While a few kratom vendors dominate the market, we believe that some of the best kratom vendors are actually lesser-known. So, we decided to dig the Internet and see what the kratom community has to say.
How We Found and Reviewed the Best Kratom Vendors
We believe that the most popular does not necessarily mean better. Moreover, one of the main buyer complaints about the top vendors is that their prices tend to be too high. As a result, buyers may opt for lower-quality kratom simply because it’s cheaper. Sadly, cheaper kratom also tends to be of lower quality. Because of that, buyers may end up paying more in the long run.
Therefore, we looked through forums and blogs for kratom vendors that are less popular yet highly recommended by kratom lovers.
As we did that before, when reviewing the top kratom vendors, we went a step further.
We not only looked through their website and buyer reviews for positive feedback and complaints but also placed an order with each of them to get the feel of their customer service as well as their products. Then, the entire Speciosa Guide team tried their products so that we would be able to provide more thorough and accurate feedback.
We placed all our orders on a Tuesday afternoon around 2:20 PM PST. Our goal was to see whether we’ll receive our orders before the weekend.
Since most of us prefer white vein kratom during the day, we looked for white stains, preferable White Maeng Da or close variants of it. Then, we tried each of them twice, two hours after a meal, compared our results, and took notes.
Interested to learn about our findings?
Then let’s proceed!
Best Kratom Vendors to Try in 2020
We’ll start our best kratom vendors list with Kraoma, an established kratom vendor that has been in business since 2014.
In their about story, Kraoma explains how they have established relationships with kratom vendors in Indonesia and order directly from them. According to them, they’d been through some bad experiences, had been scammed, and had lost a lot of money before they were able to find reliable suppliers.
If you’ve read our post on buying kratom directly from farmers in Indonesia, their story confirms the fact that it’s extremely risky for individuals to do so. This about story gives a very personal touch, which we definitely like.
Kraoma also displays recent lab-test results on their site. This makes them more credible and trustworthy.
They also regularly blog on different kratom-related issues, such as kratom legality and buying tips. On their blog, they have various posts on kratom legality, and it’s evident that they regularly update them and answer reader questions. So, you can be pretty sure that they’ll have the latest information on kratom legality.
Kraoma has a wide array of kratom strains, and some of the most popular products have hundreds of positive reviews. Kraoma’s products also have unique names that imply the effects that you can expect from each strain, such as Comfort Kraoma for Red Bali or Active Kraoma for White Maeng Da.
Their product descriptions also have some information in them about the strain, more than you can usually find on kratom vendor sites. It’s a nice touch that can help less experienced buyers make a choice.
Kraoma’s website has links to shipping, returns, and other policies, so it’s easy to find any relevant information.
Depending on your order price, Kraoma has different types of shipping. They basically make sure that any order ships for free. Pricier orders ship faster. Yet, you can also upgrade your shipping for a fee and get your order faster. Buyers also state that Kraoma provides fast shipping.
Kraoma offers free kratom samples. Well, they’re not 100% free; you still need to cover shipping costs, but it’s still a great way to try two 10-gram kratom samples for $4.95. Returning customers can also add one free sample to their order, which is a great way of trying new strains with this vendor.
Kraoma’s website is simple but easy to navigate. It’s easy to find what you are looking for, browse through, and find products. Product images are professional and natural; they show products as they are and are not unnaturally enhanced.
A few other positive features that we came across:
- Kraoma offers a 10%-discount when subscribing to their newsletter.
- You can get a 20%-discount if you pay in cryptocurrency.
- Kraoma also has a loyalty program that allows you to earn points for purchases and later redeem them when you buy.
- They offer discount bundles. You can buy different strains in bulk and get a discount.
- They always have some extra in their packages.
- Kraoma is a Nevada-based vendor. Since Nevada has passed the KCPA, you can expect their kratom to be pure.
We found plenty of good reviews on Kraoma’s customer service. They always try to make up for mistakes or mishaps.
