Kratzilla.com is one of those sites that we’ve warned our readers about on so many occasions. Ostensibly sold as a smoke shop brand, Kratzilla Kratom features all of the earmarks that jaded users have come to expect of such brands.
Their eye-grabbing cartoon logo of a dragon and gearhead-style moniker at the top of the page smack of the sort of shrewd but none-too-bright marketing tactics that can be found on packages in any neighborhood paraphernalia store.
Like other head shop vendors they sell kratom extracts along with their standard plain leaf strains. So who are they and why should you avoid them if you can help it?
Let’s have a look.
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Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, is powder made from grinding up the leaves of the M. speciosa herb, an evergreen tree from the coffee family that grows in the wilds of Southeast Asia.
Kratzilla Kratom is nothing new, it’s just another fancy name and goofy design whose packaging contains micronized plain leaf. Established in 2015, Kratzilla Kratom has only been around for a short time, but they have failed to attract the sort of glowing reviews typical of the kra thum community.
This wholesale vendor offers four traditional strains—Green Vein, Maeng Da, Red Vein and White Vein, respectively. Unlike more reputable sellers, Kratzilla does not disclose the origins of their strains, saying only that each product comes from “native Kratom trees.”
Their Red Vein is likely a Red Bali as it does not have the rich qualities of a Thai strain, nor does it come without its fair share of negative effects.
Their Green Vein strikes me as Green Borneo as it seems to be a rather “slow” strain. However, I can’t say I was very taken by its aroma and was disappointed by how clumpy it was.
My gut tells me their Maeng Da isn’t actual Maeng Da leaf since Maeng Da is known to be one of the strongest forms of kratom around. Theirs was neither strong nor particularly long-lasting.
The white vein strain here is like nothing so much as a White Vein Indo since it’s kind of a numbing experience. That is to say that it’s kind of boring and underwhelming in this case.
Their kratom powder starts at $6.99 for seven grams then goes up to an industry high $17.99 for just 28 grams. Compare that to others who offer as much as 100 grams for $19.99 and it’s obvious they’re jacking up prices to exploit the unsuspecting head shop crowd.
If you’re looking to buy bulk kratom powder then you’re in the wrong place. Where many trusted vendors sell 1,000 grams for between $80 and $100, this vendor charges $149.99 per kilo.
Their kratom capsules aren’t much better. A 50 count package of caps sells for $24.99 while a 100 count goes for $44.99. What’s worse, a kilo of capsules will run you $199.99.
Their checkout is not user-friendly, probably due to the issues they have processing credit cards. They make it tough to select the payment method you want and inform you that credit card payments have to be entered manually, asking you to leave your sensitive card details in the Notes section.
This seller is not upfront about what kind of shipping options they make available, nor do they tell you when you can expect to receive your package.
Their customer support team can be reached via online contact form or 1-800 number. In both cases, you may be shocked to find that it takes longer than you’d expect to hear back from them.
In a Reddit post about head shop kratom, one user lamented the quality (or lack thereof) of most wholesale brands, adding, “Kratzilla was also horrible, I think it was just plain leaf capped and marked up like crazy.”
Of course not everyone has been so hard on them and they do appear to have their share of loyal customers. For instance, on user writes: “Kratzilla Red Dragon is my go to.”
My one and only encounter with this brand came after placing an order from their online shop. I ordered over $50 worth of stuff to sample, both because I wanted to sample everything they had to offer and, also, so that I would qualify for free shipping.
Let me tell you, folks aren’t lying when they say you can’t get something for nothing. Not only was I amazed at how little I was getting for what it cost me but, more importantly, it felt like forever and a day had passed by the time I got my order in the mail.
The package that was dumped on my doorstep was ripped and, therefore, compromised. Rain had gotten into the mailer, so I thank my lucky stars that their pouches weren’t made of cheap paper. About the only good thing I can say about them is that their powders come in secure, sturdy packaging.
What’s on the inside of that packaging is another story entirely. As I mentioned earlier, I was radically underwhelmed by their plain leaf strains and wasn’t about to try their kratom extract after perusing their site and finding little to no info about the methods they use to prepare their stuff.
Unless you want to find yourself out of a paycheck and out of your mind at the lack of efficacy, I’d advise readers to stay as far away from Kratzilla as possible. This is some of the most expensive bunk to rise out of the smoke shop scumpond. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. You’ve been warned.
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