Bali and Maeng Da Kratom are two famous strains internationally. Both are different for distinct reasons. It is an important choice to select between two equally great strains.

To make a wise choice, it is important to know the tiny details of all available options.

In case any reader is looking for a Kratom option, this review of analyzing two top notch Kratom strains is very helpful.

Importance of selecting a specific strain

Whenever someone tries to use Kratom, it can produce variable effects. The same thing doesn’t give same effects on everyone.

Also, not every person has the same level of absorbing the alkaloids and show benefits.

For example, any strain of Kratom will have the different effect on a newbie and a regular user of Kratom.

For this, there is a solid need for selecting the right strain.

Second important thing is user requirement. There are various Kratom strains, each one of which has different benefits to offer.

A beginning user will have something in his mind before taking up the option to use Kratom.

The requirement of each person is different, so the Kratom strain must match that need. Same is the case with Bali and Maeng Da. Both strains are useful but for varied reasons.

Why is Maeng Da Kratom so popular?

Maeng Da is a native strain of Malaysia and Thailand. It as bright green leaves which are having considerable amounts of  Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, Speciogynine, Speciociliatine, and Paynantheine which makes it a strong stimulant. This concentration of powerful alkaloids is different from the other strains.

What makes Bali Kratom famous?

Bali Kratom is another popular choice of Kratom users worldwide. Are leaves being darker which are alkaloid rich? There are over 25 different types of alkaloids in Bali leaves which include Indoles Mitragynine, Paynanthine, Speciogynine, Oxindoles Mitraphylline, and Speciofoline.

Bali Kratom grows in Borneo, and the reason why it is named as Bali Kratom is that Bali port was the hub of Kratom transport since long.

How are Maeng Da and Bali Kratom different?

  • Origin

Maeng Da is a native of Thailand and Malaysia whereas Bali Kratom grows in Borneo which is a part of Indonesia.

  • Composition

The composition of both strains of Kratom is similar. The alkaloids are same in both strains, but the quantity and density are different. That means effects of both Bali and Maeng Da will be different too which is right.

  • Effects

Maeng Da and Bali both are famous for their signature effects. These effects of both strains are different from each other.

Maeng Da is a highly stimulant strain which is the strongest strain of Kratom.

Bali strain is potent, but it is less active than Maeng Da. The specialized effects of both are as follows.

Signature Effects of Maeng Da: Pain relief, energy, high stimulation, relaxation, rejuvenation, focus, concentration, opiate withdrawal, relief against insomnia

Signature Effects of Bali: Mild stimulation, relaxation, sedation, analgesia, positive approach, euphoria.

  • Duration of effects

Maeng Da is a highly potent strain which gives long lasting effects. As per usual views among users, it starts the action in 15-30 minutes.

The effects last for 5-8 hours after taking the dose. For a beginner level, the moderate dose may last up to 10 hours which is the maximum any Kratom strain can go.

On the other hand, Bali Kratom is faster acting, but it has a short duration.

The effects are noticeable within 10-15 minutes of taking the dose. But these effects vanish within 3-4 hours. After 4 hours, there is no sign of the effects.


  • The dosage determines the effects in each user. Maeng Da being an active strain starts working best in 2 grams.
  • The beginner level dose is between 1.5- 2.0 grams which are sufficient to show clear results. It works even better on an empty stomach.
  • The regular users can gradually increase the dose up to 7-10 grams which are a high dose.
  • In higher amount, Maeng Da is an excellent pain killer and body relaxant.
  • The threshold dose of Bali Kratom is between 2-4 grams for the full effects.
  • The standard dose is between 4-8 grams which can be set as per personal choice and experience with the same strain.
  • Premium Bali is a more potent form of Bali strain which requires so less to show action.
  • It only takes 0.5-1.0 gram to give you same effects.

Overdosing and side effects

There are no as such side effects of using Kratom. The trick is using the right dose for a person. If the dose has a follow-up of careful administration, there is no way Maeng Da or Bali Kratom can go against the body.

However, a continuous usage of extremely high dose, 10g and above may show up extreme negative effects on health.

For beginners, sometimes the first experience ends up with body reactions. These effects include nausea, dizziness, insomnia, etc. They don’t need a medical treatment and usually vanish on their own in 24 hours after taking the dose.


The price of both strains is affordable. Only the premium and enhanced strains are slightly high. By form, both strains are available in powder and capsules. The powder is comparatively inexpensive, and capsule form of both Kratom types is expensive.

A user can compare between different online vendors for the best price.  Many online vendors give time to time discounts and offer which provides a price reduction on all Kratom strains.

User reviews on Maeng Da Vs. Bali Kratom

The online forums are full of user reviews on both strains. The Bluelight reviewer shares Bali to be energetic and Maeng Da to be analgesic.

In the same thread, another user found Maeng Da to be energetic and Bali to be more sedative. Such reviews show that spectrum of effects among both could be different for different users.

A discussion thread on Reddit tells that the effects are so intermixing sometimes that it is hard to tell the difference between Maeng Da and Bali effects.

On a larger scale, Bali has more relaxing, sedate and euphoric potential than Maeng Da.

