Kratom is a leaf known to provide great benefits for those suffering from opiate withdrawal. It comes from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical coffee tree in Southeast Asia. The leaves are known to not only help those dealing with quitting opioids; it also provides many medicinal benefits, which is why many people in Ohio pursue information on it and decide to take advantage of its helpful benefits.
Opiate withdrawal is not an easy situation to deal with. Side effects kick in once the opiate is cut off from the body. Kratom is becoming a popular solution because it helps relieve many of those side effects of opiate withdrawal without causing a new addiction.
Difference between Opiates and Opioids
As we get down to the details of current Ohio laws for Kratom and other helpful information, we wanted to note that opiates and opioids are two words commonly used interchangeably. Originally, opioids were known as synthetic creations that offered the same benefits as all-natural opiates. However, the word opioid is now commonly used to represent both the natural and the synthetic versions.
Kratom’s Benefit to Opiate Addiction Withdrawals
Opiates are narcotic pain relievers that are available in many versions, from oxycodone and morphine to hydrocodone, codeine, and more. They are commonly prescribed after surgery for a short period or for those suffering from intolerable pain. If the drug is used for long periods, the body can become used to its presence, demanding it more and more. Since it is a prescription drug, doctors can easily prescribe it at their discretion. When consumed for long periods, it can be harmful to the body and brain, and lead to the popular addiction that spans across the state of Ohio, as well as across the entire country.
Kratom relieves those opiate withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to quit. Some elements replace the need for opiates by providing similar benefits while others help relieve the side effects stemmed from quitting opioids.
Regardless of the benefits that Kratom offers, some politicians and federal law enforcement agencies like the DEA are trying to categorize the drug as a Schedule I drug, which is what marijuana and heroin are categorized as. It certainly doesn’t carry the same negative elements of those two illegal drugs, but it has some similar effects, but it really takes a lot of effort to receive them. That is why many bills fail to pass, right along with the discovery of how Kratom actually has helped people quit their opiate addiction or how it has served as an alternative to taking opioids. Therefore, the debate is an ongoing, never-ending process.
Ohio Kratom Laws
Currently, Kratom is 100% legal to use in Ohio. Selling has stipulations (mentioned below). Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says that it is illegal to sell as a drug, mainly because the FDA does not approve it as a drug. He feels that since it cannot be sold due to not being approved by the FDA, it should be illegal because it will reduce the selling of the drug in the state of Ohio, avoiding many prosecution cases and investigations.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien takes a different perspective on the issue. He believes that even though it is not approved by the FDA for selling as a medicinal drug, it does not mean that it will become a controlled substance or illegal to sell. He states that there are pharmaceutical code sections that apply, but not any drug codes. He continues to mention that no cases related to Kratom have applied and that both he and local law enforcement have no actions to take. Therefore, it appears that O’Brien does not consider Kratom illegal like DeWine does.
Lt. Ron Kemmerling (acting narcotics bureau commander) of the Columbus Police Department mentioned that they found several 10lb packages of Kratom during assistance with an eviction in Clintonville, OH around July of 2017. He mentioned that they were selling the herb, but their team did not prosecute because Kratom does not have any substances that are listed as scheduled drugs. He also mentioned that sellers who portray it as an herbal supplement have the right to do so since it has no illegal ingredients and is perfectly legal at this time—as far as he knows.
Ohio Kratom Users Find Great Benefits from Using It
Even if you are not addicted to opiates/opioids, Kratom can also prevent it from happening in the first place. Since Kratom is non-addictive, many Ohio residents use it for things like pain relief for back troubles, nerve damage issues, and other pain or discomfort problems. Currently, an Ohio doctor could recommend the supplement to his or her patient without breaking any laws, but that usually does not happen since no official testing has confirmed its safety. Regardless, a patient can easily go into a store and purchase Kratom as they need it.
The herb has many great, positive health effects and NO testing has been found to show that is causes hallucinations.
Selling Verse Buying Kratom Laws in Ohio
Through all the confusion about Kratom and through all the legality adventures, the herb is still just a health supplement. While you cannot sell Kratom as a drug in Ohio, many health stores and other companies sell it as a supplement, such as being sold as an herbal tea. There have been drug busts/raids at some Ohio stores that sold it as a drug, but not for those that didn’t. Selling it as an herbal tea is currently legal, as long as it is not claimed to be a drug like a pain reliever or anything similar.
Are you confused yet? The answer is actually quite simple. The FDA does not approve the herb as a drug, which means you cannot sell it as such or claim it as such, either as a person or as a store. That means that Ohio law enforcement agencies have some sort of enforcement in the issue based on DeWine’s position with the current FDA status. To put it a different way, you cannot sell Kratom in Ohio as a pain reliever, but you can sell Kratom as an herbal health supplement. The busts mostly occurred in swap shops that sold drug paraphernalia and listed Kratom as a pain reliever.