Red Maeng Da vs Red Bali: Side-By-Side Effects Comparison

April 19, 2022

Choosing between so many kratom strains can get very confusing, especially when there’s a wide variety within the same color, like Red Bali and Red Maeng Da. Fortunately, after using kratom for many years, I’ll be happy to distinguish the subtle nuances between the two strains.

Red Maeng Da vs Red Bali Similarities

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Red Maeng Da and Red Bali are (obviously) both red strains, which means they produce roughly the same combination of effects. However, there are some minor differences that I’ll go over in the next subheading.

Their popularity, which can be attributed to high potency, is virtually the same as well, with Red Maeng Da taking the lead at 3,300 google searches per month and Red Bali coming in at a close 3200.

However, after reviewing a few vendor’s top strains, Red Bali seems to be the most frequent winner.

Their effects are produced by the same alkaloids as all kratom strains, 7 Hydroximitragynine and Mitragynine, which bind to the opioid receptors in the brain, and both can be consumed in the same manner including:

  • Toss and wash
  • Capsules
  • Tinctures
  • Extracts
  • Liquid Shots
  • Tea

How you choose to consume Red Bali or Red Maeng Da will depend on how fast you want to feel the effects and wether or not you can tolerate kratom’s bitter taste.

Read More: How to Take Kratom For Maximum Results

Red Maeng Da Vs Red Bali Effects

As I’ve previously mentioned, both Red Bali and Red Maeng Da are very strong red strains with similar effects, but they’re not exactly identical.

To keep things simple, I’m going rate each effect by it’s potency, with 1 being extremely weak and 5 extremely potent. Feel free to checkout the table below to get an overview of the strains’ differences.

Pain ReliefSleepMood BoostRelaxationAppetite Suppression
Red Bali55254
Red Maeng Da52455

As you read, take note of the more potent effects. That is how you can decide which of the two strains is best for you.

Pain Relief

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Red Maeng Da: 5

Red Bali: 5

Both Red Bali and Red Maeng Da are equally effective at reducing and/or eliminating various types of pain ranging from minor headaches to more severe body aches. Red Bali and Red Maeng Da have been used to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Back Pain
  • Migraines 
  • Arthritis 
  • Chemo pain 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Physical trauma 
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Sciatica 
  • Body aches
  • Inflammation

The pain relief lasts anywhere from 3-5 hours, but can vary with each person. How fast you feel the effects will depend on your method of consumption.

Read More: How Long Does Kratom Take to Kick in?

Sleep

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Red Maeng Da: 2

Red Bali: 5

This is where Red Maeng Da and Red Bali differ the most. Although the majority of red strains are sedative, Red Maeng Da has proven to be stimulating for most people.

Red Bali, on the other hand, is literally the most sedative kratom strain, regardless of color. It can be used to treat:

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep Paralysis
  • Randomly Waking Up

The sedation lasts for roughly 7 hours. However, I’ve frequently woken up in the morning after a full night’s sleep and still felt extremely drowsy. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking Red Bali.

I highly do NOT suggest taking Red Meang Da with the intention of going to sleep, as it tends to have the opposite effect.

Read More: Best 2 in 1 Strain For Pain & Sleep

Relaxation

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Red Maeng Da: 5

Red Bali: 5

Red Maeng Da and Red Bali produce an equally potent mental and physical relaxation, which can be described as the feeling you experience from meditation or knowing that a bad situation has finally come to an end.

Hence, both strains are commonly used for:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness 
  • Opioid addiction
  • Social anxiety
  • Muscle tension 

The relaxation lasts about 3-5 hours, but can vary with each person.

Mood Boost

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Red Maeng Da: 4

Red Bali: 2

Unfortunately, Red Bali provides very little to no mood enhancement, while Red Maeng Da is known for producing a strong mood boost.

The mood boost is not the same as relaxation. It is a step above. The strains’ relaxation effect eliminates stress and anxiety, while the mood boost adds an increased sense of optimism.

An additional and very important use for Red Maeng Da’s mood boost is the ability to treat withdrawals, especially from opioid addictions.

While relaxation can also help with withdrawals, mood boosting is more effective. However, it can also be used for:

  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic or Temporary Stress
  • Inability to Focus
  • ADHD
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Mood Swings

Red Maeng Da’s mood boost can last anywhere from 3-5 hours. For the strongest mood boosting strain, checkout Green Maeng Da.

Read More: Green Maeng Da: Dosing, Vendors, Effects

Appetite Suppression

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Red Maeng Da: 5

Red Bali: 4

Most kratom strains have the ability to suppress your appetite. However, strains that improve your mood tend to be slightly better suppressors than those that don’t.

This lesser known effect can be extremely beneficial for eradicating food cravings and skipping late night meals.

With the exception of capsules, you will feel your hunger begin to dissipate within twenty minutes of consuming Red Bali or Red Maeng Da.

Red Maeng Da or Red Bali can help with:

  • Dieting
  • Food Cravings
  • Binge Eating Disorders
  • Losing Weight

Both strains can suppress your appetite for roughly 2-5 hours.

Red Maeng Da vs Red Bali Side Effects

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Like all kratom strains, Red Bali and Red Maeng Da can produce negative side effects if abused or accidentally consuming too large of a dose for your body to handle. The most common of these side effects is a non-lethal and temporary nauseating headache.

The headache tends to last for an hour or two and will go away on its own. If the headache is severe it may induce vomiting, but just like the headache, it will go away with time.

Those that take too much for their body to handle or are new to kratom are more prone to experience side effects.

If you happen to experience the headache or vomiting, eat solid food and lay down to reduce the intensity.

My goal is not to scare you, it’s to help you avoid experiencing side effects. Kratom related deaths are very rare as you can see in this CDC report. As long as you consume the correct amount of Red Bali or Red Maeng Da, you’ll be fine.

That begs the question, how much Red Bali or Red Maeng Da should you consume?

Red Bali vs Red Maeng Da Dosing

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Dosing both strains is exactly the same. If you’ve been taking kratom prior to using Red Bali or Red Maeng Da, simply keep taking the same amount.

If you’re new to kratom, I suggest checking out the article below, which explains how to find your personal kratom dose for capsules, tea, or powder.

Read More: How Much Kratom Should I Take?

Correctly dosing is super important as you can trigger negative side effects or, in the best case scenario, you don’t experience any benefits.

You may find other blogs suggesting universal doses. However, because we all significantly vary in size, weight, and tolerance level, universal doses may have negative consequences.

Conclusion: Which is Best For You?

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I know that was a lot to take in, but I’ll be happy to break it down a little further for you.

If you can’t sleep due to chronic pain or any other reason, take Red Bali.

If you want to eliminate stress, anxiety, or depression, take Red Maeng Da.

If you want to suppress your appetite during the day, take Red Maeng Da. For appetite suppression at night, take Red Bali.

That sums it up in a nutshell.

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