Since Kratom is relatively new to the western world, many individuals and education institutions starting to research this ‘alternative’ product will start with one question: “What is Kratom?”
Kratom, also known as Mitragynine Speciosa, is an evergreen tree native to places mainly in southeast Asia including Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. Kratom is considered to be one of the most sacred herbs in the Southeast Asian region. The trees can reach up to 80 feet or more in ideal growing conditions. They feature dark green leaves that contain various alkaloids and substances. Kratom has been around for centuries, with documentation of its use dating back to the 19th century.
Sacred Kratom is a trusted online US retailer of premium Kratom powders, capsules, and extracts. Interested customers should learn more about the unique history of this plant, different types of strains, laws surrounding use and production, choosing a reputable seller, and what kind of benefits can be gleaned from these products.
The Chemistry Behind Kratom
Kratom leaves have a highly unique chemical makeup that makes them incredibly attractive to researchers. The leaves have been found to contain the alkaloid rhynchophylline, which acts as a calcium channel black and reduces NMDA-induced current.
Different strains of Kratom will contain varying amounts of Mitragynine, typically ranging between 1 and 6%. The chemical structure of Mitragynine includes a tryptamine nucleus and is responsible for the molecules observed in adrenergic systems. It is very soluble in conventional organic solvents such as acetic acid, alcohols, acetone, diethyl ether, and chloroform, but it is insoluble in water.
Kratom also contains the well-known chemical compound, 7-hydroxymitragynine. Recent studies point to the leaves containing a potency level greater than that of Mitragynine, making it a very active substance in Kratom plants. This chemical compound has been shown to interact with three major opioid sites—Delta, Kappa, and Mu.
The chemical synthesis of several Kratom alkaloids is considered by many researchers to be too complex to facilitate any form of economic production, so they instead prefer to use Mitragynine as a chemical precursor.
A Brief Overview of the History of Kratom
The Kratom herb dates back thousands of years, although it doesn’t have the romanticized history that many other herbs offer. It has been tied to traditional uses and folk medicine throughout Southeast Asia for workers and peasants dealing with hard labor conditions.
Kratom was first introduced to the western and European world when the Dutch Botanist, Pieter Korthals, began studying the herb in 1831. Korthals named the plant Mitragyna Speciosa in 1839. The name was later finalized and classified by George Haviland, a British surgeon.
Some of the first signs of true medical research were recorded in 1907 when samples of Mitragyna Speciosa and its relatives were sent to the University of Edinburgh where the alkaloids were then isolated and studied further. More medical studies of these alkaloids came over the years and in 1930, I.H. Burkill studied the psychoactive effects and suggested its use in traditional medicine as a treatment for diarrhea and fever.
After Kratom began to gain more attention in the medical community, certain governing bodies began to outlaw the substance. On August 3, 1943, the government of Thailand passed a ban on both the possession and sale of Kratom. On January 29, 1993, the Ministry of Health declared it as a controlled narcotic drug. Malaysia illegalized Mitragynine in 2003.
While it has certainly seen some controversy over the years, Kratom is still showing promise in the scientific and medical arenas. Mentions of the plant and research studies have been spread accurately by botanists for hundreds of years, but many long term studies are still needed to discover more about the true value of the herb.
What Strains are Available at Sacred Kratom?
Sacred Kratom proudly carries several premium strains of Kratom, each with its own unique properties and effects. The alkaloid content in Kratom depends on where the leaves are sourced, modes of planting, nurturing, harvesting, and post-harvesting processes. One of the biggest factors that will affect the Kratom is where it was sourced. Popular strains include Borneo, Bali, Maeng Da, Bentuangie, Green Sumatra, and Ultra Enhanced Indonesian (UEI). Buyers can learn more about each of these strains below and begin shopping online for various products.
Borneo Kratom Strains
The rainforests of Borneo, and more specifically the remote town of Kapuas Hulu, produce most of the island’s Kratom crops. Different regions of Borneo vary greatly in climate and therefore offer numerous strains with different benefits. Borneo Kratom is typically linked with higher levels of alkaloids.
Available Borneo Kratom products at Sacred Kratom include the following:
Bali Kratom is a “do-it-all” strain that is often considered the industry standard. It is cultivated and imported from the Borneo region and features a high alkaloid content that offers some of the strongest aromas and a perfect balance of over two dozen alkaloids according to Shamanistic studies.
