Kratom is a commonly misunderstood herb in the United States. That’s because it had only just made its way here a few years ago and the market is growing. Before we Americans contacted kratom, the plant has enjoyed a rich history though being mostly limited to its native origin. Kratom is otherwise known as Mitragyna speciosa.
The kratom plant comes from Southeast Asia and is native to such countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and a couple of others. The tropical forests in lands in these countries provide an optimum environment for the growth of kratom. In fact, most of the kratom you find in the US are not grown here. Instead, they are cultivated in their natural habitat abroad and imported into the US for processing.
Kratom leaves are usually grounded into powder and packaged like that for sale or packed into capsules. The cultivation and processing of kratom tell a lot about its quality. And it is important to be careful and wary of fake suppliers out there. But that aside.
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Is Kratom Legal?
As a kratom novice, one of the top questions running through your mind would probably be the legality of kratom. Is kratom legal?
According to federal legislation, kratom is legal. However, a few states and cities have restrictions against it. Kratom is banned in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. It is also banned in the following localities: Denver (Colorado), Jerseyville (Illinois), San Diego (California), Sarasota Country (Florida), and Union Country (Mississippi).
Besides these, kratom is pretty much legal throughout the rest of the country. Though it always helps to confirm legislation in your state or municipality though. This legality map should be helpful. Some states restrict kratom to persons above 18 or 21 years of age.
What are the Kratom Strains?
You probably have heard ‘white kratom’, ‘yellow kratom’, etc. What do these mean?
Kratom strains are named according to the color of the leaves’ veins at harvesting, which in turn is determined by the maturity of the plant. White-veined kratom leaves have been plucked at early stages of maturity while green-veined kratom leaves have been harvested mid-growth. For red-veined kratom leaves, harvesting comes later in the growth process.
Besides these three major divisions, there is another new, emerging one: yellow (or gold) kratom. Yellow kratom is said to be a result of blending two of the other major strains.
In addition to these classifications, kratom strains are also named according to the location (Borneo, Bali, Indo, Thai, Malay, Vietnam, etc.) or special features (Elephant, Maeng Da, etc.) Thus, a strain named ‘White Vietnam’ kratom would have been grown in Vietnam and its leaves harvested in early maturity.
Tips for Purchasing Kratom
- The first and foremost tip is to ensure that you are not in a location where it is banned. Though kratom is legal in most of the country. It helps to double-check in order not to be on the wrong side of the law.
- Purchase organically-grown kratom only. Pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals contaminate the plant and are harmful.
- Purchase pure kratom only. Even if the kratom has been grown organically, some vendors may add other ingredients to their kratom which might compromise your safety. 100% pure kratom puts your mind at ease.
- Lab testing and certificate of analysis. Before purchasing kratom, request a certificate of analysis, which is a report from a third-party laboratory. The report must show that no harmful chemicals (including pesticides and herbicides) are included and that the product (leaves, powder, or capsule) is 100% pure kratom.
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