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White Maeng Da VS White Borneo: Which is Best for You?

You’ve been looking for the perfect energizing strain and have come down to two options, White Maeng Da and White Borneo. How do you pick one over the other? Let me help you decide by comparing each strain side-by-side and adding a bit of my own input that I’ve acquired from personal experience.

White Maeng Da and White Borneo are both excellent kratom strains for increasing energy and improving mental focus. However, White Maeng Da is more potent and has also known to provide euphoric effects. Based on popular demand, White Maeng Da is the better choice.

However, just because White Maeng Da is more popular and will benefit most people doesn’t mean White Borneo is not a great choice. White Borneo produces slightly different effects and may be a better choice for users with a lower tolerance.

Why White Maeng Da is Superior to White Borneo

Due to its potency, I’ve come to the realization that White Maeng Da is the superior strain. When conducting research online, people seem to confirm my claim on forums, reviews, and personal emails.

WMD (White Maeng Da) is beast. Super energizing and smooth. Best White I’ve had. The Borneo is also good and fine, but I like the Maeng Da better. Way better burn. Feel motivated and charged with the WMD.

Reddit User TripTipper 2016

This doesn’t come to a surprise to me. As I’ve stated before, White Maeng Da is more potent than White Borneo and people always seem to be attracted to the most potent strains.

However, when dissecting the individual effects of both these strains you’ll notice there are a couple of exceptions in which White Borneo is the better choice, such as for discomfort relief.

In order to help you decide which strain is best for you, we’ll go over each effect and compare their potency. We’ll use a rating system using the numbers 1 – 5 with 1 being extremely weak and 5 being extremely potent but first let me quickly explain what determines the strength of a strain.

Why White Maeng Da is More Potent Than White Borneo

Kratom potency is determined by the percentage of alkaloids present in the plant, more specifically the alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

Both of these compounds are responsible for the effects produced by kratom, although 7-hydroxymitragynine is far more potent. The more alkaloids present in a strain the more potent it will be.

The only way to know the exact ratios of these alkaloids is to check the lab results. Unfortunately, I’ve scouted the web looking for lab tests that provide the exact numbers for both of these strains but have failed to find any.

I found many kratom sites claiming their products are lab tested but refuse to show their results on their web page. If you come across these sites please don’t be fooled.

However, the reason why I know White Maeng Da is more potent than White Borneo (aside from personal experience and multiple testimonials) is due the way Maeng Da was created.

The strain Maeng Da is actually a hybrid created via grafting, a process used to blend two plants together to obtain the best of both worlds. Maeng Da translates to “pimp grade” in English. Thai people weren’t messing around when they created Maeng Da.

Grafting allowed White Maeng Da to posses higher alkaloid levels than most of its close relatives and produce stronger effects. This holds true for all colors of Maeng Da including white, red, green, and gold.

Physical Energy

One of the most sought after effects of white vein kratom is it’s energy boost. Many people have compared it to having a cup of coffee in the morning. I don’t find that surprising because kratom and coffee come from the same family of plants.

White maeng da is one of my favorites because of the energy it brings. I’ve never gotten jittery energy from it, just a nice mood lift and able to get things done around the house.

Reddit User Brave777e 2019

Both White Borneo and White Maeng Da make excellent teas for improving productivity.

However, White Borneo doesn’t provide that same energy punch that White Maeng Da produces. It still increases your energy, but it’s a bit more of a gradually increasing and tends to flatline sooner than White Maeng Da.

We’re going to give White Meang Da a 5 for physical energy and White Borneo a 3.

Mental Focus

This is my favorite reason for using white kratom strains. We live in such a distracting world that it can be rather difficult to focus on only one task at a time…..but not anymore.

Whenever I write a blog post for you guys, such as this one, White Meang Da is one of my go to strains, (White Thai is my other option just in case you’re wondering).

Not only does White Maeng Da help me focus but it also provides a euphoric feeling that boosts my optimism and makes me look forward to certain tasks that can be daunting.

White Borneo is also effective for mental focus but I find the lack of euphoria to be the reason why it’s just slightly less effective than White Meang Da. You’ll be surprised just how helpful a mood boost can be when you have to reorganize your entire garage.

For this reason, I’m going to award White Meang Da a 5 and White Borneo a 4.


Euphorias are amazing. Many people use kratom specifically for this reason and because it’s highly effective for reducing stress. As mentioned before most people who use white veins don’t have the intention of reducing stress. It’s productivity and energy they seek.

That doesn’t mean it’s not nice to have the extra benefit. Most white veins don’t product euphorias, so the fact that White Maeng Da is slightly euphoric is a major plus.

The euphoric effect, which I like to describe as a surge of optimism, can go long way when you combine it with increased energy and mental focus. As Tony Robbins likes to say, if you want to see results you have to change your state (and massive action but that’s a different story).

Regarding euphoria, White Meang Da is a 3 on our rating system and White Borneo is a 1.

Stress Relief

Stress is one of the most common reasons why people turn to kratom. Instead of using harmful addictive opioid drugs, people have learned about the benefits of powerful kratom strains as a substitute treatment and big pharma is not happy.

However, because white veins are stimulants, and people suffering from stress are advised against using caffeine to avoid worsening their condition, white veins may not be the best choice.

If you have stress and feel the need to use a white strain, I would suggest using White Maeng Da instead of White Borneo because of it’s mood boosting effects.

The euphoria we talked about earlier works wonders for stress but please keep in mind that this euphoric feeling will not be as strong as the euphorias produced by red or green strains.

For these reasons, White Maeng Da gets a 3 regarding stress relief and White Borneo gets a 2.


When you compare both of theses strains side by side as we’ve done it’s pretty obvious White Maeng Da comes out on top. White Borneo is a great strain and may be more suitable for those who are new to kratom. However, if you want to get the best out of a white strain, I highly suggest White Meang Da.