What We have Learned About Kratom Alkaloids Testing

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Blog, Kratom Testing

We are in an emerging, self-regulated industry where we Implement Our own cGMP Best Practices. Christopher’s Organic Botanicals criteria includes fine-tuned testing for alkaloids and packaging and exposing for sale only the best Kratom Products. With the help of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA), we will be able to finally have standards in place for the industry. We thank the Kratom community for supporting Kratom. We are all very passionate about this plant! We all have our differences and beliefs, but Kratom is what makes us come together for a common cause – like in the movie, A Leaf of Faith (Watch on YouTube). I was lucky to be a part of history on Kratom Day September 13th 2016.I thank the Kratom Tea community for keeping Kratom Products available in the United States. Our Voices were heard, and We need to make them heard again!

Trying to explain how Kratom and its alkaloids work can be mind boggling. Growing Kratom or any other Large fast-growing Shade Tree takes time. One mature tree can contain up to 20 kgs – which is numerous leaves with different profiles! That means the blending of a large tree full of leaves would give a blended alkaloid profile. We would have to study each leaf individually.

We would then have to evaluate many leaves on the same tree to see the variables. Study of the Human endocannabinoid system combined with the study of the Southeast Asia Kratom tree has shown wonderful results. Mature Kratom Trees are where We want to get our Kratom!

The kratom alkaloid test gives a snapshot of that batch. This percentage 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? Obviously, nobody is evaluating each individual package. This is called a representative sample. Representative of the batch or lot of kratom Products. Lab tests for kratom powders and products in still evolving. Testing for precise plant composition is expensive to begin with in every industry. That is because testing each package would require enormous price increases that are not sustainable. Every full panel test for Kratom costs $500 for a full battery of tests. Therefore, we take kratom core samples, random samples and blended samples taken from each batch of kratom; however, for each package to contain exactly what is on the package is not going to happen. We see that the results for Kratom Alkaloids vary from test to test. Each testing facility uses a different parameter and testing method. Using the same Laboratory, we still see the Kratom Alkaloids vary.

Kratom is a natural plant. A dose of Kratom, just like a dose of cbd oil is dependent on the individual. The percentage may vary slightly from package to package. Keep in mind that this is a natural plant that has variables.

Just like the cannabis plant and the industrial hemp plant, kratom alkaloids are affected by drying methods and growing techniques. The drying methods make the alkaloids work and feel differently. There are many farmers with many different techniques for drying and harvesting kratom.

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. I am excited that we are now testing for four alkaloids and figuring out how this plant works!

Kratom is being studied for our pets too! I use this plant daily and depend on it to get out of bed in the morning. I am also a registered medical marijuana patient and that helps my pain relief too! Some people ask me: Why both plants?

They work in diverse 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 do not have to go back to pain management.

Urine tests or drug tests in general will have to improve since many people are using Cannabis legally now.

I will post anything new going on with kratom science and the changes We will be making along the way. Thank you and God Bless the Kratom & Cannabis Community!

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