Final Store Closing Announcement:

We at Green House Kratom are very sad to say that we are closing our store permanently because we have been flagged by the FDA and as long as the FDA Import Alert 54-15 is in effect, we will continue to have trouble bringing product into the United States.

Actually, we closed our store back in June, with an announcement and reasons posted then<a href=”post/store-closing-announcement”>(here)</a>, but at the time we weren’t sure if we would be able to reopen or not. Now we are certain that we can not.

But there is a positive side: Now that we no longer sell Kratom, we can finally discuss openly all the truths we know about Kratom that we had not been able to share before due to FDA regulations on businesses. We want to say: Yes, Kratom is for consumption! It’s an amazing plant that provides a great natural alternative to a lot of problematic prescription opiates.

And before I share all our information I’d just really like to say thank you to everyone who has been so kind to us in our endeavors. Your words have impacted us in a significant and profound way, and it helps to reinforce in our minds how important it is for us to stay involved and keep helping to educate the public about this great plant.

My hope is that providing my complete collection of research here will help to educate people about Kratom, it’s potential, help reduce risks, mitigate myths, and improve the potential for it’s ease of availability within the United States and around the world, so we have put together a new collection of research and information about kratom available below.:

    The Truth About Kratom:

And if you are interested, it also contains the story of how Kratom has affected us, and the reasons we are closing; included below for your convenience.

Here is the story of how we became involved with Kratom and started this business:

    Introductions  (to Us and to Kratom):

Here are some of our qualms with the U.S. laws and what we think should be done about them:

    Qualms with US. Laws and the FDA:

Here is what we have been through to get us to this point:

    What we have Endured:


What’s Next?

Jessica and I of course will continue to pay close attention to the Kratom scene. We will return to to the forum to answer questions and will follow and support such organizations as the American Kratom Association (

We have decided however to close this store and focus on new endeavors. Jessica will be working on finishing her Nutrition Degree and writing posts and helping people with a new blog called (It needs some work though).  I will be working on developing some new bottles that fit well inside USPS Flat Rate Shipping Boxes. It may not sound that interesting at first, but a Patent for the bottles is already pending and the new website will be up and running in just  few short days, and we are excited because we have found some great new opportunities. But we have a lot of work ahead of us so please forgive us if we are not 100% attentive to this site…

But we intend to keep this site active, not as a store, but as a blog to help educate people about Kratom and it’s potential.

And who knows, if the FDA ever retracts Import Alert 54-15 or laws change, maybe we will try again as another company, but until then, many thanks for all your kind words and support.


Damian and Jessica Green

Jan. 12, 2016

What we have Endured:

Returning home from Indonesia, we tried bringing with us a sizeable amount of Kratom. We of course declared it, but it was confiscated by the US Border and Protection Agency on behalf of the FDA according to reasons established in Import Alert 54-15.

That was not the first time a shipment of Kratom sent to us had been stopped by Customs, but it was certainly the instance that caused us to be investigated by the FDA and what got us placed on their “Red List”.

At the time, our position as a company was that we were only selling Kratom to be used as an ingredient in soaps and cosmetics. As we understood it, that was the only way the FDA might consider admitting Kratom into the U.S.. Unfortunately, in their investigation, the FDA dug up some comments that we had made on the forum that suggested that Kratom is used for consumption. Yes, that was our mistake, and it cost us our business.

We have already spent many thousands of dollars on legal fees in attempt to maintain a method of importing Kratom, but we got to the point where we realized that it would cost many tens of thousands of dollars more to complete our case, and even if we won, we wouldn’t be any further ahead than any other new business selling Kratom. At this point, we recognize that it is simply not worth it for us to continue. A better use of that amount of money would be to pool it with other vendors and try to change the laws, however at this point, we need to focus on other avenues of earning money.

We would however like to share this with other Kratom vendors out there: until the FDA changes it’s policy under USC 22 or retracts Import alert 54-15, the FDA is going to consider Kratom powder as a product that is meant for consumption, no matter how well you try to market it and label it for another purpose. Unless you can provide evidence that all your customers are using the powder directly for making soaps, or cosmetics, or whatever, the perception is that you are selling it for consumption, and the FDA will confiscate your shipments. So don’t bother trying to market it as something other than for consumption. It is  a waste of time. We tried because we thought that might be the only route for us to be able to import Kratom into the country. We were very careful and distinct about marketing our product as a bulk botanical ingredient for the purpose of making soaps and cosmetics only. We had all of our paperwork in order, we had a broker, packaging that met FDA requirements for cosmetics, but in the end, none of that mattered, the FDA still withheld our shipment until they had a chance to investigate. So our advice to you is that if you want to sell Kratom, know that you are taking a risk, but you might as well stand up for what you believe in and market it for consumption with truthful labeling and keep trying to change the public perception of Kratom. Sell it for what it is, a great product!

