SoCal Herbal Remedies Review: Here’s the Whole Story About America’s Notorious Kratom Brand

July 04, 2019 Articles, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Easily one of the oldest and most well-known of all kratom vendors, SoCal Herbal Remedies first hit the scene back in 2015. Since then they have remained one of the most discussed brands of Mitragyna speciosa on the market.

A visit to any related forum will bring up innumerable posts about the best socal kratom, recommendations for their strongest strains and discussions about why they have been many users’ go-to vendor.

If you’re like me then you’ve probably searched for their website in the past and come up wanting. If you want answers keep it here for everything you need to know about the past, present and future of this exciting brand.


This California-based company has faced much backlash over the last few years. All of the unwanted attention and bad press reached a fever pitch earlier this year when the company was sued by the parents of a Pennsylvania man who had allegedly died after taking one of their kratom products.


For a time it looked as though this might spell the end of Socal Herbal Remedies, but thanks to partnerships with wholesalers and a new approach to their online store the boys are back and they’ve got all the kratom you could ask for.


Motivated by the notion of FOMO, I decided to try these cats out. After all, I’d only been hearing about them for the better part of five years and the word of mouth made me feel like I’d been left in the lurch.

How could I have not tried this brand sooner?

Let me tell you, they’ve got one of the most comprehensive collections of kratom powders and capsules available, and each is as impressive as the last.

As a seasoned kratomite, you could say that it takes a lot to hit me these days. Not the case with SoCal. Instead I need only to measure out a fraction of the amount of grams I normally would to achieve the same experience.


A little tip for visitors to their new and improved site. You won’t find kratom if that’s what you search for, rather you must punch “speciosa” into their search bar.

That will take you to no less than 12 products including the following:

  • Gold Maeng Da
  • Green Maeng Da
  • Green Vietnam
  • Green Zareena
  • Maeng Da Capsules
  • Maeng Da Extract
  • Red Borneo Capsules
  • Red Hulu Powder
  • Red Indo
  • White Borneo Capsules
  • White Horn Leaf
  • White Riau


To be clear, all of their strains are absolute treats. I haven’t sampled a single one that didn’t meet my standards. But in my humble opinion (if you’re not into the whole brevity thing), I’d have to say that there are a few strains that stand out.

Green Zareena is every bit as exotic as its name would suggest. A rare “wife” strain whose parentage is said to be Borneo, GZ is renowned for possessing a “chill” factor that does not exclude the clean energy boost common of other green vein variants.

I can say from experience that this one got me zoned in after burning just 2.5 grams, and the focus and mellow vibes lasted for hours.

This vendor also knocks it out of the park with their White Riau herbal tea which is both smooth and robust. It’s mucho mellow but, also, very stable. I’d say it’s akin to our White Sumatra in that it provides a nice spectrum of aromas while definitely distinguishing itself from all other forms.

What really wowed me when I first hunted these guys down was the sheer power of their Red Hulu. This was well after we’d introduced our own Red Hulu to the Kratom Crazy store and, up until then, I hadn’t come across another source for Red Hulu that was really worth the price of admission, so to speak.

Not only was SoCal’s Red Hulu on par with our own, but it was actually sort of different from others in that it was exhilarating as well as chill. The aroma left me in a good mood, but it also gave me some much-needed get-up-and-go. Big ups to this one.


I was taken by SoCal’s pricing at once and I trust you will be too. With options to suit even the most frugal person, this vendor has really stepped up their game. Their powders start at just five bucks for an ounce and cap off at $25 for 250 grams.

Their 100 count of kratom capsules sell for a flat $30 while their Maeng Da Extract goes for $16.50 for a 15 ml tincture. That’s well below what many smoke shops and headshops charge today.

Alas, they do not offer kratom kilos, but feel free to inquire about additional options as this vendor makes it easy to get in touch with them if you have any questions.


They accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and more. Money orders and other methods are also accepted. Contact them today to see if they have added crypto to the mix.


Orders arrive fast and inexpensively as they ship all domestic orders with FedEx 2 Day Express Shipping. Packages are safe, secure and discreet. Unfortunately, they are unable to ship to PO boxes, so make sure you have your products sent to a regular mailing address.

Tracking is provided once your shipment has been processed, but if there is any delay you’ll have no trouble getting in touch with them as there is always somebody on standby to answer inquiries.

Justin is a solid dude with a wonderful family of devoted men and women who clearly care about kratom as much as he does.


Consumer feedback has been very kind when it comes to these cats. I’ve rarely seen so many people in the kratom community agree about anything, much less a company or brand.

One reviewer on I Love Kratom talked about their “unbelievable value” and “high quality,” writing: “The Grind on all these Powders are very fine, not like crushed leaves or micronized but just right. They all go down smooth & don’t choke me when I TossNWash.

“They have the Best Effects when Mixed with each other. It seems to bring out the Best in each of them.”

They go on to call them the best choice “for anybody that is on a budget looking for High Quality Plain Leaf Powder.”

Elsewhere, a user wrote a post entitled “Thank you so much…” in which they say, “I recently lost someone and I’m going through some shitty times and Socal Herbal Remedies recommended to me Red Sulawesi (best) and Green Bali Reserve and it has helped me so much I’m in tears rn.”

Another user also addressed them directly, writing, “I just wanted to take a minute to thank Justin and the guys at Socal. You guys have been the only vendor I have used for a couple years now and the quality, service, and shipping time is just incredible.

“What really made me want to post this is the fact that the few times I have wanted to try something but don’t have enough money or whatever to order some, they have been nice enough to include a little sample with my order. I was looking for a good white and just tried the white maeng da they gave me as a sample, and it is exactly what I was looking for. Just wanted to say thanks, keep being awesome!”

This outpouring of appreciation and support reflects the brand’s consistency, both in terms of quality and performance.


The answer is a resounding yes. This company is family owned and operated. They are located in Big Bear, California and they make themselves readily available to those who have any questions or concerns.

As one of the longest lasting vendors in the United States they represent longevity and transparency, always going above and beyond to provide customers with detailed info and deep discounts. Speaking of which…


These boys and girls have gone outta their way to ensure that you enjoy both quality and savings when you deal with them. They have regularly posted promo codes on social media and elsewhere.

At the moment, has a 25% off promo code that should be applicable at checkout. However, there is no way to tell if it has been verified legitimately. For best results, always contact a vendor directly to see what kind of savings may apply to your initial order.


You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more reliable and inexpensive option in the current marketplace. For both potency and savings, these folks have got it on lock. I can’t recommend them enough!

Just a little bit of their herbal tea goes a long way. Try ’em out and see for yourself. Remember to start small. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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