Kratom Vol. 2 Kratom and the Law
Kratom has been the victim of false information. In ignorance, or due to various forms of Big Pharma
propaganda and pressure, some governments think kratom must be criminalized due to supposed
If you can legally obtain kratom where you live, consider yourself fortunate. Some people aren’t so
lucky. Why is kratom legal in some places, but illegal in others?
Hopefully, kratom is legal where you live.
In 1907, British botanist L. Wray wanted to discover if kratom could be used as an herbal alternative in
the United Kingdom and the Western world. He sent samples of kratom to a colleague at the University
of Edinburgh, who isolated the strains that they thought they could best use medicinally.
Historians tell us that there exists reliable evidence that Thailand villagers used kratom in the 1700s.
Both opium and kratom were legal and popular. But Thailand government did not like how kratom
usage was decreasing opium usage, thus depriving the locals of the opium tax money. So eventually,
kratom was made illegal in Malaysia and Thailand, and since that time, the bulk of the trade comes from
By 1921, some of the psychoactive strains of the plant were clearly identified. In 1930, I. H. Burkill
stated that the plant could be used to help relieve symptoms of diarrhea and other stomach issues.