I Am Shaman like to bill themselves as the finest choice for the kratom connoisseur, but there are flaws in their design that deserve to be addressed. Although they have been around for quite some time and are fairly well-known, there as aspects of their operations that beg to be examined.
With that in mind, let’s delve deeper into who they are, what they’re selling and whether or not they are the right choice for the discerning consumer.
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There are a lot of kratom brands that purport to be Shamanic in nature. Everyone from Shaman’s Nation to Happy Shaman Herbs Kratom have claimed that torch as their own. I Am Shaman is just one of the oldest on the market.
Their amateurish website which looks like it was made by someone who just woke up from a 20-year coma resembles nothing so much as some sloppy old angelfire account. That being said, they pack a lot into it—everything from aphrodisiacs and resins to burners, herb grinders, herbal infusers and rolling papers.
Of course, the real draw here is their catalog of ethnobotanicals which include absinthe kits, blue lotus, dream herb, kanna leaf powder, kava, kratom powder, kratom tinctures and Ayurvedic elixirs.
They currently stock the following strains of Mitragyna speciosa, each of which is available in powder and capsule form:
They also carry Bali 10x extract in both powder or tincture form as well as 20x Bali extract in a fine powder. There’s a 25x Maeng Da Private Reserve extract that will really blow your hair back. Additionally, they have MD Ultra Powdered extract, kratom resin chunks, Mitragyna speciosa seeds and a 15:1 kratom resin.
Those who have been looking to grow their own will be happy with the above while others are gonna be very pleased to learn that I Am Shaman offers live kratom plants.
On the downside, they do not source their product from a native farm, rather they get their plain leaf from a third party distributor by the name of Living Spirit Naturals. They claim to lab test each batch, but they do not disclose lab results anywhere on the I Am Shaman site.
All of their kratom powders start at $39.99 for four ounces save for their White Maeng Da which comes in a one-ounce pouch for $9.99. They also offer 16 ounces for an astonomical $129.99. That’s more than many vendors charge for a whole kilo (1,000 grams). Select strains are available in a 32 oz (2 lb) package for $249.99.
Needless to say, this is not a viable option for the frugal enthusiast who wants to get the most bang for their buck.
This seller accepts cash, credit cards, e-Checks, Mastercard and Visa. All credit card transactions are processed at P.O.S. (Point Of Sale). Money orders are made payable to their shop in Vista, CA, but customers can opt to send cash or money order to their Chicago, IL P.O. Box if they prefer not to use their on-site Shopping Cart.
Orders are shipped in discreet brown boxes via USPS or FedEx. If you value your privacy then you’ll be happy to find that their return address simply reads, “Shipping Dept.” You won’t have to worry about your mailman finding out that you’re buying kratom.
Aside from their jacked up prices and lame-looking online store, they also fail to measure up to their competitors where customer support is concerned. Customer service reps are only available between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm PST which is unfortunate for consumers who live on the East coast and elsewhere.
Their site does not feature a live chat feature and if you reach out via email…good luck, but don’t hold your breath.
Back when I bought from them I was using the I Am Shaman website which I used for the sake of this review. I should point out that they now have a newer, more expansive online store which is located at www.shamansgarden.com.
Shaman’s Garden accepts Bitcoin and Facebook Pay whereas their old site did not. With that out of the way, let’s address the elephant in the room: How bad is I Am Shaman?
I hesitate to call any vendor a bad vendor when I know that they are a homegrown business with employees who rely on their jobs. I’ve talked a lot of smack in the past about crappy smoke shop brands and shady sellers, but the truth is that most of us are just out to better people’s lives.
I don’t doubt that I Am Shaman, aka Shaman’s Garden are passionate about ethnobotanicals. But they also seem to be more concerned with price gouging than maintaining purity and potency.
Of the three strains I sampled from them only one did the trick. The first I tried was Red Horn which did not agree with me at all. I got nauseous after brewing just 3 grams and felt little else in the way of its natural aroma.
Their White Vein Thai was the weakest I’ve ever gotten and was so bitter I had a hard time choking it down. The powder was off-color and clumpy like a bag of brown sugar that’s been left out in humid weather.
The only one I enjoyed was their Green Malay which got me through a long work day at just 4 grams and kept me very attentive and at ease throughout a busy social engagement later that evening. My notes seem to indicate that I rated it as one of the five strongest I’ve come across.
Although this business has stuck around for some time they have failed to keep up with an ever-changing marketplace. At their unreasonably high prices, I’d be remiss if I didn’t suggest that customers shop around before patronizing their service.
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