Where to Buy Kratom: First Purchase Tips

So you’ve scoured the Internet for information about the leaf, you’ve read all the benefits and ways it can help, and you’ve studied and understood how to avoid the potential side effects.   You’ve concluded that it’s time to make a purchase, but kratom isn’t an item stocked at the local grocery store, and web searching yields far too many results to choose from.

The latter may seem like a good problem to have, but not when actual money is being exchanged & the websites out there look like they are from 2004.  Hopefully, this article will give you a better idea of what to look for, and help narrow down the options to a reasonable amount. (Kratom Canada)

Using Forums to Find Kratom Sellers

As mentioned, information abounds on kratom sellers on the Internet, both online and locally.  A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is to look for those that have already been verified by other buyers.  Look for forums like Reddit that have strict guidelines regarding the accuracy and usefulness of their posts.

You should spend time looking over the responses to questions by first-time kratom buyers like yourself.  You can confirm the validity of the answers by observing how prominent users like moderators react, or use the answers as a platform for a more focused search.  Kratom users are generally very candid in forums and are mostly invested in helping novice users find reputable sources.  You should be suspicious of forum users who are blatantly trying to sell you on their own products instead of providing a selection potential options.

Buying Kratom Online Through eCommerce Stores

Online Kratom shops like Facebook – Kratom Canada, is usually the best option unless you have a specialist that happen to live nearby.  The challenge with online retailers isn’t finding a business that sells kratom but choosing from among countless stores who may or may not be trustworthy.

The best route to narrowing the field is to pay attention to the sites that are continuously mentioned on different platforms, using one to verify the other.  After some consideration, you’ll have a solid list, which can be further drilled down by investigating the sites yourself.  The ones that are official will stand out: their sites will appear more professionally designed, their pricing will be clearly defined and reasonable, and most importantly high-quality kratom sites will provide a wealth of information on the different strains they sell.

The latter is emphasised because it is a key point in dividing the prominent kratom sellers from the questionable upstarts.  It is prudent to remain sceptical about those who only supply a sentence describing their strains, not only because it may indicate duplicity, but because it may also indicate they lack the understanding of the leaf to expand their description.

After you’ve selected the top three candidates, some trial and error may be required.  Stick with low-cost, low potency strains for your first purchase(s)–some even offer cheaper samples–so even if you come up disappointed it won’t be a bank-breaking loss.

Seeking Kratom at Your Local Smoke Shop

Smoke shops are known to stock premium quality strains of kratom alongside their pipes and papers.  They are usually one of the best places to find extracts like liquid kratom and kratom resin and others in capsule or pill form.  The catch is that you’ll pay for the convenience of receiving your batch instantly (as opposed to ordering online), as the prices at smokes shops will be much higher.  For example, an equivalent amount of Maeng Da may cost $10-12

For example, an equivalent amount of Maeng Da may cost $10-12 online but would sell for $25-30 at a smoke shop.  This isn’t meant to imply that smoke shops are attempting to swindle you out of money, but that you’ll pay that much more for convenience.  Smokes shops also have items in stock that are more difficult to trust than online stores, and unlike purchases on the internet, you can discuss the merits of each strain with the clerk at length.  You’ll likely find that most smoke shop cashiers enjoy discussing their

Smokes shops also have items in stock that are more difficult to trust than online stores, and unlike purchases on the internet, you can discuss the merits of each strain with the clerk at length.  You’ll likely find that most smoke shop cashiers enjoy discussing their favourite strains and are very helpful to beginners.

However helpful, remember the amicable clerks aren’t responsible for the content of their packaging.  Many shops (like Canadian Kratom Vendor) will attempt to upsell regular kratom as “premium quality” with misleading packaging that entices buyers with shiny wrapping and vivid fonts.  You should always be able to see the fine, greenish powder through the packaging.

Things to Remember When Purchasing Kratom

The following is a few tips to keep in mind before you make your first kratom purchase:

  • Kratom is considered alternative or herbal medicine to some, but in some American states and some countries the leaf is banned. Before making any purchases, either online or locally, research whether or not it is legal to buy and possess kratom in your area.  If it isn’t, the only advice here is to avoid making the purchase altogether.
  • Local directories/classifieds like Craigslist and Backpage will have some distributors listed, and you may even come across some local shops that advertise there. This route isn’t inherently bad, as some listings are legitimate, but keep in mind that anyone can create listings, and not all those who use them as a platform are forthcoming.  If you can’t find a secondary source to verify the seller’s claims, stay away.
  • Stay away from exotic strains and extracts until you’ve gotten the lay of the land. Not only is it physically daunting to come in with the most potent strains, but these tend to be more expensive.  A high-quality Green Malay, Bali, or Indonesian should give you a solid foundation for further exploration.
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What is Kratom: A Guide to Kratom

Kratom, known scientifically as mitragyna speciosa, is a tree in the coffee family (rubiacae) that grows in the southeastern region of Asia.  It is indigenous to Indochina—Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and smaller surrounding countries—where the plant composition is relatively consistent across the region.  Though kratom use has risen in the western hemisphere after the turn of the 21st century, it has been used in Southeast Asia as traditional and herbal medicine for hundreds of years.  Today, the leaves are shipped across the globe in the form of powders, capsules, and extracts as an alternative to the synthetic medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies.

