Castle Rock steps out front on regulating kratom, the popular but controversial herbal extract | SummitDaily.com

Castle Rock steps out front on regulating kratom, the popular but controversial herbal extract

John Aguilar The Denver Post
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. Federal health authorities on Tuesday, Nov. 14, are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with the herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File)
Opioid Alternative FDA Warning

CASTLE ROCK — Kratom, an herbal extract derived from a tree that grows on the other side of the world, has been touted for its calm, soothing effects on those who consume it.

But it is causing some agitation in Colorado as the extract — seen by many as a safe, natural alternative to addictive and sometimes lethal opioid painkillers — grows in popularity.

Castle Rock is one of the first communities in Colorado to take a deep dive on Mitragyna speciosa, the formal name for kratom. The town imposed a six-month ban on the licensing of any new kratom shops last December while it works out a set of rules. Kratom is largely unregulated in the country and banned in six states.

Last week, Castle Rock hosted an open house to get feedback from the public on how it should regulate the product, which is largely sold in powder and capsule form at gas stations and head shops.

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