There are more ways than ever to consume kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) these days. From capsule or powder form, to teas and even liquid kratom shots, there are an array of choices. Many people ask, can you smoke kratom? The answer is a big NO, and we’re going to break down the reasons why smoking kratom is bad for you, as well as help you to have a better grasp on what is the best form of kratom for your individual needs.
It’s important to note that kratom, according to the American Kratom Association (AKA) is a plant that is “properly classified as a food under the provisions of the U.S. Food Drug & Cosmetic Act.”
Why You Should Never Smoke Kratom
While kratom is available for purchase in dried leaf form, it’s primary use is for brewing kratom tea, not for smoking.
It may seem tempting to smoke kratom leaves. People smoke marijuana and other plant leaves, so what’s the harm? As it turns out, it could be more than one would imagine.
First off, kratom is made up of a plethora of alkaloids, with mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine being the two that produce effects that millions of people benefit from. When the kratom is smoked, you’re quite literally burning those alkaloids. What does that mean exactly? Indeed, very small amounts of the alkaloids will likely still be present. However, that means you’re going to need more of the herb than other methods, which could potentially be dangerous.
The average dose of kratom is typically about 2.5 grams (individuals may consume more or less dependent on their needs). When you smoke kratom, you will not know the dosage amount. To reiterate what was said above, most of the alkaloids are going to be burned away, ensuring that you’re going to need more of the leaf than if you make a tea from it. Who wants to waste valuable kratom, and money at the same time? Nobody.
Also worth noting is the fact that the alkaloids present in kratom will enter your bloodstream far more quickly than other methods, once again making it impossible to gauge how much you’re actually taking in.
Lastly, as with anything else, smoking in itself compromises the respiratory system. With a lack of studies pertaining to smoking kratom, it is not known what detrimental effects it could have on your body as a whole.
To conclude, please don’t ever smoke kratom. There are a variety of other methods that can help you to achieve the results you’re after, as detailed below:
One of the most popular methods of consuming kratom is in capsule form. While some more experienced enthusiasts do not mind the taste, others find it putrid. For the latter, capsules can be a perfect alternative.
Top Extracts takes pride in each and every product we sell, and our kratom capsules are no different. Before each capsule is filled, you can be confident that every single speck of kratom has been tested using an accredited lab.
You can also choose to purchase kratom powder and fill capsules yourself, and there are also inexpensive machines available for purchase to do so. But if you want us to do the putsy work, we’ve got you covered!
Kratom powder is perhaps the most versatile of methods when it comes to getting the most out of the herb. You can choose to brew your own tea.
You can also choose to do the “toss and wash” method. While it can take time to get used to, it’s really quite simple. Simply choose the drink of your choice (we suggest orange juice or other non-carbonated drinks to mask the taste), and take a sip, but hold that sip in your mouth. Next, take a small dosage of kratom powder (2.5 grams is a great starting point), “tossing” it into your mouth with the liquid that was there already. Finally, while you’ve got both the kratom powder and liquid in your mouth, take another sip and swallow. Again, this can take some practice…the goal is to get the kratom mixed well enough to easily swallow.
Always remember to stay hydrated when consuming kratom powder, as this will help the herb to break down, and help to avoid problems such as constipation
Kratom extracts are gaining popularity, as people are realizing the ease and convenience that goes along with the products. As mentioned above, it is important to stay hydrated if you’re consuming kratom powder, whether it’s through capsules or the toss and wash method.
While relatively new to the market, liquid kratom shots are quickly becoming a bestseller. Top Extracts offers a product called Flow, one of the very best options available in the marketplace. You can choose to purchase a caffeinated or non-caffeinated version, depending on what you’re looking to achieve. You can “find your Flow” here. Each bottle contains two servings.
Another option that kratom enthusiasts rave about are kratom extract tablets. The tablets are small and easy to swallow, which makes it a nice alternative to kratom powder.
Perhaps the biggest selling point for both kratom shots and extract tablets is convenience. On the go? Pack a Flow, or have some tablets on hand. This will undoubtedly prove to be much less difficult than, for example, trying to toss and wash while traveling.
As you can see, the benefits of choosing any other option besides smoking kratom is going to be a smarter, not to mention healthier, choice. With the variety of options available, you’re bound to find what product(s) is right for you.