Vaping Kratom: the complete guide
The herb Kratom has been around for centuries. Over the years, humans have come up with different methods of administration for the sake of convenience, fast results, and effectiveness. These range from Toss n Wash, Kratom capsules to Kratom tea. Back in the days, some of the native Southeast Asians used to take it by chewing the leaves. One of the latest addition here is Vaping. Vaporizers are very popular in the administration of medical marijuana. Other than getting the job done a lot faster, Vaporizers have also enhanced the experience by allowing the user to use flavorings. This explains why the Kratom community is also looking to tap into the unique benefits of vaping the various strains available in the market.
The truth is that indeed, you can vape Kratom. Actually, this has been a trendy practice for quite some time now. We’ve even seen Kratom vape products increased in the last couple of years. The question, however, is, should you vape Kratom?
This is a major problem for various reasons. First, Kratom strains are effective due to the alkaloid composition. Unfortunately, the alkaloids can be sensitive to high temperatures. This means that if you are vaping the strains, there is a possibility that you could destroy the alkaloids. If this happens, then all your vaping is in vain.
Secondly, we cannot ignore the health implications of vaping. According to a 2018 report from NAP, vaping is linked to a number of issues, including cell dysfunction, DNA damage, and oxidative stress. Vaping has also been in the news lately, and we actually understand that the Federal and State Health Authorities started investigations looking at the outbreak of severe lung diseases linked to vaping products and e-cigarettes. We know that the specific vaping products used significantly influences the sort of health implications users might experience. So, it’s possible that vaping Kratom may not be as harmful as some of the other products, but then there aren’t any trials to prove that so it’s all hearsay.
As we said, the question shouldn’t be whether you can vape Kratom but rather, whether you should do it.
How to Vape Kratom?
Kratom is commonly vaped in two ways:
Vaping Kratom with Herbal Vaporizers
Herbal vaporizers are very popular, especially in the application of medical cannabis. You can buy them in different online stores or even in your local herbal outlets. Most of these also stock herbal vaporizers specialized for Kratom products.
Herbal Vaporizers work by heating the Kratom to a certain temperature. Most of them will heat to temperatures of about 347°F to 400°F or 175°C to 200°C producing vapor or steam. The users inhale the vapor, and that’s how the Kratom gets into their systems.
To achieve the desired results, you’ll probably need to go for desktop vaporizers with a huge herb chamber. These are very convenient as they allow you to load enough Kratom to get the desired results instead of having to reload your herb mid-vaping.
Vaping Kratom with E-Cigarettes or Liquid Vaporizers
Liquid vaporizers are quickly replacing herbal vaporizers, and that’s because they’re believed to be safer and versatile with the ability to add flavorings.
The process here is straightforward. It involves heating of a liquid to produce a vapor, which is now inhaled by the user. In this particular case, you’ll need to convert your Kratom extract into a liquid and not just any liquid. The liquid must be compatible with the electronic cigarette you are using. After getting the liquid, you can add some flavorings to enrich the taste of the Kratom liquid. You could also take advantage of other substances which are typically added to increase the longevity of the liquid. Load the liquid into the machine and start vaping. The biggest challenge in vaping Kratom with liquid vaporizers is finding the appropriate Kratom liquid. This can be very hectic.
Health Benefits of Vaping Kratom
Even though vaping is surrounded by so much controversy, it is also beneficial in a number of ways. For instance, vaping of Kratom is known to:
- Relieve chronic pain
- Boost energy
- Strengthen the immune system
- Regulate blood pressure
- Calms the brain
- Enhance relaxation
- Enhance metabolism
- Fight anxiety
- Increase sexual energy
Ultimately, the exact effects that you’ll experience will depend on the Kratom strain utilized.
What are the Advantages of Vaping Kratom?
How is Vaping Kratom superior over the other modes of administration?
- The Kratom Effects Set in Sooner
There is so much that goes on in your body between the time that you ingest Kratom and when it reaches the receptors in your brain. When taking Kratom orally – be it via toss n wash, capsules or tea – they have to go through the digestive system first. This is where they are broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. This process can take some time, especially if you’ve taken Kratom capsules where they must be digested first for the powder to be exposed. Usually, the whole process takes about 10-15 minutes before you witness the onset of the effects.
