By Triumph Kratom | November 03, 2019
Mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known as kratom, is a natural product that has become the latest buzzword when it comes to those seeking wellness alternatives. But kratom has actually been in the public eye for centuries, dating back to first reports of its usage in Thailand in the middle of the 19th Century.
Kratom comes from the leaves of a tropical plant from the same family that coffee comes from, and it’s mainly used in powdered form. The beneficial qualities of kratom were touted by natives of Southeast Asia, and its influence spread throughout the region, until governments like that in Thailand began to outlaw its usage.
Kratom became available to countries in the European Union and eventually made its way to interested parties in the United States thanks to the rise
in visibility on the Internet. With this new interest came some scrutiny by federal authoritative bodies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency. This was heightened as some users began to report adverse events after consuming kratom (often in combination with other legal and illegal substances) in the year 2014.
These instances as well as others in states across the country compelled the DEA to try to install a ban on kratom in 2016, which was rebuffed as a large group of congressional members asked the agency to reconsider the pleas for more studies on the natural product. In the wake of that decision, state and local governments were left to determine their own policies regarding kratom at the state level.
The state of New Hampshire first became aware of kratom around the year 2010, when online stores made it available to order. This opportunity wasn’t missed by those who were seeking new ways to find relief for what ailed them. Those who began to take it also found that it was a balm against the effects of addiction to opioid medications, and an aid to alleviate issues of anxiety. More people became interested in kratom, and this led retailers with brick-and-mortar locations to have it in stock.
The rise in usage in the state caught the attention of law enforcement, who worried about the natural product being used by adolescents. This concern was bolstered by reports by the New Hampshire Office Of the Medical Examiner stating that mitragynine which is found in kratom was a factor in eight deaths from 2015 to the present. In 2018, there were kratom products that were found to have been tainted with salmonella which bade the state health department to
issue warnings even though none of the cases reported nationwide were in New Hampshire.
Presently, kratom is legal to consume, purchase and distribute in the state of New Hampshire. There is one exception however, and that lies in the community of Franklin. The Franklin, NH city council voted to ban kratom in September of this year (2019).
On a statewide level, there were attempts by the state legislature to ban kratom in a fashion similar to what the DEA wanted to do in 2016. This bill, SB540 passed the House but failed in the 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.