What is Maeng Da Kratom?

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Maeng Da Kratom: The Rolls Royce of Kratom

If you’re one of those people who likes to have the best of everything, then Maeng Da kratom is the strain for you. Translating to “pimp grade,” this Thai strain of kratom is known as one of the most potent strains in existence with a powerful energizing aroma that is felt quickly and lasts for a good amount of time. In this article, we’ll help you figure out “what is Maeng Da kratom” and whether this strain could be right for you!


A Matter of Survival

To understand what Maeng Da kratom is, one must also understand the complicated political background surrounding Thailand. The 1930s and 1940s saw a difficult time for Thailand. Under the rule of Luang Phibunsongkhram, many authoritarian laws were approved that gave the Thai government extensive powers of arrest and full censorship of the press. In these dark years, many field laborers in Thailand would be forced to work 18-hour days, seven days a week.

Under these harsh conditions, workers chewed on kratom leaves to help them get through the day—providing them with much-needed energy to fight against the fatigue of labor and provide relief for their aching, overworked muscles. As kratom (including Maeng Da kratom) grew freely around the country, workers had easy access to this natural ethnobotanical.

The 1943 Kratom Act

Prior to the Kratom Act of 1943, many working class locals utilized kratom as an all-natural traditional solution for relaxing and coping with the physically challenging conditions of farm and industrial labor. During this same time, however, the Thai government was also making large amounts of money off taxing the opiate trade. When the Thai government realized that kratom—including Maeng Da kratom—had become a sustainable solution for the working class, they decided that it was time to put an end to it.

Illegal but Still Used

Enter the Kratom Act 2486. On August 3, 1943, it was declared that it was illegal to cultivate or possess kratom—a plant that had been used in traditional Thai culture and medicine for thousands of years. Fortunately, kratom (including Maeng Da) continued to grow in the Thai wild and the ban was never enforced strictly enough to stamp out the important place that kratom has (and continues to have) in Thai culture today.

What is the Future of Maeng Da Kratom?

In more recent years, there have been moves to legalize kratom in Thailand. In December of 2018, for example, Thailand’s National Narcotics Control Committee legalized the use of kratom for medicinal and research purposes.

What does all of this mean for Thai strains of kratom and Maeng Da specifically? As long as recreational kratom remains  “illegal” in Thailand, Maeng Da and Thai’s other most popular strains of kratom must be grown in Indonesia and exported from there. Indonesia has the most favorable laws for the cultivation and export of kratom of all Southeast Asia. As such, strains once local to Thailand have found their way there for cultivation and exportation.

International Variants

Maeng Da kratom has continued to evolve in its new Indonesian setting. While the effects of this modified strain are still said to be energizing, the Indonesian variety has a lower cost and gives users a slightly different experience to the original Thai Maeng Da kratom.

What is in Kratora’s Collection of Maeng Da Kratom?

At Kratora, we are proud to offer the highest-quality organic Maeng Da kratom and Maeng Da Indo kratom on the market to consumers in the United States and around the world. For ease of use, the leaves have been dried in a controlled facility and powdered to the consistency of fine sugar. In addition to the regular, white, and Indo varieties, we have also added an ultra-enhanced version for even more powerful effects.

What is Thai Maeng Da versus Indo Maeng Da

The plain and white Maeng Da kratom powders that we sell at Kratora come from the original “pimp grade” strains and are popular with our customers. As the leaves selected for these premium blends are the absolute best that can be found, these strains do come with a higher price tag. However, many say that the benefits are well worth the cost!

For those who can’t afford to use pure Maeng Da kratom or white Maeng Da kratom, we have introduced a Maeng Da Indo kratom that we came across on our last trip to Indonesia. Reviews about this new strain are mixed, with some claiming the Indo strain is as strong as the Thai version and others saying that it doesn’t quite measure up. Regardless of your preference, Kratora stocks a wide collection of high-quality, all-natural kratom powder that suits your individual needs.

What is Kratora’s Ultra Enhanced Maeng Da Kratom?

If you’re already an experienced kratom user and want the strongest product on the market, you might be interested in trying our Ultra Enhanced Maeng Da (UEMD). This micro-powdered kratom powder is made from the original strain to which we’ve added ultra-pure 7OHM and Mitragynine alkaloids at a ratio of 1500mg to each 25g of powder. We are proud to say that our ratio is 20% stronger than other enhanced products on the market which only add 1250mg of alkaloids per 25g.

Shop Premium “Pimp Grade” Kratom at Kratora

Now that you know all about Maeng Da kratom, are you ready to take the plunge and experience one of the most potent kratom strains in the world? If you are, we offer this strain in a variety of sizes or request a sample with your next order by adding a comment in the box at checkout.

Shop our Maeng Da kratom to receive same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 PM EST Monday through Friday and 1 PM EST on Saturdays (excluding holidays). Experience the Kratora difference!

Please note that the US FDA has not approved kratom to be sold for human consumption, sold for external use only. None of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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