The Best Places to Buy Kratom Locally in San Diego

November 16, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains

The Plymouth Rock of the West is home to many great things, from its rich and diverse music scene to its many historic landmarks. San Diego is renowned for its multi-attraction parks, wildlife conservation, thriving nightlife and unforgettable sights.

But not everything about SoCal is so great and life here has its downsides just like anywhere else. The cost of living can be steep, the commute to work sucks, traffic can be a nightmare, the dating scene is often insurmountable if you’re not “plugged in” and if you’re a fan of walking to the corner store to pick up the bare essentials, good luck.

There’s a lot that life will throw at you in San Diego that calls for a remedy. If you want to relax after a hectic work day or keep your ass calm in bumper-to-bumper gridlock, you’ll want to get your hands on some primo kratom powder.

Californians have been burning kratom for years now and have found it to be a valuable tonic for everything from getting a restful night’s sleep to maximizing their workout at the gym. Armed with the proper kratom strain, users say you can boost your energy, increase your focus and stimulate your mind.

So where can you find quality kratom in San Diego?

There are many different methods by which you can obtain premium kratom powder or kratom capsules in 2018 and beyond.

Let’s take a closer look.


Purchasing kratom locally is simple and easy; you can use your iPhone to locate the places that carry it in your neck of the woods. Just bring up Google Maps and punch in “kratom near me.” If you’re not satisfied with the results, you can always use the relatively new tool Kratom Maps to do the very same thing.

With Kratom Maps, you get the select the parameters for your search, so you can choose between places that carry it within a 1 mile radius or a 300 mile radius or anything in between.

Many fine smoke shops and head shops regularly stock kratom products. Some of the most reputable examples of kratom shops in your region include the following:

  • Bumble Bee Botanicals
  • The Cage Smoke Shop
  • Coronado Spice and Tea
  • La Mesa Smoke Shop
  • So Cal Smoke Shop

Bumble Bee Botanicals is located on the outskirts of San Diego proper, at 851 Bowsprit Road in Chula Vista, but it’s well worth the trip for their dope produce line and excellent prices. They have a knowledgeable staff that are on hand to help customers select from a wide array of unique strains, each with their own specific alkaloid profile. Visit their website for a full list of strains and more.

Located on El Cajon Blvd in the heart of San Diego, The Cage is a fully-stocked vape shop with tons of handblown glass, tobacco products and kratom powders. They currently boast a 4 ½ star rating on Yelp with 96 reviews.

Coronado Spice and Tea is the gourmand’s paradise, a botanical store that also doubles as a homemade ice cream shop. Home to their signature Ice Cream Puff, Coronado Spice and Tea offers all the herbal essentials one could hope for.

La Mesa Smoke Shop is a snug little smoke shop with a quaint vibe and an awesome assortment of herbs and accessories. The place is stocked from floor to ceiling with novelty items, tobacco products, kratom capsules and hookahs. La Mesa is located on El Cajon, so check ’em out when you’re heading home from The Cage.

So Cal Smoke Shop has a friendly staff and some beautiful handcrafted paraphernalia. Whether you’re looking for top kratom brands, pop culture memorabilia or vape juice, they’ve got you covered. Customers have praised their affordable pricing and gregarious customer support.


If you’re a sociable kratom user, you’ll find some hot spots to meet fellow enthusiasts in San Diego. Local kava bars often have kratom tea on their menus. Rooted Kava Bar on University Avenue has happy hour drinks and fast service. The relaxed vibe and outdoor seating are other perks that you’ll get at this location.

Other examples include nightspots like Sunset Kava Lounge (also on University Ave) and the funktacular music and cocktail joint Kava Lounge over on Kettner Blvd.

Personally, I prefer to do a bit of a pub-style crawl when I visit my West coast friends, so we usually start out at Kava Collective on University Avenue and Centre Lane and make our way down the strip. Kava Collective’s a good choice for an early dinner.

Order yourself a smooth and sedating kratom tea to wash down one of their signature wraps or paninis, then prepare to hit up every kratom tea on the avenue. Some will let you order kratom to go.


If your neighborhood tobacco shop is dry and you can’t find a store that stocks your go-to kratom brands, desperate times call for desperate measures. You can post an ad on Craigslist seeking someone who might be willing to sell you some kratom powder from their own stash.

As I’ve said before, this is really a last resort and definitely not something we would advise. You never know who you might be dealing with or where their kratom came from. Best to stick with what you know.


Sure, you might have to wait one or two days for delivery, but at least you’ll rest easy in the knowledge that you’re getting what you paid for. Kratom enthusiasts should always purchase kratom from an online vendor who practices transparency and promises quality.

Look for a money back guarantee, a disclosure about whether their product was lab tested to ensure purity and information about where their kratom was sourced from. Here is a short list of the most trusted kratom vendors online:

  • PurKratom
  • Kats Botanicals
  • Original Harvest Kratom (Located in California)
  • Coastline Kratom
  • Kraken Kratom

The kratom companies listed above have been personally reviewed by our blog and have been found to be trustworthy and committed to excellence. They offer reasonable pricing and a variety of strains.


If you’re a resident of San Diego, you have plenty of options at your disposal, but it’s always a good idea to carefully vet your kratom vendor before ordering. Be safe, be smart and be well. Stay classy, San Diego!

Bob Freville
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