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Why is Kratom a Prohibited Item Through Money Apps like PayPal?

Shuanna Kaufman April 19, 2022 0 comments
Why is Kratom a Prohibited Item Through Money Apps like PayPal

If you have made your way to checkout with a cart full of freshly potent Green Borneo, you may have been disappointed to find out that your payment options are limited. Money Apps like PayPal forbid kratom transactions and it can be bothersome to attempt to do business using them. 

This can be frustrating when you are just trying to buy some of the beneficial supplement powder, so why is it the case?

Why Do Money Apps Prohibit Kratom Transactions?

Money apps, as well as some credit card companies, prohibit kratom purchases. This is widely known in the kratom community, but if you are a new kratom user, then you may be dumbfounded about the fact. It can make it more difficult to make online kratom purchases and you may see no rhyme or reason behind it, but according to the bank and money application companies, there is a purpose.

Let’s face it, kratom is controversial, which means it is easier for banking organizations and money app companies to forbid it than to explain why they support it. This does not necessarily mean that they don’t support it, but it is easier for PR to just leave the entire issue alone. But that is not the primary reason they do not allow kratom. 

The reason is that kratom is considered a high-risk product, and while we disagree, we can understand why money app corporations would want to avoid anything that may be risky to their business. Credit card companies and money apps consider many industries to be high risk including gambling, other legal, non-pharmaceutical substances (particularly recreational ones), jewelry stores, dating websites, and adult entertainment. 

These industries carry a higher risk of fraud, dishonest transfers, off-shore accounts, and transactions from areas considered more likely to harbor scams. This makes it more difficult for a credit card processor or money app company to trust a vendor, no matter how reputable. So, it is just easier to forbid the industry as a whole, which is what happened with kratom. 

Restricted payment options included credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard, as well as PayPal, Stripe, and possibly other money apps. However, there are still some easy ways to pay for kratom.

Do Credit Card Companies Allow Kratom Transactions?

In general, credit card companies, at least the major U.S.-based companies, do not allow kratom transactions. For this reason, many kratom vendors do not accept cards at all. The reason is the same as it is for payment apps, that kratom is considered controversial and high-risk. 

This is one way that ShopKetum is different because we can accept credit and debit cards for transactions to make it easier for you to get the kratom you want. This is important to us because we would rather you get safe, high-quality kratom than choose a card-accepting local smoke shop that will overcharge for kratom that lacks potency. You can also find a list of alternative payment options for us and many other kratom vendors below. 

Alternative Payment Options

There are options for paying without hassle or worry, but they may be different than what you have used for non-kratom purchases in the past. 


This money app allows direct transfers from one account to another, which means you bypass apps like PayPal. This is a preferred option by many ShopKetum customers because it is easy, secure, and compatible with many major banks in the United States. It will send us a message when you send the money so we can immediately prep your shipment. 

Other Transfer Apps

Google Pay, PopMoney, Venmo, and Square Cash are all options that are possible for easy one-time kratom purchases. If you don’t have Zelle or a credit card that you want to use, these are great secondary choices. 


This is an anonymous and easy way to pay for a kratom order. Electronic checks are secure and easy to use, but for regular E-checks, there is a two-day processing timeframe. We do offer an easier way that is much faster, called GreenBeanPay. All you must do is create an account and use a code to send money. 


Cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, can also be utilized to buy kratom online. This is becoming popular more and more for kratom vendors. It can be a simple payment option, but for some people, the whole process is uncomfortable and confusing. Still, if you are someone who uses crypto anyway, this may be a great option.  

Money Orders

This option is for those who want to mail in a money order through the post office, but this can be tedious and more difficult than other options on the list. They also cost a small fee and you will have to pay for postage. However, it is a safe method in regards to anonymity.

Final Thoughts

Kratom shopping shouldn’t be confusing or frustrating and there are plenty of options for buying your favorite strain from ShopKetum or any other vendor. Don’t let PayPal’s strict rules stop you from improving your own well-being! If you have any questions about payment options that we accept, feel free to contact us! 

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Shuanna Kaufman

Shaunna works as a Communication Specialist for a district in Oregon. She also owns a marketing company She volunteers her spare time to help defend kratom and serves on the board of Kratom United as a graphic designer.

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