Vendor Rating: 3
Boasting the “World’s Best Tasting Kratom” is a pretty impressive claim considering kratom tastes horrible. It has made the flavor more palatable without hijacking the price.
The American Kratom Association (AKA) also certifies the company, so its quality must meet high standards.
And yet, it lacks a serious online presence. The few reviews I found seem to cite the same unverifiable 5-star customer reviews plastered on the company’s homepage for years.
Unfortunately, there is very little about them on the internet. There’s a single Reddit post where commenters are divided between thinking Tusk is a ripoff and that it’s the greatest thing ever. Aside from that, there’s not much else besides Tusk’s own favorable reviews.
Until we know more, we can’t rate this company higher.
Tusk Kratom is based out of Orlando, Florida, and boasts… well, they boast a whole lot of things. Among their claims, Tusk Kratom says that:
- They have the best-tasting kratom on the market.
- They set a new standard for the kratom industry with their ultra-premium products.
- Their products are the strongest standard kratom products on the market containing at least 30% more mitragynine than competitors.
- Their kratom is sourced from the rarest and most genetically pure kratom trees.
If this were true, then Tusk Kratom would immediately earn itself a place among great vendors. With a beautifully-designed website, clearly written by someone who cares for what they’re doing and who they’re writing to, Tusk at least has passion and dedication.
This allows them to present themselves as a customer-centric brand with good service.
One of their goals is to make the whole process of purchasing kratom less confusing and more streamlined. To do this, they have reduced the number of strains available and focused on offering a variety of easy-to-use products like gummies.
Pros and Cons
- Great customer service
- Reasonable prices
- Great packaging and presentation
- Allows transactions via credit cards
- Interesting variety of products
- Very few reviews, and those are divided
- Lack of choices between different strains
- Limited information on the company
Since Tusk Kratom doesn’t offer a ridiculous number of products, it’ll be easy enough to give you a picture of almost everything they offer. Despite having only a few products for sale, they have a more innovative array of goods than most.
Kratom Leaf Powder
Tusk Kratom doesn’t have many types of kratom powder — and I personally think that’s for the better.
Reducing their kratom varieties to three colors of Maeng Da plus their unique Train Wreck kratom — all allegedly from the original plantation — makes them transparent and helps you feel a bit less confused.
However, we question their honesty and transparency when we contemplate their claim that their kratom trees are “ancestrally related to the original Maeng Da strain.” Maeng Da is generally just a term for the strongest kratom leaves available.
Starting at the reasonable price of $7.99 for a jar containing 30 grams, this Red Maeng Da has 14.23 mg/g of mitragynine, which is an impressive improvement over the average alkaloid content of kratom leaf. Most high-end kratom powder tends to provide about 12% mitragynine.
Tusk acknowledges that the reddening of the leaves is the result of exposure to the sun’s UV rays (although they word this carefully so as not to confirm that this is done post-harvest, instead suggesting it’s because the “leaf mature[s] to its fullest potential”).
You can purchase bags of up to 250 grams, which cost $24.99. You can also buy a 6-pack of these packages for a total of 1.5 kilograms for $149.94. This means you save zero dollars by ordering a 6-pack instead of six individual ones.
Tusk Kratom Green Vein Maeng Da
Tusk Kratom’s Green Maeng Da is about what you’d expect: green kratom, except much stronger. They say the leaves are exposed to a “mild amount of UV [rays]” and thus have lower alkalinity levels. Does this mean they’re more acidic? There’s disagreement about how acidity affects kratom’s absorption, but Tusk doesn’t state their stance.
Apparently, the result of this low alkalinity is a mild, relaxing, and less bitter experience. You can’t go wrong, considering it’s the same price as the red vein and just as strong.
They say they harvest these leaves when the trees are still immature and growing, producing a high-potency leaf rich in stimulating alkaloids.
The leaves are then dried indoors to minimize exposure to UV rays and thus the degradation of mitragynine into 7-hydroxymitragynine, which is more sedating. This is their strongest tasting and, therefore, the most bitter; they recommend it for people familiar with the flavor of kratom.
Tusk Kratom Train Wreck Kratom Powder
Tusk Kratom also offers a product known as Train Wreck Kratom, which, as far as I can discern, is simply a mix of the other three types they sell — the description says it “combines the best features of each of the strains.”
