How to Tell the Difference Between Impure and Pure Kratom

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As kratom continues to gain attention and popularity across the U.S., more questions are arising around where to source the very best kind. 

At first thought, it may seem as though all kratom is created equal. However, further research will reveal that this isn’t the case.

While there are plenty of places to find top-quality, pure kratom, there are also unscrupulous suppliers who aren’t as careful with their processes. The result is impure kratom, which could not only fail to deliver the results you expect, but could even be potentially dangerous.

How can you tell the difference? That’s why we’re here. Today, we’re sharing a few of the top characteristics that can help you distinguish top-shelf kratom from low-quality alternatives. 

Why Does Kratom Quality Matter?

There’s no denying that kratom can deliver some pretty powerful benefits.

This species of evergreen tree, native to Southeast Asia, contains two compounds, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, that bind with the opioid receptors in your brain. As they do, they deliver a range of effects including pain relief, sedation, and increased energy.

For this reason, more people than ever before have become interested in the substance. Yet, they quickly learn that sourcing kratom isn’t as simple as they’d first thought. Not only are there multiple places to find it, but there are also many different strains of kratom.

As you learn all about these strains and decide which one will work best for your need, product quality might be low on your mind. However, this issue should take top consideration and here’s why: Low-quality kratom will do more than waste your money and leave you disappointed. It could also cause both short-term and long-term damages to your health. 

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that kratom is a raw, natural product. As such, it can be exposed to pathogens and contaminants as it travels from its origin to destination. This risk is present at various touchpoints across the supply chain, including farming, harvesting, grinding and packaging.

Reducing Your Risk

While these dangers are concerning, they don’t have to be cause for alarm. As long as you know where to shop, you can ensure against these contaminants. There are very careful steps that valid suppliers can take to eliminate this risk, and it’s critical to only purchase from those companies. 

Some of the risks that you incur by consuming low-grade kratom include

  • Pathogen exposure (salmonella, coliforms, yeast, mold)
  • Heavy metal poisoning (lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, nickel)

In addition, you could also risk overdosing on the substance as you take more and more to deliver the same effects that a pure strain would provide. At the same time, touching contaminated kratom with your hands could also spread those pathogens to other parts of your body through cross-contamination. For instance, the bacteria could enter your body through your nose, where they can cause widespread damage.

As is the case with any product you consume, quality is paramount. Next, let’s discuss the ways you can tell pure kratom apart from the rest.

Sourcing Pure Kratom: The Key Qualities to Look For

Especially if you’re new to this realm, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell if kratom is pure or impure just by looking at the product. Most of the time, kratom is supplied as dried tree leaves that have been crushed into a powder, and these can all look fairly similar. The powder is designed to easily blend into food and beverages or be made into capsules.

That’s why it’s so important to check into the supplier behind the product. Sourcing your kratom from a reputable, reliable source is the chief way to ensure that the kratom you use is top-quality. 

Knowing this, how can you tell if you’re buying from the real deal or an impostor? Let’s review a few of the characteristics that set a quality supplier apart from the rest. 

1. Inquire About Testing Procedures

There are specific testing standards that all suppliers must use to ensure that the finished product they create is pure. To this end, don’t be afraid to ask one to share their methods.

You can learn more about our laboratory testing process on our About Us page, and we’re happy to share more information as requested. Each strain of kratom that we sell undergoes a strict third-party testing process to check for both quality and purity. Through this process, we can make sure that the kratom we sell and deliver is free of any unwanted substances, ranging from heavy metals to pathogens and pesticides.

Why use a third party? An independent testing facility has no connection to our company, and as such, no bias. They aren’t interested in pursuing any agenda other than ensuring that our products are the highest quality on the market. 

If the supplier in question pushes back against this request or appears to be hiding any part of their process, consider this a red flag. 

2. Request Certificates of Authenticity

Another way to make sure that you’re buying pure, top-quality kratom? Request that the supplier provide you with a Certificate of Authenticity, or COA, for the product. 

Without a COA, there’s no way to guarantee that the substance you’re consuming is authentic, real kratom delivered straight from the source. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for dishonest suppliers to sell powders that either don’t contain kratom at all, or contain only trace amounts. 

At our shop, we post a COA for each product we sell. If you don’t see one, feel free to ask!

If the COA is missing, we’re either waiting on the report or haven’t uploaded it to our website just yet. If it’s the former, we’ll be sure to update you with accurate information as we receive it. 

3. Check Supplier Background and Reviews

While you don’t want to place too much emphasis on the opinions of others, it can help to read up on each prospective kratom supplier before making a purchase. Check out their website and browse their company page. 

Along with testing and quality information, you should also be able to find testimonials and reviews from past buyers. We make it easy to find ours, adding a “Reviews” tab onto each product we sell in our online shop.

Here, you can learn more about how others have used and enjoyed this exact strain of kratom. If there are any issues concerning quality or purity, you should be able to discover them here. Seeing as 84% of people trust online reviews as much as personal advice from friends and family members, this is a great place to start!

4. Examine the Kratom

Once you decide to purchase kratom from a supplier you trust, you should also take the time to thoroughly examine it for quality issues before you consume it.

Sometimes, the issues will be glaringly obvious. For instance, the powder might be a strange color or texture. Other times, you may have to sniff out any problems. If you smell any odors that seem questionable, this could be a sign of a compromised product.

At this point, you may be asking, “How should kratom look and smell?” If you’ve never used the substance before, these are certainly valid inquiries! The key qualities you want to look for include:

  • Bright, vibrant-colored product
  • Fresh, natural and clean odor
  • Fine powder, with no clumps
  • Smooth and uniform texture

This quick at-home check can make all the difference in consuming a low-grade product versus a high-quality one. Of course, it’s best to start at the source and ensure the integrity of your supplier. Still, a personal check is always recommended for reinforcement and peace of mind. 

5. Check Product Label

In addition to the kratom itself, also make sure to check the packaging that it came in. Most of the time, you should see a lot or batch number somewhere on the label. This lets you know that the kratom went through some sort of lab testing process before it reached your doorstep. 

Most of the time, suppliers who take the time to batch test their products will want to make sure this data is clearly visible. If no testing data is available on the packaging, it’s worth placing a call to the source to learn more. 

Find Pure Kratom You Can Trust

Whether you’ve been consuming kratom for years or you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t have to second-guess the safety and quality of the product you’re using.

You should be able to clearly understand that you’re accessing pure kratom, supplied by a company that follows strict, third-party lab testing to ensure your safety at every turn.

We’re dedicated to such a process, and would be proud to share more about it. Feel free to browse our wide selection of kratom products today, and reach out to us to learn more. 


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