When buying Kratom, you need to examine its state and quality just like you do with anything you buy from the grocery store. Consciously or unconsciously, we check for defects, blemishes, signs of use, or hazardous components for everything we buy.
It’s no different when it comes to Kratom. Even though it’s natural to want a quick, easy shopping experience with little thought or effort required, you’ll regret not doing your homework. Knowing how to discern low-quality Kratom from higher-quality can save you a lot of hardship in the long run.
Why You Should Care About Kratom’s Quality
Venturing into the world of Kratom can be tough when you have no previous experience. It can be hard to know what to look for, especially when you discover there are different strains of Kratom.
Determining the right strain of Kratom for your purposes may feel like the most important decision that the issue of quality doesn’t cross your mind. Yet, quality is incredibly important; making the wrong decision can result in unforeseen and undesirable effects. Ultimately, substandard Kratom produces disappointing and even uncomfortable results. If you’re not getting pure, fresh, and potent Kratom, you won’t be getting the full extent of what this plant has to offer.
Just like with any other product you buy, quality matters. This is exceptionally true with items you’re going to be consuming in some way.
Why is There an Issue With Quality?
Kratom’s position in the retail world is often described as the “Wild West.” It’s a relatively new and unstudied product for the Western world, and because of this, there has sadly been an absence of quality control and standardization.
When a product is standardized, it has uniformity, and so it provides the same dosage and concentration every time. These regulations give you confidence and ensure safety as well as efficiency If a product is not actually standardized, this means there is no quality control, so it becomes less reliable finding pure products and more of a risk unless you're careful.
It’s crucial to take extra care and precautions when importing botanicals from overseas. Kratom is sourced from areas in Southeast Asia, where the climate is ideal for cultivating the naturally-occurring alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Nature isn’t always predictable and stable, sometimes contaminants can seep into the soil and water around Kratom trees. This leaves it up to the manufacturers and distributors to transform this into a product fit for human consumption.
The responsibility for quality control primarily lies with the distributors. In the past, distributors have not taken the required steps to standardize Kratom, and they haven’t needed to because Kratom has been so new to the market, so there's never been regulation enforcement.
Thankfully, things are beginning to change. Kratom’s popularity has highlighted the need for quality control and standardization, and larger governing bodies are starting to listen.
The American Kratom Association (AKA) is one such organization; it has created the Good Manufacturing Practice program (GMP), aiming to bring regulation to the previously unmonitored Kratom market. This GMP adheres to established FDA regulations and offers the structure for manufacturers to follow.
This is a positive step and does more than only improve Kratom’s quality; it helps the entire Kratom industry. When regulations and official organizations are developed to manage practices and procedures, the standard of distribution improves, impacting its quality.
Overall, this helps produce consistency which positively impacts how Kratom is looked upon and experienced. As substandard practices and products are minimized and eliminated, which helps make Kratom a sustainable choice in the botanical industry.
Why Does Kratom’s History Matter?
Any product is vulnerable to contamination, especially when it comes to substances harvested and shipped from far away. All sorts of things can occur to the product during transit, harvesting, or even during the growing stage. These events and conditions occur before the product even arrives in the United States, yet these issues can profoundly impact quality and potency.
When there are unknown factors involved, it’s the distributor and seller’s responsibility to begin quality control procedures. Ideally, the seller has a good working relationship with their distributor and the farm providing the kratom, sometimes this isn't always the case.
We know our Kratom must start off in the best shape possible, so we invest in these beginnings and maintain close relationships with our farms. GLA maintains strong professional connections with our expert growers, harvesters, and processors. We know the essential nature of these relationships and how it ultimately improves the quality of Kratom we provide.
Our dedication to supplying the highest quality Kratom possible influences each step of the process. We ensure excellent quality with thorough third-party testing and through trusted and open communication with our partners and customers.
Tips for Making a Wise Purchase
There are a certain amount of signs you can look for if you want to be a wise consumer of kratom. Ultimately, you want to ensure you are buying from a reputable seller.
Before going through with the purchase for your Kratom, check for any available information on the product and the distributor’s practices and standards. Do some fact-checking before making a purchase and look out for phrases that indicate lab testing and official quality control methodology.
If you cannot find clear information, it’s likely an indication of substandard practices. However, you could still contact the distributor and ask. Bear in mind that if a Kratom distributor cannot provide adequate proof of quality-controlled working practices that it’s likely there are none. Taking a distributor’s assurances of quality control without evidence may lead to you wasting money on impure or non-fresh Kratom powder.
Once you’ve purchased the Kratom, examine it for any obvious substandard quality, and smell the product to ensure there’s no questionable odor. It can be hard to know what it should look or smell like if you are new to Kratom, but it doesn’t hurt to do this anyway. You’ll want to see a vibrant-colored product, one that smells fresh, natural, and clean, and which has been finely-powdered with no gritty texture and most of all it should always be a light green color.
The next sign to look for is a lot or batch number. This indicates that the substance has been through some kind of quality control. A manufacturer who knows the value of lab testing wants to show it has been tested and screened.
What Makes GLAKratom Different?
We are committed to providing pure, potent Kratom and adhering to strict, thorough quality control standards to achieve this. All Kratom products are third-party tested by an independent testing facility.
We want you to know we offer the best quality Kratom. An official testing facility that has with no connections to the company with no agenda—is responsible for assuring quality control. This outside third-party laboratory facility tests for the presence of heavy metals, pesticides, and pathogens, so you can be sure that any product you buy from us is composed of 100% pure Kratom leaf.
We test the Kratom for numerous things: Purity, potency, authenticity, and safety. You can have total assurance that you are buying pure Kratom, with no fillers, additives, or unnecessary or harmful ingredients.
With these standards and testing in place, we eliminate any quality-assessing you might need to do with other distributors. Analytical Resource Laboratories specifically checks the look, smell, and consistency of the product before running the more in-depth tests that check for chemical composition. GLAKratom only offers standardized and quality controlled Kratom.
Kratom Strains and Varieties
Do not hesitate to contact our team and ask about our Kratom’s origins and testing. At GLAKratom, we know how important it is for our customers to know and trust their Kratom distributor.
We offer a wide selection of Kratom varieties, from Maeng Da to Bali to our White Dragon. Our red vein kratom is specially fermented to enhance the painkilling and relaxation effects, this in turn also tends to help euphoric qualities. Our white vein kratom powders help to increase energy and motivation, helping to get through the day. Our green vein Kratom varieties are designed to play the middle ground, helping to give the basic effects of a white and red, without being too overpowering.
Our pure and potent Kratom should provide you the benefits you expect and love from Kratom. Combined with our third-party test results, you know you are getting high-quality and safe Kratom products from GLAKratom.
As a beginner, it can be hard to know how to handpick the best Kratom. Even if you’re new to Kratom, you can still check for basic signs that help you discern the Kratom’s quality. Getting good quality Kratom isn’t an impossible feat. With these empowering guidelines, you can make a wise, informed choice, and you get to reap the benefits of the best quality Kratom on the market.
If you want to take the work out of finding superior quality Kratom, look no further than GLAKratom. With our thorough third-party laboratory testing, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. You can then use your newly-acquired Kratom knowledge to confirm that we do indeed provide only the best.