AUSTIN, Texas — Kratom seems to be popping up more at mom-and-pop health shops, convenience stores and vape shops.
These Kratom pills, which are in marked or unmarked packages, claim to offer benefits like more energy and anxiety reduction. The substance comes from Mitragyna speciosa tree which is native to Southeast Asia.
“Many people use it like as a conventional food. These people found it helped them to increase their energy and to increase focus,” said Mac Haddow, a Senior Fellow on Public Policy for the American Kratom Association.
Now, the State Senate is pushing forward with a bill that would protect Texans by regulating the substance.
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