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  • Is there really a difference between the various kratom strains?

There is indeed a difference between strains (see our notes on kratom strains). The difference is in the composition of the leaf’s overall alkaloid profile, which tends to vary across different plants. The amount and type of plant compounds present depends on environmental factors like soil conditions, climate, and harvesting techniques.

Remember that mitragynine is not the only effective alkaloid in kratom. It’s not even the only opioid-receptor agonist (analgesic). Other indole and oxindole alkaloids, including paynantheine, 3‐isopaynantheine, speciogynine, speciociliatine, corynoxine, and corynoxine B, contribute to the overall effect.

  • Do You Ship In Discreet Packaging?

Yes, every package is sent discreetly with no mention of its contents other than on the product labels themselves. We typically use USPS or UPS branded boxes for shipping, though we may also use plain, unmarked cardboard boxes for larger orders. The sender is simply listed as "SOCRATIC SOLUTIONS."

  • What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

We can currently accept credit/debit cards, electronic checks (e-checks), peer-to-peer payment methods or apps like Google Pay, Venmo, Pop Money (and many others), Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, check by mail, credit cards via e-gift cards, and direct bank transfer. We may consider COD for some orders upon request.

  • Do You Have A Shipping Policy?

Learn more about our shipping processes on our dedicated Shipping Policy page

  • What Do The Different Kratom Colors Mean?

There is no inherent difference between kratom "strain" colors in terms of effects or benefits when the leaf is growing in the wild. The color of a kratom powder by the time it reaches the end-user is largely a function of where the leaves are physically dried, how much humidity, light, and heat are involved, and the duration of the steps needed to completely dry the leaf. 

When kratom is set out to dry for longer periods in direct sunlight, the result is usually a powder with a red, brown, or golden tone. This does not necessarily mean those strains are going to be more potent pain-relievers, nor does a bold white powder color guarantee significant stimulation. Some people may not know the difference between the two if the mitragynine content was the same. 

Don’t let the color of a particular kratom product fool you. Some of the most potent Red Bali we’ve ever welcomed was nearly identical to Green Maeng Da in its coloration, and we have seen white kratom that was an unbelievably sedative. Remember, there is more to the kratom leaf than just the mainstream opiate-like alkaloids. See our kratom guide for more information.

  • How Come PayPal Is No Longer An Option?

PayPal no stopped allowing kratom transactions quite some time ago

  • Do You Lab Test Your Kratom?

Yes, our kratom is tested by one of two ISO 17025:2005 accredited regulatory compliance and food safety testing laboratories using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Our materials are screened for aerobic plate count, coliforms, staphylococcus, salmonella, listeria, E. coli, yeast, mold, heavy metals. Specific alkaloid contents are positively identified and quantified as well.

  • Why Don't You Sell Any Kratom Extracts?

We sell organic kratom, which in our case means it is not modified beyond its removal from the kratom tee and being dried by the sun before being pulverized into a more easily-consumed form. Kratom extracts are the product of refining the leaf and isolating mitragynine content, which means you are no longer consuming kratom in its natural form. We are in compliance with kratom regulations in place around various parts of the country that support organic, unadulterated kratom only.

  • How Is Kratom Pronounced?

The generally accepted pronunciation in the United States is KRAY-tom.

  • Is Your Kratom Available At Wholesale Or In Bulk Quantities?

Yes, we our now able to do business internationally again without restrictions and imports are no longer affected. We are happy to accommodate volume orders. Please see our base price list and submit any questions or requests.

  • I Don't Have A Checking Account. Can I Pay With Prepaid Debit Or Gift Cards?

Yes. At checkout, choose the credit card alternate method option and follow the instructions on the following screen. You will use your prepaid or credit card to purchase an electronic gift card and list us as the recipient. You simply use your Socratic Solutions order total for the gift card amount.

It is then sent to us directly from the retailer via email. Once we can verify the gift card. your order is filled and shipped. We currently accept gift cards from Walmart.com and Amazon. If you'd like to use a prepaid debit card, please choose our WAAVE payment option.

  • How Much Mitragynine Is Found In Your Kratom?

Our kratom averages close to or over 2% mitragynine, which is significantly higher than found with most vendors. We will not accept into inventory anything under 1.7% mitragynine, and we always have stocked strains that test at over 2.2%. Remember, though, mitragynine is not the only compound in kratom responsible for the leaf’s effects.

  • How Do I Know If You've received My Payment?

