Alkaloids Testing

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Blog, Kratom Testing

We are in an emerging, self-regulated industry where we are still working out all of the details. This includes fine-tuned testing for alkaloids and packaging rules. With the help of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA), we will be able to finally have some standards in place for the industry. 

We thank the entire Kratom community for supporting Kratom and the reasons why we are so passionate about this plant. We all have our differences and Kratom is what makes us come together for a common cause – like in the movie, A Leaf of Faith (watch on Netflix). I was lucky to be a part of history that day and I thank the community for showing our togetherness and what we can do when a common goal is the end result! 

Mature Kratom Tree

Mature Kratom Tree

Trying to explain how Kratom and its alkaloids work can be a bit confusing. This is a natural plant that grows wild. One mature tree can contain up to 20 kgs – which is a lot of leaves with a lot of different profiles! This means that the blending of a whole tree of leaves would give a blended alkaloid profile to begin with and we would have to study each leaf individually. We would then have to test many leaves on the same tree to see the variables.

The test for alkaloids gives a snapshot of that batch and does not indicate the exact percentage on the label. This is also true in the cannabis industry, where in New Jersey I can go to a dispensary and see the same test results on a package of top flower as on a package of ready to roll (“shake”). How can that be? 

Testing for any plant composition is expensive and is just not going to happen with each individual package without the cost skyrocketing through the roof. That is because testing each package would require enormous price increases. Each test for Kratom costs roughly $500 for a full battery on each batch. That’s why there’s core samples, random sample’s and blended samples taken all the time; however, for each package to contain exactly what is on the package is probably not going to happen. 

Young Kratom Trees

Young Kratom Trees

The test is still in its infancy right now for alkaloids and it will get more accurate as time goes on, but just remember that with any natural plant alkaloids will vary. That being said, I am excited that we are now testing for four alkaloids and figuring out how this plant works! 

I use this plant daily and depend on it to be able to get out of bed in the morning. I am also a registered medical marijuana patient and that helps my chronic pain, too! Some people ask me: Why both plants? In my opinion they work in different ways in my body. I use cannabis more at nighttime for sleep, and CBD and Kratom during the day. This is the best way that I have found to ensure I don’t have to go back to pain management. 

I will continue posting updates on how different things are going and more anecdotal evidence on how Kratom works for me and how I use different phenotypes to aid in different areas of my life. 

Thank you and God bless the Kratom & cannabis community!



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