Different types of kratom leaves are classified as strains, which are identified by the coloring of the veins that run through them.  White vein kratom provides stimulation and energy, so these are usually taken in the morning as a supplement or replacement for caffeine.   Red strains have sedative effects, so they are taken to thwart anxiety and insomnia, or to relax after a day’s work.  Green strains are the most versatile.  Most are energetic, but they generally contain equal measure of either pain relief or sedation to varying degrees.

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The kratom leaf contains several alkaloids, the most prominent of which are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.  These alkaloids grant kratom its medicinal properties and are considered the active ingredients.  Kratom users have claimed it improves the condition of a number of physical and mental ailments, including:

  • Stress
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating on large tasks
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal from stronger substances
  • Chronic pain, such as arthritis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Social anxiety

As kratom has a much higher threshold for abuse and no reported association with the respiratory failure that contributes to overdoses, it is seen by many as a viable rehabilitation agent for those suffering from heroin and morphine withdrawal.  Similarly, many reports using kratom as a means to overcome the debilitating effects prescription painkiller addiction.

How is Kratom Produced?

The Mitragyna tree requires a specific atmosphere to thrive.  It grows in humid, tropical climates like that of Southeast Asia, which see moderate sunlight and plenty of rain year-round.  As the tree requires a lot of water to survive, it is highly sensitive to drought, has little tolerance for cold, and has zero tolerance for snow.

The powdered form of kratom is produced in a fashion similar to herbal tea.  It is harvested from Mitragyna tree by cutting the leaves, dehydrating them, and then grounding these dried pieces into a fine powder.  Resins and concentrated extracts are formed by boiling the leaves until only the alkaloid elements remain, then extracting both the concentrated liquid and the byproducts of the broken down leaves.

How is Kratom Taken?

Historically, kratom users would chew on the raw leaf of the Mitragyna tree to receive the effects, but the powdered form has supplanted this method for its portability and storage convenience.  The powdered form is ingested in various ways.  Most users take a scoop of kratom powder and wash it down with a strong-tasting liquid like apple juice or soda that overpowers its unpleasant taste.  Those who don’t mind the taste or have grown used to it will take it with water.  Kratom powder is also placed into digestible capsules and consumed the same as an over-the-counter pain reliever, either washed down or swallowed dry.  Ingesting the powder directly grants quicker release of kratom’s effects, usually half an hour, while the gel caps provide a more consistent effect spread out over a longer period of time.  The typical (and recommended) dosage of kratom is between two (2) and four (4) grams, as higher dosages may contribute to some of the side effects described below.

Boiling kratom tea has been one of the preferred application methods since its inception.  This usually involves taking dehydrated leaves or powder and boiling them in water, then extracting the liquid through a strainer.  The process is repeated with the same leaves until the tea reaches the desired concentration.  The tea is usually chased with juice to remove the taste, or some will add lemon to make it easier to swallow quickly.  Kratom is also blended into smoothies, mixed into chocolate milk, and stirred into malleable foods like applesauce.   Some have tried smoking kratom, and while it can be consumed this way without severe discomfort, the amount one would need to smoke in order to feel the effects is considered impractical.

What Are the side effects of Kratom?

Like any substance ingested into the body, the side effects of kratom vary according to the amount taken.  It has little to no short or long term side effects for regulated use—a few grams every other day—but can cause discomfort after heavy and continual dosage.  The most commonly reported side effect with new users is nausea.  Kratom is not considered addictive if used responsibly, but like any activity that is repeated multiple times every day, it can become habit-forming if there is no reprieve.  Taking excessive amounts of highly stimulating strains like Maeng Da can lead to restlessness similar to consuming too many cups of coffee, and insomnia if taken too late in the day.  High doses (more than 8 grams) may induce vomiting, sweating, itching, and muscle tremors.  Kratom has also been known to cause mild dehydration, but this can be overcome by upping one’s fluid intake accordingly.  Kratom should not be taken with opiates or excessive amounts of alcohol, as the chemical properties of these substances have not been proven harmless when ingested with kratom.

Kratom enthusiasts are divided on the safety of extract concentrations and resin.  While seasoned users are capable of managing doses that are ten times as strong as measured powder, some feel it may be contributing to the overuse that provokes the aforementioned symptoms.  As such, it is advisable that novice kratom users avoid extracts until they’ve developed a better understanding of their own tolerance through low doses of weaker strains.  There have been no reports of deaths directly associated with Kratom overdose in either form, as reported injuries involving the leaf have all included additional drugs in the user’s system.