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Phoria Kratom Review: A Look Behind the Scenes

Though it shouldn’t be, it’s quite rare to find an educated bulk kratom vendor eager to share their personal & botanical knowledge. Phoria is an exception to this rule…for the most part.

Written by Nigel Ford
Last Updated 4 weeks ago

Nigel Ford

Medical Herbalist

Nigel is a certified herbalist, avid kratom user, and one of the leading members of our Kratom Vendor Review Board. 

Overall Rating:
3.0

If you’ve been looking for a bulk vendor to stock your brick-and-mortar shop, you probably already know that most of them won’t share a single iota of information about their company, their names, their contact info, etc. Their backstories sound identical, and tracing their physical location is hard or impossible.

The most significant difference between Phoria Kratom and other bulk vendors, I think, is the fact that they paint a pretty clear picture of who they are — or at least, who they want you to believe they are. Either way, that’s a lot more than most.

Vendor Rating: 3

Like other bulk vendors, it’s not easy to rate Phoria Kratom. 

While the brand sounds good on paper, some people have had experiences contradicting what’s promised. It baffles the mind how bulk vendors like Phoria can so effectively polarize customer responses. Like other headshop kratom products, people either love Phoria or hate it.

Aka GMP Certified no
Pricing $9.99 — $199.95

Phoria Kratom

3 / 5
Ranked 98 out of 190 vendors

The continued widespread distribution of the product is enough to say that there’s something to it. We can’t write off all the fans of Phoria, nor can we ignore the haters. The incredible depth of scientific knowledge displayed on the site also suggests that, in this case, perhaps the haters hate Phoria merely for their high prices.

About the Company 

Regardless of what people think of the company’s end product, one thing’s certain: Phoria provides much more information about its background, its ownership, and its history than any other bulk vendor we’ve seen.

The Phoria Story” post on the site gives you a unique look at the vendor. Greg, the owner, begins his story with his trip to Indonesiabefore discovering kratom. He learned about it in Asia and brought some back with him.

This took place around 2012. When Greg got home and began researching it, he realized he had stumbled upon something pretty valuable and was still very early in the market. He thus went to work crafting a reliable, attractive, and consistent site where people could buy it.

With over a decade of experience in the industry, coupled with Greg’s regular visits to Indonesia, we have an excellent site here. They strive to become the biggest kratom vendor worldwide.

Check out their “About Us” page. Most gas station kratom suppliers might have a generic-sounding paragraph. Phoria has several pages’ worth of information about the company’s origins, mission statement, sustainability goals, etc.

Here are a few tidbits they tell readers:

  • They’re true pioneers with over a decade of experience traveling to Indonesia in search of quality leaves
  • They’re dedicated to sustainability and the fair treatment of workers
  • Their primary commitment is to ensure customers are satisfied
  • They try to sell their products through vendors that have a good reputation
  • To improve communities, they select who they work with (both Stateside and in Indonesia)
  • They prefer manual labor to industrial labor on a private farm to ensure sustainable production

The company offers a lot of pictures throughout the entire website, presumably from their own farm and processing facilities. These aren’t stock photos. They look like Phoria employees’ pictures showcasing their production facilities and farmland. Many focus on Indonesian kratom farmers or sustainable tools for powdering the products.

Overall, the entire website is professionally built, seems reliable, and offers lots of information for anybody who wants to learn more.

They do not allow returns on opened products, but there’s free shipping on orders over $50.

The site claims they test each batch for pathogens, heavy metals, residual solvents, and alkaloid content before selling it. The company claims to follow cGMP practices.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Available in common shops
  • Founder travels to Indonesia to inspect farms
  • Decent selection
  • More transparent than most bulk vendors
Cons
  • Plenty of unsatisfied customers
  • Associated with an adulteration controversy

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Phoria Kratom Product Reviews

Phoria has a decent assortment of extracts for sale and is unafraid to send free samples. An entire website page outlines the products available for sampling and how to order them. Most reports on their free samples suggest that they’re very potent.

Many folks suggest that if you’re spending money at Phoria’s, you should try and get as many free samples as possible before paying for large orders.

