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Herbal Substances

Due to varying laws and regulations that restrict or ban the sale of particular herbal substances, certain substances are prohibited on Etsy. This list of substances is not exhaustive and is subject to change at any time.

Which herbal substances are prohibited?

Etsy currently prohibits the sale of the following substances:

  • Acacia confusa

  • Acacia maidenii (Maiden's wattle)

  • Alicia anisopetala (Black ayahuasca)

  • Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric)

  • Anadenanthera peregrina (Yopo)

  • Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian baby wood rose)

  • Banisteriopsis caapi (Ayahuasca)

  • Cannabidiol (CBD)

  • Catha edulis (Khat)

  • Datura stramonium (Jimson weed)

  • Diplopterys cabrerana (Chaliponga)

  • Echinopsis lageniformis (Bolivian torch cactus)

  • Echinopsis pachanoi (San Pedro cactus)

  • Echinopsis peruviana (Peruvian torch cactus)

  • Lophophora diffusa (Peyote)

  • Lophophora williamsii (Peyote)

  • Mimosa hostilis/tenuiflora (Jurema/tepezcohuite)

  • Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom)

  • Peganum harmala (Harmine/harmaline/Syrian rue)

  • Piper methysticum (Kava)

  • Poppy pods and straw

  • Psychotria viridis (Chacruna leaves)

  • Salvia divinorum

  • Tabernanthe iboga (Ibogaine)

  • Turnera diffusa (Damiana)

  • Any items presented as drug-like substances

Why are these substances prohibited and not others?

Drugs are prohibited on Etsy. We base our definition of “drug” on US federal and state laws, as well as international regulations. These substances face serious legal restrictions and in many cases are considered controlled substances under US Federal law.

In other cases, we have determined they are primarily intended for use with controlled substances. Possible legal restrictions aside, we have determined that these substances simply are not in the spirit of Etsy and we therefore do not allow them. Please remember this list is subject to change or expand at any time.

I don’t live in the United States. Do these restrictions still apply to me?

Yes, these restrictions apply to all Etsy members, regardless of country of residence.

What happens if I list a non-qualifying item?

Etsy reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to remove listings that are not in line with Etsy policies. Such listings will be removed from the site, and the member's selling privileges may be suspended and/or terminated. If Etsy removes an item listing for violating Etsy policy, the seller is still obligated to pay the listing fee for that item, according to our Terms of Use.

I’m not sure whether my items qualify for Etsy.

Etsy prohibits the sale of the substances listed above, on their own or in any combination of herbal substance or blend.

If you are unsure about your items, you are welcome to contact the Etsy Marketplace Integrity team. Click the link at the bottom of this page to get in touch. We would be happy to help! 

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