Where Kratom Grows and Deforestation

*The purpose behind this blog is to raise awareness about Kratom by sharing the reality of what we see and know through words, pictures and video. We are here to tell our story and document the present for educational purposes to anyone interested in knowing more about these amazing trees and what their future looks like.

From what I have seen online and in print there is little information gathered on Kratom trees (Mytragyna Speciosa) and not many authorities on the subject. Processed Kratom leaves have been known and used for centuries to treat a range of ailments, but today most credible Kratom sources still struggle distinguishing the four primary species from each other. Few to no photos have ever been published showing Kratom growing in the wild or what sustainable farming practices look like. To learn the real fine points of this remarkable tree takes years of firsthand experience and deep rainforest travels straight to the source. This has been my life lately and what I want to share with you.

My Kratom travels require going ever further off the map up rivers and through virgin jungles for extended amounts of time to find proper mature trees to harvest. Forget about wi-fi or even a toilet; these are hardcore camping trips with no park rangers for miles around. This has been my business and focus for over five years and our locations are trade secrets. What I can tell you is that we are somewhere in the heart of two different Indonesian islands, Sumatra and Kalimantan (aka Borneo). Unfortunately, because these locations are not private, others eventually find where we harvest and due to uneducated cultivation practices often kill (as in chop down) many of the trees with their own crude harvesting practices. This is why we are constantly on the search for more remote and harder to reach places.

Unlike these common destructive harvesting practices, we adhere to 100% sustainability to protect and preserve our source for future generations and business. If harvested responsibly, every couple of months a new crop will be ready to pick from the same trees and the quality stays consistent. Our methods keep the trees and rainforest alive and growing, the same way we found it. We only harvest organic trees found in nature, never from plantations, and always pick mature crops that yield the best alkaloid content. We also strive to share information on when is best to harvest and the most eco-friendly ways to do it, so feel free to ask us any questions on the topic.

Above This is an example of poor harvesting practices commonly seen by us in the field. These wild Red Vein Kratom trees are not even mature; the smaller ones stripped of leaves on the left are about 2-3 years old. The cut down dead tree leaning to the right is about 5 years old.

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