Smoking Kratom: Should You Do It & Does It Work?

Medically reviewed by — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Kratom (Mitragyna speciose) is an indigenous plant in Southeast Asia. It contains alkaloids that can help relieve pain. Kratom is widely used as a medicinal and recreational drug. Smoking Kratom however, is not common.

The leaves are the most important part of the Kratom plant. They contain high amounts of mitragynine, a form of alkaloid. The leaves of this plant can be made into powder, capsules, or tea.

Should You Be Smoking Kratom?

You can smoke dried Kratom leaves. But the simple truth is, you really should try other options. Smoking Kratom is fine if you follow the right dosage. The problem is that it’s going to cost you a lot of money.

Average kratom dosage when it’s taken orally is around 2 to 5 grams. To get the same effect as that level of dosage, you will need more than 20 grams of kratom powder when smoking. You’ll be burning through your stash quickly.

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In addition, inhaling smoke causes harm to your lungs. However, smoking kratom has less harmful side effects compared to cigarette smoke.

Benefits of Smoking Kratom

These are some of the therapeutic effects of Kratom:

  • Stimulant Effects
    At low doses, this plant can act as a mild stimulant. This can make you more energetic and alert. 
  • Sedative Effects
    At high doses, Kratom can produce sedative effects with feelings of euphoria and calmness. 
  • Relieves Anxiety
    Some studies show that Kratom is a mood booster. Taking Kratom in high doses such as smoking can help reduce anxiety. 
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    Helps you manage anxiety and depression.
    The stimulating and calming effects of Kratom can help eliminate stress and anxiety. Preliminary studies show that the calming effect helps improve cognition.
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    Helps you manage opioid withdrawal symptoms.
    Kratom can help people quit from cigarette or tobacco smoking. It can also be used as a natural remedy for opium addiction. 

How to Take Kratom

Instead of smoking kratom, you can try the following ways:

  • Kratom Tea
    Kratom tea can treat anxiety and chronic pain. To make a tea, brew the Kratom leaves or mix leaf powder into boiling water.
  • Chewing the Leaves
    Chewing is a traditional way of consuming the herb. Kratom possesses an unpleasant and bitter taste. To improve the taste, you can add honey or brown sugar.
  • Edibles
    You can use Kratom powder as an ingredient in making food such as brownies. Use the right dosage to prevent overdose and dependence. 
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    To make a slurry, simply mix Kratom powder with water. To improve the taste, you can add honey.
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    Kratom Capsules
    Kratom capsules are like ordinary capsules. They are tasteless and easy to take. 

How to Smoke Kratom

If you do decide to try smoking kratom, here are some of the more common ways of smoking Kratom:

  1. Rolling it into a cigarette.
    You can use dried leaves of this plant to make a Kratom cigarette.
  2. Snorting Kratom
    To do this, simply inhale or snort a small dose of Kratom powder as needed. You have to be careful when snorting the powder. This can cause irritation of the nasal cavities and sinuses.
  3. Vaping Kratom
    This is less harmful compared to other smoking methods. Vape kratom helps relieve pain and relaxes the brain.
  4. Smoking Kratom extract.
    Kratom extract is more concentrated than kratom leaves. It comes from kratom resins - dark solid mass made from Kratom leaves. Consume it in smaller dosage to avoid substance abuse. 


Smoking Kratom is not 100% safe and effective. Keep the following in mind.

Use a small dose of Kratom powder or extract. This will prevent opiate addiction - a strong urge to take opioid drugs. Smoking too much can also cause you to develop tolerance which will render you unable to enjoy its benefits when taking safe dosage.

Smoking kratom powder can cause harm to your respiratory system. Do not smoke Kratom if you have heart and/or lung disease/s. This will only worsen the condition.

The Verdict

The many benefits of Kratom can help people improve their health and well-being. However, some people commit substance abuse and addiction. If you want to know more, visit the official website of the American Kratom Association. They educate people about the proper use of Kratom and advocate its legalization.

Kratom alkaloids produce euphoria and other stimulating effects. To get these therapeutic effects, you can definitely try smoking Kratom but you may have to consume a large amount of Kratom to get the desired effect. It’s impractical.

Observe the right dosage when you smoke Kratom extracts or powder. Better yet, consult your doctor about it.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Epic Kratom, a blog dedicated to all Kratom lovers that provide honest and research-backed advice on how people can treat their chronic health problems using Kratom.

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