October 2nd, 2018 – The Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted Monday to classify kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance alongside heroin, LSD and other dangerous drugs. Yes, you read that right, ban kratom and compare it to heroin and LSD. This came on the heels of a report by the board that issued an advisory warning that sales of CBD-infused products are illegal under Ohio’s new medical marijuana program.
The pharmacy board considers kratom – which come from the leaves of a tree that grows in southeast Asia – a “psychoactive plant” that can cause hallucinations, psychosis, seizures and death. State health officials have identified six recent deaths in Ohio in which kratom “was indicated as the primary cause of death.”
Here’s a recent report from the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network went so far as to compare kratom to heroin. Click here to get the full picture of state legislation regarding kratom.
“Participants reported that the drug looks similar to brown powdered heroin, produces similar effects as heroin, and is primarily used by individuals subject to drug screening and by people addicted to heroin who use the drug to alleviate opiate withdrawal symptoms,” the report warned.
“Participants reported that the most common route of administration for kratom is intravenous injection (aka “shooting”). Participants in the Akron-Canton region estimated that out of 10 kratom users, seven would shoot the drug and three would orally consume the drug (including drinking it as a tea).”