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Newb Here trying to learn about 2 months 3 weeks ago #51698

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smtkr8,

im so glad that helps! most good companies offer some kind of money back guarantee/ exchange option if you dont mesh with their product. this does happen. we call it the 'no fly pile' if its a smaller amount i hang onto it. blend it with quality leaf that i do like, then you see that strain shine.

but i have to reel myself in, its best to start finding which strains work for you and go from there.

many companies have vague descriptions cause they cant give medical claims. nor can they guide you on dose. that is why we are here! ;) dont be afraid to ask specifics.

alot of 'slower' strains can be energizing if taken in small amounts. but you will get there!

and yes re-leaf is a great option. when i signed up for subscription they sent me a FREE 500g bag just for signing up. and i spend 23 bucks a month lol.. great people. one month the subscription was way late and he sent me another shipment. of course was the post office (bogged i get it but over 2 weeks) of course the next day i got it. i told him to not send next months to cover the double, he sent it anyway. his youtube clips are interesting too, if you ever have free time.

but yes we are so lucky to have so many great vendors as part of this forum. many new ones i havent even tried!
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Newb Here trying to learn about 2 months 3 weeks ago #51695

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Welcome to our world: each day is nothing like the day before. But pay attention and keep some notes. You’ll hone in on what helps you.

Please don’t buy from someone in another country right now. Long story. Buy from someone in the USA.
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Newb Here trying to learn about 2 months 3 weeks ago #51685

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michele373 wrote: it seems you like mood boosters/ motivation strains and less for pain.


Thank you for those vendors.
Most of them fall into the "vague pictures/names without descriptions" where I wouldn't have an idea what to order and try.

Benni at least mentions what is fast/mid/slow, so that gives me a starting point.

re-leaf.llc looks amazing for me. They have an "Easy purchasing" section where they're labeled by a descriptive name (that isn't making any medical claims). I can also give them money and tell them what I'm looking for and they'll point me in that direction.
I'll use your code when (not if) I order with them :)

Thank you very much!
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Welcome to the ILK community/ family smtkr,

Agree with the lovely Laurie and michele , more expensive doesn’t mean better ... sometimes the higher prices correlate to the tests and overhead costs of running a business, but there’s so many great vendors to choose from, many are ILK approved, with satisfaction/ quality guarantee.

Check out the link Laurie gave you , and also the vendors michele mentioned are some of my preferred vendors , great people with great products ....

If you have any questions about any specific vendors and their products, between all the members here , we’ll be able to offer up our personal experience to help .

Take care

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Life is better with kratom !
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hey smtkr~

yes i did exactly the same in the beginning. didnt find much help from gooble. alot of propaganda out there.

for starters it seems you like mood boosters/ motivation strains and less for pain.

ive ordered from HH herbals, they are great but at regular prices , out of my budget. ill buy on sale on occasion to mix things up.

speaking of, you want to rotate strains and companies often. maybe get a couple sampler packs.

we can talk about strains and be specific about things like doses when vendors cant.

insense/ gold leaf amazing vendor. good products. get a 3 or 5oz sampler pack. no discounts apply on the 3 but anything else use ILKFORME15% their white hulu is a favorite, maybe try a gold and a green.

lucky herbals- great reasonable company- their blends are awesome. love the new white dragon, and im not usually a fan of whites now. ILK will give you 5% off

fused flora- another great reasonable company. tried alot, never tried a strain i didnt like. no discount for them but like lucky herbals, sign up for rewards.

re-leaf llc (maine) you can buy a kilo from them cheap as a new customer, and he will send you a mix of all kinds of strains, and some blends. the pick for me kilo new customer is the way to go. and its $99. my code to get that offer is GRYVOIQUU8. awesome strains. i have a monthly subscription from them.

benni botanicals is not an approved vendor, but a forum favorite. i got a bigger order from them not to long ago, and most of it is gone since my husband loves them.

typically, for some, most reds are better for pain, but some can be more energetic like maeng da or horn. but all depends on the vendor, persons chemistry, and alot of factors like metabolism and diet. always try to take kratom on an empty stomach.

please let us know how we can be of help. welcome!
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Welcome to the forum! The problem with suggesting reds you’ll like: some folks need an instant nap after having some red. It’s actually common, from what I’m told! Whites are more reliable for expecting “vacuum the stairs” energy, but some of us need a nap right away! Some of these issues vary a lot, depending on amount used.

Some of my very favorites are not inexpensive, but they are active on the boards. This one has many top vendors posting personally. Check the area designated for vendor reviews and referrals, named FIND A VENDOR/ RATE A VENDOR, here’s a link to make it easy for you: www.ilovekratom.com/forum/rate-a-vendor.html

The vendors cannot suggest what kratom will do for you without it being perceived as medical claims by the eff dee yay and then we are under threat of a ban again...

This industry is never dull.

Hope something here helps until the really knowledgeable and friendly gang shows up in the morning.

Later! Laurie
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Newb Here trying to learn about 2 months 3 weeks ago #51676

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I'm fairly new to Kratom.

I heard about it on the Joe Rogan podcast, where it was sort of described as "take a little it's like caffeine, take a lot it's relaxing and helps with pain". They also discussed that its a quasi opiate that helps reduce hard opiate addictions. The guest had a lot of pain and got addicted to pain pills, but said it wasn't addictive or like other opiates.

I looked into it and it seemed like I was catching it on the verge of not being legal. All the sites I found were closed up, not using the term kratom. I just got confused.

Last year I was in quartsite for this big rock/mineral show and stumbled across an RV with young hippy people with a sign "Kratom sold here". Apparently one person was selling it, but wasn't there. The other hippy people didn't know much about it, but knew were the baggies were to sell. I was basically presented with "you want to relax/pain or be creative/motivated". I chose the later.

This was the texture of maybe pepper from a shaker. I have no idea if it was pure kratom or had anything else in it.
Luckily it was good and not dangerous. I got into it, and this lasted me about 2-3 weeks.

I ended up going to a smoke shop and got a $30 bottle of pills. The most generic description. No mention of fast/slow or pain or anything. I ended up having to take quite a bit more of that stuff to feel anything.

I finally found this site Happy Hippo that I trusted enough to buy from. They had a newbie sampler pack and I've been with them since. They do have very clear branding and many strains that they describe as slow/medium/fast and different effects. I enjoy the kratom and found a few favorites.
Now, this place is expensive. I think I spend 200-400/mo now. They say it's great quality and you need to use less than you would from another place. This stuff is super fine powder. Close the baggy too quickly and a puff of green dust floats out.

I'd like to try some other vendors to see what else is out there. I'm not interested in slow relaxing stuff... I'm not in pain. I'm looking for medium to faster stuff for motivation, creativity, etc

I take a look at a few different sites and I just see some static pictures with asian names and no description.


At hippo my favorites are:
  • "Ruby Red Thai" called Invincible hippo (fast energy)
  • "White Vein Borneo" called Ghost Hippo (organize your spice rack and do your bills strong motivation)
  • "Diamond Malay" called Thunder Hippo (fast)



I don't see any other places laying out their strains and giving you the pros/cons of each.
On Reddit I've seen it said that many other places have the same quality as hippo at 1/3rd the cost and other places have better quality.
But Reddit has rules against discussing vendors and specific strains, so I hear vague statements.... So I hear "red = slow" Well my favorite is red and nothing like slow.

So I figured I'd come here and try to integrate into a community where I can learn/share knowledge :)
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