Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.
Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain psychoactive (mind-altering) opioid compounds. It is more commonly used in the Asia Pacific region than the United States. Also known as herbal speedball, ketum, kahuam, ithang, thom, it consists of fresh or dried leaves that are chewed whole, mixed with food or brewed as a tea. Kratom is sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled “not for human consumption,” sold as a liquid extract or gum, or sold in pill form (gel capsules).
Kratom is consumed for mood-lifting effects and pain relief and as an aphrodisiac. People who use kratom report increased energy, sociability and alertness.
Signs of use include sensitivity to sunburn, itching, sweating, constipation, increased urination and loss of appetite. If you’re concerned your child may be using kratom or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.