Our kratom and our mission
At dekratomshop.nl you can buy fresh good quality kratom straight from the harvest areas in West Kalimantan (Kapuas Hulu). We purchase our kratom straight from the farmers in Kalimantan.
Our harvesters were handpicked by us after a long selection process. We often go to Kalimantan to visit the producers and farmers for (among other things) quality control. All our kratom powders are made from old leaves of old growth trees. Our powder is micro fine grinded.
Our mission is: selling the best quality and freshest quality kratom powder which we buy straight from the source (our own farmers) at low but fair prices. This way you as our customer are sure to get high quality kratom at a good price, whereas our harvesters are ensured of a good and reliable source of income.
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80% of our kratom comes from Kapuas Hulu
Kapuas Hulu is one of the last remaining jungle strongholds in Indonesia. 25% of the land in the regency is still covered in old growth primary rainforest. The kratom sector is of great economic importance for Kapuas Hulu.
The local people in the Kapuas regency know very well that a healthy and sizable jungle habitat is of utmost importance for the harvest of high quality, potent and high value kratom leaves. The best kratom is without any doubt to be found in the primary forest. Kratom trees grown in secundary forest or (palmoil) plantations are usually less potent in leaf material and of inferior quality.
This is likely one of the (main) reasons that there still is a sizable area of primary jungle in Kapuas Hulu. The kratom in the primary forests is harvested sustainably with as little as possible damage to kratom trees and neighbouring trees. Mostly done by hand without invasive machinery. The leaves of old growth kratom trees are more resistant to insects and other pests making pesticides less or not needed for leaf retention.
The possibility for the locals to make money from kratom promotes a sustainable forest management and ensures that the local people have an economic incentive to keep the forest strong and healthy. The forest helps the people to maintain a good standard of living.
My own story with kratom
I discovered kratom in 2011 for the first time during one of my stays in Indonesia. Since 1994 i spend mostly every year half of my time in Indonesia and half of my time in The Netherlands.
I had been suffering from depression on and off since 2001 and often during my stay in Jakarta i would get depressed due to the intensive and busy lifestyle in the big Durian. It is a huge city (probably one of the biggest if not the biggest in SE-Asia) and i developed a kind of love-hate relationship with the city. On the one hand i love being there and enjoying all the things the city has to offer and on the other hand i hate it due to the stress, smog, pollution, traffic and intensity. My webdesign business and my side business in teaching were mainly focussed on Jakarta so i had to be there most of the time i was in Indonesia each year, otherwise i would most likely have tried to spend my time in for example Bali.
In 2011 i was in Jakarta also and slipped into a very serious depression. It is very hard to live in such a big and wild city with a depression, i was ready to pull the plug and get a ticket and go back to Holland when i met somebody by chance. I told this person about my depression and anxiety (i had developed social anxiety due to my depression as well) and he could feel i was not well at all. He told me about this herbal thing called “Kratom” and told me to try it out, it could perhaps help me he said and who knows, i would not have to go back to The Netherlands.
I went with him to his Kos (boarding house) where he made me a kratom with hot coffee and lots of sugar. It tasted of course horrible for me and i nearly had to vomit but i managed to keep it in. That night i went to bed and could not sleep, i was restless and had the feeling i should go out and do lots of things, i felt i had loads of energy and for the first time in about 3 weeks (since my depression had become severe) i felt actually happy again.
I went out of bed, and took a shower put on some good clothes, sprayed on a nice scent and went out to a cafe or pub. I managed to talk to the other patrons and they actually enjoyed me being there and talking to them. Before during my depression i also went out sometimes but was so depressed and unhappy and emitted such a negative vibe that people avoided me which made me even feel more depressed and miserable. I made some new friends that night and went back home almost reborn.
I am not saying i was cured from my depression during that stay in Jakarta in 2011, the depression would still be there and i would still have bad days and nights but i started using kratom every day and night since i got introduced to it (the guy generously gave me about 500 grams, enough to last me a month and after it was finished i would get more), and it helped me to slowly get out of the depression and to not have to suffer too much from it.
Every morning i woke up the mere thought that i could take some kratom again that day would lift my spirits and make me able to get out of bed and do my things. Before that when the depression was bad, the waking up would be one of the worst parts of the day knowing i had to go through another day again, getting out of bed would be a very difficult thing (i think people suffering from or having suffered from depression will know what i mean by that).
Anyway kratom helped me to function again and in 2013 i decided to open my own webshop and try to sell kratom too, one of my big motivations for that was the fact i really had come to love the product and i wanted to share it with as many people as possible.
Harry de Vries
Founder / Owner
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