Can I smoke kratom? It’s a common question among new kratom users and veterans alike, and you’ll find a wide range of opinions on smoking kratom. Some people swear they’ve felt the effects of kratom after smoking it, while others claim to have smoked more than 20 grams to zero effect. So where does the truth lie? In We Love Kratom’s search for the truth, we turned to science for further information on the ageless question – is kratom smokable?
Kratom’s alkaloids, most notably mitragynine, cause and create the array of effects kratom is best known for. Alkaloids have been used for thousands of years to alter the mind and body, some of which you may already be using daily, such as caffeine and nicotine. A few infamous alkaloids, such as morphine, strychnine, and cocaine, have also garnered attention at one time or another. It’s obvious that there is vast variation between alkaloids, but what does the chemical compound in kratom have to do with smoking?
It’s all about absorption, and finding the optimal method for it. Alkaloids can be absorbed through the skin, orally through the stomach, or smoked, but the end result is always the same – the alkaloids are transferred into your blood stream, resulting in the stimulating effects of kratom. How quickly they get there, and how long they remain, is often determined by the method of consumption used, and the strength of the alkaloids in question. The alkaloids in kratom aren’t powerful enough to be absorbed through the skin (no matter how long you hold it!) and, like caffeine, you’re going to be disappointed if you try smoking kratom.
If you really want to smoke kratom, you’re going to have to smoke a lot of it before you feel anything, and even if you do, it won’t last long. It’s not uncommon to go through half an ounce of plain kratom leaf and feel absolutely nothing – if you smoke it. It’s simple science – the alkaloids in kratom are just not concentrated enough to be an effective smoke. Smoking kratom extracts, powders, and resins have very little effect when smoked, though you’re more likely to feel the short-lived effects due to the higher alkaloid concentration in these forms, but even the effects of smoking highly extracted kratom are barely comparable to the effects of orally ingested kratom.
That said, some people have reported positive effects when adding powdered kratom to tobacco or other smoking blends. The interactivity between the chemical compounds in kratom and the substance it was mixed with may be causing the light kratomesque effects, or perhaps it’s merely the placebo effect coming into play, but in either case We Love Kratom does not recommend mixing kratom with other herbs. If you want to fully enjoy the stimulating effects kratom has to offer, there is no better method than oral ingestion. Of course, if We Love Kratom comes across a kratom which turns out to be smokable, we’ll be the first to let you know about it! Until then, smoking kratom is a waste of good money and good kratom.