I think everyone remembers that first time. You know? That one nervous scoop, looking at the mound of green stuff thinking: Is this going to work? Well, I will tell you if you did it right, not only did it work, but, it whooped your butt. I don't mean it left you impaired. I am simply saying the first time you met the leaf, it most likely left a lasting impression on you.
My first time... I remember my first time better than my first time with anything or anyone (sorry Jazmine.) That sweet sunny day, on a uncomfortable street side bench. I was just watching the people do people things in the middle of town. I sat there for four hours. I was just watching. And, not like stalking, but, just watching.
The leaf. It isn't something that impairs you. There are way more things out there that will impair you worse. As a matter of fact. To much sugar. Go eat too much sugar, an you will be impaired more.
You see. If I decided to drink a couple shots and sit on a park bench, that isn't a good idea. It isn't anything like what I am talking about with our leaf. So, when people compare anything else to it, it is complete bull s---. There is no class for this leaf. It's in a league of it's own, and shouldn't be compared to anything. At all.
The reason why those first times are always so memorable, isn't because of the strength. The amount of one alkaloid versus the amount of another. That stuff is great for paper and for show. But, when you seriously break it down. There is no real reason why this leaf works so damn well.
The interdependent nature of each alkaloid is the beauty of the entirety. One alkaloid basically won't cut it. That's why the isolation of independent alkaloids doesn't work well in labs. Another amazing fact about this leaf, is that it has a self limiting, natural deterrent for abusers. So using more, won't necessarily do anything but make you sick.
The reason why this leaf works so well, isn't the amount of any one thing, in the leaf. The reason is sitting staring at this screen right now. It's you. Each person could potentially have a different outlook on specific strains and veins. There isn't a one size fits all truth. That isn't how this leaf works. So strength, in theory, is dependent on response. The response is something you can only find out through trial and error.
I can't say that certain alkaloids, aren't more of a big deal than others, in some instances. That would be a lie. There are some cases where certain alkaloids do matter more than others. But, I don't believe that is something we can judge through any lab analysis. If something works for you, it might not work for someone else. And, identifying certain alkaloids and barraging you receptors with one kind of alkaloid will eventually become counter productive. You will find out that you can pretty much ruin strains by over use.
The reason why I'm writing this article is to shed light on strain hopping, rotation, and its importance. There is a bigger issue of people buying a large amount of one strain and than burning out, on that strain . Burning it out, on there self. The reason why other strains work better than some has to do with response, not strength.
Now, I won't say certain alkaloids aren't good to have in high amounts. There is some evidence that mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are pretty important. But, that is not the end all, be all. As a matter of fact the rest of the alkaloids might be just as important, if not more, in some folks.
Those lab tests that people do are a marketing ploy. I am absolutely certain that the change in the strain profile can have JUST AS MUCH of an effect on someone, as something high in one or two alkaloids. As a certified K-head, I will tell you that a certain strain, or any strain can get old real quick. What that tells me, is that certain amounts aren't as important as the change in the overall alkaloid values. Changing the strain profile in your daily adventure with this leaf is very very important.
The proof that I come to the table with isn't solid and doesn't have research to back it up. As a matter of fact there is no research to back it up. But, there is very little research to back up anyone on this topic and the only research you will find, are private tests from people that want to sell you leaf.
The focus of one particular alkaloid shouldn't be that big of a deal. There are symbiotic. unknown reasons that are a way bigger deal. It's the entire strain profile that matters. It's why this leaf is so useful and, is the true key. Looking for the 'Premium Maeng Da' will get you lost in lies and buying someones hyped up, under performing south Asian miracle. The best thing you can do is pay a reasonable price for a good consistent leaf. A just continue buying different strains (We have 20 strains for $120 (1000g))
It's nice to get a quality leaf. And, I'm not saying that leafs with higher alkaloid counts don't matter. In fact they do matter. But overall, the don't matter as much when you are introducing new leafs to your routine. You might not know how much one leaf matters, because we don't know why one person responds to one thing, and, another doesn't respond at all. It is all trial and error!
What this points to is change. Change in the strains profile will bring upon efficiency. The amount doesnt matter as much as, the different percentages. Your not gonna know which ones matter until you know the matter. This will only get simpler with experience.