Product NameOur RatingPrice Range
Kratom Leaf Powder3/5$9.99 to $129.99
Kratom Capsules3/5$69.95 – $199.95
Kratom Tinctures4.5/5$49.95
Kratom Extracts4/5$19.95 – $189.95

1. Kratom Leaf Powder

Staying true to their claim that they’re the #1 kratom extract vendor, it’s easy to overlook that they even sell regular kratom. Their main page focuses on their extracts, and product pages often reveal any standard kratom products as “similar items.”

In fact, this article had to be rewritten because I initially thought that Phoria sold extracts exclusively.

Kratom powders are available in the following sizes:

  • 28 grams (1 ounce) for $9.99
  • 90 grams (3.17 ounces) for $17.99
  • 250 grams (8.81 ounces) for $29.99
  • 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) for $99.99

Here is an overview of some of the top kratom powders from the Phoria Kratom:

Phoria Kratom Black Maeng Da

Phoria is one of the few vendors offering Black Maeng Da, one of the newest kratom strains to hit the market. The blackness is produced by fire-roasting the freshly-picked kratom leaves.

Humans cook food, especially vegetables, because the dense fibers and minerals are difficult to digest. Denaturing them with heat and agitation loosens the bonds and makes them easier to digest.

This is the idea behind the production of Phoria’s Black Maeng Da. Roasting the kratom supposedly helps release the alkaloids from the leaves, allowing for much more efficient assimilation.

This would mean that the alkaloids are absorbed much more quickly. It can also help reduce digestive issues, which are common complaints among kratom users since the indigestible fibers are already broken down.

Phoria Kratom Platinum Enhanced Kratom Powder

Though it’s not an extract itself, Phoria’s platinum extract kratom powder takes advantage of the potency of its premium extract. Four grams of the company’s 45% extract are mixed into each kilo of its enhanced kratom.

According to the company, this makes the end product about 3x stronger than it would normally be. The result? You use less kratom powder to achieve the desired effect. It’s only available in 90- or 250-gram tubs for $24.99 or $49.99, respectively.

Phoria Kratom Gold

Gold Kratom can be difficult to pin down, mainly because there’s no official definition of what it is. The consensus is that gold kratom is a custom-made blend including two or more of a vendor’s strains.

Phoria takes this definition to a new level by mixing all nine of their regular kratom strains into a single product. The resulting gold kratom contains “alkaloids from Southeast Asia” and is a customer favorite.                                           

Other Strains Offered By Phoria Kratom

  • Borneo Green
  • Borneo Red
  • Borneo White
  • Green Maeng Da
  • Green Malay
  • Red Bali
  • Red Dragon
  • Red Maeng Da
  • White Maeng Da

2. Kratom Capsules

Kratom capsules are just another way to get kratom into the body without dealing with the unpleasant flavor and texture.

Capsules are generally more expensive than bulk powder. Phoria sells 30 capsules of any regular kratom strain for $9.99, even though the total weight is only about 15 grams. The same price would buy an ounce of powder.

Phoria K-Line Kratom Extract Capsules

Two products are available in capsule form from the company’s K-Line of products, the K45 and K90 Kratom Extract Capsules. The number in the name indicates the amount of mitragynine (kratom’s primary alkaloid) in milligrams per capsule.

These capsules ring in at a much higher price than most of Phoria’s competitors. But there are also a few more positive reviews and fewer warnings from dissatisfied customers to be found online.

Perhaps Phoria is one of the few bulk vendors who put in the work to produce what they deem to be “pharmaceutical-grade” kratom. Their knowledge of kratom and its constituents certainly surpasses many other vendors in the market.  

Phoria BioK Kratom Extract Soft Gels

Usually, when companies use terms like “nano-emulsified, pharmaceutical-grade kratom,” there’s not a lot of science to back up their claims. Phoria Kratom, however, is using a viable process that would explain the ridiculous price of these capsules.

Nano-emulsions are “isotropic dispersed systems of two non-miscible liquids.” Generally, this means they blend an oily/fatty substance and a water-based substance, which typically don’t mix [5].

In the case of kratom, mitragynine is fat-soluble. Some of it disperses in water, but researchers recognize it as a lipid-soluble substance. The potential for developing an extract that fully fuses the non-miscible mitragynine with water would have massive potential [6].

