As a leader in the Kratom industry, we are limited in how we inform people about Kratom by FDA regulations. If you’ve been struggling to find accurate, authoritative information, you may have noticed yourself that the very suppliers in a position to share the most knowledge about their products seem to say the least. Understanding what we can and can’t address with our customers and why illustrates the importance of your own independent research, but it also highlights the important role consumers play in advocacy for access by responsible adults not just to Kratom, but to information about Kratom as well.
The United States Food and Drug Administration, commonly referred to by their initials, the FDA, is a governmental body that has the responsibility of regulating America’s foods and medicines. This includes monitoring the food supply for safety, ensuring pharmaceutical products meet a minimal level of safety and efficacy, and reining in fantastical claims by snake oil salesmen. It is a noble goal that everyone agrees is needed, but the way in which these roles have been approached has not always been sensible, fair, or transparent.
Kratom and the FDA
Kratom and the FDA have had a contentious relationship, and the FDA Kratom regulations bear that out. Under the guidance of former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the FDA led a campaign to see Kratom listed as a scheduled substance. This would have virtually banned it and removed it as an option for the majority of Kratom enthusiasts. While this move failed, the FDA still had Kratom firmly in its sites.
According to the FDA, Kratom has no therapeutic benefit. That means it cannot be claimed to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any illness, disease, or condition. While private individuals on the internet are free to share their personal experiences and anecdotal evidence, that’s not the case for a supplier or distributor. This assertion as to Kratom’s ineffectiveness is largely based on 3D computer modeling. FDA researchers used a computer to model the chemical structure of several of Kratom’s active ingredients, Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, and how it may interact with certain receptors in the body. In contradiction of a wealth of anecdotal reports, their modeling showed that it would not have an effect, and were we to claim otherwise, we would’ve been in contravention of FDA Kratom regulations.
At the same time, Kratom is being lambasted as ineffective, other FDA research is being used to claim it is also highly dangerous, causing an increase in hospital admissions and deaths. The study, however, attributes any death where Kratom is present to the beleaguered plant, without context as to the actual cause of death or other factors involved. The seeming contradiction between the statements that it has no effect on receptors yet is too effective to remain unchecked just leads to more confusion.
In addition, Kratom is not, of course, a food. It is also not a drug, It isn’t even considered a supplement, but it does fall under the purview of the FDA. Because it isn’t a drug, food, or supplement, it cannot be sold or marketed for human consumption, only for educational or research purposes. This means that not only can we not discuss the benefits of Kratom in specific terms, FDA Kratom regulations severely hamper our even discussing how, exactly, people such as yourself are performing their own research.
Independent Research Is Key
This is why we enthusiastically encourage our customers to do their own research and decide for themselves whether or not the study of Kratom’s potential is right for them. Luckily, the internet is the greatest repository of human knowledge ever created, and the volume of information grows larger every second of every day. Unfortunately, not every piece of information on it is factual or accurate. Here are some tips to help you research Kratom better:
- Start With Kratom Advocacy Organizations—As a supplier, we are limited by FDA Kratom regulations. Advocacy groups like the American Kratom Association are not. The AKA works at the federal, state, and local levels to inform the public and help protect the rights of responsible adults to choose Kratom with initiatives like the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
- Look For Studies Involving Kratom—While a hostile regulatory environment and large pharmaceutical conglomerates opposed to anything that threatens their monopoly may stifle research, it has not been stamped out altogether. While often small in scope, they are beginning to offer a rebuttal of the official FDA stance.
- Search Out Anecdotal Reports—The internet is filled with reviews, testimonials, and personal stories among all the many cat pictures. Odds are someone has explored the effectiveness of Kratom for reasons similar to those that have prompted you to evaluate it. Use these stories, but be wary. Anecdotal data is often provided without full context. You have no way of knowing a person’s dietary changes, routine, medicines they take, activity levels, or other pertinent information outside what is included in their report. Look for trends that seem to affect more than one person rather than one-off statements that seem to be out of line with other sources.
- Research For Yourself—In the end, it may fall to you to do your own hands-on research into Kratom. Just remember to follow a good scientific process, take liberal notes, and look for repeatable results.
Top Quality Kratom
While we may not be able to discuss Kratom effects due to FDA Kratom regulations, we can tell you that we pride ourselves on providing fresh, potent Kratom to give you the best research results possible. By working directly with local farmers, we’re in a singular position to control and monitor the quality of your materials from seed through harvest, processing, and distribution. If you have any questions about our products or processes, call our Kratom experts at (888) 510-2038. Order your high-quality Kratom from Kratom Spot today.