It is also worth noting that we also considered a number of other avenues in which one might be able to get Kratom to be approved somehow by the FDA. I spent a significant amount of time researching New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Notifications. There have been a few more than 200 that have been submitted since DSHEA was passed in 1994 and after studying them, it has been observed that in the early years, while the FDA was still figuring out how to review and respond to the notifications, many of the New Dietary Ingredient Notifications were not denied, but in more recent years, only a very few have not been denied. Nearly everything is being rejected, including shiitake mushroom powder. And by reviewing the FDA responses to each, it seems that in order for an NDI Notification to not be denied, the bare minimum requirement is that the research must at least include one clinical trial of a NDI at the suggested levels of consumption with no adverse reactions in order for it to be considered “reasonably safe”. This of course is a very expensive requirement to achieve, and certainly not an option for us… I did however draft an argument, that if supplemented with such a clinical trial, might possibly be the quickest avenue to allow Kratom to be “not denied” as an NDI, assuming that there is not some crazy death streak that would cause the FDA to change their mind at some later time and then declare it unsafe.

The other obvious option might be to submit a Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) Notification, by which it is the duty of the FDA to prove that a product is not safe. This might be a better approach than the NDI if multiple clinical studies were done to address various dosages, however, that might be an even more expensive route, and in either case, the FDA will be acting as both Prosecutor and Judge, and neither Notification is likely to change the status of Kratom unless clinical trials have been completed and can provide enough evidence to them that it is as safe as we all know it is…


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Original Biological Description of Kratom (Translated):

Mitragyna Speciosa, Korth. is the scientific name for Kratom and was originally defined by Pieter Korthals and confirmed and reiterated by George Darby Haviland A Revision of the Tribe Naucleeae (Nat. Ord. Rubiaceae) Originally published in “The Journal of Linnean Society” Feb. 4 1897 p. 65-69

The following description has been translated from Latin by myself with the help of google translators and various online dictionaries:

Obtusely angled branches (greater than 90 degree angles). Leaves 14 cm long, 7 cm. wide, elliptic, abruptly acuminate (tapering to a point), base rounded or subcordata (heartshaped, perhaps with the notch oriented at the bottom?), below the veins pubesentia (hairs? or new growth?), veins 15. Petioles (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem; leafstalk) 25 mm. Stipulae (stubbles) 2 cm., lanceolateae (Shaped like the head of a lance; tapering from a rounded base toward the apex), sparse pubescentes (hairs), veins 9. Peduncle (the stalk bearing a flower or fruit, or the main stalk of an inflorescence) ternate (terminating? or arranged in threes or in subdivisions so arranged), 3-5 cm. Bracts (a modified leaf or scale, typically small, with a flower or flower cluster in its axil. Bracts are sometimes larger and more brightly colored than the true flower, as in a poinsettia) foliaceae (leafy) 4 cm., petioles (the slender stalk by which a leaf is attached to the stem; leafstalk) 2cm. Corolla (the inner envelope of floral leaves of a flower, usually of delicate texture and of some color other than green; the petals considered collectively) tube 5 mm., extra glober (outside the globe), fauce pilosus (throat hairs?); lobes 3 mm., glabris marginibus revolutis (smooth rolled edges). Fastined stamen (the pollen bearing threads). Style (the tube part of the pistle, in the center of the flower) 13 mm.; stigma (the pollen receiving part at the tip of the pistle) 2 mm. Calycis (the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals) lobes 5, quatuor breves rotundi (four short ones in the revolution), quintus saepe spothulato-oblongus(and the fifth often oblong and spatular in shape); tubi pars superior brevis(the upper part of the tube is short), cupularis (cup-shaped). Bracteoleae (the bracts) 4 mm., subglabrae(beneath the globe). Receptaculum dense hirsutum (The receptacle [the modified or expanded portion of the stem or axis that bears the organs of a single flower or the florets of a flower head] is densly hairy). Fructus costae (fruit ribs) 10, endocarpiis (the inner layer of a pericarp [the walls of a ripened ovary or fruit], as the stone of certain fruits) 4-valvatis (4 enlarged vulvas or ovaries). 
(Several previous references to the plant by other authers are given. including: M.speciosa, Korth. Obs. de Naucl. Ind. p. 19 (without description).)
Variation (a): The leaves have 15 veins. - Borneo.
Variation (b): The leaves have 10 veins. - Ins. Phillippinae; New Guinea. Malasia.-Borneo: Banjarmassin (Korthals; Motley, n.1169). Ins. Philippinae: Luzon (Vidal, n.798). New Guinea. Kaiser Wilhelmsland (Hollrung, n.674).


