Menace or Miracle?

Kratom UK

The UK Psychoactive Substances Act came into affect on the 26th May 2016. What a lot of people do not know is that kratom is still 100% legal in the UK. The Psychoactive Substances Act is a very broad legislation to cover many substances. Its primary aim is to stop the distribution of synthetic legal highs. Kratom’s legal status never changed and is not affected by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. You can legally have kratom in the uk without fear of prosecution.

Kratom Effects

Reference studies show that kratom is unique. In small doses the effects tend to be energetic and larger doses more relaxing. Some of the most popular uses are pain management, anxiety, depression and addiction to pain killers or other opiates.

Make Your Own Research

You need to decide if this is something that may be able to help you. In addition, take a look at our blog, search the internet and try to identify other people with similar circumstances.

When using kratom most people report a sense of calm and positive energy. How is our wellbeing perceived by those around us? Our family, friends or even in the working environment? Does mood affect your children? How does your wellbeing impact on their lives and their futures?

For clarification let’s ask our MP’s how these problems are going to affect the Great British economy in the future. Suffering with severe anxiety or living with excruciating pain is unproductive, as is being hopelessly addicted to traditional NHS medications. 

We have to accept that the government tries to do the best to protect the people and accept ‘synthetic’ legal highs had become out of control. The government tried to ban one synthetic drug after another to no avail. 

However, it was easy for the scientists to slightly tweak the molecular structure time and time again to get around banned synthetic compounds. This approach quite clearly did not work.

Science Daily states a psychoactive drug or psychotropic ‘substance’ is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behaviour.

This leads me to think about other substances that come under the ban such as taurine, which is the active ingredient in energy drinks. As far as I know there has not been any published exemptions list. Does this mean the police are going to enforce the new law and remove all energy drinks from national supermarkets? This is what is so frustrating, it seems the government should have spent a little more time researching. If the government are not able to define what is exempt then how can they expect the police to know?

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is NOT a synthetic drug. Kratom leaf comes from a tree that organically grows in the jungles across all of South East Asia. Farm labourers originally used it to help them get through a hard, long days work, farming the fields.

Kratom is a member of the Rubiaceae (coffee) family and is often used the same way. Drinking it in the mornings as a pick-me-up instead of coffee is a great way to wean yourself off caffeine. At a psychoactive level the only difference between kratom and coffee are the naturally occurring active alkaloids. The main active alkaloid in kratom is Mitragynine and Caffeine is the psychoactive substance naturally occurring in coffee.

In 2001 we imported kratom into the UK. Being the first company to offer UK kratom commercially. Kratom has been available in the UK ever since. We had no idea at that time M.speciosa would gain a worldwide following. It has been widely reported to help manage pain and combat anxiety. We’re in the middle of a global opiate addiction crisis and many customers find that they can kick their opiate addiction without the awful side effects. Users have inundated us with their positive experiences since day one. We have testimonials that report, kratom has given hope where everything else had failed. 

Does Kratom have Health Benefits?

My first experience with the effects of kratom came from an unknown stranger who suffered with chronic fibromyalgia. I received a very excited call from a young man who told me what he had experienced. Young man explained to me for the past 3 years he had not been outside of his flat and only did so when he had to. Usually every two weeks to cash his gyro. He was too ill to be employable burdening the welfare system, which was no fault of his own. 

A friend bought some kratom and explained it’s from the coffee family and was supposed to pick you up. To his surprise it did pick him up but he went on to say. While using kratom he found that 90% of his symptoms had vanished and for the first time in years he felt normal. 

Kratom is Not a Miracle Cure

He explained it was raining that day, but he could not wait to go outside, without fear. Kratom is not a miracle cure, however, young man reiterated that kratom was his best option. After years of being at the mercy of his doctor he said ‘there may be some hope at last’.

It would be wise to sit back and look at facts before we decide to ban something we do not fully understand. Botanists and scientists test natural plant based alkaloids for study, sometimes these are discovered by chance. This is a case in point.

Furthermore, there are many undiscovered naturally occurring alkaloids in unknown flora from around the world. Why ban something with proven benefits? Because, it was in the middle of a synthetic legal highs crisis? We need to nurture all botanicals and learn from them. As a matter of fact, we have already learnt a lot about kratom’s effects. Anyone can search the internet and see it has natural beneficial properties. Grant us, ‘freedom of choice’ with this botanical.

Is Kratom Safe to use?

An oral acute lethal dose study was carried out on rats using a purified EtOH powder extract of Mitragyna speciosa to determine its LD50 (lethal dose 50% of the time). 5 rats were given a limit dose of 40% extract. 3000mg/kg/oral OD per rat and observed over a 5-day period. None of the rats died nor showed evidence of toxicity. To put this into perspective, a high quality kratom powder contains 1mg of mitragynine per gram. Meaning, a person weighing 80kg would need to use 96kg of powder to equal the overdose of mitragynine given to the rats. The LD50 of M.speciosa in rats was therefore taken as above 3000 mg/kg/oral extract.

Therefore, results like this are no surprise to me. From my experience kratom appears to be low risk and should always be used in moderation where possible. Furthermore, I am not a doctor just an educated person that has witnessed positive results from the use of kratom. Has it changed your life? If so, do the benefits outweigh the potential risks?

Safety is the government’s number one priority however, does 17 years in the UK market not say something? The UK media has reported one death where kratom was found to be present in the bloodstream.

Coroner Graham Short returned a verdict that Mr Daniels had died as a result purely of the combined toxic effects of the two chemicals contained in kratom; mitragynine and 7 hydroxymitragynine.

He then went on to say, there were at least ten other substances in his blood, including anti-depressants and anti-epileptic medication.

Mr Short made the conclusion that kratom was responsible for the death when he knows very little about it. In addition, what were the other ten unpublished substances in this fatal cocktail?


Alcohol 2016 8,697 Click here
Tobacco 2013 463,986
Heroin and morphine 2014 952 Click here
Tramadol 2014 240
Methadone 2014 394
New psychoactive substances 2014 82
Benzodiazepines 2014 372
Zopiclone & zolpidem 2014 100
Antidepressants 2014 517
Paracetamol 2014 200
Co-codamol 2014 63

Most importantly, write your testimonials in as much detail as possible. Clarify how kratom has helped you. Gather as much information on the effects of kratom. Use the categories on our blog that best suits your condition. As a matter of fact, documenting strain types, dosage and effects allows knowledge to be shared. Has it helped you? How did it help you? Let’s emphasize how important it is for us to have freedom of choice. Again, it is 100% natural, has already proven to be useful and does not appear to be high risk.

Kratom has evolved alongside all of humanity. Organically grown in the virgin jungles of South East Asia but besides that, kratom is one of the many understudied flora our planet has to offer. Therefore, share your experiences on our blog. Moreover, tell your friends and family to write their opinions. Most importantly, document your views on our site. Help other people with similar conditions learn more about this plant. From your experiences, you may bring happiness to someone who has given up. Learn more in our shop