The Best Places to Buy Kratom Locally in Philadelphia

November 06, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Shots, Kratom Strains

If you currently reside in the City of Brotherly Love, you probably already know that kratom is legal in your area. Despite several efforts to ban this Ayurvedic herb at a national level, it remains unregulated in certain states, Pennsylvania being one of them.

But this doesn’t mean that it’s easy or, indeed, safe to buy kratom anywhere. On the contrary, there are places and products that kratom users should steer clear of. We’ll talk about those today in this handy guide to buying kratom locally in Philadelphia.

So, where can people find kratom in Philly? And how can you tell if you’re getting quality kratom powder? Let’s talk about that!

BUY KRATOM AT SMOKE SHOPS OR HEAD SHOPS

There are numerous options for buying kratom products and one of the most popular is purchasing them from local smoke shops or head shops. They are really the only places one can expect to find kratom in terms of brick-and-mortar businesses.

Noobs often ask if they can buy kratom at CVS and Walgreens, but big chain retailers do not stock kratom. You won’t find it alongside other herbal supplements at a GNC or Vitamin Shoppe, no doubt due to the stigma placed on the kratom plant and its alkaloids by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration).

We do not advise kratom users to purchase kratom from smoke shops because of the potential health risks associated with certain so-called “smoke shop brands”. The inherent problem with buying kratom powder or kratom capsules from smoke shops is the potential for shop owners to sell shady brands that are adulterated with synthetic chemicals.

One such brand was Krypton Kratom, a kratom powder that was cut with O-desmethyltramadol, a powerful prescription drug. This kratom product was sold at several smoke shops across the country and burning it led to a wave of hospitalizations and cases of drug-related death.

Some smoke shops offer bulk kratom powder in packages that lack the kind of detailed labeling most have come to expect from legit kratom vendors. For instance, one smoke shop I visited in Oregon sold kilos of kratom powder with no labels and were unable to provide any information about where their kratom was sourced from.

To prevent any mishaps, it is best to stay away from such proprietors and stick with trusted kratom companies.

That being said, there are some smoke shops and head shops out there that stock top shelf kratom brands and some of them are committed to quality and customer satisfaction. Here is a short list of the best places to buy from on a local level:

  • Holy Smokes
  • Philly Dream Shop
  • Wonderland

 

Don’t let their thumbnail on Google fool you, Holy Smokes isn’t a porn site. But their product line is pretty sexy all the same. This funky store is proudly advertised as “not your typical vape and smoke shop.” This four-star vendor has a wide variety of kratom powders, kratom extracts and kratom potentiators. Check them out here.

Customers have called Philly Dream Shop the best little store for tobacco needs in all of Philly, but how great are they when it comes to kratom products? As it turns out, they’ve stocked a lot of major brands in the past, from Kraken Kratom and Kratom Spot to OPMS kratom shots and so forth.

Wonderland is located on Walnut St and they sell everything from Maeng Da and Bali strains to Red Bentuangie and UEI (Ultra Enhanced Indo). Their web store is currently under construction, but their friendly staff are able to field any questions one might have at (215) 561-1071. Give ’em a buzz and see if they can do the same for you. ; )

BUY KRATOM ON CRAIGSLIST

If you’re really hard up and you can’t seem to find any kratom at a shop near you, Craigslist is a last resort that some have turned to for kratom in a pinch. You can post an ad, asking if anyone would be willing to sell or trade you some kratom powder from their own stash.

Do we advise kratom users to do this? No. It’s one of the easiest ways to get burned and those who respond will likely price gouge. But if you’re that desperate, there’s no one stopping you.

USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO BUY KRATOM LOCALLY

The information superhighway used to be a treacherous road, one hindered by dial-up modems and the like. Now that highway exists inside of the phones we keep in our back pockets. If you have an iPhone, you can use Google Maps to find kratom near you by simply typing in “kratom near me.”

In a major city like Philly, you’re likely to get tons of results. If you’re not satisfied with those results, you can also use the relatively new app Kratom Maps which allows you to find kratom carriers by typing in your ZIP code and selecting the desired radius between you and the smoke shop stocking kratom.

BUY KRATOM ONLINE

You’ll find no better option on the market than ordering kratom online; it’s the smartest, safest, most informed way to purchase kratom powder. Of course, ordering kratom on the internet isn’t fail safe; it’s imperative that you know who you are dealing with as there’s been a glut of shady fly-by-night vendors in recent years.

If you don’t do your due diligence and dig up everything you can on a kratom company, you could end up with sub-par kratom powder just as you would at a shady smoke shop. We highly recommend visiting sites like Reddit or I Love Kratom to see what other users have to say about past experiences with vendors.

Some of the most trusted vendors operating online stores include the following:

  • Gaia Ethnobotanical
  • Kraken Kratom
  • PurKratom
  • Kratom Spot
  • Coastline Kratom

BOTTOM LINE

I think you’ll agree that sourcing kratom is simple and easy when you’re armed with the right technology and information. But for those who are buying locally in Philly, remember to vet the smoke shop before patronizing their services. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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