Kratom and Legal Concerns – Domestic and International Laws

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Kratom and Legal Concerns – Domestic and International Laws

Kratom and Legal Concerns – The Kratom Legal Story

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Legal Concerns In Canada

Kratom and legal concerns in Canada shows to be a gray region, similar to what is going on in the United States.

There is also a recurring argument about whether the authorities need to execute a kratom ban.

Depending On to CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and the health organization in Canada, kratom is prohibited if one sells or even intends to consume.

Yet, kratom in the form of powder and capsules are available for purchase in Canada. If Kratom is not marketed to be consumed orally than it is perfectly legal. Not completely sure what people are using Kratom for if they are not ingesting it into their bodies. The government must feel that it has other out of body uses…

Kratom and Europe

While the European Union possesses no borders and shares only one currency, each nation has its very own regulations. Thus, kratom validity by nation will vary.

As of 2016, it is actually prohibited to bring in, export, or even market kratom in the UK. There is a UK located kratom firm that claims that kratom is actually 100% lawful in the UK.

The UK Psychoactive Substances Process that came into play in May of 2016 stated that Kratom provided psychoactive effects and banned the supplement.

In 2017, Ireland likewise obtained kratom as a Schedule I illegal narcotic.
Kratom additionally is as of this writing  a prohibited and outlawed substance in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, and also Sweden.

In Denmark and also Finland, kratom is actually an illegal drug, yet one can easily purchase it along with an authentic physician’s prescription.

Germany remains a grey area for kratom consumers. It is certainly not an unlawful drug, however it is a frowned upon as clinical medicine and unlawful to acquire, sell, import, or utilize it in any way.

Are you thinking the same thing I am. The above sentence contradicts itself…

However, In the remainder of the European countries, kratom is presently legal.

Kratom and Legal Concerns in Australia and New Zealand

In 2003, Australia prohibited kratom as a numbing substance because of stated issues regarding possible abuse. Having said that, no documented circumstances of kratom abuse are available to be seen in Australia.

Back int 2009 the government had setup laws to where it was illegal to harvest, purchase, or distribute without a valid physician prescribing to do so.  As long as you have the doctor’s prescription you will not have any legal issues in the country.

Kratom In Asia

It is amazing to think that the native Kratom country of growth that has the perfect climate for growing does not allow complete 100% access.

The ASEAN has made Kratom Illegal (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) has actually banned the substance. Not only can Kratom not be grown, possessed, or sold but it also cannot be contained in any type of products that are ingested. The below countries are part of this association:

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Kratom is Illegal In It’s Native Countries?

You’ll discover that some of the nations on this listing, for instance, Indonesia as well as Malaysia, are actually where kratom is presently grown as well as made. Despite the uniform restriction, there are no clear laws in place. It can sometimes be heavily enforced and sometimes not at all. Growing the plant is legal in places but ingesting the supplement is highly illegal in others. It is more acceptable to harvest and transport than to take as an individual natural remedy.

Just last year in 2018 Thailand has made medicinal Kratom legal as long as prescribed by a physician.

If you were thinking a packing Kratom in your luggage and travelling to any of the Southeast Asian countries we do not recommend it. As this supplements laws vary tremendously from each part of the country it is best to not put yourself in a vulnerable position.

You don’t want to end up in Jail in South Korea. If Kratom is found in your possession that nightmare can become a reality.

Japan is another place where Kratom is not welcome. China’s laws on the supplement are unclear from a documented standpoint. This country is hard on opiates and overall drug stance and we can write with confidence that it is not safe to bring this supplement into the country. The countries equivalent of Amazon Taobao have removed listings from their online store.

The plant is legal in India. You don’t have to worry about being put in jail for possessing it, but you should be aware that “fake Kratom” is sold there. It is called Indian Kratom which is less expensive. Indian Kratom is not as effective and tends to cause nausea. It is best to stay away.

Kratom and Legal Concerns In South America

According to official reports that we found it shows that Kratom is legal in Brazil.

Let’s ask ourselves if you should have legal concerns when travelling to other parts of South America…

Currently, there is no reputable information readily available on various other South American nations. The good news is that there has not been legal issues throughout the area.

It is important to note that if coming back to the USA from Columbia, Kratom can sometimes be mistaken for coca leaves and you can run into a headache when going through customs.

