Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects. It can cause effects similar to both opioids and stimulants.

Kratom is a controlled substance and has been easy to order on the internet. It is sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled “not for human consumption.” It is also sometimes sold as an extract or gum..

Kratom Overdose


If you take a large amount you could overdose. If you have any of the symptoms below, call an ambulance straight away by dialing 999 or 112:

  • Nausea
  • Tachycardia (fast heart rate)
  • Hypertension
  • Agitation or irritability
  • Seizure
  • Drowsiness
  • Coma

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

Mixing Kratom with other drugs can be highly dangerous. The effects of kratom are not fully understood and adding this to a drug with well-known negative side effects could be disastrous.