WHAT IS KRATOM?
Kratom, or mitragyna speciosa, is a plant that was discovered by a dutch settler in the early 1800s. After its discovery. In southern Thailand, the use of kratom has been common practice by natives for thousands of years. There is no stigma or discrimination attached to kratom use there, as its use common.
IS KRATOM ADDICTIVE?
Kratom is a close relative to the coffee plant. Similar to the use of caffeine if kratom is used daily in large amounts, it can become mildly habit forming. Some have reported caffeine withdrawal to be far worse than kratom withdrawal; however, this can vary for each individual. KratomWholesale.US advocates only the responsible use of kratom.
HISTORY OF KRATOM
In spite of the rich history and tradition of kratom within Thailand, the Thai government passed the Kratom Act 2486 on August 3, 1943. The Kratom Act made planting the tree illegal and required existing trees to be cut down. Currently, despite the government’s effort to control this indigenous tree, nearly 70% of adult males in southern Thailand use kratom daily – a practice that has continued from its origin to today without any reported case of death from overdose or negative side effects. In 1979, kratom was scheduled in category 5 of the Narcotic Act, which also includes cannabis and magic mushrooms and is the least punitive category. As evidenced by the 2010 proposal from the Thai Office of Narcotics Control Board, which sought to decriminalize kratom and recognize its traditional use as part of fundamental Thai culture, the Thai authorities today consider the attempts at restricting kratom use as unnecessary and faulty. The ONCB concluded that decades of widespread kratom use without any negative social impact and no harm found to the health of its users, made prohibiting the leaf counterproductive. The report also officially revealed what many students of kratom’s history have long suspected – that kratom was banned for economic reasons and not due to any concern over the health of the kratom user or its social impact. During the decades preceding the 1943 Kratom Act, the Thai government was collecting substantial tax revenue resulting from the opium trade.
“In Thailand, kratom was first scheduled for control in 1943 under the Kratom Act. At the time, the government was levying taxes from users and shops involved in the opium trade.
IS KRATOM LEGAL?
Within the United States, kratom is not federally regulated. It is currently legal in every state with the exception of Indiana. In 2012 the Indiana legislature passed HB1196. Kratom was not specifically mentioned in the bill but two of its main active alkaloids were – mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The bill was aimed at prohibiting synthetic drug use which kratom is neither synthetic nor a drug. Because of the faulty classification of kratom within HB1196, petitioners from Change.org have sought the removal of kratom’s alkaloid by bringing the subject to the attention of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. A similar attempt to ban kratom was taken by the Louisiana legislature but was thwarted by an unprecedented number of kratom supports who came out against the potential kratom ban. The Louisiana legislature then elected to retreat upon its attempt to ban kratom and merely required anyone attempting to purchase kratom be 18 years of age.