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One of the most confusing and frustrating things that consumers face in this industry is they cannot get specific answers about the effects of kratom. Every kratom vendor has a well practiced explanation for this and there is good reason.
Kratom suppliers and vendors need to stay compliant with the FDA. The FDA has guidelines and restrictions that a kratom supplier can publish on the internet, advertise, and say to customers. Over the years we have learned that it’s just as frustrating for vendors as it is for consumers. However, consumers of kratom can discuss all they want about the product and the effects. This is why the I Love Kratom Forum was started in the first place. It’s incredibly important for people to share their experiences with different brands and different strains and get real life advice. There are other places than the ILK forum where you can talk with consumers and moderators to get the straight facts and learn about the effects people get from kratom. As a beginner to kratom there is no better help than talking with a person who has been down the path you’re headed.
What are the FDA Guidelines
The Federal Drug Administration regulates and oversees a multitude of different industries and products including dietary supplements, food additives, vaccines, baby formula, livestock and pet foods, and tobacco among others. The FDA was developed to keep the public safe and make sure that products and industries stay compliant with their standards.
FDA guides and regulation are quite extensive and explain what a business can do or say and what not to. So, where does this come in for kratom brands? This industry falls under a category of non-regulated or non-approved supplement or botanical. The guidelines explicitly say that the businesses that sell these products cannot state that these treat or cure any medical conditions.
Most kratom vendors have a disclosure on their website that says” Kratom is not intended for use to treat, diagnose, prevent, mitigate, or cure any condition or ailment.
Over the last couple of years we have seen many brands and associations push to keep the industry compliant. The American Kratom Association has a new program called the “Truth in Labelling” Program. This was developed to educate consumers of what a brand can or cannot say on their packaging, asking the consumers to help regulate this industry.
What can your vendor actually say?
Most kratom vendors will tell you that their products complement your daily health and wellness regimen and do not or cannot cure any ailments. Using broad or general terms they will try and illustrate the effects of different strains being sure to not make any claims. Most companies will make you aware of the FDA guidelines to explain why they are sidestepping your questions or concerns, and, they may also point you to a forum so you can talk with someone that can give you the answers you are looking for.
Vendors have some very creative ways to give you as much information as possible without stepping over the line. They will say things like “this will help you deal with the stresses of everyday life” or that it can help you maintain focus. We also hear that vendors will explain that it helps with daily energy and post workout recovery..
The Wrap Up
It is incredibly important to the industry that vendors keep the straight course and follow all regulations. A big part of keeping kratom legal falls to the industry self regulating, this includes brands following the FDA guidelines and consumers to hold brands to those guidelines. This is why forums like I Love Kratom are important. Consumers of the industry need a place to tell their stories and experiences with brands and strains. Newbies to the industry need a place to get real experience advice from real people.