Kratom, which is also known as Mitragyna speciosa scientifically, is rapidly growing in popularity across the United States and other western countries. As a result, more and more kratom farmers and vendors are emerging in the industry.
On the one hand, it’s a positive phenomenon as it results in a greater selection of products and more favorable prices. On the other hand, along with the number of farmers and vendors, the number of scammers and bad players is increasing too.
Due to that as well as the lack of regulations, it is crucial for buyers to be extra cautious of whom they purchase kratom products from. Below are our top tips to ensure that you avoid kratom scams and only buy the best kratom on the market.
Tips for Buying the Best Kratom
1. Go for Midrange Prices
Kratom products can be quite costly. Therefore, you may automatically look for the cheapest products available. Sadly, you may be able to save in the short term, yet spend more in the long run and expose yourself to potential dangers.
Cheap kratom products tend to be of unreliable quality. Sometimes, you may receive a high-quality product. Other times, your order may be a complete miss. The products you receive can be of much lower potency than your previous orders.
Since kratom is a raw botanical product, its quality and potency can fluctuate based on various factors such as the weather, amount of sunlight, and more.
Testing kratom in third party laboratories is a common practice among reliable kratom vendors. Lab tests can determine not only pathogens but also the accuracy of strains, concentration of alkaloids, and potency.
While more reliable vendors tend to discard any products that of low or questionable quality, not all of them do. Keeping less potent batches allows these vendors to lower their prices. If you choose to buy from them, you may pay less upfront.
Yet, lower potency kratom will require you to take higher doses of the herb. You are highly likely not to experience the effects you are looking for, up your dose, build your tolerance, and run through your kratom order much faster.
Improper testing can also result in contaminated products reaching buyers. As a raw botanical, kratom can get exposed to pathogens like E.coli, salmonella, or mold much in the same way it can happen to lettuce, eggs, or other products.
This does not mean you should always do for the most expensive kratom. You shouldn’t pay extortionate prices either, and those do not necessarily guarantee the best quality.
Instead, choose products that have midrange prices and plenty pf positive buyer reviews. While their product may cost a little extra, your reserves are more likely to be consistent and last much longer. So, you may end up spending as much or even less than you would if you purchased cheap kratom.
2. Try Kratom Samples First
Buying a larger bulk of kratom from a vendor you do not yet know may be risky. What if you don’t like the product or its quality? Quite a few kratom vendors have a solution or that – free or low-cost samples.
You can order a few samples for a symbolic price or only the shipping and handling fee. If you are new to kratom or a specific vendor you are considering, it is a great way to assess the quality of products as well as the service. If you like both, you can then go for a larger vendor. If you don’t, you will have spent only a small amount and don’t have a large bulk of kratom that you won’t even use.
3. Look for Transparency and No Shady Marketing Techniques
The FDA does not regulate kratom. In fact, it’s not quite happy that kratom is legal in most of the US. Therefore, certain limitations apply to advertising kratom to potential buyers.
For instance, vendors aren’t able to use paid ads on Google or social media. They are also not allowed to utilize certain language in their product pages without risking having problems with the FDA. Therefore, kratom vendors need to be extremely cautious in what they say on their websites. The opposite can put their business at risk and damage the reputation of kratom.
So, if you come across flashy packaging, claims that kratom will give you the best high of your life, or anything similar, stay away. Such actions can end up getting kratom banned, and you’d be doing a disservice to the industry and numerous buyers supporting such vendor.
Moreover, the vendor should be transparent and straightforward on their website. So, contact information, lab test results, and even products should be easily accessible on the website. If you need to go out of your way to locate any of those, it may be best to stay away from this vendor.
4. Look for the KCPA
The FDA does not regulate kratom, and this is by no means beneficial to buyers. Since not all vendors are transparent and honest, contaminated and otherwise dangerous products reach the market.
To prevent that from happening, a non-profit called the American Kratom Association has come up with legislation called the Kratom Consumer Protection Act or the KCPA. It includes regulations such as obligatory testing and labeling of kratom products as well as fines and jail term for not complying with these regulations.
The organization lobbies the KCPA to individual states. A dozen or so states are considering the legislation, and a few, including Utah, Georgia, and Nevada, have already passed it. SO, if you can come across vendors that are located in these states, your risks of buying contaminated or adulterated kratom are low or nonexistent.
Kratom is an incredibly interesting plant species with great market interest. Being unregulated as it is, buyers need to be aware of certain quality control measures that may (or may not) be observed by merchants. Taking into mind these QA considerations will help ensure you get a potent, pure and fairly-priced kratom product.