If you are like many other Americans and natural health food researchers worldwide, you may be wondering what all the hype is about surrounding Kratom. Kratom is a herb that has been the subject of growing popularity in the last decade. While relatively straightforward to buy online in the USA, the plant is currently not fully regulated nor accepted by the FDA. Kratom has, for years, been the target of various controversial claims that it can be harmful, and it is primarily because regulatory bodies do not fully understand Kratom and its potential benefits.
As the limitations in place by the FDA and various states in the USA have prevented accurate information from spreading, you may find yourself a bit confused or overwhelmed trying to figure out which products to buy or even what exactly Kratom is. Thankfully, outlined below is a broad overview of Kratom and its potential effects, its origins, how it is processed, the different types, and the best places to find it in the USA.
Mitragyna Speciosa (The Kratom Tree)
The scientific name for the Kratom tree is mitragyna speciosa. The tree grows primarily in subtropic and tropic locations worldwide, with most of the strains coming from Southeast Asia. The tree is a member of the Rubiaceae family of plants, of which the coffee plant is also a member. The tropical evergreen is known to reach heights anywhere from 50-100 feet, but the leaves are used to make Kratom products, not the trunk.
The climate in Southeast Asia is moist and warm nearly all year round, so the plant can produce leaves every season, with the harvest being in the late summer and fall. As it is an evergreen, the leaves will continue to grow all year round, with the oldest, most mature leaves falling to the ground. The soil here is also infused with acidic minerals and compounds because of the proximity to salty seawater and volcanic igneous rock. These soils are vital to the plant’s health and the birthplace of active compounds for which Kratom is famous.
The native cultures in Southeast Asian countries where Kratom is grown have been using it for many years. They chew the leaves or make tea, but in both cases, the reason for using it ranges from mitigating stress, improving pain relief, and even combatting nausea. These claims have sparked numerous research projects throughout the world and how two alkaloids within the plant 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine were discovered. These two alkaloids provide the bulk share of the plant’s therapeutic effects.
Cultivation Through Sustainable Agricultural Practices
With the demand for Kratom increasing, the family-run crops in Southeast Asia make more profits than ever before. These crops are now becoming essential pillars in their income and livelihood and a key to maintaining their communities. Some of the other monoculture plantations that are prominent in Southeast Asia, especially in Borneo, are incredibly detrimental to the ecology of the land and the communities’ wellbeing. These crops starve the soil of its nutrients and leave barren wastelands in their wake.
Kratom farms are cultivated through sustainable agricultural practices. Their growth does not require removing any natural vegetation, and instead works in harmony with the rest of the jungle. These crops are usually cultivated in two ways. Either a family will run a backyard crop, or harvest from trees that they have planted in the wild amongst the other vegetation. To add to the sustainable characteristics of this farming, the harvest is done in a way that allows the plant and soil to replenish themselves, unlike palm oil and timber plantations.
The farmer will only pick leaves from the Kratom tree that are ready for harvest. They can tell when the leaves are ready by examining the color of the veins on the leaves. The leaves begin with white veins, which eventually change to green and red. Depending on the target-strain, the harvest time will be adjusted to meet the supplier’s requests.
From Plant To Product
Following the harvest, the leaves are subject to various processing steps. Usually, the leaves are dried before any further processing, but in some instances, are fermented before drying and grinding. In either case, whether dried or fermented, the leaves are pulverized into a fine powder. This powder is then distributed to retailers around the world. A reputable Kratom dealer will be partnered with several farms in Southeast Asia, and a large fraction of the profits will be given to the growers.
In all processing steps, there is the chance to further manipulate the concentration and composition of alkaloids within. Just as fermenting will cause a different alkaloid composition than drying, extending the drying period or fermenting after grinding will do the same. Depending on the type of products that the supplier will want to sell, they may choose to alter various steps to control their final products.
One of the most critical steps that distinguish a reputable supplier from a profiteer or unethical company is lab-testing. Reputable suppliers will always be lab-testing their products before selling. This step minimizes the chance of harmful bacteria or contaminants being present in the products.
There are three main categories of Kratom products, all of which are available in various strain types. Strains will have a geographic and color name attached, such as Bali Red Kratom.
- Kratom Powder: Kratom powder is the most common product which offers researchers versatility. Powders can be made into extracts, capsules and used to create beauty and other wellness products like soap and hand cream.
- Kratom Capsules: There are two types of Kratom capsules: standard and extracts. Standard capsules contain pure Kratom powder whereas, an extract capsule will have a more potent, or twice as strong, powder.
- Kratom Extracts: Extracts can be put into capsules or available in bulk powder form or liquid. As these are much more potent, they are best for researchers who have some Kratom experience already under their belt.
Legal State Of Kratom
For many years, Kratom remained in obscurity, a substance only used by small ingenious communities. In the past century, more research has been conducted, and regulatory bodies are turning their eye towards the product.
Even though the FDA currently does not regulate Kratom as a therapeutic health substance and even tried to have it banned as a controlled substance, there are still various places to buy Kratom within the USA for research purposes.
As this is the case, you should make sure to responsibly use your Kratom, taking into account the research requirements. Exact measurements and high potency are critical to legitimate research.
It would help if you also did independent research beforehand to keep updated with the regulations. Kratom vendors are currently banned from speaking openly about its effects, so you need to consider this when finding data.
Why You Should Choose Kratom Gallery
Third Party Lab Tested.
Every one of our products has been rigorously tested in an independent laboratory to ensure that they are free from any chemical nasties, bacteria overgrowth, heavy metals, and to give you peace of mind that our products contain the optimum level of Mitragynine, and 7-Hydroxymitragynine.
Naturally Sourced Ingredients.
We looked at dozens of suppliers to ensure that every ingredient which goes into our products is naturally sourced.
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Once you have made the decision to try our Kratom products, we know you will be keen to get started with them as soon as possible. All orders placed before 11 AM will be despatched the same day, and delivery is available where permitted within the USA!