Judging by the reviews on the product page, this is exactly the case. Nano-emulsified kratom feels cleaner, lasts longer, and takes effect quicker than kratom derived from regular kratom leaf. Each extract capsule contains at least 30 mg of (nano-emulsified) mitragynine.

Phoria Platinum Enhanced Kratom Capsules

Phoria’s Platinum Enhanced Kratom Powder is a treat, but there’s no doubt it’s a bit rough going down. Buying the same powder as a capsule is much more enjoyable and almost worth paying twice the price for.

3. Kratom Tinctures

Kratom tinctures generally refer to any liquid-based kratom extract and very rarely to actual tinctures, which are alcohol-based.  

Phoria K180 Liquid Kratom Extract

This product is relatively new in the Phoria lineup and is one of their most potent. The highly bioavailable product contains 6 mg of mitragynine out of 13 mg of alkaloids per milliliter of extract.

The container and dropper contain the appropriate markings to measure your dosage easily. They recommend caution when using products this strong.

4. Kratom Extracts

Kratom extracts are powerful products made by isolating or concentrating the active components found in kratom. Phoria Kratom has been accused of adulterating its products with additional alkaloids. Basically, this is what’s involved in making an extract, although the study portrays this quite negatively.

Regardless, Phoria does offer a unique line of extract products. They’re also a lot more expensive than their competitors.

Phoria Kratom K60 Extract Tablets

As with many other vendors, Phoria claims their products are the strongest in existence. The major difference is that Phoria is staffed by people who clearly understand the pharmacology of kratom. They also know the alkaloids and processes for properly extracting and manipulating them.

The result is products like their Kratom Extract Tablets. Even experienced kratom users discuss these in a positive light. The K60 tablets are currently the only ones available, and they’re 80% mitragynine isolate by weight, totaling 60 mg of raw mitragynine.

Kratom tablets are available from several other vendors, but none have been praised like Phoria’s. Tablets are similar to capsules but manufactured differently, producing something closer to a pressed pill. These pills can be stamped full of isolated kratom alkaloids and remain stable longer than capsules.

Phoria Kratom Gummies

If you’ve come in search of magic, then you’ve found it: a way to consume kratom that tastes good! Each kratom gummy contains 15 mg of mitragynine, and they can come in various flavors: key lime, orange, cherry lime, peach, or peach mojito.

Ten gummies cost $19.99, and 50 cost $79.99. The respective mitragynine contents are 150 mg and 750 mg, respectively. The gummies are vegan and gluten-free, using Phoria’s standardized 65% extract.

Despite sounding incredibly promising, there aren’t any verified reviews of the gummies on the website.

Phoria Full-Spectrum Extract Powder

Phoria offers an extract powder that contains 45% alkaloid content by weight. It’s not cheap; the prices above are for a single gram or five grams, respectively. The former contains 450 mg of mitragynine and a whopping 2,250 mg of mitragynine. That’s more than two grams of pure alkaloid, about 37x the strength of standard kratom.

Phoria explains that producing extracts with any more mitragynine than this hinder the plant’s natural entourage effect. Not only does this validate our earlier speculation regarding the action of kratom’s alkaloids, but it also showcases that Phoria is aware of both the minutiae of kratom’s activity and their limitations as scientists.     

The extract doesn’t seem to be a big hitter, though. It’s one of the few products on the site with no reviews accompanying it. The description also clearly states that the extract is not adulterated with 7-hydroxymitragynine, as suggested by the study claiming adulteration.     

Is Phoria Kratom Legit?

Aside from some dubious branding in the name, there’s little reason to question their legitimacy. Though they don’t make medical claims, the cGMP guidelines say that you shouldn’t include any references to scientific or medical studies in your product descriptions or labels.

Their claims are backed by scientific knowledge, and they are pretty transparent in terms of history. Also, a batch number is stamped onto the product, so you can get the test results. Despite the questions, this is indeed a sign of legitimacy.

That said, reviews online are still extremely polarized.

This trend is typical, though: high-potency kratom extracts almost always have reviews that fluctuate between extremes, and more experienced users are less likely to enjoy them.

