In this day and age, the pressure to quit smoking is about as high as it has ever been, but that doesn’t seem to make quitting any easier. Of the smattering of information, people will share about how to quit for good, one of the popular suggestions is to switch to e-cigs. We already know that smoking is a tough habit to break, but can using substitutes like e-cigarettes or kratom really improve your chances of quitting for good?
If you’ve tried every nicotine substitute under the sun, you’ll be surprised to learn that there is actually proof that kratom and e-cigs may actually improve your odds! Piqued your interest? Read on for all the details.
Using E-Cigarettes to Quit
The claim to fame of manufacturers of e-cigs is that they’re a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, a claim which may hold water. The theory behind vapes being healthier is that they use vapor instead of smoke to deliver nicotine to the body. It’s worth mentioning that in studies performed by the American Cancer Society, it’s the smoke of cigarettes that have been proven to cause cancer and not necessarily the nicotine itself. In addition to this, users tend to claim that they breathe easier when switching to vapes.
While it may be healthier, how can this method help long-time smokers quit? According to successful quitters, e-cigs are great for replicating many of the physical sensations of smoking — such as holding a cigarette — without the same addictive nature. There have actually been studies to support that quitters who used e-cigs were about 60% more successful. Keep in mind, because the vapor contains nicotine but not tobacco smoke, users found a significant decrease in cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Using Kratom to Quit
While kratom may not have studies to support its use, as e-cigs do, certain strains have been known to help long-term smokers finally take the leap. For those who haven’t heard of kratom yet, it’s a dried and powdered leaf from a tree in Southeast Asia. The tree is actually in the coffee family, and the drug is known in some circles by its official name, Mitragyne Speciosa. If you feel like you need to do a bit more research, try checking news websites to read more articles about this plant. Simply put, kratom contains alkaloids which impact the opioid receptors in your brain, all without being able to slow respiration or become lethal. In relation to tobacco, kratom has been shown to simulate smoking in the fact that it is mildly stimulating.
While we may know what kratom does, how is it supposed to help quit smoking? There have been studies to show that tobacco is so difficult to quit because it causes the release of a type of opiod in the brain. Kratom works to effectively and safely replace this stimulation, allowing you to finally beat your dependency.
It should be stated, however, that if you plan on using kratom to help you quit smoking, most users suggest opting for white vein kratom, and using in small doses upon waking. You’ll have to play around a bit to see how your body reacts, but most suggest staying around 1-3 doses a day, all under 3g.
Whether you plan to use kratom and e-cigarettes together or plan on simply trying one or the other, it’s important to do what feels right for you and your body. Everyone’s path to quitting is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Our suggestion? Try them both out and see what works for you!