As we’ve stressed in the past, it is imperative that consumers do their research before purchasing from online kratom vendors. Companies such as the now-defunct Tea Santana Style have been caught in flagrante delicto, directly or indirectly handling product in unhygienic ways or refusing to implement proper quality control protocols.
The result is obvious: People are getting sick. Last year saw a nationwide panic after the FDA recalled several kratom products in the wake of a widespread salmonella outbreak. These kinds of situations can be easily avoided if we hold our suppliers accountable for their actions.
In 2019, all vendors should be submitting their kratom powder for third party laboratory testing. The good news is, many in the industry have made the move to be more responsible. Brands like Kraken Kratom, Kats Botanicals and Phytoextractum have all taken measures to ensure that their powder and capsules are unadulterated.
Unfortunately, not everyone is so responsible or legitimate. Far too many companies ignore accountability in favor of all-out greed, preferring to turn a quick profit rather than invest in the future of the Mitragyna speciosa plant and the industry it has spawned.
One company that has come under fire for their shifty ways is Enchanted Leaf Botanicals, a seller who has allegedly falsified lab results and sold contaminated product to third party vendors. Today we’ll delve into who they are, what they’re peddling and whether you should be concerned about the prospect of ordering from them.
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ELB is a US-based botanical store founded by Ali Marie, an independent entrepreneur who has supplied speciosa powder to the likes of Tea Santana Style. TSS co-owner Paul Santana was called out on social media after he supposedly stiffed Ali on $100,000 for a batch of kratom. At the time, Mr. Santana said he refused to pay because the product was contaminated.
While this came off like the pot calling the kettle black (after all, Mr. Santana is notorious for preparing his powder in an unhygienic environment), it does underscore the concern that many customers have with this brand.
In March, it came to light that Ali Marie had posted lab results to the Facebook group ELB Friends. Users quickly noticed that the results were less than positive; the batch in question was contaminated with e. Coli, and contained four times the allowable amount of mold and yeast.
Perhaps more alarming, the laboratory behind the test could only verify that one of the 18 batches had been tested by their facility, leading the community to deduce that the additional 17 were doctored by Ali Marie and ELB.
This isn’t to say that all of Enchanted Leaf’s products are tainted or worthless, only that the evidence we have to go on leads us to be more than a little bit skeptical about the quality and safety of said products.
By offering custom blends, bulk splits and a full tincture selection they have been able to differentiate themselves from other vendors with more limited collections. Their Unicorn Dust has become a subject of much debate online with some alleging that it is tainted with mold while others rave about it in a Kratom Ladies Support Group on Facebook.
They following is a full list of their many strains:
The following is a full list of their proprietary blends:
An ounce of their traditional strains sells for $8.99 with two ounces going for $14.99 and four ounces selling for $24.99. You can get six ounces for $32.99 or opt for a bulk deal on split kilos.
ELB now accepts Cash App, Facebook Pay, Google Pay and Venmo. This is awesome news for those who value their privacy and prefer to pay safely, securely and discreetly.
Enchanted Leaf offers both Priority Mail and Express Shipping options which generally arrive within 1-3 business days. Orders are typically processed within 24-48 hours, although customers are urged to practice patience as processing time may be slow due to supply and demand.
Their customer service team are normally quite courteous, providing prompt responses to email inquiries. You can email them or contact them via social media. ELB is on Facebook, Insta, Pinterest and Twitter.
People have been rather mum about ELB on platforms like Reddit, I Love Kratom and Double M Herbals. Their ELB Friends group on FB is a closed group, so don’t expect to see too much about them from users on social unless you sign up to be a follower of theirs.
I have personally sampled their proprietary blends and find them to be very weak. Fortunately I did not fall ill after taking their product, but this was well before they posted pictures of their lab results. Thankfully I got out while the getting was good.
Always remember to look for proper certification. The very best suppliers are members in good standing with the AKA (American Kratom Association) and similar non-profit organizations. They are also committed to preserving the future of this Ayurvedic herb by practicing proper quality control.
Look for a vendor who makes it clear whether they lab test each batch of speciosa tea and look for a money back guarantee. Legit companies will always seek to make their customers happy and prevent them from getting sick.
Be sure that the company you are doing business with discloses the source of their powder. If they cannot tell you what country it came from then they are not on the level.
Avoid hucksters at all cost—don’t be taken in by brands that make bold claims about what their kratom can do. The real McCoy doesn’t need to be bolstered by bragging or hyperbole. The real deal speaks for itself.
Do your homework on the internet. See what the community is saying. Look for recommendations from trusted members of related forums such as I Love Kratom or the kratom sub-reddit.
Based on all available data it is evident that Enchanted Leaf Botanicals is not a trustworthy outfit and should be avoided by users who wish to purchase pure, unadulterated kratom. There is no information at this time to support the notion that they are anything other than dangerous.
Those who want uncontaminated Mitragyna speciosa should keep searching. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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