Kratom enthusiasts are getting majorly creative with their kratom consumption methods. From the old toss-and-wash, patrons have graduated to things like tinctures, resins, capsules, tablets, teas, chocolates, and more. As it seems, the possibilities are endless.
Being that kratom is an herb, it was only really a matter of time before people started asking if it could be smoked — like tobacco or hemp. And while that might seem like a viable possibility, there are some major considerations that need to be taken into account before you wrap up that dry leaf and puff on that blunt.
First things first — what compounds are found in kratom and how do they work? There are two major components in the kratom plant that is responsible for producing the plant’s iconic effects. These are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. They work by binding to opioid receptors in your brain, and thus produce any combination of the following effects:
In higher doses, it’s possible for these compounds to produce effects like dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and perhaps even confusion or loss of consciousness. The effects are different for everyone, and no two people will react to the herb in the exact same way.
These days, the most widely accepted method of taking kratom involves simply tossing a dose into your mouth and washing it down with water. Of course, other methods have surfaced since its advent, and most (if not all) of them involve taking kratom orally.
In theory, yes you can. But that doesn’t mean that you should. Unlike hemp which has compounds that get activated when subjected to heat, kratom doesn’t need a change in temperature to activate its chemistry.
That’s why in places like Malaysia and Indonesia where the plant grows native, locals simply pluck the leaves from the plant and chew them raw. They don’t need extra preparation or procedures in order to work.
And while you might be able to smoke the dried leaves and experience the plant’s effects, it’s not a perfect method of use because the heat can actually cause the alkaloids to deteriorate. What that simply means is that when you burn kratom, it loses potency.
That’s why most vendors don’t sell kratom vapes, kratom cigarettes, and other kratom products that would require heating the herb since it actually works against the plant’s chemistry.
Aside from affecting the herb’s potency, smoking kratom can also affect your body in various negative ways. While the studies are limited, existing reports reveal that the dangers of smoking kratom may far exceed its alleged benefits:
There’s really no need to experiment with smoking kratom since there are so many other ways to use the stuff. Generally speaking, the oral use of kratom proves to be the most ideal way of consuming the herb since it doesn’t pose the same health risks as smoking or vaping.
Here are just some ways to try kratom:
Let it be known that consuming kratom has not been found to produce adverse reactions. Even when smoking the stuff, it isn’t the plant’s chemistry that causes the problems, but the byproducts of the burning process.
Can’t smoke kratom? Well, it’s not the end of the world. While smoking might appeal to certain people, it’s not really the best way to enjoy kratom. Oral consumption of the powerful herb still proves to be the ideal method to truly experience the power of its effects. And with more than one way to safely take kratom, you’re sure to find the best method to match your distinct preference.