In general, people state that Kraoma’s products are potent and consistent. We also came across some bad reviews on quality, though in the same complaints, people also speak positively of Kraoma’s owner and blame the dip in the quality on the suppliers instead.
Our Experience with Kraoma
We found Kraoma prices to be fair and midrange. They are a little higher than what some cheaper vendors, but lower than what other vendors offer.
We ordered White Maeng Da and paid for it in Bitcoin, which resulted in 20% off our order. We opted for First Class Mail. This way, the shipping was free. Had our order been over $75, it would have shipped with Priority Mail and arrived sooner.
Our order shipped that same afternoon and arrived on Thursday, two days after ordering. Out of the vendors we reviewed, Kraoma was the only one that shipped the same day.
In addition to our order of White Maeng Da, we also got two free samples and a coupon for 10% off our next order.
We took the first dose in the morning. We started feeling the effects in about 10 minutes, and full effects were in 30 minutes. All of us took our regular doses, and, to be honest, it was almost a bit too much than compared with other vendors.
We felt a good boost in energy, focus, as well as the mood.
The effects started to fade around 4.5 hours and were gone after 5.
Six hours after the first dose, we took the second. This time, we took approximately 25% less than the first time, and the effects were more tolerable this time. The overall experience was very similar to the first dose.
We most definitely can assure that Kraoma’s kratom is potent. To experience the same effects as with other vendors, we needed less kratom. So, even if their prices are a bit higher, due to the smaller amount needed per dose, their kratom is definitely going to last longer.
Moreover, due to the other perks such as discounts and free samples, Kraoma was definitely worth our money.
2. Viable Kratom (Viable Solutions / Herbal Salvation)
Frequently recommended in kratom forums, Viable Kratom also made it into our best kratom vendors list.
Viable Kratom has been in business since 2011 and used to be known as Herbal Salvations. Since then, they rebranded and identified themselves as Viable Solutions, though they’ve kept their old URL till mid-January, 2019. Now, they call themselves Viable Kratom.
Viable Kratom states that their products come directly from the source. They also state that they test their products for contaminants. You need to enter LOT details to view the results.
In their about story, Viable Kratom state that they were one of the first kratom businesses to test kratom products and push GMP standards. They also emphasize that they strive to set the bar higher and offer the safest, best quality, and most consistent kratom products on the market. Nonetheless, they have recalled their products in the past. Moreover, some reviews noted that they were removed from the Kratom Vendor Daily List due to bad quality, bad reviews, and Salmonella issues.
As per their product selection, it has only a few strains. Their kratom powder strain selection is limited to Maeng Da, Borneo, and Sumatra kratom. However, they also sell blends, enhanced kratom, capsules, extracts, and digital scales for measuring kratom. Viable Kratom also offers sample packs for new buyers. You can get five 25-gram samples for $25 + the shipping fee.
Their product images look enhanced to the point that the products look unnatural. They do state that the photos are stock imagery rather than the representation of the actual product. Nonetheless, this still creates an inauthentic feel.
Each product has a short description which states basic data on the origin of the products, testing, and similar. The products have only a few reviews on the site, though those are mainly positive.
On kratom forums, you can also find generally positive reviews on the quality of their products, though buyers also state that sometimes their products can be miss.
They also have a loyalty program for return customers.
Our Experience with Viable Kratom (Viable Solutions / Herbal Salvation)
We found the prices of Viable Kratom to be fair and ordered White Maeng Da kratom powder from their selection. No free shipping options were available.
We opted to pay with eCheck. Although Viable Kratom accepts credit cards, most of the US-based card processors consider kratom a high-risk product due to its controversial legality issues. So, most companies willing to work with kratom vendors are offshore processors or are masked under fake companies.
We have heard of people being overcharged or having their card information stolen when buying kratom with their bank card. Although we’ve have not found reports or reviews of that happening with Viable Kratom, it is always a possibility when buying kratom with a credit card. So, we didn’t feel comfortable taking such a risk.
