Chances are you have seen the word “Kratom” outside your local gas stations, smoke shops, liquor stores, and even in coffee shops. Kratom is often marketed as a dietary supplement to increase focus and energy. However, there is more to Kratom than what meets the eye.

Kratom has the ability to act as a stimulant when taken in smaller doses (1-5 grams) or as an opioid when taken in larger doses (5-15 grams). Kratom is currently legal in the state of Iowa but it is not regulated by the FDA, and it poses several potential health issues, including:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Slow breathing
  • Liver problems

44 deaths were linked to Kratom in 2017, it is often used in combination with other substances. Kratom has shown to be addictive and withdrawal symptoms are comparable to an opiate withdrawal. Research on Kratom continues, and is evolving. The FDA currently warns of the risk of addiction and abuse, and there are no FDA-approved uses for Kratom.

Cassidy Patton
Prevention Specialist
Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services