However, this doesn’t explain how or why it “provides a stronger and superior experience than any singular strain on its own,” since the lab test results show the mitragynine content is significantly lower.
Perhaps this is something akin to the entourage effect associated with cannabis and CBD tinctures: when all alkaloids are used together, they produce greater benefits.
This is the same price as the other strains.
Kratom capsules are a great way to enjoy kratom while on the go. They’re pre-weighed, easy to consume without making a mess, and less suspicious than a glove compartment full of bags of green powder.
Tusk offers both their regular kratom powder and their extracts in capsules. Their regular strains of kratom (Train Wreck, Green, Red, and White) cost $8.99 for 30 capsules, 120 capsules for $18.99, a huge money-saver, or 275 capsules, which are even cheaper, totaling $25.99.
Each capsule contains 600 mg of kratom leaf powder, so you’re getting just over half the weight of kratom as you would if you bought pure kratom powder.
What you’re spending in cash, you’re saving time and effort. Anyone who has ever tried encapsulating kratom will attest to this.
Unfortunately, plenty of other vendors offer kratom capsules for a significantly lower price.
These extracts come in capsules, liquids, and edibles.
Heed warnings about using extracts too often since these are more potent and require diligence. It’s easy to build a tolerance or become addicted when using them.
You can also purchase kratom extracts in capsule form. You have two options to choose from: their platinum extract or their gold extract.
- Gold Kratom Capsules: Delivers 110 mg of pure mitragynine. A 3-pack contains 330 mg; a ten-pack has 1.1 g total mitragynine.
- Platinum Capsules: Delivers 178 mg of mitragynine per capsule. A 3-pack contains 534 mg; a ten-pack has 1.78 g of total mitragynine.
The company assures buyers that these capsules are unadulterated.
The site does caution people against using more than one capsule daily due to their potency.
Generally, people feel queasy, sleepy, nauseous, or otherwise uninterested in consuming more kratom once they reach a certain threshold. This varies greatly depending on body weight and metabolism, but more than 10-15 g becomes unpleasant for most people.
Okay, that said, on to the pricing! You can buy three capsules of the Platinum for $17.99 or a ten-pack of the three-packs (what? Yes, you read that right. The total count is 30) for $179.90.
The Gold Capsules are $14.99 for three or $149.90 for 30.
Once again, you save no money by ordering in bulk. However, it brings you closer to the $200 threshold for free shipping!
Tusk Kratom remains innovative in developing kratom tinctures, spending a great deal of time formulating Liquid Kratom Shots that work like those ultra-potent caffeinated Energy Shots.
The Gold Kratom Shot contains 150 mg of mitragynine. Platinum has a whopping 300 mg of mitragynine.
The site bills these as a handy solution for when you’re on the go and need a quick kratom drink but neglects to mention you should not down one of these in a single shot. If you do, you’re probably not going anywhere besides the bathroom for a long time.
I’m not sure whether the green apple flavoring they’ve added to shield your taste buds from the disgusting flavor normally accompanying a product containing 150-300 mg of mitragynine is a blessing or a curse.
Each shot is 1.93 fluid ounces or 57 ml. You would be wise to treat these products like strong medicinal tinctures. The site says each bottle contains five doses, but how to measure those doses is unclear.
Using an eyedropper, such as those used to measure doses of medicinal tinctures, could be extremely helpful for minimizing the chance of an overdose.
The tinctures come in single bottles for $19.99 or packs of 12 for $239.88. Once again, buying in bulk will save you an impressive zero dollars and cents (but it will make you eligible for free shipping).
Other Kratom Products
Here’s where Tusk Kratom shines again: their innovation. They offer two products that aren’t common features among other vendors — kratom gummies and gum.
If the thought of both of these makes you queasy, you’re not alone. The thought of chewing kratom brings a sense of endless astringency and dry mouth. Fortunately, both of these products are formulated to allow people to enjoy them without the flavor associated with kratom.
- Kratom Extract Gummies come in one flavor: mandarin orange. A ten-pack costs $19.99, and each gummy contains 35 mg of mitragynine. Despite the 19 five-star reviews on the company’s website, most people on public forums seem to agree that the gummies don’t have much effect.
