It may seem difficult to connect the powdered Kratom on your shelf with the sky-high tree in Indonesia. There are quite a few steps that take place to get a Kratom leaf from a wild tree in Borneo to your front door, and each step is essential to ensuring quality, safe Kratom.
As more people hear and research Kratom, the information available on the internet can be confusing. Finding a reputable supplier can also be challenging, especially since the Kratom market is flooded with different vendors.
At Kats Botanicals, we source only the purest and most potent Kratom available from our trusted harvesters in Southeast Asia. Here’s how our Kratom at Kats Botanicals is made.
Kratom comes from the Mitragyna speciosa tree, not from a lab or pharmaceutical company. Harvesters and growers in Southeast Asia have been cultivating the Kratom tree for generations. These knowledgeable growers understand the tree well, especially its ideal growing conditions.
In the countries where this tropical evergreen tree grows in Southeast Asia, like Borneo, Malaysia, or Indonesia, Kratom has been incorporated into the culture and everyday life for centuries. This remarkable plant has a high number of alkaloids, specifically mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Generally, these trees grow best in hot, humid, tropical conditions with bouts of heavy rainfall throughout the year. They love heat and humidity and, in nature, usually develop under the umbrella of other trees’ canopies, so direct sunlight isn’t a top priority.
Kratom is unique in that it has high levels of two particular alkaloids and can grow in almost any condition. It thrives in arid climates as well as floodplains, although it prefers hot, humid conditions. Kratom powder comes from both wild and cultivated trees.
Those who have the cultural knowledge of the tree understand that there is a precise moment in the tree’s growing cycle that results in the leaves’ highest alkaloid content.
It can take a long time for a Kratom tree to mature – up to 2 years, and 10 to 20 feet in the tree’s height. However, some trees are ready to harvest within a year, and you know when they’re ready when the leaves are just about to fall off.
Even when the tree flowers (which is unusual), it doesn’t necessarily mean that the leaves are ready for harvest. Only through careful observation can you learn the exact moment of a Kratom’s leaf full potential.
Drying and Fermentation Process
After workers harvest the leaves, they go through a drying (and sometimes a fermentation) process before they are ground into a powder or packaged as crushed-leaf Kratom.
There are three colors of Kratom leaf strains: Red, green, and white. Sometimes the color of the strain refers to which farm the Kratom comes from or some other arbitrary selection. Most of the time the color of the strains – red, white, or green – relates directly to its drying process and the amount of UV light it gets as it dries or ferments.
Red vein Kratom absorbs the most UV light, resulting in its darker hue. Green vein Kratom spends time under UV lamps or outside sunlight, as well as time inside, away from heat and light. White vein Kratom is not subjected to any UV light at all; hence it’s light coloration.
There are ways to ferment the Kratom leaves after the drying process that results in increased amounts of the coveted alkaloids. Fermentation is a process in which the leaves are sealed into bags and left to ferment before being thoroughly dried and ground into powder. This also contributes to red vein Kratom’s rich, dark color.
Outside Laboratory Tests
Before the powder or crushed leaf Kratom reaches the consumer, reputable sellers like Kats Botanicals send out samples to a third-party laboratory to test for alkaloid levels, label transparency, and detrimental substances like mold, coliforms, or other pathogens.
When a lab analyzes a sample for microorganisms like pathogens or mold, it gives an excellent snapshot of the harvesting techniques. If lab analysts detect either of these pathogens in the sample, it is clear that workers did not pick the leaves off the tree but the ground. It may also indicate faulty storage, leading to damp, moldy Kratom.
To ensure the product you’re buying is free of any harmful additives and is 100% Kratom leaf, request a full report. At Kats Botanicals, we happily provide you with lab results and answer any questions you may have.
From seed to harvest to drying to packaging, it’s a long process to get a Kratom leaf growing in Southeast Asia to Kratom aficionados in the United States. There are a lot of stops along the way.
At Kats Botanicals, we support a strong professional relationship with the expert growers and processors in Southeast Asia. We also test our Kratom powder and products at an outside laboratory for unbiased analysis and offer full lab reports to all consumers.
At Kats Botanicals, your satisfaction with our Kratom products is our priority.