Mimosa Hostilis, also known as Mimosa Tenuiflora, Jurema Preta, Tepezcohuite is a very popular plant that grows in Brazil and as far north as Mexico. The tree of Mimosa Hostilis and especially its root bark has many different applications and many benefits.
Legal Status of Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark or MHRB in the US
The root bark of the Mimosa Hostilis tree, is not a controlled substance in this country, and neither is the actual plant or its seeds. You can buy or sell Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark, you can also plant the tree in your backyard.
Many people think that because MHRB is not allowed sometimes to be sold on Ebay, Amazon, Bonanza, Walmart, Etsy etc, it means that the bark is a controlled substance: IT IS NOT. These platforms decide it is not in their best interest to allow sellers or vendors of Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark in the US to advertise this product on their websites because of liability issues. There are some people, who may use the root bark (shredded or powdered) in a way that makes the end product illegal; therefore, these platforms like Ebay in a effort to protect themselves disallow the sale of Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark. On the other hand, notice how it is always OK to sell Mimosa Hostilis plants and Mimosa Hostilis seeds. Despite the fact that Ebay does not allow the sale of MHRB, they sometimes let sellers advertise Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark, sometimes for periods that lasts several months and up to a year. When these periods last several months, over 6 months for example, the volume of MHRB sold on Ebay is about $80k to $100k a month when you add up all sales from all sellers (I know because I use Terapeak).
Other platforms are stricter, and more consistent than Ebay when it comes to restricting the sale of Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark. However, there are other ways to create a marketplace where sellers and buyers can meet and transact online without the need of big selling platforms. Since Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark, is legal in USA, you can advertise on social media, create posts or have your own website (like this one) It is a less effective system for buyers to trust sellers because unlike buying on Ebay: buying directly from seller does not offer many protections, unless you are using a credit card to pay for the product. It is well known that people should buy from a site that has been recommended to them by someone who already completed a transaction and was satisfied with the order. One rule of thumb is to never buy MHRB or any other product if the seller is asking to be paid with bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.
Buying Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark within the US, or import it from another country
There are four important aspects here.
It is always cheaper to buy MHRB from South America. When you buy from within the USA or Europe, it is more expensive (but you have to weight the pros and cons as price is not the only factor, it is not even the most important factor)
the time it takes from when you pay for your product and it is actually delivered to your house.
When it comes to the time it takes for your bark to arrive if you buy directly from a USA Vendor, it is never more than week ( 2 or 3 days for the most part). However, if you buy from outside the US, whether is Europe, South America or even Mexico, it can take from a couple of weeks up to well over a month (depending on service used). I have heard of some people waiting around three months to get their MHRB (assuming it does not get confiscate or lost).
buying within the US and importing a product that goes through US Customs is different.
When you buy Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark from outside the USA, it is cheaper and there is big reason for it. The product has to cleared US customs and depending on the amount and its value, you may have to pay import taxes or even worse, they may suspect your reasons for buying if it is not a small quantity. The buyer is also relying on the seller to declare truthfully what the package contains, but it is the buyer who has to answer any questions the authority may have.
If your product does not arrive (gets lost, confiscated, or simply the seller did not send it)
After you pay for your Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark and it gets shipped from outside the US, if you do not receive a tracking number, you have no way of knowing if they package was actually sent. Assuming it was, then you don’t know the items authenticity until it gets delivered to you weeks later. Even if the item is authentic, it may be of poor quality or not the correct amount etc. This leaves a buyer in the US with little to no legal recourse to be made whole if one of these problems arises.
In summary, the tree of Mimosa Hostilis, the seeds of Mimosa Hostilis, the root bark of Mimosa Hostilis (both powdered or shredded) are all legal to buy and sell in the US. There are many different ways to buy and sell MHRB in the US, many different forms of payment; therefore, you have to research and find a USA MHRB vendor with a good reputation and high quality product. Lastly, if you decide to buy Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark from another country and import it into the US, you have to consider other factors that outweigh any savings you may realize.