Kratom or Mitragyna Speciosa plant is one of the most talked-about plants for its medicinal benefits. For centuries this plant was used as the treatment to many ailments from addiction to chronic pains. There are many tests being done which talks about the properties of kratom to help one with a certain medical condition. In recent years, we have seen a surge in popularity of kratom as a naturally occurring substance which can be used as a herbal remedy. Deriving kratom powder from the leaves of the SouthEast Asian Tree is not easy as it requires knowledge about the plant.
The roots of kratom
Mitragyna Speciosa is found native to Southeast Asian Countries which includes Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The indigenous people sed to grow kratom for centuries and consumed it to help cure them of any ailments. There are a lot of factors which goes into manufacturing the right kratom powder from maturity to the ideal conditions. A fully grown kratom leave can easily dwarf the hand of an average human. Kratom is evergreen and which means the shed leaves can also regrow quickly, making it easy to produce all year round. Kratom is best when it grows in a warm, humid environment where the sunlight is plentiful as well as the rains.
Post Harvest Production
Once the leaves of the ideal maturity, they are picked and collected in large quantities. The freshness level of the kratom also plays a very crucial role when determining the phytochemical concentrations, which is responsible for the plant’s properties. The strains also play a huge role where the red kratom strains consist of the mature leave, and the white and green kratom can be produced using younger leaves.
To create the powder the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa plant undergoes a drying phase when leaves are collected depending on the length and specifically dried with the help of the sun. Once the leaves are dried, they are shredded to a fine consistency using an industrial grinder which comes to look the fine powder people consume for their ailments.
Speciality strains and colours
Kratom is dried in the sun using large-sized racks which relies on the additional production and processing method to help create the speciality of kratom strains which is popular with the buyers.
There is a fermentation process which is the post-harvesting process, necessary for the dark colouration of enhanced alkaloid percentages. There is a lack of information which makes it difficult to vouch for many differentiation in strains. There are red, green, white variants which are the staples but it is easy to find the rarer kratom colours. Yellow and gold kratom strains are some of the most common outliers which have standardised strains and consistency, which farmers have to mix to create the right blends properly.