Living in the so-called Valley of the Sun is pretty freakin’ cool. You’re always breathing fresh mountain air, it rarely rains and you’re surrounded by famous natural landmarks like Camelback Mountain and the Desert Botanical Garden.
The cost of living is 5% lower than the national average and your regular Joe brings in at least $54K a year. As Larry David would say, “Pretty good. Prettyyy…prettyyy…prettyyy good.”
But iconic hot spots, affordable living and awesome weather aside, there are stressors in Arizona as there are stressors everywhere. Phoenix has been called one of the least walkable cities in the nation, which ain’t exactly delightful if you’re an avid outdoorsy type.
The city has also seen a rise in homicides for the second year in a row and a glut of golf courses that have ravaged the region’s natural flora and fauna. And the weather is only really nice for four months of the year. When the summer creeps around and you experience a true Arizona scorcher, you’ll wish you lived in Antarctica.
If all of this has got you buggin’, then you’d probably like to get your hands on some of nature’s natural stress reliever, namely Mitragyna speciosa or kratom colloquially. Kratom powder has become wildly popular in Phoenix with kratom vending machines popping up in Tucson and beyond.
So, where can you find kratom locally in 2018? Let’s take a closer look!
BUY KRATOM FROM A VENDING MACHINE
As Arizonians, you have the unique advantage of purchasing kratom capsules in the same way you would buy a candy bar or a can of Coke on your lunch break. Arizona is the first state to implement kratom vending machines.
One location that has become famous for its kratom vending machines is East Coast Super Subs, a cheesesteak eatery that installed a vending machine in their storefront and filled it with packets of kratom powder.
Locals flocked to the shop to use the machine and now there are lines forming for the controversial Ayurvedic herb. Arizonians have used the powder to kick bad habits, put their anxiety in check and manage chronic pain.
Although the FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use, Arizona residents swear by its efficacy, saying that it helped them relieve their depression and stave off withdrawal symptoms. While there is inconclusive scientific evidence of kratom’s purported benefits, the sheer volume of supporters speaks to its theoretical value as a natural supplement.
If you don’t live in the Tucson area, don’t worry about it because there are plenty of other options at your disposal.
BUY KRATOM AT SMOKE SHOPS OR HEAD SHOPS
Phoenix is home to a wealth of different tobacco shops and glass industry providers. There are chill hookah lounges like Bud’s Glass Joint that not only stock premium kratom but also showcase local artists. Then there are places like It’s All Goodz that have cheap prices and custom-blown paraphernalia.
Here is a short list of local haunts that have great selections and affordable pricing:
- Bud’s Glass Joint
- Happy Healthy High Horny Herbs
- Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop
- OG Smoke Shop
- Paraphernalia Boutique
Each of these stores offers a range of kratom products at reasonable price points. Some, like the colorfully-named Happy Heathy High Horny Herbs shop in Tempe, AZ, cover all your essentials, from herbs and aromatherapy to handmade gifts and digital scales.
Should you buy kratom from smoke shops? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
Consider this: Incidents of kratom-related hospitalization or even death have been largely associated with Krypton Kratom, a smoke shop brand that actually contained the dangerous prescription drug O-desmethyltramadol. These two substances taken in concert present a very real health risk.
This brings us to the other conundrum when it comes to smoke shop kratom. Many smoke shops sell bulk kratom powder in packaging that lacks detailed labeling. As a matter of fact, I’ve talked to at least one smoke shop that couldn’t tell me where they sourced their kratom from or what kind of strain their bulk kratom powder belonged to.
This is how kratom users end up with adulterated product that not only threatens the integrity of their health but also tarnishes kratom’s reputation in the eyes of institutions like the DEA and the FDA.
If you want quality kratom with a guarantee, buying from smoke shops is not the way to go.
USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO BUY KRATOM LOCALLY
If you’re adamant about buying kratom locally, there is no easier way to go about it than by bringing up Google Maps on your iPhone and punching in “kratom near me.” You’ll find at least 14 locations where you can purchase kratom powder or kratom capsules.
To broaden your search, you can use the relatively new app Kratom Maps and type in your ZIP code. The app gives you the ability to select your search parameters from a 1 mile radius to a 300 mile radius.
BUY KRATOM ONLINE
There is no finer choice than buying kratom online, if for no other reason than you’ll know exactly who you’re dealing with and what you’re going to get. The beauty of the internet is that anyone who uses it can be their own private investigator.
A cursory search of Reddit or I Love Kratom will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about a particular kratom vendor and their online store. More importantly, the most trusted kratom vendors will not only tell you where they source their kratom from but they’ll also offer a risk-free money back guarantee.
Here is a short list of the top kratom vendors online:
- Gaia Ethnobotanical
- Coastline Kratom’
- Kraken Kratom
- Kats Botanicals
Each of these vendors provides their customers with discounts, detailed info and dedicated customer support.
There is no shortage of great places where you can find some funky kratom products in Phoenix. However, if your really want kratom powder that you can trust, then you really must hit up one of these legit online vendors.