The American gas station is not just about getting fuel. It is just one of the hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of products they sell. Kratom is a popular item amongst gas station owners looking to capitalize on the kratom trend. You may have even seen it available at your local spot and wondered if you should purchase kratom from a gas station.
Convenience stores, which is what the modern gas station is, make money by getting people to buy things on impulse. They want the customer to think “ I know I can buy a cheaper and/or better version of this somewhere else, but I will get it now since it is right in front of me.” They want people to come for gas and leave with something else, whether it be food, car supplies, tobacco, lottery, or items like kratom.
This guide will explain everything you need to know about gas station kratom, including answering questions such as is gas station kratom any good?
Before we continue, please be aware that kratom is not used to treat, cure, or mitigate any disease, illness, ailment, and/or condition. Please see FDA import alert 54-15. We make no representations as to intended use or suitability for use.
As mentioned above, gas stations are synonymous with convenience stores – especially in suburban and rural areas. These are the types of stores where you can find a random variety of things you might need in a pinch. Things like quick meals, car supplies, disposable cutlery, propane tanks, etc.
They will also have any trendy “alternative” herbal product, and kratom is one of the most popular ones. A lot of vendors that sell kratom wholesale will sell to owners of gas stations. It really is a natural fit. They feel like they can make a good profit.
It is not like they are going out and sourcing the kratom directly from a grower. They often buy wholesale from respectable online kratom vendors. Their ideal customer is the kratom enthusiast who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of waiting for their order to be shipped. They target people who want the instant gratification of paying for something and immediately receiving it.
To answer this question, just think about what you expect from other products that you get at the gas station. For pretty much anything except maybe gas, you don’t expect anything to be the highest quality. That same general rule of thumb should be applied to kratom. It might be decent, but it won’t be the best.
The quality of gas station kratom can also vary wildly. They might get their kratom wholesale from a great vendor one time, but then the next they might go with a cheaper option. Remember that these people just care about how much money they can make, rather than providing the highest quality product. So yes, it can be good, but it can also be really bad.
To make issues worse, the worker at the gas station will most likely not be able to answer any of your questions. You are better off going with an online vendor that has a dedicated support email and phone number where you can reach someone knowledgeable who can answer all of your questions.
If you made it this far in the article, this thought has probably crossed your mind. Essentially, there is no easy answer to this question. Many gas station convenience stores are independently owned. They lease the brand of gas as a product for their store. The gas company is typically not involved in the operation of the convenience store.
This is why you can’t really say that all Shells or all Citgo’s sell it, for example. You just have to go to your local gas stations to see if any of them sell kratom.
If a convenience store does sell kratom, they typically don’t have much variety. You might find a couple of popular strains like Maeng Da, Thai, or Bali, but you will have a very limited choice. You will also not get any discount for buying in larger quantities. That is the main advantage of buying from a trusted online vendor.
Your local gas station may buy wholesale from a vendor approved by the American Kratom Association. There is a good chance that they don’t though since it is typically not the most cost-effective option available to shop owners.
One of the issues with buying from a convenience store is the workers typically know virtually nothing about kratom. They will usually say anything they need to say just to make a sale. You are much more likely to get straight answers from online kratom vendors associated with the American Kratom Association. Such vendors have very strict rules they must follow regarding claims about their products.
Finding kratom locally at the gas station in your town is fairly common. It is unheard of to find it at a big-box retailer like Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s. Many of these companies sell gas, so they technically could be considered gas stations, but they are very different from the convenience stores that sell gas.
A big-box retailer sells common food and household items in bulk. They typically charge for annual membership to shop there, but members get discounts. They also get access to the retailer’s generic brand of items, which are sometimes better than the name brand.
Some also have an electronics section where they have televisions, laptops, phones, and other everyday items. There are also isles with furniture and other home decors. Most of them don’t even sell tobacco products, let alone an alternative herb like kratom. The reason is it just isn’t worth it for their bottom line.
The profit potential is negligible compared to the margins on membership fees and their best-selling items. Selling it also comes with some risks. Credit card processing companies have refused to work with kratom companies in the past. This is simply not something a national big-box retailer can risk.
You are much better off buying from an online kratom vendor who only sells kratom. It comes with better quality, pricing, and service.
We do not recommend buying kratom locally at your town’s gas station for obvious reasons. With that being said, we know some people would rather buy in-person than from an online vendor.
All we want is for every kratom enthusiast to be safe, so we wanted to give the following tips for safely purchasing kratom at a gas station.
The first thing you should do is look up the company that packaged the kratom online. See if any negative reviews raise red flags. See if you can learn anything else about the company, such as if their supply is lab-tested by an independent third party. The best vendors to buy from are approved participants of the American Kratom Association’s good manufacturing process standards program. It requires participating vendors to have each batch tested for microbial contaminants, heavy metals, and alkaloid content. This testing should be visible on their packaging.
The second thing you need to check is the price per weight. Of course, you will pay a bit of a markup because of the convenience, but some gas stations have been known to charge absurd markups.
The third thing you want to do is research the specific strains and vein color varieties available. Red, green, and white vein kratom all have slight differences. So does each kratom strain. If you are insistent on buying from a gas station, then please at least follow these three tips. Here is a recap:
Your local gas stations may not sell kratom. They are not the only option for buying in person, so don’t worry if you for some reason don’t feel comfortable buying online.
One place that also sells kratom is your local smoke shop. Even though you do not smoke kratom powder, it is a popular item amongst smoke shops. They will typically have a bit more selection. You will see more strains and vein varieties at smoke shops. They might also have strains or varieties that are harder to procure.
Employees of smoke shops typically have more knowledge than a gas station attendant, but not as much as an online vendor.
Another place you can find kratom is at herbal wellness stores. These are sometimes called apothecaries. These places sell all kinds of herbs that are used in aromatic practices, making topical products, and other ways.
These places tend to know the most about kratom, but they still might not have the best selection. It completely depends on the owner’s relationship to mitragyna speciosa. If they are a fan of kratom then they will have a great variety. If they are just hopping on the bandwagon then they won’t have much of a selection. Owners who are passionate about kratom tend to have fairer prices since they believe in the product and not just profit.
Organic Kratom USA is wrapping up the last stages of getting approved by the American Kratom Association’s good manufacturing process standards. This is the most prestigious organization in the kratom industry. Only 25 vendors out of hundreds carry their seal of approval.
We specialize in 100% organic kratom that is never grown with any chemical. All of our kratom strains are grown by heavily experienced farmers that are native to where these strains grow naturally. We have many of the strains you know and love, such as Maeng Da, Thai, Bali, Borneo, and several others. We also have white, red, green, yellow, and gold varieties of all the best strains. We stand by the quality of our product so much that we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. One of the things we think sets us apart from the competition, though, is our commitment to excellent customer service.
We will be happy to help you with any questions you might have before you make a purchase. Please reach out to our support email and we will get to you as soon as possible.
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