Responsibly Sourced Kratom: What Is It & How To Buy It

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Deciding where to find Kratom for your needs can be difficult. Due to its rising popularity, there are more and more sources available every day, each with its own range of products and catchy slogans. Not all Kratom–or Kratom suppliers– are created equal, however, and it can be hard to separate the reputable sources from those looking to make a quick buck. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting good Kratom, at a fair price, that also helps ensure that Kratom will continue to be there for those in need.

Kratom Sources

Kratom, also called Mitragyna speciosa, is an evergreen tree native to the hot, wet rainforests and jungles of Southeast Asia. Nurtured by rich soil and plentiful rainfall, the leaves grow lush and potent with the active compound that makes it a traditional medicinal plant for the indigenous people of the area. This is where to find Kratom that is the best in the world, often tended by farmers who have cultivated it as a crop for generations.

Originally found only in the wild, modern demand necessitates planned cultivation. The soil for Kratom needs to mimic the conditions found in its native habitat, including a temperate climate, proper drainage that leaves soil constantly moist, and a slightly acidic pH level to encourage the formation of alkaloids. These farms create a specialized environment that must be tended and maintained carefully before and after harvest, as only the leaves are taken.

Once the leaves are harvested, traditionally, they were either chewed in that raw state or dried for later use in tea or as a form of chaw. The most common forms of Kratom available today rely on dried leaves as the raw material. It’s then further processed to give you the powder, extract, or capsules that work best for your needs. Freshness is still important, even with dry leaves, so you’ll want to make sure you know where to find Kratom that is as close to harvest date as possible.

Encouraging Sustainable Practices

Too often with popular ethnobotanicals, a tragic pattern has been repeated. Western countries become interested in an ethnobotanical’s properties, driving up the price. Profiteers buy low from local farmers, sometimes resorting to force and abusive labor practices to ensure the highest possible yield. WIthout adequate concern for scaling, the crops become scarce, driving the price higher and increasing the pressure on the local populace to maintain quotas. The eventual result is farmed out, barren land, a shattered local economy, and abject poverty.

Responsibly sourced Kratom needs to not only make sure that the product itself is sustainable, but the people and culture that it’s so important to are not themselves harmed by the sourcing. That’s why responsible Kratom production (and purchasing) goes beyond knowing where to find Kratom, to how to foster both the crops and the laborers who work them. As a customer, your choice of Kratom suppliers is a vital part of the equation.

At Kratom Spot, we are proud to work with the local farmers and their communities to ensure that Kratom is available now, and that it will be there for future generations as well. This includes paying fair prices for the products we import, helping local growers learn and understand advances in agricultural science, and preparing the next generation to take over the family farms when it’s time. It’s a holistic attitude toward sustainability that goes beyond the plants to the people that have relied on them for hundreds of years.

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Purer Processing

Once the raw plant material is received, the work towards making Kratom sustainable doesn’t stop. Modern factories take a lot of power and water to function. We work to ensure that our own practices and those of the companies we do business with are using energy resources more efficiently. Reducing the footprint left on these resources helps protect the whole environment from added pollution.

We also make sure our products are pure and safe. In the processing of Kratom, machines are used to manually break down leaves. For extracts, chemical processing occurs to draw the active compounds out of the raw plant material, concentrating them for increased potency. Not all of these chemicals are safe, and some can leave behind a harsh taste, chemical residue, or dangerous contaminants.

How these chemicals are discarded can also impact the environment. If they are just dumped, they can enter the local groundwater, contaminating water supplies and creating a hard to clean up hazard that poisons the local environment for years. Properly treated wastewater removes or neutralizes these chemicals, protecting not just the local populace, but any crops grown or animals raised in the area. It doesn’t do anything for its reputation to find pollution where there’s Kratom.

The use of better processing techniques yields a better final product. Our Kratom products are tested to make sure you’re getting a pure product that is safe and uncontaminated. This testing ensures both your safety, but the value you’re getting from our products. It also lets us be good corporate citizens and do our part to make the communities we live and work in stronger.

Responsibility Matters

Make no mistake, offering sustainable, responsibly sourced Kratom matters, and we know how hard it is to find Kratom where the extra care has been taken. Making sure you have safe access to high-quality Kratom products and supporting the communities that grow and produce Kratom is worth it. We’re proud to make finding a more sustainable path to health and wellness easier for you.

If you have any questions about our products, methods, or how you can help create a better environment for safe, responsible Kratom use, call us at 888-510-2038. Our Kratom specialists will be happy to share our information with you.