Maeng Da, on the other hand, is energetic, stimulatory and pain killer.

The final choice between two needs a careful personal experiment to find the most suitable strain.

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  1. I have an anxiety disorder as well @Karl, and I find Maeng Da can make my mind race even more at times, but I feel surer of myself most of the time while on it and feel less anxious in general from it. I hope both works for your anxiety, and you’re able to enjoy the energy of Maeng Da from time to time!

  2. Yesterday I accidentally bought Maeng Da, instead of Bali Kratom, I’m worried that Maeng Da will worsen my severe anxiety, should I go back to Bali Kratom?

  3. I have been taking the Maeng Da (white vein) kratom for a couple of weeks now. It has helped me by easing any withdrawal symptoms (associated with tapering off of suboxone). I am a recovering addict!

    (I am in a suboxone outpatient program), pain associated with neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis & many other ailments. I have yet to try any different strains as I do not want to take anything that sedates me, not even a little bit! I also suffer from bipolar disorder, panic attacks, manic depression, nervousness disorder, and migraines. YES, I KNOW, IT’S A LOT!! UGH!!

    I started out buying the prefilled capsules from a small smoke shop that they filled themselves. I was disappointed and the effects of what I bought. During this time I was on vacation in a different state. Upon arriving back in my home state, I did some research and found a little shop that only sold kratom. I bought only 1 oz. in powder form, and my own empty gel caps size 00. I must say this lady sells the real thing. I was starting feeling better after about 30 minutes. White Maeng Da Kratom doesn’t make me feel sedated, sleepy or tired. It actually gives me energy helps alleviate my pain, helps me concentrate and surprisingly helps curve my hunger.
    My only issue has been finding an online (reputable) place to purchase kratom without having to use something called Bitcoin.

    Best of luck to all!

  4. @Tameka Cooper, I have chronic back pain and fibromyalgia and R. A among several other Medical problems and have tried most strains of kratom. A lot of online vendor’s and smoke shops always recommended Maeng DA.

    After trying that with little relief I finally tried the Bali kratom and thankfully that not only relieved most of my pain but gave just enough energy not to get the jittery feeling along with mood enhancement and all over good, happy feeling.

    Now having experience with it, I won’t take anything but Bali for my pain, depression and all around mood enhancement. For me it gave not only enough pain relief, but I was also able to come off narcotic medication cold turkey with zero withdrawal or negative side effects.

    It has been what seems like a miracle alternative and I can now live a much better quality of life and enjoy the things I used to dread. It, at least in my case it’s not something I crave or even need every day!

    My life has turned around for the better with this strain of kratom and I am so thankful. I hope this helps you with your situation and best wishes to you!

    If you try it plz let me know how it works for you, as I am so thankful to have the harmful, addictive pain meds behind me and am now able to live a much better life thanks to this wonderful natural capsule that genuinely gave me my life back!

    Best of luck to you and hope this helps you as I believe it has saved my life and can now look forward to each day with peace and confidence! Good luck to you and sincerely hope it can change your life for the better!

  5. Hi everyone,

    I am diabetic. I have heart issues, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Nuropathy, Nerve damage, slip disk, etc. I am over weight. I have panic attacks and sleep paralysis, not forgetting insomnia.

    I had surgery long time ago, 13 years ago. I don’t want to become dependent on pills and I was told that Tramadol was not addictive. This was in 2011. Before I knew it I was lost. Now I take the strong stuff. And I am tired of pills!!!! And doctors!!! 20 min ago I took 3 30g maeng da capsules. And I have been soaking in all the information I can get on kratom. I’m excited. I want to be one of those people in all the videos whose lives have changed because of the kratom. Please share your info ! I don’t want to end up buying Lipton green tea leaves!

  6. I took Red Bali Kratom for a year or so and switched to Red Maeng Da Kratom. It lasts twice as long. It gives you a slight energy that is not nerve wracking like caffeine or drugs. I buy bulk powder and make my own by ordering capsules from They cause only about $7 for 750 capsules, ’00’ size (equals about .5 grams each). It also relieves arthritis in my ankles from jogging as a youth and neck pain. It cuts anxiety and nervousness. I would always get Red Maeng Da Kratom. The recommended dosage on average is 2 grams per dosage; once in the morning and eight hours later for the evening.

  7. My GF uses Kratom for fatigue and pain associated with Lyme’s Disease. She has found the white maeng da is best for fatigue/low energy. She uses the red maeng da for pain and stiffness.
    I have used the red for back pain as well.
    We are very satisfied with the results and it is a far better option than opiates and acetaminophen, which hurt the liver and other organs.

  8. I’ve been taking kratom for about a year, started taking them to get off pain killers…I take 2-3 grams about every 4 hours of Bali, or another red strain, and it helps a lot.
    Good luck!

  9. I’m new to Kratom, I want relief from pain from Multiple Sclerosis and when I run out of pain Meds, which will help with withdrawals and how much should I take?

  10. I’m new to Kratom, I want relief from pain from Multiple Sclerosis and when I run out of pain Meds, which will help with withdrawals and how much should I take?


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