Texas Senate Pushes Bill Forward To Regulate The Sale Of The Substance Kratom

SB497 would add age restrictions and regulations to kratom

 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 Texas Senate is pushing forward a bill that would protect Texans by regulating the substance.

However, advocates like Haddow say the powder derived from the leaves can help treat anxiety, depression and even addiction withdrawals when taken at higher doses.

“Eighty-seven percent reported that Kratom helped reduce their withdrawal symptoms from the substance they were using,” Haddow said.

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