Industry Leaders Announce Formation of The Kratom Coalition to Advance the Science and Global Regulatory Status of Kratom

(EZ Newswire)

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, an alliance of industry leaders, scientists, academics, and advocates formally announced the formation of The Kratom Coalition (TKC), a nonprofit organization to advance kratom science and global regulations to ensure that consumers worldwide have access to safe kratom and kratom products. TKC aims to advance regulatory policy and advocate for the industry’s business interests as well as consumer interests on a global scale.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, where its leaves have long been used as a mood booster, energy enhancer, and mild pain reliever. Indonesia supplies approximately 95% of kratom consumed globally and its cultivation supports the livelihoods of more than 250,000 Indonesian farmers.

Although kratom has a long history of safe use in Southeast Asia, and millions of people around the world—including veterans, pain patients, and those with mental health needs—say that kratom helps relieve stress, pain, and symptoms of opioid withdrawal (among other uses), there is still much that is not known about kratom from scientific and consumer perspectives. Many misconceptions, based on myth and outdated science, have held back regulatory reform that would allow consumers to access safe and responsibly manufactured kratom products.

In 2021, when the World Health Organization considered making kratom a controlled substance at the international level, the WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to recommend a critical review of kratom” or its main psychoactive alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

"It is our goal to enhance knowledge and understanding of kratom, a botanical that millions of Americans, and millions more globally, consume to maintain their general wellness and live better lives," said Matthew Lowe, Executive Director, The Kratom Coalition. "Using reliable facts and research, responsible industry players and other experts will make clear kratom’s benefits and common-sense regulations for sourcing, manufacturing, labeling, and dosing."

That is why education and supporting the development of kratom science is central to TKC’s mission, which is to empower individuals worldwide with access to safe and responsibly sourced kratom products by advancing scientific research and sensible regulation.

TKC operates on five key values:

  • Access: The belief that individuals should have a choice as to how they look after their health, informed by the latest unbiased information available.
  • Education: Providing accurate, evidence-based information about kratom (including on our website), allowing consumers to make informed decisions.
  • Advocacy: Serving as a united voice for kratom consumers worldwide, seeking fair and sensible regulations that prioritize consumer safety, freedom of information, and good sourcing and manufacturing practices.
  • Community: Fostering a global group of enthusiasts, experts, vendors, and advocates to promote the benefits of kratom and fight for informed and responsible use.
  • Responsibility: Promoting the responsible use of kratom and encouraging vendors to adhere to strict quality and safety standards so that consumers have access to products that are safe, well-manufactured, and appropriately labeled.

To learn more about The Kratom Coalition, visit or follow on Instagram, Facebook, and X (Twitter).

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