Smoking Kratom - Benefits, risks and critical information

Smoking Kratom - Benefits, risks and critical information - SPLIFF

Can I smoke Kratom?

Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Kratom tree has been used for centuries by people in the region. Kratom has recently become popular in the United States as a treatment for pain, anxiety, and addiction. One of the most common questions about kratom and kratom alkaloids is whether it can be smoked. In this blog post, we will answer that question and discuss the effects of smoking kratom.  

What is kratom, and where does it come from?

Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that can have psychoactive and stimulant effects. Kratom is not currently illegal and has been easy to order on the internet. There is no age limit. It can be brewed in tea, chewed, smoked, or taken as a pill. It has a long history of medical use also altough the medical benefits are still to be determined by pharmacology and psychosis.

What is kratom used for?

The use of Kratom is very vast. Kratom has a long history of use in Southeast Asia for its stimulant and opioid-like effects. In low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant, giving users more energy and making them more alert. In higher doses, it can cause euphoria, relaxation, and sedation. Kratom is also sometimes used to self-treat opioid addiction. Kratom leaves are also used for a variety of purposes. It is sometimes also called mitragynine. If you are trying kratom, get ready to have a bitter taste. 



With that said, we still need to disclaim that any effects or benefits of kratom still need to be proven by scientific evidence.

What kind of drug is kratom ?

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family. It’s native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries. The leaves, or extracts from the leaves, have been used as a stimulant and sedative for centuries. Kratom has opioid-like effects, but it’s not an opioid. You cannot use it as an opiate.

Is it legal to smoke kratom? Is it a controlled practice?

Yes, kratom is legal in most parts of the world, including the United States. However, it is not regulated by the FDA (food and drug administration). This means there are no quality control standards for kratom products. This also means that there is a potential for contamination and adulteration. If you’re thinking about trying kratom or kratom powder, only buy kratom online from a reputable source and always consult your doctor beforehand.

Small overview of the different types of kratom 

Let’s take a look at different types of Kratom and kratom extracts: 

Super Speciosa

Super Speciosa is a brand of kratom that offers a variety of different strains.

White Vein Kratom

This type of kratom is very energizing. It's often used as a productivity booster and can help with things like mental clarity and focus.

Red Vein Kratom

Red vein kratom is more relaxing than white vein kratom. It's often used to ease anxiety and stress.

Green Vein Kratom

Green vein kratom is somewhere in between white and red vein kratom. It has both energizing and relaxing effects.

Maeng Da Kratom

Maeng Da kratom is one of the most popular strains of kratom. It's known for its high potency and energizing effects.

Bentuangie Kratom

Bentuangie kratom is a newer strain of kratom. It's said to be very relaxing and can help with things like anxiety and stress. It also acts as analgesic.

Yellow Vein Kratom

Yellow vein kratom is similar to green vein kratom, but it's more stimulating.

What is the effect of smoking kratom on your mind and body?

Smoking kratom is not going to give you the same effects as taking it orally. In fact, smoking anything is not going to give you the same effects as taking it orally. When you smoke something, whether it’s tobacco, cannabis, or kratom, the vast majority of the plant material never makes it past your throat and into your lungs. This means that you’re not getting the plant’s full effect and exposing yourself to more harmful toxins and chemicals. 

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

So, if you’re looking for a way to get the full effects of kratom, smoking is not the way to go. However, some people do report feeling a mild “high” from smoking kratom, but it is not comparable to the effects of taking it orally. If you want to experience the full range of kratom’s effects, you’re better off taking it in pill form or brewing it into a tea.

Does kratom cause physical addiction?

Kratom does not cause physical addiction. Some people may become addicted to kratom because of its effects, but this is more likely to happen if they take it in large doses or use it frequently. If you’re worried about becoming addicted to kratom, stick to taking it in small doses and only using it occasionally. Kratom users usually don’t feel any addiction. It could be a good way for opioid withdrawal. People also think of it as a good way to get rid of substance abuse or substance use disorder.

What are the dangers of smoking kratom? 

Smoking kratom may seem like an easy way to get the benefits of this herb, but it can actually be quite dangerous. Smoking anything creates harmful toxins and tar that can damage your lungs, and smoking kratom is no different. In addition, the high temperatures reached when smoking can destroy many of the active ingredients in kratom, making it much less effective. If you are looking for a safe way to take kratom, try one of the many other methods available. You’ll be glad you did!

Smoking kratom may also lead to addiction. Kratom is a powerful substance that can be both physically and psychologically addictive. When taken in large doses or smoked, it can produce a high that is similar to that of opioids. This can lead to users developing tolerance and eventually becoming dependent on kratom. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction of controlled substances or kratom addiction, please get help. There are many resources available to those who need them.

Are there any potential health benefits of smoking kratom? 



Yes, there are some potential health benefits associated with smoking kratom. These include improved circulation, increased energy levels, controling blood pressure and pain relief. However, these benefits are not well-studied, and more research is needed to confirm them. It is also good for constipation according to some people and it is considered good for ingestion. Additionally, the risks and adverse effects of smoking kratom far outweigh any potential benefits of drug use.

Are there some safe ways to consume kratom?

There are many safe and effective ways to consume kratom. These include oral consumption, brewing kratom tea, and taking kratom capsules. While there is no “perfect” way to take kratom, these methods are much safer than smoking it.

Is it a marijuana substitute? 

Photo by Laryssa Suaid

No, kratom is not a marijuana substitute. While it may produce some of the same effects, kratom is its own unique substance with different risks and benefits.

Can it be mixed in dried herb smoking blends?

No, kratom should not be mixed in with dried herb smoking blends. Smoking kratom alone is risky enough; adding it to other herbs can increase the risks.

Conclusion - Can I smoke Kratom?

Yes you can, but it might not be the best way to consume it if you are looking to experience all the potential effects. There are much safer ways to take this herb. If you’re looking for the benefits of kratom without the risks and side effects, try one of the many other methods available. Your health will thank you!


*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Spliff but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*

If you have any valuable information to add or a correction to address, please reach out to a member of our team at


Veltri, C., & Grundmann, O. (2019). Current perspectives on the impact of Kratom use. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, Volume 10, 23–31.

Eggleston, W., Stoppacher, R., Suen, K., Marraffa, J. M., & Nelson, L. S. (2019). Kratom Use and Toxicities in the United States. Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, 39(7), 775–777.

Swogger, M. T., Hart, E., Erowid, F., Erowid, E., Trabold, N., Yee, K., Parkhurst, K. A., Priddy, B. M., & Walsh, Z. (2015). Experiences of Kratom Users: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 47(5), 360–367.

Swogger, M. T., & Walsh, Z. (2018). Kratom use and mental health: A systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183, 134–140.

A Case Report of Kratom Addiction and Withdrawal. (2016, March 1).

Grundmann, O., Hendrickson, R. G., & Greenberg, M. I. (2022). Kratom: History, pharmacology, current user trends, adverse health effects and potential benefits. Disease-a-Month, 101442.

Singh, D., Narayanan, S., Müller, C. P., Vicknasingam, B., Yücel, M., Ho, E. T. W., Hassan, Z., & Mansor, S. M. (2018). Long-Term Cognitive Effects of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) Use. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 51(1), 19–27.

Fluyau, D., & Revadigar, N. (2017). Biochemical Benefits, Diagnosis, and Clinical Risks Evaluation of Kratom. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8.


Reading next

Can I Smoke Wormwood? - SPLIFF
Can I Smoke Ginseng? - SPLIFF

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.