Can you smoke Kratom?
This is indeed a loaded question, as smoking Kratom is definitely something that can be done. In fact in its geographical origin of Southeast Asia, the dried leaves of Kratom have been known in rare cases to be smoked. However traditionally in these areas it is either chewed or brewed into tea.The real question aside from can you smoke Kratom is truly should you smoke Kratom? And if you did what repercussions could exist for you and what would be your reason for smoking it in the first place?
Kratom otherwise known as Mitragyna Speciosa, native to Southeast Asia is a tropical tree in the coffee plant family. It is made up of two alkaloids substances – mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Both of which interact with the opioid receptors in the brain that often results in sedation, pleasure and decreased pain.
Possible Rationale for Smoking Kratom
Here in the United States the most common form of consumption of Kratom is in capsule, powder or extract form. However in rare occasions people have been known to smoke it. But why would one smoke it? The answer is simple, as much like other smokable substances such as cannabis and tobacco, when smoked the chemical response time is lessened exponentially. For example when smoking cannabis it is possible for one to experience an immediate response to the substance, whereas when ingested it can take up to 4 hours to feel its effects since it would take that much longer to reach the central nervous system. The same is to be said for Kratom. So Kratom users might be drawn to the possibility of instant gratification rather than delayed response.
Possible Repercussions of the Inhalation of Kratom
So the question of can you smoke Kratom has been asked and we’ve now learned that it is indeed a possibility, but what possible harm can come from this form of consumption?
There are two ways that Kratom has been known to be smoked. The first is by taking the dried leaf and crushing it up much like tobacco and smoking it in say a rolling paper and the second is to sprinkle the powder form onto either cannabis or tobacco and to smoke it in combination with the other substance. But here is the problem with both of these uses. According to the CDC– Center for Disease Control, “Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs found in your lungs called alveoli.” Two common results of this damage are COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Adenocarcinoma, more commonly known as Lung Cancer. Both which maintain a rather high mortality rate.
Additionally, the Kratom Alkaloids are destroyed at high temperatures. It has not been studied what exactly is lost when they are smoked, but it is well known that it will make the kratom dramatically weaker than if ingested normally.
So again, can you smoke Kratom? Yes, it is possible. Should you smoke Kratom? No not when there are other much more effective ways to consume it like in kratom capsules, kratom powder and kratom extract form.