The Kratom plant (scientific name- Mitragyna Speciosa) is cultivated and grows naturally in its native regions across Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asia areas. The Urban Ice Botanicals' capsule or powder-form Kratom are unique, premium products resulting from specialized, advanced processing techniques. The natural plant material goes through a chain of lengthy processes to transform the leaves from their raw form to the fine, pure powders you can buy on our website.
Although our premium Kratom powders might seem like very simple substances, a significant amount of complex work goes into producing the purest and cleanest products money can buy. Getting these Kratom products tested by an independent lab is expensive. However, we never compromise on quality and our company is committed to offering consumers only the best, premium products.
It’s why we take this reliable step to ensure that the highest quality control measures are followed in every single Kratom batch imported by us from Southeast Asia. Sending out smaller size samples to a credible, certified lab for testing involves a significant monetary and time investment. Many other resources also go into the process. However, as mentioned earlier, quality isn't something we ever compromise on. It's one of the things that sets up apart from other Kratom suppliers today.
The Process Involved In Lab-Testing Kratom
When we send our Kratom to an independent lab to be tested for potency and purity, they give us a Certificate of Analysis. This certificate mentions the test results for the Kratom we had sent them. The effort is to maintain 100% transparency, which is why we link these results to a QR code printed in the product packaging for our customers to access quickly. All our products, including the Specialty Blends, Red Vein Kratom and Green Vein Kratom, undergo this vital testing stage.
Here we will show you what is included in a typical lab result and walk you through the steps to interpret them. Once you know how this is done, you will be more confident about every Kats Botanical product you purchase. It will give you peace of mind to know that you are purchasing pure, premium Kratom capsules, powders, and blends.
What the Labs Screen the Samples For
In our industry, we hire testing laboratories to screen Kratom samples for several different substances that could potentially harm humans that consume them in high concentrations. However, it is crucial to note that most of these substances are entirely harmless when consumed in minute quantities.
Most people aren’t aware that we consume minuscule quantities of bacteria, spores, and mould every time we breathe in. Unless you live in a completely controlled and sterilized, clean room, this is entirely unavoidable.
Various microscopic pathogens and particles exist in the environment in very low concentrations that don't pose a threat to human health. Our immune systems are strong enough to deal with these contaminants that enter our system. Typically speaking, the laboratories we work with test the samples mainly for pathogens and heavy metal concentration levels.
About Heavy Metals
All lab tests conducted on small batches of Urban Ice Botanicals Kratom powder look for heavy metals content, including
- Arsenic (As)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Lead (Pb)
- Cadmium (Cd)
The labs use highly advanced equipment and procedures in these tests. While it isn’t possible to go into the details of these tests, they use Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry—or ICP-MS, a sophisticated organic testing technique are used. It's important to note that it is not possible to eliminate the presence of harmful substances entirely.
However, the objective of getting the products tested in labs is to gain expert, scientific-based information regarding the concentration levels of the samples being tested. We then provide these insights to our Kratom consumers.
Heavy metal consumption risk is systemic and may occur when they accumulate in the system over time. However, pathogen consumption risks are more related to bacterial infection or disease. This holds for all harmful pathogens our immune system encounters, such as mold spores to viruses and bacteria. In simple terms, pathogens are microbes that can cause damage in hosts. Microbes are microscopic organisms or living cells that can do the same. The labs screen the samples we send them for pathogens such as:
- E. Coli
- Staphylococcus Aureus
- Coliforms (bacteria commonly found in water and soil)
The lab screens for mold and yeast because they are dangerous to everyone when present in higher concentrations. However, both mold and yeast can harm individuals with specific allergies. It’s why our labs make sure that the detectable presences of these substances are lower than the permissible limits.
Kratom Leaf Alkaloids
The labs also check the products for the concentrations of certain naturally occurring plant alkaloids in Kratom. These alkaloids are just the molecules present in the organic material of the plant, such as its bark, roots, stems, or leaves. Caffeine is an example of a naturally occurring alkaloid in Coffea, the coffee plant.
Fact- The Kratom plant has over 20 identifiable alkaloids.
Not all these Kratom alkaloids produce desirable or undesirable effects. However, 7-Hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine do have two-fold effects when included with the broader spectrum of the 20+ Kratom alkaloids. Depending on the variables such as the nutrient absorption, soil type, Kratom plant environment, and the harvesting and drying methods, there can be wide variation in these effects.
Because 7-Hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine concentrations matter so much, the labs we work with, use High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (a testing procedure) to detect the exact concentration of each of these alkaloids is in the samples being tested. Typically speaking, if these alkaloids are present in higher densities, the Kratom capsule and powder potency will be higher.
We are committed to offering our customers the best and purest products, and the lab testing step helps us ensure we can do this. We use the most advanced techniques in making our products and take the effort to get them tested to ensure they are pure and safe for consumption.