As kratom continues to gain popularity, users around the world are finding new ways to enjoy this botanical plant. One of the newer methods that have been gaining in popularity recently is vaping kratom. While this may seem like a harmless and convenient way to enjoy the plant, users should take some precautions as there are some dangers associated with vaping this herb.
Here’s what you should know about vaping kratom powder or extracts.
First, How Does Kratom Work?
Before we look into the risk of vaping your favorite kratom strain, let’s first take a look at how kratom works. Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family that is native to Southeast Asia. The leaves of the kratom tree are used to make powder, capsules, or extracts. These products contain a variety of alkaloids, including Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
These psychoactive alkaloids interact with the mind’s opioid receptors and may be able to support overall well-being, though potential effects may vary depending on the kratom strain.
Immediate Risk Factors of Vaping Kratom
Like any other vaped herb, vaping kratom can negatively affect your health. Inhaling any substance into your lungs can be harmful, as more of it gets into your bloodstream. When you vape kratom, the alkaloids go directly to your lungs. This can cause respiratory problems, such as coughing and difficulty breathing. Vaping kratom extract or powder can also increase your risk of lung infection.
What Makes Vaping Kratom Risky?
Vaping is definitely gaining popularity because it’s a unique experience, and its effects kick in fast. However, keep in mind the health risks of smoking or inhaling any substance — it may damage the lining of your lungs and cause an array of sensations like dizziness, dry mouth, and bloodshot eyes. Smoke may also contain other contaminants that may end up irritating your lungs, throat, and airways.
Vaping kratom is no different. So, if you’re enjoying your kratom this way, it’s time to stop and consider the potential dangers. What makes it risky? When vaping kratom powder or extracts, the plant material, resin, and oils are also being heated. All these compounds are released in an aerosol form, which you inhale. The cumulative effect on your lungs is what makes it harmful.
Kratom research is being done to understand how it works, its potential effects, and the long-term effects of vaping this ethnobotanical plant. So, it’s hard to say for sure what the real risks are. But, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid vaping kratom altogether.
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