An overview of Kratom vaping
People have been using the Kratom herb for hundreds of years. Over the centuries, it was inevitable that we would develop preferences on how to best use this substance. The different methods of Kratom administration that eventually arose were typically influenced by factors such as convenience, effectiveness, and the rate at which the effects manifested themselves.
This has resulted in methods such as chewing Kratom leaves (which is the primary Kratom ingestion technique used by Southeast Asia natives), toss n wash, Kratom tea, and Kratom capsules.
Lately, however, more and more people are looking to vape Kratom, given how effective and popular vaping has become in medical marijuana administration. Proponents for vaping state that using this technique not only gets the substance into your system faster but also enhances the whole experience by allowing you to use your favorite flavors. This is why more and more users of Kratom – especially the younger generations – are wondering whether vaping can be used as a way of getting the substance into their system.
The short answer is, yes. It is possible to vape Kratom, and quite a number of people have been using this technique in recent times. However, the question that you should be asking is whether it is an ideal way of using Kratom.
Is Vaping Kratom Effective?
You see, vaping Kratom poses a few problems. First off, one of the primary reasons behind the effectiveness of Kratoms is their high concentration of alkaloids. These alkaloids are compounds that stimulate the brain to give the pleasant experiences you obtain from using Kratom.
Unfortunately, most alkaloids are typically sensitive to high temperatures. And since vaping involves exposing a substance to high temperatures, you’ll be risking destroying the alkaloids in your Kratom, thus defeating the whole purpose of using Kratom.
Secondly, it would be irresponsible to ignore the potential health implications that are being associated with vaping. A study done in 2018 revealed that vaping has a link to issues such as oxidative stress, DNA damage, and cell dysfunction. It doesn’t help either that vaping has been making rounds in the news lately for all the wrong reasons with the Federal and State Health Authorities initiating investigations into the outbreak of lung diseases that are thought to emanate from e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
However, the general consensus is that it is the specific products being vaped that have the most influence on whether a user might develop health complications, as opposed to the action of vaping. Therefore, since Kratom is a safe product, vaping it might not be as harmful as compared to vaping other products.
How do You Go about Vaping Kratom?
Kratom is typically vaped in two primary ways:
- Using Herbal Vaporizers:
Herbal vaporizers are one of the most popular tools used in vaping medical cannabis. You can find them in online stores as well as local herbal outlets. Nonetheless, those that vaporize Kratom products need to be customized for that application.
These tools work by heating the product to a particular temperature, typically between 175°C and 200°C, which is around 347°F to 400°F. This temperature allows for the production of steam or vapor. The user can then inhale the Kratom vapor to get the substance into their system.
If you are going to use a herbal vaporizer for vaping your Kratom, it is best to use desktop vaporizers that have huge herb chambers. Such vaporizers are convenient since they allow you to load significant amounts of Kratom instead of having to reload half-way through your vaping.
- E-Cigarettes/Liquid Vaporizers
More and more people are opting to use liquid vaporizers over herbal vaporizers since it is believed that they are safer, more versatile, and allow the user to add their own flavor.
Using a liquid vaporizer is a pretty straightforward process. All you have to do is heat the liquid so that it turns into vapor, and then you inhale that steam. As such, you will first have to convert your Kratom into a liquid. However, that liquid needs to be compatible with the e-cigarette that you will be using.
After obtaining that liquid, you can choose to add your favorite flavor to enhance the taste of your Kratom liquid. There are also several substances that you could add to the liquid to increase its longevity. Once you have everything you need, all you have to do is load them into the vaporizer and start vaping.
The most challenging aspect of using a liquid vaporizer, however, is finding a Kratom liquid that will be compatible with your machine.
What are the Benefits of Vaping Kratom?
Here are the advantages of using vaping as the means of getting Kratom into your system:
- You feel the effects sooner
When you utilize conventional methods of using Kratom, such as ingesting, it takes a while before you can feel the effects. This is because some processes will need to occur first before the Kratom reaches your brain’s receptors.
For example, the substance will first have to go through your digestive system, where it will be broken down then absorbed into your bloodstream. This will take a while, especially if you have taken Kratom capsules as they have to be first broken down to expose the Kratom powder. This process typically takes anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes, which is the period you might have to wait before you start experiencing the desired effects.
When you vape Kratom, however, you will experience the effects much sooner since the substance doesn’t have to go through digestion. Instead, the steam goes directly into your lungs, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream alongside oxygen, which is then transported to your brain.
This process can take as little as 10 seconds, meaning you will start experiencing the effects within that period.
So, if, for example, you are looking to use Kratom to alleviate pain, vaping it allows you to get relief as soon as possible.
- Can help you quit cigarettes
Vaping Kratom can help you quit cigarettes since it interacts with your opioid receptors, which usually trigger the ‘pleasure’ sensation when you smoke a cigarette. Additionally, the action of vaping mimics that of smoking. This means that whenever you feel like smoking a cigarette, vaping instead will help curb that craving.
- It looks cool
People are different, and thus, taking Kratom the traditional way might not be appealing to everyone, especially the younger generations. Therefore, if vaping is your thing, then taking Kratom this way might be for you.
What are the Drawbacks of Vaping Kratom?
The following are some of the reasons why you might not want to vape Kratom:
- It is the least effective way of getting Kratom into your system
Compared with other methods of taking Kratom, vaping is the least effective. As mentioned earlier, vaping typically destroys most of the alkaloid content that is in Kratom, yet people use Kratom specifically for its alkaloids.
Vaping, therefore, results in wastage. Since most of the Kratom goes to waste, research shows that you might have to use up to 10 times more Kratom when vaping to get the same effects that you would get from your typical Kratom dosage.
For example, if you typically use 4 grams of Kratom in capsule form to get the desired effects, you might have to use up to 40 grams when vaping to replicate those effects.
- Wastes money
The fact that you will be using up to ten times your regular amount to obtain the same effects means that you will be going through your Kratom stash ten times faster. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem like the most cost-efficient way of going about things to me.
- Vaping liquid is costly and hard to obtain
As mentioned earlier, when using a liquid vaporizer, you will need Kratom in liquid form so that you can vaporize it. Nonetheless, it is not like you can make your own as a lot goes into making that liquid.
Not many Kratom vendors have the expertise or equipment to make such a liquid. In fact, you are more than likely to get a substandard product. If you do find a legit one, you will more than likely pay an arm and a leg for it.
Vaping has become immensely popular in recent times, not only because it looks cool, but also because it is one of the most efficient ways of using medical marijuana.
But do these benefits translate to Kratom? Well, even though it looks cool, vaping Kratom should not be your primary means of using the substance. It results in a lot of wastage, thus making it highly ineffective.
The only benefit to vaping Kratom is that the effects set in much faster. If you are looking to vape Kratom, we would recommend that you only do it on occasion, unless you do not mind having to restock your Kratom supply every other day.