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August 22, 2023
Kratom's Diverse Effects

Kratom is often compared to coffee, which makes sense given that both plants are part of the same family and can provide similar boosts of energy. But its effects are also commonly described as opioid-like. Coffee and opioids are obviously very different from one another, though. So what gives? How can kratom possibly be like […]

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August 9, 2023
Kratom's Alkaloids Explained

What makes kratom so beneficial? That’s easy: alkaloids. How do kratom’s alkaloids work? Well, that one’s a bit more complicated. As we discussed in our last article, organic compounds called alkaloids are abundant throughout nature, including within the Mitragyna speciosa plant known as kratom. Alkaloids are bioactive, enabling them to interact with our body systems […]

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August 1, 2023
Alkaloids Are Everywhere

You’re already very familiar with alkaloids, whether you realize it or not. Are you a coffee drinker? Then you’ve enjoyed many cups of the alkaloid caffeine. Cigarette smoker? Then you’ve been puffing away on the alkaloid nicotine. Fan of red hot chili peppers? Then you either love Anthony Kiedis or the alkaloid capsaicin. The list […]

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June 30, 2023
Kratom vs. Opioids

Kratom is not an opioid. Period. This is a scientific fact that is often misunderstood. They do get regularly conflated, but there are key differences between kratom’s alkaloids and opioids. While it may just seem like semantics, this distinction is crucial. Facts matter. After all, consumers, researchers, and policymakers need to rely on facts to […]

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June 16, 2023
Rhode Island House Passes KCPA

Rhode Island has long been a solidly blue state when it comes to politics. However, with the Rhode Island House of Representatives passing the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) on Monday, they are now one step closer to turning from red to blue in a different way. The American Kratom Association (AKA) created a map […]

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June 14, 2023
Kratom Survey Results

Imagine that the game show Family Feud asked the question: “Why do people use kratom?” What would the #1 answer be? In what order would other answers appear? And do the results vary among different surveys? Numerous large-scale scientific surveys have investigated this very question, revealing the reasons users report for taking kratom. In addition, […]

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June 9, 2023
Kratom Doesn't Have to Be Bitter

Kratom tastes terrible. There’s no way to sugarcoat that fact. However, there are ways to sugarcoat kratom’s bitter taste. Kratom users rely on a variety of methods for consuming kratom that are all designed to help make it more palatable. After all, just a spoonful of sugar helps the kratom go down, although some ways […]

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June 6, 2023
A Summary of Kratom Science

Kratom has been in the crosshairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for years. It has survived multiple attempts by the FDA to classify it as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which would make it federally illegal. While widespread public and political support has helped play a role in […]

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May 30, 2023
Family Ties: Coffee and Kratom

Coffee has a cousin, and its name is kratom. It’s true that coffee and kratom are related, both members of the Rubiaceae plant family. With some obvious differences, coffee and kratom do share many of the same desirable effects and benefits. While one billion coffee drinkers around the world rely on their daily cup to […]

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May 26, 2023
New Glossary Defines the Jargon

As consumers, we are bombarded with advertisements and marketing messages every single day. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and often filled with jargon that we don't understand. Our industry is no exception. We frequently use many terms that may seem common to us, but that most people aren’t necessarily familiar with. Are Delta-8 and Delta-9 […]

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