Of this, I have only ever seen one other translation on an Indonesian website came across later, after I translated this. It was quite similar but much more brief.

I think it is worth pointing out that the FDA places a lot of importance on being able to trace back to the original descriptions of plants, but in my opinion, this this brief description lacks enough detail to definitively identify the species. Then again, I’m not a Botanist, but could anyone who has never seen a Kratom plant accurately draw one based on this description?  I suppose the description only needs to be unique enough to distinguish it apart from all other similar plants, but it just seems to me that  someone should be able to get a sense of what the plant looks like based on the official scientific description of it. Is this it? Maybe a Botanist can help evaluate this further…


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Qualms with US. Laws and the FDA:

We at Green House Kratom have now found ourselves in a very unique position and would like to share the disappointing truths we have learned about the FDA and the rules and regulations that govern it. It is important to note that these problems are not unique to us or to the Kratom industry, in fact some apply to all foods and dietary supplements.

FDA Problems:

The FDA has many problems. The biggest problem with the FDA I see is that it has been given high authority to dictate new and arbitrary rules that govern just about all products in the US. The key word there is “dictate“, as in dictatorship. Of course the rules are not supposed to be arbitrary, but in fact they are! Take for example Import Alert 54-15: somewhere a small group of FDA officials did a little research (not very much) and found that Kratom has caused some adverse effects in certain individuals. That small group then made the hasty decision that Kratom poses a health risk to the general public and issued Import Alert 54-15 (calling for the seizure of Kratom being imported to the US), but this is where the breakdown of good government and regulation is occurring!

First of all, Import Alert 54-15 claims that Kratom poses a health risk to the general public, but where are the citations for the research that has been done? (Shame on the FDA for not including proper citations.) Without citation, the cause for the Import Alert has been made arbitrarily.

Secondly, where is the opportunity for community review?  There is none!

Federal and State legislatures now have systems in place where the general public can review and provide feedback on proposed laws and legislative acts on a daily basis with the help of websites like This helps ensure greater feedback in public policy making. The FDA on the other hand does not have in place a system for involving the public when making regulations such as Import Alert 54-15, neither before nor after the rule has been made. This is bad policy and needs to be changed.

Thirdly, the FDA has with it’s policy, created a situation where all “new dietary ingredients” (those for sale in the US after 1994) will eventually be deemed unsafe for human consumption, because, surely someone will at some point show some allergic or adverse reaction to each and every one of those new dietary ingredients, and by FDA standards, that is reason enough to make that ingredient illegal, or ban it from import completely.

Most foods have both health benefits and some adverse effects that affect certain people. That is simply a reality. The FDA has been tasked with trying to ensure our products are safe, but when they are confronted with a new dietary ingredient that shows symptoms of any adverse effect, the simplest solution for them is to avoid responsibility and make the product illegal or very hard to get. Of course, it mitigates risk for them! But this is not what the general public wants! People would like to have the freedom to make the decision about what they consume for themselves. With the advent of the internet, it is very easy for people to learn the major pros and cons about an unfamiliar product, and people should be allowed to make their own decision about what they consume to balance risk with quality of life. The government shouldn’t prohibit people from having the freedom to consume a product on the basis that there is a very slight chance that they might have some sort of adverse reaction to it. It is a risk we all take with every food and that is why so many natural products out there should never have been banned or restricted in the first place.

Fourthly, the FDA has created with it’s policy a situation where vendors of dietary ingredients (or foods) can not share a lot of truthful information about their own products because it would then imply that their food is a drug and it would then suddenly have to comply with all the rigorous and expensive testing that pharmaceuticals have to be exposed to. Prune companies for example are not allowed to share evidence that prunes keep you regular. Everyone knows that already, but what if for instance some prune company had done some additional study and found much more detailed statistics on that fact. Shouldn’t they be able to share that without penalty? (provided it is truthful of course.) The public should be given that information, but the FDA has created an environment where natural food companies have to shut-up and conceal all the scientific information that they know about their products. What would ordinarily be a natural progression of good information from the farmer to the consumer is now blocked by FDA policy. It is a huge infringement on the right of free speech to companies, and individuals advocating for those companies. The policy made sense decades ago, before the internet was around to provide information to people about an unfamiliar product, but today it no longer makes sense; food companies should be able to share truthful information about their products whether it is a medical claim or not.

