Nevertheless, Kratom is threatened with a US federal ban. There have been attempts to ban him from public office – namely the Federal Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency – both under President Barack Obama and under President Donald Trump. More recently, congressmen from both parties have called on Joe Biden`s administration to maintain the legality of kratom. “Decriminalizing kratom is the right thing to do. Local people or patients who need it can access it more easily. However, I fear that teenagers will use it in the wrong way, for example by mixing kratom with other narcotics. We have to control this strictly, otherwise it can cause harm,” he said. When he proposed measures against kratom to the cabinet last year, Somsak said the move would not only help reduce costs in the legal system, but also allow the drug to be used as a low-cost substitute for expensive painkillers such as morphine and generate income for people who grow the plant. which is mainly cultivated and used in the impoverished South. He said that if kratom was still considered a narcotic, a leaf would cost between 5 and 10 baht. Nowadays, he said, prices range from 1 to 1.50 baht per leaf, depending on the size.
All in moderation, he said. Even after Thailand allowed bars to serve alcohol — perhaps in December — Niks intends to keep kratom-infused cocktails on the menu. While it`s not entirely clear if kratom is regulated in Thailand, a growing number of people are turning to alternatives to their pain and substance use disorders. Thailand`s Food and Drug Administration has yet to change its prohibited list of plants for use in food. Although the agency is still gathering information, it is unlikely to make a formal decision. It could also decide to maintain its surveillance status and collect more information in the future. What is the legal status of kratom in Thailand? Kratom is currently on the list of plants banned by Thailand for use in food. However, the Ministry of Health has not yet changed its list of banned plants. In addition, kratom has not been approved for use in food or beverage production under the control of the Thai Food and Drug Administration. Although kratom and cannabis plants (but not a cannabis extract with a THC content greater than 0.2 percent by weight) have been removed from the list of dangerous narcotics, the market launch of finished products containing derivatives of these plants has encountered obstacles.
These barriers are now largely surmountable, but entrepreneurs, farmers, and finished goods manufacturers need to carefully review the latest developments in kratom and cannabis laws and regulations to ensure they import products legally and safely for consumers. Niks Anuman-Rajadhon, a mixologist and bar owner in Bangkok, is at the forefront of reinventing the image of Kratom. Thailand`s stance on kratom changed in late 2019 after the government legalized the production, possession and use of cannabis and kratom for medical purposes. Although manufacturers can import and export kratom under the new legislation, they must still have licenses to handle the substance, while end users must receive a prescription for the use of kratom-based drugs. The recreational use of cannabis and kratom remains illegal in the country and is punishable by imprisonment and fines. In 2016, the Office of the Narcotics Control Authority (ONCB) allowed villagers in Ban Na San district of Surat Thani to grow more than 1,500 kratom and consume their leaves in a controlled environment as part of their research to decriminalize the plant. In this July 30, 2019 photo, officials collect illegally grown kratom plants in Phang Nha province, Thailand. On the 24th. In August 2021, Thailand decriminalized the possession and sale of kratom, a plant native to Southeast Asia whose leaves are used as a mild stimulant and which is followed in the United States for its analgesic properties.
“The mitragynine in kratom leaves helps increase caffeine-like energy levels in coffee,” Vichai said. Although the plant is best known for its leaves, the trunks and branches of kratom trees can also be used as firewood. Cannabis follows in the footsteps of kratom. Kratom has long been considered a narcotic and has seen thousands of users and sellers end up in jail in recent decades. However, its status changed in 2019 when the government revised the Narcotic Control Act, which allows both kratom and medical marijuana. The extracts (finely ground kratom leaves) have a niche consumer base in the United States, where kratom is legal in all but six states. After first slipping under the radar as a dietary supplement, kratom is loosely regulated in the United States. Songkhram said that since kratom grown in Ban Na San district contains higher concentrations of mitragynine, a psychoactive compound, the plant will become the commercial crop of the region and strengthen the district`s reputation as a kratom growing area.