The true value of kratom-related resources is the subject of much consternation among the kratom community at large. Some users will only trust the folks at I Love Kratom for accurate and unbiased information about kratom brands and news. Others remain exclusive to the kratom Sub-Reddit.
Last month I posted a review of some of the best kratom forum communities online. In it we talked about the Big Three (I Love Kratom, Double M Herbals and Reddit, respectively). Needless to say, my list was not an all-encompassing guide to kratom forums.
Some of the most popular hangout spots didn’t make the grade in that post. They include Drugs-Forum.com, MedsChat.com and KratomBoard.com. It’s worth noting that the latter bills itself as the best kratom forum, so maybe I missed something.
Those who are looking to learn more about kratom strains, kratom legality and the pharmacology behind the Mitragyna speciosa plant can find useful information in any one of these places. Unfortunately they will also have to contend with a fair amount of unreliable claims, vendor phishing schemes and unnecessary trolling.
For example, I have visited several Reddit posts where a “noob” posed a question about a supposedly “exotic” strain. These users were just looking to get a feel for what they could expect from their order. Instead they received mockery from other members of the community.
It should go without saying that such trolling is toxic and does nobody any good. On the contrary, it is counterproductive as it distracts from the things that kratom enthusiasts should be concerned with.
In a perfect world kratom forum communities would be moderated by knowledgeable scientific experts and experienced botanists with first-hand knowledge of how kratom is sourced. They would provide the general public with the solutions one needs in order to produce their own fruitful Mitragyna speciosa cultivars.
Unless you’ve been wearing blinders you already know that this is not a perfect world, it’s an imperfect one. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. There are plenty of solid sources for educational material about the Ayurvedic herb.
Some of them, like I Love Kratom, pride themselves on delivering thorough strain reviews. Others, such as MedsChat, focus on the potential clinical applications of ethnobotanicals.
Not only are these kinds of forums good for the casual enthusiast, they are also good for the future of kratom legality. By focusing on the purported advantages and documenting the disadvantages of kratom use they are encouraging an open and constructive dialogue.
Of course this doesn’t mean that everyone has to be clinical in their approach to kratom. If anything the industry seems to be suffering from a dearth of good humor in recent years. After the media played up the scandal of 2018’s kratom salmonella outbreak and legislators took to labeling kratom a “designer drug,” many kratom vendors began stiffening up.
To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, the kratom industry is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up its ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond. But as Ferris always said, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Life’s not all about learning, it’s also about learning to laugh. One kratom forum that seems to comprehend this better than most is Kratom Connoisseurs (https://kcforums.com).
No other forum community has had a better sense of humor about Mitragyna speciosa. If you run a search for their forums on Google you’ll see them labeled as The Mitragyna Dialogues, a gleefully sophomoric nod to The Vagina Monologues and an accurate one at that.
All jokes aside, is kratom connoisseurs really the better kratom forum?
Let’s take a closer look!
The Kratom Connoisseurs forum is a members only website, so it is not accessible to every Lookie Lou who wants to see what it’s all about. Once you register an account it is up to administrators to decide on whether or not you qualify for a free membership.
This kind of exclusivity might seem shady to the uninitiated, but seasoned kratomites can tell you that this is rather common in the somewhat insular world of ethnobotanicals. Some of the best kratom vendors offer their product in limited quantities to loyal customers only. Many of them do not take on new clients.
The same is true of kratom forum communities, some of which recognize the importance of limiting the volume of chatter. Unlike Reddit and similar platforms, sites like Kratom Connoisseurs restrict uninvited loudmouths from logging on to post inflammatory and arbitrary comments.
In this way KC Forums has preserved the integrity of their site and prevented their members from being bombarded by unwanted pseudo-feedback.
Such user-driven sites provide readers with an open source portal for valuable information that’s free of the industry’s hidden agenda. When you log on to KC Forums you won’t encounter thinly-concealed marketing and you won’t be targeted by the bait and switch tactics of sketchy sellers.
In the wake of the media’s scrutiny and stigmatization of kratom, it has become imperative for users to join such sites for the privacy and assistance that they promise. Such forums serve as a safe space where like-minded individuals can expand their horizons while, also, keeping abreast of the latest in legislative efforts.
If there has been one gripe leveled against KC Forums it’s their rigid and confounding registration process. Users have lamented the hoops they had to jump through in order to get approved with one user saying that they exchanged a volley of emails with the site administrators before, ultimately, being denied access.
Others have complained about the forum moderator’s reticence, writing that they made repeated attempts to join the forum only to receive no response whatsoever after weeks of contacting the site.
Some users have mistakenly purchased a proprietary kratom blend after stumbling upon it while looking up Kratom Connoisseurs. It is important that our readers understand that the company behind this kratom blend are in no way associated with the forum community in question.
Club 13 Connoisseur Blend Powder is a “premium” mixture of lab-tested strains such as White Indo. It is a product of Club 13 Herbals, a vendor that I gave a poor rating to in my review from last year. While I wouldn’t ever urge consumers against buying kratom online, I would point them in the direction of several more trustworthy kratom brands.
And so, too, would the members of Kratom Connoisseurs which further illustrates the value of such forum communities.
I’m tempted to say no, but the truth is it’s an impossible question to answer. At the end of the day, the quality and legitimacy of a forum is largely subjective and depends on what you are looking for.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find KC Forums to be a great place to commiserate with educated members of the global Mitragyna speciosa fellowship. Just be sure to practice some patience if you decide to sign up. All good things come to those who wait.
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