Are you tired of being prescribed addictive medications for things like depression, anxiety, and pain relief? Many people are turning to natural drugs to ease the symptoms of these and other health problems. One of those drugs is kratom, which is legal in most countries in the world. This is a natural herb that is loaded with health benefits.
It can help to enhance your mood, increase energy levels, and relieve stress and pain. It is often used to treat anxiety and depression, as well as muscle pain. It can even help to treat diarrhea. Today we are going to take a look at the legality of kratom in the US, as well as in other parts of the world.
Is Kratom Legal in the US?
In the US, kratom is not considered to be a controlled substance, and it is perfectly legal to grow your own. Unlike marijuana, which is also all-natural, you do not need a prescription to be able to use kratom to treat various health issues. This is not a drug that is regulated by the FDA, but because it has not been approved, it can’t be sold as a dietary supplement, or labeled as such. But, you can buy it as a raw, active ingredient.
There are some US states that are considering regulating the sale and usage of kratom, but as of yet, this has not happened. If you are unsure about the legalities of this drug in your state, it is recommended that you contact local state authorities to learn all of the ins and outs of the legal status of kratom and kratom products.
Keep in mind that kratom is not legal in all states. While it is not illegal in the federal sense, there are some states that do control the usage, and in some cases, ban kratom altogether. The following states have restrictions or bans on kratom:
• Alabama – Kraton became a Schedule 1 controlled substance in Alabama on May 10, 2016.
• Arkansas – In February 2016, kratom was added to the list of controlled substances in Arkansas.
• California – Kratom is legal in most of California, with the exception of San Diego.
• Florida – Kratom is legal in most of Florida, with the exception of Sarasota County.
• Illinois – Kratom is legal in most of Illinois, with the exceptions of Jerseyville, and users under the age of 18.
• Indiana – Kratom is considered a synthetic drug in Indiana and is a banned substance.
• New Hampshire – Kratom is legal in New Hampshire for people 18 and older.
• Tennessee – Kratom is considered a controlled substance and banned in Tennessee.
• Wisconsin – The alkaloids in kratom are considered to be Schedule 1, and banned in Wisconsin.
There is ongoing debate by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on whether or not kratom should continue to be a legal substance. Some are calling for kratom to be made illegal, as it does have psychoactive properties.
These same sources are also saying that it can become addictive, and there is absolutely no evidence that one can develop a physical addiction to kratom. In fact, many are saying that kratom could be the answer to the opioid epidemic, as it can be used to help with withdrawal symptoms. In August 2016, the DEA did say that it wanted to list kratom as a Schedule 1 drug, but the decision was withdrawn that fall.
What about the Rest of the World?
• United Kingdom – Kratom is legal to purchase without a prescription in the UK, and is not scheduled or restricted.
• Canada – Kratom can be legally purchased, sold, and possessed in Canada, and there are no limitations.
• Australia – Kratom is a Schedule 9 of the SUSDP, making it a controlled substance in Australia.
• Austria – Kratom is legal and under no controls in Austria.
• Belgium – Kratom is legal in Belgium and no prescription is needed for purchase.
• Brazil – Kratom is legal in Brazil, and the leaves and extracts can be purchased from local vendors.
• Denmark – As of 2009, kratom is considered a controlled substance, and illegal in Denmark.
• Finland – You can buy and use kratom in Finland with a prescription. Importing kratom to Finland is illegal, and shipments will be seized.
• Germany – Kratom is legal in Germany, but it is illegal to import Kratom into the country.
• Greece – Kratom is legal for purchase and use in Greece.
• Hungary – Kratom is illegal for human consumption in Hungary, but it is legal for use as incense.
• Indonesia – It is legal to grow and sell kratom in Indonesia, which is one of the largest producers and exporters of the drug.
• Ireland – Kratom is legal to sell, purchase, and possess in Ireland.
• Italy – The laws in Italy are confusing when it comes to kratom. Some will say it is legal, while others will say differently.
• Malaysia – You need licensing from the government to be able to sell kratom in Malaysia.
• Myanmar – Kratom is illegal to grow and sell in Myanmar.
• Netherlands – Kratom is legal in the Netherlands, and is sold at smart shops and from online Dutch vendors. In fact, the Netherlands is one of the biggest suppliers of kratom in Europe.
• New Zealand – You need a prescription for kratom in New Zealand.
• Romania – Kraton is a banned substance in Romania.
• Russia – Like Italy, there is confusion about the legality of kratom in Russia.
• Sweden – Kratom is illegal to use in Sweden, although it is not on the drug schedules.
• South Korea – Kratom is illegal in South Korea, and strictly regulated.
• Thailand – Even though the plant is native to Thailand, it is considered a Level 5 Narcotic, making it illegal to grow, sell, purchase, or possess kratom.
If you live in the US and you are interested in using kratom but are worried about the legality, check with the authorities in your state. This is not a federally-prohibited drug, but there are some states and counties that have restrictions and controls on kratom. For the most part, you should be safe in most parts of the US if you buy, possess, and use kratom.
Until next time,