Once again, this has nothing to do with this specific vendor, but rather with the card processors who use deceptive tactics to process cards for kratom sales. That’s not something they are supposed to be doing it in the first place.
Our order shipped the following day, and we received in on Friday, three days after ordering. No freebies came with our order.
We took our regular dose and started feeling the effects 15 minutes later. Full effects were an hour later and lasted for about 5 hours. We felt a very subtle boost in energy and focus, though the mood-lifting effects were rather noticeable.
Six hours after our first dose, we took our second. Overall, the effects were much less noticeable and short-lived. Perhaps, if we had increased our dosage, our experience with the second dose of Viable Kratom would have been the same as the first time. Nonetheless, doing this consistently would have definitely upped our tolerance.
3. First Coast Tea Co.
The next on our best kratom vendors list is another frequently recommended vendor that was formerly known as SoCal Herbal Remedies. We did a bit of digging to find out what caused the rebranding to occur. We found out that SoCal was sued by a family in Philadelphia.
The young man whose family sued the company had a heart attack that resulted in a car crash. Nonetheless, the official cause of death was “acute mitragynine intoxication.” As with most “kratom death” cases, the results were inconclusive, and the full toxicology results weren’t disclosed.
We also found an article that shared screenshots of a former HuffPost journalist being refused to see official toxicology results even after a lawsuit as well as screenshots of the victim’s Facebook posts on his experience with kratom, kava, and an antidepressant.
It’s unfortunate that this company had to go through this as it’s evident that there is a lack of crucial information on the case.
First Coast Tea Co. offer kratom powder and capsules for sale. However, it is virtually impossible to find their kratom products unless you know how to look for them. They also used to offer extracts that, according to reviews, did not seem to be good.
Their main offerings seem to be different botanical products, essential oils, soap, kava, and a variety of teas for sale. Neither their product selection nor product categories indicate kratom.
Even though their kratom products are hidden from the main inventory, First Coast Tea Co. label their kratom powder as “tea.” Since the authorities have not approved kratom for human consumption, selling kratom labeled as tea may not be the best approach.
We found no information either on the origin or their kratom products, not on whether they are tested.
Buyers also referenced high-quality, responsive customer service, and the company sometimes providing samples to buyers who weren’t able to afford them otherwise. In general, we came across very few dissatisfied reviews; most people are satisfied.
Our Experience with First Coast Tea Co.
First Coast Tea Co. prices are low. We ordered White Maeng Da kratom powder, and no free shipping options were available.
We paid with PayPal. Payments with Stripe and credit cards are available as well. While this was convenient, in actually, PayPal classifies kratom as a high-risk product, similarly to credit card processors. So, it is possible that they get around this issue by not openly stating that they sell kratom products but rather tea.
Our order was shipped the next day and arrived the following Monday, six days after we ordered. There were no freebies with our order.
As per our experience with it, effects began 15 minutes later, and full effects were in 45 minutes. We experienced a moderate boost in energy and focus, as well as a mild mood boost. The effects began fading after 4 hours and were completely gone after 4.5 hours.
Overall, our second experience with this vendor’s kratom was very similar to the first.
Acadica is the next company we decided to add to our best vendors list due to many positive reviews and recommendations.
This vendor is a small business. Yet, buyers refer to the quality of their products as good and on par with the big brands. Some users even call it the best kratom they’ve ever had.
They were working on GMP compliance and clean-room packaging in 2018. Yet, there is no information on whether that was completed.
Acadica’s product selection is very limited. They do not sell any of the popular strains, such as Bali, Maeng Da, Thai, Borneo, or Horn kratom. Hulu, Kali, Ketapang, and Jonkong kratom seem to be all they have. Moreover, their product organization is very confusing, and it is hard to see everything that they offer for sale.
Products have only one to three reviews, though those are very positive. Product descriptions are missing for most products.
Acadica does not offer free samples, but they tend to add extra kratom to their packages in some instances, such as around holidays.
