What happens when you snort Kratom (Mitragynia Speciosa)?

Snorting Kratom is not common. Instead, Kratom is taken orally. Learn why and join the debate on the legality of different forms of Kratom here.

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Kratom leaves are the freshest

Traditionally Kratom is used by those in South-east Asia as a stimulant to help increase their energy and stamina, qualities needed to work long, hard days in the fields. The fresh leaves of Mitragynia Speciosa are rolled into quids and then chewed throughout the day.  But increasingly, people are starting to use Kratom in powdered forms and taking Kratom orally or snorting it.

Here, we review the different types of Kratom available on the market and why snorting Kratom is more considered to be one of the signs of Kratom addiction than an effective way to get high.

Different forms of Kratom

Since the arrival of Kratom in the West, different ways of utilizing its unique properties have been devised as it is difficult (unless you grow your own), if not impossible, to get fresh Kratom leaves. Dry leaf, powdered leaf, resins, tinctures and enhanced – strength powders have all been processed from the leaf and are now widely available online and in head shops. These processed forms are nearly always taken orally, usually in a tea or mixed with a sauce, in order to make them more palatable as Kratom isn’t the finest tasting plant out there.

Why can’t you snort Kratom?

There were also those ‘psycho-nauts’ who attempted to snort Kratom believing that they would get a better or different Kratom high. However, they were sorely disappointed, as were their nasal passages, because the amount of active alkaloids they would need to get high would mean having to snort grams of Kratom, something that is physically impossible .

Should all forms of Kratom be legal?

With the arrival of more purified forms of Mitragynia Speciosa on the market, snorting Kratom has become a more viable proposition but it is not commonly practiced as the effects you get from oral consumption are far more profound than you can get from snorting. This is likely to change, though, as purer forms of Kratom, and more specifically the active alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are created. Even more worrying, at least for those who want Mitragynia Speciosa to remain legal and away from the radar of legislative bodies, is that an IV form of Kratom is on the way, that is if it hasn’t already arrived.

Got any questions?

Although snorting Kratom may not be an effective way to get high on the drug, other modes of administration can get you ‘hooked’. If you are abusing Kratom in an addictive manner, there are many kinds of Kratom addiction treatment programs available to help you get sober.

Please add your opinions and questions below. We will not post comments that encourage the use of Kratom for euphoric effect. However, we do our best to respond personally and promptly to all legitimate inquiries.

About the author
Charles Somerville is the writer of The Alcoholism Guide, a website that looks at alcoholism in all its forms and the effects of alcohol abuse on mental and physical health.
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