Smoking Kratom: Why You Shouldn’t Do It

April 23, 2017 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Strains


Dried kratom leaves are typically brewed into a tea or tincture. The leaves are strained and can be enjoyed as a nice, healthy drink. But not everyone likes drinking tea. For those who don’t, there are a number of other kratom drinks that you can purchase or prepare on your own at home.

Kratom comes in many forms—there is bulk kratom powder, there are potent kratom extracts and there are even kratom shots that look not unlike those popular energy shots you find in your neighborhood 7-Eleven. But all too many kratom newbies ask if kratom can be smoked.

Some are curious if you can sprinkle it on tobacco and roll it into a cigarette. Others want to know if you can straight up smoke kratom on its own in a pipe or bowl. The short answer is, yes. But this is not something you want to do.

And don’t just take it from us. There is a thorough guide on YouTube that explains why smoking kratom is simply not a viable option when it comes to “burning” kratom.


While kratom is absolutely a smokeable herb, the amount that would be necessary to reap any “aroma” is completely cost-preventative. While the average dose of kratom in powder form ranges from 2-5 grams, smoking an effective amount of kratom would take upwards of 20 grams.

If you are looking to achieve a “high” from smoking kratom, you will likely be extremely disappointed as they will end up burning through their kratom supply far faster than those who turn their kratom powder into kratom capsules or kratom tea.

The active kratom alkaloids contained in Mitragyna speciosa (the kratom plant’s leaves) are 7-hydroxymitragynine, mitragynine and mitraphyline along with more than 20 other alkaloids. These alkaloids must circulate through your blood in order to have any kind of notable effect.

Alkaloids need to reach your receptor sites in your CNS (Central Nervous System). This cannot occur if kratom is smoked. While tobacco is delivered to passages in your lungs via inhalation and then enters your bloodstream from there, the level of concentration of kratom’s alkaloids is minute compared to the level of nicotine that reaches your bloodstream.

If you don’t believe us, look to the ancient ones. Kratom has been used for thousands of years in countries like Thailand. There are multiple historic accounts of kratom leaves being chewed, used in teas and prepared as powder. On the other hand, there are no recorded accounts of previous populations smoking it.

In fact, kratom users have been referred to as “kratom eaters” for centuries in its native land. This is proof positive that kratom is meant to be brewed, not inhaled.


Although kratom should really not be smoked, it is often paired with marijuana. If users want to enjoy kratom but they also want to smoke on something, they can smoke CBD hemp and then eat some kratom or vice versa.

Some even suggest that sprinkling some kratom on hemp bud can elicit a strong reaction, but the general consensus is that it is better to burn kratom separately before smoking CBD hemp flower. It is also worth noting that those who have experimented with smoking kratom in their hemp joints used enhanced strains.

Kratom and CBD hemp carry many of the same effects including:

  • Stress reduction
  • Restful sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Calm
  • Increased sociability

Lots of users have said that kratom and CBD hemp flower are extremely synergistic, working in tandem to induce a state of mental well-being. Naturally, this is very dependent on strains. Certain kratom strains are better for their anxiolytic properties just as certain strains of CBD hemp flower are better for inducing a sense of “chill” or mellowing effect.

Our research suggests that a white vein kratom would pair well with the cheery aroma of sativa-dominant CBD hemp buds. Alternately, an indica strain of CBD hemp would go well with the restorative, calm-inducing Red Bali kratom.

Some users have said that smoking a minor amount of hemp flower with kratom helps to alleviate any adverse side effects of the kratom plant. On the other hand, some have reported “strange effects” from taking kratom in conjunction with hemp.

A user on relayed an experience a friend of his had while taking kratom in concert with weed. “She has experienced paranoia from weed alone,” he writes. “But it was always mild. The paranoia from kratom and weed combo was pretty intense and overwhelming.

“She would also get stuck in thought loops and have a hard time coaxing her mind onto a different course.”

Another user agreed, saying, “With the two together, I basically lose track of my body. It also makes the whole world spin, like when I’m drunk and high. It’s incredibly trippy and unpleasant at that. No euphoria or anything, just utter confusion.”

This is why it is imperative that users smoke a low-THC, high-CBD hemp flower strain and not cannabis bud.

Everyone is different and it is important that users consider their natural sensitivities to certain substances. For some, it may be best to avoid combining kratom with alcohol.


For the simple reason that it is not at all cost-productive, users are urged to avoid smoking kratom. There are so many other simple and effective methods by which to burn kratom. For more on the best ways to take kratom and how to prepare them, visit our epic guide to kratom.

Bob Freville
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