Some background on this controversial psychoactive herb: the raw leaves are typically chewed recreationally in Thailand and its effects vaguely mimic that of morphine or Xanax: euphoria, fatigue, relaxation. In very, very rare cases, people have reported the side effects of psychosis, convulsions, hallucinations, and confusion.
Kratom has been heavily sensationalized and even labeled as “herbal heroin.” Let me stress that it is not, regardless of the fact that it contains the chemical agonist which is present in morphine. No, there has never been one documented case of overdosing on kratom, but that hasn’t stopped the Thai government from passing The Kratom Act 2486, making the planting of kratom trees illegal throughout the country. It’s also illegal in Malaysia.