With the rise in kratom’s popularity has come a rash of incidents involving potentially dangerous kratom products. Over the last few years we have seen kratom hospitalizations, kratom-related deaths and an ongoing effort by state legislators to pass a kratom ban.
This Ayurvedic herb has been used as a folk medicine in its native land for hundreds of years, but the FDA has issued a public warning here in the U.S., urging American citizens to avoid kratom consumption.
After the 2018 Salmonella outbreak led to the FDA enacting a mandatory recall on select kratom products, the media took up the torch and began scrutinizing the Mitragyna speciosa plant and its key alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. It wasn’t long before the mainstream had effectively demonized a substance that has been in use for centuries.
None of this is particularly surprising. After all, kratom’s popularity in the Western world virtually guaranteed that it would be met by some blowback. It was the oversaturation of the marketplace by every Timothy Leary, David Blaine or Hunter S. Thompson wannabe from here to Hawaii that finally sealed the deal.
With a glut of fly-by-night brands and bad actors storming the proverbial castle, it was only a matter of time before bunk product and bad news hit the industry. You’ll recall that the last five years have seen brands like Krypton exposed as containing potentially life-threatening synthetic painkillers, companies like Triangle Pharmaceuticals landing in hot water due to their packaging and others facing steep fines because of their misleading marketing strategies.
This is what’s wrong with kratom and for awhile it would have seemed as though Front Range Kratom was part of the problem. At least is we go on the evidence contained within the FDA’s warning letter of May 18th, 2018.
In their missive the agency writes, “FDA has determined that these products are unapproved new drugs sold in violation of sections 505(a) and 301(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), 21 U.S.C. 355(a) and 331(d). Furthermore, these products are misbranded drugs under section 502 of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 352.”
This was in reference to items such as Maeng Da, Red Bali and liquid kratom shots. Additionally, the agency cited examples from Front Range’s website that reflected the company’s use of labeling claims which violated current FDA statutes.
For example they quote Front Range’s owner as writing, “I have a lot of people coming in and asking about how Front Range Kratom in Denver could help them with various things. For me, the two things I think kratom works the best for are pain and to help people get through some of the post acute withdrawl (sic) symptoms they get when they come off of their pain medications.”
These kind of claims are a big part of what’s wrong with the industry and why kratom is getting so much negative attention in the first place. That is why it is imperative that consumers keep their eyes peeled for vendors who are honest and open, not just about the purported advantages of kratom but, also, the herb’s obvious limitations.
That is why I thought it was worth taking another look at Front Range Kratom in today’s vendor review. As you’ll see, these cats have come a long way over the last year and change, and you’d do well to check them out.
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FRK is a Colorado-based kratom vendor with a storefront in Aurora and a host of herbal products for your every need. In addition to their many kratom strains they carry CBD and vape juice. They are one of a limited number of online suppliers who regularly stock gold and yellow vein kratom powder.
As a brick-and-mortar shop they serve as Aurora’s premier herbal apothecary, providing Eastern remedies, CBD products and modern solutions to a growing clientele. As an online seller they have scored top marks from members of the best kratom forums.
Indeed they have! Their product pages now come with a bold disclaimer: OUR KRATOM IS NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. More importantly, they have amped up their efforts to deliver fresh, clean and potent strains to their customer base.
The following is a full list of everything they had in stock at the time of this writing:
As I think you’ll agree, they have an insane variety to choose from, many of them far more exotic than the stuff on display at your average e-commerce site. For this reason, I decided to get a bit experimental this time around.
After studying their collection I chose to sample the Gold Sumatra, Green Ori, Red Devil and White Jawi. This was my first time brewing any of these strains and I was prepared to be disappointed.
As our longtime readers will recall, I am notoriously wary of fancy names. This is especially true of ones that I don’t immediately recognize.
It’s sort of an open secret that many kratom vendors slap fictional names on their products in order to lure first-time consumers into buying old inventory that just won’t move. As such, I always greet new strains with some degree of skepticism.
To say that I ended up being impressed by these strains would be like saying that Carole Baskin is kind of sketchy.
Gold Sumatra was a no-brainer since I’ve never come across a gold vein Sumatra strain before. As a longtime fan of White Sumatra it seemed like a slam dunk. But you know what they say about assumptions, right?
As it turned out, Gold Sumatra was far from the powerhouse I’d anticipated. If I had to compare it to anything I’d say it was less like a gold strain and more like a mild red, delivering a pleasant but moderate aroma that was neither very calming nor very sleepy.
Green Ori is my jam, ladies and gents! This one was exactly what I’d hoped it would be—a nice mix of the boost and sharpness of Super Green Malay with the added zest of a Green Hulu Kapuas. Very smooth, to be sure.
This being Easter Sunday, I did what any good Christian would do and I ate me some Red Devil. The name really threw me since I’m a child of the Eighties who can fondly (or not so fondly) remember those days in the early-Aughts when my fellow teenagers would gobble up sleeves of Coricidin Cold & Cough—nicknamed Red Devils for those mean little red pills—and endure intestinal discord for the sake of tripping balls.
Fortunately this was not such a bummer as this mitra tea is robust and fragrant without inducing nausea or headache…at least in my experience (I brewed 4.5 grams on a mostly empty stomach). But as a 6 foot tall dude with more than 220 lbs on him, I can see how I might have had an edge in this area.
All things considered, the Red Devil strain was not nearly as wicked as its name would suggest. Although it came on strong (after a full 45-50 minutes!) it didn’t stick around for long (duration was barely 2.5 hours, more or less). But the brew was satisfying nonetheless, eliciting a confidence pick-me-up that was potentiated by my mid-morning espresso.
Finally, White Jawi finished me off good and right like any good white strain. It was both galvanizing and exhilarating, giving me a much-needed exaltation after a rather uninspiring afternoon. All of these samples were top notch in my opinion, even the ones that were somewhat underwhelming (perfect for first-timers who are getting acclimated to the leaf).
This seller has standardized their pricing so that any item you purchase starts at $15 for an ounce, with three ounces going for $30, six ounces selling for $60 and a half kilo running you just $70.00. For those who wish to buy bulk kratom powder, you can pick up 1,000 grams for $140.00.
While this is not the most affordable option for kilos it’s definitely a great place for those who wish to try something new while waiting for their go-to vendors to restock.
Despite their past issues they have garnered a lot of acclaim, including 85 largely positive reviews from satisfied customers. They currently enjoy a 4.8 star rating among 84 Google reviews and have been called amazing by those who have passed through their doors.
One reviewer says, “The quality, service, and prices are superb” while another says, “They have an incredible selection of amazingly priced kratom and CBD products!”
Even though I would never recommend this supplier to someone who wants to order in bulk, I would place them securely among the top 20+ kratom vendors operating in the United States. Their strains are unique, their staff are professional and their quality is undeniable.
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