The specifics will vary with your chosen payment method, but you should receive an immediate confirmation from your peer-to-peer payment app upon funds transfer, confirmation from your bank for ACH or direct transfers, an email from us upon receipt of your check, or a receipt from the USPS courier if the payment method was COD.

If your order shows as “Pending” on your order status page, we require your input. If your order is marked “Completed,” your payment was good and your order has been shipped. Gift card payments are confirmed via email as soon as we verify them.

We are also here to answer any questions you may have about your payment.

  • Do You Accept Credit Cards?

Yes, we accept credit and debit cards through our WAAVE payments option. Please see our Payment Info page for more details. Credit card transactions are subject to your bank's cash advance fee but you pay no fees on debit transactions. We also accept credit cards by way of peer-to-peer payment apps and e-gift cards. At this time we can only accept electronic gift cards from Amazon and Walmart.

Gift card payments are considered equivalent to other payment methods and your order ships as soon as we receive the card. The process of paying with a gift card takes approximately three minutes to complete.

  • Why Do The Products I Received Look Different Than They Did On Your Website?

Kratom will always fluctuate in color between batches. The conditions of the plant’s soil, the region’s prevalent weather characteristics, and how the leaves are handled and dried upon harvest are all influential. The color of a kratom type is not an accurate predictor of its makeup or the effects it will yield.

  • What Is The Difference Between Kratom And Kava?

Both are known for their anxiety relieving properties, but that’s one of the few things they have in common. Kratom and kava are two completely unrelated botanical substances with entirely different effects and mechanisms of action. Kava is a GABA-a (brain chemical) potentiator that lends itself to sedation and relief from anxiety. It has a lot in common with alcohol.

Kratom’s major actions occur at the opioid receptors and it tends to produce greater pain relieving power and a slightly more euphoric, upbeat experience. Kava may be a better anti-anxiety option, but kratom is light years ahead of kava in the pain relieving area. Don’t forget, kratom is associated with several other potential natural health benefits as well.

  • Are Kratom Seeds Legal?

There are currently no laws anywhere that explicitly outlaw kratom seeds, seedlings, live plants, or the act of cultivating the tree. That said, kratom has been shamefully outlawed in a number of jurisdictions across the US. If you’re in one of those areas, don’t leave it up to them to apply that law as they see fit.

  • Can Kratom Help Lower Blood Sugar?

One study found that epicatechin, an alkaloid found in kratom, lowered the blood sugar of diabetic rats down to health levels. More human studies are needed to verify this.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  • How Is Kratom Processed?

The average kratom tree is first harvested at between six months and one year of age at which point all accessible, mature leaves are removed and washed. Some traditional kratom users prefer to chew the leaves or boil fresh clippings for tea, so they would be done at this point. To create kratom powder like the red and yellow types, leaves are spread across large tarps under artificial light and heat or outside under the sun for various times to dry. Some farmers use fermentation bags to achieve yellow colors.

White and green kinds are usually the result of indoor rack drying with temperature and humidity conditions contributing to the alkaloid levels of the final product. After drying, the kratom leaf is run through a grinding machine which produces a super fine powder. At this point it should be tested and packaged for delivery to the distributor or vendor who brings it to you.

  • How Do You Toss-and-wash Kratom?

The toss-and-wash method refers to simply dumping a predetermined amount of kratom directly into the mouth and swallowing it down quickly with a considerable amount of water or other liquid acting as a sort of chaser. This is one of the more popular methods of consumption, though the taste of kratom may be an automatic deal breaker for some. If you’d rather avoid the taste of kratom powder, it may be an easier option to brew a tea or order kratom capsules instead.

  • What Kratom Strain Has The Most Alkaloids?

There is not much research on this, but one study of kratom leaf powder found White Borneo to have the highest amount of mitragynine while Green Malaysian had the highest overall alkaloid contents. There were five total strains analyzed during the study so the diversity of kratom sources was not comprehensive. Also, remember that there is a lot more to kratom than the levels of just a couple key alkaloids.

  • What Kratom Is Best For Relaxation And Sleep?

The oxidation of mitragynine to 7-hydroxymitragynine causes kratom to turn a reddish color. 7-OH-mitragynine is often associated with feelings of sedation and potent analgesia, so strains like Red Bali, Red Maeng Da, or Red Elephant are all viable choices here.

  • Which Kratom Is The Strongest?

