Kratom is a powerful natural medicinal plant with a long history of traditional use for boosting energy and alleviating chronic pain.
More and more people in the Western world are using it due to the various health benefits it carries.
Fortunately, in New Jersey, you can access it legally.
This article will show you the different types of kratom available, where to get them, how to find which kind you need, and all the necessary information you should know before using it.
Yes, kratom is legal in New Jersey.
However, in 2015 the authorities created bill NJ A443 to criminalize this plant’s possession, manufacture, distribution, and marketing because of its opiate-like properties. Fortunately, this bill didn’t pass, and neither did it the two times the government resurrected the bill in 2018 and 2020.
After various attempts to criminalize the use of kratom, several defenders of the plant joined together to sign a petition that would keep kratom legal.
There are two ways to obtain kratom in New Jersey, as in almost every place where it’s legal. You can get it in physical stores or online.
Buying kratom online is undoubtedly the best option, and there are several reasons for this, and it’s not because you can get it from the comfort of your home.
The biggest reason to buy online is safety. Online sellers are usually also the manufacturers. Not only are they more likely to test and certify their products, but the results are (or at least, should be) readily accessible. Unfortunately, in-store vendors don’t usually do so.
In addition, online sellers usually offer a wider variety of kratom strains, making it much easier to find the one you need, and usually at better prices.
The prices of in-store vendors are usually higher, the origin of their kratom is unknown, and getting a quality product is more complicated. This means you can find more affordable prices (fewer intermediaries) and get a higher quality product by buying online.
However, if you decide to purchase kratom locally, here’s a list of the best places to get kratom in New Jersey:
- V.Y.R.T. Glass & Vapes (Jersey City)
- Holy Smokes (Elizabeth)
- Elite Wellness (Brick Township)
- PipeNJ Heady Glass (Brick Township)
- Montreal Vape N’ Smoke (East Brunswick)
Just remember, lab tests are the only way to ensure that the kratom you want to buy does not contain harmful or illegal content. Unfortunately, there have already been cases of lousy kratom and users with severe consequences.
Whether through the American Kratom Association or individually, make it an ironclad requirement that kratom vendors test their products and publicly attach the results.
There are many kratom strains, and each one produces different effects, so you must have a clear purpose before choosing one. That way, you’ll know what strain to pick, and you can more easily find the perfect fit.
The easiest way to classify kratom strains is by their respective colors: white, green, and red.
White vein kratom provides mood-elevating and stimulating effects. This is due to its high 7-hydroxymitragynine content, an alkaloid that interacts with serotonergic receptors. Interestingly, white kratom provides more stimulating effects at lower doses.
Red vein kratom is a potent analgesic, and it has a similar mechanism of action to opioids. This is because mitragynine, its primary active alkaloid, is a strong mu-opioid agonist. For this reason, users constantly choose this vein color to combat chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
Green vein kratom is the middle ground between white and red kratom. These are the most balanced strains, and none of the two main alkaloids stand out on their chemical profiles. Green strains tend to be less potent, but you should still start slow if you’re a beginner.
Each strain of kratom is unique. Some are much better for managing pain; others are better for boosting energy and focus.
Here’s a starting point for determining which kratom to use depending on your individual situation.
Kratom can be an excellent painkiller if used correctly. Red vein kratom tends to be best for this purpose because of its high content of 7-hydroxymitragynine. This mu-opioid agonist alkaloid makes it a potent and sedative analgesic.
That said, beware that an excessive dose of red vein kratom could lead to undesirable effects such as lethargy, moodiness, and low blood pressure.
Kratom can be an excellent tool to help us start the day with energy and concentration. However, you must remember that not all kratom strains are helpful for this. If you choose the wrong one, you could end up with the opposite effects.
If you aim to boost your focus, go with white or green vein kratom in low doses.
Kratom can help with opiate withdrawals. This is because its active alkaloids behave similarly to opiates, thus, producing similar effects.
Red strains are best to combat withdrawal because, as previously mentioned, it’s a potent pain reliever and works in the same way opioids do.
Insomnia can be a problem that many people do not know how to deal with, and they end up turning to pharmacological drugs that generate dependence in the long term.
Red kratom can be an excellent natural alternative because of its soothing nature, and it doesn’t carry nearly as many side effects as other sleep aids.
Kratom is not a quick solution and won’t cure any disease or magically make any condition disappear.
Whether you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, you’ll need appropriate treatment besides taking kratom. That said, kratom can be beneficial for both of these conditions.
White strains are best for treating depression, while red vein ones are optimal for anxiety.
Kratom is safe as long as you adhere to proper dosage and frequency.
Unfortunately, people who have bad experiences with the plant don’t generally respect these two key factors.
Any active substance will bring you undesirable consequences when misused, and kratom is no exception.
The chances of suffering from side effects from kratom are low as long as you consume it responsibly and conscientiously. Don’t overdo it with dosage and frequency, and you’ll likely be fine.
That said, kratom misuse may lead to:
- Low blood pressure
The dose range of kratom is large — ranging from microdoses of less than 1 gram of dried powder all the way up to high doses of 12 grams or more.
The best dose to use depends on what you’re using kratom for. If you want the energizing benefits, aim for lower doses (1–5 grams). If pain-relief or sleep-support are the primary goals, higher doses (over 5 grams) usually work better.
Remember, it’s always best to start low and work your way up if necessary.
Here’s the general kratom dosage guideline:
- Low dose (1 – 3 g)
- Medium dose (3 – 6 g)
- High dose (6 –10 g)
Frequency is just as personal as dose and will significantly depend on what you’re using kratom for.
While some users may need to use it more frequently than others, a general rule is that you should only take kratom when completely necessary. Daily use of kratom is not recommended.
Despite several attempts to ban kratom, more and more people are accepting of and benefiting from kratom. For this reason, we believe that kratom will remain legal in New Jersey and eventually become legalized in all other states where it’s currently illegal.