Is kratom considered a PED, and is it banned by USADA?
Kratom isn’t included in the list of prohibited substances by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). However, athletes are advised to refrain from using it for health reasons. It is a plant that produces mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine, both of which have opioid-like effects and was initially used by people to increase work output and offset fatigue.
While the effects of kratom on a person’s health were monitored by the World Anti-Doping Agency for several years, in 2018, the agency announced that they would no longer be monitoring the plant.
Therefore, despite the acknowledgment of the drug as dangerous, it is still considered legal and isn’t on the WADA and USADA banned substances lists.
Since kratom is not currently addressed by the Controlled Substances Act, it is not considered illegal in the United States. However, the use of kratom in dietary supplements is illegal and athletes must be mindful of the same.
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