“What is Kratom?”
Kratom is basically a herbal supplement that is extracted from the Kratom tree (Mitragyna speciosa). The extract contains several active ingredients including 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine that provide several healing benefits when consumed.
Some of the benefits include pain relief, energy boost and better sleep quality.
Some say it acts like an opioid and produces the same kind of pain relief but without the addiction or excess hallucination.
For this reason, some people think it must be illegal. But it is not. Read on to find out more about the legality of Kratom in Florida.
LEGALITY OF KRATOM IN FLORIDA
STATE LEGALITY OF KRATOM
Like in most states around the country, Kratom is fully legal in the state of Florida.
The state legislature has never passed any legislation to ban the product. Neither of the two active ingredients is contained in the Florida Statute 893 that covers drug abuse, prevention and control.
Honestly, they state legislature really has no reason to do it anyway. It may regulate but banning a substance with so many known benefits is really no way to go about treating people who really need those benefits.
So as of now, you can buy/ sell, possess or consume Kratom in Florida without worrying about facing criminal charges. But not in all places. There is the special case of Sarasota County.
LEGALITY OF KRATOM IN SARASOTA COUNTY, FL
Kratom is illegal in Sarasota County. This became the case with the passing of County Ordinance 62-351 that classified Kratom as a “designer drug”. Essentially, the classification means Kratom is a drug taken for the sake of it and has no real medical benefits.
This is clearly unfortunate.
The law was championed by the County’s Representative, Kristin Jacob. Mrs Jacob also sponsored House Bill 183 that sought to classify Kratom and its derivatives as controlled substances: a move that could impose a statewide ban on Kratom. Fortunately, the bill did not sail through despite the numerous attempts made by the legislator.
FEDERAL LEGALITY OF KRATOM
Kratom is 100% federally legal. No federal legislation bans the use of Kratom. Neither the supplement nor its active ingredients are listed as controlled substances in the Controlled Substances Act.
Also, no federal agency (neither FDA nor DEA) has issued nationwide bans on the possession or the use of Kratom.
So it is impossible for you to be arrested or to face jail time for buying, selling or using Kratom.
Therefore, whether you are looking to ease pain, sleep better or boost your energy, you can freely do it in all counties in Florida except Sarasota County.
CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS KRATOM IN FLORIDA
Floridians are mostly laid back people. Most don’t judge and are very accepting of many things foreign to Florida. Perhaps this is because of the state’s vibrant and successful immigrant heritage.
This background is perhaps the reason why people have accepted Kratom in Florida. It is available in many stores around the state. It is also promoted by local celebrities and blogs.
There is really no shame in selling or admitting that you use the substance.
Frankly put, there was never really any stigma associated with Kratom as there was with marijuana. Kratom is fairly new to Florida and to the country. Nothing really negative has been strongly linked to it.
This is perhaps why Floridians freely use Kratom in most parts of the state.
BEST PLACES TO BUY KRATOM IN FLORIDA
BEST PLACES TO BUY KRATOM IN MIAMI, FLORIDA
There are two fine places to buy Kratom in Miami. The first is the Smoking Spades Premier Smoke and Vapor Shop located at 11180 W Flagler Street. This gorgeous smoke shop stocks has one of the most extensive collections of E-juice flavors in the country. Their glass collection is also pretty serious. You will also love the effective Kratom and CBD products they stock at the place.
They offer significant discounts for all customers buying non-tobacco products.
The second place is Herbin Living located at 6630 Biscayne Boulevard. This store should be the national go-to place for Kratom and CBD products. It is small, clean, cozy and is run by very pleasant staff.
They have fantastic Kratom products at great prices and open till late.
BEST PLACE TO BUY KRATOM IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Kava Cove Lounge located at 2020 W Fairbanks Avenue Street 100 is a marvelous place to get your Kratom. It stocks multiple powerful strains of Kratom and sells most of its products at reasonable prices. Unlike most other stores that only have Kratom in powder and pills, Kava Cove Lounge also stocks crunchy weirdly tasteful Kratom brownies.
And as the name suggests, this is a lounge. You can take your Kratom dose there and then. No need to carry home. (But you can if you want)
Other exciting things to do while taking Kratom include playing pool table, darts and a variety of other indoor games.
BEST PLACE TO BUY KRATOM IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
The Kratom scene is not that big in Jacksonville, Florida. However, one fine establishment that may carry Kratom in the city is the TJ Smokeshop located at 9551 Baymeadows Road S 25. This cool smoke shop carries exciting tobacco and vape products.
HOW TO TAKE KRATOM
As mentioned earlier, Kratom is basically an extract of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree. The extract is primarily found in the leaves. This is the most rudimentary form of Kratom. However, since the plant is not native to the US, it is often crushed, packaged and shipped into the country. Therefore, you will most likely buy it in powder form.
In Southeast Asia, where the tree is found in abundance, the leaves are often chewed just like that.
In America, the powder is often prepared as tea and drunk that way. Some chew the powder. Others smoke it. While others take it as a pill. It is basically a matter of preference. Taking it in any of these ways ensures the bioavailability of Kratom’s active ingredients in your system allowing you to enjoy the healing benefits of this special tree.