So, if you find just one strain that is awesome, and, you buy a ton of it, you will soon find out that you will burn out on that strain.
So when taking into consideration all the known reasons what makes this leaf tick. The best thing to do isn't find one super strong alkaloid and look for it. The most efficient way to stay above the average in effects, is switching strains. Over, and over.
The reason why stem & vein works. Isn't because of the amount of alkaloids in the plant. It's because the alkaloid profile is changed. And, you will naturally recognize that change and you will see a change in results. You then get better results with change than you do with amount. This is proven over and over again with my personal studies.
AND, if you have one great session because of an alkaloids strength. Well, that same strength will tend to dumb down your future in that alkaloid. Why on earth would you want to ruin future events by maxing out one certain alkaloid over another. The beauty in the plant is the interdependent nature of everything inside it. The beauty of this plant is how we react to it. So once again, the beauty of the plant, is really you!
By Joe Sokol
I looked over at a man and a cashier in a head shop. They were bagging up this material that looked like green dirt. I eventually meandered on over to the transaction inside the head shop. As I was rudely hovering around eavesdropping on the two people who were in the middle of a purchase, I was very interested staring at a wad of money in the buyers hand. The head shop cashier was bagging up this green dirt.
Eventually I made my way over to the cashier and he took advantage of my interest. After the buyer had left, he called me over. He said, "do you know what kratom is?" I immediately responded with, "what is that? Is that some sort of spice." The employee giggled an said, "No. Just google kratom, then come back and buy some." I kind of shrugged it off as I walked out of the store. I sat on a bench and did just what he asked of me. I googled kratom.
What I found in those digital footprints, was amazing. I couldn't believe that my whole life I would let this information be available, and never know about something like kratom. That day searching, I saw many posts, websites, and articles on this leaf. In my quick research looking into the history of this plant, I found it littered with a strain we call "Maeng Da." Every where I looked I saw the words 'Maeng Da.' Of course, I had no idea what 'Maeng Da' was that day. But, with the internet telling tales of this amazing strain, I rushed back into the head shop to go buy some Maeng Da.
The cashier was smiling as I walked in. He immediately said the magic words, 'Maeng Da'. He started off by pointing at some boxes that carried the green dirt, and said "This is White Maeng da, this is Green Maeng Da, this is Red Maeng da, along with Red Borneo, and Red Bali." He then began to summarize the popularity of the 5 strains he carried. With the 'Maeng Das' being the most popular. I immediately asked for the one he said was the most popular. Red Maeng Da.
I finished paying 14 dollars for the 14 grams of kratom. I hustled outside and took half that kratom out of the bag, and did what you do with it. My journey was on. Kratom hasn't left me since. But, 'Maeng Da' has lost its luster for me. I'll tell you why.
Becoming a vendor was the funnest most informative journey a kratom enthusiast could take. I wasn't your normal buyer though. I did so much research. Before I became a vendor I was actually employed by a very successful kratom company. Again Maeng Da was by far the most popular strain. I was very successful selling kratom for that company, but, I ended my employment for the company, only 20 days after it started. I sold $11,500 in kratom for that company and got permission from my future wife to start my own company.
This is where the research really got interesting. I wanted to know what all the strains were, what the veins were, and the most intriguing thing I wanted to know was, what the hell was Maeng Da?
I ended up befriending about 15 or so Indonesian vendors. I utilized a bunch of applications that translate English to Indonesian and vice versa. I became very good friends with 4 vendors. Those 4 vendors, to this day speak to regularly.
In my journey buying kratom, I have tested out about 15 Indonesian vendors kratom. Every single vendor carried this famous "strain" everyone calls Maeng Da. I didn't really know how to break this anomaly down. From what I understood, strains were the names of specific regions where they came from. I eventually found out, there is even strains named after specific kratom species, such as, "Elephant, Horned, etc." I also ran into some strains named after the kratom farmers wives. A popular wife named kratom is "Zareena." I just couldnt understand, or fathom what made what name and how they differentiate each strain.
With common sense on my side, I started digging. I asked every single vendor/farmer this question: "What is Maeng Da?" All of them had the same answer. They all put it in a different way. But the every single person connected to kratom, that was from Indonesia, said the same thing.
