Kratom has been used in Southeast Asia for many generations, due to its anxiety relief and pain relief effects, as a treatment for different ailments, and for its capacity to bring energy and euphoria, to treat withdrawal symptoms from opiates or even as an alternative to opiate painkillers.
Since kratom is relatively new in Western Societies, there are many questions on what are the best ways to take it, or if it can be smoked, vaporized or even snorted. We are going to explore why you shouldn’t snort kratom in this article.
Why You Shouldn’t Snort Kratom
Snorting kratom is physically possible, but it’s a very ineffective method of consumption.
Kratom is a tree that grows in the rainforest of Southeast Asia. Kratom typically comes in powder form or in capsules that contain powder. This powder is obtained after grounding up the dried kratom leaves. It can also come as an extract, which is typically stronger than the raw substance. To make a powdered extract, the leaves are boiled into a tea, leaving the water boil away to increase the concentration. The remains are then left to dry to be pulverized into a powder later.
To experience kratom effects the bloodstream must absorb its alkaloids. When snorting any substance, the body absorbs it very quickly through the mucous membranes of the nasal cavity. This doesn’t occur with kratom powder as its alkaloids (including Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) can’t be effectively absorbed into the bloodstream, making it impossible to experience the effects of kratom.
You shouldn’t snort kratom resin, as it is virtually impossible. And any effects would arise only if some of the substance end up in the stomach, so there wouldn’t be any reason to try.
Snorting kratom is as ineffective as smoking it, as its alkaloids can’t be properly absorbed into the bloodstream.
The best way to take kratom to fully experience its effects is by brewing it into a tea or ingesting kratom powder or kratom capsules.
Reasons to Avoid Snorting Kratom
Snorting kratom can cause irritation of the nasal cavities, throat, and sinuses. In many cases, the user may experience inflammation, discomfort, and pain in these areas. In addition to this, snorting kratom could lead to serious infections or even nosebleeds.
On the other hand, kratom doesn’t come in a highly concentrated form, not even kratom extracts. This lack of concentration means that the system won’t be able to effectively absorb its alkaloids into the bloodstream after snorting it. And any of the effects experienced after snorting kratom would manifest if some of the substance ends up in the stomach.
Considering this, to be able to experience the effects of kratom by snorting it, you would need to take a much larger amount than when drinking it into a tea or ingesting powder or capsules. Also, when you snort a substance, the system will absorb it very quickly. That’s why snorting kratom could be very dangerous. There is a big risk of taking more kratom than what you should. And although is very difficult to experience life-threatening overdose on kratom, the user may experience many unpleasant effects, such as sedation, vomiting and kratom nausea. Also, snorting kratom leads to a very high risk of addiction.
You shouldn’t snort kratom powder, as it is not intended to be snorted. By snorting kratom you will feel an unbearable burning sensation in your nose that can last for 1-2 hours. And there is nothing that you can do to prevent these burns.
Besides, similar to smoking kratom, snorting it is an expensive way to take this herb, due to the large amount needed to be able to experience the desired effects.
Best Ways to Take Kratom
All things considered, snorting kratom is not an effective way of taking it.
What are the best ways to take kratom? The bloodstream will be able to absorb kratom better through the stomach. So, the most effective methods to experience its effects are:
- ingesting the powder or powder capsules
- brewing it into a tea
This way you will avoid the dangers that arise when snorting it, such as irritation, pain or even infections.
You can find many varieties of kratom, including red vein, green vein, and white vein. Also, there are different types, according to the regions where each variety naturally grows. Some of the most popular are Malay Kratom, Indo Kratom, and Thai Kratom. Each variety or kratom has different effects, from the more sedative and calming to the more energizing and euphoric.
In conclusion, the reason why you shouldn’t snort kratom is that snorting kratom is expensive, risky and ineffective.