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Is Kratom Legal in Illinois?

From the Windy City of Chicago to the state’s vast prairies, residents and visitors may be curious about kratom. Compared to its long history of ceremonial use in Southeast Asia, kratom is relatively new in the West. In the United States, it has caused considerable debate and controversy, so those in Illinois may be curious if kratom is legal in Illinois.

Is kratom legal in Illinois? More or less, the answer is yes. However, it can only be sold to those 18 or older. Unfortunately, there are a few places in the state where its sale is prohibited. The legality of kratom in the state of Illinois is complicated. Although kratom is legal to sell and possess in most of the country, there’s been some backlash against it in Illinois.

The History of Kratom Legislation in Illinois

Unlike other states where kratom is either legal, banned, or has restrictions statewide, Illinois is a bit different. While it is legal to purchase to those over 18, there are a few municipalities that have imposed a ban on kratom sales. Those municipalities include:

  • Jerseyville – The City Council in 2017 passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale and possession of kratom within city limits.
  • Alton – Shortly after Jerseyville banned the sale and possession of kratom, the town of Alton followed suit, imposing their ban on the product in 2018.
  • Glen Carbon – In 2019, the town of Glen Carbon followed suit and banned the sale of kratom.
  • Edwardsville – As of 2019, kratom sales are forbidden in Edwardsville.
  • Antioch – This town banned the sale of kratom products for businesses with a liquor or tobacco license.

Other than these five towns, kratom sales are legal to those 18 years of age or older.

In 2018, Illinois attempted to ban kratom sales statewide by introducing House Bill 4106.  This bill would have amended the Illinois Kratom Control Act that probits the sale of kratom products to those under the age of 18. House Bill 4106 initially stalled in the committed and eventually died.

Kratom’s Legal Status from State to State

Kratom Legality Map

Top Five Selling Kratom Products in Illinois

Everyone has their particular kratom preference. Some prefer to keep things old-school and traditional and stick to pure kratom powders, while others aren’t fond of kratom’s unique bitter taste and would instead choose other options. Discerning kratom fans in Illinois also have their favorites. Here’s a look at MIT’s top five selling kratom products in Illinois.

MIT45 Red Vein Kratom Powder

Kratom traditionalists who enjoy the bitter bite of a kratom-brewed tea choose MIT45’s Red Vein Kratom Powder. This relaxing red vein kratom is our most popular powder. Known for its soothing properties, it’s perfect for yoga and meditation practitioners or for chilling out with friends and family. Like all MIT45 products, it is GMP-Compliant for safety.

MIT45 Green Vein Kratom Powder

Known for its middle-of-the-road properties, MIT45’s Green Vein Kratom Powder is a solid choice for beginners who want to stay old-school but aren’t interested in the uplifting white or soothing red-veined varieties. For a milder kratom experience, this is the product for you. Like all of our kratom powders, it can be used to brew as a tea or for adding to your smoothies.

MIT45 Black Label Kratom Capsules

For those looking to avoid kratom’s unique bitterness entirely but still want the kratom experience, MIT45’s Black Label Capsules are a solid choice. Both stealthy and mess-free, each capsule contains 150mg of Mitragyna speciosa extract, so there’s no worry about measuring or mixing.

Boost Bites by MIT45 offers the benefits of kratom in tasty gummy form.

MIT45 Boost Bites

Much like our kratom capsules, MIT45’s Boost Bites avoid the bitterness of kratom powders while still providing the ultimate kratom experience. Our yummy gummies contain 10mg of Mitragyna speciosa extract and 3mg of caffeine. The average serving size is two gummies, but those without experience can start with one.

MIT45 Boost

One of our favorite kratom liquid products is MIT45 Boost. Packed into its signature little red bottle is 52mg of Mitragyna speciosa extract and 52mg of caffeine. It’s the perfect companion for your workout or a late night out with friends. When you need an oomph, reach for Boost. It’s a great alternative to energy drinks or coffee.

FAQs About Kratom

What Is Kratom? Where Does It Come From?

Mitragyna speciosa, more commonly known as kratom, comes from the tropical evergreen tree that grows in Southeast Asia in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. For centuries, indigenous people used its leaves during ceremonies due to its many different properties. The leaves were typically chewed or dried and ground into a fine powder to be brewed as tea. Now gaining popularity in the West, kratom is used to brew teas, added to smoothies, or taken in capsules, gels, or as gummies.

Is Kratom Legal in My State?

Generally speaking, kratom is legal to purchase and possess in almost the entire country. The legality of kratom has been a long and hotly debated topic, mainly from the DEA’s decision to withdraw its intention to add it to the national Schedule I list of controlled substances. While most of the country still allows the sale of kratom to adults, there are a handful of places in the country that have banned it statewide. These states include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Wisconsin
  • Vermont

As mentioned in the above article, there are a few towns in the state of Illinois that have banned the sale of kratom within their city limits. Fortunately, many kratom advocacy groups have been on the frontlines of the battle to keep kratom legal.

Can Kratom Help With My Depression?

Although some have reported that kratom can help to promote a more relaxed and calm state, further research is needed. It is essential to understand that individuals struggling with depression or other mental health conditions should seek professional help before trying kratom products. However, for those who are looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals, kratom may be an option to consider after proper medical consultation.

How Is Kratom Made?

First, the tree’s leaves must be harvested. Depending on the strain, they may be young or mature. After the leaves have been picked, they need to be dried to remove moisture. This is typically done by drying the leaves in the sun or within modern processing facilities. The leaves are then ground into a fine powder and packaged for distribution.

MIT45 only offers Kratom products that are tested for identification, heavy metals content ([AOAC 2013.06] Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury), and microbial safety (Aerobic Plate Count [AOAC 990.12], Yeast and Mold [AOAC 997.02], Coliforms and E. Coli [AOAC 991.4], and Salmonella [AOAC-RI 050701]). Only products that pass these tests are made available to order.