- Kratom Extract Gum also contains 35 mg of mitragynine per piece and can be chewed without tasting anything besides the mint flavor. Like the gummies, they’re available in 10-packs for $19.99.
Both of these products have been reviewed by users on Reddit who say that, despite being innovative, they’re not very strong.
Many people question how cramming such a large amount of mitragynine into a product without it tasting like crap is possible.
Tusk Kratom is legit, but it’s hard to tell how good the company is due to the conflicting reports from people. The American Kratom Association certified the company, which says a lot — or at least it used to.
However, if their claims were accurate, everybody would be buying them, but the site remains obscure, with nearly zero mentions anywhere on the internet.
It’s really hard to find information about them online aside from the glaringly positive reviews posted on the vendor’s own websites, as well as a number of reviews from popular vendor review sites such as Golden Monk, Kratom Guides, and now, here.
That said, plenty of vendors make ridiculous claims about their products. They might be misleading, but this doesn’t mean they’re garbage.
However, a thorough search on Reddit yields some interesting results. Tusk Kratom is only mentioned once in the entire archive of Reddit. Odd. In this thread, several people share their experiences with the elusive and beautifully-designed website with its incredible claims.
Here, things become very divided. About half the users say that Tusk is crap, and the other half say they’re amazing. For specific quotes, scroll down to our section on what people say.
One thing I noticed was that all the posts bashing Tusk were from five months ago, whereas beginning about two months ago, a new set of commenters began to shower the company with praise. It’s possible they cleaned up their act.
And it may be that they’re a front. A separate company, Monster Vape Labs, seems to own Tusk Kratom. A quick gander over to Monster Vape Labs’ website reveals that their pride and joy is their 49,000-square-foot GMP-certified lab, where they verify the quality of supplements and chemicals.
While you can look at the company’s Certificate of Analysis for their various products and see that they are tested at Sante Laboratories in Texas, things still don’t line up. The mitragynine percentage is verified, yet people’s experiences don’t seem to line up.
Monster Vape Labs, like Tusk Kratom, is based in Florida. And, like Tusk, they specialize in providing innovative products, in this case, tobacco-free nicotine. For whatever reason, they tout their synthetic nicotine as a smoother, tasteless alternative to harmful plant-based nicotine, despite being the same compound.
Either way, there’s not much online about Monster Vape Labs either. A few stores seem to stock their products. Same with Tusk Kratom. They have nice packaging. Same with Tusk Kratom. And everywhere you go, people write overwhelmingly positively about them or say they’re a ripoff.
If you look deep, you can find a LinkedIn page showing how a company called MadeWell Collective owns both companies and nearly two dozen others.
Contacting Tusk Kratom can occasionally result in you being directed to customer service at Monster Vape Labs, which knows nothing about the kratom company.
If you want to talk pricing, you’ll discover one of the reasons Tusk Kratom manages to stay in business while paradoxically uncovering a truth that should make them go out of business.
Their products, which are anywhere from fifteen to fifty times stronger than the average kratom on the market, only cost slightly more than average. You’ll pay perhaps 1.5 to 2x as much for kratom powder.
The extracts, as a matter of fact, are much cheaper than other comparable extracts despite their increased strength and potency.
Furthermore, you can save money by ordering in bulk. Any order that reaches over $200 is free of shipping charges.
Tusk Kratom offers most of the standard payment methods: e-checks, transfers, cash on delivery, etc. But where they really shine is their acceptance of credit cards. They accept all major credit cards.
On top of being cheap, Tusk Kratom gives further discounts on its products through a couple of easily-accessed coupon codes.
- TK15 will give you 15% off everything in your order.
- Subscribing to the company’s newsletter will give you a 20% off coupon.
There are basically three places where you can see what people are saying about Tusk Kratom: their own website, a grand total of two threads on Reddit, and reviews like this one where people are clearly getting paid as affiliates for linking to the website to promote it.
So. Let’s start with the reviews on their website.
Any seasoned internet customer will be wary of a website with positive reviews for its products.
On Tusk Kratom, all you have are the reviews on the website, and they’re all 5-star reviews, aside from one review of the Red Maeng Da powder, which is only 4.5 stars but still praises Tusk Kratom and says they’ll “return as a lifelong customer.”
There’s no way to prove or disprove these comments, but they contradict what we see on Reddit.
