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It’s official: the legalization of cannabis has completely changed the wellness paradigm.

It has become a tidal wave that is turning the public’s perception of the responsible use of plant substances upside down.

This evolving landscape has sparked new discussions about how natural supplements can be used to improve everyday life. One company ahead of the curve in the midst of the herbal revolution is Kats Botanicals, a US-based provider of unique herbal products that are rapidly emerging as alternatives to traditional wellness enhancers.

These products include kratom – the informal name of the Mitragyna Speciosa plant species. It’s not difficult to say that kratom is making positive changes to the lives of millions of people around the world. In this article, we’re going to explain why this happens by drawing on the expertise of Kats Botanicals founder and CEO Justin Kats.

“Is this stuff going to get me stoned?”

Before we get too far into the discussion of kratom, it should be noted that this plant is not related to the cannabis plant at all. While cannabis and hemp are taxonomically related plants (cannabis contains THC, hemp does not), kratom is more closely related to the coffee plant than anything else.

The kratom plant is native to Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. In these tropical settings, kratom trees have grown naturally for millennia, and the cultural use of kratom tree leaves dates back to at least the early 1800s.

“Kratom has long been known as an incredibly powerful wellness enhancer with a variety of positive effects,” says Kats. “It was originally used by workers to help them survive long hours in harsh conditions. Today, millions of people use the kratom plant by brewing it into tea, mixing it with their morning coffee, or taking the powder in capsule form. ”

Justin Kats founded Kats Botanicals in 2016 when he discovered a lack of high quality, effective herbal supplements on the market. When he started his company, the then emerging boom in cannabis legalization helped pave the way for widespread acceptance of novel ways of using plants to improve the overall quality of life.

“Kratom has completely changed the game,” continues Justin. “I can’t tell you how many people turn to us every day and thank us for being a source of such a powerful, life-changing herb. I tell everyone I can about it, and not just because my company sells it. I firmly believe in the product. ”

… and before you worry about kratom making you see reps of Beavis and Butthead on the couch all day, don’t worry: kratom won’t stone you.

Depending on the stress you are taking – there are three main factors: white vein, red vein, and green vein – the effects can range from promoting feelings of calm and comfort to restoring balance and increasing optimism.

Kratom is like kratom

Ok … so we know that taking kratom can have a multitude of beneficial effects on the user. But is it for everyone?

“For those new to kratom,” says Justin, “we always recommend starting with a small serving size to determine how your body will react to it. There are two main plant alkaloids in kratom: mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. It is the balance of these alkaloids along with another handful of complementary alkaloids that create the positive feelings kratom users get. ”

As with any supplement you are considering, it is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before adding anything new to your daily treatment plan. The same goes for kratom.

Even so, many consumers are beginning to realize that it is not just humans that can benefit from taking a small kratom. Kats Botanicals recently launched its Kratom Soft Chews for Dogs, kratom-infused bacon-flavored dog treats that have been incredibly well received by Kats Botanicals’ customer base.

Justin Kats explains, “Just like cannabidiol – or CBD – kratom has benefits that pets can enjoy. Many dogs exposed to a variety of challenges can lead better, more active lives by adding kratom to their diet in a controlled manner. And I’m proud to say that Kats Botanicals was the first to bring kratom infused dog treats to the market. The reactions we have received from pet owners have been overwhelmingly positive and we have received numerous testimonials from pet parents who have given their dog this chew. ”

A word about quality

After learning about kratom, it’s tempting to hop online and place an order with the first kratom supplier you can find on Google.

Justin Kats gives this cautionary advice.

“Not all kratom are created equal. There is a growing home industry of kratom suppliers doing nothing but importing large quantities of kratom powder from overseas and then simply turning it over and selling it to consumers here in the US without any quality control. That’s a real problem. ”

“Independent third-party laboratory testing is of the utmost importance as kratom powder can be susceptible to inclusion of mold, heavy metals and pathogens. At Kats Botanicals, we invest heavily in rigorous laboratory tests, the results of which our customers can see for themselves by scanning their kratom packaging with their mobile device. This is the kind of transparency we owe our customers. ”

Lab testing isn’t the only way Kats Botanicals can differentiate itself from the competition. The company also pasteurizes every international shipment they receive as soon as they arrive at port. In addition, Kats Botanicals is one of the few kratom suppliers to have received the cGMP Certified Kratom Company award recognized by the American Kratom Association (AKA).

The “Current Good Manufacturing Practices” label is only earned when a kratom supplier is inspected by an AKA representative and it is proven that they meet their standards for safety, cleanliness and quality assurance protocols.

Getting started with kratom

For those who want to try kratom for themselves, Justin Kats has made a special offer for Riverfront Times readers only.

Kats Botanicals is offering a 15% discount on the entire website with the coupon code RIVER15.

“There’s a lot to love about kratom, CBD, turmeric, and the wide variety of botanical products we sell,” concludes Justin. “If herbal products can make you feel better quickly, why not?”

To learn more about Kats Botanicals, visit them online at

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