A Look at OPMS Products & Service Quality
Since the start of the industrial revolution and especially at the turn of the 20th century, the capacity of humankind to change the course of nature and overcome many of its hurdles through scientific breakthroughs had left it under a questionable impression that all modern methods are superior to ancient crafts. Similarly, when the Kratom was first introduced to the US population in the 90s, people were rather skeptical regarding this naturally procured leaf extract. Years later, when eventually the people started realizing the contraindications and side-effects associated with modern synthetic methods, they diverted their focus to the more natural and botanical products. This led to a surge in the demand of Kratom and the phenomena took the US by a storm.
With the popularity of Kratom rising, its various strains became more known. The increase in demand was big enough a motivation for many new brands setting themselves up – with all of them claiming to provide genuine and authentic Kratom products. Some of them were good, most of them not. For any new, or for that matter even the old Kratom enthusiasts, unless there is an honest brand review available, it is almost impossible to judge the brand authenticity before spending their money.
At Buy Kratom Bulk USA, we have taken it upon ourselves to review all the famous Kratom vendors and sellers operating in the US, so that people can have a fair idea of what they are going to get from those brands in terms of product quality and service. One such famous brand that we are going to review today is OPMS.
OPMS – About the Brand Itself
OPMS stands for Optimized Plant Mediated Solutions. They are one of the oldest and well-known kratom brands offering kratom products. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia since 2010 and have maintained a good presence on the internet as well as on the shelves at the shops and convenience stores all over the country. On their main page on the website, they claim to be leaders in the Kratom and Kava extract industry since 2010 owing to their “unique cold process extractions”. We did a little bit of research on what the cold process extraction of OPMS is. What we found is that it is an extraction process that involves dissolving the mixture into hot water first and then rapidly cooling the mixture to render the insoluble substances precipitate out of the water. Subsequently, the mixture is filtered and the extract is obtained without making it lose its characteristic properties.
An Overview of OPMS Website
When we visited the OPMS website for this review, one of the most interesting things that we noticed is that they offer only four product lines. Out of these four, three are Kratom products and the fourth is a Kava product. This is not exactly what we expected from a famous brand such as OPMS. However, they claim to specialize in their product range, preferring quality over variety in their products. Of course, for the consumers who like to buy all their kratom strains from one place without the hassle of ordering from different websites, this aspect is somewhat restrictive.
As part of the review, we visited several blogs and forums related to OPMS and most of the user reviews backed up the OPMS claims regarding selling good quality products. Nevertheless, we have not based our opinion on third party reviews. Instead, opting for the first-hand experience of OPMS products by ordering each of them. More of that later in the article.
The second interesting aspect we found on the OPMS website is that they have a dedicated section titled “authenticity”. At first, we thought that it contains lab reports and audits regarding their product quality and authenticity, but interestingly it elaborated on the identifiers and key design features of their packaging to help the customers avoid counterfeits. Certainly, they must have had reports of fake OPMS Kratom products being sold as genuine, resulting in loss of revenues as well as denting their brand image. Probably this was the reason because of which they had to employ such authenticity techniques.
The first product in the inventory of OPMS is called the “OPMS Silver”. On their website they claimed that this is the oldest and longest selling encapsulated kratom in the US. They also claim that the product quality is kept consistent for every batch produced throughout the year by blending different batches. This way, the alkaloid levels are kept relatively similar throughout all the batches. The OPMS Silver is available in three blends:
- Maeng Da
- Malay Special Reserve
What we found missing on the website and on the product packaging itself was information regarding the vein color of the Kratom leaves used for making this product. The website mentioned that OPMS Silver is a 1-time extract.
The website claims that OPMS Gold capsules are the pinnacle of All Kratom products. However, it is only available in capsules and that too in the packages of 2 counts, 3 counts, and 5 counts. The website warns that all “loose” OPMS Gold capsules are fake products as the genuine OPMS Gold is only sold in their signature package cards bearing their official logo. Since March 2017, OPMS Gold is offered in their newly designed blister card packaging. OPMS Gold is an all-natural product and is claimed to be developed through an extraction method matched by no other brand. The website does not elaborate on it but as per our guess it refers to the cold extraction method as mentioned on one of their other webpages.
The third product offered by the OPMS in their limited inventory is called OPMS Liquid. It is an “all-natural” kratom product which comes in 8 ML bottles. In the whole display box, there are a total of 45 smaller 8 ML bottles. We tried to find it on the OPMS website as well as on the product labeling itself, but there was no information regarding the Kratom strains which are used in making of this liquid extract. The quality of OPMS Liquid was very good and the small bottles were really handy both for one-time as well as prolonged usage.
The last product in the OPMS inventory is named as OPMS Kava. The OPMS claims to make their Kava extract from “naturally purified” Kava which is obtained from lateral roots over 7 years of age. As part of their quality control procedures, analytical quality control tests are performed on the Kava. This is to conform to the FDA guidelines that there is no appreciable quantity of Flavokavain-B (hepatotoxic compound associated with Kava). It comes in 2 fl. Oz bottles as well as 3 count and 5 count capsule package cards.
OPMS Quality Control Procedures
As part of our OPMS review we also read about their quality control procedures. The brand ensures the quality of their products through a well-established supply chain. The manufacturer performs on-site checks on the verified Kratom farms to analytically confirm that the products being harvested are the same as those being delivered to them and there is no mixing of strains involved in the first place.
Moreover, additional lab tests are performed on their products which are heavy metals testing, acetone testing, microscopic analysis, HPTLC, and HPTLC. We also found the products to be consistent and of good quality.
What About the Price Range of OPMS Products
OPMS mainly relies on the retailers and resellers to sell their products. For this reason, they have not priced their products. However, they do have a “Suggested Price” feature as a separate webpage, whereby the users can have a fair idea about the price range of OPMS products. It is to be kept in mind that the headshops, convenience stores, and other retail outlets are at liberty to decide the price of the OPMS products as they deem appropriate. So, if at all you think that OPMS product is expensive at your local headshop, it might not really be OPMS’s fault.
The OPMS is a fairly experienced brand that has been in business for more or less 10 years. One of the best features of OPMS is that they ensure consistency in the alkaloid contents of all their batches. As any Kratom enthusiast would know that there are a lot of factors that can change or alter the alkaloid concentration of kratom coming from the same farm or even the same trees. So keeping each batch consistent as per set standards is a tedious and ongoing process and OPMS deserves commendation for doing that.
Concerning their products, we would rate the OPMS Liquid as being the best, OPMS Gold as a very close second and OPMS Silver in third place. OPMS Kava is also a good product however it belongs to a different league so we are going to leave it unrated.