This could mean that it’s not an issue of quality but rather due to the entourage effect. In other words, more is not always better. Focusing on a single alkaloid while neglecting the others might be a detriment [4].

It’s also possible that people develop tolerance to individual alkaloids separately. This would explain why even some long-term users report great experiences, whereas others experience nothing.

The Adulteration Controversy

If you’ve been in the kratom scene for a while, then you’re likely aware of when adulteration of kratom was a thing (I think it still is).

A few years ago, a study concluded that the manufacturers of certain kratom products were adulterating them with additional amounts of 7-hydroxymitragynine [1].

Several companies were indicated, and Phoria produced most of the products analyzed. Their Green, Red, White, “Regular,” Borneo Red, Borneo Green, Maeng Da Blue Lotus, and Maeng Da Kava were tested.

The study analyzed levels of 7-hydroxymitragynine — an opioid-like alkaloid found in kratom. According to the reference study, kratom leaves generally contain 114-134 ng/mg of 7-hydroxymitragynine [2]. 

Phoria says 7/8 of their tested capsule products were proven to have 109–520% more of the alkaloid than was to be found in regular, raw kratom leaf.

However, the keyword here could be the word raw.It’s unclear whether the study refers to fresh or unprocessed kratom since it is consumed raw. But it’s well-known among kratom growers that exposure to the elements can change the alkaloid content of kratom. This is why proper drying and harvesting techniques are so important.

One study observes that even though 7-hydroxymitragynine is found in concentrations of less than 0.01% fresh weight, it often composes up to 2% of the weight of commercial kratom products, including extracts. This would more than account for the difference observed in the study that claims adulteration [3].

Furthermore, to adulterate their products, they would first have to get the 7-hydroxymitragynine from somewhere — either synthesizing or extracting it from other kratom leaves. Extracting 5x the amount of 7-hydroxymitragynine found in the plant matter would be extremely expensive and most likely stop any profits.

Lastly, apologies for the semantics, but by definition, nothing was adulterated. According to Webster’s Dictionary, adulterating is adding or replacing part of a product with a foreign agent. Kratom is the only known source of 7-hydroxymitragynine, so it should hardly be considered foreign.

What am I saying? Take the claims with a grain of salt, but don’t dismiss them entirely.                                                                                    

What You Can Expect To Pay

If you’ve read through the previous sections, you’ll know that Phoria isn’t pricing its products to appeal to a wide audience. They’re pricing them based on the effort and equipment required to produce such outstanding extracts.

This is, of course, a deterrent for many. A dozen other vendors make similar claims with much less exorbitant prices — and many have a better reputation.

Still, with extracts and capsules ranging close to $200 per bottle, you’ll want to take advantage of some of their discounts.

At Phoria, you can save on shipping if you spend more than $60, which isn’t hard. Most of their extract products start at around the same price range. Save an additional 20% if you spend over $150.

You can also collect points to cash in if you’re a registered member of the website. Each dollar you spend earns you a point.

Earning money as an affiliate is also an option. You’ll earn $25 for signing up and a 30% lifetime commission on any products sold through your affiliate link.

Accepted Payment Options

Currently, they only offer the following options:

  • Cashier’s check
  • Credit card
  • Money order

What Other Customers Say About This Brand

There’s a ton of contrast between the professionalism of the website and the user response. There’s a fair deal of discussion about the brand on Reddit — something we don’t see very often regarding bulk dealerships — but not all of it is positive.

One post from 2015 reflects the realization of user wutdabidness that he could save money, time, and life by ordering kratom online. He concludes that Phoria caps are a “damn rip off” and that making his own caps would be “like 10x better almost.”

Some of the mentions are positive. Liquidprints says that he’s day one into opiate withdrawal and that, thanks to Phoria, he’s actually feeling great. That means their products are strong enough to bind to the mu opioid receptors at least as strongly as pharmaceutical opioids.

In recent years, reports have become even more conflicting. 

On the one hand, you have glowing reviews from folks like djpurity666, a highly active, fit individual who takes kratom as a pre-workout before hitting the gym. They enjoy the come-up as they become increasingly more powerful.

Despite being sleep-deprived and off-beat from getting no sleep the night before (thanks to — cough — taking too much kratom and developing insomnia as a result), they found that Phoria’s K45 capsules cut through their fatigue and turned them into a powerhouse. 

