There are many misconceptions surrounding mitragyna speciosa. This mostly seems to be due to assumptions or deceiving vendors trying to keep sales high. These myths were then taken by others and spread like wild fire! Some so ingrained in the kratom community even good intentioned sellers have to use made up b.s. like powder having a vein color just so customers will know what they are talking about! Well…lets get started 🙂
MYTH 1. KRATOM IS HARD TO GROW
You may have heard that kratom needs to be drenched in humid air, that its soil needs to stay swampy wet, and will die if it gets a wee bit cold….. Nope, not true! kratom is a very tough and forgiving plant that’s able to grow in a wide range of environments! Kratom can tolerate the low humidity of desert climates, can be watered as infrequently as most common garden plants, and while it will go dormant and defoliate in the cold and needs protecting from frost, it will start growing again once its warms back up…just like a lot of other trees. Oh, and kratom seeds stay viable waaay longer than a week, but the fresher the better 🙂 for more info check out **GROWING KRATOM**
MYTH 2. KRATOM PLANTS TAKE YEARS BEFORE THEY CAN BE HARVESTED
Even from seed kratom is worthwhile harvesting in its first year! Just be sure to harvest leaves at least 30 days old (preferably 3-4 months old) and preferably from a plant that is 9+ months old. clones are already mature and leaves can be harvested as soon as they are ripe.
MYTH 3. KRATOM POWDER VERIETIES ARE BASED ON THE VEIN COLOR OF LEAVES THAT ARE USED
The vein color of a kratom plant can very from white to dark red and even purple…but its just a color and has nothing to do with the plants alkaloid makeup. A vast majority of kratom plants have some degree of red in their veins. In fact it is very rare to find one that doesn’t! When you see kratom powder for sale it more than likely will have a “vein color” attached to the name. This is a bit misleading and shouldn’t be know as vein colors as vendors are not separating the leaves by color. And even if they did….its wouldn’t hold any significants.
The best way to explain what is going on is by using tea varieties as an example. You see, all the different true teas come from one plant, Camellia sinensis. Depending on how you harvest and process the tea you end up with different kinds. For example white tea comes from very young leaves treated in a deliquiate fashion while black is from matured leaves that are roughed up a bit/processed to oxidize it. Kratom powder is similar. Green and white “vein” is made with leaves that are dried carefully away from heat and light to best preserve the alkaloids so that it more so resembles the fresh plant. Red “vein” is the result of leaves being dried in the sun and or in bags to ferment. This degrades the alkaloids a bit and gives the leaves its characteristic rusty color. “Bones”(what the farmers call the leaf veins) can also be mixed into the powder to further alter its qualities.
MYTH 4. MALAY POWDER IS MY FAVROITE SO A MALAY PLANT WILL BE THE SAME
(OR BORNEO..OR HORNED, ECT)
There are two reasons this is not going to work.
1.vendors usually just make up names and these names can be based on something like the way it feels, a blend/recipe that particular vendor makes, or….nothing at all! Most all kratom comes from Borneo, is sent to vendors who brand it as they see fit, and then ship it out. Its marketing. And like previously stated in the last myth it doesn’t really matter.
2. Even if the kratom plant comes from a specific location, as of now, there are no qualifying physical or chemical markers that would signify a kratom plant to be from one specific location. Different kratom phenotypes(the way it looks) and chemotypes(chemical makeup) can be found growing among each other in many different areas. It appears that their all grow intertwined. You wouldn’t be able to see a random kratom plant and say that it is a Malaysian plant because it has such and such or whatever. As of now and until we find a more reliable way to label these plants the names provided by sellers such as Borneo or Malay are for differentiation/name sake only and at best just let you know where the specimens hail from. One vendors Indonesian can be totally different from another’s.
Sometimes the names can be a quality marker though. Maeng da or horned should mean its that vendors higher quality powder. Or bali will usually be run of the mill average. But at the end of the day its up to the vendor what they want to call it.
MYTH 5. HORNED PLANTS ARE STRONGER
Sorry, but most plants are capable of growing horns. Some kratom plants are more likely to horn out than others, but this doesn’t determine the plants potency. For example the hornist plant that we carry…. ;)….. although awesome… isn’t our strongest.
Leaves having horns seems to be dependent on growing conditions. Mid summer is when I get the most personally. And not all the leaves are horned. I’ve yet to see a plant that only grows horned leaves(although I’ve heard clams).
So when you get horned powder it may be coming from plants that have a tendency to make more horned leaves, but it doesn’t matter. Horned leaves may be a sign that the plant is producing more alkaloids(which has yet to be seen), but its ability to make horned leaves doesn’t mean the plant genetics itself are any better.
HARVESTING KRATOM: THE INS-AND-OUTS OF THE WORLD’S BEST KRATOM LEAF
Kratom is harvested from mitragyna speciosa, a tree native to Southeast Asia. But turning raw kratom leaf into quality kratom powder is far from a simple process! It requires careful farming practices, a well-timed harvest, and exacting post-harvest processing.
