Kratom Secrets You’ll Be Surprised to Learn About
To be clear, it’s not like we’re the only people on planet Earth who knows these things. However, based on our many interactions with people who love kratom, these tidbits of advice do seem to be poorly understood.
Whether you’re an established customer of Red Dragon Kratom or you’ve never heard of us, we want you to have the best experience possible with Mitragyna speciosa.
Below, we share some advice that every kratom consumer can benefit from learning about. Enjoy!
Most Kratom Is Grown in the Wild
Countless vendors claim to grow their own kratom on farms in Indonesia or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. In actuality, most kratom comes from the wild.
Indonesia doesn’t have much spare land. In fact, despite having some 270 million residents, the country only has one-fifth of the space of the United States. Much of this space is taken up by cities.
In today’s kratom industry, most Mitragyna speciosa trees grow throughout Borneo, which is one of the largest islands in Southeast Asia. These trees can be found across public lands in Borneo. Elsewhere, however, kratom trees are few and far between.
Opportunistic Indonesians take advantage of the country’s abundance of Mitragyna speciosa trees by visiting Borneo’s jungles and raking leaves off of the forest floor. After taking their collections back to their homes or businesses, they sort through them to pick out kratom leaves.
Although most kratom is grown in the wild, it’s always processed in private. This involves drying leaves, curing them, and then grinding them into powder. It’s then packaged. While kratom is shipped to happy customers around the globe, most kratom ends up in the United States.
You Can Brew Kratom Tea
Swallowing mounds of kratom powder can get old. It tastes bad, can clump up in your mouth, and doesn’t mix well with water.
While kratom is definitely hydrophobic, its alkaloids readily dissolve in water. Although you can brew kratom tea just like any other type of tea, try using low temperatures. Some believe that boiling water can destroy alkaloids like mitragynine, which is the most prevalent alkaloid in Mitragyna speciosa.
Many fans of kratom tea swear by lemon juice to extract additional alkaloids. Add lemon juice to your water before boiling. Try boiling batches without lemon juice to see if this method actually works for you. Some people report different results.
Some kratom fans believe that fat can absorb alkaloids, too. Try adding butter or coconut oil to your tea while you’re at it.
The FDA’s Fight Against Kratom Has Been Failing Since at Least 2018
In 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration wanted to schedule kratom as a Schedule I drug. The FDA had issued similar opinions on the alkaloids in Mitragyna speciosa as early as 2012.
Under the reign of now-former Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the FDA openly spoke out against kratom from 2017 to 2019. Fortunately, though, the federal agency’s anti-kratom efforts didn’t get very far. To this day, kratom is legal on a federal level in the United States.
Although the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services doesn’t have the ultimate say over whether drugs should be legal or not, the HHS decided to join the fight against kratom in 2018. At this time, the organization recommended that kratom should be a Schedule I drug.
Shortly after recommending it should be illegal, the HHS took back its opinion. Despite this fact, the public never learned of the agency’s rescinded opinion until late Jan. 2021.
According to this press release from the American Kratom Association, the HHS took back that opinion some two-and-a-half years before the public found out.
While kratom is currently illegal in a handful of local and state jurisdictions, it’s legal across the majority of the United States. The AKA continues to fight for pro-kratom legislation.