Maeng Da is unique among kratom strains, and has generally been considered one of the most potent, but how did Maeng Da rise to such popularity? The history of the strain is obscure, however, we do have some interesting information regarding it’s origins. According to several kratom fans, there is an very unique story tied to this plant.
The origin of the Maeng Da strain is said to be tied to a specific plantation in Indonesia, known to themselves as the “World’s First Legal Kratom Plantation.” At this point, kratom was legal in nearly all countries besides Thailand, yet for some reason, they stuck with the name.
This plantation heavily marketed their product as “Genetically Grown”, which is why, to this day, some (incorrectly) say that Maeng Da is genetically engineered; yet there is a world of difference between GMO kratom, and “genetically grown” kratom.
From reports, their goal was to create the perfect Thai strain through a process called “grafting”, common in other horticultural trades. Grafting is the process of inserting the vascular tissues of one plant into another in hopes they inosculate — creating a strong, early-maturing kratom tree while combining traits of two individual plants.
The grafting had great effects for the “Worlds First Legal Kratom Plantation,” and they named the potent strain produced from this method, “Maeng Da”, which is the word for a large, edible beetle as well as a derogatory term for a pimp.
Over time, the strain produced from this plant it was lost, and the term Maeng Da quickly changed to define a highly potent kratom, typically a strong Red Vein Thai or a strong horned kratom variety.
While the term Maeng Da, does not necessarily mean the same thing that it used to, it is still a term used to refer to most potent forms of kratom available.