tried a little experiment this morning.
On a fresh head - empty stomach, plenty of sleep, SWIM took out his new VAPIR vaporizer. If you aren't familiar with this kind of machine, it has little metal baskets that are filled with herb and then popped into the machine - they only hold about a half-teaspoon of material, and you're supposed to not pack the basket full to allow for greater aeration.
SWIM took the end of a bag of finely ground Bali leaf and filled the little basket up about 2/3rds of the way.
He pre-heated the VAPIR to 400, popped the disc into the machine and brought the temp down to 350. The aroma came through the hose - not strong, not bitter, very earthy. SWIM breathed in all of the vapors for a good 10 minutes with the fan on medium.
The initial effects came on slower than a bong
hit, but faster than oral kratom
ingestion. Interestingly the effects were all very much located in the head. Normally, SWIM finds that the experience is a "body" experience - but this was very head-centric.
The effect was more "stoning" than what SWIM normally thinks of as a "Kratom" experience. That said - it was NOT at all like being "Stoned" - not an MJ high, but just more of a clouded denseheaded sensation.
Normally, Kratom provides SWIM with a clear, energetic boost that can transition into a more relaxed state. This was not similar to that, and was not particularly conducive to anything productive.
As this is a single experiment - SWIM is cautious that there is possibly a placebo effect, though the effect was marked enough to notice.
SWIM will repeat the experiment again for confirmation - the experience was not unpleasant - but not "Kratom-like".