In most cases, this question is really asking what type of kratom has the highest mitragynine content. This varies with harvest technique and the environmental variables that the tree is exposed to during the year, but we generally find Green Maeng Da and Maeng Da Sulawesi to be particularly high in mitragynine. Most batches of Red Bali are high in 7-hydroxymitragynine. Green Malaysian kratom is usually the highest in total alkaloid content.

There are many other alkaloids inside kratom that people respond differently to. Each is different and everyone is different, so this question is sort of like asking someone what their favorite color is.

  • Will Kratom Keep Me Up?

Kratom is not a central nervous system stimulant and does not promote wakefulness

  • Will Kratom Hurt A Pregnancy?

To be clear, our position is that our products are not intended for women who are pregnant or nursing

  • Does Kratom Cause Diarreah?

Kratom will not cause diarrhea – it’s actually used in traditional eastern medicine as a treatment for these types of digestive issues

  • Can Kratom Kill Me?

There has never been a case where a death was attributable solely to kratom. All reports of death involving kratom have also implicated recreational drugs, preexisting conditions, automobile accidents, suicides, and even gunshot wounds. The amount of kratom a person would have to ingest orally to reach a fatal level would be far beyond what a human’s stomach could hold. Note that the chances of side effects increase when extracts or refined kratom products are used, which is why we recommend using kratom only in its natural form.

  • Can I Mix Kratom With A Protein Shake?

This is actually more common than one may think given the scent of ground kratom leaf. There are actually many recipes for kratom smoothies. To turn any smoothie into a protein shake, simply add a scoop of protein powder to the recipe. Fruit smoothies often go best with vanilla protein powders while chocolate powders do a great job masking kratom’s taste in non-fruit mixtures.

  • How Do I Taper Off Kratom Without Withdrawal?

While it is uncommon for kratom users to develop a physiological addiction to the leaf, it can happen with heavy usage for long periods of time without breaks. There is no set protocol for tapering kratom over any period of time. However, withdrawal symptoms may be reduced by reducing consumption by 10% of the original amount every week or month depending on severity of the dependence.

For example, a person who has been consuming 20 g per day for an extended period of time may reduce the amount to 18 g for the first week, 16 g the next, and so on until intake is ceased entirely. This is only a starting point and this may need to be adjusted in cases of extremely prolonged or heavier usage. This protocol comes from CDC recommendations for tapering opioid medications so it should be taken in the appropriate context.

Most kratom users will avoid any dependence by simply taking breaks every now and then. Kratom is no more addictive than coffee. Again, the risk of dependence is low and withdrawals can be avoided with tapering as needed.

  • Can Kratom Be Used With Tianeptine?

We can’t make recommendations like this, but it should be noted that tianeptine acts on the mu-opioid receptor like kratom so the effects of dosing these together may be synergistic and therefore potentially hazardous.

  • What Are Kratom Alaloids?

Alkaloids are organic substances found in plants. They usually carry some sort of medicinal value and are so complex that it is not viable to synthesize them in a laboratory environment. Caffeine is a common alkaloid, along with theobromine, which is found in green tea.

Kratom is best known for two key alkaloids; mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, both of which are active at opioid receptor sites in the body. This gives them their pain-relieving capabilities. Other material alkaloids include paynantheine, speciociliatine, and speciogynine, though there have been over 40 alkaloids identified in the kratom leaf overall.

  • Can Kratom And Ashwagandha Be Used Together?

Ashwagandha extracts contain an alkaloid called withanine, which exhibits hypnotic and and sedative effects. Laboratory results have also shown that a portion of ashwagandha extract can also reduce the development of tolerance to morphine and related substances. Because of this, some kratom users find that ashwagandha helps potentiate its relaxing or calming effects and reduces the need for increased dosages as time goes on. We can find no scientific evidence of any specific dangers associated with this combination.

  • Does Your Kratom Have Any Dyes?

No. We do not manipulate the color of our kratom by means of additives or in any other way. The color comes mainly from how our leaves are treated once removed from the tree and the environmental conditions they are subject to during the drying/curing process. We are committed to bringing you only unadulterated kratom, no exceptions.

  • Does Kratom Affect Dopamine?

Mitragynine, kratom’s major alkaloid, has been shown to increase dopamine levels through indirect modulation of the dopaminergic system

  • Where Can I See A Kratom Strains Chart?

We have put together a chart depicting the attributes of each individual kratom color, but a list of some individual strains and their effects can be found at Kratom Science.

  • What Are The Differences Between Kratom And Green Tea?

