Mitragyna speciosa (ketum, kratom, or kratum) is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae), with a long history of medicinal use in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.  It is chemically related to the coffee bean and kola nut.

In low dosages of a few grams of leaf, kratom is used primarily as a stimulant, with effects similar to caffeine without the marked jitteriness of stimulants like coffee. In intermediate doses, it has been reported to have anti-anxiety properties. In higher dosages, kratom functions similarly to painkillers, but does not contain the chemical properties of dangerous, addictive controlled substances like oxycodone or morphine.

There are an estimated 10-15 million users of Kratom in the United States, with 3 million daily users being reported.

The reasons for Kratom’s use are as varied as they are historical. The FDA endorses no claims as to the efficacy and uses of Kratom, but as you would expect from a plant with a 3000-year recorded history, Kratom has reportedly been taken by its users for many reasons.


Among them:

  • Chronic pain
  • Opiate and alcohol withdrawal
  • Sexual stamina and performance
  • Sleep-aid
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite suppression
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Immune system boost
  • Energetic and stimulant properties
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • And many others

One of the primary active alkaloids in kratom, 7-hydroxymitragynine, is a complex one acting as both a mu agonist and antagonist – it both inhibits and excites the receptor. It is for this reason that the push-and-pull effect of Kratom is believed not pose the addiction potential of opiate medications. It is also why Japanese researchers have patented 7-hydroxymitragynine for future medicinal applications – and why the pharmaceutical companies hate it.

The DEA has completely misrepresented the science to you – they are in the business of prohibition. In thousands of years of recorded use, when used solely as a stand-alone uncompounded leaf product, Kratom has not been recorded in a single fatal overdose incident. Incidents of “kratom overdose” that pop up to scare America are just that: Scare tactics.

In 2019, there were 91 calls to poison control centers for Kratom. There were 37 reported overdoses. In every single overdose – every one – the person had taken an extreme amount of Kratom extracts with prescription drugs or alcohol…or both. And in many cases, it was unclear if kratom had even been ingested. The reason for the lack of overdoses from Kratom is clear too: alcohol and many prescription drugs depress the respiratory system. Kratom’s alkaloids do not. 

In fact, even scare stories from drug rehab centers overstate the addiction and withdrawal potential of Kratom. For the minority of users that do report withdrawal symptoms, the effects are mild – no worse than caffeine. And, again, this makes sense, since Kratom is chemically related to the coffee plant.

Such risks that exist, exist from taking Kratom with other drugs, often in high doses – and that is a risk common to all medicinal plants, alcohol, and prescription drugs. Or, they exist from ingesting dangerous gas station and head shop “extracts” – formulations where the active alkaloid has been removed from the leaf and is often dozens of times stronger than natural leaf products.


Memphis Kratom sells only 100% fresh, organic, FDA lab-tested kratom leaf powders.


The science is simply not on the side of prohibitionists, drug warriors, rehab peddlers and others who for far too long have made a handsome living off the incarceration industry. Addiction is real. Addiction is painful. Addiction ruins lives and takes them.  Kratom has reportedly helped millions escape this scourge. And that is why it is gaining in popularity every day. And again, that is why the drug companies despise it. There is nothing more dangerous to Big Pharma than a plant that gives you energy, a sense of well-being, that helps with pain relief and insomnia, that is relatively inexpensive. and that does not keep you a slave to prescription bottles.

We are in this business to make money, and we ask for your business. But we are also in this business to educate consumers. Get the facts.

The AKA Good Manufacturing Standards Program (GMP) by the American Kratom Association to establish a higher level of manufacturing processes for Kratom vendors.  AKA GMP vendors undergo rigorous third-party lab-testing and independent verification of the product to ensure that you are purchasing a product:

  • That is what it says it is – the plant material is actually Kratom
  • That contains no pathogens or other contaminants, like salmonella etc.
  • That does does not contain high levels of heavy metals
  • That the kratom is not mixed with undisclosed illegal substances or “cut” with other plant materials, like marijuana.
  • That the alkaloids listed on the packaging are real


Our commitment to you: For your safety, for a quality and sustainable product, and for the continued legal availability of organic kratom, Memphis Kratom will only source from AKA-approved GMP vendors. You will get an honest product at a fair price, that is what it claims to be, and that is lab-tested and safe.

Kratom is best stored as you would treat fresh tea leaves – preferably kept in a cool dry place, free from extreme variations of temperature and changes in humidity. It is best kept away from direct sunlight and oxygen.

The ground leaf is best used within 1-3 months of obtaining it. While there is no evidence that the leaf “goes bad,” the active alkaloids in kratom can degrade over time or after exposure to extreme variations in temperature and/or humidity.

An airtight Pyrex dish stored in an interior location free from direct sunlight is usually sufficient to protect your product. Memphis Kratom also sells inexpensive options, like our branded storage containers.