Kratom As A Travel Companion?

As long as you are checking on our website or e-mailing us directly to see if Kratom is legal in your location you should be fine.

Kratom is legal around most of the globe. You just don’t want to be caught in that gray area when in another country.

If a country you are travelling to has never seen the supplement before it could also create unwanted delays and hassles. That is something to also think about. If there aren’t any rules or policies in place it’s best to make sure you don’t allow them to make their own rules.

None of us want Kratom to be talked about badly by other misinformed countries. This can happen based on the appearance and/or circumstances and there is enough unfounded bad press already.

Kratom and Legal Concerns Among Users

the 3-5 million users prefer kratom to continue to be lawful due to the fact that it assists countless people in managing anxiety, aches and pains, stress, anxiety, and boosts their state of mind.

We have testimonials available HERE from real people talking to congress about the benefits of Kratom. People are using Kratom instead of prescription drugs for for Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, back pain, depression, and even PTSD.

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Even with the countless testimonials and the millions of people that are being helped there are federal agencies looking to ban the supplement. As notated throughout this article you have been able to see the countries that accept it, those that don’t worry about it, a few that have a gray area, and others that just have no official laws.

It is very important to know the laws in the state, country, or even county that you live in prior to purchasing Kratom.

Lets Take A Look At Kratom and Its Legal History

Fairly brand-new to the western world, kratom was a conventional medication in Southeast Asia for centuries. It was utilized as an energizer along with helping with aches and soreness. It is used by people for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal conditions, digestive parasites, and coughing.

There were actually no procedures or rules concerning kratom. Peasants and workers could freely utilize it.

In the early 1800s, kratom was actually found through Dutch inhabitants. They carried kratom to Europe as well as began examining it. It came to be popular among consumers only in the very early 2000s.

The AKA(American Kratom Association) approximates that there are 3-5 million people using Kratom in the United States. This statistic was taken in 2016 and the industry is predicted to be worth over a billion dollars.

United States Use of Kratom and Legal Concerns


In late August 2016, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) introduced it’s intent to position kratom as a schedule I drug. The reasoning behind this was the supplement’s opiate like makeup.

There was major opposition to the federal banning of Kratom due to the help it provides to so many. The fight for Kratom is still ongoing. As most of the country allows free use of Kratom the following states and counties do not.

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Rhode Island
Jerseyville (Area in Illinois)
Sarasota County in Florida
San Diego
Union Region in Mississippi

If your state or county is not listed above then it is legal to harvest, possess, and use Kratom. A prescription is not needed at the moment for you as the FDA does not regulate it.

Kratom has been shown to help many ailments but it cannot be marketed as a dietary supplement.

Have you traveled with Kratom to other countries and have additional information to add to this article?

Any information that needs to be updated in the future based on the changing laws or information?

Let us know in the comments below. If you enjoyed this article please share it with other and like us on our Facebook page HERE.


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  1. Dave Sweney January 16, 2019 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    This is a very thorough look at the legal side of Kratom globally, and as a user of the product, I appreciate the work you have put in to put all this together…These days, like many others, I travel a lot for business and pleasure. It always is a concern to me that I do not violate any laws unintentionally…

    I know mainly of the legal issues of Kratom when they pop up from time to time in the news, and then it gets buried again in the onslaught of news we are confronted with daily. It seems to me that, like cannabis, there are powers outside what we see easily at work here to keep this helpful supplement away from the everyman.

    There are so many cases where Kratom has helped people who have tried all the recognized (and sold for tremendous profit by the pharmaceutical companies) products to no avail when it comes to relief for their health issues. I find it ironic that once again, capitalism shows it’s weakness’ in a few key areas of society…

    Because I have many friends who also believe in the benefits of Kratom offer, who also travel and are concerned about staying within the law(s) of the countries where they travel, I am bookmarking and sending the link to them. They may also chime in via comments. 

    Great post, and please update this as things change, as they will! 

    • My Kratom Club January 17, 2019 at 1:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Dave for your perspective on this all natural supplement. We could not agree more with you.

      It is our job here at My Kratom Club to make sure users of Kratom are not criminalized.

      We also want to be sure that people are completely informed on the supplement when it comes to news, dosage, and all the benefits. 

