There are a number of misconceptions, misunderstandings and flat-out lies floating around about Kratom. Here are the facts.
Kratom is a natural botanical native to tropical Southeast Asia that is part of the coffee family. It's also known by its scientific name, Mitragyna speciosa. The people of Southeast Asia have used Kratom leaves as an herbal supplement and traditional remedy for hundreds of years. When taken in appropriate amounts, Kratom can provide increased energy, minor pain relief and many find relief from a variety of other mental and physical ailments. Today, people in the U.S. are consuming Kratom, as they do other herbal supplements and traditional remedies.
Kratom is not a drug. Kratom is not an opiate. Kratom is not a synthetic substance. Naturally occurring Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that’s more akin to tea and coffee than any other substances.
Kratom behaves as a partial mu-opioid receptor agonist and is used for pain management, energy, even depression and anxiety that are so common among Americans. Kratom contains no opiates, but it does bind to the same receptor sites in the brain. Chocolate, coffee, exercise and even human breast milk hit these receptor sites in a similar fashion.
Kratom can be consumed in a number of ways. It's a natural botanical ingredient that can be used in dietary supplements, steeped as tea, taken in powder form or in capsules to safely provide energy and natural pain relief.
Kratom is non-habit forming, unless taken in extremely high doses for extended periods of time. If taken in excess, continuously over long periods of time, Kratom consumers may experience dependence, similar to caffeine dependence. There can also be some discomfort if taken daily and use is abruptly discontinued. This can be avoided by taking regular breaks and/or gradually tapering down consumption levels.
Kratom is legal in 46 of the 50 United States. Four states—Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Vermont—have laws classifying Kratom as a “Schedule I” controlled substance or banning the manufacturing, sale, financing or possession of Kratom. Sarasota County, Florida also classifies Kratom as “Schedule I.”
Efforts are underway to meet with lawmakers and state regulators in these four states to share facts and correct misconceptions, including that naturally occurring, plant-based Kratom is safe and should be treated differently from Kratom adulterated with synthetic alkaloids or dangerous chemicals. Read more
Kratom products are not recommended for use by minors or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.