Eclipse Kratom: The Ugly Truth About Headshop Speciosa

April 26, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Legality, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

“I have read a great deal of economic theory…but have found only one economic ‘law’ to which I can find NO exceptions: Where the State prevents a free market, by banning any form of goods or services, consumer demand will create a black market for those goods or services, at vastly higher prices.”

Those were Robert Anton Wilson’s golden words of wisdom, which were published about two years before his mortal lasagna flew for the last time. Although RAW was best known as a comic futurist, he was also one of America’s sharpest cultural essayists and this quote from before he croaked goes far towards explaining why it’s so damn hard to score quality kratom.

Here in the United States, the FDA has refused to approve Mitragyna speciosa or its alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—for medicinal use. Consequently, this Ayurvedic herb remains largely unregulated.

This lack of proper regulation has led to a glut of shady companies pushing bunk product. It has also resulted in a rash of kratom hospitalizations and at least a handful of kratom-related deaths. These unfortunate incidents are the unnecessary corollary of a market in chaos, one where bad actors can infuse their bogus kratom powder with synthetic additives for the sake of moving product.

But this is only one of the problems facing the kratom industry. The other has to do with the establishment’s response to the aforementioned situations. Whenever a batch of kratom is linked to a bacterial outbreak—no doubt because of some vendor’s failure to properly test their products for contaminants—the FDA reacts by urging the public to avoid consumption of all—not some—kratom products.

Whenever such a public warning is issued, the online kratom forum communities go bananas. Panic sets in and people start buying up whatever kratom they can find. It’s bedrock capitalism and the crooks are on standby, reading to gouge consumers for all they are willing to fork over.

This is the demand-driven black market that Bob Wilson was getting at and Eclipse Kratom is a soiled effigy that perfectly represents it.


If you look in any corner of the Internet for an Eclipse Kratom review, you are unlikely to find it. Even in the darkest and most remote pockets of Reddit and the like. Although one 130 lb woman wrote about taking Eclipse’s Red Maeng Da for the first time, her post was bereft of any information about her personal experience.

Where reputable kratom vendors operate user-friendly e-commerce sites with easy-to-navigate online stores, the folks behind Eclipse never bothered to create one. And why would they? An Eclipse Kratom website would surely require going into greater detail about their leaf.

There are hundreds of shady headshop kratom brands on the market, all of which specialize in targeting the speak easy smoke shop consumer rather than discerning kratom connoisseurs. They do this for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that headshop patrons are less likely to ask difficult questions.

By offering wholesale kratom to nationwide distributors and local retailers, such brands can often avoid practicing fundamental protocols, such as proper labeling, third party laboratory testing and GMP compliance.

Eclipse Kratom was one of these headshop items, the wares of which came from Tamarack Products, Inc., a company out of Roy, UT who bore the ironic distinction of sharing a name with a labeling equipment manufacturer.

In a more peculiar twist, we discovered that Tamarack was owned by Tony Beets, a Reality TV star who had previously been fined $31,000 for setting a dredge pond on fire for a Discovery Channel stunt.

Eclipse Kratom is a glaring example of a business that eschewed ethics and quality control in favor of making a quick profit. And they suffered for it. In 2018, a Salmonella outbreak was linked to several batches of kratom powder and kratom capsules. Among those items that were potentially contaminated were 120 units of M. speciosa powder that Tamarack had distributed to Utah retailers.

Tamarack did the right thing and voluntarily recalled all units of potentially adulterated plant matter, but by then the damage had been done. The media picked up on the story and news coverage demonized the industry as a whole.

Among those who would feel the blowback from this staggering debacle were the folks at Tamarack whose self-proclaimed “dietary supplement” (another red flag, as the FDA has not approved kratom as a dietary supplement) was subsequently shunned by the community at large.

In the ensuing years, many similar outfits have sprouted up like so much stink grass. For every legitimate vendor like Happy Hippo Herbals or Natural Organix, there’s a dirty dozen shysters out there who are just looking to exploit those who don’t know any better.

That’s why we always encourage our readers to do their due diligence before placing an order. With hundreds, if not thousands, of trade names to choose from you’ll find what you’re looking for, sooner or later.


In the interest of nudging you in the right direction, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of the top three Eclipse Kratom alternatives. These are the best smoke shop brands in the current marketplace:

  • Happy Hippo Herbals
  • Remarkable Herbs
  • Urban Ice Organics

Each of these suppliers has been thoroughly vetted and I’ve personally reviewed samples from their catalogs. You can’t go wrong with any one of them, provided you manage expectations and know what you want.


If you think a product you’ve purchased looks or smells funny, there’s a good chance it’s no good. When you’re searching for quality, you should always look out for warning signs. Here is a short list of red flags we’ve encountered over the years:

  • Powder smells stale
  • Powder’s color seems artificial
  • Taste is excessively bitter
  • Powder is light
  • Powder is clumpy
  • Leaf spills out of bag
  • Bag won’t fully reseal
  • A small amount fails to produce aroma
  • Packaging lacks a shelf life date or batch number


Those who wish to prevent against arbitrary side effects, illness or contamination should always do their research before buying kratom, whether online or in-person. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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