Sources of Kratom
Kratom is generally sourced from Southeast Asia, although some African countries are finding a foothold in the market. All kratom needs to grow is a tropical environment and a little TLC. If you’re wondering where your kratom comes from and which sources of kratom are the most prolific, potent, and valuable, check out this blog from the experts at The Kratom Company.
Naming & Origins of Kratom Imports
Kratom has some of the simplest naming structures of all agricultural products. It’s generally named for its age and location. You’ll notice that most kratom powders and products start with a color — either green, white, or red. The color indicates the age of the leaves when they were harvested. The red vein is the most mature while the white vein is the youngest.
The second part of a strain’s name is typically the country of origin, the source of the kratom. You’ll hear about Red Indo — which means the kratom is a mature strain from Indonesia. The same goes for Green Malay. This is a middling maturity strain from Malaysia.
What About Maeng Da?
Maeng Da is a bit different from the other sources of kratom, but not in the way that you think. The translation of Maeng Da refers to the quality of the product — not necessarily its source. Originally, Maeng Da kratom was only available from Thailand, but today, every country that exports kratom has a Maeng Da strain. You can find this type of kratom in red, green, and white — just like every other strain.
While Thailand had an early foothold in American imports of kratom, today, Indonesia is responsible for over 90% of the world’s kratom supply. It’s a huge part of the Indonesian economy and employs thousands of people. Many people believe that Indonesia produces the highest quality strains out of all the sources for kratom in the world.
Unfortunately for the Indonesian people involved in kratom farming, their government is considering banning the growth and sale of this product due to realpolitik and moral ideology.
Kratom Elsewhere in the World
Other countries would benefit greatly from Indonesia stepping down as the world’s preferred kratom exporter. You can expect to see kratom coming in from Vietnam, Malaysia, and more.
Vietnam is renowned as a source of kratom in the Fall season, after the Monsoon rains. Until 2018, the favorable cultivation factors were mitigated by the country’s ban on kratom. This law has long had exceptions, but in Vietnam, it isn’t well enforced.
Another source of kratom that has a natural abundance of the plant is Malaysia. They also have a ban on the cultivation and export of kratom, but it’s unevenly enforced. Many Malaysians actually use kratom for soothing and ceremonial purposes.
Our Kratom Imports
At The Kratom Company, we mainly offer kratom capsules, powders, and extracts sourced from Indonesia. We’re always expanding our selection and options, and if Indonesia bans the export of kratom, you can be sure we’ll find another high-quality source.
Browse the online store to find premium-quality kratom, ranging from Maeng Da in all its colors to White Horn and more.