By Triumph Kratom | October 22, 2019
Humankind has spent centuries looking for healing from the natural world. There have been various natural products that have been introduced into society, each meeting with approval or disapproval depending on its effects and how it is viewed by authorities. This is certainly true when it comes to mitraagyna speciosa, better known as kratom.
Kratom traces its origins to Southeast Asia, Thailand primarily. It appeared as a traditional medicinal product in the mid-1800’s and has remained so for centuries since. Kratom became available in the United States initially through the Internet, and caught on in popularity for those looking for alternative
means to relieve themselves of ailments. However, the federal government had some heavy concerns about kratom and while they haven’t banned it outright, they have left each state to determine their best course of action when it comes to the natural product.
Kratom began to be mentioned in passing across the nation beginning in 2010 due to its rising availability online, and those residing in Oregon began to partake of this natural product in order to deal with different afflictions. Primary among these individuals were those who looked to break themselves free of an addiction to prescribed opioids. Others also began to use kratom to improve mood and energy.
This took place as the federal government began to take notice of the increasing amount of cases where people who took kratom or kratom-related products experienced effects supposedly related to toxicity. Oregon began to see these cases pop up as well. Two cases in two different counties found these users diagnosed with salmonella, which was discovered in the kratom each person used.
These cases, which were discovered in 2018, were a signal of a trend that was soon to be noted as one that was occuring nationwide, adding to the concerns that the Food & Drug Administration had regarding kratom. By this point, it was being sold in specialty shops that had an extensive array of herbal supplements as well as in convenience stores, each having an extended advertising presence in their front windows for kratom. Another vendor
put out word of a recall of kratom products they had sold from another company in early 2019 due to traces of salmonella being detected in the rest of their stock. Another company that distributed kratom also reported traces of metal being found in their products in 2018.
All of this speaks to the importance of finding and using only the highest quality kratom available, which is why Triumph tests our products to ensure there are no adulterants to be found.
Currently, kratom is legal to purchase and possess in the state of Oregon. The state legislature in now in the process of debating regulation of kratom to go into effect statewide. The regulatory efforts are focused on adding an amendment to Senate Bill 1055. Introduced into the Oregon Legislature session on April 3rd, 2019, the bill is considered a placeholder.
The amendment would transform it into a bill dedicated to regulation of kratom through three methods. First, it would stipulate that kratom retailers are not to mix the natural herb with other products. The bill would require that each kratom product be properly labeled with all cautionary language, and lastly
each vendor would be required to register with the Department of Agriculture. It also would also require buyers to be of 21 years of age or older.
There were a few advocates who liken this situation with kratom to how the state first approached cannabis legislation a while back. However, in June 2019 the state legislature passed the bill without the amendment which confused those advocating for kratom regulation. At the moment, there isn’t anything newly proposed in the way of installing regulation of kratom in Oregon.
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.