The Legality of Kratom in California

February 08, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Alternatives, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Legality, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors, Mitragyna hirsuta, Mitragyna Javanica

As the third largest state in America, the Golden State represents a significant cultural hub. It is arguably the number one state for legal medical marijuana with major cities hosting dozens of dispensaries.

Furthermore, kava bars have begun cropping up all across California with 10+ lounges in Los Angeles alone. But is the same true of Mitragyna speciosa, the Ayurvedic herb that has taken the Western world by storm?

Maybe you’ve talked to friends or loved ones in San Diego and found out that they’ve encountered some trouble, of late. What’s the story there?

Let’s take a closer look!


No…at least not on a statewide basis. Kratom is very much a legal substance in the state of California. It has remained unregulated there for quite some time.

Users can buy kratom locally in California as it is widely available in smoke shops. You’ll find locations stocking kratom capsules and kratom extract in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and beyond.


Back in 2016, the San Diego City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the manufacturing, sale, distribution and possession of kratom. Perhaps most alarmingly, it was lumped in with illicit drugs such as bath salts and Spice (synthetic marijuana).

Under their guide to merchants, kratom is codified along with Schedule 1 controlled substances. Under the statute, those caught using kratom are subject to citation or arrest by law enforcement officials.

This decision came on the footsteps of multiple hospitalizations, many of which were attributed to Krypton, a smoke shop kratom brand that was found to contain a dangerous synthetic painkiller. Adulterated products and deliberate misbranding by shady kratom vendors has resulted in increased efforts to regulate or otherwise outlaw the plant.


You don’t have to be reside near some Hollywood haunt to get your hands on premium Mitra tea. Krah Thum is accessible from a variety of highly rated vendors in Modesto and surrounding areas.

The following is a comprehensive list of the top spots for Kratom Modesto CA:

  • Cigarettes for Less
  • No Limit Smoke Shop
  • Smoke City
  • Smoking Jays
  • Up ‘N Smoke


Although kratom contains a host of potent alkaloids which produce invigorating effects at certain dosages, this herb does not produce a “high” like other substance. This apparent lack of intoxicating agents means that it will not result in a positive reading on a DoD drug screening.

If you use kratom before going for a drug test, you should be in the clear. That being said, new and more advanced drug screenings have been developed and certain sectors are now implementing such testing.

Some of kratom’s indole alkaloids may show up in blood draws or urine samples, so you should take proper precautions if you are a career athlete or a member of the Armed Forces. Active duty military personnel are forbidden from consuming kratom and similar compounds.

Users on kratom forums have reported that trace amounts of mitragynine can be detected in urine samples at least seven days after consumption. While there is insufficient evidence to suggest that kratom could remain in the body longer than a week, it is best for users not to take any chances.

Individuals who anticipate a drug screening coming up in the near-future should discontinue kratom use at least two weeks prior to a urine or blood test.


While it would be nice to answer this question with an emphatic yes, there’s no telling what tomorrow may bring. As media outlets and federal institutions continue to condemn Mitragyna speciosa and its alkaloids, the future of the plant becomes less and less certain.

You’ll recall that in April of 2019, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a public warning, stating that kratom could open users up to addiction, abuse and dependence. While chronic kratom use at larger dosages does carry with it the very real potential of tolerance and abuse, the FDA’s warning failed to mention any of the clinical studies into kratom’s potential benefits.

As of this writing, kratom remains legal in most of the United States. However, it is imperative that we keep ourselves apprised of any legislative efforts that are proposed in the year ahead. To stay one step ahead of what you read in the mainstream media, keep this blog open in a free tab and be sure to follow the AKA (American Kratom Association).

Find out more about what you can do to support kratom legality at the AKA’s website. Believe it or not, we can all do more to ensure that kratom is not outlawed. Whether you donate whatever you can afford or simply contact your local representatives to let your position be known, a little support can go a long way.


Many readers will find it noteworthy that kratom can be legally purchased on the Internet in outlying areas, particularly in areas outside city limits. For example, if you are a resident of San Diego, you can still place an order for kratom if you have it shipped to an address registered in such places as El Cajon or La Mesa.

Buying kratom online is the safest and easiest way to obtain pure, uncontaminated Mitragyna speciosa from a reputable source. The top kratom suppliers in 2020 submit their products for third party laboratory testing and offer 30 day money back guarantees to their customers.

The following is a short list of my top picks for online kratom:

  • Meridian Botanicals
  • Mitragaia
  • PDO Botanicals, aka Pharmacy Dropout
  • Phytoextractum
  • Urban Ice Organics, aka Natural Organix


If you live in a state or county where kratom has been criminalized, all hope is not lost. You can just as easily pick up kratom’s sister plants—mitragyna Hirsuta or Javanica.

Mitragyna hirsuta is the number one choice among those who wish to experience kratom’s wonders without getting overstimulated. Mitragyna javanica or m javincia, as it is sometimes called, is ideal for first-time users who require a less powerful experience.

Each shares important similarities with kratom including potent alkaloids and an inviting aroma. Both are also readily available on e-commerce sites and are 100% legal to sell, possess and consume.


No matter where you live, you have options at your disposal. Whether you’re enjoying everyone’s favorite Ayurvedic herb or settling for something milder, you’ll find a wealth of vendors on the Web. Happy hunting!

Bob Freville
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