In this article, we’ll be going over the ins-and-outs of harvesting kratom. Whether you’re interested in growing your own kratom or simply curious about where your kratom comes from, we’ll cover everything you need to get up to speed on this complex and fascinating process! So, without further ado, let’s get into the weeds on the captivating world of farming kratom leaves!
Kratom Trees: Where it All Starts
In Southeast Asia, kratom trees can grow to staggering heights, reaching up to 80 feet tall, mitragyna speciosa is a truly majestic sight. Kratom trees are evergreen, so they grow throughout the year, thriving in the tropical rainforests that are their natural home.
But when it comes to harvesting kratom for kratom powder, natural kratom trees don’t cut it. To produce a quality crop, kratom farmers grow their mitragyna speciosa trees in very specific conditions.
To produce a quality kratom leaf, kratom trees demand very specific farming practices, and fluctuations therein can have a massive impact on the resulting kratom powder. Variations in light, temperature, and soil consistency must be strictly monitored and regulated, and even slight changes in these conditions can result in a sickly, low-quality harvest.
When properly handled, these factors can be manipulated by kratom farmers. The result is a kratom leaf crop with a tailor-made alkaloid content — even allowing a kratom farm in one location to grow the regional varieties of an entirely different area successfully!
But the process is exacting and lengthy. Conditions must be continuously monitored and carefully controlled. Moreover, they must be maintained for long periods. Although kratom trees may have a significant alkaloid content after one year of growth, mitragyna speciosa can take upwards of three years before it’s truly ready for its first harvest!
Carefully-Timed Harvest: The Next Key Step for a Successful Kratom Leaf Crop
As in most things, patience is one of the keys to producing a quality kratom leaf. Experience is critical, and careful observation dictates the proper time for harvest.
Throughout the kratom tree’s life cycle, it undergoes several significant changes. Even after the tree has reached peak growth, these changes continue — and can have a powerful impact on the resulting crop of kratom leaf. The most important of such factors relates to the color of the kratom leaves’ stems and veins.
As the kratom leaf matures, the leaves’ alkaloid balance shifts at the chemical level. Gradually, the balance of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (kratom’s most important alkaloids) shifts, with mitragynine levels dwindling while 7-hydroxymitragynine levels grow.
This gradual shift causes a visual change in the stem and veins of the kratom leaves. At the earliest maturity, the veins are white. They then shift to green and, at peak maturity, to a rich and vibrant red.
Kratom farmers carefully monitor this process, deliberately choosing the harvest time depending on the particular strain of kratom that they are looking to produce. Thus, harvest time is one of the key factors for cultivating the white, green, and red vein kratom powders that users prefer. Because the color reflects the kratom leaf’s natural alkaloid content, proper harvest time will have a profound impact on the resulting kratom powder’s effects.
Once the kratom leaves have reached the desired maturity, kratom farmers carefully trim the leaves. The farmers leave the branches of the tree undisturbed so that, after another complete growth cycle, the kratom tree can be harvested once again.
Drying, Curing, and Grinding the Kratom Leaf: A Delicate and Important Process
Although the harvest is now complete, the kratom leaves’ journey is far from over.
The raw kratom leaf is washed and dried to ensure that only healthy and pure kratom leaves are eventually made into kratom powder. After selecting the best of the bunch, kratom farmers then hang the cleaned and dried kratom leaves. The drying process is an important, if unsung, factor in producing a quality kratom powder.
Depending on the location (interior vs. exterior), ambient humidity, and a variety of other factors, drying can have a significant effect on the kratom leaf’s alkaloid content and, as a result, the potency of the resulting kratom powder.
For example, bentuangie kratom powder is produced through specialized drying, curing, and fermentation processes. Although the kratom leaf used to produce it is identical to other kratom leaves harvested under the same conditions, this step of the process causes the leaves to develop a particular aroma and alkaloid content, resulting in an entirely distinct strain of kratom.
Finally, the now-dried and cured kratom leaves are ready to be turned into a quality kratom powder! Although kratom leaves were traditionally hand-ground using a mortar and pestle, most modern farmers streamline the process using industrial grinders, capable of processing large amounts of kratom leaf at once.
Independent Laboratory Testing: The Proof of Pure, Quality Kratom
The kratom leaf harvest is now complete, but that’s not quite the end of the story! Any reputable kratom vendor needs to ensure that their kratom powder is pure, potent, and free from harmful contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides.
At Kratom Spot, we carefully test each and every batch of our world-class kratom powder. Rather than doing this testing in-house, we employ America’s most reputable third-party laboratories; that way, the results are impartial, unimpeachable, and a certified guarantee that you’ll receive a truly top-quality kratom, every time.
Once these laboratories have tested each batch, they provide a Certificate of Analysis (CoA’s) that shows the strain’s unique blend of alkaloids and proves that no contaminants have made it into the batch.
After we receive the lab’s CoA’s, we carefully review them to ensure the batch is up to our exacting standards. We’re dedicated to providing our customers with only the very best; if the potency isn’t up to expectation or there’s some defect in the batch, we don’t sell it. It’s as simple as that.
Once that’s complete, we process and package our kratom powder in GMP compliant clean-rooms, maintaining the highest standards in the industry.
