Is Kratom Legal in the United States?

Over the past few years, you have probably heard many things about this relatively new supplement called Kratom. Some people believe that it’s a drug and should be banned while others swear by this amazing herb which has its origins in Southeast Asia. In order to understand all the controversy and the two very distinct schools of thought, it’s probably a good idea to know a bit more about exactly what Kratom is and what it is purported to do. Let’s take a closer look at Mitragyna Speciosa, or Kratom, so that you can decide for yourself.

Only Six States Have Banned Kratom

You may be asking why anyone would ban the sale of an herb. However, that’s exactly what they’ve done with cannabis, isn’t it? However, Mitragyna Speciosa doesn’t have psychoactive properties and that is another reason so many people question why six states have classified it as a Schedule I drug. The most common reason why Kratom is banned in Vermont, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Indiana, Arkansas, and Alabama is because it said to have the potential to be addictive. While those are statewide bans, some cities in those ‘legal’ states have also banned the sale of Kratom. See if you can get it locally – if not, you can always shop online!

Why All the Controversy?

Now let’s take a moment to get a closer look at just why some states have banned the sale of Kratom. Yes, it may have the potential to be addictive but that typically comes with abuse. Kratom is the ‘feel good’ supplement that is known to boost energy levels while also having analgesic properties. Many people who swear by Kratom find that it helps them get through the day with greater amounts of energy and significantly reduced levels of pain. Remember, it has those analgesic properties similar to opioids, so that is one of the main reasons why it’s being banned in those states with legislation proposed in some of the other 44.

A Word of Warning

If you are living in a state that hasn’t classified Kratom as a Schedule I drug, it is recommended that you don’t buy anything from a curbside store or a gas station. You may find good herbal products at a health food store, but always do a bit of research on the manufacturer. It’s imperative to only buy Kratom, or any other supplement for that matter, from a manufacturer with a high standard of quality control.

Finally, remember in those states where the sale of Kratom is banned as a Schedule I drug, it may also be illegal to possess. Always check to see if there are laws against possessing and/or using Mitragyna Speciosa before ordering it online. While some distributors may not sell or send to those six states, others may take your order and send your supplements. Also, it pays to check the laws in your state from time to time because some states are currently discussing banning Kratom. If you are lucky enough to live in a state where Mitragyna Speciosa is legal, this is one multi-use supplement you just may wish to explore.

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