      – My Kratom Club

  2. Nuttanee January 16, 2019 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I am from Thailand and very familiar with Kratom. Like you mentioned, it is illegal in Thailand still, but they are in the process of making it legal because of its medical benefits. My college friends (from southern part of Thailand), drink it by boiling it with water or even coke when they are studying for the exam. The bus drivers and the messengers etc., they are all chewing this leaf. I really wish they legalize it soon since the benefits are much better than our modern medicine. Very informative post, you know about Krotom more than me.

    • My Kratom Club January 17, 2019 at 12:51 am - Reply

      Nuttanee I am thankful you found our page and for your comments. It is really good to hear that Kratom will soon be legal in Thailand.

      There really isn’t too much reason for a wonder plant like Kratom to be illegal anywhere. Like you stated it is so beneficial to so many people in the US alone.

      Please keep us posted Nuttanee on the Kratom and legal status in your home country by leaving any updated information on this page or contacting us directly at

      – My Kratom Club

  3. Sarah January 16, 2019 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    WOW! Very informative article. This is the first I am reading about this Kratom. How would it be consumed? Is Kratom a controlled substance in the US? I was under the impression kratom was good for you, actually quite heal;thy. Then I read this and was shocked to find ou it is a controlled substance in some places.

    • My Kratom Club January 17, 2019 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for stopping by to read our most recent article. We here at My Kratom Club champion for Kratom and its legality throughout the country. Please take a look at our Life Changing Kratom Benefits article HERE

      Kratom is not considered a controlled substance throughout the US but it is in a couple states.

      It is unfortunate that a substance that provides so many benefits to so many people would be banned anywhere…

      If you check out our 10 Kratom Tips – Best Way To Take Kratom you will see the most popular ways to take the all natural supplement.

      You are correct about Kratom being a supplement that is an all natural way to better health.

      Hope this information helped answer your questions.

      – My Kratom Club

  4. Paul January 17, 2019 at 12:03 am - Reply

    This is my first introduction to Kratom, and you have opened my eyes here. I’ve dabbled in some usage over the years nothing serious and I have no addictions. Once again a natural herb is given that most evil of all words’drug’ by the ignorant ones and made illegal everywhere just about.

    So I suppose the pharmaceutical companies are running the show and obviously, one of their big sellers may be affected by sales so we all just have to go along for the ride on their greed expertise.

    Anyway, this is a great read and good one for putting this article out there

    • My Kratom Club January 17, 2019 at 1:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Paul,

      Really appreciate your perspective as it is right along the lines of the beliefs of My Kratom Club.

      Hope some day the almighty dollar will be less important than the health and well being of the worlds population.

      – My Kratom Club 

  5. Jerald January 17, 2019 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Hello, I never heard of Kratom before but I’m intrigued to know more about it. Do you think because it has so many bans across the globe, is it a substance that could have very bad side effects or does many governing countries do not know about it do to it’s classification?

    I think if Kratom is helping so many people world wide, there needs to be a revaluation.

    What is the side effects or what makes it so illegal in other counties and states? I heard there was a opiate epidemic in the united states, does this count as one of them?

    Thank you for sharing this information, I will do more research on this topic and find out more. But you definitely opened my eyes with this article.


    • My Kratom Club January 17, 2019 at 6:02 am - Reply

      Jerald thanks for the great questions. I see you are pretty knowledgeable on the subject already.

      A reevaluation is definitely something we hope is coming for the many countries that have banned this substance. It has and continues to help millions of people in America.

      The reasons for the banning of Kratom across the globe vary but for the most part it’s not necessarily due to harsh side effects. It mostly has to do with a political agenda and countries that are misinformed and/or do not have access to more information about the supplement.

      There absolutely is an opiate epidemic in the US and Kratom if taken safely can help slow down this epidemic.

       Check out our Kratom Dosage Guide – A Great Experience to use Kratom as effectively as possible without the unwanted side effects.

      – My Kratom Club

  6. Farooq October 17, 2019 at 11:19 am - Reply

    I need to travel to India …and bring some kratom leaves ..for my personal used …is it will make any problem with police or customs officer in the airport. ?

    • My Kratom Club October 22, 2019 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Hi Farooq.

      Good question. The laws currently in India states that Kratom is legal but cannot be used for human consumption.

      Travelling to India with Kratom is not against the law.

      At the same time customs can be arbitrary at times.

      – MKC

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