kratom legality in the United States

Listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance

Listed as a controlled substance

Legal in state, except in San Diego due to local ordinance.

Legal in state, except for Sarasota Count

Sale of kratom to minors illegal

Defined as a synthetic drug and is banned

Age restrictions for 21 years and older in certain areas.

Mitragynine is listed as a controlled substance, and therefore kratom is illegal.

Kratom is listed as a controlled substance.

Kratom has been illegal for possession but many say it is now legal for sale and consumption.

The primary alkaloids in kratom are listed as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning kratom is illegal in the state.

International Kratom Status

There are only a few countries confirmed to have made kratom illegal at this time. Those countries are Australia, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, United kingdom. Despite these countries banning kratom, usually for politically motivated reasons, you will find that kratom is legal in most of the world.


Kratom isn’t completely banned but it’s legal status remains uncertain in Finland, Denmark, Romania, Germany, and New Zealand. 

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Christopher Webber

    Because it’s easier to blame an inanimate object rather than hold a person accountable for his own actions, irresponsibility, and immaturity, you suggest the government takes away yet another freedom from the remainder of the population?

    People like you are why this county has become the joke it is today. Kratom, alone, has killed no one, nor has it been responsible for any significant, recorded adverse medical events. It is also impossible (this may be debatable) to consume a lethal dose of organic kratom (NOT “extracts” and other synthetic products – we’re talking natural kratom). I think the LD50 in animals was such that a person taking the equivalent amount would require more than 90 g of kratom im one sitting.

    Judging by the lack of intelligence and ignorance conveyed by your comment, you will probably want to Google “LD50,” but, in short, kratom is nowhere near the villain the FDA portrays – no matter how many fake reports they disseminate.

    Maybe you can humor us – what empirical evidence do you have that your “loved one’s” issues were caused by kratom? I hate to break it to you, but it sounds like he/she is abusing real drugs -not kratom. Do you even know what the Socratic method is?

    The fact that there are people like this – who essentially beg our government to make their decisions for them due to a lack of ability to govern themselves – is terrifying. I’ll hate to see the condition this country is in even 10 years from now.

  2. Jennifer

    This WONDERFUL plant based substance is nothing more than an addiction waiting. This has totally taken over my loved one and made him into an absolute horrific mess. It has robbed him of the honest and decent man he was. He has put his life and family on the line for this deceitful substance. The promise of making you feel good does nothing but increase your need to use more…the constant chase of feeling “good.” This substance is a lie and just another way to ruin your life. This should be banned everywhere…and there is a reason why several countries and states have chosen to do so….keep making excuses and looking for that miracle drug that does not exist…
    Such a sad excuse and a complete disgrace to see this sold in attempt to improve ones life…
    This ruins ones relationships, morals and overall meaning in life…
    Addiction is sad…it takes away ones love of life.

    1. Adam

      Why would you simply assume that your loved one is a representation of all kratom users? Why should everyone be denied kratom because your loved one is a disaster? And if you think kratom is the sole source of his despair, then you are in denial. Stop posting doomsday comments and let people make their own choices regarding what’s best for them. It is clear that the effects of kratom on people in opiate withdrawal are overwhelmingly positive. So pipe down and let people live life on their own terms. I truly hope your loved one can find meaning in his life again. Kratom is the main reason I was able to rediscover meaning in my own life.

  3. Billy Crockett

    I’ve been taking Kratom every morning for anxiety. Works much been than CBD. I quit about 6 months into it and felt no withdrawals. I’m down with it. Give me a bit of pep and a feeling of well being. I’m a former junkie that is sober 32 years. I’m 65 now and it’s great to find something that actually works. $150 500mg capsules for $30. Need I say more?

  4. Rick

    Kratom is a miracle plant and has enhanced my life tremendously. I no longer need anti-depressant’s for anxiety issues. I am “freed” from the ball-and-chain of pharmaceutical drugs. Also my the evening glasses of wine are a thing of the past. Since I have found kratom it seems my immunity system has benefited as I don’t get sick anymore (knock on wood). It also enhances my mental focus, which is critical at my job. I am exposed to multiple viruses working in a hospital and its amazing how if I do feely any cold or flu symptoms, they quickly go away so any potential germs cant get a hold on me. What the FDA is trying to do is ban kratom for its own personal agenda, mostly greed. Due to the latest kratom “craze,” it has cut into huge profits of the pharmaceutical companies, which they were becoming very accustomed to. Everybody going off their meds now, prescribed by doctors. Money being lost here. The government hates this! I don’t have any negative side-effects from kratom at all, except constipation. Yes, I do admit I am addicted, but I am also “addicted” to insulin, blood-pressure, and cholesterol medication , so what’s the big deal? if I have to use kratom the rest of my life to keep me staying healthy, off psych meds, booze and nicotine, in my opinion its worth being addicted to. If this stuff gets banned, I don’t know what I will do but it will be a huge negative infringement on the quality of my life.

    1. L Avery

      Info is old, and laws have changed. You need to update.

      1. Jimi

        Hello could ou please specify what info is old? Are there any new countries that have banned Kratom or have made legal? Thank you for your time and the information. Take care

    2. Chris Kaaumoana

      So very true my friend…. Perfect wording and I totally agree as all of my over 2000 FRIENDS THAT USE REGULARLY…..Thank you for you intelligent report that should be stamped world wide…

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