Peoples Kratom Vendor Review: Iowa’s # 1 Brand Goes AWOL

May 04, 2020 Akuamma Seeds, Articles, Kratom Blends, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Sometimes all you’re doing is paying for a name. As I’ve often said, Wrangler makes better jeans than Levi-Strauss, but Levi’s is more expensive because people will pay extra for a brand whose name they trust. This is true in the kratom game, too.

Kratom is derived from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, an evergreen tree that grows in abundance across Southeast Asia. Although there are hundreds of kratom vendors selling kratom products in the Western world, very few of them have anything special to offer.

The vast majority of American suppliers source all of their plant matter from Indonesia. There it is prepared by more experienced hands. I trust you know where I’m going with this.


Some names are little more than that—well-known names that got to be well-known, for one reason or another. Peoples Kratom is one such name. Established in 2013, this U.S.-based vendor started out on top with a professional e-commerce site…but somewhere along the way things took a turn.

As the owner explained in a private message to their Twitter followers, the business had become a challenge due to family-related problems. This is when Peoples Kratom began selling their strains of kratom powder and kratom capsules through indirect means; they alerted customers to sales on split kilos and the like using services such as Mail Chimp.

When the shady black market approach backfired they set up a short-lived e-commerce site at Mokrat or Mokratom didn’t last long—after rolling it out in 2017 it was only a matter of time before it went the way of its predecessor.


This supplier specialized in proprietary blends, such as Chill Blend, Cyclone Blend and Mojo Blend. They also stocked gold and yellow vein kratom powder and kratom extracts.


I was unable to find any kratom testimonials for this brand and some fundamental research shows that they do not have their own website at this time.

I know this can seem troubling, but it’s not at all uncommon in the kratom industry. With the glut of fly-by-night companies crowding the space, it’s only a matter of time before some of them go belly-up.

The good news is, they clear the way for more responsible parties to enter the fray. Over the last few years, we have seen an influx in GMP compliant online kratom vendors. More and more companies are becoming conscious of the risks and advantages associated with sourcing pure M. speciosa.


Peoples Kratom was based out of Antoona, making them Iowa’s premier source for powder and capsules. Just because they no longer maintain an online presence doesn’t mean Iowans are out of luck.

There are 12+ shops carrying kratom products in the greater Des Moines area. The following are the top choices among local enthusiasts:

  • Uncle Ruckus’s Smoking Emporium & Skate Shop (5 stars)
  • Shag East Village (4.9 stars)
  • The O-Zone (4.8 stars)


The People have spoken and they demand reliability and security from their dealers. The highest-rated kratom suppliers are here to fill the void left by brands like Peoples Kratom.

The following are our picks for the top five Peoples Kratom alternatives on the market. Each of these brands has been thoroughly vetted for purity, consistency and affordability.

  • The Golden Monk
  • Happy Hippo Herbals
  • Meridian Botanicals
  • Pharmacy Dropout
  • Urban Ice Organics


The GMK shop is the stuff of legend, featuring everything from top shelf Red Bentuangie to bulk kratom deals on White Sumatra and more. As we covered in our in-depth review of this brand, the Golden Monk Kratom quality is fire.

This Nevada-based collective has a fun landing page that enables visitors to spin a wheel to score special incentives, such as free samples and 10% off coupon codes. More importantly, they are a GMP-audited member who disclose lab results and make their quality control protocol publicly known.


The Hippo has been around for a minute and they’ve set a standard that’s hard to best. With kratom same day shipping and free gifts they’ve garnered quite the loyal customer base. From Dragon Bali to Red Sumatra Elite, their catalog reads like the hardcore kratom connoisseurs‘ wish list.

Their Newbie Hippo Starter Park is the perfect stocking stuffer during the holidays and serves as a preview of what they have in store for the discerning consumer. Other standouts include their famed Elite Elephant and Roadrunner Hippo, proprietary blends that can’t be beat.


If it’s an artisanal experience that you’re after then Meridian Botanicals is the shop for you. This Missouri-based operation was founded by Justin Rasayana, a longtime nootropic enthusiast who used his green thumb and business acumen to launch a brand that sources only the finest herbs the world has to offer.

Working closely with trusted friends from all over the globe, Justin and his team deliver a cornucopia of fresh Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Their catalog includes Akuamma Seed Powder, Gunpowder Green Tea, Red Kalimantan Kratom and Yellow Vietnam.


Austin, TX is no stranger to the speciosa, with countless herbal apothecaries and smoke shops servicing the Live Music Capital of the World. But of all the people and places peddling so-called “premium kratom” in the Violet Crown City, Pharmacy Dropout, AKA PDO Botanicals is the top of the heap.

As I said in my review, Pharmacy Dropout is your source for the most exotic strains in the Western world. From their Hazel-cooked Brown Indo to their Ultra Enhanced White Horned Cambodian Maeng Da, PDO Botanicals has everything the keen user could want.

This humble family-owned business may be relatively new, but they’ve already proven themselves to be more than adept at bringing the funk. Their collection continues to grow as fast as their fan base. Check ’em out while prices are still low and their catalog is robust.


The folks at Natural Organix have created a streamlined kratom product that’s safe, secure and effective. Eschewing the shrewd marketing tactics of their competitors, these Nevada natives have focused all of their efforts on sustainability and legality.

Their involvement in the enlightening Netflix documentary A Leaf of Faith was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Urban Ice Organics is the result of careful R & D and plenty of genuine passion. With free samples and exceptional potency, there really is no reason not to snatch some up.


Even though companies are folding on a regular basis, there are dozens of reputable brands rising up to take their place. There’s no time like the present to get your hands on high quality M. speciosa leaf.

Bob Freville
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