By Triumph Kratom | October 21, 2019
Kratom has become a part of heavy examination and discussion in the United States within the past few years. It’s been a bit of a journey for this natural product, with the botanical heralding a long history. Kratom hails from Southeast Asia, first being "discovered" in Thailand in the mid-1800’s, but having been used for centuries as a natural healing aid.
Kratom, or mitragyna speciosa, comes in a powder form from the leaves of a tropical plant from the same family that gave birth to the plants that produce coffee. It was used by traditional healers for its analgesic purposes and was applied in oral and topical fashion. Over the next few centuries it held fast as part of local medicine until authorities in the region made it illegal to use. But word of its effects began to spread to countries in Europe and eventually the United States.
As some took the plunge to use kratom in America, federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency kept a wary eye on the trend with some concerns about its effects. In 2014, a swath of problematic incidents involving kratom seized the attention of the nation briefly. These situations which included numerous cases of adverse reactions and some fatalities prompted the DEA to aim to declare kratom as a Schedule I substance which would have banned it for public consumption in 2016.
However, advocates in unison with some members of Congress would petition the agency to hold off on such a declaration, which they did. As a result, each
state in the union has had to confront the issue of kratom and its legality with their own local governments.
Utah’s citizens became aware of kratom much like those in other states did thanks to the natural product’s prominence online starting in 2010. Those who initially took kratom did so as a way to find relief from their situations and suffering. Others were drawn to kratom as a way to help wean themselves off of prescribed opioids they had become addicted to. These people became a spark for others to seek kratom out, and the demand helped to make it available in stores throughout Utah.
The demand remained consistent, even with warnings from the Food and Drug Association in 2017 and a statement the following year that they felt it should be classified as an opioid according to their data. Other concerns they had that were shared by those on the state level involved the purity of kratom products that were distributed in Utah. A handful of those products that were billed as pure kratom were found to be tainted with salmonella and other impurities in 2018.
Even with this, there were many individuals who attested to the positive benefits they got from using kratom. And there were those in the state legislature that began to listen.
State Senator Curtis Bramble (R-Provo) heard both sides of the debate, and felt that there were benefits to kratom if it were regulated. He sponsored the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, and the bill gained approval in March 2019 and was signed into law in May 2019. The bill, also known on record as SB0058, includes some key details with the regulatory process.
Those who manufacture kratom for sale have to produce information that they’re selling an unadulterated product. At Triumph Kratom, we could not agree more with this requirement. These companies also have to register with the state’s Department of Agriculture and Food.
Some of the language in the bill was implemented by Mac Haddow, who worked on the first campaign for Utah’s own U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, who was an early advocate for further study of kratom and its possible benefits.
Utah is, perhaps surprisingly, one of the most forward thinking states when it comes to kratom laws, and could serve as an example to other states looking to provide for safe, effective use of this important botanical.
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.