How Long Does Kratom Last?
Mitragyna Speciosa is the official scientific name of Kratom. The herb is closely related to the coffee tree, which explains the striking similarities in the stimulant nature of the two. However, while coffee and caffeine are widely known and studied compounds, Kratom isn’t, and this has resulted in a lot of misconceptions and misinformation.
Kratom has been around for centuries. Some documents show that it has existed since the 19th century and possibly long before that. The herb has only been growing in South East Asia. It’s only until a decade or so ago that it captured the attention of the rest of the world.
The increase in popularity of Kratom has raised interest from different sectors. These range from drug enforcement agencies to pharmaceuticals. As we speak, Kratom is banned in quite a number of countries across the world. These include Finland, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, among many others. The herb has also faced some resistance in the United States, where it is prohibited in states such as Mississippi, Washington DC, San Diego, and Alabama, just to mention a few. On the other hand, Pharmaceutical companies are still struggling to conduct clinical trials on the different strains of the herb to determine the short and long term effects.
The truth of the matter is that all of these agencies are playing catchup. People have been and continue to use Kratom regardless of the regulations placed on the herb, and that’s simply because there’s sufficient anecdotal evidence proving its benefits.
Here is the thing though, if you are going to give an herb with limited clinical data a shot, then you need to gather as much information about it as possible.
One of the most frequently asked questions about Kratom is on how long it lasts and whether it can show up in a drug test or not. After all, we’ve already pointed out that some states prohibit the use of this herb. So, can using Kratom get you into trouble? Let’s unpack the ins and outs of Kratom.
How Does Kratom Work?
Kratom is known to be a psychoactive substance. It contains several active alkaloids, but the primary ones are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Mitragynine is a known opioid agonist that interacts with the opioid receptors in the brain to produce different effects. This should also explain why Kratom is also used for opiate withdrawal as well as inducing euphoria, not to mention its ability in fighting anxiety and enhancing mood.
Looking at its working mechanism, it’s easy to understand why the FDA terms Kratom as a drug of concern that poses a risk of addiction.
How Long Does It Take for the Kratom Effects to Kick in?
Kratom does not behave the same way to everyone. My experience from taking the herb can vary hugely to someone else’s. Therefore, most of the data on Kratom, including the duration it takes for it to start working, are given as estimates or averages.
In this case, most people report that the effects usually start between 10 to 15 minutes after ingestion. This isn’t bad at all, so if you were planning on taking Kratom for say pain management, you wouldn’t have to sit around with the pain for long before you begin feeling some relief.
Several factors will determine how fast the effects set in, though. First, it’s the specific strain used and its alkaloid concentration. As you may know, Kratom strains have varying concentrations, which makes for the difference in potency. The effects of a highly concentrated Kratom strain are likely to set in a lot faster as compared to a less concentrated one. This difference is not just seen among different strains, but it can also appear on the same strain. What does this mean? Well, if you take Red Bali which is highly concentrated from a particular vendor and you source the same but weaker strain from another vendor (it could also be the same vendor but different batches), you are likely to notice a difference in how long it takes to witness the effects.
Other than concentration, the Kratom form that you utilize will determine how fast the results kick in. Kratom powder works a lot faster than capsules, and that’s because capsules have to dissolve first before your body can absorb the powder.
There’s also evidence showing that taking Kratom on an empty stomach leads to faster results as compared to a full stomach.
Once the Kratom effects kick in, one could continue feeling the presence of the herb for up to 2 ½ hours before they start to spiral down. Again, the potency of the strain in question can give you an extra hour or so before the drop. Taking a powerful strain can be seen as an advantage from this point of view, but don’t smile just yet. A potent strain also comes with some drawbacks, one of which you’ll see below.
What’s the Half-Life of Kratom?
The lack of sufficient clinical data on Kratom makes it very hard to pinpoint its exact half-life. From the little available research, the half-life is approximated to be between 23 to slightly over 24 hours. This means that you may need up to a full day to eliminate just 50% of the Kratom. Based on this data, full elimination could take as much as six days.
While the most potent Kratom strains could help you enjoy the benefits for an extended period, they will also take longer to be excreted. This can be a problem, especially if you are looking forward to a drug test in a few days.
With that in mind, you should know that the fastest full elimination of Kratom can take approximately 1.5/1.6 days. This usually happens among people who take Kratom infrequently and in low doses. On the other end, if you take Kratom in excess, it can take as much as 9 days for it to be fully cleared from your system.
What Factors Influence the Half-Life of Kratom?
Other than doses and alkaloid concentration, the following factors will also affect how long Kratom remains in your system:
Body Fat – Mitragynine is a fat-soluble alkaloid. This means that people with high body fat percentage are going to take longer to get rid of all the Kratom metabolites as compared to their counterparts with low body fat percentage.
Age – Age affects the excretion of Kratom and other compounds due to metabolic rate, renal function, urinary pH, physical activities, and other factors. Younger people usually have more efficient systems, so they’re likely to excrete Kratom a lot faster than individuals who are over 65 years.
Genetics – Certain genetic enzymes and markers will also determine how fast your body eliminates Kratom.
Water Intake – Reports show that the amount of water intake may influence how much Kratom you are excreting through urine.
Medication – If you are under other medications, your liver is likely to strain more, and this will slow down the elimination of Kratom.
Will Kratom Show Up in a Drug Test?
Even though Kratom cannot be detected in most standard drug tests such as SAMHSA-5, certain tests can be used to identify the alkaloids.
For instance, Kratom urine tests can be used to detect the presence of Kratom. These tests can be work even a week after your last dose.
Blood tests are very thorough. Not only can they be used to detect the presence of Kratom, but they can also show the amount of Kratom that was taken. Luckily, these tests are not commonly used because they are invasive, and that’s why they the less preferred test. They also have a very short window of detecting Kratom alkaloids.
Kratom saliva tests could also be used in detecting Kratom metabolites.
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