More recently, a thread was filled with people raving about their K90 extract — allegedly the most potent. Some said that none of Phoria’s products work besides their K90. Another thread had a user showcase nearly a dozen products she’d had delivered. 

Out of all of them, she found Phoria to be the only underwhelming one. Other users agreed, saying that Phoria is generally garbage, but if any of them worked, it would be the K90 Phoria extract. 

Shipping & Returns

Free global shipping is available on orders of $50 or more, according to the checkout process. However, Phoria doesn’t seem to agree with itself regarding whether or not they ship internationally.

The FAQ page says they do not ship internationally, period. However, on the affiliate page, they answer the question of international shipping twice, with both answers conflicting with the one on their FAQ page.

Kratom leaf and flower.

One answer says they ship to the US and Canada, and the other says they ship internationally, so you can use your affiliate link without worry worldwide.

Returns are accepted within 24 hours of receiving your order and only on unopened products. You must pay the shipping on returns.

Best Alternative Kratom Vendors

Phoria Kratom has a better reputation than many other gas station vendors. But that still leaves it a long way from having what I’d consider a positive one. Here are some of the best companies we’ve ever reviewed. Order from one of these hard-hitting industry leaders, and you won’t be disappointed.

1. Star Kratom

Aka GMP Certified yes
Pricing $35 — $95
Verified Vendor

Star Kratom

4.9 / 5
Ranked 2 out of 190 vendors

Star Kratom is a rags-to-riches story embodied by a small company that fought tooth and nail to rise to the top amongst hundreds of competitors in their local region and thousands worldwide. The best part is that their success came through honesty, hard work, dedication, and commitment.

All you’ll get is high-end kratom for a great price, delivered quickly. Star Kratom is usually the go-to for people who forgot to place their order and realized it a day or two late, hoping to get it before the weekend.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Fast shipping
  • Great customer service
  • Great variety
  • Money back guarantee

Cons:

  • Limited selection

2. VIP Kratom

Aka GMP Certified yes
Pricing $40.00 — $125.00
Verified Vendor

VIP Kratom

4.85 / 5
Ranked 4 out of 190 vendors

VIP Kratom is for people who unabashedly adore their kratom. Rightfully so, you should feel proud when your kratom arrives in the mail. VIP Kratom assures you that whenever you get a parcel delivered, you’ve got something to showcase to your friends. 

VIP’s chic packaging and minimalistic vibe are only a pretense to the high-quality products they sell. In addition to their fantastic customer service and reliability, VIP Kratom remains one of the best vendors we’ve seen.

Pros:

  • Consistent and potent products
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Good variety
  • Lab tested

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive

3. Kona Kratom

Aka GMP Certified yes
Pricing $45.00 — $115.00
Verified Vendor

Kona Kratom

4.95 / 5
Ranked 1 out of 190 vendors

Kona Kratom is one of the pioneering kratom brands that first stepped foot into Indonesia to ensure that things were up to American standards regarding safety and working conditions. They continually strive to promote awareness of the kratom industry from plant to product. 

This is reflected in the quality of their product, the knowledge of their staff, and the satisfaction you get knowing your money contributes to the health and well-being of the farmers. For a good reason, Kona Kratom remains one of our favorite vendors.

Pros:

  • Early investigators into Indonesian kratom farming
  • Good variety
  • Knowledgeable about the kratom industry
  • Great customer service
  • Dedicated to good ethics

Cons:

  • Shipping could be faster

Final Thoughts: A Step Up From the Competition

Phoria Kratom has surpassed all expectations regarding being knowledgeable and properly educated about its products. Not only do they understand the kratom plant, but the company must employ qualified biochemists who know how to work with phytochemicals to produce unique products.

There are no funny claims or unreasonable assumptions made on Phoria’s website. You might not even recognize the depth of their knowledge until you spend a few hours combing the site, connecting the dots in the pages upon pages of information available on their product pages.

At the end of the day, I might not shell out the cash for their kratom softgels, but I’d still recommend them to others. And I’d certainly say it’s worth your time to order a few free samples of their potent tablets and extracts.

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