"Why you should consider learning about the kratom industry's GMP standards."

Posted by SOL Botanicals

Since the kratom industry is relatively new, it's important to understand what this means for you as a consumer. Kratom has been around for centuries and was made illegal in Thailand in 1943. Now that it's legal again, there are more regulations to make sure consumers know they're getting a quality product when they buy from vendors who follow GMP standards (Good Manufacturing Practices).

We hope you enjoy this blog post on learning about the kratom industry's GMP standards!


What are GMP standards, and why should you care about them?


GMP standards are important for kratom and other natural supplements. Why? Because they ensure that your kratom is pure, uncontaminated, and safe!  We have all seen or heard about people who've been harmed by contaminated food or unsafe drugs; it's terrible when these things happen. But with GMP standards in place at licensed facilities (like ours), you can be assured that there are quality checks happening throughout the manufacturing process - from where raw materials come in to where finished products go out. It's like a system of checks-and-balances, so you know that what you're taking is good for you!


Why should kratom producers be held to these high standards?


It's important for kratom producers to be held to these high standards because it contributes to the safety of their product. These guidelines are designed to ensure that consumers have a safe, sustainable, and reliable supply of products they can rely on without any questions or worries. As a consumer of natural supplements and organic living, you should feel excited that there are more regulations being put in place for kratom producers! This will help you feel more confident in your purchase decisions and also make sure that you’re getting the best quality product possible.


How does it affect consumers of kratom products?


It is estimated that there are 3-5 million kratom users in the United States and about 6.7% of those use it daily, according to a study by Columbia University. That means there are over 1.1 million people consuming this botanical on a daily basis for its mood enhancing effects as well as pain relief properties. Kratom is a natural supplement that has been used for centuries in Asia to treat pain, anxiety, and depression. The benefits of kratom are well documented in many scientific studies.  In the US, kratom is legal and unregulated with no FDA approval or restrictions on its use as an alternative medicinal plant extract. Kratom can be found at health food stores, head shops, gas stations and online retailers. It comes in different forms such as powder leaves or capsules. Some people enjoy it for recreational purposes because it produces sedation like effects while others take it for medical reasons like to manage chronic pain symptoms from cancer treatments or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having Kratom as an alternative has helped millions.


What the future may hold for kratom production if they don't comply with GMP regulations?


It seems like more and more companies are refusing the FDA's request to comply with GMP (good manufacturing practices) for kratom production, which is a troubling development. The reason this is disturbing is that if these companies don't follow the guidelines, it could lead to adulterated kratom products, lower quality products, unsafe products, and contaminated products being sold - which would be very bad for consumers. This article will detail some of what might happen in the future if they don't comply with GMP and why it's important to make sure any company you buy from follows them. The FDA has issued a warning that states, "if they don't comply with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), the FDA may take the necessary steps to remove this product from the market. As of now, there is no other alternative for those looking for natural pain relief."  This would be devastating because kratom has been shown to help people get off opioids and prescription drugs like Vicodin. The plant-based drug can also help people who suffer from chronic pain disorders by acting as an analgesic or sedative without any addictive properties. So, it's not just about letting your friends have access to their favorite way to relieve their aches and pains; it's about potentially saving lives for those that need it.


The importance of following the law when producing a product that is consumed by others


Natural supplement kratom is a popular herbal pain reliever, mood lifter and stress reducer. It's been used for centuries in Thailand as an all-natural way to treat many ailments. But if the FDA has their say, it will be illegal by 2021. What does this mean? Without regulations that require kratom manufacturers to comply with good manufacturing practices (GMP) standards, there won't be any guarantee of what you're getting when you buy your next bag of organic green powder from the gas station or health food store. The legality and safety of a product can be influenced by many factors including how it was produced, what ingredients were used in production, packaging and labeling. Understanding these factors will not only ensure quality control but also help you stay healthy.


A brief history of how we came to have GMP regulations in place today:


It's interesting to think about how our food and supplement industry has evolved over the years. Today, we have regulations in place that make sure what you're eating is safe for consumption. But how did this happen? It all started with a guy named Harvey W. Wiley who was appointed chief chemist at the Department of Agriculture by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1882. In 1906 he became head of the USDA Bureau of Chemistry-the first federal agency devoted entirely to regulating food safety. He published his findings on GMP (good manufacturing practices) which recommended ways for companies to ensure quality products, but it wasn't until 1938 when meat inspection laws were passed and enforced that we saw real change take place in both production methods and standards set forth by government agencies. In 1976, Congress passed legislation which established an FDA task force to enforce GMP regulations on drug manufacturers, mandating strict standards for quality production practices in order to ensure consistency of pharmaceuticals marketed under their seal of approval. This same task force was also charged with enforcing compliance by all entities involved in producing food items labeled "organic" or "all-natural”. We hope this article gives you some level of clarity on Kratom and the GMP standards to look for when looking for pure Kratom.


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