Like all recreational drugs and stimulants, kratom can be just as dangerous as it can be pleasant, depending on where you get it from. Buying the wrong king of kratom, or getting it from the wrong vendors, can be extremely important: not only will it either improve or ruin your overall experience, but it can also be risky for your health if you decide to buy it from whichever random business you find. Research makes a huge difference.
How To Find Good, Safe Kratom
Unlike a lot of similar natural leaves that you can use, kratom can act as both a stimulant and a depressant in different amounts, as well as the other substances you’ve taken during the day and your current mood.
This can make it difficult to figure out which strains are actually safe and good-quality, since it’s possible that it’ll be different every time you use it, even if it’s the same product from the same vendor. In most cases, quality and safety relies on the vendor themselves, since they’re involved in the entire process of sourcing, processing and shipping the product to you.
First of all, try to find vendors who run an actual shop, either physically or online. The fastest way to ensure that you get a good product is to buy from somewhere that’s run by a real human, regularly updates the products on sale, responds to reviews and has run the service for longer than a few months.
These are all signs of a site that’s easier to trust, which generally means that they’re offer safer and better-quality products. Second, avoid any sites that seem to disconnect from the customer – if you can’t contact them, not even through an email address, you’ll have no way of resolving issues if they ship you an unwanted or low quality product. They could even run away with your money, so be smart with your purchases.
Second, it’s a good idea to try and search for kratom strains that you know are safe. If you see a company selling one that you haven’t heard of, don’t risk it – you never if it’s actually a rare strain, or a product that they’ve mixed other powder or leaf varieties in with. If it doesn’t tell you exactly what it is on their site, you might be putting yourself in danger by trying it. Stick with regular products like Maeng Da in red, green or white varieties.
Using Kratom Safely
Once you’ve got some fresh kratom, you need to use it in a safe way. There’s a variety of different forms – kratom powder, pills, capsules, tea, tablets, chews or even types that are meant to be smoked.
However, the average customer will find it easiest to get hold of kratom powder products, since they’re the easiest to handle in terms of shipping and delivery time (even the smallest companies might be able to manage a few days wait at minimum).
Keep in mind that kratom’s effects last at least two hours, sometimes several hours, but rarely ever more than a single day. They don’t kick in immediately, so it’s easy to misjudge how much you’ve had and take more before the “quiet” time finished and it starts affecting your body.
Always take fresh kratom in reasonable amounts and don’t take more leaves (or powder) than necessary, even if you’re hoping it’ll improve the experience. It doesn’t matter which color (red, green, white) or strain (e.g. Maeng Da) you’re using, since all of them have an upper limit at some point.
Ordering Fresh Kratom
Getting kratom online is just like ordering any other product. To start, you’ll want to be signed in to the site you’re buying it from – make sure you pick a decent password that’s not shared with other services, especially if you’re worried about account theft.
Then, simply look through the products for whatever you want, whether it’s Maeng Da, Borneo, or some other strain entirely. Once you’ve found them, you’ll want to add them to the shopping cart (if the site has one) and start looking at the shipping details.
Some kratom vendors will take a while to ship products, even if it’s just a leaf box or a container of powdered kratom. Fast shipping can be difficult to get hold of due to certain regulations, but if it’s available, you might be able to cut down the delivery time to a handful of days instead of multiple weeks.
Kratom is still quite a niche product that is banned or regulated on certain countries, so it could be possible that it’ll take several days just to get it through customs if it had to pass around a country than bans it’s use. Obviously, if it’s banned in your own country, you should avoid ordering it at all – breaking the law in that way is never a good idea, especially for recreational products like this.
Once you’re ready to order it, go ahead and purchase it like any other product. Remember that not all sites are legitimate, so be prepared to deal with trouble if you’re buying from a very questionable website, especially one that’s had a bad reputation in the news or on social media. It’s possible that nothing bad could happen, but being ready to react is still important.
Remember that fresh kratom won’t be fresh forever. There’s still a difference between week-old kratom versus kratom that’s been powdered for a month or two, but if you’re buying a full leaf, the difference is much more noticeable. Thankfully, it shouldn’t change much about the quality unless you let it get extremely old.
Checking the Quality
You’ll want to makes sure that the product you receive is actually good-quality, especially if you’re not a very long-term user. You can always taste it, but there are some clear reasons why you wouldn’t want to do this, especially if you’re concerned about another chemical or recreational drug being mixed in. There are some ways to check, though: it just takes some time.
The texture makes it quite clear. The higher the quality, the finer the particles will be, and the less ‘gritty’ it will feel. This indicates that the kratom has been ground up using proper machinery, and wasn’t just turned into powder with a hand-held mortar and pestle.
The color can also make it clear. The closer a powdered kratom’s color is to the original leaf, the more fresh and pure it is. If it’s dark brown or tan, it’s probably solder and stale, especially if it was originally white or green.
The kratom smell can also be an indicator of whether or not it’s safe to use. For good-quality kratom-based products, the smell will still be natural, since even grinding it up won’t kill off the smell entirely. If it’s clearly an artificial scent that’s been added later, it might be hiding a lower-quality product or a smell that hints as old age and staleness. Different strains have different smells, so this can take a while to learn.