By Triumph Kratom | October 21, 2019
As people search for different methods of healing, there continues to be a varied array of natural products that appeal to certain consumers. Some of these natural products still undergo a measure of scrutiny and skepticism as to their effects. One of these that has come into full view in the last decade is kratom.
Kratom comes from a tropical tree that is mainly found in Thailand as well as other countries in the Southeast Asia region. Kratom was used in traditional medicine in the region as a way to relieve pain as well as to help digestive issues. From its first record of usage in the middle of the 19th Century until the present day, kratom has grown in recognition not only in Southeast Asia but in other nations making its way to the United States around the year 2010 by some accounts.
As the first wave of users across the country took interest in this botanical product, the federal government watched with concerns about kratom and what health issues it could present, as well as what benefits it might bring. Four years later, a swath of incidents where users exhibited signs of high toxicity and erratic behavior occurred in different states. This compelled the Drug Enforcement Agency to attempt to classify kratom as a Schedule I substance
which would have effectively banned it in 2016.
This effort was halted due to a combination of entreaties from members of Congress and advocates for more thorough research of the benefits of kratom. The end result was that it was left up to local and state governments to plot the best course of action for kratom and its users, including in Iowa.
Citizens of Iowa became aware of kratom much like everyone else in the United States -- online. Those who initially found kratom to be beneficial also helped to spread further word about it within their communities. For many Iowans, kratom was hoped to be an aid to help them with issues of chronic pain and anxiety. For others who became drawn to it, kratom offered the possibility of a supporting with weaning off of an addiction to opioids or other habit forming medications.
As the demand grew for more kratom to be available in the state in 2012, specialty shops and owners of stores connected to gas stations began to
keep kratom in their supplies. This rise in use sparked some alarm on the part of medical officials as well as law enforcement officials in Iowa, with particular attention paid to the Quad Cities in 2014 as incidents regarding kratom use spread in other states.
Presently, kratom is legal to purchase and possess in Iowa. The state legislature did convene with the aim to ban kratom through Schedule I classification in 2014, in line with some of the viewpoints of federal authorities. The bill, HF2355 was introduced as a prelude to the House Study Bill 640 in February of that year. But advocacy groups, researchers and those who used kratom objected to such a move by the state, and the bill never gained sufficient traction.
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.