Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical coffee tree in Southeast Asia and Kratom is the leaves on that tree that provide great medicinal benefits to help cope with opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Opiate withdrawal is a challenging process to go through. Many side effects stem from cutting off the body’s supply to opioids. Using Kratom for opiate withdrawals is a good choice because it naturally controls the withdrawal symptoms without causing addiction.
Opiates and opioids are one in the same and used interchangeably. However, opioids were originally referred to as a synthetic version of the all-natural product known as an opiate. Opiates are from the flowering opium poppy plant and are not manmade. Nowadays the words are used for both the genuine and artificial opiates.
There are several strains of Kratom that handle certain withdrawal symptoms so it is best to create a combination that suits the person’s particular needs.
Every person’s body handles medicines in different ways since internal composition, DNA, and brain functionality vary.
Florida Laws for Using Kratom
With the advantages that Kratom provides to people looking to kick their opioid habit, many citizens in Florida have taken an interest in the product. They ponder many questions related to the natural drug, especially since there is a lot of confusion out there as to current federal laws and even the state’s position.
Common questions that Florida citizens ask include the following:
- What are the federal laws pertaining to Kratom?
- What does Kratom do?
- Is Kratom legal to buy and use in Florida?
- Will it become illegal to buy and use in Florida?
- Does Kratom really work for Opiate withdrawals?
- Will Kratom help me quit my opiate addiction?
2018: Current Florida Kratom Laws
Currently, as of January 2018, Kratom is 100% legal to buy and use in the state of Florida—everywhere except Sarasota. There have been several attempts in Florida to illegalize the product, but they were unsuccessful. More specifically, there is the ongoing debate as to whether or not to categorize the item as a controlled substance.
In March of 2017, Sarasota Democratic Representative Kristin Jacobs proposed House Bill 183 (HB 183: Controlled Substances), proposing that Mitragynine & 7-Hydroxymitragynine (Kratom alkaloids) should be added to Florida’s controlled substances list. The proposal was postponed and withdrawn from consideration in May of 2017. In October of 2017, the bill was recorded as dead in the Criminal Justice subcommittee. This wasn’t the first time the attempt was made, such as House Bill 073 (HB 73: Controlled Substances) in 2016.
Federal Impacts on Florida Kratom Laws
When it comes to federal enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) can have an impact on laws covering not only Florida but all US states. This would have an impact on legal usage in the state of Florida. Currently, the DEA wants to make the drug illegal, specifying that large amounts can perform to the equivalent of the opioid known as heroin.
Kratom is currently served as an herbal supplement in Florida at many local kava bars. Kava is a traditional, South Pacific Polynesian root drink that is claimed to deliver euphoric experiences. Kava bars are popular in the state of Florida and many are now serving Kratom herbal drinks to offer a stimulating experience that also provides great pain relieving benefits. Besides local kava bars, Kratom is available in many vape shops, head shops, and other industry-related stores. Sales in the millions are generated at many locations across Florida, especially between Miami and West Palm Beach.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent medical documentation and scientific reports to the DEA stating Kratom’s dangerous abilities, which is why the DEA is preparing to pursue categorizing the drug as a Schedule 1 drug. That would rank it right along with heroin and marijuana. It can take quite some time to get approval to illegalize Kratom and that may or may not be successful. The last attempt was in 2017, but it got stalled due to an outcry with massive public support for the herb.
Florida Law Enforcement’s Involvement with Kratom
In 2015, Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE’s) Kratom review involved the impact of the herb within the state and they determined that it does not pose any significant risks to the safety or welfare of residents of Florida. By significant, one can interpret that phrase as not dangerously harmful to citizens using it or for those around someone who does.
Of course, using Kratom can still cause harm in massive quantities, but that is for the user to decide. In reality, almost any drug or herb can be harmful in large doses, just like soda and coffee can harm the liver or kidneys over time depending on usage.
Broward County is one of the leading areas in Florida for opioid addictions. However, Kratom has been used in the county by numerous residents to break free from their opioid habit, which is great news and it could reduce the abuse numbers over time. However, passing legislation that outlaws the herb would leave Broward County with a busy enforcement schedule and increasing opioid abusers.
Currently, local law enforcement agencies do not have any sort of enforcement or restrictions on the use of Kratom, except Sarasota of course, where they have their own local laws forbidding its use and its production.
Where to Buy or Use Kratom in Florida
Since Kratom is legal to manufacture into products, sell to the public, and consume in Florida (except Sarasota), both on a local and national level, you can easily find products that include Kratom as an ingredient in a wide variety of locations.
There are several kava bars in Florida, as previously mentioned, and many of them now offer Kratom herbal teas and drinks to supplement their menus.
In addition, vape stores and tobacco stores throughout Florida sell Kratom in either a liquid, grounded, or whole leaf form.
Many gas stations also sell Kratom products and of course, don’t forget the convenience stores.
Lastly, there are some wholesale suppliers that also sell to the public. They manufacture their products and source the plant from Malaysian, Thai Kratom trees. One example is the business Kratom Islands in Pensacola, FL that sells their products online.
Some locations to find Kratom whole leaves, herbs, teas, and other drinks include:
- Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea Bar (Kava, Kratom, Beverages, & food) in St. Petersburg, FL
- Drip Vape Lounge (vapes, beer, Kava & Kratom teas, & more) in Tampa, FL (2 different locations)
- Purple Lotus Kava Bar (Kava & Kratom drinks, FIJI water, soda, & more) in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, & South Beach, FL
- Johnny Vapors (Vape, Kava, & Kratom Bar) in St. Petersburg, FL
- Vapor Dog (E-cigs, Kava, Kratom, CBD, & more) in Pinellas Park, Largo, & Bradenton, FL
- Payless Tobacco Source (Ciggs, Cigars, e-cigs, Kratom, & more) in Davie, FL