Vaping Kratom is a totally different experience. When you vape your Kratom, you bypass the digestive system, and this allows the alkaloids to reach your brain receptors also faster. The vapor usually goes into your lungs, where it is absorbed into your bloodstream directly along with oxygen. Reports show that it can take as little as 10 seconds to see the effects. This is honestly insane, but I can see how it will be very useful. Say you are in excruciating pain where you can’t take another second of it. Vaping Kratom will come through for you a lot sooner than Kratom capsules will.
- It Can Help You Quit Smoking
Vaping Kratom does not just help in quitting smoking because it interacts with the opioid receptors but also due to the experience. Vaping delivers a psychological experience that makes quitting smoking a bit easier. The process of preparing the herb, inhaling, and exhaling some smoke gives the users the distinct smoking feeling they are used to, except in this case, they’re taking a beneficial herb and not some harmful substance.
- Vaping Kratom is a Cool Experience
Vaping Kratom is definitely not for everyone, but a significant group of people will find it a lot cooler than say taking Kratom tea. It’s not much, but it is something particularly if you are a recovering smoker.
What are the Disadvantages of Vaping Kratom?
- It is not very effective
When you place vaping side by side with toss n wash and Kratom capsules, you will realize that it is nowhere as effective as the other two. In vaping, so much of the Kratom will be going to waste. This is unlike the other two, where there’s almost no possibility for wastage.
It’s for this reason that some reports show you need to use more Kratom in vaping to get the desired dosage. Some sources go as far as showing that you need to vape as much as 10 times the usual amount of Kratom e.g., If you usually use 3 grams, you may have to use up to 30 grams to feel the same effects.
- It is not cost-efficient
If you are using as much as 10 times the regular Kratom dose to experience the same effects, it means that you need to buy more Kratom, and this is simply not efficient. Your reserves will run out much faster. You will always spend more cash, and yet the results remain the same.
- It can destroy the alkaloids
If you know how to make Kratom tea, you know that the tea needs to be simmered and not boiled. The simple reason for that is that high temperatures can destroy alkaloids.
Certain vapes can get as hot as 1652°F or 900°C, which is really dangerous to the alkaloids. If you are not careful, these temperatures can damage the alkaloids, which translates to weak or no results at all.
- The best vaping liquid is expensive and hard to come by
If you are hoping to vape Kratom using liquid vaporizers, you will have a hard time finding the best vaping liquid. As we pointed out, the process of making this liquid is very complex. It needs experts and sophisticated equipment to be done. Not many vaping shops have the expertise and financial muscles to pull it off. The worst part? Most vendors will still stock some vaping liquids, which are substandard, and these are dangerous.
- Smoking is harmful to your health
Kratom is a very beneficial herb. There’s no doubt about that. On the other hand, everyone knows that smoking is dangerous. Therefore, your intentions of using Kratom could be clear, but the dangers of smoking can defeat the whole purpose of taking Kratom in the first place. For instance, the Kratom tar could remain in your lungs, where it can accumulate over time and result in severe complications.
We also know that certain Kratom vaping products are mixed with other substances for the sake of flavoring and longevity. When burnt, some of these substances can also be very harmful.
Vaping Kratom has only one major thing going for it, i.e., the results set in a lot faster. Is that enough to justify the drawbacks though? If you are a recovering smoker, the vaping experience may also swing you towards this over the other options. Unfortunately, even then, I still believe that you are better off settling for any one of the other alternative modes of administration.
Vaping is honestly too expensive and dangerous. Sure, you can use this method alongside the others and vape the herb once in a while, but if we’re talking daily use of Kratom, I’ll say it doesn’t make sense.
Hi there, I’m Michael and the owner of Buds & Blossoms. I’m a former opioid addict and I survived a three-year addiction. With the help of kratom I managed to get my life back on track and the main goal of this site is to inform and help people. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.