24 Mar, 20230
Drug Testing for Kratom
So you love your kratom but wonder if it can be detected on a drug test? How long is it detectable in a typical urine sample? Or in a blood sample? Is there anything you can do to mask the detection of kratom on a drug test? First, it’s probably most important to realize that employers’ current drug tests are not generally screening for kratom use. Second, it’s essential to recognize that everyone metabolizes kratom (or any substance) at different rates.
Standard drug tests, like the SAMHSA-5, do not test for kratom alkaloids. In addition, many employers don’t test for kratom; it’s simply not a common substance many people know about. That said, a specific 10-panel drug test can be ordered, including testing for kratom.
- How Long Exactly Does Kratom Stay in My Urine?
- Does Kratom Show Up On Drug Tests?
- Does the Federal Government Currently Ban Kratom?
- Is the Use of Kratom Allowed If I Serve in the Military?
- Can Professional Athletes Use Kratom Without Fear of Retribution?
- Can I Play College Sports and Still Use Kratom?
How Long Exactly Does Kratom Stay in My Urine?
It’s important to note that even though kratom is legal on the federal level, state laws vary. Employers also have varying rights to say what drugs their employees may legally use.
That said, most drug tests don’t even test for kratom. However, they may detect the metabolites and flag them as another drug. Some scientists, however, have researched the elimination half-life of kratom’s primary alkaloid, Mitragynine. Mitragynine is believed to have an elimination half-life of around 23 to 24 hours. The elimination half-life is the amount of time it takes for 50% of the alkaloid content to be cleared from the body. The fastest half-life of alkaloids found in kratom is around seven hours. Using this timeline, it would take 1.6 days for kratom to be eliminated.
The longer-lasting alkaloids can take days to remove. Different types of kratom are on the market, and each kratom strain offers a different effect. The different types have different elimination half-lives. For example, some elimination half-lives of kratoms involve just a few hours, whereas others span several days. Note that each case is different, and the time it takes to metabolize kratom depends on several factors, including age, weight, dosage and tolerance.
Does Kratom Show Up On Drug Tests?
The most basic (and standard) drug test is a urine test. This five-panel drug test typically screens for marijuana, cocaine, PCP, primary opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine) and amphetamines. From there, the tests can add barbiturates, benzodiazepines (tranquilizers), methadone, propoxyphene (opioid pain reliever), methaqualone (quaaludes), ecstasy, hydrocodone and oxycodone, demerol and tramadol, depending on specific workplace concerns.
Kratom isn’t detectable on the standard five-panel drug test, but it can appear in blood or urine tests when specifically requested. In addition, a specific kratom drug test, known as the kratom 10-panel test, can detect kratom but is rarely requested. It’s important to realize that some drug tests can detect even the smallest amount of kratom. So it stands to reason that the more one consumes, the more likely kratom could be detectable. The detection of kratom (or any drug) in the body depends on several factors:
- Your age & your metabolism
- The amount of fat in your body
- The amount you consume and when you last consumed kratom
- The strength of the strain
- The type of test used
Increase your metabolism to reduce the chance of kratom being detected. You can move kratom through your system faster by:
- Stay hydrated by drinking 12 eight-ounce glasses daily, as kratom can be dehydrating
- Drink caffeine found in coffee, tea and energy drinks to increase metabolization.
- Increase your consumption of protein-rich foods like eggs, meats, poultry, fish, and protein powder to increase your metabolism.
- It may be counter-intuitive, but getting more deep sleep helps burn more calories, which increases your ability to burn more calories and metabolize substances.
Does the Federal Government Currently Ban Bratom?
In the United States, kratom is not federally regulated. This means that no government body checks or guarantees the quality and safety of kratom products purchased in the U.S., including online. While the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has considered labeling kratom a controlled substance, it is still completely legal at the federal level.
Some states and municipalities have chosen to regulate kratom, while fewer have chosen to ban it. To find out whether kratom is legal in your state, view this interactive map by the American Kratom Association (AKA), the leading organization dedicated to protecting the rights of all Americans to legally consume safe kratom to manage their overall health and well-being. In addition, the AKA is working to pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KPCA) to self-regulate the kratom industry by setting age restrictions and good manufacturing practices. Many states have passed legislation protecting the consumer’s right to kratom and regulating its use, with Virginia becoming the ninth state in March 2023.
Is the Use of Kratom Allowed If I Serve in the Military?
As of 2022, kratom has been added to the Operation Supplement Safety list of Department of Defense prohibited substances. Their literature says that “kratom should not be purchased or consumed by any armed forces member.” Even so, a routine drug test by the Department of Defense will not generally test for or detect kratom. While kratom is not on the controlled substance list, it is considered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be a “drug of chemical concern.”
Since kratom is not a federally-controlled substance, products containing kratom are sold legally within the United States. While the military does not explicitly test for kratom, military service members are prohibited from using any kratom product. Therefore, if you serve in the military, asking your commanding officer or human resources officer if kratom is approved is best.
Can Professional Athletes Use Kratom Without Fear of Retribution?
Kratom is unlikely to cause a false positive in a generalized test, although interactions between Benadryl or Prozac and kratom may trigger a false-positive result. Speak with a medical professional before taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs while taking kratom. If you take an average drug test after taking kratom, metabolites may appear in the test as a different substance. This is often a flag for the test to be repeated or for a more extensive test to be ordered.
Can I Play College Sports and Still Use Kratom?
Every athlete strives for a physical competitive edge, whether that be for more energy, more rest or reduction of pain. Drug tests for college athletes are standard practice. Tests are used to identify the presence of certain substances and medications in the body. However, it’s essential to know that drug test results are not 100% accurate, and false positives may occur. False positives are when drug tests flag a medication or substance you do not take. While kratom itself is not likely to cause a false positive, it is more likely to occur because of interactions with over-the-counter medications or medications prescribed by medical doctors, such as antihistamines and decongestants (Benadryl, Bupropion, Wellbutrin, Sudafed).
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