While it is still legal to buy kratom in most US states, regardless of whether you buy locally or via the internet it will be an imported product. Kratom does not ingeniously grow here so it is essential to find a trustworthy vendor offering both great product and service. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done. It is rare to find a drugstore or food store that stocks kratom because the legal status can change at very short notice.
Understandably, no large chain is going to want to be sitting on a pile of kratom in their warehouse that they cannot sell! So many people are turning to online sources to buy kratom – which when done well can be excellent, but isn’t without a few pitfalls. So which is the best? Let’s weight them up!
Local Kratom Stores
The obvious place to look for kratom will be the local headshop. Most probably they will stock kratom, but the product may well be substandard and quite often considerably overpriced. Sure there will be exceptions to this, and it would be unfair to label them all as ‘avoid at all costs’ but do approach with caution.
If you live in a metropolitan area/larger city there is bound to be some stores that sell kratom. Search ‘kratom San Francisco’ and there are dozens of options. Check out local resources online for reviews. With luck, you will find a stockist who is knowledgeable, well priced, stocks top quality product and great for building a rapport for repeat custom discounts. That is the Holy Grail of kratom shopping – but if you live in the middle of nowhere, very unlikely to be an option.
Buy Kratom Online?
Research is the absolute priority. The larger stockists with the heftiest online presence may not always be the best option in the long term – but they will offer decent enough kratom for newbies. But do not rule out the smaller, specialist vendors. If you find that a particular strain is for you, then look for experts in that particular strain. There is a growing sector of the online market that is based upon providing, for example, Greenhorn and Red Kapuas exclusively and often from one single source. Searching online is best place to buy kratom.
The quality of kratom purchased online varies enormously – but the price tends only to shift slightly! So it can be easy to think you are getting a decent product for your money, when the reality is that it could be so much better for a very similar outlay. Look through forums for recommendations as the kratom scene shifts and changes so frequently that what review you may have found from say a year ago could now be massively out of date. Never forget that kratom is a crop – and some harvests yield better than others, especially when using a totally organic product (which you should).
So Which Is Best?
If fortunate enough to have a nearby kratom specialist then that’s always the best choice. Yet the truth is that only a small proportion of kratom enthusiasts will fall into this category. Therefore, online can be an excellent option providing you research thoroughly and keep up to speed with the changes in the scene. If only there were a perfect way to buy kratom… but ultimately if you put in the legwork, you will be rewarded for the effort.