Red Maeng Da is known as the most powerful Kratom. It contains many psychoactive alkaloids that cause both physical and mental effects. According to various studies, this kratom, like all Maeng Da varieties, has interesting benefits. But of course, it should be used with care.
Learn more about Red Maeng Da Kratom
The use of kratom is ancient in Asia. However, the Maeng Da strain only emerged in the late 19th century. Back then, some Thai farmers were looking for a kratom tree that could better withstand Thailand's hot and humid environment. By grafting several varieties, they got the Maeng Da. The red colour is created by not only drying but also fermenting the leaf.
Use: Prepare a cup of tea of this herbal preparation by dissolving 4 to 5 grams in boiled water 70 - 95 degrees. Recommended time to steep is between 3 to 5 minutes. The tea does not need to be filtered, all can be consumed.
Sale and use prohibited under 18 years of age. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use in case of high or low blood pressure, heart and/or lung problems, diabetes, pregnancy, when taking medicines, drugs or alcohol.
Recommended dosage: 4 to 5 grams
Besides your own body weight and sensitivity, the dosage also depends a lot on the strength of the kratom. Normally, 5-10 grams of dried leaves should be sufficient for inexperienced users. The dosage can be slightly lower with kratom powder, which is usually stronger than regular leaves (3-5 grams). The same applies to extract. Kratom is not addictive if used responsibly and not more often than once or twice a month. More experienced users will feel the need to increase the dosage after some time.
Kratom in higher doses tends strongly towards sedative effects, regardless of which strain is used.
Mild Effect: <3 grams
Moderate/Good Effect: >3-5
Strong Effect: >5-6 grams
Kratom has a strong effect on your mood and energy. It reduces anxiety, while the feeling is circumscribed as happy, strong and active, with a calm mind and a strong will to work. Thai workers use it to get through the working day. The effects are felt after 5 to 10 minutes and can last for several hours.
Most people call the effects stimulating and euphoric at low doses and sedative at higher doses. This can probably be explained by the fact that mitragynine stimulates the delta-opiate receptors at small doses, but increasingly stimulates the mu-opiate receptors as the dose increases.
Although the main alkaloids in kratom are related to psychedelic substances, kratom does not seem to have psychedelic effects. Its main effects are similar to those of opiates: analgesic and cough suppressant, as well as narcotic and euphoric. These effects are roughly comparable in strength to codeine.
Some sources claim that kratom, like other opiates, induces sexual desire in women and can reduce erectile dysfunction in men. The positive effect of mitragynine on mood and a reduction in anxiety are probably responsible for this. Other effects of mitragynine include reduced muscle tension, local anaesthesia and depression of the central nervous system.
Direct negative effects may include dry mouth, increased urination, decreased appetite and constipation. Unlike opiates, mitragynine does not usually cause nausea or vomiting. Intensive use may result in a mild form of drowsiness.
Kratom is not a drug, but has positive effects on things like:
- Improved concentration
- Reduction of "cravings" (craving) in addictions