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Information on Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom)

Kratom, more specifically known as "Mitragyna Speciosa" is a tree that is native to Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia),  and is a member of the Rubiacea (coffee) family. In more recent years it has also started being grown in the southern United States (Zones 10 & 11). Some even grow trees in the northern areas in the protection of green houses as it will not tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees.

Kratom made it's way to the USA somewhere around the year 2000.  It's popularity has increased as people tried it and the word spread.  In August of 2016 the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) published a Notice of Intent to place Kratom on a Federal Registry list as a Schedule I drug, prohibiting usage in America.  The public outcry brought together over 300,000 people to protest online (in public comments on the DEA's website) and at the Whitehouse in Washington DC. The scientific community protested Kratom as well. The DEA subsequently withdrew their notice of intentSince this occurrence, public awareness in the United States of Kratom's has grown substantially.

Kratom remains legal on a federal level, however some areas have outlawed Kratom.  As of 2019, Kratom is outlawed in the following areas:  Alabama, Arkansas, SanDiego county (only) in California, Sarasota county (only) in Florida, Illinois (except Jerseyville, where it is legal for persons aged 18 and over), Indiana, Wisconsin.  In  New Hampshire Kratom is only legal for persons aged 18 and over.  If you live in one of these areas, we are unable to ship to you.  


Yes, it's true, Kratom has gotten a bad rap in the U.S.  Many deaths were reported to be associated with the herbal leaf, though they were all unfounded upon being analyzed by the scientific community, largely sponsored by the American Kratom Association.  Kratom as a stand alone herb has so far been proven to have not killed anyone.  There have also been unscrupulous vendors who have sold Kratom that has been adulterated with chemicals in order to provide a high that has been proven to cause death.  Kratom from Ninja Botanicals is never adulterated nor mixed with any other substances.  None of the information on this site is intended to diagnose nor advise.  If you are seeking medical advice, please visit with a qualified physician.

Kratom Science & Information Library

In the below links you will find a variety of published historical and scientific information.  If you are new to the idea of using Kratom for any reason, we highly recommend a thorough review of available information.  

Psychopharmacology (2018) 235:2823–2829

Abuse liability of mitragynine assessed with a self-administration procedure in rats

Addiction Biology doi:10.1111/adb.12639

Abuse liability and therapeutic potential of theMitragyna speciosa (kratom) alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine

Dr. Christopher McCurdy discussed potential therapeutic usage of Kratom (video)

Journal of American Chemical Society, Columbia University

Synthetic and Receptor Signaling Explorations of the MitragynaAlkaloids: Mitragynine as an Atypical Molecular Framework for Opioid Receptor Modulators

Google Books - Multiple scientists cited, readable online for free, print copies available to order

Kratom and Other Mitragynines: The Chemistry and Pharmacology of Opioids ...

Journal of Dietary Supplements, Volume 10, 2013 - Issue 2

An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs - Volume 47, 2015 - Issue 5

Experiences of Kratom Users: A Qualitative Analysis

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs - Volume 50, 2018 - Issue 3

Severity of Pain and Sleep Problems during Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) Cessation among Regular Kratom Users

US National Library of Medicine Addiction. 2008 Jun; 103(6): 1048–1050, doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02209.x

Self-treatment of opioid withdrawal using kratom (Mitragynia speciosa korth)

US National Library of Medicine

Multiple articles by Dr. Christoper McCurdy on the topic of Kratom

Research Gate (summary available, must request full articles by filling out form)

Multiple articles on Kratom by Dr. Andrew C. Kruegel, Columbia University 

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