By Triumph Kratom | November 03, 2019
Mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known as kratom, is a natural product that has a lot of attention fixated upon it. Derived from the leaves of a tropical plant found in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia, kratom was first reported upon in the middle of the 19th Century. People there used this natural product as an analgesic aid, and it soon became popular throughout the region.
Decades passed and authorities levied their own legislation but it didn’t dull the demand for kratom one bit. It actually helped to spread the word about it outside of the region, with the help of technology in the form of the World Wide Web. In this manner, kratom arrived in the United States slowly. As more individuals began to partake of it, the federal government eyed this activity with some misgivings.
Over the next few years, these concerns were met with a rise in reports of users falling ill after using kratom. The Drug Enforcement Agency aimed to ban kratom nationwide through classifying it as a Schedule I substance in 2016, but halted their plans due to an outcry from those people who wanted more research done into finding out about its beneficial qualities.
As a result, the way to govern and regulate kratom usage in each state and city by citizens was left to their local officials.
Those living in Delaware got wind of kratom around 2010 with its visibility on the Internet increased. It led Delaware residents to try it out in order to find some relief from their discomforts. Others were hoping for improvements in mood and energy, or with help dealing with opiod and other types of substance use. These individuals spread the word about the benefits to others in their circle, and this led to a demand for more kratom to be available in close proximity to where they were. To fill the need, convenience stores and online stores began to carry kratom and related products in Delaware.
As the years progressed, law enforcement and medical officials in Delaware and on a federal level began to grow concerned with some kratom users having bad after-effects and even dying. Another situation developed in 2018 when different users across the country fell ill after being infected with salmonella from a tainted batch of kratom that was being sold, despite only one case being reported in Delaware. This didn’t deter users although there was a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration a year prior.
At the moment, it is still legal to purchase, consume and distribute kratom in the state of Delaware. There is no legislation on banning kratom or even on providing some regulationon kratom that is proposed at this time in the state house or the state senate.
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.