The Legal Woes of Kratom Powder
Kratom is a natural stimulant produced by grinding the leaves from the kratom tree. It is an all-natural process that has been used for hundreds of years by those native to Indonesia. Consuming kratom can help with pain relief and stress, can elevate the mood and increase energy and can produce feelings of overall well-being and euphoria.
Similar in chemical makeup to opioids, this all-natural product has brought relief and rehabilitation to many people suffering from opioid addiction. Kratom powder use allows those suffering from opioid addiction to ease off the pills slowly, using kratom as a replacement.
It is seen as safe when used under supervision and can help prevent withdrawal and relapse. So why is the DEA trying to make it illegal in the United States?
Currently, kratom is not a controlled substance in the USA. It is considered legal to grow, possess and use kratom and you do not need a prescription to purchase it. That being said, the FDA has not approved it for human consumption, so it cannot legally be sold or labeled as a dietary supplement. This may soon change as the DEA looks to classify kratom as Schedule 1 drug. This would mean that kratom is seen as having no medicinal benefit.
The DEA is looking to do this because kratom mimics the effects of opioids, a highly addictive and dangerous substance when not used in a controlled, medical setting. They listed safety concerns about kratom powder and its uses and its effects on human beings.
Temporarily, kratom was placed on the Schedule 1 drug list in 2016. This was withdrawn after an intense, public backlash with multiple users touting kratom’s beneficial medicinal effects on pain, opioid withdrawal, and anxiety.
As it now stands, the DEA has kratom in a strange gray area. It is not an illegal drug but is still being eyed suspiciously. In certain states, kratom powder is legal to consume and use for human consumption, while others have labeled it as illegal to do so. It’s important to check your state’s laws before ordering kratom powder.