By Triumph Kratom | October 23, 2019
Kratom has become a hot topic of debate in the United States when it comes to the usage of natural products for wellness. Kratom, or mitrgyna speciosa as it is scientifically known, has grown in global prominence since there were initial reports of its usage in Thailand and surrounding countries in the
Indigenous healers doled out the natural product made the leaves of the plant that mainly thrives in tropical climates to those seeking relief from pain. Word of the benefits felt by those who consumed kratom spread to other regions throughout the years. It came to prominence in the United States in the year 2010, thanks in part to online distributors making it available for sale.
As more people began to seek out kratom for their own use, federal government bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency cast a skeptical eye on this rising trend. In fact, the DEA made an attempt to ban kratom in 2016 nationwide through classifying it as a Schedule I substance. This was due to their observing incidents where people fell ill after a period of using kratom.
This initiative was halted after advocates for more research into the potential positive benefits of kratom made their protests known to members of Congress who intervened on their behalf with the agency. As a result, state and municipal governments were left to chart the best course of action they
could when it came to kratom use.
For some in Massachusetts, kratom’s arrival was a quiet one at first. Word of mouth helped others become aware of the botanical, with the initial users testifying as to how it helped them with easing the discomfort they suffered due to certain medical conditions. Others cited kratom as an aid in helping them wean themselves off of opioid medications that they had become dependent on. This last point was crucial as it was a growing public health issue nationwide, with Massachusetts seeing a share of those affected by the opiod crisis.
The demand for kratom grew, and smoke shops along with other stores began to carry kratom and other related products to satisfy it. As time progressed,
state officials had concerns about the effects of kratom on people, with the Massachusetts Department of Health stating that 13 people overdosed while using kratom since 2016. But the victims in these cases were also found to have been using other substances, so kratom’s overall effect has been eyed
In 2018, a batch of kratom sold nationally was found to be tainted with salmonella, making some users ill. Four of these cases were located in Massachusetts. Naturally, Massachusetts residents and leaders have an interest in ensuring that only the highest quality kratom is made available.
At the moment, kratom is legal to consume, purchase and distribute in the state of Massachusetts. There have been multiple attempts by the state legislature to have definitive laws on the books regarding kratom and its use, but none have been successfully passed.
In January 2009, House Bill 425 was introduced with the aim of regulating kratom as a controlled substance along with salvia and other products. These bills were taken up by the state’s governing body but none had enough support to make it to the State Senate.
Currently, there isn’t any talk of trying to enact legislation on kratom in Massachusetts again in any upcoming legislative sessions.
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.