Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an herb that is becoming increasingly popular due to its numerous medicinal benefits. Fortunately, anyone over 18 is free to buy, sell, or possess this herb in Columbus, Georgia.
This article will provide you with all the information you need to know about kratom — legality, benefits, and prices, among other things. In addition, we will tell you about the situation of kratom sellers near you and delve into some of the herb’s best strains.
Yes, kratom is legal in Columbus, Georgia, for people over 18.
In 2019, Georgia passed HB 551 regulating the preparation, distribution, and sale of kratom products. This measure is based on the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, which protects users from adulterated products or of dubious origin.
At the federal level, kratom is unregulated, meaning that each state can create its own laws. Most have not yet taken action, and only six states have decided to ban it — Wisconsin, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
Therefore, if the national government decides to ban it at the federal level, it could affect most of the country. Anti-kratom organizations, such as the DEA and FDA, are constantly trying to influence the authorities to crack down on kratom.
Recently, they turned to the World Health Organization (WHO) to review kratom and prove that it is a threat to public health. However, the WHO stated that the herb is not dangerous if used responsibly. In fact, they urged states to regulate its use to protect users.
No, we believe that kratom will remain legal in Columbus.
Kratom is regulated in Columbus, and many people benefit from it. Moreover, the WHO has already declared that it poses no threat to public health. All this leads us to believe that kratom will remain legal for the time being.
However, there is always a chance, no matter how small, that Georgia could ban kratom, so we recommend you keep an eye on the news.
Authorities are sometimes influenced by assumptions, leading them to take harsh measures on kratom.
For example, in 2017, in Georgia, a medical examiner stated that eleven deceased people had kratom alkaloids in their blood, and some legislators did not hesitate to attribute these deaths to the herb.
However, they omitted that nine of the eleven had other substances in their systems, and none had a kratom overdose as an official cause of death.
Authorities used this case as an excuse to ban kratom that same year with HB 785. Fortunately, the American Kratom Association (AKA) did its best to publicize positive testimony from a group of Georgia kratom users. As a result, the bill died.
Although kratom is regulated in Georgia, it is difficult to find shops with quality products in Columbus. Taking products of questionable origin and quality is dangerous and increases the likelihood of suffering side effects.
However, this does not mean that you have to look for kratom in other cities. Several stores deliver to your area through the Internet, and some are even more reliable than any physical store in the country. In the next section, we will explain why.
Online vendors are usually manufacturers approved by the AKA, so safety is more than assured. In addition, many offer third-party lab tests of each product on their websites, guaranteeing quality.
Also, buying directly from the manufacturer usually results in a cheaper product since you avoid many intermediaries.
Furthermore, kratom enthusiasts love to shop online, as they can choose from 50 different strains delivered from all over the country. In the case of physical stores, you are limited by their current stock.
Last but not least is the convenience of not leaving your home. With just a couple of clicks, you will receive your favorite products in a couple of days or even hours. Some vendors will even deliver your order for free.
Yes, but it usually depends on the vendor.
As mentioned above, online stores are usually manufacturers, and many are enthusiasts specializing in kratom. Instead, physical shops usually market many other products, and they are likelier not to know how to store the herb properly. Still, this depends on the vendor.
As always, we believe you’ll have a better experience by buying through the web. You can quickly check reviews online and guarantee a quality, safe purchase.
To avoid having an unpleasant experience, you would do well by choosing one of the following online vendors. Some of them are approved by the AKA.
1. Kona Kratom
Kona Kratom leads the market mainly for two simple reasons: quality and variety. However, many of its customers also highlight its logistic services, which are fast and efficient, delivering your order hours after purchase.
In addition, it is a very transparent company, as it offers a complete description of each of its products with its respective third-party laboratory tests. Although their prices may be a little high, the quality is exceptional.
Kona Kratom’s top strains:
- White Maeng Da
- Green Borneo
- Red Malay
2. Star Kratom
Star Kratom offers top-quality products at only $99.99 per kilo. In addition, all other brands envy their delivery times — your order will usually arrive within the same day of purchasing.
The only bad thing about Star Kratom is that it offers little variety of strains, so you will have to settle for the most common ones.
Star Kratom’s top strains:
- Green Dragon
- White Malay
- Green Maeng Da
3. VIP Kratom
VIP Kratom is the favorite brand of many kratom enthusiasts, as it has the best quality on the market. Still, their products are tremendously potent, so we suggest taking small doses at first if you are a beginner.
Although its variety of strains is not the largest, it is acceptable, and you will find it both in powder and capsules. VIP Kratom takes third place because of its high prices — a kilo of kratom costs $179.99.
VIP Kratom’s top strains:
- Red Sumatra
- White Indo
- Green Malay
4. Golden Monk
Golden Monk Kratom
Golden Monk is another great brand for those looking to save money, as they sell a kilo of kratom for only $89.99.
This brand stands out for its excellent delivery service since, in addition to being fast, it is discreet, so you won’t have to worry about unwanted attention from your neighbors.
Unfortunately, they lack some transparency since they don’t show any test results from third-party laboratories on their website. Also, like Star Kratom, this brand does not offer a wide variety of strains, so don’t expect to find more than usual.
Golden Monk’s top strains:
- Red Borneo
- Green Hulu Kapuas
- Red Maeng Da
5. Remarkable Herbs
Remarkable Herbs Kratom
Remarkable Herbs is one of the most famous brands on this list. All their products are of premium quality and are available at reasonable prices. More than 15,000 stores across the country sell their products, so you won’t have a hard time finding them.
Unfortunately, they only sell wholesale, so you will have to find their products in retailers.
