Kratom Info and Legal Status
Important Info First
We test our products to ensure that they contain no bacteria (i.e. E. Coli and Salmonella).
Nothing is added EVER.
Every gram of Kratom we sell contains just pure Kratom leaf powder.
What is Kratom?
Mitragyna speciosa Korth. (of the Rubiaceae family) is a 4 to 16 meter high tropical tree indigenous to South East Asia, the Philippines and New Guinea but now cultivated elsewhere.
The phytochemicals isolated from various parts of the tree include over 40 structurally related alkaloids as well as several flavonoids, terpenoid saponins, polyphenols, and various glycosides. The main components in the leaves are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, both found only in Mitragyna speciosa.
Mitragynine is an alkaloid with a complex structure present in the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa.
7-hydroxymitragynine is an alkaloid that is found in Kratom but in almost imperceptible trace amounts. .
Kratom is a tree that grows quite tall. Pictures of trees exceeding 75' have been taken in Indonesia. Traditionally there are 3 different leaf vein colors.
Green, Red, White, and other colors are simply distinguished by the various methods of growing and drying the leaves. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no "Red Kratom Tree" or "Green Vein Tree", but there are some trees that produce leaves that tend to have a red vein more so than others but we do not yet know why that is. The vein colors can appear to be manipulated by the spectrum of light that it is exposed to as well (in terms of artificially lighting the trees.)
Thus, the color of veins is still not a known exact science. The fact that people claim there are significant differences may or may not indicate that there is a substantial difference in the plant's genetics.
FDA's WAR on Kratom
As you may know, the FDA has declared Kratom is an Opiate and is only going to contribute to the Opiate Epidemic and worsen and even threaten the lives of Americans. All we ask is that the FDA lay down their attacks and FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. As proven and revealed by the American Kratom Association (www.americankratom.org), the FDA has deliberately manipulated the science and evidence to their favor--demonizing the plant that more than 15 million Americans rely on (See Article from AKA Here)
Here is a small part of that article:
WASHINGTON, DC – August 14, 2018 – Peer-reviewed documentation concerning 44 deaths that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cited to persuade the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to place natural kratom on the Federal Government’s Schedule 1 list of illegal substances disclose errors and omissions on the part of the FDA that the American Kratom Association (AKA) claims can only be seen as “deliberate.”
In a detailed white paper released today, AKA scientist claim, “The FDA has also misled the DEA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with incomplete, inaccurate, extrapolated, and distorted information on adverse events and deaths allegedly associated with the use of kratom to encourage unwarranted legislative and regulatory restrictions on kratom at the federal, state, and local government levels.”
Among the most significant claims, the AKA offers evidence of duplicated case reports, omissions of “cause of death” conclusions and inaccurate autopsy and toxicology reports, as well as redacted statements from experts contradicting FDA claims. According to AKA, the FDA reports that associate kratom use with 44 deaths are so “poorly documented they could not pass basic standards for publication in any credible scientific journal, even as a letter or comment.”
How Do We Keep Kratom Legal?
The number 1 thing we can do is sign every petition that the AKA releases! The second, if you can afford, donate even $5 a month to the AKA to support their fight! Third, and in my opinion, the most important, is to pray! We can win this battle but it will take incredible effort and cost. We have the science on our side. There is incredible evidence coming to light indicating not only is the FDA wrong about Kratom being dangerous, but it actually holds promise to AID in the Opioid Epidemic! However, there is a lot of resistances so they are going to fight tooth and nail to keep kratom away from the people who are then forced to use the poisons they say are "safe"!
If Cannabis can go from Schedule 1 drug (which it still is federally), to legal in nearly 40 states because the medicinal value has been proven in science, then Kratom should have the same chance! According to the 8-Factor Analysis by Dr. Jack Henningfield (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5813050/) Kratom has a low potential of abuse or danger. Note that nothing is free of danger. Consult with your doctors before deciding what you will do with Kratom.
Adulterated Kratom and cGMP Certification
Laughing Lion is in the process of becoming compliant with the AKA's GMP program (https://www.americankratom.org/abou-aka/akagmpprogram.html). As of October, 2019 we expect to be certified compliant by December 2019!