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When purchasing Kratom, you need to examine its state and quality just like you do with anything you buy from the grocery store. Consciously or unconsciously, we check for defects, blemishes, signs of use, or hazardous components for everything we buy.
It’s no different with Kratom. Even though it’s natural to want a quick, easy shopping experience with little thought or effort required, you’ll regret not doing your homework. Knowing how to discern low-quality Kratom from high-quality Kratom can save you a lot of hassle in the long-term.
Why You Should Care about Kratom’s Quality
Venturing into the world of Kratom can be daunting when you have no previous experience. It can be hard to know what to look for, especially when you discover there are different strains of Kratom.
Determining the right strain of Kratom for your purposes may feel like the most important decision that the issue of quality doesn’t cross your mind. Yet, quality is incredibly important; making the wrong decision can result in unforeseen and undesirable consequences. Ultimately, substandard Kratom produces disappointing and even dangerous results. If you’re not getting pure, potent Kratom, you won’t be getting the full extent of what this plant has to offer.
Just like with any other product you buy, quality matters. This is especially true with items you’re going to be consuming in some way.
Why is There an Issue with Quality?
Kratom’s corner of the market is often described as the “Wild West.” It’s a relatively new product for the Western world, and because of this, there has been an absence of quality control and standardization.
When a product is standardized, it has uniformity, and so it provides the same dosage and concentration every time. These regulations give you—the buyer—confidence and ensure safety and efficiency. If a product is not standardized, and there is no quality control, it becomes less reliable and more of a risk.
It’s crucial to take special care and precautions when importing botanicals from overseas. Kratom is sourced from Southeast Asia, where the climate is ideal for cultivating the naturally-occurring alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Nature isn’t always stable or predictable, and contaminants can seep into the soil and water around Kratom trees. It is up to the manufacturers and distributors to transform this into a product fit for human consumption.
The responsibility for quality control primarily lies with the distributors. In the past, distributors have not taken the required steps to standardize Kratom, and they haven’t needed to because Kratom has been so new to the market, and there has been no regulation enforcement.
Thankfully, things are beginning to change. Kratom’s popularity has highlighted the need for quality control and standardization, and larger governing bodies are starting to listen.
The American Kratom Association (AKA) is one such organization; it has created the Good Manufacturing Practice program (GMP), aiming to bring regulation to the previously unmonitored Kratom market. This GMP adheres to established FDA regulations and offers the structure for manufacturers to follow.
This is a positive step and does more than only improve Kratom’s quality; it helps the entire Kratom industry. When regulations and official organizations are developed to manage practices and procedures, the standard of distribution improves, impacting its quality.
Overall, this helps produce consistency—quality consistency—which positively impacts how Kratom is seen and experienced. As substandard practices and products are minimized and eliminated, which helps make Kratom a sustainable choice in the botanical industry.
Why Kratom’s History Matters
Any product is vulnerable to contamination, especially with a substance harvested and shipped from far away. All sorts of things can occur to the product during growing, harvest, and transit. These events and conditions occur before the product even arrives in the United States, yet this origin profoundly impacts quality.
When there are unknown factors involved, it’s the distributor and seller’s responsibility to begin quality control procedures. Ideally, the seller has a good working relationship with the native country and the people who provide the Kratom, but this isn’t always the case.
Because we know our Kratom must have the best start in life, we invest in these beginnings and these working relationships. Kats Botanicals maintains strong professional connections with our expert growers, harvesters, and processors. We know the essential nature of these relationships and how it ultimately improves the quality of Kratom we provide.
Our dedication to supplying superior quality Kratom influences each step of the process. We ensure excellent quality with thorough third-party testing and through transparent, trusted international relationships.
Tips for Making a Wise Purchase
There are signs you can look for if you want to be a wise consumer. Ultimately, you want to ensure you are buying from a reputable seller.
Before purchasing your Kratom, check for any available information on the product and the distributor’s practices and standards. Do some fact-checking before making a purchase and look out for phrases that indicate lab testing and official quality control methodology.
If you cannot find clear information, it’s likely an indication of substandard practices. However, you could still contact the distributor and ask. Bear in mind that if a Kratom distributor cannot provide adequate proof of quality-controlled working practices that it’s likely there are none. Taking a distributor’s assurances of quality control without evidence may lead to you waste money on impure Kratom powder.
Once you’ve purchased the Kratom, examine it for any obvious substandard quality, and smell the product to ensure there’s no questionable odor. It can be hard to know what it should look or smell like if you are new to Kratom, but it doesn’t hurt to do this anyway. You’ll want to see a vibrant-colored product, one which smells fresh, natural, and clean, and which has been finely-powdered with no gritty texture.
The next sign to look for is a lot or batch number. This indicates that the substance has been through some kind of quality control. A manufacturer who knows the value of lab testing wants to show it has been tested and screened. If there is no lot or batch number, this is a clear indication of questionable quality control.
What Makes Kats Botanicals Different
We are committed to providing pure, potent Kratom and adhering to strict, thorough quality control standards to achieve this. All Kratom products are third-party tested by an independent testing facility.
We want you to know we offer the best quality Kratom. An official testing facility—with no connection to the company and no agenda—is responsible for assuring quality control. This outside third-party laboratory facility tests for the presence of heavy metals, pesticides, and pathogens, so you can be sure that any product you buy from us is composed of 100% pure Kratom leaf.
We test our Kratom with one of the country’s most trusted testing facilities: Analytical Resource Laboratories in Utah. This facility uses multiple tests for our Kratom and ensures that it is the best of the best.
From Red Borneo Kratom to Yellow Maeng Da, we test all our Kratom for numerous things: Purity, potency, authenticity, and safety. You can have total assurance that you are buying pure Kratom, with no fillers, additives, or unnecessary or harmful ingredients.
With these standards and testing in place, we eliminate any quality-assessing you might need to do with other distributors. Analytical Resource Laboratories specifically checks the look, smell, and consistency of the product before running the more in-depth tests that check for chemical composition. Kats Botanicals only offers standardized and quality controlled Kratom.
For your peace of mind, we make these lab testing reports available on your phone with a QR code on the back of the packaging. Scan this code, and it takes you right to the batch test for the specific strain.
Kratom Strains and Varieties
Do not hesitate to contact our team and ask about our Kratom’s origins and testing. At Kats Botanicals, we know how important it is for our customers to know and trust their Kratom distributor.
We offer a wide selection of Kratom varieties, from Maeng Da to Bali to White Elephant. Our green vein Kratom varieties are designed to boost your wellbeing, while our white vein varieties may motivate a busy routine.
Red vein Kratom is specially fermented in bags, promoting a sense of calm. These Kratom varieties may promote a sense of peace. Our yellow hybrids contain a mix of red and green or red and white to promote balance and enhancing your morning routine.
The recommended dosage for Kratom is 2.4g, and you should not exceed two doses within a 24-hour period. Our pure and potent Kratom should provide you the benefits you expect and love from Kratom. Combined with our third-party test results, you know you are getting high-quality and safe Kratom products from Kats Botanicals.
As a beginner, it can be hard to know how to handpick the best Kratom. Even if you’re new to Kratom, you can still check for basic signs that help you discern the Kratom’s quality. Getting good quality Kratom isn’t an impossible feat. With these empowering guidelines, you can make a wise, informed choice, and you get to reap the benefits of the best quality Kratom on the market.
If you want to take the work out of finding superior quality Kratom, look no further than Kats Botanicals. With our thorough third-party laboratory testing, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. You can then use your newly-acquired Kratom knowledge to confirm that we do indeed provide only the best.