Let’s Get Something Straight About Kratom Tea

Since 2016, Kratom tea has been in the hearts and minds of a lot of people from all walks of life. Some of these people have been influenced in a positive way by the power of this plant. Others, want to destroy this positive influence in our community. It’s because of the latter that we have various news media outlets sharing “Fake News” about this tea and it is causing a negative impact, on users and non-users of Kratom tea.

Because of this travesty that is currently happening, I want to sit down and make sure you understand something about this plant. There are several cases I want to address which have been sent out as truths but in reality are false and it is causing people who know nothing of Kratom to make an adverse judgement against it. Let’s get something straight about Kratom…

#1 – Death Claims Against Kratom Tea

This one is really surprising to me. It’s a big deal to say that something has caused a death. To label this plant as a killer is going a bit far, especially when the science doesn’t add up to make this claim.

The FDA shared these facts against the plant earlier in 2018 where they stated that Kratom had caused 36 deaths. Later, they raised the death count to 64.

Someone in the general public who knows nothing about this plant hears this information and firmly believes what they are saying. But, could it be any further from the truth? Nick Wing, pointed out in his article how these death claims have been undermined, and he gives autopsy reports that share why he questions this conclusion.

In every one of these death cases, the deceased person had a variety of medications and prescription drugs in their system, not just Kratom tea. Mr. Wing has the best research on this, here’s a quote from the article:

One incident describes a teenager who had hanged himself after struggling with depression and prescription drug abuse. He tested positive for a variety of drugs, including kratom, as well as alcohol and a handful of prescription drugs.

And another instance:

One case the FDA listed as a kratom-related death, which has been completely redacted in the document, appears elsewhere in an agency database as a death by homicide due to a gunshot wound to the chest.

Clearly, in every case of death, there were a slough of illicit compounds in the deceased person’s system. However, local news media, calls out only the Kratom tea found in the system and runs with these stories because they know nothing about this new “drug”.

But wait…what about the death cases in Georgia? I know you’re thinking about those. The fact that Georgia authorities and toxicologists reported several cases of mitragynine deaths. Their report included that these deaths had no other illicit substances in their system.

Upon further research by the Huffington Post, it appears that the Georgia State Authorities were lumping seemingly similar altogether. In the cases in Georgia, it appears mitragynine wasn’t the only drug in the deceased persons system. One person even tested positive for 8 different substances.


Scientists say there isn’t any evidence to prove that mitragynine causes fatal overdoses. Since mitragynine is the most abundant alkaloid in Kratom, I’d say we’re pretty safe.

#2 – Is The Addiction Factor Real?

Addiction in our country is rampant. When you think of addiction you think of a junkie looking for their next high. However, that simply shows our biased worldview. Addiction happens everywhere. We are all addicted. Most people can’t leave the house in the morning without two cups of coffee.

Saying Kratom is addictive is no worse than saying “I can’t function without my coffee in the morning.” Literally it’s the same thing. This plant comes from the Madder family of plants. In this family are extensions, just like your own. One of these extensions is the Rubiaceae family. Let’s travel down the family tree and share some interesting facts.

In the Rubiaceae family you have well known cousins like coffee, gardenia, cat’s claw, and Kratom. There are 40+ others you may not know about including hamelia, pentas (flower), woodruff, and morinda. Some of these are herbs which most of us see/use on a daily basis.

When addiction researcher Dr. Jack Henningfield completed his own 8-factor analysis test on this plant, he said “Kratom is no more addicting than a cup of coffee”. Comparing the family tree, we can see why. Kratom and coffee (and 40+ others) share the same traits.

In short, saying this plant is bad because it is addictive is a double standard. Not only that, it’s also a little hypocritical of the person making the statement, when in fact it’s entirely possible the person has a couple of addictions of their own. Just like coffee, Kratom is a personal choice for a better start to your day.

#3 – The Atypical Opiate

Perhaps I have changed your mind up until this point. However, you have probably read the many reports from the FDA about Kratom being an opiate and having ‘opiate-like qualities’. Let’s discuss the qualities of this tea and it’s potential on the brain.

One of the best examples I have ever watched is Dr. Andrew Kruegel speaking about how this plant is an atypical opioid. Watch the video below to get the entire scoop.

Remember, this tea comes from the coffee family. Understanding this, you have to realize that coffee and Kratom should work the same way. Upon further research, I found that coffee also contains potent opiate receptor binding activity.

If the light is your receptor and you compare classical opiates with the Rubiaceae family of plants, you can clearly see Kratom contains the atypical opiate activity, which barely turns on the light as in Dr. Kruegel’s example. If the classical opiate were to interact with the light, the light would turn all the way on. There’s a big difference here as far as receptor activity goes. Coffee contains the receptor activity qualities as well, which should be no surprise since they come from the same family.

In Conclusion

There is a massive amount of ‘Fake News’ being cultivated around the web about Kratom tea and the community wants people to understand more about this plant. We simply want an unbiased approach on how general public and its officials receive information about Kratom tea and how it can actually help our country. One thing we won’t do is stand idly by and watch while people use false information as scare tactics. On a personal note, this plant has been safe and effective for me over the past 17 years and it’s time that positivity is spread and sloppy reporting is mitigated.

Written By Staff

The staff writers for Kats Botanicals have been researching and writing about CBD and Kratom products for more than 5 years, and have a combined experience of over 35 years of writing in the healthcare and supplement industry. The team has a keen understanding of the topic, remain current on all FDA and industry news, and use their expertise to generate engaging and informative content to help educate consumers on Kats Botanicals’ products. Each article is fact-checked and includes sources to scientific data to ensure readers receive the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

Reviewed By Justin Kats

Justin Kats, founder of Kats Botanicals reviews and approves all content before releasing it for posting on the Kats Botanical website. Justin has been a tireless advocate for the benefits of CBD and Kratom since 2012. As a champion for botanical therapy, Justin created a Facebook group where more than 12,000 people discuss botanicals, CBD and Kratom. He has also assisted more than 80,000 customers since the inception of his business and works directly with a single source farmer to ensure the purity of the products he sells. He also performs rigorous lab testing because he understands what it takes to get a high-quality and safe product to market.

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