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Kratom, the popular yet controversial natural herbal supplement, is in the headlines again, this time in Colorado in the form of a ban to underage patrons. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot purchase the extract and any vendor caught in violation of the law selling to a minor will face a $300 fine. Why is an herbal supplement shown to benefit the immune system, improve energy, reduce anxiety, and relieve pain under fire in Castle Rock? Let’s take a look at their evidence, arguments, and reasoning.

Despite all of the aforementioned benefits of kratom capsules, many opponents and government bodies, including the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), focuses on its use as a means of treating opioid addiction. It is well documented and known that the U.S. suffered from an opioid crisis as many Americans fall prey to and die from addiction. kratom powder, however, has been used as a method and tool to help people attempt to get clean from opioid addiction and curb withdrawal pains and relapsing. The argument against this benefit is that in extremely high quantities, kratom can induce similar high feelings and it is believed it can lead to abusive and addictive behavior. Despite proven benefits and many advocates safely using the supplement, the FDA has issued several advisories against its use, and Castle Rock, Colorado is another on the list to restrict its use.

Last year, as other cities and states banned kratom’s use, Castle Rock issued a hold on handing out licenses to new kratom shops until the town decided on new laws, rules, and regulations regarding sales. All things considered, limiting the sale and use to individuals over 18 years old is a safe and acceptable middle ground; we do not believe kratom capsules, nor kratom powder, is dangerous and can be used to assist in alleviating many day to day stressors, but understand that keeping the sale to 18+ can curb and mitigate overzealous use cases. In defense of the herb, anything taken in excess doses causes detrimental effects, e.g.: fast food, snacks, sodas/pop, tobacco, alcohol, and the list continues nearly endlessly.

Denver had banned the sale of kratom years ago, and yet there are still those who request reconsideration from the city and from the FDA to a greater extent. To proponents of the supplement, the Castle Rock decision could have gone much worse than it did. It seems absurd to ban an herbal extract with clear benefits, especially one, to at a minor degree at the least, assist with withdrawals in the battle against opioids, but as it stands, kratom is not illegal across the board. We support additional research into the extract to prove the medicinal benefits it provides to everyday people across the U.S. as it has for centuries in the Southeast.

There is a fair amount of misinformation going around regarding kratom powder and kratom capsules that casts undue doubts on the herbal supplement. If you are considering starting a kratom regimen, you may find articles and laws that will scare you. Contact us so that we can help shine a light on the truth about the extract and the benefits you can enjoy by taking them daily.