Is Kratom Legal in Idaho?

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Over the last few years, a number of news outlets have presented kratom as a harmful drug on par with prescription opioids and other controlled substances. While we believe that it is unfair for the media to paint kratom as a dangerous compound, we can understand where this all comes from.

In 2018, a Salmonella outbreak led the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to issue a mandatory recall on select kratom products that were potentially contaminated. This kind of public health scare leads to media backlash as does incidents like the one involving Krypton, a smoke shop kratom brand that was found to contain 0-desmethyltramadol, a powerful synthetic painkiller.

On the other side of this argument you have a growing number of scientists, grassroots advocates and experts in the field of alternative medicine who say that kratom is a relatively safe chemical compound when sold in its pure, natural state.

Here in the U.S., there are hundreds (if not thousands) of individuals who use kratom on a casual or chronic basis. These users have turned to kratom for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its invigorating aroma.

Consumers have long been able to legally obtain kratom across the United States, but as media scrutiny has intensified and the FDA has issued a public warning, urging citizens to avoid kratom consumption, some states have started to rethink their policies.

The so-called “Thailand Defense” is one that is often advanced when politicians can think of no other way to justify a kratom ban. The Thailand defense is a rather weak one, but it has often swayed lawmakers; essentially, those proposing a kratom ban will point to the fact that kratom was criminalized in its native land of Thailand.

Of course, these state legislators would fail to comprehend exactly what kratom was outlawed in the so-called Land of Smiles. At the advent of the 1940s, the Thai government saw a staggering influx of kratom use among its citizenry. Since the plant was able to grow just about anywhere in the country, laborers were chewing the leaves left and right…for FREE.

Sensing a prospective threat to the opium trade, then a major hunk of Thailand’s economy, the government decided to take action by prohibiting people from planting kratom trees. By limiting the growth and consumption of kratom, they believed they could regain control of the market.

It’s worth noting that the people of Thailand ultimately recognized the error of their ways and the ban was lifted once the public made their voices heard. This is something that every American kratom connoisseur should pay close attention to as it is the model by which we should all conduct ourselves.

In 2018, the Narcotics Act was passed in the Thai legislature and kratom was allowed to be properly regulated, enabling domestic cultivation and sale. All of this because farmers stood up for the herb and its natural prospects.

After 80 years of restriction, the Mitragyna speciosa (read: kratom) plant was decriminalized, and it was all thanks to the vociferous outcry of everyday people like you and me. This is why advocacy is imperative in the fight to keep kratom legal.


So is kratom legal in Idaho or not?

If you live in the Gem State you’ll be happy to learn that kratom is currently 100% legal. The Ayurvedic herb remains unregulated across the mountainous northwestern state.

In the past, a bill was proposed in one municipality, but it failed to attract sponsorship and died before it could advance. As of 2020, you can buy and sell kratom in Idaho without fear of penalty.

Sadly, this could all change in the future as select government institutions and medical professionals suggest that the herb and its alkaloids are detrimental and addictive.


When bureaucrats and Big Pharma talk about kratom being dangerous, they’re not constructing that narrative out of thin air. There is some merit to what they are saying, at least insofar as there have been hospitalizations and overdoses associated with kratom use.

As The Dude says in Joel & Ethan Coen’s classic The Big Lebowski, “You’re not wrong…you’re just an asshole.”

The vast majority of these hospitalizations and overdoses have been the consequence of mixing kratom with prescription medications and/or consuming kratom with a preexisting health condition.

A recent study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) found that Mitragyna speciosa was linked to just 152 overdose deaths out of 22,000. There are even those who are skeptical about kratom’s role in said incidents.

However, it bears mentioning that kratom can be addictive and carries a number of withdrawal symptoms for those who attempt kratom cessation after prolonged use of large dosages. These withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Restlessness legs
  • Agitation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Runny nose
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Suicidal tendencies

Kratom addiction typically occurs in those who use kratom at large dosages over an extended period of time. Kratom tolerance builds slowly but surely, just as it does with nearly any other substance. Since kratom affects multiple receptors in the brain and influences serotonin levels, sudden cessation from kratom can lead to acute depression in some individuals.

To avoid kratom tolerance, users should limit their intake to low and moderate dosages. Cycling is said to be the most effective means by which to prevent tolerance. This entails taking kratom for one to two days then taking a two to three day break before using it again.


Kratom is made available as kratom powder, kratom capsules and kratom extract across the Gem State. Those residing in Idaho can pick some up at almost any neighborhood smoke shop or headshop.

Some of the top spots for kratom in the state include the following:

  • Bumble Bee Botanicals (Boise)
  • The Kratom Connection
  • Lucky Kwik Stop (Boise)
  • Tobacco Connection (Idaho Falls)


Those of you who prefer consistent quality and reliable customer service should consider foregoing the smoke shop circuit and buying kratom online instead. There are dozens of trusted kratom vendors who operate e-commerce sites where you can purchase Mitragyna speciosa products that are backed by a 30 day money back guarantee.

The top kratom suppliers in 2020 offer coupon codes, sitewide discounts, satisfaction guarantees and more. Most importantly, the very best sellers submit each batch of kratom powder for laboratory testing for heavy metals and other adulterants.


Idahoans can rest easy, knowing that they are free to enjoy their favorite plant anywhere and at any time without facing prosecution. Just keep an eye on changing laws and be sure to support the ongoing legality of kratom by visiting the American Kratom Association.

Bob Freville
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