The answer I got was that Maeng Da is just the strongest strain. Not one vendor could give a good reason why they marketed a strain Maeng Da. When I ordered samples from vendors I would always get a "Maeng Da". Sometimes I even got a regions title before Maeng Da. Such as "Jong Kong Maeng Da", or "Sulawesi Maeng Da'
I couldn't just take the words of someone trying to sell me kratom. So I eventually took to the internet armed with motivation and an endless journey to find out what the hell this mysterious 'Maeng Da' was.
I ran into articles claiming it was a farm raised plant, who had grafted the plant onto another plant from Thailand and grew a hybrid type of tree. I had a hard time believing that Maeng Da was a "Franken-Tree". The article is one of the most popular articles out there decribing the origin of Maeng Da. And, it has proved to be bulls@#@. There was one common thing in my hours of research looking for this plants origin. Inconsistency. Not one article made any sense to me. How could it be? How could the strains be so confusing. I mean if strains were named after regions, than why were some strains named after the kind of kratom leaf it was, like "Horned or King."
I began really pressing the Indonesian vendors I know. Now, I wanted to know, just how they came up with every strain name they had. Well, your not gonna like what they told me. Before I go any farther. I want to let you know why I chose my vendor. My vendor is a huge kratom hustler. He travels all over South Asia collecting certain harvests, and buys his stuff from other farmers and kratom hunters. He spends about $5 a kilo over in Indonesia and he sells over 5 tons a week worldwide. He tells me exactly what I'm getting and where it came from.
Now, back to the definition of strains.
Most Indonesian salesman, don't really hold integrity that high. Most salesman, cut the throats of there brethren, and will say anything to make the sale. The most popular phrase when asking about a specific strain is, "I can make any strain." I would pass that statement off as english to indonesian translation error for a couple months. But, farther into this journey I found out they were dead ass serious.
I just want to ask you a serious question. Do you really know what makes a strain name? Do you really know the different species of kratom? Well, I do. It's simple.
The strain name comes from a region. Period. That's it. Nothing else can make a strain a name. The confusing thing is the actual leaf itself is commonly thrown into the mix. Like "Elephant" and so on. There are only 4 species of kratom that I am aware of. "Elephant, King, Horned, and Regular." So, many times I have gotten a "Jong Kong Elephant, or a Papua Horned". It's time I let the cat out of the bag.
If you have a vendor who does not network with any other vendors and they only live in one region, lets say, Papua New Guinea, he can only grow "Papua" kratom. Now you might have 4 different types of leafs from him. Four different species. And, those species have 3 different veins. So, at most, a farmer who does not network with other farmers can only have 12 distinct, original strains. There is now way for a farmer to grow, "Bali" in the Sulawesi islands. If they grow a "Horned" leaf that strain should be named "Horned Bali".
You will not see these names usually. You will never find a vendor only carrying 12 strains. Well, most experienced vendors in Indonesia has bypassed educating naive american buyers, and just attempt to sell them the damn leaf, no matter the name. I'm about to tell you something very sad. It pains me to tell you this because if you don't believe me, I won't say your silly, but I will say that you have no logical way to know your kratom strains are. You are at the mercy of Indonesian sellers that are in a huge competition with one another to grab the sales of American vendors. Do you honestly think that these Indonesian vendors hold integrity as a number one priority, or something far more meaningful, like money.
If you told a vendor that you would only buy Bali, Malaysian and Thai kratoms. It's funny. Most vendors magically have all those strains. Can you please explain to me, since there is only 4 different kinds of actual leafs, how in the hell you can have a Maeng Da kratom. Where in the hell did you ever see, read, or hear about a strain called Maeng Da? Oh yeah, the Indonesian farmers/vendors said it was Maeng Da. Well, no shit. Every single f@##ing vendor has a Maeng Da. Do you know ever think how the heck this is possible. Let me tell you again.