Green tea and kratom work via different chemicals and for the most part do different things. The power of green tea comes from its antioxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a plant flavanoid that inhibits an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that, among other things, can increase the body’s metabolism and promote the breakdown of fat. When this enzyme cannot block norepinephrine, more of it is present. EGCG may actually work synergistically with caffeine, which is also present in green tea, though in relatively small amounts compared to coffee.

Kratom, on the other hand, is most widely used for pain relief and mood enhancement due to its main alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, being active at the body’s mu-opioid receptor sites (similar to opioid medications). Its chemical makeup is entirely different than that of green tea and kratom elicits no distinct metabolic response in the body. That said, kratom has been implicated by some in weight loss efforts due to its ability to curb appetite. Since kratom reduces the rate of gastric emptying it can reduce the occurrence of hunger signals. The unique and dual actions of kratom and EGCG may present a useful combination for those looking to limit caloric intake or reduce body fat levels. Worth noting is that the ability of kratom to exhibit this effect may decrease over time as the body adapts. This is yet another reason it is advisable to take occasional breaks from kratom.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  • Can Kratom Give Me A Hangover?

Not likely. The effects of kratom by itself last for approximately four to five hours at the most, though consuming other substances along with kratom may enhance the duration of effect. A common use of kratom is as a remedy for hangovers.

  • Why Does Kratom Sometimes Make Me Itchy?

There is a receptor protein called MRGRPX2 which is present on the surface of immune system cells. When this receptor site is activated, there is a trigger of immune responses like histamine release. A common side effect of histamine release is itching.

Although not much is known about this specific receptor protein, it is thought that substances acting on opioid receptors interact with MRGRPX2 either directly or indirectly through involvement with other closely related proteins. Put simply: it is normal for itching to occur when ingesting anything that acts on opioid receptors.

  • How Can I Make Kratom Tea?

A very basic method is to bring a cup and a half or so of water to a light boil, add in your kratom powder, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then run your mixture through a strainer or cheesecloth to yield kratom tea. Adding a bit of lemon or citric acid may help as it increases the amount of mitragynine extracted from the leaf during the process. There are many sweeteners and flavorings used as well. Various recipes are easy to locate online along with some other pretty interesting kratom concoctions.

  • How Can I "Reset" My Kratom Tolerance?

The only way to “reset” your tolerance level is to abstain from all kratom for a while. However, if you used it very frequently and your body had become accustomed to seeing it in high dosages, you will quickly notice your tolerance increasing faster than ti did the first time until you require the same amount you did before you gave it a break. The way to avoid this is to take routine breaks from kratom at frequent intervals. Many people choose to take weekends off or to rotate off every third day, for example.

  • What Drug Class Is Kratom Considered To Be In?

Officially, kratom is not classified as any type of drug at the time of this writing and its overall regulatory status remains hazy at least at the federal level. However, its components partially act on some of the body's opioid receptors, which by definition makes it an opioid.

  • Is Kratom Illegal In Thailand?

Kratom was initially criminalized under Thailand’s Kratom Act in 1943 as it was interfering with the government’s taxation of the poppy leaf (opium) at the time. However, Thailand’s government has recently decided to reexamine the country’s draconian drug laws and explore the possibilities of harm reduction and education versus criminalizing people for possessing this plant. In February of 2021, Thaland’s House voted 319-7 in favor of re-legalizing kratom for medicinal purposes. The measure is expected to move similarly through the Senate.

This product is NOT used to treat, cure. or mitigate any disease, illness, ailment, and/or condition. Please see the FDA alert 54-15. We make no representations as to intended use or suitability for use. This product is in compliance with California's Proposition 65. For more information please visit p65warnings.ca.gov. All of our products are tested to contain safe levels of arsenic cadmium, mercury, and lead as per California's Prop65 and United States Pharmacopeia standards. Lab results available upon request.

Our products are not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. We do not ship to the following areas where kratom is banned: ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, INDIANA, RHODE ISLAND, TENNESSEE, VERMONT, WISCONSIN. SARASOTA COUNTY, UNION COUNTY, MALHEUR COUNTY, DENVER CO, SAN DIEGO CA, CITY OF OCEANSIDE CA, JERSEYVILLE IL, ALTON IL, AND COLUMBUS MS. Furthermore, Kratom is also banned in following countries where shipment is not permitted: AUSTRALIA, BURMA, DENMARK, FINLAND, ISRAEL, LITHUANIA, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, POLAND, ROMANIA, SOUTH KOREA, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM, and VIETNAM.

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