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FDA Notifies Personnel It May Seize Certain Kratom Products Without Inspection

  1. 5-HT2A
    WASHINGTON—FDA has notified its field personnel that it may detain certain products containing "kratom" without physical inspection because the agency has determined that the new dietary ingredient (NDI) poses such adverse health effects as aggression, hallucinations and vomiting.

    The list of products subject to detention without physical inspection come from Canada, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    Shipments of the ingredient are contained in capsules, whole leaves, processed leaves, leaf resins, leaf extracts, powdered leaves and bulk liquids that are made of leaf extracts.

    Kratom is a new dietary ingredient that does not appear to have a history of safe use, the agency stated in a Feb. 28 import alert that the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) shared with its members.

    "In fact, the scientific literature disclosed serious concerns regarding the toxicity of kratom in multiple organ systems," FDA stated. "Consumption of kratom can lead to a number of health impacts, including respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, tremors, loss of libido, constipation, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms."

    Kratom also is known as mitragyna speciosa, mitragynine extract, biak-biak, cratom, gratom, ithang, kakuam, katawn, kedemba, ketum, krathom, krton, mambog, madat, Maeng da leaf, nauclea, Nauclea speciosa, or thang.

    FDA said the import alert represents its guidance to its field personnel concerning the products at issue, and does not confer any rights or bind the agency or the public.

    March 3, 2014



  1. thirdeyelasik
    Thanks for posting but this is the worst news I've heard since they banned mephedrone. So is this truly the beginning of the end for this harmless but addicting gift from god? If so then I will truly lose hope in humanity :(
  2. ianzombie
    Not very good news.
    The biggest problem being for US vendors who order in bulk from Indonesia. Their shipments are most likely to be stopped.
    Then there is the user who buys in bulk from Indonesia. There have been a lot of deliveries stopped and often confiscated in the US over the last few years so it is not really surprising that this has happened now.

    While a part of what they say is true, the effect they are talking about are only really relevant to abusers or people who use large amounts daily.
    This will be a big problem for people who use it for pain management, and a big headache for those that use it recreationally.

    Sounds like US vendors are going to make a killing as people rush to buy up what they have in the fear that they might not be able to re-stock.
    The only saving grace is they did not ban it outright, people can still order kratom from abroad as long as they are willing to take the risk of losing it to customs.
  3. joem597
    Good thing my federal refund came, have some on its way but i am gonna drop a pretty penny and stock up! This sucks, I knew this would happen though. It was only a matter of time before DEA schedules it and when that happens, im buying pods ha ha! This is off topic but, is storing kratom, say in 5 gallon buckets in a cool dark closet a good way to preserve it?
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