What is Kratom Powder?
Kratom has been used for millennia, but over the last 10 to 15 years it has become more popular outside of its homeland. All natural herbal kratom products are derived from leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree from Southeast Asia. The kratom tree, an evergreen and member of the coffee family, mostly grows in the friendly, tropical conditions of Indonesia where it can reach 80 feet tall. The tree is native to Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand. More traditional users in Southeast Asia will chew kratom leaves or brew the leaves into kratom tea. American consumers are much more likely to use capsules or powderized kratom that can be mixed into drinks. People use kratom powder for all kinds of reasons, but most of them have to do with the naturally occurring alkaloids found within the leaves.
Kratom leaves contain two compounds that are unique: Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Due to federal regulations, we’re unable to go into depth on any potential health benefits these alkaloids may have. We encourage anyone reading this to consult the available scientific research from credible sources such as PubMed or ScienceDirect.
The levels of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine in kratom plants can vary greatly. For example some kratom leaves can have 3 to 4 times more mitragynine than others. Although this subject isn’t well studied, it seems logical that environmental factors such as carbon dioxide levels, nitrogen availability, soil components, sun exposure, and temperature contribute to these variances. It’s also well documented in the kratom community that mature leaves are more alkaloid rich than younger leaves.
[And remember, as with any natural supplement, don’t begin using it without consulting a healthcare professional about potential health risks and prescription drug interactions.]
Types of Kratom Products
In general, you can buy kratom as crushed kratom leaf, kratom extract, kratom capsules, kratom tea (whether loose leaf or in a tea bag), and kratom powder.
You’ve probably seen sellers promoting countless strains of kratom. They are all appealing name and color combinations, and new blends are always bubbling up.
Kratom Vein Colors
The most popular kratom colors are red, green, white, and yellow. The color refers to drying techniques used after the leaves are harvested from kratom trees. It is thought by many in the kratom community that when the leaves are harvested, they are separated and categorized based on the color of their vein. Red vein kratom is the most mature, followed by green vein, and then white vein, which is the least mature. However, this isn’t really true and doesn’t make a ton of sense. You can find kratom leaves with different vein colors growing side by side on the same tree. Kratom that is classified as “yellow vein” usually means that the leaf is a combination of multiple strain colors and doesn’t represent one particular standalone strain.
While many sellers market kratom strains to have a particular effect on the user, they usually don’t offer any concrete evidence as to what makes one strain different from another.
Kratom Strain Origins
In addition to the vein color, you’ll also notice that kratom strains are usually classified by a location or region. The main varieties you’ll see are:
- Maeng Da
- Green Malay
As far as our “kratom strains” go, Super Organics is our most alkaloid rich variety and is guaranteed to test for 1.4% mitragynine at minimum. The next “tier” is Maeng Da kratom, and then Bali kratom powder/Thai kratom. The Maeng Da will generally test higher for mitragynine.
It’s important to understand that this information doesn’t always mean that this is where your kratom came from. In fact, it doesn’t, because all of the kratom in the U.S. comes from Indonesia. These classifications refer to where specific characteristics of kratom leaves were discovered. Many of the countries where kratom was first discovered have since introduced bans on exporting the plant. So even though they’re not exported from those countries, the country name is used to classify those particular types of leaves.
For example, if you buy something called Red Vein Thai kratom powder, it’s unlikely that your kratom actually came from Thailand. Why? Although kratom use in Thailand is prevalent, the plant is actually banned by the government and exports are not permitted. There is good news though. Thailand is reversing course and legalizing kratom.
Buy Kratom Powder of the Highest Quality
It is truly the Wild West out there when it comes to supplements like kratom powder. Fortunately, the American Kratom Association (AKA) offers industry guidance in the form of their GMP standards program.
FDA regulations promulgate GMP or good manufacturing practices, and anyone who markets dietary supplements must comply with them. These regulations don’t explicitly tell businesses how to operate, but they do provide a clear quality control framework for all distributors and manufacturers to follow.
Kratom manufacturers that implement and follow GMP regulations are far better equipped to ensure the safety and quality of their products. Consumers (looking at you, reader!) should look for brands of kratom supplements that have a strong quality system and comply with GMP.
Our leaf is dried indoors to protect against contamination and then milled into a fine powder. We perform an organic process developed in-house to gently treat the kratom and reduce contaminants, all while maintaining the integrity of the plant. Independent labs are used to test for impurities, contaminants, and adulterants.
Our production facility and equipment is built to clean specifications–we don’t package anything by hand. Altogether, you get a truly natural product that you can trust!