Sacred Kratom sells the following Bali strain Kratom products:
Maeng Da Kratom
Maeng Da is widely regarded as the most potent Kratom strain due to its strong scent and high alkaloid content. This comes in a blend of red, white, and green varieties to provide a well-rounded experience.
Popular Maeng Da Kratom products available online include:
Bentuangie Kratom is a relatively new strain offered by Sacred Kratom. It is imported fresh from Indonesia and fermented in a bag instead of undergoing the typical drying process. This fermentation process provides a unique flavor and enhanced alkaloid percentage, creating a well-rounded strain with a high content of 7-hydroxymitragynine
These Bentuangie Kratom products can be ordered online:
Green Sumatra Kratom
Green Sumatra is another new strain sold by Sacred Kratom. This is generally recognized as the strain with the longest lasting aroma and an evenly distributed alkaloid spectrum. The Green Sumatra leaf is grown on the northwestern part of the Sumatra Indonesian island and when it is dried and ground, it gives off its light green hue.
Ultra Enhanced Indo (UEI) Kratom
UEI Kratom is a popular choice and has been highly praised in the industry for its generous amounts of alkaloid extract. The experienced team at Sacred Kratom can isolate the active ingredients found in Kratom leaves and use them to enhance this powder to create a more powerful effect. This is a highly sought after enhanced extract on the market.
What do the Colors Mean?
Certain strains of Kratom differ because they grow in different regions, but the coloring of the vein is what tells the most about a particular strain of Kratom. These will fall into three categories: red, green, and white. Yellow or gold Kratom can also be seen on the market, but this is not accepted as an official strain as it is the effect of handpicking old leaves and drying them until they become yellow.
Green-veined Kratom shares many properties with white-veined options, but still offers its own unique spectrum of effects.
Potential Uses & Benefits of Kratom
Kratom is being used all over the world in new and exciting ways. It is important to thoroughly research each individual strain and the studies surrounding their effects prior to making a buying decision. Some studies have ruled out the medicinal potential of Kratom, but more research is being done to better understand these properties and their effect on the human body.
Kratom has vast cultural uses in folk medicine and shows promise for medicinal treatments, but currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has prohibited the internal use of the herb.
Is Kratom Legal?
The laws surrounding Kratom are incredibly complex and tend to vary from region to region. Kratom has been largely misunderstood and has seen quite a bit of controversy in the past.
Kratom is largely legal in the United States, but some states have implemented their own laws. It is legal to buy Kratom powder and other products, but internal use has not been proven safe by the FDA as they await more research studies to confirm its safety and effectiveness.
Some states have a complete ban on Kratom and some allow for the production, sale, and consumption of products. States that have made it illegal to use, grow, possess, or sell Kratom include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
There are also a number of states with partial bans or recently lifted bans with age requirements set in place. Most of Illinois and all of New Hampshire allow anyone over the age of 18 to use Kratom. Tennessee lifted its ban in 2017 for anyone over the age of 21. Most of California allows the use of Kratom with the exception of San Diego. Other cities or counties with bans in otherwise legal states of states include:
- Sarasota County of Florida
- Union County of Mississippi
- Denver of Colorado
Kratom can be bought, sold, and used everywhere else in the United States!
Various countries all over the world also have controversial laws surrounding Kratom. While not largely known in Africa, it is legal in South Africa. Kratom is illegal in Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. It is legal in Hong Kong and may be legal throughout most of China, although their laws on Kratom are ambiguous. Australia and New Zealand have outlawed recreational Kratom use (NZ allows for prescription use). Most of Europe has banned the use of Kratom except for the United Kingdom. The UK allows for use, but not with the intent to supply, and they have also banned all imports. Canada allows Kratom to be sold as an incense. The North and Central countries of Latin America seemingly allow the use of Kratom.
Overall, the laws surrounding Kratom are confusing and have seen many changes in recent years. It is important for interested customers to check the specific laws of the governing bodies where they live.
Kratom Products for Sale Online
Not every online retailer of Kratom can be trusted. It is important that buyers pay attention to certain factors that point to a reputable seller and a premium product. Sacred Kratom is a leading online retailer that offers high-quality products, third-party lab testing, quality guarantees, transparent pricing, generous return policies, and customer support.
