The background of Kratom is interesting, but the thing that you are probably most interested in for today’s article is how to safely buy kratom. As kratom is a somewhat unregulated food product, it is important to buy with the right amount of caution.
When buying any food or tea product, you want to be sure that you are choosing the right product for your needs and also paying attention to where you buy it from. If you choose the wrong vendor, you may end up with a sub-par product that can cause you more harm than good.
The same can be said when you are shopping for kratom products.
You want to be sure that you are following the appropriate procedure to buy only high-quality, reliable kratom products.
We recommend paying attention to the following steps and points when you are shopping around for your next serving of kratom.
Step 1: Learn A Bit of Background
If this is your first time trying kratom, we always recommend that you do some personal research. All herbal foods and teas are going to affect people differently, so you need to be aware of what the potential effects are.
Lucky for you, you’re in the right place to learn just that!
Today’s buying guide can serve as a great introductory course to kratom. Through this article and the other information in our Resources Blog, we hope that you can learn all that you need to know about kratom before buying.
Step 2: Consider The Different Strains
Kratom plants may contain different amounts of alkaloids depending on where they are grown, and the final kratom teas may differ because of how they were harvested, processed, and dried.
That is how different kratom strains came to be!
Each strain is known for having different chemical makeup as well as different potential effects, so you will want to consider which types of strains you want to try. It’s okay if you want to experience all of the strains!
The only way to find out which strains are going to be beneficial for your personal use is by trying them, but try to start with a short list of what sounds most useful to you. This short list will help you select what to buy more easily.
Step 3: Choose a Vendor
It’s time to choose a vendor, and we believe that this is the most important part of buying kratom.
Since the kratom industry is still somewhat unregulated, there are, unfortunately, bad vendors out there that want to take advantage of people. These unreliable vendors sell untested or adulterated kratom, and the contamination can cause people to become sick or ill.
For that reason, you want to make sure that you are always choosing to purchase your kratom from a reliable vendor.
In particular, you want to look for a vendor that does the following:
- Has an open lab testing policies and is willing to share their testing procedure
- Follows Good Manufacturing Practices, established by the FDA
- Registered as a GMP Qualified Vendor through the American Kratom Association
Of these three things, we believe that vendors who are registered as GMP-compliant with the American Kratom Association are the most reliable. This program was specifically designed to ensure that safe kratom can make it to the market for kratom consumers, and the company that runs the program is fully devoted to consumer safety.
Any vendor that takes the time to become GMP-compliant is serious about your safety, and that’s a good vendor to purchase from!
Here at Kraken Kratom, we are proud to be a GMP-compliant brand.
Step 4: Store Your Kratom Properly
Once you receive your kratom tea powder, leaves, or capsules, you will want to make sure that you store it properly. If stored improperly, the kratom may lose its effectiveness or become unusable, so take care to do this.
Ideally, kratom should be stored in an airtight container in a dark area. We recommend putting kratom into a tinted glass jar if possible but putting it in a glass jar in a dark area of your cupboard works, too.
You also want the kratom to be kept dry and cool. If your kitchen tends to get very hot, try to choose a cool closet or other dark, cool location in your house. You can even split up your supply if needed. Keep what you’re currently using somewhere convenient, and keep the rest in a cool, dark place.