Is Kratom Legal in Bulgaria?

Written by Audrey Webber
Last Updated 2 years ago

Audrey Webber

Anthropologist & Freelance Writer

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) became illegal in Bulgaria back in 2011. The Lisbon Treaty might mean you can buy it from vendors inside other members of the European Union (EU), but that might still be risky.

Here’s what you need to know about the history and safety of kratom, the current laws in Bulgaria, and why these laws are so controversial.

Kratom Legality in Bulgaria

No, kratom is banned in Bulgaria.

This legal change was governed by the Decree 293/2011 in its Regulation on Classification of Plants and Substances as Narcotics.

It’s possible you can still purchase kratom to be shipped to your home, as long as it comes from an EU nation that hasn’t banned it, thanks to the Lisbon Treaty. However, check with local laws to be sure. Even if it is possible, getting caught might come with penalties. 

How Bulgaria Kratom Laws Compare To Other Countries Around the World

Kratom is a divisive topic for nations worldwide. For example, kratom use is illegal in 25 of the EU member countries (such as France and the UK), certain US states (like Alabama and Arkansas), and in Australia, just to name a few.

However, kratom can be legally obtained in 17 EU states, most of the United States, throughout most of South America, and Canada

Also see: Can You Buy Kratom in Turkey?

The WHO, Kratom, & Future Legislation

Despite many governments showing huge concern over the growing popularity of kratom and their efforts to shut it down, there is a glimmer of hope — maybe.

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reviews drugs of concern and either gives the ok or suggests they be controlled. This year it was kratom’s turn, putting thousands of users on edge. Kratom is safe, but would the WHO see it that way? If not, governments would use the WHO’s suggestion to jump on outlawing kratom.

As it turns out, the WHO reviewed the current research on kratom and decided it sees no reason to control it. 

Can I Buy Kratom in Bulgaria? 

No, you can’t buy kratom in Bulgaria. 

Because of the Lisbon Treaty, you may order kratom from another EU nation, as long as they haven’t made it illegal. However, it’s unclear how Bulgarian law enforcement deals with this practice. While we couldn’t find any reports of people getting in trouble for ordering kratom from outside the country, it’s entirely possible criminal charges could be laid if caught. 

What Are The Side Effects of Kratom?

Kratom is safe, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some dangers involved. However, most problems stem from user error and not the plant itself. 

If you fail to use it responsibly, you could suffer from several side effects. 

Some of the most common side effects of kratom include:  

And, just like opioids, kratom can be addictive. However — and this is crucial — it’s nowhere near as addictive as opioids, the withdrawal is not severe, and it’s unlikely to cause an overdose

Kratom Use: A Quick History 

Kratom is new to some of us, but it’s been around for a while. Those in Southeast Asia, its native home, have been using it for a long time. 

It wasn’t until recently that the rest of the world caught on. Just in time, too, as opioid addiction hit an all-time high

Opioid-based painkillers have been viewed as a scourge on society ever since they first came out. Sadly, people often become hopelessly addicted to opioids simply by using them as prescribed. 

This has led to many in the Western World looking for a safer alternative. Kratom’s pain relief isn’t all people are after — it also helps ease opioid withdrawal symptoms.  

Because it’s become somewhat of a trend, researchers are studying it more. As it turns out, many of its traditional uses are backed by science

Kratom Deaths: Can Kratom be Fatal? 

Yes, kratom can be fatal, but so can water, technically. The biggest danger from kratom use is if you mix it with another substance or buy contaminated products. Opioids, in particular, are a big no. Most kratom deaths involve opioids, so avoid this combination [1]. 

What is the Correct Dosage for Kratom? 

You’ll want to base the dose off of what effects you’re after. You’ll want larger doses (5-10 g) if you’re taking kratom for pain, anxiety, or insomnia. If you want focus and energy, go for smaller amounts (2-5 g). 

The general dose is usually between 2 -12 g; the exception is if you’re microdosing, which is less than 2 g. The safest method for using kratom is to start with 2 g and if it’s not enough, slowly work your way up to 12 grams.  

How to Take Kratom Safely 

Kratom usually comes in powder, and there are a variety of ways you can take it. For instance, you could make your own tincture, take it in a capsule, or brew the powder into a tea

Likewise, there are things you should avoid doing, such as: 

Remember: always purchase kratom from a reputable online vendor.

Key Takeaway: Is Kratom Legal in Bulgaria? 

No, kratom is illegal in Bulgaria. 

Kratom has been illegal in Bulgaria since 2011, although there’s a chance you can legally obtain it by ordering kratom from an EU nation where it’s legal. Is it legal to possess and use it, though?

If you choose to use kratom, remember not to exceed 12 grams at a time. This will give you the best chance at avoiding negative side effects.