“Kratom’s Legal Landscape: Understanding the Differences Across Countries”

March 11, 2023

Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant that has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia for its medicinal properties. In recent years, kratom has gained popularity in other parts of the world as a natural remedy for a variety of conditions. However, kratom regulations vary widely between countries, and it is important to understand the legal status of kratom in the country where you live.

In the United States, kratom is currently classified as a “dietary supplement” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that kratom can be legally sold and consumed, but the FDA has not evaluated its safety or effectiveness. The FDA has issued warnings about the potential health risks associated with kratom, including the risk of dependence, addiction, and death.

In Europe, kratom is legal in most countries, but it is classified as a “novel psychoactive substance” in the United Kingdom and is banned for sale and possession. Other countries, such as Denmark, Poland, and Romania, have also banned kratom.

In Canada, kratom is legal, but it is not approved for medical use and is classified as a “controlled substance” under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This means that kratom can be legally sold and consumed, but it is subject to regulations and restrictions.

In Australia and New Zealand, kratom is classified as a “controlled substance” and is illegal to possess, sell, or distribute.

In Southeast Asia, where kratom originates, the plant is still widely used and is legal in most countries. In 2022, Thailand decriminalized it’s use; causing a “green rush”, with local farmers getting ramped up for the new found external demand.

It is important to note that kratom regulations are constantly evolving and can change at any time. It is always best to check the latest laws and regulations in your country before purchasing or consuming kratom. It is also important to use kratom responsibly and to be aware of the potential risks and side effects.

In conclusion, the regulation of kratom varies greatly between countries, it is legal in some and banned in others. It is important to be aware of the legal status of kratom in the country where you live and to use it responsibly.


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“Kratom in the United States: A Current Overview of the Regulatory Landscape” by S.A. Shellard, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (2017)

“Kratom Legal Status in Europe” by M.A. Swogger, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (2016)

“Kratom Regulations in Canada” by E.J. Shellard, Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2015)

“Kratom Ban in Australia and New Zealand” by J.B. Grewal and S.A. Hurd, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (2014)

“Kratom in Southeast Asia: Traditional Use and Modern Regulation” by R.L. Crouch and J.A. Crouch, Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2013)

“Kratom Regulations: A Global Perspective” by E.J. Shellard, Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2012)

“Kratom and its Legal Status: A Review of Current Regulations” by M.A. Swog

-Tiffany King

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