Although the presence of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) cannot be found on many standard drug tests such as the 5-panel, some kratom alkaloids can be identified on specific drug tests, such as those involving blood or urine. There is, however, a kratom drug test known as the kratom 10-panel drug test that can be administered. In other words, yes, kratom’s presence may be identified on a drug test, but it’s likely that a potential employer or law enforcement would only test for more dangerous and addictive drugs.
It’s also vital to remember that kratom use is legal on a federal level and in most U.S. states. For this reason, if it is legal in your area, it is unlikely to be something for which employers or law enforcement routinely test. Even advanced testing methods employed for high-priority positions may not check for the presence of kratom or its metabolites because it is not a significant drug of abuse.
What Is Kratom?
Kratom is a tree that is native to Asia and is closely related to the plants that produce coffee. People in the area often consume the leaves of the tree, which work as a mild stimulant. Traditionally, the leaves were brewed into a tea, and people would then consume it to increase their energy and physical stamina. Others use the leaves for medicinal or recreational purposes, or to mitigate pain.
Today, kratom has become popularized in the United States and can be purchased online in a variety of forms, including capsules. Although little research has been conducted, many anecdotal reports contend that kratom can be used to help those who are trying to recover from opioid abuse. Because kratom acts on the same receptors in the central nervous system as opioids and induces comparable, albeit milder effects, it is believed to reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms that people encounter.
More specifically, when used in low doses, kratom has properties similar to a stimulant. At higher doses, the substance’s effects are more comparable to those of opiates, particularly their sedative and pain-relieving properties. It may also produce some unwanted side effects, such as sweating, overheating, frequent urination, reduced appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, and nausea.
At the time of this writing, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) does not classify kratom as a controlled substance. Rather, it is considered to be a “substance of concern.” At one point, the DEA reported that it was moving to control it, but that this idea was met with wide-spread criticism from the public and was put on the back burner, at least temporarily.
A few studies have suggested that chronic use of kratom may result in some level of chemical dependence, meaning that if the drug is discontinued, unpleasant withdrawal effects and cravings may occur.
How Long Does Kratom Stay in a Person’s System?
The effects of mitragynine are largely dependent on the dose. Using higher amounts will likely lead to effects that can persist for several hours. But because it is not approved or regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are no specific guidelines regarding its use.
However, it is believed that the half-life of kratom is around 24 hours for most users. The half-life of a drug is the amount of time it takes a person’s system to clear half of the amount of a substance from the body.
Several factors influence how long it will take for kratom to be completely eliminated from the body. But for kratom, however, this window can be up to 9 days to ensure that kratom is completely eliminated from a person’s system.
Drug Testing for Kratom
Standard drug tests are unlikely to detect kratom. However, as noted, certain tests, such as a 10-panel drug screen, can detect its metabolites. When using a 10-panel screen, Kratom can be identified in the urine for around seven days after the last use.
Blood, saliva, and hair follicle tests are rarely used to screen for kratom or its metabolites. Several variables influence how long Kratom can be detected in a person’s system, such as the following:
- Weight and height
- Body fat percentage
- Amount of kratom used
- Liver function
- Metabolic rate
- Presence of other substances
- Co-occurring health issues
Treatment for Substance Abuse
Kratom is often used for recreational purposes as well as for mitigating withdrawal symptoms during opioid withdrawal. Using it to ease withdrawals is considered harm reduction, but kratom may still be abused. Because there hasn’t been much research, experts know very little about any of kratom’s long-term risks.
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