By Triumph Kratom | November 04, 2019
For many, taking care of their health has led them to find means outside of the traditional sources. In doing so, there are a slew of natural products that have gained prominence. Among them is kratom, which comes from the leaves of a tropical tree that’s found primarily in Thailand and across Southeast Asia.
Indigenous healers utilized it to aid people in search of discomfort relief and also to help ease digestive issues dating back to the middle of the 19th Century and perhaps years before. It became more popular overseas in the early 2000’s, first in Europe and then in the United States. The prevalence of kratom in
America led to some users obtaining it through online kratom sales and those physical locations that were among the first to carry it.
This first wave of kratom introduction in the U.S. did have some cases that resulted in illness, with a slew of them being highly publicized in 2014. This situation prompted federal government agencies to voice concerns about the spread of kratom usage, and the quality of the products. Instead of focusing on public safety and regularion, the Drug Enforcement Agency sought to issue a complete ban on kratom in 2016.
This was halted due to protests from those who felt that kratom possessed enough health benefits to warrant more research. These groups were supported by members of Congress and the advocacy groups who agree with their position. The DEA relented, and that left states like New Mexico and others to figure out what to do when it came to kratom being used by their citizens at the state level.
Kratom became notably available and promoted online around 2010 in America, and there were some interested parties who purchased it. For these individuals in New Mexico, their motivation was to use it to help them find some relief from personal discomforts or issues that they were dealing with.
Another major factor for some was to try and help wean themselves off of an addiction to opioids they had been prescribed.
This rise in demand spurred some store owners to begin to carry kratom in their stores for purchase, with Santa Fe and Albuquerque as the main cities where these stores could be found. In recent years there have been distributors in Farmington who have begun to make kratom available as well. This took place as a rash of incidents occurred in other states where users fell ill after taking kratom.
As federal authorities felt it necessary to issue warnings such as that released by the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 advising of the possible drawbacks of using kratom, New Mexico’s state government took that into account internally. There were a few cases of kratom users noting adverse effects within the state, which law enforcement took notice of. But these instances were relatively limited in comparison with other states.
At the moment, kratom is legal to purchase, consume and distribute in the state of New Mexico. The state’s health department has not made any public statements regarding kratom, and there has yet to be any pending or active legislation in their house or 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.