What is Kratom?

Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is a psychoactive substance made from leaves that grow in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand. Users typically chew the leaves, ingest capsules filled with ground leaf powder, or make tea to feel the effects. In Southeast Asia, people have used the matcha-green substance as a pain reliever and mood-booster since at least the 19th century. 

Is Kratom Illegal?

Kratom, while widely legal across the United States, is currently illegal in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Tennesse
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

In addition kratom is currently illegal, although it remains legal within the state, in the following cities:

  • Jerseyville, IL
  • San Diego, CA
  • Sarasota County, FL
  • Union County, MS
  • Denver, CO
  • San Diego, CA
  • Oceanside, CA
  • Ontario, OR