One of the handful of states that moved aggressively against Kratom products is Indiana. Back in 2014, the Senate passed a bill that saw 7-Hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine classified as synthetic substances. Although the two compounds are present in Kratom, they are not synthetic, but naturally-occurring alkaloids. Nevertheless, the consumption, buying, and selling of Kratom is currently illegal in Indiana.
The Kratom Trade Association, as well as many individual Kratom consumers have been vocal about the 2014 Kratom ban issued by the Indiana Senate. Despite their best attempts to educate the legislators in terms of the true nature of this plant, things have not taken a turn for the better.
There is no doubt about the fact that the U.S. is confronted with a major problem in the form of designer drugs. Kratom, however, is no functional analog of a controlled substance. Nobody made it in a laboratory, as is the case with bath salts, spice, or flakka. The plant has none of the potent paranoia or hallucinogenic properties of the latter, nor does it cause the side-effects or withdrawal specific to them. In fact, the most stimulating of Kratom veins won’t raise your pulse by much above your normal value, despite the kick that consumers often praise.
In 2018, Kratom’s status in Indiana was changed from synthetic substance to Schedule 1 hallucinogenic, which is yet another erroneous classification. There are no peer-reviewed, double-controlled scientific studies on whether Kratom is, indeed, a hallucinogenic.
At this point, there is no way to purchase or legally consume Kratom in the state of Indiana. The dismaying fact is that the state’s rigid stance on Kratom may have actually been caused by vendors looking to get their consumers addicted to a new substance.
Since there was never a Kratom Consumer Protection Act in Indiana, there is ample evidence to suggest that people who bought Kratom in this state were not getting pure, uncontaminated products. The alleged designer drug effects of Kratom powders are almost certainly the result of sellers trying to boost their merchandise by adding various synthetic products to it.
If you happen to live in Indiana, you can speak to your representative about the misconceptions surrounding Kratom, as well as regarding the benefits people draw from this natural remedy. As it was shown in many cases, the law can be changed.