In addition to regulating who can sell and how, the law also requires that packaging include scannable bar codes or QR code, ingredient lists, the company name, product batch numbers, and warnings that pregnant women should consult their doctor before consuming kratom. It also makes it a crime to sell or distribute kratom to minors. The punishment for violating the law is a fine of up to $10,000 or 180 days in jail for a first offense, or a class A misdemeanor if it’s a repeat violation.
While some health experts have warned that kratom can lead to psychotic symptoms, others argue that the herb is safer than other opioids and can help people with chronic pain. A professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Jack Henningfield, says that kratom has stimulant effects in low doses and can produce sedative or calming effects in higher doses. Henningfield adds that he has seen promising results in patients who are in the process of tapering off opioids with kratom.
The drug’s legality varies by state. Some states have banned it altogether while others have regulated it. Many have age restrictions, while still others only allow the herb in certain counties or cities. Regardless of the laws in a specific area, people who want to try kratom can order it online from various vendors.
Kratom is a tropical plant that belongs to the coffee family. It’s usually ingested as a tea, but can also be ground into a powder or smoked. Users claim it boosts energy, relieves pain, and enhances mood. The plant contains alkaloids that interact with the brain’s opiate receptors, producing effects similar to those of opioids.
According to the American Kratom Association, a nonprofit group, there is a growing body of research supporting kratom’s effectiveness for pain relief and addiction recovery. The organization believes that the FDA should regulate kratom to ensure that it is safe for consumers.
In the past, the DEA has considered scheduling kratom as a controlled substance, which would make it illegal to buy or sell the herb. However, it has dropped this proposal due to pressure from individuals and advocacy groups.
In the meantime, kratom is available for purchase in Mitwellness and online. Some people report using it to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms, though more research is needed into its effectiveness for this purpose. If you or someone you love has opioid use disorder, Ophelia’s at-home medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program is based on FDA-approved medications and comprehensive clinical and personal support. To learn more, call for a free consultation today. The initial call is free and confidential. Then, your therapist will recommend the right treatment for you. We’re here for you every step of the way. We’ll never stop fighting for your health. And we’ll never stop fighting for your rights. You deserve better. You deserve a life without opioids. You can do this. We’ll help you get there. Start your journey to recovery now.