Purchasing Kratom Locally at Walgreens, GNC, Walmart and CVS

August 18, 2018 Articles, Kratom Research, News

Please pardon the clickbaity title, but this is a question I’ve been asked by far too many people, so I figured we should clear this thing up once and for all. While kratom is currently legal in many US states, it still carries with it a pretty harsh stigma.

With the FDA coming down hard on the Mitragyna speicosa (kratom) plant and its active alkaloids, it’s no wonder that you haven’t come across kratom in your neighborhood Duane Reade. But maybe you’ve been wondering whether you can legally purchase it in a local Walgreens, GNC, Walmart or CVS.

The answer is technically yes (depending on where you live), but really no.

While kratom has yet to be scheduled as a controlled substance by the FDA, legislative efforts are being made to do so. Several parties have gone above and beyond to demonize the plant, making for a sticky situation for the kratom enthusiast.

If you’re used to buying kratom at a smoke shop, you shouldn’t be surprised if such shops stop carrying it. On August 14th, the American Kratom Association released detailed peer-reviewed documentation that shows the lengths to which the FDA is willing to go to manipulate the DEA into scheduling kratom as a dangerous drug.

In said documentation concerning the deaths of 44 individuals, the AKA found that the FDA had made a staggering number of errors and omissions that appear, at least to them, to be deliberately aimed at persuading the DEA to make kratom a controlled substance.

AKA scientists and attorneys claim, “The FDA has also misled the DEA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with incomplete, inaccurate, extrapolated, and distorted information on adverse events and deaths allegedly associated with the use of kratom to encourage unwarranted legislative and regulatory restrictions on kratom at the federal, state, and local government levels.”

In their white paper, the AKA put forth evidence of duplicated case reports, false autopsy and toxicology reports, and redacted statements by kratom experts. All of this points toward an intentional conspiracy to criminalize kratom and kratom use.

If the FDA has its druthers, you won’t be getting kratom at Kmart or Rite Aid any time soon. Hell, you won’t be able to get it at a local head shop, much less a superstore.

The good news is, organizations like AKA and the Botanical Education Alliance are working tirelessly with lobbyists and legislators to keep kratom legal where it is currently lawful to buy and sell it.

With that in mind, let’s review where you can still get your hands on kratom powder.


Unfortunately, kratom has been outlawed in certain states and municipalities. For example, kratom is legal in the state of Florida, but legislation has been passed to prohibit users from purchasing or possessing it in Sarasota County.

As of May of 2016, kratom is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the state of Alabama. So if you plan on spending the holidays in the Heart of Dixie, leave that pouch of pure Bentuangie at home, homie.

Other states that have categorized kratom as a synthetic and outright banned it include Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The good news is, kratom remains legal in many other states; it is legal in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (for sale to individuals who are 18 years of age or older), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (pending legislation), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

That’s a lot of states that consider kratom to be a legal herb and a natural remedy for pain relief and anxiety relief.


Kratom is grown in parts of Southeast Asia including Indonesia where farmers harvest kratom leaves from the mature kratom plants of the region. It is readily available across the globe from a network of growers and vendors.

You may find kratom powder or kratom capsules in your local head shop, smoke shop or marijuana dispensary, depending upon where you live and the legality of the area.


By far, the easiest and fastest way to get your hands on some premium kratom powder is to buy bulk kratom powder online. Many fine wholesalers offer kilos of kratom powder or ready-made kratom capsules. Some sites also offer enhanced kratom along with tinctures and extracts of all sorts.

Here is our list of the top kratom vendors in 2018. Companies like Coastline Kratom and Kraken Kratom provide their customers with top shelf kratom at affordable prices and often offer kratom coupon codes which give users 10-20% off at checkout.

Always do your homework before buying kratom as there is a fair share of shady vendors operating today. You can find detailed vendor reviews right here on our blog or check out what the kratom community has to say about different vendors on sites like I Love Kratom.

With hundreds upon hundreds of vendors offering kratom in the US alone, it is inevitable that you’ll come across some companies with bogus products or bad deals, but with a bit of research you can lay your hands on some quality brands with discreet packaging, dedicated customer support and great discounts.

If you’re an online personality or have a sizable social media following, many companies offer affiliate programs through which you can earn money and discounts by sharing links to their products on your various web pages or accounts. This is just one way that you can get premo kratom for cheap online.


Even though you are unlikely to find kratom products at big box stores or your neighborhood supermarket, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t accessible to the average person. There are a wealth of great sources for kratom on the internet.

Bob Freville
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