Kratom is a tropical tree grown in Southeast Asia, and its leaves have been used for centuries by locals as a natural remedy for pain, a sedative, to aid focus, and for a sense of well-being.
Kratom has recently become popular in the United States as a herbal remedy, but because it acts on opioid receptors, it is often incorrectly associated with the more harmful and dangerous opioid, heroin, as well as other highly addictive prescription opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine.
In this article, we will answer these questions:
- Where is Kratom legal (or illegal) in the U.S.?
- In which states is Kratom legal, but with restrictions?
- How old do you have to be to buy Kratom?
- What is the KCPA and which states have implemented this?
- Why is Kratom legal in some states and not others?
- Is Kratom likely to be banned in the future?
Where is Kratom legal (or illegal) in the U.S.?
In the United States, Kratom is legal or legal with restrictions in most states.
Kratom is illegal in these six states which have banned it entirely:
- Rhode Island
Outside of the U.S., Kratom is illegal in these countries:
- New Zealand (unless the person has a prescription from a doctor)
- South Korea
Kratom is legal with restrictions in these U.S. states
Kratom is not regulated on a federal level, meaning states can decide what their Kratom laws will be. Some cities or counties in certain states, however, have decided to restrict or ban Kratom use, despite state laws.
These are the states where Kratom is legal, but with restrictions:
Kratom is legal everywhere except in the cities of San Diego and Oceanside.
Kratom is legal everywhere except in the towns of Monument, and Parker. It is legal in Denver but the labeling does need to include the line “not suitable for human consumption” and vendors are not allowed to give advice about the product.
Kratom is legal everywhere except in Sarasota County.
Kratom is legal everywhere except the city of Franklin.
Kratom is legal everywhere except in the cities of Jerseyville, Alton, Glen Carbon, and Edwardsville.
The state of Mississippi is very divided on the legality of Kratom. There are a total of 33 counties/towns in Mississippi where Kratom is banned.
Kratom is banned in these Mississippi counties:
Kratom is banned in these Mississippi towns:
- Blue Mountain
- New Albany
Kratom is legal everywhere, but the product must be labeled and in its natural form. Synthetic Kratom is illegal.
How old do you have to be to buy Kratom?
Again, this depends on your state and, sometimes, your vendor. Many states have not placed an age restriction on Kratom use, but individual vendors may not be willing to sell to people under 18. Certain states have put age restrictions in place.
In the following states, you must be over 18 years to buy and use Kratom:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
In the following states, you must be over 21 years to buy and use Kratom:
In South Dakota, there are no age restrictions anywhere except in Sioux Falls, where you must be over 21.
What is the KCPA and which states have implemented this?
KCPA stands for the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. This is an act being put forward by the American Kratom Association (AKA) to regulate the manufacture and distribution of Kratom and ensure the products being sold on the market are pure, of high quality, and are safe.
These are some of the key aspects of the Act:
- Testing and labeling Kratom
- Restricting adulterated or contaminated Kratom (Kratom that has been mixed with other non-pure substances)
- Prohibiting synthetically creating the alkaloids found in Kratom
- Setting an age limit of 18+ for Kratom usage
- Limiting the amount of 7-hydroxymitragynine in Kratom to no more than 2%
States that are currently enforcing a KCPA are:
Why is Kratom legal in some states and not others?
There is a lot of controversy in the U.S. over whether Kratom is harmful or helpful. The FDA does not recognize Kratom, which means that there are no regulations for vendors to comply with. This has resulted in many incidents of contaminated or adulterated kratom being sold on the market.
Users of pure, unadulterated Kratom support its legalization because they have seen its benefits. Many claim it helps them with a range of things from pain to focus to replacing highly addictive prescription opioids.
The important thing is to do your research on the source of your Kratom. Our Kratom is of the freshest and highest quality, and we contract directly with a select group of Indonesian farmers to ensure the purity of the product.
Is Kratom likely to be banned in the future?
This really depends on the pushback the state governments receive from the public. The American Kratom Association, a consumer advocacy group, is lobbying to keep Kratom legal. If you have used Kratom and it has benefited you, you can join the group, share your testimonial, and support the Kratom cause.