[Last updated: 11/1/2021]
Soul Speciosa was a California kratom manufacturer that rose to fame in the 2000s. At the height of its powers it was the West coast’s premier source for exotic kratom strains and jumbo size kratom capsules.
As a first-generation California vendor, Soul Speciosa was one of the most talked-about brands on the market and that buzz continues to this day, despite the brand’s dissolution.
After an FDA recall rendered the Soul Speciosa name useless this vendor decided to reinvent itself under a new banner. Learn all about the demise and rebirth of Soul Speciosa in our comprehensive vendor review.
Soul Speciosa was a West coast vendor based out of Los Angeles, CA. The brand received dozens of four-star reviews in its first years in business. There was even a time when you couldn’t visit online kratom forums without hearing about Soul Speciosa or its strains.
This all changed in 2018 when the FDA asked select vendors to voluntarily recall several of their kratom products. Soul Speciosa was one of the companies that complied with the FDA request, handing over batches of bulk kratom powder and kratom capsules.
The other companies named in the recall included PDX Aromatics, DBA Kraken Kratom, and Phytoextractum. Ironically, these newer vendors did not seem at all affected by the Salmonella scare or the related recall.
In March of 2018, Soul Speciosa was the first vendor to voluntarily recall additional products in compliance with the FDA’s ongoing investigation. Recalled products included Maeng Da Thai Kratom, Red Dragon Kratom, and Super Indo Kratom.
After this Salmonella panic stirred up industry unrest, Soul Speciosa’s owners decided it was time for a company face lift. The family-owned business uprooted and moved to Portland, OR, where it found a new home among the “Keep Portland Weird” crowd.
There, among the busy bizarro bookstores and hipster bistros of the City of Roses, Left Coast Kratom was born. This new and improved version of Soul Speciosa specializes in sourcing the freshest kratom from Indonesia.
Crushed leaf kratom and kratom extracts are among its most popular items, but that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Left Coast Kratom has everything from jumbo kratom capsules and proprietary blends to enhanced powders and fermented kratom.
Left Coast Kratom is a GMP-compliant vendor that makes every effort to keep its products uncontaminated. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak it instituted a stricter and more frequent sanitation schedule.
What’s more, this vendor is a proud member of the AHPA (American Herbal Products Association) and a sucker for small detail. It routinely submits its kratom batches for QC inspection by an independent third-party laboratory.
By sourcing only the freshest herbs and employing deep cleaning in its facilities Left Coast Kratom has managed to maintain its loyal customer base while growing as a business.
This vendor regularly stocks a large assortment of goods, including green, red, and white vein kratom powder. There are green veins, such as Green Thai, Horn Maeng Da, OG Bali, and Super Green Malaysian; red veins, such as Red Bali, Red Bentuangie, Red Hulu Kapuas, and Red Sumatra; and white veins, such as White Bali, White Borneo, and White Sumatra.
In addition to its traditional plain leaf offerings, Left Coast Kratom stocks fermented kratom, such as Yellow Borneo, Yellow Maeng Da Thai, and Yellow Thai.
Kratom powders start at $8.40 for an ounce, with fifty-six grams selling for $15.95, one hundred twelve grams going for $30.95, and two hundred twenty-five grams going for $60.95.
This is one area in which Left Coast Kratom has failed the community. Although its strains are very fresh and very potent they aren’t the least bit economical.
For example, the majority of online vendors charge around $50-60 for five hundred grams, while Left Coast Kratom charges $60.95 for half of that.
At this price point, you would be paying more than 27 cents per gram. This may not seem like much when compared to what other substances go for, but consider this: the average vendor charges around nine to 10 cents per gram for kratom powder.
More alarmingly, Left Coast Kratom does not offer bulk deals—there are no kratom kilos or split kilos to choose from. Based on what they currently charge, a kilo would likely cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $240.00. That would be double the industry low price of $120.00.
As we mentioned earlier, Left Coast Kratom is known for its kratom capsules and kratom extracts. Both are even more expensive than powder.
This vendor only offers select strains in capsule form, making them that much more in-demand. Encapsulated kratom is the way to go if you suffer from a sensitive gag reflex or find yourself constantly on the go.
Soul Speciosa kratom capsules are 00 size caps, with 1.7% mitragynine content in each batch of Mitragyna speciosa plant matter. These capsules mask kratom’s naturally bitter taste while delivering a satisfactory amount of mitra powder.
You can get an ounce for $14.99, fifty-six grams for $24.99, or one hundred twelve grams for $44.99.
Kratom extracts are available in powdered form only at this time and are subject to sell out without warning. For reasons that largely elude us, kratom extracts are among the most coveted kratom items in 2021.
Soul Speciosa, AKA Left Coast Kratom Gold Kratom Extract is said to contain a whopping nine percent of Mitragynine per gram (!).
You can score five grams for $29.99, ten grams for $54.99, or twenty grams for $99.99.
Left Coast Kratom payment methods include Bitcoin, eCheck, MasterCard, VISA, and Quick Ship ACH.
You’ll be able to save 10% on each of your purchases when you pay with Bitcoin. This is Soul Speciosa’s biggest consumer incentive and one that may make it easier to craft your own kratom kilo.
You can unleash all sorts of awesome deals by following Left Coast Kratom on Facebook. When you sign up for the company’s email newsletter you will receive discounts that are good for up to 65% off your total at checkout.
All orders are shipped UPS or USPS, with terms and conditions for both. For instance, all orders are eligible for free shipping, but that free shipping is USPS First Class Mail.
For those who don’t already know, the United States Postal Service has been notoriously slow in delivering packages and resolving issues over the last two years. First Class shipments run the risk of being lost in transit, delivered to the wrong address, or damaged while en route to your place of residence.
The good news is, you can get the upgrade of your choice if you spend the right amount of money. Those who spend at least $49 automatically qualify for Priority Mail at no additional charge.
Alternatively, those who spend $99 or more can expect to receive an upgrade to UPS Next Day Mail on the house. Bear in mind that you must complete a purchase before 2pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) in order to qualify for free kratom same-day shipping.
If you opt for UPS shipping, you can pick the shipping speed that works for you. Options include UPS Ground, Three-Day Select, and Second Day Air.
You have thirty days from the date of receipt to request a return. If your item is unopened and does not meet with your satisfaction you can send it back for a refund or exchange. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. No questions asked.
They changed their name to Left Coast Kratom back in 2018. Since then, they’ve gained a 4.8-star rating out of almost 200 reviews on Trustpilot.
As you can see above, Left Coast’s customer service leaves people raving. They also offer refunds on unopened merchandise.
Whether or not they were as good as Soul Speciosa, the jury is definitely in on Left Coast Kratom: they’re fantastic! We feel very comfortable suggesting their Kratom and customer service to anyone who is willing to pay their prices.
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