Beer and baseball may be Milwaukee’s two biggest attractions, but there is a lot more to explore in Cream City than Pabst Mansion and its many Irish pubs. The western shore of Lake Michigan is a sprawling metropolis of European architecture, early industrial landmarks and pop culture curios.
In addition to the city’s famous breweries and A-list art museum, Milwaukee is home to a clutch of cannabidiol (CBD) apothecaries, cigar shops and tobacco stores. If you’re looking to score one of your favorite kratom strains, you’ll likely find ’em at one or more of these establishments.
But before you run right out and hand over your hard-earned money, it’s in your best interest to do your homework. Not all smoke shops and headshops are created equal and some fall far short of one’s expectations.
The following guide will nudge you in the right direction by narrowing down your search and giving you an in-depth description of the finer local options.
First things first.
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Kratom is currently outlawed in the state of Wisconsin. As of 2014, legislation was passed which classifies Mitragyna speciosa (,i.e.: the kratom tree) and its alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—as controlled substances.
Organizations like the nonprofit AKA (American Kratom Association) have sought to have this decision appealed, but thus far no petitions have succeeded in getting this ban lifted or otherwise amended.
As of this writing, it is against the law for retailers to sell kratom products for human consumption. Despite this legal status, many shop owners have continued to stock the controversial herb, offering it as an aroma-based compound or research chemical.
The sale, possession or distribution of kratom in any form is a felony crime in the state and one that is not without penalty. Some residents have learned this the hard way as in the case of a 29-year old Brookfield man who was pulled over and arrested after 41.55 grams of Mitragyna speciosa plant matter were found in his vehicle.
It is imperative that consumers understand that purchasing kratom capsules may subject them to fines or other repercussions by law enforcement. Kratom seizure is not at all uncommon where the Ayurvedic herb has been criminalized and kratom possession is prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act.
There are approximately 15 shops carrying Mitragyna speciosa, in one form or another, in the greater Milwaukee area. Some of these shops refuse to discuss kratom over the phone, but a visit to their shop will yield evidence of third party distribution.
Some of these establishments no longer stock kratom per the aforementioned bill, but it never hurts to ask. While visiting one of their locations you may be surprised to find a host of popular strains such as Green Borneo, Red Bali and White Sumatra.
Many brick-and-mortar tobacco shops have even taken to expanding their inventory by sourcing gold and yellow vein kratom powder. You may come across vendors selling Gold Bali or Yellow Vietnam under the counter, as it were.
Of the 14+ land-based smoke shops in the city, my top three choices for best places to buy locally would be Blue on Greenfield in West Allis, Knuckleheads CBD & Vapes on North Oakland and Pipe Dreams on South Knnickinnic.
Blue on Greenfield’s gorgeous blown glass, signature smoking accessories and top shelf incense make this Milwaukee’s most inimitable shop. There official website gives would-be visitors a clear overview of their catalog and a good idea of what kratomites can expect when shopping their place in-person.
This vendor was the first shop of its kind to institute mandatory mask wearing in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and have continued to exercise best business practices to keep their staff and customers safe.
The name might conjure images of grade A bufoonery on the order of the Three Stooges, but don’t get it twisted. The folks at Knuckleheads CBD & Vapes are anything but foolish.
On the contrary, they have demonstrated exacting business acumen and a devotion to customer satisfaction worthy of Harry Gordon Selfridge himself. Serving both Madison and Milwaukee, neighborhood landmark has taken a no-nonsense approach to delivering the goods.
Their efforts have netted some serious rewards which can be seen in the outpouring of support from local consumers who have left hundreds of four-star reviews on Google and online kratom forum communities.
At one time or another, Knuckleheads has stocked kratom extracts, liquid kratom shots and split kilos. As to whether you’ll find any such “contraband” in 2020, it’s really anyone’s guess. Some proprietors in banned states have seized on legal loopholes to get around state statutes. Others have opted to offer kratom strictly as a form of aromatherapy.
Sadly, reviewers have pointed out that Pipe Dreams no longer carries the demonized herb. As one person says, “…unless laws in Wisconsin change you’ll have to travel down to Illinois to shop for kratom.”
Those who wish to avail themselves of all-natural, unadulterated Ayurvedic herb should always start on the Internet before shopping land-based establishments. The problem with smoke shops is, they invariably procure kratom from third party wholesale distributors. These distributors frequently fail to provide detailed information about their strains and the origins of the same.
What’s worse, third party distributors are under no legal obligation to test their products for potential contamination. As a result, some smoke shop brands can be quite dangerous.
Users have been hospitalized after using a popular smoke shop brand that contained a synthetic painkiller. Furthermore, a salmonella outbreak was traced to headshop kratom products.
By contrast, the best online kratom vendors are GMP compliant, investing heavily in research and development, and enforcing quality control protocols. The most trusted names in the industry submit their kratom powder to third party laboratories where they are tested for heavy metals and other potential adulterants.
The following is my short list of the top kratom sellers online. Each of these brands has been thoroughly vetted, and I have personally sampled their wares.
If you live in America’s Dairyland and you’re looking to brew some Mitra tea, you may want to consider a move to a neighboring state. Short of relocating, you can always take a brief southern sojourn. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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