Kratom continues to stand in a very precarious situation. Some states tethered back in forth to ban kratom or not. This is thanks to people who want to keep kratom legal. Federal authorities like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remain reluctant, though.
In 2018, kratom is still in that position, but what was kratom in 2017 like?
Here we will take a look at how kratom stood back in 2017. What were the challenges it faced? And what did people do with regards to the legality of kratom?
Many like to view kratom as a medicine, and it doesn’t act as an opiate. It is an all-natural herb that grew from Mitragyna speciosa. This is an evergreen plant that’s related to the coffee plant.
It grows in parts of Southeast Asia. In its countries of origin, the people chew the kratom leaves to get its benefits. But today, you can find kratom as powders, supplements, teas, and capsules.
Because of its popularity, the number of kratom users in America grew in a span of a few years.
Even though it’s viewed as safe to take, some would like to call kratom a drug. A lot of people like to cite how kratom’s alkaloid content can lead to an addiction.
There will be those that will develop a dependency on kratom. This can only happen when they take kratom in high doses for an extended amount of time.
This is why kratom users are told not to take kratom daily or go cold turkey when one wants to stop taking it. Kratom dependence is like that to caffeine dependence. Both do not pose any real harm to a user unless they take both substances in high doses.
Kratom businesses know the ethics of educating their consumers. This is why they give out several warnings about high kratom doses. It is not also permitted to give kratom to minors or pregnant women.
Kratom research is still limited. This is thanks to federal authorities’ lack of support towards kratom.
Regardless of that, kratom in 2017 was a good time for many kratom users. It was still legal in many states, but it was also a time of uncertainty when it came to kratom.
Back then, Tennessee was one of the states that banned kratom. Also, Rhode Island joined the states that ban kratom. That meant that kratom in 2017 had these six states that didn’t allow kratom:
There are even cities within kratom legal states that don’t welcome kratom. These cities are the following:
All other states not mentioned allow kratom to be used. For now.
Florida, Georgia and West Virginia almost sent bills to ban kratom. Many times, these bills would get nullified. The kratom community continues to keep an eye for bills like these to keep kratom legal in these states.
Kratom misconceptions led the American Kratom Association (AKA) to conduct kratom-related studies. They also released the results of polls and studies on some of the public’s stance towards kratom.
Back in November 2016, Dr. Jack Henningfield released the 8-Factor Analysis. According to this study, it showed that kratom has a low potential for abuse and dependency. The study showed that there is no use to label kratom under the Controlled Substance Act.
The American Kratom Association also published Kratom by the Numbers. This is a 2016 petition that attracted 142,000 Americans. The results are as followed:
The FDA does continue to send out warnings that kratom is a potential drug. Several states continue to try and pass bills to widen the ban on the leaf. In retaliation, kratom users will continue to sign against these bills to dispel the misinformation about kratom.