Acadica offers free shipping, and their orders come on time and usually earlier than expected. However, since it’s a small company, people even state that it may be a one-man business. So, he can only handle a certain amount of orders at any given time. Therefore, orders may not always process within a 24-hour window.
The company is regularly low on stock. Some comments also indicating that the vendor doesn’t keep good track of their inventory and sells when there are no products in store. One person also has indicated that their negative comments were deleted. Nonetheless, they seem to refund and send some free kratom when that happens.
We also came across a comment on them using scare tactics to drive sales, though there is no indication of what these scare tactics are.
Buyers state that their checkout is complicated, yet their customer service is good, and correspondence is personal. They engage with their customers in comments on social media and offer a number on their website that is available for texts. The owner tends to respond quickly.
Our Experience with Acadica
Acadica’s prices are low. From their selection, we ordered White Ketapang, the only white strain they had available. We paid with PayPal, and free shipping was included. Our order shipped the following day, and we received it on Friday, three days after placing our order. There were no freebies with our order.
The first time, we started feeling the effects in 15 minutes. We weren’t quite sure when full effects set in as the effects from this strain were very mild. We believe that we felt a slight increase in energy and mood. However, we couldn’t agree on whether that was due to the kratom or a placebo effect.
Six hours after our first dose, we took the second. This time we increased our dose by 50%. The effects began in 15 minutes, and we felt full effects within an hour. This time it felt like we took kratom. We felt a moderate boost in energy and mood, as well as a mild boost in focus. The effects began to diminish after 3 hours and were gone after 3.5 hours.
While our second experience was much better, taking 50% more than our usual dose is neither sustainable nor good for our kratom tolerance. Despite their low prices, we would be paying a lot more over time than initially expected if we were consistently buying from them.
5. Canopy Botanicals
The last vendor we decided to review for this best kratom vendor list was Canopy Botanicals. According to buyers, the owner tries to make sure that his customers are happy and is known having sent his customers extra products when they were not satisfied with their order.
Canopy Botanicals offers soap, tea, spices, and supplements for sale. Similarly to First Coast Tea Co., kratom isn’t obviously seen on their site, you need to search for it to find it. Therefore, it can be confusing for new customers, and people have problems finding their kratom products.
Their kratom powder photos look slightly unrealistic, for example, some white powders look like ashes and their Red Bali, that seems to no longer be in their inventory, looks like red paprika spice. Those are either enhanced images, or they are doing something to the powder.
Their kratom prices are affordable and are lower than those of some of the more popular brands. Their shipping is fast. Some indicate that that’s due to their warehouse being next to a USPS office.
When it comes to quality, buyers state that their kratom is potent and sometimes too strong, whereas their quality is consistent. However, others also mention that their quality isn’t that good, though there are very few negative reviews in comparison with the positive ones.
Buyers also remarked that Canopy Botanicals send extra sample bags with orders, as well as some other products from what they have in store. They also sell ginger chews, which they sometimes include with their orders. This is a nice touch because ginger is good for the stomach and can alleviate some kratom side effects such as constipation and nausea.
Nonetheless, some reviews online state that there is no refund or satisfaction guarantee policy. There is also no info on kratom lab-testing.
Our Experience with Canopy Botanicals
We found their prices to be very low. We attempted purchasing White Maeng Da and White Elephant. No free shipping options were available.
At the checkout, we tried to send payment to their instructed address, but it would not go through. We reached out to their customer service; however, we never got a response.
As a result, we ended up not buying kratom from this company.
From the best kratom vendors recommended by many buyers, Kraoma was our favorite. It is a small company with a big company feel. Through their prices are higher than those of some cheaper companies, their kratom is very strong, and they also offer freebies, free shipping, discounts, and other perks that ultimately pay off.
Curiously, we found fewer people referring to Kraoma on forums than we did on other vendors. Yet, it was the company that has the most consistent feedback, only a few somewhat negative reviews, and no public issues with their kratom.
We came to the conclusion that this vendor does not get the credit they deserve. So, if you are looking for a new vendor, Kraoma is definitely worth checking out.
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