Of course making a blanket change to FDA policy to allow food companies to make medical claims about their products would blur the lines between a food and a drug, but with the advent of the OASIS system, every single adverse event for any new product can now easily be tracked, and so new products registered as new dietary ingredients that trigger a number of adverse events, above a certain threshold rate, could trigger an FDA investigation that could lead to the reclassification of that product as a drug that needs further investigation. That is the simple solution for identifying misclassified products. But even a simple change in policy like this would require massive review of documentation and regulation, and it is not likely to be achieved at my request.

Holistic Approach:

A more complete approach to tackling the revision of U.S.C. 22 would be to account for modern technology and the internet, and change it more radically in it’s entirety. Ideally, USC Title 22 should be amended such that the FDA does not have jurisdiction to dictate the availability of any food, dietary ingredient (new or old), any product, or any pharmaceutical for that matter, except perhaps for those that have been specifically picked to be regulated according to legislation (like scheduled narcotics for example). The role of the FDA should not be to approve or deny new products at this point (the public can now find ways to come to reasonable conclusions via research made available on the internet); the FDA’s role should now be to monitor and report dangerous trends and perhaps enforce good labeling and information sharing policies.

Others have made thoughtful arguments proposing similar amendments to the law as well, here is one such example proposing change:

The whole point of this though, is that the rules that govern the FDA need some radical changing. The FDA was established to help keep order in times of rapid growth in the U.S. and in a public environment that could not keep up with the new information and changing times. But the advent of the internet has changed all that, and it’s time for the role of the FDA to be scaled back a bit.

It might actually help make the cost of health care less expensive… What do you think?

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Introductions (to Us and to Kratom):

Who we are:

To introduce Kratom, I’d like to start with a little story about us, and how we first got involved.

Many many years ago now, my wife Jessica (who, then, was not my wife) found herself, like so many others, with an extreme opioid addiction, something that she has now managed to escape, but not after a long and arduous battle. When she first decided it was time to quit, she voluntarily did it cold turkey. I don’t want to go into the details, but there was nothing pleasant about it. But that wasn’t the end of it…

Shortly thereafter, we moved to another city to get away from her old connections. 3 months after that, she still remained opioid free, but her mind was not free yet from the grip it had on her. Her cravings were extreme, her anxiety levels through the roof, she still had crazy headaches, painfully restless legs, terrible nightmares, and strange delusions of reality,  and there was no telling whether she would still be there when I would come home from work each day. We both knew we had to do something, but we didn’t know what…  We tried going to group NA meetings, and counseling, and considered a lot of different possibilities before we decided to check into a Methadone clinic. I am now certain that if we had known about Kratom then, it would have suited her perfectly, and we would not have needed to check into that Methadone clinic, and it would have spared us several years of agony.

The Doctors at the methadone clinic, I believe, were also unaware of Kratom, and so recommended for her to start Methadone treatment immediately.

It came as a strange sort of relief. The Methadone levels never seemed to be quite right for her, and the medicine never lasted long enough. Her dosage kept going up and up, and she never really had very much control over how she was going to feel on any given day. I’m not going to go into all the details of all the horrible things about Methadone treatment systems now, but I will say that we were not very well informed about the consequences of starting that treatment when we did. I wish I could have known how difficult it would be to quit, how torturous it would be if she missed a day on accident, how it would make her fall asleep standing up in the middle of the day or while driving, how terrible it would be for her health, how it would affect her metabolism and organs (it tends to make you put on a lot of weight), and how much control the clinics would have over our lives. “Liquid Handcuffs” Methadone is often called, and with good reason! Perhaps the treatment is not as bad for some, but for Jessica, and many other patients we talked to, it was a torturous life.

