Is My Kratom Safe? Lab Testing Kratom 101
Whether you are new to the world of Kratom or a seasoned enthusiast, understanding safety is key to your Kratom experience. Kratom itself is a wonderful botanical that has been used safely in Southeast Asia for centuries. As Kratom has gained popularity in western culture many safety and quality measures have been put in place such as lab testing Kratom.
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to understanding the many facets of this miracle plant. We are going to focus on teaching you about the safety of your Kratom and why it is so important.
So, let’s get started!
Whether you are just researching Kratom or you have been a fan for years it is important to understand the plants’ origins and biology. Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree grown in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, and it is biochemically related to the coffee tree.
It is formally known as Mitragyna Speciosa and has active compounds called alkaloids that are responsible for its effects. There are over 40 alkaloids present in Kratom, however, there are two alkaloids that are only found in Mitragyna Speciosa. Those unique alkaloids are called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
These alkaloids produce different results depending on their potency. Depending on the origin of the Kratom the potency will vary. Countries such as Thailand are known for having Kratom with higher alkaloid content.
Lab Testing Kratom
When it comes to the safety of Kratom, lab testing is the best way to ensure quality and safety. Many factors are reviewed during routine lab testing. There are benchmarks for quality that need to be met before the Kratom ever reaches your hands.
Let’s go over what gets tested.
Pathogens can find there way into anything these days…it just happens. The best way to prevent things like pathogen pollution is to have good business practices from growth to harvest to packaging. That is why purchasing from a reputable source like Etanicals is so important to your experience.
Lab testing can identify harmful pathogens such as Salmonella and mold. These pathogens can find there way into packaged Kratom from unsafe handling and unsafe curing or drying of the product. If these pathogens are present in a lab test they will not be sold.
Kratom is like any other plant, it thrives in a healthy environment. Overtime if that environment (the soil and water for example) becomes polluted with heavy metals then the plant will become polluted as well. Heavy metals can have harmful effects that can be detrimental to your health.
Buying Kratom from an unreputable source puts you at risk of being exposed to things like heavy metal toxicity. Kratom is safe, but only when purchased from a quality purveyor who values quality and safety above all else.
Etanicals is committed to giving you an authentic and quality experience. Certain other Kratom suppliers use harmful adulterants, binders, or fillers to enhance their Kratom. Third-party lab testing ensures that you are getting 100% pure Kratom free from any nonsense.
One of the most exciting features of the lab testing at Etanicals is the fact that you can read the data behind the strain that you choose! The Certificate of Analysis will show you the relative abundance of the alkaloids present in the strain that you choose. As we touched on earlier, each strain is unique and has varying levels of alkaloids.
Other companies may choose to do in house testing. This testing mostly involves a scan of the product to check for any pests that may have gotten into the product or anything looking out of the ordinary. The problem with this method alone is that there is no accountability and no science involved.
That is why at Etanicals we use reputable third-party testing to ensure that we are delivering the safest and most high-quality product to our customers. The botanical industry is flooded with options, however, when you choose a reputable source you have the peace of mind that you are getting the best product on the market.
Other Safety Concerns
The CDC has released recent statistics regarding the safety of Kratom. There has been some misinformation in the community regarding Kratom but here are some facts:
- There were over 27,000 deaths from overdose in 2017. Of those unfortunate deaths, only .56% (around 150) had Kratom in their system.
- Of those who had Kratom in their system, almost all had fatal levels of drugs in their system such as Opiates. Of those who died over 90% had issues with poly-drug use and were not receiving treatment.
We bring this statistic to you regarding safety because it is a concern that is mentioned quite frequently. What we can say is that the evidence shows that Opiates do continue to be a problem, however, Kratom is clearly not the issue and the two are not the same.
Making the Best Choice
When choosing Kratom it is all about choice. Red Vein or White Vein, Thai or Maeng Da, however, the most important choice should be where you choose to purchase. Lab testing Kratom for our customers is important because we know that it is the best way for you to get the product you deserve.
Customer safety and satisfaction are our number one goals at Etanicals. We would love to answer any questions that you may have about Kratom. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful botanical click here!