As people become more aware of Kratom and its potential effects, people wonder where they can find responsibly sourced products. If you are new to Kratom, you may not know what responsibly sourced means or how to find it. The best way to start is with a reputable Kratom dealer. As many people are looking to profit off Kratom now that it has become more popular, you have to be careful where you are buying products. If you aren’t careful, you could get scammed.
It can be easy to fall into traps set by scammers and dealers looking for a quick profit. If you educate yourself and learn more about Kratom and its origins, you are more likely to make a more informed and safe decision when choosing a supplier.
Where Does Kratom Come From?
For many, they are not even sure where Kratom originates. While it may seem like a mysterious substance, it grows wildly around the world, primarily in moist and warm rainforests common throughout Southeast Asia. The scientific name for the evergreen tree is mitragyna speciosa. Traditionally, it has been used in various healing regimes by the indigenous communities who first discovered the plant. The highest quality, most responsibly sourced Kratom comes from these communities still, and the farmers who grow it have been doing so for hundreds of years.
As the Kratom market has witnessed increased demand in recent years, wild crops can no longer sustain the growing interest. Cultivations that have been carefully planned can help meet this demand, but it requires ideal conditions that are often hard to create.
Any planned cultivations must tailor their environment to resemble that of the plant’s wild habitat closely. These conditions include a warm and stable climate that helps foster consistently moist soil without flooding. The soil must also be acidic so that the active compounds found in the plant can properly form. As the trees grow, the leaves are monitored for changes in vein color. Only when they reach an ideal maturation are they picked and processed. The remainder of the tree is left in place so that it continues to grow strong.
The Kratom leaves’ processing stage involves drying or curing, in either the sun or shade, and grinding into a fine powder. The powder is then used to create extracts and capsules, the most common forms you will see available. Initially, before modern processing techniques were developed, the indigenous communities would chew the leaves.
Sustainability Needs To Be Encouraged
There is a sad pattern that has presented itself with ethnobotanicals sourced from remote geographic locations. Large Western corporations see potential profits and exploit the small communities where the plant is grown. They will often set up facilities and promise large sums of money to the communities. However, rather than following through with their promises, they drain the land of its resources and discard their waste responsibly in the process.
As many of these corporations do not take the proper steps to ensure the communities’ safety and prosperity, they often will leave the land barren and move onto the next place. The communities will be left in poverty as they no longer can sustain living on the degraded land. With these practices being so destructive, it is more critical than ever for sustainable operations to take the place of profiteering mega-corporations.
Sustainable, responsible Kratom farming involves taking care of the farmers and fostering a healthy relationship with the indigenous communities. These relationships help to generate income from their crops and strengthen their plantations for future generations.
Purchase From Distributors Who Care
As sustainable practices are vital to these small communities’ survival in Southeast Asia, ethical/fair trade distributors must be supported. These distributors ensure that all their products are processed using non-invasive methods. No harsh chemicals or pesticides are used in the process, which means there is no toxic waste that has to be discarded.
When a distributor ensures pure processing and supports the local farmers, you can rest assured that the Kratom they are selling is high quality and, better yet, responsibly sourced.
It is a mistake to think that all Kratom is equal. High-quality Kratom only comes from vendors who make the livelihood of farmers one of their most significant responsibilities. When you buy from them, you help yourself, and the growers and communities in Southeast Asia prosper.
Support Advocacy Groups
An excellent way to support the healthy, responsible Kratom production cycle is by supporting advocacy groups. Throughout the United States, many of these organizations are in operation, the most prominent being the American Kratom Association. Their efforts help to guarantee sustainable sourcing across the board and eliminate distributors looking for a quick profit.
If you do your research and investigate your supplier thoroughly, you can become a more responsible Kratom enthusiast and researcher.