Zona Kratom Review [Red Flag Vendor Warning]

April 07, 2020 Articles, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Kratom availability is always a big concern, especially during unpredictable times such as these. There’s a reason why the search term kratom near me has nearly 6.5 million results on Google alone.

Consumers want to keep abreast of changes in accessibility, kratom legality and more. Many users opt to go the smoke shop route, in which case it is useful to search for places where you can buy kratom locally.

For the purest, safest product it is always a good idea to order online. The Internet is home to some of the top-rated kratom suppliers on the market, many of whom practice GMP compliance. These vendors routinely submit each batch of Mitragyna speciosa plant matter to third party laboratories where they are tested for heavy metals and other potential contaminants.

In the age of C. Dif, E. Coli, SARS, MRSA and COVID-19, it only makes sense to do business exclusively with reputable sellers who follow stringent sanitary guidelines.

If you are like the hundreds of American citizens who rely on Mitragyna speciosa, you would do well to buy kratom online. And if you’re going to purchase from an online supplier, why not buy direct from the best?

Zona Kratom refer to their online store as the “best place to buy kratom,” but are they legit or just full of s**t?

Let’s talk about that!

WHO ARE THEY?

Zona Botanicals is a native supplier from Pontianak, Indonesia. As a U.S.-based vendor, they source all of their leaf from their trusted partners at Pontianak’s plantations. They do not disclose the address of their headquarters on their website, nor do they do so on social media.

The Zona Botanicals Facebook profile has received more than 400 Likes despite this relative lack of transparency. Apparently, not all users are concerned with the origins of a kratom brand.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO OFFER?

This seller has nine strains that ship from the U.S. One additional item is shipped directly from Indonesia. Their catalog features all of the following:

  • Gold Maeng Da
  • Green Bali
  • Green Hulu
  • Green Maeng Da
  • Plantation
  • Red Bali
  • Red Borneo
  • Red Maeng Da
  • White Maeng Da

While their collection leaves much to be desired, the existing strains are quite good. Each one checked all my boxes; they are fresh, pleasant to the taste, effective without being overwhelming and fairly long-lasting in terms of duration.

Would it be nice if they stocked a wider variety? Yes. But if you’ll pardon the food metaphor, Gordon Ramsay would be the first to warn you against a restaurant with a ten-page menu.

In other words, these cats specialize in Maeng Da and they do that Maeng Da well. This is OG kratom leaf, pure and simple.

WHAT’S IT GONNA COST?

Zona Kratom is a bulk supplier of M. speciosa powder. That means they don’t waste your time with microdoses or dubious kratom extracts. They sell kratom powder in full kilos or split kilos. Period.

Their prices are an all-time industry low with each kilo selling for a flat $90 and a two kilo 4-way split selling for $200.00. Customers who are looking for more can take advantage of direct mail from Indonesia by snatching up a 20 kilo package for $1,000.

ZONA KRATOM COUPON CODE

Those who sign up via email receive a special price on sitewide items. Promo codes are frequently offered with deals in excess of 10-20% off your total at checkout.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Alas, this is one area in which they both succeed and fail. For the privacy-conscious consumer, they will likely be appealing since they accept Bitcoin and may accept additional forms of crypto. Unfortunately for the rest of us, there is a scarcity of payment methods.

You can either remunerate with Bitcoin or PayPal or shop elsewhere. This may not be a problem for everyone, but it’s certaintly something that will stymie users who are less savvy.

SHIPPING & CUSTOMER SERVICE

All orders automatically receive free shipping, but if you encounter any shipping delays you may just be S.O.L. The only contact information provided on their site is a Gmail address. Their store lacks 24/7 Live chat as well as a phone number to call with any grievances.

ZONA KRATOM REVIEWS – WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Word of mouth has been mixed, but one thing is for sure: this company gets potent leaf directly from farmers in the Jongkong Village.

One user wrote, “It’s some of the stronger kratom I’ve had in awhile. I actually overdid it a bit even at a little less than my regular dose so I would recommend taking a bit less than usual. I took about half of my regular dose of the GMD [Green Maeng Da] this afternoon and I am feeling great. You will not be disappointed.”

Of course, not everyone agrees with this assessment. On the contrary, one customer warned people against this seller, saying, “I have paid over 2 months ago and the person that handles the email sends me package labels for my purchased order but the tracking shows the package never being checked in to the shipper. This has happened twice, they are generating shipping labels as proof my order is on the way but there isnt even a package being sent. They just create shipping labels. This place is a scam. They wont respond to me when I ask for a refund. DO NOT BUY.”

PROS

  • Quality leaf
  • Bulk pricing
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Accepts PayPal
  • Free shipping
  • Secure checkout
  • Social media presence
  • Solid consumer reputation

CONS

  • Does not disclose lab results
  • Limited strain information
  • Does not post HQ address
  • Not an Approved Vendor with ILK
  • Unclear GMP compliance
  • Limited contact information
  • Limited payment methods

BOTTOM LINE

Although my personal experience using their product was somewhat satisfactory (the powders were good, but the buying experience itself was not—tedious shipping wait) I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this brand.

In a marketplace that’s oversaturated with more fly-by-night companies than Good Will Hunting himself could fairly count, it is never a good idea to go with a vendor who lacks certification, money back guarantee or third party lab results. Do yourself a favor and shop around. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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