Identifying fake kratom from the real thing is often difficult. Usually, it’s sold in a dubious manner, intended to defraud and trick even the most astute buyers. But the biggest problem here is that fake kratom is hard to identify if you’re buying your kratom online. When you buy kratom online, you don’t get to see or touch or interact with the actual product. That makes it far easier to fake and hoax.
So why do people sell fake kratom as opposed to the real deal? And what are some of the telltale signs that you’re buying an imposter and not the real thing? Well, first things first. There’s a saying. And it goes something like this. You get what you pay for. If you see something that’s too good to be true, it often is. That means that if you see kratom for a price that makes you pause, and it’s just so much lower than the average, stop and think about it for a moment. It’s probably not real.
Authentic kratom (aka Mitragyna Speciosa) hails from Southeast Asia, from an evergreen tree. With roughly 4 to 5 million Americans using kratom in the United States, there’s good reason for someone to try to sell you the fake variation, which often comes from Mitragyna Parvifolia. It’s also a tree, but found in countries like India and Sri Lanka instead of places like Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar, where the real kratom hails from.
What Is Fake Kratom?
Fake kratom leaves look somewhat similar to the real thing. That’s why it’s often hard to spot the dubious fakes. Of course, it’s in the effects that we realize that there’s something amiss. To add to this, what makes it even more difficult to suss out the fakes is when you receive kratom powder or capsules and you can’t quite identify the actually leaf itself. Clearly, there are some strong alkaloids in Mitragyna Speciosa that do not exist in Mitragyna Parviofolia.
You’ve probably read all types of accounts of people complaining about fake kratom. Where they used it and there was no effect. Even on an empty stomach. And that’s an important factor here because kratom is fast acting on an empty stomach, especially when taking the powder form using the toss-and-wash method. That’s because that covers a large surface area of the stomach quickly, allowing it to dissolve into the bloodstream fast.
However, when there’s no effect, especially under ideal conditions and proper dosages, it likely means that you’ve just ingested fake kratom. It’s upsetting to say the least. Especially so when you’re ordering larger quantities of it and realize that what you have is now fake product as opposed to the real and authentic thing. So what do you do when you realize you’ve just received a batch of fake kratom as opposed to the real thing?
There are some recourse routes if this happens to you. You could file a complaint online. You could use sites like the Better Business Bureau or Rip Off Reports. However, before you do this, you should always contact the vendor. Get a legitimate response back and try to resolve the issue. Of course, you could always dispute the charge if you feel like it was a sham product. Now, effects do vary based on the vein color and the strain, but if you absolutely feel nothing after using it several times at the proper dosage, the there’s likely something wrong with the kratom and not with you.
Vendors Selling Fake Kratom
Depending on where you’re buying your kratom from, one of the ways to definitely suss out fakes is by checking the price. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. But that’s not the only way you can tell. However, when you’re buying it online, especially from a kratom vendor that you’ve never bought from before, you have to be wary. This also holds true if you’re buying your kratom from eBay. You need to be wary of eBay sellers with little in the way of reviews or verifications.
Keep in mind that not only can the kratom be fake, but it could be unsafe. There could be a mixture of products within the package that you’re buying, and that mixture could be a deadly combination in some cases. You just have to be careful when you’re buying kratom from anywhere. Check the company’s reviews online by using sites like Trust Pilot and doing a simple Google search as well.
However, it’s not just fake kratom that’s the worry. It isn’t just kratom substitutes, so to speak. Some vendors are also selling expired kratom. That means that the shelf life of that kratom has finished and the alkaloids are largely inert. That means, although it’s the real thing, there will be almost no effects from that kratom. It’ll test for the real thing, but if you extract the alkaloids from it, you’ll notice that they’re largely non-existent.
This happens when kratom isn’t properly stored or if it’s around for too long once it’s been turned into a powder. The truth is that kratom expires quickly when we’re talking about fresh kratom leaves. In fact, the seeds are even worse. If you tried to plant kratom seeds and grow it in your backyard, for instance, and you didn’t plant those seeds a few days after separating them from the parent tree, you’d get almost no chance for germination.
How can you avoid buying fake or expired kratom? Again, this boils down to the vendor. Do your due diligence. Research them properly before buying anything. And, if you can, start small. Purchase a small batch to ensure you’re getting high quality kratom that’s not expired or fake. This way, you won’t have the hassle of worrying about this for a larger order. Also, ask your friends. If you do know someone else who’s using kratom, they might be a vital resource to recommend vendors to you.
Other things to note about some of the shady vendors out there is that they’ll fail to provide either a contact form, physical address, phone number or some other way to contact them. If you notice that there’s almost no way to contact the vendor, then you have to avoid them. You also should be wary of sending money outside of normal channels. For example, never send wire or bank transfers to vendors when buying kratom. Never, unless you want to risk buying an inauthentic version of it.