Purchasing and administering Kratom is straightforward as the capsules are user friendly. When it comes to growing and producing Kratom, many people do not realize the process involved, and thus they often feel confused about the substance they are taking. To get a full understanding of Kratom’s growth and production, you first have to understand where it comes from.
Kratom is derived from leaves of a mitragyna speciosa tree, which are native trees in Southeast Asia. While Kratom is an entirely natural product, there are many steps involved to refine it, and it often requires many different techniques, which can be lengthy. When Kratom is produced using expert techniques, the final product is nothing less than therapeutic.
Growth Of The Mitragyna Speciosa
The mitragyna speciosa tree is a tall and towering species that can be found high up in Southeast Asia’s humid rainforests. While the trunk can grow over 80 feet tall, it is not the part that is used for medicinal purposes. The tree is host to broad leaves that have long been renowned for their healing properties in Southeast Asia. As the tree is technically evergreen, the leaves stay present all year round; however, when they are mature enough, they will fall from the tree and continue to regrow. As these trees grow best in hot, humid weather, farmers worldwide have begun to plant their own crops of mitragyna speciosa in areas where there are fertile land and plenty of sunlight. While farmers can do this, it is often much more challenging than growing it on its native land, so a majority of the Kratom that you see for sale comes from Southeast Asia.
Kratom usually comes in three different strains or variants, red, green, and white. As the leaves from the tree all vary in color, potency, and size, farmers can get multiple strains from one tree. The colors will change on the leaves of these trees for several reasons. Whether in their genetic makeup, age, or the amount of sunlight they are exposed to throughout their growing cycle. When these leaves become mature enough, the farmers will pick the leaves. Depending on how far along in their maturation, the leaves provide different effects when selected at different times. The reason for this is because of their alkaloid makeup. The concentration of alkaloids, the components which provide its effects, varies depending on when they are picked.
Refining The Leaves
Following growth, the leaves of the mitragyna speciosa are cleaned thoroughly, removing all signs of dirt and debris. The cleansing is crucial as it ensures that there will be no contamination in the final product. If the leaves are not washed before grinding, it can be challenging to run lab tests on the powder form. You can check with your Kratom vendor to see what methods are used for their specific products.
Once all the leaves have been cleaned, they are strung on racks. These racks of leaves are then left to dry out in the sun. Throughout the drying face, the Kratom will again change its alkaloid makeup. The more the leaves are exposed to sunlight, or longer they are left to dry, the more their alkaloid makeup will change. Different alkaloid compositions are what provide different effects for the final product. As there are different strains of Kratom, all with their own benefits, some farmers utilize non-traditional methods of refining their Kratom, like fermentation for Bentuangie Kratom.
When the farmer has decided that the drying phase is complete following their refining strategy, they will grind the leaves into powders. These powders are what make up the capsules and are the most familiar state of Kratom for purchasers.
While many consumers are aware of Kratom’s powder form, it is not the only kind available. Many suppliers will offer extracts, liquids, and capsules. However, they are all made using the original Kratom powder. Different vendors will use alternate methods like extraction and pressing to create their products. Once the products are created, they are put into their packaging, ensuring that no air is let in as these products can become contaminated if stored incorrectly.
Since 2018 the FDA has eliminated the need for strict protocols around its production. The regulating and distribution of Kratom is thus uncontrolled, which some consumers may find risky. To combat this risk, you can guarantee that you are buying from a trusted source if they go above and beyond and conduct further quality tests on their product. You can usually talk to their customer support staff about this, or you can check out their website to see if they have information regarding their production methods.
If Kratom is prepared and packed the correct way, it can be highly beneficial to the users. Always make sure you are working with a trusted vendor as it guarantees your product is top-quality.