Experience is Key in Kratom Cases
What is Kratom?
Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is an herbal leaf from tropical trees in Southeast Asia. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Kratom is commonly used to self-treat pain, coughing, diarrhea, anxiety and depression, opioid use disorder and opioid withdrawal.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates 1.7 million Americans aged 12 and older used Kratom in 2021.
Side effects of Kratom use
In some cases, clinicians reported seeing patients with a wide range of serious adverse effects including seizures, psychiatric, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems and even death.
What does the FDA say about Kratom?
Kratom is yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA has warned against using Kratom for medical purposes until scientists evaluate its safety and effectiveness. The agency also says there are risks for abuse and addiction when using Kratom.
In 2014, the FDA issued an import alert for imported dietary supplements and bulk dietary ingredients containing Kratom. The plant is not legally permitted to be sold as a drug, dietary supplement, or food additive for regular consumption in the United States.
Kratom products, legality and legislation
Kratom can come in different forms, from concentrated powders to chewable tablets, gummies and even liquids, according to the American Kratom Association. Products can be purchased online or in brick-and-mortar stores like gas stations.
The plant is currently banned or has restricted use in several states:
In 2016, the Alabama legislature passed a bill making Kraton a Schedule 1 controlled substance like heroin and marijuana, banning it.
In 2019, Georgia passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Order, establishing quality and safety standards for manufacturers and making it illegal for anyone under 18. Anyone found possessing Kratom under 18 or selling Kratom to someone under 18 will be guilty of a misdemeanor.
In 2023, Texas passed the Kratom Consumer Health and Safety Protection Act. This means a Kratom manufacturer must register their product and provide a certificate of analysis from an independent third-party laboratory saying the product is law compliant.
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