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Quick Start Guide to Kratom

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What You Need to Know as a First-Time Kratom Buyer

As a first-time kratom buyer, it’s important to note that kratom is not currently approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, we can only sell it as an unapproved dietary ingredient, sold for external use only.

We’re unable to sell or market kratom for human consumption, nor can we offer advice on taking it orally as this would be considered a violation of the current U.S. laws.

To this end, as a compliant vendor, we sell kratom for botanical uses and research purposes only.

How Much Kratom Do I Need?

In smaller quantities (usually ranging from 1 to 4 grams), kratom tends to have an “aroma” that is more stimulating and invigorating.

In larger quantities (5 grams or more), kratom’s “aroma” is more soothing and relaxing.

Remember that kratom extracts are more concentrated. It’s generally best to start with a smaller quantity of kratom when seeking a specific “aroma.” Remember you can always add more kratom to the mix if you decide you’d prefer a larger quantity. Whereas if you accidentally utilize too much kratom, you may encounter challenges (i.e. it’s impossible to remove excess kratom from a soap mix or incense blend.)

Which Kratom Variety Do I Choose?

Choosing the right kratom strain and variety can be a challenge. Don’t get overwhelmed. Each strain of kratom has slightly different properties. The strains are each named for the region where it is cultivated, including Bali, Sumatra, Thai, Indo (for Indonesia), Malay (for Malaysia) and Kali (for the Kalimantan region on the island of Borneo.)

In addition to kratom strains, you’ll also see reference to type or color. There are three basic types of kratom: green vein, white vein and red vein. The vein color refers to the color of the stem and the vein that runs through the leaves.

Each strain is slightly different in terms of the “aroma,” but generally speaking:

  • Red vein kratom varieties tend to have the most relaxing and soothing “aroma;”
  • White vein kratom varieties tend to have the most stimulating and invigorating “aroma.”
  • Green vein kratom tends to be a middle ground. Its “aroma” is both stimulating and invigorating in smaller quantities and more relaxing and soothing in larger quantities.

We recommend keeping it simple. Choose a kratom vein color from below based on your preferences. Once you have a baseline feel free to try a couple varieties of that color to see which kratom variety produces the most desirable “aroma” for you.


Want to learn more about kratom quality and value? Start here:
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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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