By Triumph Kratom | October 21, 2019
As society evolves through time, it tends to find that there are answers to certain situations that can be found in the past. This is borne out in the ways that more individuals are seeking out natural products for ways to help with their healing as opposed to "modern" medical practices. These natural products tend to vary in terms of their level of acceptance by both the general public and authorities, despite hundreds of years of safe use.
One of the more prominent examples these days is kratom. Kratom originates in Thailand, and has been part of traditional medicine there since the middle of the 19th Century, used for analgesic purposes and also for other issues pertaining to digestion and mood. It became popular throughout Southeast Asia over the years despite some legislation from authorities that curbed its use by the public.
This led to it being a product of interest in Europe, and then the United States. This development led to curious people taking to kratom in different states. Federal authorities, already skeptical of kratom based on their initial scientific research, expressed concerns over its effects on some users. The Drug Enforcement Agency sought to enact a ban on kratom through classifying it as a Schedule I substance in 2016. But public opposition combined with entreaties by members of Congress aiming to have more definitive research into the botanical compelled them to delay the move.
At that point, it was left for local and state governments to examine the best way for them to deal with kratom and its usage, Oklahoma included.
Residents in Oklahoma, like the rest of the U.S., began to take notice of kratom beginning in 2010 due to its prevalence online. Individuals who initially took kratom further spread the word due to their claims of feeling relief from conditions that they suffered. Some also attested to it helping with their mood issues as well as insomnia. And there were others who felt that taking kratom helped them to wean themselves off of opioid medication that they were prescribed for various medical situations.
With this rise in interest and benefical claims came more scrutiny from Oklahoma law enforcement officials and those within the state’s public health
department. Certain cases began to alarm them through the next few years, in particular those that saw 91 people nationwide poisoned by kratom that was tainted with salmonella. Four of these incidents occurred in Oklahoma, which the Center For Disease Control examined in 2018.
Currently, kratom is still legal to purchase, possess and distribute in the state of Oklahoma. This has led to the state being a magnet for those seeking to use kratom that reside in nearby Arkansas, which banned kratom through classification in February 2016. The state’s public health department has not issued any statements on kratom as of yet, referring those interested to the Food and Drug Association’s statement about the natural product first issued in 2018.
With regards to legislation, there have been proposals regarding Oklahoma kratom regulation, but nothing that has earned enough support to move forward.
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.