When kratom is covered by traditional news outlets, it is hardly ever in a good light. This is because a few kratom vendors acting in bad faith are tainting the reputation of the entire industry. Kratom is technically legal on a federal level, although it is not regulated nor recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption.
This means there are no uniform set of standards kratom vendors must comply to in order to operate. The lack of said standards leads to tainted product ending up in the hands of customers. While these instances are extremely rare, traditional news networks mislead the public into thinking such seizures are happening daily.
Ultimately it is up to the consumer to hold vendors to higher standards and refuse to purchase from those who conduct shady business practices. Below are a couple of tips for selecting the best kratom vendor.
Make Sure They Are Approved by the American Kratom Association
The American Kratom Association is the most effective and well-known advocacy organization within the kratom industry. This organization has been leading the defense against the DEA and FDA efforts to ban kratom for the better part of the last decade. It is because of their efforts that the DEA was shut out in 2018 from getting kratom classified as a schedule 1 substance.
The American Kratom Association has done great work to establish a strict set of good manufacturing processes for vendors to voluntarily follow in order to get the AKA seal of approval. In order to join their GMP standards program, kratom vendors must pass an audit with over 10 pages of procedures to check. Every batch lot must be tested for contaminants, toxic metals, and alkaloid content. These results must then be made available to customers.
Also, participating vendors must have a documented standard operating procedure for every important aspect of their business. The most important choice you make when it comes to choosing a vendor is making sure they are a member of their GMP standards program.
Read Reviews About Their Product and Customer Service
Word of mouth is pretty much everything when it comes to the kratom industry. Due to the various rules and regulations regarding traditional advertising, kratom vendors often rely on their customers referring someone they know to get new business.
This is why there is such an active kratom community on Reddit, as well as smaller niche forums dedicated specifically to kratom. Users are enthusiastic about finding the best brand with the best product and love to share their experiences with each other. Reading through these forums is a great way to learn about the biggest names in the kratom industry, as well as the companies to avoid.
There are also several blogs out there that do in depth vendor reviews. These reviews are a great way to learn a little bit about several brands in a relatively short amount of time.
Do your homework on these forums and blogs. Make a list of vendors who have all positive reviews and nothing negative. These are the brands you want to consider.
Try a Sample Pack Before You Buy in Bulk
The world of kratom can be overwhelming and complex for beginners to navigate. There are dozens of different kratom strains to try. Then when you factor in that every strain comes in red, green, and white vein color varieties, you are faced with a ton of choices.
When you are evaluating a vendor, you want to make sure they have a good selection that is offered at a fair price. Every vendor will have strains their supplier produces better than others, and the quality of a given strain really comes down to personal preference. Many people prefer a variation of the maeng da strain for example, which you can learn more about on this page here.
The best tip to follow is to buy a sample pack so you can test out a few strains for cheap. This allows you to try a vendor without investing too much money in a product you may not like.
Follow these three tips that we talked about here and you are bound to find a great kratom vendor.