West Virginia to tighten laws around kratom, hemp sales

Interesting to see Kratom on West Virginia’s radar

 West Virginia will soon tighten its laws around the sale of kratom and hemp-derived cannabinoid products.

What is kratom?

Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that can have both stimulant and sedative effects when consumed, depending on the dosage, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA says it is possible for people to become addicted to kratom and there have been several cases of “psychosis,” including symptoms like hallucinations, delusion, and confusion, reported as a result of consuming the plant.

The DEA says common side effects of kratom include nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, tachycardia, vomiting, drowsiness, and loss of appetite, but some users have experienced anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, hepatotoxicity, seizure, and hallucinations.

Kratom is not federally regulated by the Controlled Substances Act, but there are some U.S. states that have banned or regulated the sale of the plant.

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