Where to Buy Kratom Locally in Gainesville, FL

March 18, 2020 Articles, Kava, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Blends, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Legality, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Shots, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

Gainesville is the North Florida city where legendary Grit Lit author Harry Crews spent the better part of his personal and professional life. After visiting the region, it’s easy to see why. Of all the cities in the Sunshine State, no place better exemplifies the intersection between hard-scrabble existence and the high life than the area we call Hogtown.

A sprawling college town with a prosperous music and arts scene, Gainesville is known for its first-rate education, world-class health care and thriving culture. It is also a hot spot for heads of all kinds, serving as a home to everything from cannabis stores and glass shops to herbal apothecaries and kava bars.

Those seeking kratom will have little trouble finding a source within city limits. Throw a rock and you’ll hit someone who’s hip to the wonders of Mitragyna speciosa. The following is a detailed guide to the greatest haunts that Gainesville has to offer.

But first things first…


Unless you live in Sarasota County, you should have no trouble purchasing kratom in the Sunshine State. This Ayurvedic herb—and its alkaloids—are currently legal in all other parts of Florida. While other states have considered a kratom ban, Florida lawmakers have recognized its potential value.

In 2014, Sarasota County chose to outlaw kratom use, labeling it a “designer drug” and scheduling it as a controlled substance. Despite this unnecessary statute, kratom remains legal in all other counties in the state.

As of this writing, no bills have been proposed to regulate or otherwise restrict the sale, possession, consumption or growth of Mitragyna speciosa in Florida.


There are approximately 15 shops offering kratom in a variety of forms. These include kratom capsules, kratom extracts, liquid kratom shots and even kratom chewing gum. Popular kratom products include MIT-45, O.P.M.S. Silver, UEI (Ultra Enhanced Indo) and FST (Full Spectrum Kratom).

Common kratom strains include Maeng Da, Red Bali and Super Green Malay, although it is not out of the ordinary to find smoke shops and bars that sell specialty blends and more exotic offerings, such as White Sumatra and Gold Bali.

The following is a short list of the five highest-rated sellers in the greater Gainesville area:

  • Brewster’s Smoke-n-Brew (5 stars)
  • Trip’s Gambol Gift Emporium and Smoke Shop (5 stars)
  • The Glass Factory Studios (4.8 stars)
  • The Grab Bag – Electronic Cigarettes, Gifts, And More (4.7 stars)
  • High Tides Tobacco and Gifts (4.7 stars)


That was the only decision there was once upon a time: what to do with the night.”

― Harry Crews, A Feast of Snakes

If you’re at a loss for what to do with your night, there are plenty of juke joints and dance halls to choose from. Gainesville provides residents and visitors alike with a wealth of choices when it comes to nightlife.

For the more sociable kratom connoisseur, you can’t go wrong with Mai Kai Kava Bar, a cozy kratom and kava tea house on W University Ave. Their positive vibes, prized collection of herbs and outstanding drink prices have captured the heart of botanical enthusiasts across the city.


If you’re anything like me, you place a primacy on security and privacy. Your business is your business and that’s nobody else’s business. Not your mailman, not your bartender and definitely not some busy body who happens to be passing by while you walk out of a neighborhood tobacco store.

One of the inherent problems with purchasing kratom from a local shop is the total lack of discretion. Anyone who’s within earshot can hear you talking about strains and their effects. What’s worse, some stores still bag your goods in translucent plastic so that your purchases are visible to prying eyes.

More alarmingly, cases of credit card skimming are becoming more widespread by the minute, making your local shopping experience a potentially dangerous and fiscally irresponsible prospect.

If you want to protect the integrity of your bank account and the privacy of your purchase, there’s only one thing for you to do—buy kratom online.

Contrary to what you may have heard, trusted online kratom vendors charge far less, on average, than your local smoke shop proprietor. That’s because they can afford to. Unlike their brick-and-mortar counterparts, online sellers source their product directly from native farmers in Southeast Asia. Therefore, they do not pay much for each batch of powder and don’t have to price gouge to turn a profit.

More importantly, the highest-rated kratom suppliers on the Internet are GMP compliant, routinely submitting their plant matter to third party laboratories where it is tested for heavy metals and other potential contaminants.

When you compare this to the staggering number of cases involving contamination and adulteration which have been traced to smoke shop kratom brands, it becomes crystal clear that ordering online is your safest bet. In other words, don’t gamble with your well-being, leave it to the pros.


Purchasing M speciosa from e-commerce sites may seem shoddy, at first blush, but if you spend some time reading user reviews you’ll quickly realize that these sites are the most reliable source for premium grade kratom powder.

The biggest names in the biz offer lab results, money back guarantees, coupon codes and free samples. These are just some of the ways that they demonstrate their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

The following are my top five picks for the best online kratom sellers of 2020. As you’ll see, these independent artisans are knowledgeable and affordable, offering their customers a wide variety and detailed information.

  • Meridian Botanicals
  • Mitragaia
  • Pharmacy Dropout
  • Phytoextractum
  • Urban Ice Organics


No matter which company you decide to go with, be sure to do your due diligence before placing an order. Consider joining online kratom forums where users share their experiences, both good and bad, and recommend various brands and strains.

Never be afraid to ask a vendor questions. And always demand answers. After all, it’s your body and your body is your temple. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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