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Harvest Variations & The Kratom Experience

A red vein kratom during the dry season

If you’re a regular kratom user, you may have noticed some variations from one batch of kratom powder to another. Even if you’re buying the same strain each time, you may notice minor differences in color or even (slight) variations in potency. It’s a natural part of the kratom experience.

In short, these variations are due to environmental fluctuations. Throughout Southeast Asia, kratom grows naturally year-round. But, depending on the season in which it’s harvested, kratom leaves undergo a series of subtle changes. In this article, we’ll go over the various factors at work, the effects they will have on users’ kratom experience, and the steps we take to ensure Kratom Spot customers receive a top-quality product, regardless of the harvest season.

Environmental Factors and Their Effects on Kratom Crop

The main factor that affects kratom is the season in which a crop is harvested. Although kratom trees grow year-round, the ambient weather can have an effect on the crop, changing both its physical appearance and its chemical composition.

All of our kratom strains come directly from the source: expert Southeast Asia kratom farms, located principally in Indonesia. This region has, essentially, two seasons. From April to October, there is the “dry season,” a period of reduced rain and increased natural sunlight. From November to March, the region experiences its “monsoon season,” which brings significantly increased rains and reduced natural light.

Kratom trees are somewhat temperamental, and these environmental fluctuations have an effect. With changing seasons, kratom experiences changes in both appearance and potency.

Color Fluctuations

Depending on the season that they’re harvested, kratom leaves can appear slightly different. This, in turn, causes a noticeable impact on the color of the ground kratom powder produced from the leaves.

During the dry season, the increased sun and reduced rains create a slightly darker crop. By contrast, the monsoon season produces kratom leaves with a noticeably lighter color.

These cosmetic changes are more apparent for some kratom strains than they are for others. For white vein and green vein strains, the difference is typically relatively mild, though it is often still noticeable.

For red vein strains, however, the difference can be quite significant. That’s because red vein strains are left on the tree to mature for much longer. That extra time causes the distinctive red color, but it also allows the seasonal differences to have a more significant impact.

But worry not! These color variations are perfectly natural, and they do not indicate a difference in the quality of the product or the kratom experience you’ll have when using it.

Potency Fluctuations

While color may be obvious, most kratom users will be more concerned with their kratom powder’s potency. And, indeed, seasonal fluctuations can have an impact on the potency of a given kratom harvest. However, the impact is quite mild and is unlikely to have a significant impact on users’ kratom experiences.

Kratom’s unique effects are a result of the plant’s natural alkaloid balance. As with any plant, environmental conditions such as rainfall, sunlight, and even insects can shift the alkaloid content up or down.

While that may sound worrisome for kratom users, rest assured that the seasonal alkaloid variations are extraordinarily mild. Moreover, we take precautions at every step of the process to ensure a pure and potent product, regardless of season (more on these precautions below).

Again, seasonal variations in kratom potency are quite mild, and careful harvesting practices can minimize variance. Ultimately, users are unlikely to notice a significant difference in their kratom experience, regardless of the harvest season.

How Kratom Spot Ensures a Quality Kratom Experience, Regardless of Harvest Season

Kratom Spot users know that we’re dedicated to being the best source for all things kratom. It’s a mission we take seriously, and we take precautions at every step of the process to ensure that you’ll receive a truly world-class product, every time.

Here’s an overview of what we do to ensure that you’ll receive top-quality kratom powder, regardless of harvest season.

We Work With Southeast Asia’s Most Experienced Farms

Before starting Kratom Spot, we toured the globe interviewing kratom farmers to find those with the most experience and expertise. Since then, we’ve stood by them because of their consistent product, fair trade practices, and environmentally sustainable farming.

One of our selection criteria dealt with how our farms would deal with seasonal fluctuations. Because of their decades of experience, our partner farms have developed techniques to minimize the seasons’ impact on alkaloid potency. It’s a strenuous and demanding set of harvest protocols but produces a more consistent and potent crop than would be otherwise possible.

We Provide Only High-Quality, All-Natural Kratom Leaf Powder

Unlike less reputable vendors, we never tamper with our kratom powder. While adding food coloring or dye to our kratom powder would give the appearance of a more consistent product, it’s something we simply refuse to do.

Although the seasonal variations in color may raise a few eyebrows from the uninitiated, we view it as a mark of pride. The seasonal color changes are a feature of kratom in all its natural glory, and artificially altering it would be a betrayal of all that we stand for. Moreover, seasonal color variation has minimal impact on users’ kratom experience and should not be a cause for concern.

We Harvest Year-Round to Provide Only the Freshest Kratom

Some users might wonder, “why not harvest all your kratom in one season, then store it to sell year-round?” And indeed, that would certainly decrease variations in the color of our kratom powder batches. But doing that would mean that our stock wouldn’t be as fresh. And with kratom powder, freshness is key.

As kratom ages, it undergoes a series of chemical changes. Most importantly, the alkaloid content of the kratom leaf dwindles over time. That means that old kratom is less potent and will lead to a noticeably less enjoyable kratom experience for users.

While our cutting-edge technology and innovative storage facilities reduce the rate at which kratom powder ages, we cannot halt the process entirely. So, in order to provide you with the highest quality kratom powder year round, we need to harvest year round.

For more on the importance of using only the freshest kratom, see our guide to keeping kratom fresh.

We Use the Most Rigorous Third-Party Testing Methods in the Industry

After our partner farms complete their harvest, each batch of kratom leaves undergoes a rigorous battery of tests to ensure quality, purity, and potency. Because our products are third-party tested, we know they are free from harmful contaminants and will lead to a pleasant, consistent kratom experience, regardless of harvesting season.

One of the most important of these tests is to verify the alkaloid levels of our kratom powder. As mentioned above, seasonal weather patterns can affect the levels of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine in a batch of kratom leaves. These differences are typically mild and are further minimized by our partner farms’ expert methods.

However, batches do occasionally exhibit larger fluctuations. But because every batch of our kratom products is third-party tested, we can ensure that the alkaloid levels live up to our exacting standards, regardless of the growing season.

On the rare occasion that a batch of kratom leaf doesn’t meet our potency standards, we don’t sell it. It’s that simple.

From there, we use cutting-edge technology to package, store, and preserve our fresh kratom powder, all done in adherence to GMP standards and sanitary protocols. 

Kratom Harvest Variations and the Kratom Experience, In Closing

While seasonal variations do have an impact on the appearance of your kratom, it’s nothing to worry about. In fact, it’s a perfectly natural development, and we refuse to tamper in any way with our all-natural product.

And while Southeast Asia’s seasons can impact the potency of batches, we take every step to ensure that you’ll have a pleasant, consistent kratom experience every time.

We take no shortcuts on the path to excellence, and we stand by our partner farms, our QA, and the quality of our product. If you have any questions about our methods, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable customer support staff.