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A Brief Intro To Kratom Strains & Legality In Thailand

Kratom is well known as an integral part of Thai culture and has minimal adverse effects on health. 

 A History of Kratom

The prevalent misconception about Kratom is that it is used publicly, widely & legally for Recreational in Thailand. However, according to search – historically, Kratom has been used in specific ways for several health purposes. The truth of its legal status in Thailand is a bit more complicated, but more searches are required.


Since that time in 1943, Kratom was widely used in Thailand, especially around the 1800s and early 1900s. People used Kratom for various purposes in Thailand, including during the work (labour work) when they were winding down after the workday.

1943 & On

In 1943, Kratom Act 2486 was created and passed by the Thai Government. According to this law, Kratom trees were not allowed to be planted. This meant any person who planted a Kratom tree deliberately would be against the act.

By 1979

In this era, Kratom was classified as a class 5 narcotic in 1979. While at that time, this is the lowest possible point of ranking in Thailand, but it still ended the list. As it is a Cat 5 narcotic, Kratom possession and usage could land you with a take into custody, but the police did not usually follow these charges. That is why there were not several people being arrested because of Kratom use in Thailand.

In early 2010,

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Thai was created a policy suggestion to re-evaluate & review different aspect of the immoral integrity progression relative to drug cases. This conference paper provided an overview of Kratom related issues, its legislation and policy in Thailand well; there was also a set of conclusions and recommendations to add a re-evaluation of the current ban on Kratom in Thailand the region.

The briefing was based on desk research of the available documentation in October and November 2010 in Bangkok, Trang, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani, and Hat Yai in Thailand. There were also mentioned. Kratom is a tropical deciduous tree that belongs to the Rubiaceae family (same family as coffee). Native tree of Southeast Asia, the tree can reach up to 15 metres, and its big broad leaves have long been used for recreational & medicinal purposes In Thailand. Moreover, Kratom has been reported to act in the central nervous system, both as a stimulant and a depressant, depending on the level of dosage. Kratom leaves have around 25 alkaloids, among which the most vital is alkaloid mitragynine.

Thailand’s approach changed at the end of 2019 while the government allowed the production, possession, and Kratom use for health and medical purposes. While they are still obligatory, they must have licenses to manage the substance, while end-users must get a prescription to use Kratom-based medication. While it remains illegal to use both cannabis and Kratom for Recreational, people who will act against this law will be punishable by prison terms and fines.

Brief introduction of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa)

Kratom (it is called Mitragyna speciosa Korthals) is an evergreen plant that is native to Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea & Malaysia. According to research, Kratom is mainly grown in the central and southern regions of the country Thailand. Kratom plants usually like wet environment, humus soil; that is why when they grow outside their natural habitat, Kratom plants may experience leaf fall, particularly in colder climates.

The Users of Malaysia & Thailand differentiate between two main types such as red-veined variety and green-veined variety. They provide more potent effects and typically ingested as fresh or dried leaves. Many users may opt to drink Kratom as a tea or consume the plant’s extract, which obtains from its crude resin.

Today Kratom is widely available worldwide because medically, Kratom can manage anxiety, chronic pain, stress, and opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Why Kratom grows so good in Thailand.

Thailand is a native of Kratom because the growing conditions & weather that are present in Thailand are just good for this tree growth! The environment is nearly perfect as there is a lot of rich soil in the region & they are hot, moist. That is why all these factors help Kratom to grow more efficiently.

The best conditions for growing Kratom include:

  • Hot weather
  • Very wet soil
  • Very high humidity
  • Fertile soil

Legality of Kratom in Thailand

According to search, the usage of both cannabis and Kratom remain illegal in the country for Recreational purpose and are punishable by prison terms and fines.

Brief Info

Currently, holding up around 10 kilograms of Kratom without authorization & permission from the Thai government will be considered ‘possession for use’, which possesses around a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 Baht. While if the Possession will more than 10 kilograms, it will be considered ‘possession with an intention to sell’ and is punishable by two to 15 years in prison and a fine of 20,000 to 150,000 Baht. Additional charges can be imposing on those arrested more than 10 kilograms for producing, importing and/or exporting an illicit drug.

However, legal amendments to ease restrictions on Kratom are likely to be enacted by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

There is a possibility that the Thailand government will allow being cultivated or sold Kratom, while it is essential to note the full extent of Kratom’s legalization. However, Silk Legal is continually monitoring legal developments on this matter, and they will post updates accordingly.

Brief Introduction Of Kratom Strains

The Kratom strains prosper at their best level to manage different conditions as they contain various alkaloids, which each produce their specific effects. Red vein kratom strains are good to use for specific purposes, while white & green kratom strains are more suitable at other times.

Red Vein Kratom

Red Vein Kratom leaves have red-coloured stem and veins. Red Kratom is the widely available strain of Kratom on the market. The red vein is sold as compared to the green and white vein. Red vein leaves produce pleasant calming effects and provide peace of mind, feeling of well-being and optimism. Physically, it is also well known to relax the body and relieve pain.

White Vein Kratom

White vein kratom work as a stimulant and positive mood enhancer. This is helpful to lead restless sleep & also help to achieve a more balanced boost in energy.

Green Vein Kratom

Green Vein Kratom is best be described as it is often used against social fears. This can make you more talkative, friendly, and cheerful.