Kratom Powder; Extracted from the Mitragyna speciosa tree which is native to Southeastern Asia and predominantly common in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, kratom powder is known to enhance mood, relieve pain, and anxiety when ingested. The powder is made by grinding the dried leaves of the plant.
While the proponents of kratom powder users have confessed to its potency in making their life better and entirely owe their present health status to it, opponents believe the substance is dangerous since it can alter brain function and there is a little body of research on the said subject. At the time of writing this article, it is still not approved by the FDA for medicinal purposes.
The approval of the FDA is not quite essential since there are times people know what is better for them; they are the ones feeling the pains. The use of kratom powder has been widely documented in Asia. For over one thousand years now, it has been used as a remedy for several maladies even without the government’s approval, although there are reports of its ban in Thailand.
Legal Status of Kratom
Most patients have attested to the therapeutic effects of kratom. There is little to no clinical research on kratom and what is available is strictly client testimonies. There was a recent turn of events in 2012 when interest in the use of kratom powder was intensified.
The research prospects went to sleep, and since then, we have not heard of the latest developments concerning the research findings. During this research, it was discovered that kratom gives a sedating and stimulating effect, which varies based on the strain and dosage.
Most of the active ingredients extracted from the plant are mitragynine and 7-hydroxumitra-gynine (7-HMG). These phytochemicals have been known to elicit an analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which binds as agonists to the opiates receptors.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) introduced an emergency of Kratom in August 2016. This report classified it as a schedule 1 drug mainly due to its opioid-like effects.
Schedule 1 drug based on DEA’s definition means a drug with no currently accepted medical application and with a high potential for abuse. This led to a backlash from the public. A lot of people publicly demonstrated, signed petitions, and called on Congress to overrule the decision.
After much deliberations, the DEA withdrew its notice of intent to institute Kratom’s active ingredients as a schedule 1 drug and settled for soliciting more information and public opinion. The DEA received about 23, 000 comments from the public in support of Kratom.
Before DEA can classify a substance as a schedule 1 drug, the Eight Factor Test is usually carried out. The processes of this test include gathering information on the drug’s pharmacology, potential abuse, and risks. To schedule a drug, DE must consider three of the eight factors in the test. These factors include;
- The substance’s history and current abuse pattern
- The scope, duration, and modes of abuse,
- The risk, if any, to public health
Also, the DEA will also take into cognizance, the drug’s manufacturer and distribution potentials, clandestine importation, and actual abuse. The levels and concentration of active ingredients in Kratom can lead to unpredictable side effects which the DEA see as a potential threat.
The legality of Kratom Powder by State
Although the DEA is yet to give an official verdict on the future status of Kratom, we are however positive. For the time being, the current legality of kratom remains a gray area for a lot of people. According to the National Kratom Coalition, the use of Kratom is legal in the United States with the following states still regarding the use of kratom as illegal.
- Alabama – Kratom is a Schedule 1 controlled substance drug as of May 10, 2016.
- California – Kratom is legal except in San Diego where a local ordinance was passed,
- Florida – Kratom is legal in Florida except for Sarasota County.
- Illinois – The sale of kratom is banned to minors under the age of 18, it is prohibited in Jerseyville, but is legal in the state.
- Indiana – Kratom is classified as a synthetic drug and is banned
- New Hampshire – Legal if you are 18 and over.
- Rhode Island – Kratom is banned in this state
- Vermont – Kratom has been banned in Vermont
- Wisconsin – Kratom is classified as a Schedule 1 and is banned.
- Arkansas – Kratom is a controlled substance as of February 2016.
NOTE: This could change at any time due to the intensified legislation moving and shaking the US for the acceptance of kratom.
Kratom users are currently fighting a serious claim made by the FDA, which is headed by Scott Gottlieb and focused on dictating how the plant should be scheduled. These and many reasons are why there is always a continuous kratom representative kept on the radar. You can continue with your kratom consumption and also intimate your congress representative and senator on how kratom has assisted you. The benefits of using kratom are far more than the side effects thus giving you another chance at living a healthy and beneficial life.