Introduction to the Kratom Drug Test
Kratom has only become popular in the United States recently but it’s already surrounded by lots of controversies. The drug is used by some people as a replacement to hard opioids like heroin and this has raised lots of questions: Does it have the same effect as the drug? Is it addictive and most importantly, can Kratom be detected in a drug test?
We already know that the FDA is heightening its regulations on the importation and distribution of Kratom products and hence a lot of people can’t help but wonder whether their careers will be at risk if they were subjected to an emergency drug test. The DEA, on the other hand, has identified Kratom as a substance of concern due to some of the harmful effects it can have on the human body.
So, is there really anything to worry about when using Kratom? Here is all the vital information you need to know about Kratom, its effects on the body and the potential results that may come up from different types of drug tests.
How long does it take for Kratom to become effective?
Kratom is available in different forms. You can get this herb in powdered, capsule or tincture form. These are the most popular forms of Kratom but some people go as far as smoking the herb.
Normally, Kratom tinctures take effect a bit faster compared to the other options. This is because the tinctures are administered sublingually making it easier for your body to absorb the alkaloids, unlike capsulated and powdered Kratom which have to go through your digestion system. However, the difference is usually negligible.
What really impacts how quickly the effects will be felt is the quality of the Kratom you are using. The higher the quality the faster you will feel the herb’s presence in your system.
Data shows that high-quality Kratom should start taking effect in 30 to 40 minutes. The full effects should be felt in 1 hour.
After the one hour, the effects will start slowing down gradually and you should feel normal again in a few hours. If you take multiple doses or extremely high doses of Kratom, its effects might last for much longer. Some people reported that they continued to feel Kratom’s presence up to six hours after taking the herb.
Therefore, if you took high doses of Kratom, its sedative effects may become visible for as long as 6 hours even without the help of a drug test kit.
How long does Kratom stay in one’s system?
The exact duration that Mitragynine or Kratom will remain in the system is not understood properly. The herb has not been subjected to a lot of clinical studies and this makes it very difficult to fully understand just how long it will remain in one’s system.
The limited data available seems to suggest that Mitragynine has a half-life of approximately 24 hours. This basically means that it will take a full day for 50% of the active ingredients, 7-hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine to leave the body. Full elimination could, therefore, take as much as two days.
Further research shows that this duration can last even longer depending on the doses you are taking and how often you are using the substance. It also means that if you are taking low doses then the alkaloids might leave your system a lot faster.
Other factors may determine how long Kratom stays in your system. These include:
- Age – Age directly affects how long Kratom and other substance remain in the system and the reason is very simple. Older people (65 years old and above) have a much slower metabolism. Their renal activity is also slow. The alkaloids in Kratom will, therefore, last longer when in such a system. On the other hand, younger people have a faster metabolic rate with efficient renal activity and hence more Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine will be eliminated over time.
- Body fat percentage – Kratom is fat soluble and hence some of its metabolites normally end up getting trapped in body fat. Therefore, if you have a high body fat percentage, you will retain lots of Kratom and hence it will take longer for your body to completely excrete the active ingredients. Meanwhile, individuals with less body fat will have fewer Kratom metabolites retained and hence the alkaloids will leave their systems a lot faster.
- Using Kratom with other drugs – If you are using Kratom alongside other drugs such as alcohol, your body will take much longer to process Kratom out of your system. For instance, if you take Kratom and alcohol, your body will start metabolizing alcohol first and not Kratom. As a result, Kratom will stay in your system for much longer. You are advised to consult your physician if you are already under other medications. This will not only shed light on the issue of how long Kratom stays in your system but also on whether it is even safe to take the two substances together in the first place.
Will Kratom show up in a drug test?
The good news here is that it won’t show up on standard five-panel drug tests such as NIDA-5 and SAMHSA-5 tests. Kratom is also not looked for in other 20-panel drug tests and hence it’s highly likely that it won’t be detected.
The bad news is that some laboratories have developed advanced panel drug tests that specialize in looking for Kratom. The worst part is that you probably won’t know if that’s the drug test that you are subjected to. If it turns out to be the one, traces of Kratom will be detected.
There are also reports that some states send samples to screen for Kratom. New Jersey courts, for instance, are known to submit samples for Kratom metabolites screening. These tests have been used in convicting DUI cases and other offenses.
Something else you need to know about Kratom is that it can in some cases, give a false positive result as methadone. This means that a 10-panel drug test looking for methadone can turn out positive if you are using Kratom.
- Kratom Blood Tests
Blood drug tests are known to detect not just Kratom’s presence but the amount of Kratom that was consumed. These tests show concentration levels of Kratom.
However, blood tests have a shorter window for Kratom detection. In most cases, blood tests won’t be able to detect any Kratom several days after ingestion. The fact that blood tests are considered very invasive and avoided by most organizations may also come as good news to Kratom users.
- Kratom Urine Tests
A few Kratom alkaloids can be detected through urine tests. If you are a heavy user of Kratom, urine tests will be able to detect the alkaloids even a week after ingestion.
- Kratom Hair Tests
There haven’t been any reports of Kratom hair tests so far. There is also no evidence showing that Kratom metabolites can be detected in hair follicles. However, with time scientists might come up with better hair tests that might actually be able to detect Kratom.
- Kratom Saliva Tests
Just like hair tests, there isn’t any information about Kratom saliva tests being performed. If these tests were to be done, there is a possibility that Kratom metabolites can be detected.
How can I pass a Kratom drug test?
Yes, you can pass a Kratom drug test but you will need a prior warning about when the test will be conducted. That’s because you can only pass the test if you stop using Kratom one week in advance.
It’s also possible to pass the test by using a detox drink with pre-rid tablets to get rid of the Kratom metabolites in your body. Again, this can only work if take the detox drink is taken early in advance.