As the state capital of Florida, Tallahassee serves as a beacon of historical relevance. From their refurbished museum commemorating the state’s political history to their Capitol tower and its scenic views of the city’s architectural treasures, T-Town’s a veritable cornucopia of signature sights and sounds.
Venues like Thunderdome have hosted a wide cross-section of important musical acts and local legends, many of them representing the very diversity of the counterculture. Punk, emo, hardcore and more, it’s all been played live in the many intimate venues dotting the Tally landscape.
And it’s not just the neighborhood music scene that makes T-Town a vibrant place to be. There are also the many secret gardens and open expanses of nature which have stoked the interest of field botanists and herbalists from all over the United States.
As you probably guessed, Tallahassee has become a hot spot for kratom enthusiasts who enjoy the area’s wealth of headshops, convenience stores and cool hangs. Since 2018 the Ayurvedic herb’s popularity has been growing exponentially and visitors are eager to know where they should go to score top shelf Mitragyna speciosa products.
As per usual, I’m here to give you the straight rap on this topic with today’s guide to buying kratom locally in Tallahassee, FL.
But first things first…
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that kratom is against the law in the state of Florida. A lot of negative attention has been paid to the plants and its chief alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—in the mainstream media.
As I’m sure you recall, Sarasota County passed an ordinance in 2014 which rendered possession of kratom illegal. According to the bill, county lawmakers consider kratom a “designer drug,” and individuals who are caught with kratom on their person can face 60 days in jail and the possibility of a $500 fine.
Strangely some headshops in Sarasota, such as Dragon Headz Smoke and Vape Shops, continue to stock kratom along with CBD and similar items.
[Note: This is speculation on my part as I am going strictly based on Google reviews and have yet to confirm this with the shop’s owner who was unavailable for comment at the time of this writing]
If the Circus City outlaw trip had you bugging out, fear not! As of 2017, kratom is legal to sell, possess and consume in the Sunshine State, with the exception of Sarasota County. Florida is a safe haven for supporters of M speciosa with kratom bars in St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach and beyond.
There are more than 50 stores that stock kratom in the greater Tallahassee area. This includes gas stations, novelty shops, convenience stores and smoke shops. The vast majority of these shops offer kratom in powder or capsule form. However, some stores specialize in kratom extracts, such as FST (Full Spectrum), MIT-45 and UEI (Ultra Enhanced Indo).
If you’re the impatient sort you don’t have to wade through 50 odd stores with sub par product before landing on a joint with kratom of genuine quality and potency. There best of the best are easy to spot and I’ve taken the liberty of narrowing that list down to the top five choices.
The following are the highest-rated options for top shelf kratom in the greater Tallahassee area:
As I mentioned earlier, Florida may well be the kratom bar capital of the world. There are dozens of kava lounges all across the state with in St. Petersburg alone.
If you’re currently residing in Tallahassee, you won’t have to go far to get sociable with your fellow speciosa fanatics. Serenity Coffee and Kava Bar on Railroad Avenue is your oasis for exotic beverages and chill atmosphere.
Their diverse and inclusive environment has been cited as an ideal spot for folks who want to relax, study, meet new people or feed their inner creativity. It’s easy to see why what with their awe-inspiring selection and affordable prices.
They don’t call the city Tallahustle for nothing. Many shop owners in T-Town are guilty of price gouging on niche items, such as CBD, kava kava, kratom and more. It is not at all uncommon to find kratom kilos going for nearly four times what they are worth on the open market.
This is just one of the myriad issues that one must grapple with when mulling a purchase. There is also the question of variety, something which invariably has limitations placed upon it by proprietors who refuse to stock large quantities; it is rare that you find a smoke shop owner who’s willing to let you buy split kilos, let alone reasonably priced ones.
More alarmingly, smoke shop kratom brands often lack proper labeling and/or dosage recommendations. As such customers can end up overdosing or paying top dollar for something that fails to live up to quality standards.
Since the FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use it remains an unregulated substance in the U.S. Consequently, shady companies and their equally shady affiliates can offer bunk product to retailers without any labeling requirements or personal liability.
Since most smoke shops order their kratom from third party wholesale distributors, there is no real way for them to know how it was harvested, where it came from, whether it’s fresh and if it’s even safe for customers to use.
By contrast, trusted online kratom vendors are GMP compliant. Many sellers routinely submit their Mitragyna speciosa plant matter to third party laboratories where it is tested for heavy metals and other potential contaminants.
What’s more, online vendors offer money back guarantees, lab results, coupon codes and free samples. When you compare this level of transparency and customer service with that of your neighborhood vape shop it’s obvious which seller emerges victorious.
The virtues of trusted online suppliers doesn’t end there. There is also the matter of privacy—most of us can agree that we value security and discretion. When you’re dealing with a smoke shop, you never know if some scammer has placed a skimmer in their credit card reader or if someone at the store is charging you too much.
On the opposite side of the coin we have online stores where security protocols are implemented and privacy-conscious payment options are provided. Consumers are able to place an order via secure checkout with cryptocurrencies and similar methods of remuneration (Bitcoin, Ether, E-check and so forth).
If it’s freshness and potency that you’re after, you should look no further than the following list of online kratom vendors. These five heavyweights represent the very best that the Internet has to offer:
Each of these sellers has been thoroughly vetted and, in some cases, I’ve returned to them for a series of purchases. Every one of them has their own unique catalog and a range of perks that make them worth your while.
No matter who you end up buying from, always make sure to do your homework. Consider joining one of the many kratom forum communities where you can find user reviews of brands and strains. Never hesitate to ask a seller questions before handing over your hard-earned money. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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