Kratom (mitragynine and 7-hydroxymytragynine) is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. Consumption of its leaves produces both stimulant effects (in low doses) and sedative effects (in high doses), and can lead to psychotic symptoms, and psychological and physiological dependence. Kratom is not controlled under the Controlled Substances Act; however, there many state regulations or prohibitions against the possession and use of Kratom. The FDA has not approved Kratom for any medical use. In addition, DEA has listed Kratom as a Drug and Chemical of Concern.
Kratom’s legal status and availability means this drug is a threat to the integrity of any sober environment and should be included in the testing regiment.