Remarkable Herbs’ top strains:
- Red Bali
- White Maeng Da
- Green Thai
6. Kats Botanicals
If you are looking for some diversity, Kats Botanicals is sure to interest you, as they carry unique products that you won’t find anywhere else. For example, they have chocolate kratom powder or Digital Buddha — a blend of white, red, and green-veined strains.
They also sell rare and hard-to-find strains like Green Elephant or White JongKong, making it an excellent brand for enthusiasts. Also, prices are reasonable, with a kilo of kratom costing $140.00 per kilo.
However, many customers complain about their lack of transparency, as their website does not show third-party lab test results.
Kats Botanicals’ top strains:
- White JongKong
- Green Bali
- Red Horn
7. Happy Hippo Herbals
Happy Hippo Herbals
Happy Hippo Herbals is an excellent choice if you are looking for potent products. However, be aware that it is more expensive than VIP Kratom, with a kilo of their kratom costing $224.99.
On their website, you will find multiple discounts and promotions. They also have a loyalty-based point system in place, in which you accumulate points as you buy to later redeem for more products or further discounts.
Happy Hippo Herbals’ top strains:
- Green Sumatra
- Red Kali
- Red Maeng Da
8. Chief Kratom
Chief Kratom is another great vendor that offers quality and price, as they work with 100% pure kratom. Moreover, they have hundreds of positive reviews on the Internet, so you can openly trust them.
However, Chief Kratom has several drawbacks. The first one is that they only sell one kind of product: kratom extracts. Also, they do not specify which strains they use for their products.
After choosing the ideal vendor, you must select the strain that best suits your needs. To save you time and trouble, we’ve created a list of each color’s three most popular varieties.
Green vein kratom powder is the best for beginners because it isn’t as potent as other varieties. Although these strains are generally milder, we recommend starting with small doses, as you never know how your body will respond.
These are the three best selling green-veined strains:
If you are looking for an anxiolytic to help treat depression or insomnia, consider Green Borneo. This strain is also impressively beneficial for anxiety relief.
If you need kratom for both energy and relaxation, go for Green Thai. This strain covers the broad spectrum of the herb’s effects, so you get it all in one.
Green Sumatra is one of the most stimulating green-veined strains, so it will help you perform better during the day. Avoid taking it before sleeping, as it may ruin your sleep schedule.
These are the three best selling red-veined strains:
If you are looking for a potent anxiolytic, go for Red Thai. Curiously, it is one of the few red strains that, at low doses, offer excellent stimulating effects.
Red Sumatra will help relieve your anxiety, but be aware that it has strong sedative effects, so it can send you to sleep early.
Red Borneo is similar to Red Sumatra, and it will help you control anxiety. However, it can also stimulate your mood and energy in low doses.
These are the three best selling white-veined strains:
White Thai is one of the most potent energizing strains you will find on the market, so be aware of when you take it. Also, it will elevate your mood, so it helps you cope with days in which you feel sad or anxious.
White Sumatra can be used both as an energizer and a sedative, making it a complete strain. Its relaxing effects will relieve mild to medium pains.
By taking White Indo, you can also achieve stimulating and sedating effects. It will make you feel relaxed at high doses while energized at small ones.
Many people believe that kratom feels like marijuana or other more potent drugs. However, this is not true, as kratom’s effects are similar to coffee, as in it will boost your overall energy but won’t make you high.
On a physical level, depending on the strain and dosage you take, you will feel mainly energized or relaxed. But on a psychological level, it can help you calm anxiety, induce euphoria, and even promote vivid dreams.
Some vendors, such as Kats Botanicals or Chief Kratom, offer unconventional products. However, you will usually find the three most popular forms on any vendor’s menu: powder, capsules, and tinctures. In this section, you will get to know them in-depth.
Kratom powder is the most common form, as its preparation is quite simple — dry the leaves and crush them. For this reason, you will find it in almost every store, and you will have no problem getting a preferred strain in powder form.
Many people choose varied methods to take powdered kratom to cover its inherent bitter taste. These methods include preparing a tea or “parachuting” your dose.
Kratom capsules are practical since they are easy to measure, transport, and help you avoid the bad taste of the herb. However, they are usually more expensive than powder, so you will have to invest a few extra dollars.
The capsules are made by simply adding the powder into a gelatin capsule — with some practice, you can easily make them yourself.
Tinctures are an easy and practical way to take kratom, as it is simply a matter of placing the dose in your mouth or mixing it in a drink. They also have less risk of side effects, making them excellent for beginners.
Kratom tinctures are prepared by simply dissolving the leaf in some liquid, usually alcohol.
Kratom’s cost varies primarily by who sells it. Some vendors sell it for as little as $90 per kilo, and others for more than twice as much. However, the rarity of the strain can also inflate the price.
The general price range of kratom in the US:
- 1 oz (28 g): $6-$12
- 8 oz (250 g): $30-$55
- 35 oz (1000 g/1 kilo): $90-$240
Cheap kratom is not necessarily poor quality. Some brands, such as Star Kratom, market excellent products tested by third-party laboratories at affordable prices.
Furthermore, powdered kratom is often less expensive because it does not require as much processing as tinctures or capsules do. Also, the most common and easy-to-find strains are lower priced.
Most kratom brands that sell expensive kratom are of superior quality. For example, VIP Kratom is known to sell the best kratom on the market, achieving its reputation through strict quality controls.
Red Dragon, Yellow Horn, and Green Hulu are among the most expensive strains. Also, if you go for capsules or tinctures, you will spend more money than if you were to choose powder, as they require a more complex manufacturing process.
Georgia is one of the few states where kratom is regulated to protect users from adulterated products.
Still, in Columbus, it is difficult to find physical stores that respect the necessary care of the herb, so we recommend you to go directly to online sellers.