By Triumph Kratom | October 22, 2019
The popularity of kratom has found a new horizon here in the United States. The tropical tree which originates in Southeast Asia has been utilized as part of traditional medicine in that section of the world dating back centuries for pain relief and other afflictions. It has also undergone serious scrutiny and legislation by legal authorities in those countries.
As kratom has become more available in the West including the United States, the benefits some have experienced from using the natural product have been noted along with those instances of users experiencing adverse side effects and health issues that have been a concern to the federal government.
Presently, there is no federal ban on kratom but states do have the authority to make determinations on whether or not it should be legal in line with their
internal review process.
Kratom became widely available for sale due to an increased presence online over the last decade. With that development, those that were interested in kratom for its analgesic properties in the state of Colorado took advantage of it's availability. Another benefit that drew users to the botanical product lay in recommendations some had seen by those who used it to help wean themselves off of pharmaceutical opioid addiction.
The availability was expanded to brick-and-mortar stores in Colorado that featured health supplements as well as convenience stores within the state. This
expansion prompted companies to primarily sell kratom in pill form along with other ingredients. To that end, the amount of users in Colorado increased, particularly in 2015 and 2016.
However, there were a series of 23 cases that resulted in death in the state where kratom was identified by medical examiners as either the primary cause of death or a major contributor. These reports added to the concerns of the state government and attracted more attention from the federal government, in particular the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food & Drug Administration.
The DEA had been poised to issue a federal ban on kratom in 2016 but were delayed by entreaties by members of Congress and medical officials who advocated for more extensive research into the capabilities of kratom before making a final judgement of Schedule I controlled substances classification.
Presently, kratom is still legal in the state of Colorado in terms of possession. The state’s Department of Public Health & Environment does state that even with that being the case, the FDA still hasn’t approved it for use. There also isn’t a requirement for the state to test kratom products for toxicity, since there is no regulation.
Towns and cities within Colorado have taken it upon themselves to enact restrictions on kratom. Denver’s own Department of Health declared restrictions on the sale of kratom in November 2017. The measures came with the stipulation that retailers who sold kratom had to add a consumer advisory label that informed buyers of the risks, and that they couldn’t provide guidelines for dosage to them. A few smaller retail stores and vendors have taken it upon themselves to remove kratom and other products including it from their stores in compliance with these restrictions.
Given the progressive status of Colorado when it comes to alternative and herbal wellness products, its worth keeping an eye on the Colorado kratom laws and regulations in the years to come.
For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Adminstration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.