Yes. The Tennessee Attorney General interpretation of law is here. Since the law was clarified in December of 2017, retail sales, possession and consumption of unprocessed kratom leaf has begun.

Uncompounded, organic kratom leafs and leaf powder – provided they are in their original biological  state – are 100% legal in Tennessee.

Tennessee is not alone in reversing course on this moral panic. Five years ago, nearly two dozen states prohibited kratom. Since then, Kratom prohibition laws have been repealed all over the nation, including in Tennessee. Now, just six states prohibit this leaf, one that has been a godsend to 3 million daily users in the United States.


NOTE to our customers traveling from out of state: please check the legality of transporting, possessing or using kratom in your jurisdiction. The information presented herein applies to Tennessee only. Nothing presented herein is intended to constitute legal advice, nor does it constitute the establishment of an attorney-client relationship. It is informational only in relation to the state of Tennessee law as of July 2020.


Yes, we can fulfill larger orders. Simply call us – we are in business for and because of you. And, if you want a particular strain and we don’t have it, we can get it for you. Or if you are traveling from out of state, or want a larger order (1 kilogram or greater), please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. We’ll take care of it for you.

Perhaps one day we will venture into eCommerce. But for now, we are a whip-and-buggy retail storefront.

There is no established age for Kratom purchase or consumption in Tennessee. However, as a shop policy, we require you to be 18 or older to purchase. Please be prepared to show your ID if there’s any question.

We accept cash, all major credit and debit cards, Venmo, CashApp and PayPal. And, with verification, we’ll even accept a check. You worked hard for your money, and we respect how you wish to spend it in the manner you wish to spend it.

Specials will be ongoing. We’ll try and make them fun. Simply drop by the shop, call us, or text us at 901-450-8398 (450-TEXT), and we’ll be happy to let you know in advance.

Cash customers receive an instant on-the-spot 3% cash discount, every time, no matter how large or small the order, and can be used in combination with other offers and discounts.

We also have a Customer Loyalty Program that saves you 5% off your order, on-the-spot, and can be combined with other discounts. Here’s how it works: You sign up for our email list, take a punch card, bring in your empty bag on your next visit so we can recycle it, and that’s it – 5% off for you instantly. On your 10th purchase, we’ll give you $20 in store credit. It really is that easy. (See our section on the CLP at the end of these FAQ’s).

Other rewards programs, specials and incentives will vary. We’ll let you know via email, or on social media, so make sure to follow us and sign up for the Customer Loyalty Program.

We carry a wide range of 100% organic, lab-tested Kratom, all certified as GMP compliant. Everything we sell in the store is freshly ground, 100% powdered kratom leaf from Borneo, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

In addition to fresh ground kratom leaf powder, we sell professionally-manufactured kratom capsules.

We also sell Kratom accessories, such as tea-making supplies, additives like turmeric and citrus products, books on Kratom and kratom recipes, storage containers and the like. Check us out!


We do not sell extracts, which are illegal in Tennessee. We do not sell CBD, for which there is mixed scientific evidence of its effectiveness.  We do not sell anything illegal. Don’t even ask.


“Go Green Guarantee

We have always loved the outdoors, and want to be responsible stewards for the environment and for the next generation. All of our foreign suppliers are owner-operated, organic farmers who use sustainable cultivation, harvesting, and processing methods. All are in compliance with the appropriate laws of their nation, the United States of America, and the State of Tennessee And all of their products are GKP certified.


We don’t stop there. We endeavor to use as few carbon-intensive products as possible, and what plastics we do use are all recyclable.

Our products are packaged in recyclable rice paper bags, made from 70%+ post-consumer recycled paper. Even our thermal receipt tape is made from post-consumer recycled paper, guaranteed to be BPA-free and not obtained from virgin forests or hardwood.  Sure, it costs us a little more, but we don’t pass the expense on to you. It’s just the right thing to do.


Since we want to encourage others to help us recycle our packaging, our Customer Reward Program is tied into recycling.  And finally, while our offices are not quite paperless, we’re trying to get there.

Sure thing.

  • Join our email list
  • Take a punch card
  • On your next visit, just bring your empty package back so we can recycle it
  • We’ll punch your card and give you an instant 5% discount.
  • On your 10thvisit, we’ll give you $20 in free store credit.
  • (And remember, when you pay in cash, you’ll get an extra 3% discount)

Pretty easy, huh?

Absolutely. Memphis Kratom will not spam you, release or sell any of your information to third parties, or otherwise abuse your trust.

We sure do. Coffee mugs, koozies, stickers, storage solutions, and shirts.

Memphis requires masking until such time as the pandemic has passed. We respectfully require that you observe safety precautions and wear one as well.

We are gun-owners who are licensed to carry, and are exceptionally dog-friendly. Your licensed carry is welcome. And feel free to bring your pooch – we even keep some dog treats around for them.

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