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The Low Down on Lighting Up with Kratom

You can chew it, drink it, swallow it in pill form, even convert it into topicals like soap – what more could you ask from such a potent and versatile herbal remedy? Inevitably, there will be those whose curiosity is piqued enough to ask the question, “Can you smoke kratom, too?”

With so many healthy ways to consume the Southeast Asian “miracle” plant, why one would consider burning it is beyond us, but the answer is yes – you can. Should you? That’s a different matter altogether.

How Kratom Works

Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a deciduous tree that originates in the humid, tropical climates of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Long ago, the locals of these countries discovered, likely inadvertently, that the leaves of this tree were an excellent source of stimulation and sedation, and so began consuming them either by chewing the leaves or brewing them into tea.

The leaves of the kratom plant are chock full of beneficial chemicals called alkaloids; mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are the most prevalent, though dozens of others have been isolated. These alkaloids, when they pass through the blood-brain barrier, connect with opiate receptor sites in the brain to bring about mild euphoria, pain relief, and more.

Today, we know kratom can treat conditions like:

  • Chronic pain and migraines
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Social anxiety
  • Depression

The Kratom Debate Rages On

The safety and efficacy of kratom remains up for debate in countries like the United States. Kratom is legal her,e but there is a distinct lack of scientific evidence on either side of the argument, which has made it simple for governing agencies like the DEA to decry use and distribution of the herbal supplement. However, anecdotal evidence persists, and patients worldwide continue to safely incorporate kratom into their weekly routines.

This is not to say there is no risk of addiction with Mitragyna speciosa, although the risk that does exist is minimal when compared to substances like true opioids, alcohol, and others. In fact, even the National Institute for Drug Addiction (NIDA) recently amended the entry on their website regarding kratom’s status, noting that, on its own, kratom hasn’t been associated with fatal overdoses.

Responsible Kratom Consumption

The NIDA phrasing is key – on its own kratom is safe. You can develop tolerance or dependency issue if you use it every day though this is easily reverse, and any withdrawal symptoms range from mild to uncomfortable, lasting upwards of two weeks. Most people find they can avoid issues by taking regular kratom breaks or doing a monthly cleanse.

Combined with other substances like opiates or alcohol, however, kratom’s sedative qualities may be amplified, resulting in extreme lethargy and possibly overdose, which, in several cases, has proved fatal.

Practice safe consumption:

  • Only use kratom when you need it, or once or twice a week.
  • Never combine kratom with other sedative substances.
  • If you must use kratom daily to treat chronic pain, alternate strains.
  • When affected by kratom, avoid driving, operating machinery or engaging in activities that require you to remain focused and alert.
  • Always buy certified organic, 100% pure kratom from a well-respected source like Original Harvest.

Can You Smoke Kratom?

Now we come to the crux of the issue – smoking kratom. It stands to reason that if you can smoke marijuana and tobacco leaves you should also be able to smoke kratom leaves. And so you can, but in the grand scheme, smoking kratom is a bit of a waste, since the amount of leaves one would need to constitute a typical dose through the usual methods would be more than you could easily smoke.

Think of cooking spinach – you pile handful after handful of spinach leaves into the pan until it’s overflowing but when you’re finished, you’re left with a small, wilted, and sweating lump of green. Kratom leaves aren’t wilted, they’re crushed, but the principle is the same.

Just because you can, does not mean you should. We’ve been warned of the dangers of smoking in general, and it should come as no surprise that combustion of kratom leaves wouldn’t be free from negative effects.

Don’t Put Kratom in Your Pipe and Smoke It

Many people point to the terrible additives in cigarettes as the only problematic parts of smoking, but even all-natural leaf can damage the lungs. Smoke and burnt plant matter from tobacco, marijuana, and kratom leaves can lead to the development of lung cancer and other lung disease. The effects are compounded with Mitragyna speciosa, however, since you need to smoke a larger amounts to reap similar results.

It’s safe to say that kratom powder, capsules, and leaf supplements are more economical methods of consumption, not to mention much better for your health.

We’ll take a moment here to point out another rare method of consumption that should probably go untested: snorting kratom powder.

In general, when you snort a drug, it passes into the bloodstream faster than if you ingest it via swallowing. Technically, yes, you can snort kratom but, as with smoking, you’d need to get a lot up your nose in order to feel the effects – it’s just not a cost-effective method of relieving pain (especially since it causes some on the way in)!

Rather than waste time and money on experimenting with consumption methods that are pointless and harmful more than anything, stick with Mitragyna speciosa products that are easy to use and more effective at doing the job for which they’re intended – visit our online shop for certified organic and pure kratom powders, capsules, and leaf.


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