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As you start looking for kratom extracts, you may find several options made from Maeng Da, either alone or combined with other strains. Most users then want to know if there’s a specific reason for using this strain and if it changes the quality and effects of the extract. This information isn’t easy to find, either on most product labeling or through online research, but we’re here to change that. Learn the facts and become a more informed kratom consumer in the process.


The first step to understanding Maeng Da extracts is learning more about the strain itself. In Thai, the phrase “Maeng Da” loosely translates to “pimp strength.” While kratom has likely been used for millennia, the Maeng Da legend suggests that over the couple hundred years Thai farmers and laborers recognized that specific kratom cultivars could help their recovery more than others after a long day working in the field.

Simply put, it’s widely believed specific trees were preferred because their leaves had higher concentrations of the alkaloids that are responsible for kratom’s effects. Over a century later, master Indonesian cultivators have strived to build on this heritage through legacy trees, grafting, proprietary blends, and ongoing experimentation that have created the Maeng Da kratom strains that users know and love today.


Like other kratom strains and blends, Maeng Da is widely available in white, green, and red vein varieties, with the veins changing colors as the kratom plant matures. Red vein Maeng Da tends to have more 7-hydroxymitragynine than its counterparts. White vein Maeng Da tends to have more mitragynine. Green vein Maeng Da tends to fall somewhere in the middle. Sometimes, when it comes to raw leaf kratom, the color will refer to the manufacturer’s drying process and marketing strategy.


Now that you understand Maeng Da, what makes it an extract? Kratom extracts are highly concentrated forms of kratom. So, each gram of Maeng Da kratom extract would contain the alkaloids found in several grams of Maeng Da kratom powder made from raw leaves. Rather than simple concentrations of single kratom strains, however, many manufacturers combine several strains to create an extract with a specific mitragynine concentration as well as the total alkaloid content.

Most manufacturers will indicate the type of extract formulation through their product labeling, such as a 4:1 concentration for simple extracts or the exact alkaloid level, such as an extract with a 45% mitragynine concentration or by listing the total grams of active alkaloids.


Most extracts aren’t made just from Maeng Da, but rather multiple strains that help the manufacturer achieve specific target levels for the extract’s alkaloid content. At the same time, most extracts are created from at least some, if not a large proportion, of Maeng Da. There are two reasons for this. First, the goal of an extract is to deliver high levels of kratom alkaloid content in small quantities. This is easier with a stronger strain like Maeng Da.

Kratom capsule Maeng Da armsSecond, many kratom users recognize the name Maeng Da as an allegedly strong and high-quality kratom so some manufacturers like to take advantage of this name recognition to market their products, even if it doesn’t make their extract inherently better.


Because we use a combination of strains, we don’t like to label our extracts as Maeng Da—even though we include this variety in many of our kratom products including our extracts. In the general sense that we source strong, high-quality kratom from the same Indonesian cultivators to make our extracts, all our products can be considered Maeng Da.


Whether you specifically look for an extract made from Maeng Da kratom or you just want a strong, high-quality extract that fits your needs, here are the details you should pay attention to.


Kratom affects people differently. As little as 5-10mg of mitragynine may be enough for some people to feel kratom’s effects, while others may need upwards of 75mg to achieve a similar result. Especially if you’re new to kratom, start with a small serving size to gauge its effects.

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The other thing to keep in mind is that extracts with a higher mitragynine content, like BOOST, are likely to deliver more of the energy boost kratom is known for.

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Low mitragynine extracts, like Super K, tend to produce more of kratom’s soothing effects, although these extracts can still be quite strong in terms of total alkaloid content.


Another thing to consider is how you prefer to enjoy your kratom. Kratom extracts include capsules, powders, liquid shots, and gummies. Liquid shots and powders give you more control over how much kratom you consume. Meanwhile, gummies and capsules give you the convenience of being pre-measured. Gummies also hide the kratom flavor, as do some liquids. Capsules also take longer to break down, which can be important for some people to experience the desired effects.

Powders and liquids are easy to mix into your favorite drink.

The other major consideration when choosing Maeng Da kratom products is strength. Beginners should start with much lower concentrations and strongly consider using non-concentrated red vein kratom. Even experienced users, who may want higher concentrations in their kratom products, need to read the product label carefully.


The previous considerations are personal preferences, but everyone should pay attention to kratom quality and lab testing. Kratom is not currently regulated in many states, so you need to choose a manufacturer that is quality assured.

One easy-to-spot sign of a quality kratom product is if it has a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification. This certification indicates standardization, testing, cleanliness, and quality. You should also look for lab testing, including published results in a Certificate of Analysis.


The best kratom brands will have an independent lab test their products. This confirms the concentration of alkaloids and any potentially harmful or dangerous contaminants. More than just staying within acceptable tolerance levels for these residuals, our Triple Purification Process ensures there are no detectable residual contaminants at all.

With over a decade of experience in the industry, unmatched manufacturing processes, and a curated product collection that speaks to every kratom preference, MIT45 is the ideal source for your first kratom experience.


Jason Croxford

With 15 years of marketing experience under his belt, Jason is clearly a powerhouse. Lately, he’s turned that energy toward holistic health and biohacking to maximize his health and lengthen his lifespan. Jason is breathwork-certified and is working towards his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification.