Guide To Smoking Kratom
Kratom has become a really popular alternative to more dangerous – not to mention more addictive – recreational substances in a lot of different countries, but it can still be a bit overwhelming to new users who don’t really know what they’re doing. Like a lot of therapeutic drugs and drug-like items, it’s not always as simple as smoking it like a cigarette – there’s more than one way to use Kratom, and they’re all a little different.
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Kratom leaves were originally chewed rather than being refined into anything, and that can still have a noticeable effect if you chew enough of it. Since they’re leaves, you can also make them into tea, but this can take quite a lot of preparation – either way, you’ll need to find a source of raw Kratom leaves, which isn’t as easy these days since most sellers prefer to create powders or extract capsules.
Speaking of capsules, they’re often considered the most efficient way to take the substance, and they’re much easier to carry in specific doses. The powder is equally as popular, but it can taste bitter if you don’t mix it into anything – it’s usually added to caffeine-filled drinks, like coffee.
A lot of people simply take it orally in tablet or capsule form, since it’s the fastest and most convenient way to take the substance in almost every situation, and it’s discreet enough to not bother the people around you. Since it can be refined into a lot of different forms, you can get them in a vast range of shapes and sizes, although the only real difference is in the dosage they provide.
Can you smoke it?
Surprisingly, smoking is one of the few ways of using Kratom that isn’t really agreed on. Despite being an easy-to-burn leaf, very few people have actually documented whether or not smoking it works, and almost no Kratom users in the western world have even tried it. There are a handful of reports about people in Southeast Asia smoking the leaves since it’s grown in much larger amounts there, but it’s also been suggested that it’s much less powerful since most of the ingredients burn up before they can do anything.
Because of this, the dosage is much higher than with other ways of taking it – to get the equivalent of an average oral dose, you’d need at least 20-25 grams of leaves, although this will vary based on your health and body shape. This is because burning it is much less effective overall, and a lot of the “power” is lost due to the indirect way you take it, meaning that it takes much more Kratom to get specific effects or results.
It’s possible to smoke the powder rather than just the raw leaves, but the end result is still the same – it’s unknown if there are any significant differences between the two, but they’ll generally provide the same effects.
Why would you smoke it?
Although it’s much less efficient, being able to smoke Kratom makes it a great way to deal with addictions and drug habits that can cause serious harm to your body. Since it doesn’t have any significant side effects and is much harder to get physically addicted to, it can be a safer replacement for almost any other smoked drug or substance, even something as common as standard tobacco cigarettes.
There are no chemicals in it that build up dependencies since its soothing effect is entirely natural and doesn’t usually contain anything with addictive properties. They affect your body’s receptors and brain in the same way as opioids but carry far less risk, so they can feed opioid addictions without bringing about the same health problems.
All types of Kratom are known for their ability to reduce emotional and physical pain, acting as a ‘mood enhancer’ and confidence booster while also dulling joint pains and making you feel less stiff while you’re moving. At higher doses, it can even stave off depression and anxiety, or work as a natural aphrodisiac that doesn’t carry the same risks as medication or artificial libido enhancers.
Is there any reason you shouldn’t smoke it?
Smoking Kratom needs a lot more leaves than most other methods of taking it, so it’ll get more and more expensive in the long-term. Even if you’re smoking the powder itself, you’ll need a lot more of it to get the same effects, and there’s always a risk of cheaper Kratom being mixed in with something you really shouldn’t smoke in large amounts. There’s also a problem of storage, since you’ll need plenty more space to actually keep the substances out of the way when you’re not using them – if you live in a country or area that’s not very receptive to (or open about) recreational drug use, you might need to dedicate an entire closet shelf or drawer to store them if you want to keep them out of sight.
Since it’s less effective, you might also struggle to get a good effect compared to other methods, and having to burn it means that you’ll need to carry extra things – specifically, a lighter or matches, as well as whatever you’ll be burning it in. This makes it far less portable and makes it harder to use indoors, since it’ll produce smoke – even in drug-friendly places, you might still be asked to use it outside so that you don’t bother other people, which can make it more of a hassle than it’s worth.
One study from 2017 suggested that smoking Kratom actually creates more health risks than any other conventional method of taking it since the leaves can have a very high tar content that only affects you if you inhale it. There’s also a chance that it can cause respiratory problems, although none of these problems are fatal and they’re still much less dangerous than many other smoke-able substances.
What do people think about smoking Kratom?
A lot of Reddit users, not to mention smaller forums, didn’t see smoking as a viable way of using Kratom, either because they had tried it in the past and not felt much difference, or because they genuinely didn’t believe that smoking it would work at all. Users who have had experience trying it almost always share the opinion that it’s far less efficient and “a waste of Kratom,” even those who grow their own at home.
Some users hold the opinion that the high tar content and potential lung/breathing damage were actually the reason it’s been banned or regulated in so many countries and states, despite them being side effects of the consumption method rather than the plant itself. Some even claimed that it can have more immediate effects, such as headaches or discomfort, although this may have been due to other conditions or how well ventilated the room was.
In general, most of the internet agrees that smoking Kratom is far less convenient, enjoyable and efficient than any of the other normal methods, even just taking the raw powder orally – almost everybody who already uses or buys Kratom online, no matter how often, agreed that they’d prefer to stick to their current methods rather than trying to smoke it.
Overall, is smoking Kratom worth it?
Most people would agree that smoking Kratom is almost always a bad idea, even if you’ve got a lot of powder or leaves stocked up and can easily afford to replace it. It takes longer, needs larger doses, and isn’t as convenient, and the increased health risks make it a far less safe option in the long run.
It’s only real use is as a way to break addictions on other cigarette-based or smoking-based substances, since it’s still much safer than them, even with the potential lung and respiratory damage. If you’re using it for recreational purposes, it’s one of the worst methods to take it, no matter the circumstances.