The only difference between a strong Bali and a Maeng Da is the damn title. If you wanted a Bali strain from the farmer in Sampit, Indonesia, how the hell did you magically just get a kratom from Bali? Do you seriously think that these farmers label their product with honesty? Now, let me mention again, my vendor is a kratom freak, and even sends me pictures when he is traveling to go pick up different harvests. He is somewhat honest. I definitely tell him to send me his top 25 strains every time I order. I don't specifically ask for strains. Half my strains are always "Maeng Da". He keeps the title to it. If he was sold a "Malaysian Maeng Da" then he sells it to me with the confusing title "Malaysian Maeng Da"
The word "Maeng Da" is a actually a derogatory name. It means, "Pimp Grade" in Thailand. It is not a classy name. Its equivalent in America would be, "Fine Ass Hoe". What it really means, is "Premium." And what premium usually indicates is, middle of the tree leaves, that are large, from an older tree. They are double milled and then double filtered. Most premiums should be dried inside a room with proper ventilation. That is also called "Super." So if someone calls their strain a "Super Malay" That means you are getting premium leaf. Thats it. The only thing Maeng Da means is premium. All my leafs are "Super" so I don't waste the font on it.
I've asked plenty of farmers/vendors about this mysterious "Maeng Da." The only way the differentiate strains, is region, strength, and sometimes species. The region is what gives the leaf its characteristics.
For example, Hulu Kapuas, is pretty new to the kratom game. They have had most of the farmers swith the perferred crop from Rubber and Palm Oil to Kratom. Why does the region matter? Well, for instance. A palm oil crop will ravish the earth. After 20 years of harvesting Palm Oil at maximum harvest the earth left behind is severely damaged. So, if you have a plantation kratom plant that had palm oil production in that area before kratom, well, that kratom will be a little different then say a wild kratom plant that hasn't had the soil hurt by a very damaging crop such as Palm Oil. I'm not saying that all farm grown kratom from Hulu Kapuas is bad. As a matter of fact, I love one specific farm in Hulu. And, wild Hulu Kapuas is one of my favorite green and white veins out there. But, if you happen to land some farm raised Hulu Kapuas that has housed a Palm Oil crop before the kratom was planted, chances are it isn't as good as a farm that didn't have damage done to the earth by the previous harvests. There is some great Hulu out there, and Im not saying that all farm raised kratom from Hulu is bad. I'm simple making a point that the region, weather, soil, species, age of the plant and climate all changes the 25+ alkaloids in the plant.
Each of those alkaloids are interdependant on each other. And there is no magic number that makes Maeng Da. As a matter of fact, kratoms alkaloids are so symbiotic that no one can figure out what makes it work. There are various ways to test Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymytragynine in labs and you have some vendors claiming to have very strong numbers from lab tests. but, even that doesn't mean s#$%.
Think of Maeng Da being a song, and the alkaloids are the symphony. There are many different ways to play that song. Science really has no clue why each song sounds the way it sounds. Meaning that, science has no clue how a different set of alkaloids can create one feeling in someone versus another in someone else. Any vendor telling you that they have the only real Maeng Da is a dirt bag liar, or just uneducated. There is many ways to have Maeng Da.
As a matter of fact, most Maeng Da's are just surface tested out by the farmers before being titled Maeng Da. I've heard some farmers can just smell, look, and taste the "Maeng Da strength." There is no scientific method that titles your strains. The only thing that makes a strain, a strain is the damn region. Or, if we could organize our species, and educate the Indonesian farmers, we might be able to even know what kind of leaf it actually is, like horned, king, elephant, or regular. That won't happen because Americans are taught to just accept knowledge as its given and run with it. The reason these lies have spread so vast, is because most vendors don't give a sh#@ what they are selling you. As a matter of fact, most don't test for contaminants. So they could care less where it came from. They are living in the age old saying, "ignorance is bliss." They ask for one strain and most of the farmers give it to them, based of mixing one of the 12 strains they could possibly have.
Very few vendors/farmers, do what mine does. Actually if your vendor buys from a farmer, I'm sorry. That farmer cannot give you different regions kratom unless he is trading or buying it. It's not logically possible.
Sadly, most Indonesian vendors, make your strains and pass it off to you as anything that your vendor asked to buy. Very few vendors will even care enough to question their source because they are scared to get bad product, or know the truth. Let me say this one more time.
There is no way you can grow a Bali in Sulawesi, or vice versa. There are only different species and then they have different veins. The strain is based on the region. If you know where it was grown, then you know the true strain name.
I challenge you to browse the internet and find the true origin of Maeng Da. When I grew up we used to be taken on trips into the orange grove to hunt a ficticious bird called "Snipe." It's sad to say but there was no Snipe. And it's even sadder to say this: There is no Maeng Da.
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