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. (Source: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/drug-profiles/kratom) 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"! All leaves harvested off the trees are thrown into the same piles and not separated out based on the color of the vein. The only distinguishing differences are the way they are dried. "Red" is usually dried outdoors causing it to take on a reddish brown color (ours are dried indoors to ensure safety so they will appear green). Green is usually dried indoors and white is usually identical to green but our suppliers try to use younger leaves for white strains which does change their effects slightly.
WAR on Kratom
As you may already know, Kratom has been demonized in the media and by some health professionals. I want to make it very clear that unlike many out there who claim the FDA is at fault, I do not believe this to be the case. They are simply doing their jobs to keep American's safe. The difference is that they are given information, and my guess is by Pharmaceutical companies, that actually isn't accurate or scientific. We now know that the information the FDA is acting on is not based on the real science being done. And this is not even necessarily their fault. They are understaffed and do not have the resources to investigate every single herb and supplement and food. It's actually the fault of those in the background trying to keep kratom from taking away their drug income. (Note this is an opinion and not fact). So what do we do? We need to spread the truth. Find the actual science being done on kratom (available on our informational site, kratom411.com coming soon), tell your friends and family what kratom has done for you, and don't rage against the FDA and any other authority. They are here to protect us. From their perspective they are being told it's dangerous so why wouldn't they try to fight it? What we want is for the FDA to see the truth about Kratom and then work with them to come up with sensible regulations similar to any other herbal supplement! We pray that happens!
How Do We Keep Kratom Legal?
The number 1 thing we can do is sign petitions we believe in! 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 are the pharmaceutical companies wrong about Kratom being dangerous, but it actually holds promise to help America with some of it's biggest issues. 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. And if you struggle with opioid or alcohol abuse we suggest you get help! The National Opioid Crisis is real! Get the help you need and talk to a doctor about getting clean and staying clean. Then, and only then, should you consider adding herbs to your regimen.
Kratom and cGMP Certification
Laughing Lion Herbs is a cGMP Qualified vendor (see American Kratom's List Here). We have a yearly 3rd Party Auditor come through and deep dive into our paperwork, our facility, our products, and our records to ensure we are compliant with the strict requirements that GMP neccestates. Our process is as follows:
- We import every kilo of our kratom ourselves from trusted suppliers we've established relationships with from Borneo, Indonesia. These shipments come by boat so we are able to save money on shipping which is how we keep our prices so low.
- We filter our kratom through a series of stainless steel mesh plates to remove any debris such as parts of the bags they are sealed in etc.
We are also adding UV Light Sterilization at this stage to protect against COVID and any other bacterial/viral contamination
- Kratom is then homogenized in our ribbon blenders
This ensures that every batch is uniform and identical between each bag in each batch! It also ensures our testing accurately represents the full batch!
- The Homogenized Kratom is then placed into sealed sanitized barrels with multiple samples taken per batch.
The samples are then sent to 3rd Party Labs for Testing for all FDA required tests for Supplement Products
- We adhere to California's Prop 65 Requirements for Heavy Metals (much stricter than Federal Standards)
- Once tests are confirmed, we begin production and package our products in industrial food-grade filling equipment in a cGMP Certified Clean Room.
- Our staff wear protective gear at all times including hair nets, filtering face masks, and nitrile gloves as well as HEPA Air Scrubbers continually cleaning the air in the room.