With the kratom crackdown in full effect, many smoke shop brands are seizing the opportunity to go straight. It seems like every time a trusted online vendor gets their product seized or their website taken down, another gas station kratom brand rears its head to fill the demand.
In the last few months, I’ve reviewed dozens of these smoke shop kratom companies. What I’ve learned is that not all of them are created equally. While far too many head shop brands are bunk, there are actually a multitude of solid options for the discerning consumer.
Phoria Kratom is one of the biggest names in the smoke shop space, but not everyone has tried them out. After some careful consideration, I decided to give ’em a go myself and I was surprised by what I found.
The following is an honest review of this “natural wellness” brand and their product line. I trust you’ll find everything you need to know right here, but if you don’t hit me up with suggestions in the comments below.
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Named for the euphoria their kratom strains supposedly induce, Phoria ™ is a US kratom vendor based out of Miami, FL. They source all of their kratom from Indonesia where it grows to be as large as 15-20 feet tall.
The arable fertile soil of the region makes for leaves with high concentrations of each active alkaloid. This results in richer vein color and more potent kratom powder.
Founded in 2010, this vendor has demonstrated a commitment to both quality and posterity. They regularly do their part to educate the public about kratom and its purported benefits.
Through the support of initiatives like those executed by the American Kratom Association and the Botanical Alliance, Phoria hopes to ensure kratom’s place as an unregulated Ayurverdic herb.
All of their kratom is dried above ground on clean shelving to avoid microbial contamination, making for some of the purest, unadulterated kratom powder one could ask for.
Phoria offers kratom capsules, kratom powder and kratom extracts. Their strains include marketplace mainstays Green Maeng Da, Green Malay, Red Bali, White Borneo and Gold Leaf. This vendor also offers a 15 ml extracted kratom tincture with 175 mg alkaloids.
Unlike other gas station kratom brands, Phoria’s bottles carry a detailed Supplement Facts label. This supports their claim that they are (some of) the freshest and cleanest kratom in the United States.
This is where things get really wild! You can order 200 grams of kratom powder from their online store for just $44.99. Now some trolls online will call that highway robbery, swearing that they get it cheaper from their buddy’s shop or some such nonsense, but the reality of online shopping is such that it would be next to impossible to find a deal better than this on any website.
Most online kratom vendors charge anywhere from $9.99 to $29.99 for one ounce of kratom powder. Few if any give anything close to 200 grams away for a similar price point. This is the ideal choice for those who wish to buy bulk kratom powder.
300 count bottles of kratom capsules are available for $49.99 with more than 500 milligrams of kratom powder in each cap.
All orders over $100 receive free shipping via USPS, FedEx or UPS. Customers can often choose their carrier, but check with this vendor first.
Phoria makes it a breeze for customers to contact them with questions or concerns. They provide a 1-800 number, an email address and a contact form on their website. A representative generally responds in under 24 hours.
Opinions have been mixed with some calling their product garbage and others calling it gold. As with all legit kratom strains, experiences tend to vary widely from person to person. One user on Reddit wrote, “Recently acquired the ‘gas station’ kratom marked ‘phoria’ …swim [someone who isn’t me] has taken 10 of them today and…let me tell y’all Swim is feeling great right now.”
Another user notes the price and availability, writing, “I am surprised this gas station kratom is so good. For 10$, I essentially get two medium sized doses with my current tolerance (or lackthereof). Just based on the convieniance, I will probably be buying it often.”
After placing an order for 200 grams of their White Borneo, I was pleased to see how expediently it was shipped. I received my order in under 48 hours in discreet packaging.
My only gripe is with the packaging the kratom powder itself came in—it was torn and on the brink of spilling out. I don’t know if this was a manufacturing error or mishandling on the part of an employee/stock person, but it fell well short of the standards I’ve come to expect from trusted kratom vendors.
Packaging issue aside, the White Borneo was far and away the best Borneo I have burned. Traditionally considered a “moderate” strain with relaxing and even soporific qualities, Borneo is normally a bit of a night-time leaf. Not so in the case of Phoria’s White.
After burning just 3 grams, I felt lucid, motivated and stimulated. My mind was firing on all cylinders and I felt especially sociable. The rest of my evening turned into a long and colorful dialogue with my wife and our friends. Before bed, I still felt stimulated and found myself writing down my impressions of the good humor and sense of well-being that this strain had instilled in me.
Although they don’t have the most impressive variety of kratom powders, Phoria has proven themselves to be a reliable vendor with potent strains. Those who are in the market for a quality kratom source at a reasonable price should look no further. Check ’em out and give ’em a whirl. Happy Kbombing, kids! ; )
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