Anyway, after years of Methadone treatment, Jessica could see it impacting her health and quality of life, and knew that as painful as it would be, she needed to get free from the Methadone and escape the control of the clinic. It was only then, after scouring the internet for alternative programs and possible options that might help her deal with the withdrawal and residual pains that she knew would come from quitting, that she found mention of Kratom as being something that could possibly help with her “restless legs”. At first she was skeptical, and I was even more so. Quick searches on the internet seemed to reveal that Kratom may have had as many problems as it had benefits, and it wasn’t until later that we learned the real truth about Kratom…

After several painful months of an expedited taper off  of Methadone, Jessica amazingly got down to a level where she could switch to Subboxone/Subbutec by which she then tapered off that over the course of another month and a half. But the last little stretch was one of the most difficult periods for her to have to endure. The last couple of days of the Subboxone were agonizing and she began taking Kratom at that point. But withdrawals are crazy strong, and so it is rather questionable whether the Kratom was really strong enough to help relieve any pain during that time or not. But after a few days had passed, it was clear to Jessica that the Kratom was helping to relieve the lingering headaches and leg pain. Frankly, I didn’t believe that it was so effective at first, but as a little more time passed, I too began to recognize what the Kratom was actually doing for her. She very soon began smiling and behaving like her normal jovial self she is today. And just like that, Jessica was in complete control of her life again, after so many years.  

A few more years later, Jessica still takes a small amount of Kratom every day. She is healthy, and fit, beautiful, smart, and as lovely as ever… Did I say wonderful and amazing?

She has certainly inspired me to help spread the word about Kratom and how it might be able to be used to help others overcome the same difficult struggle.

And soon after we started to recognize what Kratom was capable of, Jessica and I began learning more about it and eventually started this business in attempt to make it available to people across the country. Unfortunately, there were already a lot of unscrupulous vendors who had come before us looking to make a quick buck and had already tarnished the name of Kratom in many respects and so, of course, the FDA had decided to step in, and in turn, that is what has caused us to step out.

I suppose I should also mention that I too like to take it occasionally, just for recreational purposes. There are very few recreational users out there that post about it, so I thought I should share here. When I take it, I have no pain that I need for it to cover up, so for me it is very much like drinking a cup of coffee. I don’t particularly care for the flavor much, but it gives me a little bit of a cozy warm feeling that is especially nice when working on my computer. If I take too much though, like most people, I get a nauseous feeling that I really don’t like much, so I keep my doses under 3g.

And to close this introduction, we were awe stricken by the stories we were told by our customers once we opened our store. We began to witness how much of an impact Kratom has had on the lives of all of our customers, all for the better, and we appreciated all of it. But until better information about kratom in this country surfaces, we find ourselves stuck behind closed doors.

C’est La Vie

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Traveling to Indonesia…

While we wait for shipping accounts to get settled and for our next shipment of Kratom to arrive, we thought we would take this time to go to Indonesia and visit with a couple of suppliers who we want to work with. Hopefully we will be able to bring some back with us as well.

Unfortunately, that means it may be difficult to reach us for the next week or so as we will be doing a lot of traveling in remote places. If you have any questions for us, leave it for us and we promise to give you an answer when we get back.

Damian and Jessica Green

Customs Withholding Kratom

You may have already noticed that several of our products have been marked as “Temporarily Out Of Stock”. This is because our last expected shipment of kratom was blocked from entering the country by the U.S. Customs Agency according to FDA issued Import Alert 54-15.

Other kratom vendors have also been experiencing similar problems.

What are we doing about it?

We are currently working with DHL customs specialists to set up an import account which should put us in a better position to be able to contest issues that arise with customs in the future. We are also doing our best to make sure we are in compliance with all applicable laws in order to improve our chances of having Customs admit our packages.

Unfortunately, this whole process has taken more time than we would have liked; it has already taken two weeks to set up the DHL account, almost a month of waiting for a response from customs before that as to why our last package didn’t arrive, and another week or so before that, for our supplier to ship the package.

At this point, we should disclose that our kratom reserves are running extremely low and we do not yet have an expected date for the next shipment to arrive. We are working hard to make that date come as soon as possible however.

If you would like to be proactive and do something to help kratom vendors like us be able to continue to receive regular supplies of kratom from overseas, we suggest visiting learning about what you can do to help, and leaving a donation. From what we have seen, these guys do good work, they fight to keep kratom legal and accessible in the U.S., but don’t take our word for it, check them out for yourself.

And to learn more about the Import Alert 54-15 and the laws that govern kratom in the United States, visit our about page here.

Thank you for all your support and understanding, and if we don’t have something available in our store for you right now, please check back in the upcoming weeks and hopefully we will have resolved these supply chain issues by then.


Damian Green


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