Kratom is a powerful psychoactive herb (Mitragyna speciose) from Southeast Asia. It acts as a stimulant in lower doses and as a sedative in higher doses. Some people use it to relieve chronic pain, treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, or for recreation.
If kratom piques your interest, you may wonder whether it is legal. It’s a complex everyday evolving issue. On the one hand, there are no laws or restrictions that prohibit its sales, possession, or use. Have a look at the infographic. The herb is free to use in some states and partially restricted in others. On the other hand, there’s no strong evidence for the benefits claimed by kratom vendors and communities. It is banned in 7 states.
Kratom has many advocates. The biggest movement is called the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA). It offers standards for the industry, is actively involved with legislation, helps states to make and keep the product legal. Currently, 4 states have passed the KCPA. But some more states are considering lifting the ban and legalizing Mitragyna speciosa. They are Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. AddictionResource authors say that a person should research available information and think thoroughly before taking kratom.