture thoroughly until the powder spreads evenly into the water. Allow the tea to sit for 15 minutes at least.
- Next, as you would typically filter out your regular tea or coffee, use a coffee filter or a strainer to filter out the Mitragyna powder that did not dissolve in the water.
- If you cannot stand the tea’s bitter taste, we recommend adding honey or sugar or maple syrup to your tea to fade its bitterness. Adding a sweetener will help you enjoy your tea without it leaving a bad taste on your tongue.
Making Maeng Da Tea in a Teapot
Maeng Da tea can also be easily prepared using a coffee pot that you would usually use to brew your coffee. Simply add your preferred dose of pimp-grade powder instead of coffee and let your pot do the job. Make sure you add only that much water as is required for the amount of powder that you added to the pot. Otherwise, you might end up with a very dilute tea.
Making Sun Tea
If you do not mind a less potent version of your pimp-grade tea that you can store in large batches to drink throughout the week without having to prepare it new every single time, then sun tea would be your ideal match. You can store the sun tea for later use or for serving it in a large get-together.
The sun tea can be prepared by making use of the sun’s UV light. This gives birth to a weaker tea than the one prepared on a flame and hence the lesser dosage.
Materials and Ingredients
- One-gallon glass jug
- Twelve to fifteen cups of water
- Kratom crushed leaf (one measured dose per cup of water)
- Reusable tea bags
- Fill the one-gallon jug with water.
- Add the Ketum crushed leaf to the emptied, reusable tea bag and fill it just enough so that it doesn’t fall out of it.
- Seal the tea bags and put them in the water. Stir well.
- Cover the jug and put it outside in a sunny area for at least an hour. Do not keep it in the sun for any longer than five hours. Keep an eye on the jug as you may want to keep shifting it to a position where there’s more sunlight throughout the day.
- Once you’re done with that, bring the jug inside and remove the tea bags from it. Place a lid on the jug once again and store it in your refrigerator. You can now enjoy your Maeng Da tea for as long as a week!
What Does the Pimp Grade Kratom Taste Like?
Like any other type of Mitragyna strain, the Maeng Da is also reputed to have a very strong, bitter taste. To put it simply, none of the Ketum strains taste good. Most people hate the way this botanical herb tastes- bitter and earthy. The science behind this bad taste is that the higher the alkaloid content in your Kratom leaf is, the more bitter it will taste.
To counter the Pimp Grade Speciosa grade’s taste, you could take its capsules with fruit or dissolve its powder in a sweetening fruit juice. You can also add sugar and syrups to the bitter-tasting tea to soften the edginess of the tea.
The Key Takeaway
The pimp grade Ketum strain is the highest quality kratom type out there in the market. Its high potency level and relief properties are cherished amongst the many Mitragyna Speciosa consumers in the world. This grade of Mitragyna is best for those who have a very tough schedule and need high levels of energy. If anything, one cup of Maeng Da tea or juice daily would beat the most powerful energy drinks such as Red Bull.