As the most populous city in the state of Georgia, Atlanta represents the largest pool of active kratom users in the Peach State. The official Georgia motto pretty well sums up the general attitude about Mitragyna speciosa and its use—“Wisdom. Justice. Moderation.”
The ATL is renowned for its gentility and Southern charm, but it’s also a place that’s alive with forward-thinking artists, groundbreaking musical movements and alternative lifestyles of all stripes. This includes the burgeoning ethnobotanical scene which includes “dat thang.”
In today’s guide, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about scoring some top shelf speciosa in the city and how to properly go about it. If you thought getting the best would be easy because of so-called Southern hospitality, well…bless your heart.
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As of 2020, kratom is legal in the state of Georgia and readily available in Atlanta. Although it is illegal to sell kratom to minors, individuals 18 and older are free to sell, possess and consume Mitragyna speciosa and its alkaloids.
In the past, there have been legislative attempts to ban kratom, but each of these bills failed to pass and kratom use remains permissable to this day.
This ongoing lawfulness owes to the outspoken efforts of the kratom community who have worked with non-profit advocacy groups like the AKA (American Kratom Association) to petition government institutions and educate lawmakers on the subject of kratom.
The kava craze has also hit the city and places like Bakaris Pizza & Kava Lounge are crushing it. This joint has everything from NYC-style pizza and kombucha to fresh calzones and kratom drinks.
For the sake of narrowing things down and pointing users in the right direction, I’ve eliminated the lesser stores from our list and focused on the best of the best. The following are the top 5 kratom shops in the ATL:
Located on White St SW, Kava Mama is a casual, fast service juice shop with a loyal customer base and a reputation for providing authentic product.
As one user writes: “The real deal authentic hand made Kava! I’m so happy that I have been able to patronize Angie’s business. Her customer service is truly impeccable and you can tell she is genuinely passionate about the benefits of Kava. She answered all of my questions and even packaged my tea to accommodate my lifestyle.”
Great Smoke is the best tobacco shop in town, one that is conveniently located on Lakewood Ave SW and can answer any question you throw at them. Unlike so many smoke shop proprietors, they really know their stuff and are happy to share their knowledge about strains and origins with visitors.
As one of their frequent flyers wrote, “They ALWAYS have what I’m randomly looking for whenever I go in there…The staff is super nice and knowledgeable and I love how I’m able to go in and hangout with good company.”
Herb Shop of Vinings landed on my list because they’re one of the oldest and most well-regarded establishments in the city. A veritable one-stop shop for everything from essential oils and vaping accessories to alternative herbs and salves, Herb Shop of Vinings is the diamond in the crown of the Riverview Village Shopping Center.
Wyzo’s Smoke Shop is dead last on this list, if for no other reason than they are the least well-received of the five. Notorious for their lack of friendly customer service, they nevertheless stock a fair amount of exotic strains and top brands. Their prices aren’t bad either, at least when compared to others in the area who upcharge on as little as 28 grams.
As I mentioned above, there are a lot of smoke shops that price gouge and limit the amount of kratom you can buy. If it’s bulk kratom powder and kratom capsules you’re after, you won’t have much luck with these places.
Whenever you’re thinking about purchasing from a land-based shop, you should ask yourself, “How do I know what I’m getting?”
A lot of brick-and-mortar proprietors have little knowledge of kratom and the science behind it. Worse yet, many of them order it from wholesale distributors who fail to disclose vital information. In Atlanta, GA sellers are supposed to provide proper labeling, but that doesn’t stop many of them from dropping the ball.
For hundreds of local sellers, there is just too much that goes into running a shop for them to find the time to do their research. As a result, you end up presented with products that do not carry recommended dosages or any info about the product’s origins.
By contrast, the top online kratom vendors are GMP compliant businesses that submit their kratom powder for third party laboratory testing. These third party entities check their product to make sure that it is free of heavy metals and other potential contaminants.
In this way, you are able to get a pure, clean product that is potent and safe. That’s more than I can say for your neighborhood Quick-E-Stop.
If you’re anything like me, you value your privacy and you like to feel secure. Many of us prefer to place orders online because items are often able to be purchased using privacy coins.
Some of the top kratom vendors online accept Bitcoin, Ether, Zelle and a host of other cryptocurrencies and e-payment methods. The same cannot be said for the average smoke shop. You’re lucky if they offer refunds, never mind multiple payment options.
If it’s quality you’re after, always do your due diligence. Consider joining one of the many online kratom forums and see what members are saying about their experiences with kratom brands and strains.
Look for an e-commerce site that features lab results, a refund policy and GMP certification. If a site has a 30 day money back guarantee, that’s a good sign that they care about their customer’s satisfaction (or lack thereof). The biggest names in the game got to be that big because they took care of their customers and kept them happy.
The following is a short list of the top 5 kratom vendors on the Internet. These are five of my favorite online suppliers in 2020. Each of them has been thoroughly vetted and all of them have a lot to offer the discerning consumer.
Whether you decide to pick up some “mitra” tea at a headshop or place an order with an online store, be sure to take proper precautions. Shop around, look into what’s out there and don’t rush to buy the first thing that comes your way.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and demand answers. Your patience and resolution will pay off. And in keeping with Georgia’s state motto, remember: All things in moderation. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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