Botanical Kratom is a glaring example of a company that’s crumbled in the face of adversity. The times they are a-changin’ and Botanical Kratom is changing along with them.
When I first reviewed this brand the company was operating out of Canada. In the ensuing years, the CFIA and Health Canada have put pressure on sellers to do away with their kratom sales.
Although Mitragyna speciosa and its alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—are legal and accessible for purchase in the Great White North, selling kratom for the purpose of consumption is strictly verboten.
Those who sell kratom in Canada face criminal prosecution if they are found guilty of marketing it for human consumption. This was once easy to avoid by implementing proper labeling on packages (“Not for Human Consumption”), but law enforcement have been scrutinizing this substance here and abroad.
As a result of new restrictions, Botanical Kratom no longer ships to the Great White North. They continue to serve the United States wherever kratom is legal, but let me tell you, they have definitely lost some of their charm.
Before you place an order, there are some things you should probably consider. The following is an in-depth review of what they’ve got and what people think of it.
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This vendor can no longer serve customers from former hot spots, such as Manitoba, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, B.C. While this may seem like something that would limit them, their online store suggests otherwise.
In addition to at least a few curious kratom strains, BK now stocks a preponderance of essential oils, organic herbs, exotic teas and more. In response to COVID-19, they are now offering 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer.
This seller’s catalog contains ashwagandha, CBD oil, kratom potentiators (see: turmeric powder, etc.), organic wild lettuce and signature kratom blends. They currently have no fewer than nine product pages, each of which is chock-a-block with specialty blends, rare kratom strains and wildcrafted herbs.
BK’s business model has also remained unaltered and uncompromised. In their own words, “Our team truly believes the old saying, ‘Business goes where it is wanted and stays where it is appreciated.’” This would explain the move away from shipping as much as current laws.
Most Botanical Kratom reviews agree that their Maeng Da and Horned Leaf are the best strains in their collection, but that’s just the icing on the cake for anyone who has ordered bulk kratom powder and kratom capsules. Most people want to choose from a wide array of strains. Alas, you won’t get that here.
Their list of strains consists of the following:
This is yet another item which has expanded Botanical Kratom’s reach since their 2016 launch. As they have branched out from their beginnings in CA to the USA, they have begun to offer a host of mitra teas in vegan-friendly gelatin kratom capsules.
Depending on where you live, there are a variety of botanical gardens and herbal apothecaries, many of whom carry this supplier’s products. If you Google “botanical kratom near me,” you’ll find a number of results.
Here on the East coast, you can pick up some M. speciosa powder at Vintage CBD Kratom Hemp Botanical, Kratom Expectations, OK Botanicals, Cutty’s Life Saving Botanicals and Kats Botanicals.
This is another area in which this seller really fails to measure up to their competitors. Their pricing is astronomical when compared to the top-rated kratom suppliers on the market.
One 66 gram pouch of powder sells for a whopping $49.99. That’s nearly half of what I usually spend on a kratom kilo from my go-to sources. On the bright side, each batch if lab tested and as fresh as you could ask for.
Consumers get to choose the shipping method that suits their needs. For instance, those who are in a hurry to replenish their stash can pay extra for Express Mail while others can select standard shipping or opt for expedited shipping.
If you’re concerned about delays or the whereabouts of your package, they make it easy to get in touch. You can speak with someone directly via their 1-877 number or fill out their online contact form. Customer support reps typically respond within an hour or less, depending on when you reach out.
One user on Reddit wrote, “The packaging itself is very nice top quality presentation. No complaints there. The kratom itself is something I’m conflicted about. I take lower doses of about 2 grams 2X per day, but for this strain I had to double that. Now for me, that’s a red flag. Why should I want more expensive kratom that I have to take more of to get an effect. By itself, that’s troubling to me.”
They were quick to add, “On the other hand, and this is perhaps redeeming, is that the side effects are essentially zero. It almost feels like I am just normal. The only way that I know that I am on kratom is that I have a bit of light sensitivity and am extremely calm to a point that does not make sense based on the situations I’m in.”
Elsewhere, a user said, “I think they’re a little overrated, pricey and slow to ship. But I will say for me, their MD is one of the best I’ve ever had. But it’s fairly hand and hand with SoCal MD Borneo, which is way cheaper and faster to ship.”
Although I enjoyed their Maeng Da about as much as I have everyone else’s, I would have to agree with popular opinion on this one. Their stuff is fairly weak, particularly at such absurd prices. If you want something that’s reliable and affordable, you better shop around. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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