By Triumph Kratom | September 19, 2019
As natural products have become more noticeable on the world stage, it helps to remember that each of them have had to undergo an extended period of exploration after their discovery. In a few cases, this exploration is not only still ongoing, but also a bit more complicated.
One of these cases involves the natural product mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known as kratom. Kratom comes
from a tropical tree that has its origins in Southeast Asia. The leaves of the tree are what comprises kratom, and it has been used as a form of traditional pain relief for centuries.
As interest in using herbal supplements and natural products as an alternative to contemporary medical practices grew, kratom became more popular in Europe and the United States. With the latter, there was a great amount of concern because of the properties of kratom, which compelled federal authorities to consider banning it in 2016. They held off after a wave of public opposition which asked for more time to research its positive qualities. This left state and local governments to dictate their own guidelines when it came to kratom and its rising visibility.
Kratom became more sought after around 2010 in the United States due to more availability via the Internet. In Missouri, a lot of attention around this botanical product was stoked by word of mouth among those who were in search of other means to relieve themselves of chronic pain that they experienced as a result of neurological issues or after surgical procedures. Missouri residents were also were drawn to kratom as its potential to curb addiction to prescription opioids and to deal with issues of anxiety was touted. Kratom and other products with kratom as an ingredient became available in physical locations across Missouri in places like convenience stores and gas stations.
With this rise in usage, there were incidents where people who consumed kratom experienced some troubling side effects and outcomes. Medical examiners in the state claimed that there were also deaths as a result of kratom use on record, although each report of the fatalities also acknowledge that there were other over-the-counter and illicit medications involved.
These incidents prompted local government officials to take the steps to put in motion a ban on kratom, with one major county taking the lead in exploring such a move early this year and two other Missouri counties issuing a ban.
Presently, kratom is still legal to possess and purchase in the state of Missouri. The exceptions are Alton and Jerseyville, which issued their own bans on a local level. State legislators do not have any proposals in front of them to consider a statewide ban or regulation at the moment.
The state’s public health department has mostly gone by the warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 to advise the public regarding kratom. St.Charles County, which was set to vote on a ban in the spring of 2019, has opted to delay a vote. Instead, they are taking a prolonged look at the possibility of issuing regulatory guidelines.
For more information on Kratom laws across the country, visit our Kratom Legality Map.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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