Sacred Kratom offers a variety of powders, capsules, extracts, & enhanced powders and we are always on the lookout for more high-quality strains to provide more options to customers. We welcome any interested buyers to contact us with any questions or concerns about Kratom, the different types of strains available, which form is right for their needs, and the laws where they live.
Tips for Storing Kratom to Keep it Fresh
After purchasing a Kratom product, it is important that buyers understand how to properly store the product to keep it fresh and ensure it remains in optimal condition. Below are four of the biggest tips for those looking to properly store their stash:
- Keep Kratom somewhere cool to stop the active ingredients from breaking down
- Keep Kratom out of the sun so the UV rays to not weaken it
- Keep Kratom in an airtight container or bag to avoid overexposure to oxygen
- Keep Kratom dry
If Kratom is stored properly, it could keep for up to 12 months. This may vary depending on the specific product, so it is important for users to check the details or make an inquiry with a representative of Sacred Kratom.
High-Quality, Lab-Tested Kratom Products
One of the main reasons why Kratom has been outlawed in some areas is due to the misguided belief that it is not properly regulated. Many retailers bring the promise of cheaper Kratom products, but these have not been properly tested or regulated. The simple fix for this is for buyers to choose a reputable seller like Sacred Kratom that regulates every product throughout the entire process: labeling, storage, ingredients, and more.
Quality testing ensures that mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and other important alkaloids are actually present in the product to help prevent people from spending money on something that won’t be effective. Testing also guarantees the percentage of each alkaloid in the Kratom.
Beyond making sure that the necessary components are found in the products, testing can make sure that the bad ones are left out. Lab tests help ensure that there are no heavy metals or bacteria present in the Kratom products.
This third-party lab testing is one of the reasons Sacred Kratom is trusted above other retailers on the market and it provides greater peace of mind for buyers.
Ethical Sourcing & GMP
Beyond simply ensuring that the products are tested and regulated for effectiveness and safety, it is important that buyers choose a seller that follows lab testing practices that ensure a high product standard and operation. This demands a level or quality and cleanliness from growers to secure their place in the market that encourages them to adopt best practices as well.
There are companies out there that use undesirable or even dangerous chemicals to process the Kratom, resulting in a low-quality end product. Sacred Kratom takes pride in offering high-quality products that are harvested, processed, and packaged with top-notch technology. This ensures the products have a high purity content with unadulterated alkaloids. This feature is incredibly important for researchers looking to obtain consistent results in their studies of the alkaloids and other chemical compounds.
Sacred Kratom works to make sure that every product is ethically sourced from a variety of trusted, independent farmers. Our approach helps us gain access to more unique, premium strains while giving farmers in the Far East the opportunity to work with a company that cares about where their products are sourced and the effect on the entire region.
An Overview of Kratom – Fast Facts to Keep in Mind
More accurate information is coming out about the Kratom plant, but the general public has a ways to go in terms of reversing stigmas and learning about the true potential of this sacred herb. Sacred Kratom is committed to educating the public about the promise of Kratom and providing the highest-quality strains on the market.
Below find an overview of the biggest things to take away about the chemistry, history, legality, and use of Kratom:
- Kratom has been around for centuries and has been well documented by botanists for hundreds of years throughout Asia and beyond for its potential healing and therapeutic uses
- Kratom contains dozens of alkaloids and the two most active components of the leaves are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine
- There are a number of different Kratom strains with varying benefits
- Popular regions the herb is cultivated in includes: Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other parts of southeast Asia
- The coloring of the vein (red, green, and white) will point to potential aromas and effects
- Kratom is available in various forms: powder, capsule, and extract
- Differing aromas and alkaloid contents will encourage different applications
- Kratom has seen positive reports for its potential for recreational use, wellness, and medicinal use
- Kratom is still awaiting more long term studies
- It is largely legal to buy products from retailers in the US
- The FDA has not yet marked Kratom as safe for internal use
- Some countries and states have fully or partially outlawed Kratom
- Kratom must be properly stored to avoid it losing its effectiveness
- It is important to purchase Kratom from a trusted supplier that sells quality products
- Sellers should offer a quality guarantee and third-party lab testing to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their customers
Buyers interested in ordering Kratom powder, capsules, or extracts for education, research, or other purposes should always take the time to properly research this herb and its strains. The team at Sacred Kratom is always happy to help educate our customers and point them in the right way. We are proud to be a leading provider of premium strains that cultivates a better relationship between farmers, retailers, and customers. Contact Sacred Kratom today!