Reddit is usually a good place to find out about kratom vendors. A single thread mentions Tusk Kratom by name and is described as a “Scam Company!” in the title.
The reasoning behind this isn’t given immediately in the post. It continues to say that Monster Vape Labs own them but doesn’t explain why that would make them a scam. The post shows a photograph of all the Tusk Kratom products the poster ordered.
In the comments, though, the truth is revealed.
One commenter noted that “the packaging is beautiful,” and the thread’s creator (u/pizzaman667) agreed, saying, “I was so excited to try it. Then so let down. Talking to people in the kratom industry have said that they [Tusk Kratom] are just trying to make a quick buck until they can’t anymore.”
Another user, u/STLTreeman, says, “the packaging is beautiful but the product is garbage.”
U/ExpertCollege8902 reported that “they asked me to make a post for them on [Instagram] and sent me a sample product and it’s not good so I refuse to post it. The person emailing me was so unprofessional.”
In trying to get ahold of the company, the thread’s poster originally called the number on Tusk Kratom’s website, which connected them to Monster Vape Labs, who weren’t helpful. They then left a Google review on Monster Vape Labs’ Google page.
The vape company responded and emailed them to contact a company called Smoker’s Safari, which eventually helped them get their money back.
Not everyone agrees, though. Most of these posts were from two months ago, whereas the original was made five months ago, leading one user to suggest that “maybe they upped their game.”
“I honestly love Tusk Platinum,” reports u/Comfortable-Author55. “Fantastic pain relief and euphoria. I have a crazy tolerance too.”
U/LVwalker found the products to be extremely potent. So potent, however, that he was certain he was actually sold a research chemical like tianeptine rather than kratom. He plans to send his next order in for testing.
Tusk Kratom does not allow returns or refunds but does ship internationally.
Their website specifically states: “No refunds. No returns. Many products that some find amazing, others dislike, so we cannot offer refunds or returns simply because you do not like a specific product offering. We apologize for this in advance.”
They do guarantee that your products will arrive safe and sound; if they’re broken or leaking, they will replace them for free as long as you include a picture of the damaged goods.
Orders are shipped within two business days, at most, exempting holidays and “special circumstances, which will be announced via our social media outlets.”
Domestic orders can be made either with Priority or First Class Mail. International orders are made with USPS First Class International, with tracking that neglects to follow the product once it’s left the United States.
Here are some other vendors you might want to try until Tusk Kratom improves.
1. VIP Kratom
If you were attracted to Tusk Kratom due to its low prices, then you might not like VIP Kratom. However, if you don’t mind paying for the best of the best, this company is up your alley. They’re pricey, but at least they’re worth it.
Unlike Tusk, VIP offers a money-back guarantee on opened products and puts its kratom through multiple tests to ensure alkaloid content and purity.
- Good quality product
- Reliable service
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Same day shipping
- Does not sell extracts
2. Kona Kratom
If you’re concerned about the environment and the indigenous cultures associated with kratom, you’re not alone. Kona Kratom is a good company to buy from for this reason.
They work directly with indigenous people in Southeast Asia to ensure product quality and ethical business standards. This means good working conditions for the people involved.
Kona is more affordable, offers a great selection of strains, and has a 30-day money-back guarantee on opened and unopened products.
- Strong ethics; helps support indigenous people
- Third-party tests on products
- Money-back guarantee
- Good selection
- Slower shipping
- Products sell out fast
3. Star Kratom
Star Kratom aims to provide incredibly fast shipping for high-quality, affordable kratom products — and they do a good job. With simplistic but attractive packaging and none of the fanciful promises of Tusk, you can rest assured that you’re getting your money’s worth here.
If you need kratom fast or are on a budget, check out Star. If you’re unhappy, you can get your money back thanks to their satisfaction guarantee.
- Ultra fast shipping
- Competitive pricing
- Discounts offered
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- No extracts available
- Sometimes fails to maintain stock
I conclude this review unsure of how to feel about Tusk Kratom.
A great number of people seem to think they’re a horrible scam. However, others report that they produce amazing extracts stronger than any other form of kratom.
The lack of transparency and inconsistent reviews urge me to stay away from Tusk Kratom, at least for now. However, it seems they’ve improved in quality and integrity since they opened their shop.