At Boulder’s Wild Side Smoke Shop near the Colorado University campus, the kratom is “cheaper than the stuff down the street at Freaky’s,” the clerk informs me.
“If you’re writing about it,” he says, “you should try it.” Discussing effects ranging from mild stimulant to subtle opium high—“A lot of people buying it are addicted to opiates,” the other clerk chimes in—he hands me a bottle of capsules mark
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