Kratom Harvesting and Manufacturing, in a Nutshell
Although it may sound simple, the process of growing a quality kratom leaf is lengthy, exacting, and difficult. With so many factors in play, kratom farming requires an expert eye, a practiced hand, and knowledge of the ins-and-outs of mitragyna speciosa’s uniquely temperamental growth cycle.
At Kratom Spot, we’ve partnered with the most experienced and knowledgeable farms throughout Southeast Asia. We pride ourselves on bringing you only the very best kratom the world has to offer, and our hand-vetted farmers are one of the most important elements of that promise.
We hope that this article has helped you appreciate the expertise of our dedicated kratom farmers! And as always, if you’ve got any questions about the kratom harvesting process, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable customer support staff!
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Kratom Candle – How to make a kratom candle
Kratom Candle – How to make a kratom candle – There are many benefits you could get from simply lighting an aromatherapy candle. Taking things to the next level, you can try to make Kratom aromatherapy candle to get the benefits of both properties.
Generally, aromatherapy candles can help you relax, feel calm, energized and help your brain get into a more productive mindset.
With all of those properties, Kratom aromatherapy candles can be one of the essential parts of your overall well-being.
Therefore, knowing how to make one of these candles will come in handy for you too.
Carry on to find out!
WHAT YOU NEED – Kratom Candles
Before telling you how to make it, here is a list of things you will need to make Kratom aromatherapy candle:
- 2 tablespoons of Fresh kratom leaf / Crushed Kratom Leaf / Kratom Powder.
- 6 cups of pure soy wax flakes
- 3 natural wicks (hemp, cotton, or wood)
- 6 teaspoons of essential oil
- 3 4-ounce glass or metal container
- Old aluminum can for melting wax
- Kitchen thermometer
- 3 pair of chopsticks or clothespin to hold the wicks
(These ingredient will yield 3, 4-ounce Kratom candle for Aromatheropy)
WHAT TO DO – Kratom Candle
Time needed: 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Here are the 5 steps to make Kratom aromatherapy candle:
- Melt The Wax
Place your soy flakes in the old aluminum can. Fill the saucepan halfway with water and place the can of soy wax in the center.
Allow the water to simmer until the wax melts completely.
- Add Kratom Powder & Essential Oil
Remove the can and place your kitchen thermometer in the hot wax. Check the temperature every few minutes until the wax cools to 185 degrees or a bit lower.
Add your Kratom powder and essential oil. Stir to combine.
- Anchor The Wick
Anchor the wick to the bottom of the container using a bit of wax. Make sure you place the wick in the center of the container. Use a clothespin or chopsticks to keep it upright.
- Pour The Wax
Pour the wax into the container and allow it to cool for several hours, or overnight.
- Cut The Wick.
Cut the wick to about 1/8 inch above the wax to reduce soot and your candle is done!
- If you are not sure how much wax you need, you can fill your container with the wax flakes first. Then, double it up. That’s how much wax you will need to melt to fill the container.
- To keep the scent from fading over time, always keep your candle covered when not in use.
- Use soy wax so your candle could burn longer and cleaner, resulting in less soot and smoke in the air, while elongating the natural scents.
- Use natural waxes to avoid toxic substances that crank out when you lit your candle
After following through the steps, you will get your aromatherapy candle.
1. How is the leaf harvested?
The harvest process is done manually or hand picked, carried out starting at 7 am to 1 pm, aims to get fresh leaves, the harvest is done by women so that it has detailed results, only old leaves are picked, not young leaves, to get high levels of Mitagynine and consistent quality.
2. Where is the area that the leaf is coming from?
The leaves come from community plantations around the city of Kapuas Hulu- Putussibau, this area is a green zone located in the Sentarum Lake National Park area, which has an Alluvial soil texture, so kratom trees grow very fertile. The average age of kratom trees that are ready to be harvested is around 6-15 years.
3. Can you mark it on a google images map?
4. What is the total land area that is used?
There are no exact figures that can describe in detail, but I guarantee thousands of hectares must be needed, for example, every family / house has 5-7 hectares, and every 1 hectare is planted with 1200-1500 kratom trees, residents involved in plantations in Putussibau, Kapuas Hulu area around 6000 – 10,000 inhabitants.
5. Are the trees harmed in the process do they die or regrow?
Trees are never damaged or cut down, but sometimes they require pruning of trees, aiming to regenerate leaves, and so that trees do not grow up, but grow sideways and become lush and make it easy for the harvesting process.
6. What is the process for sustainable harvesting?
The harvesting process is done twice a month, for example at the beginning of the month farmers harvest in Area A, and at the end of the month they harvest in area B, our farmers do not do everything at one time in one area, so that there will be a continuous rotation.
7. How many people are involved in harvesting 50MT a month?
We only need 30-40 farmers, with what they have, I think we can do work consistently and have a sustainable supply.
8. What is their standard of living like?
The standard of living of our farmers is quite simple, they only need certainty that their harvests are accommodated consistently, they are very loyal and very focused on maintaining the required quality and quantity. They realize that with poor leaf quality, no one will buy their crops.
That way, they can meet the needs of family life and send their children to school.
And we always provide counseling and coaching consistently to them.
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