The guide to Kratom Drug Tests
While it’s impossible to argue with the skyrocketing popularity of kratom in the United States of late, this 100% all-natural herb is not without its fair share of controversy.
Used for hundreds and hundreds of years throughout Southeast Asia as an all-natural medicine, pain reliever, and recreational drug, kratom has started to expand beyond Southeast Asia – becoming quite popular throughout Europe, the United States, and the rest of the world.
Some continue to use kratom for its all-natural healing powers and its pain relief benefits but others are looking to take advantage of kratom for the way that it can help them come down from opioid addictions.
Scientists agree that kratom can be used as an effective solution for pushing back against opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms, but they also suggest that using kratom for this purpose has to be very closely monitored.
After all, kratom impacts the body in many of the same ways as traditional opioids. It impacts the opioid receptors in the body and the brain, providing that “high” feeling, even if it isn’t attached to the same kinds of symptoms and side effects that traditional opioids and opiate chemical cocktails bring to the table.
There’s a bit of a fine line here with kratom that you want to be careful while walking, especially if you want to make sure that you aren’t handicapping your future just to take advantage of this all-natural peeling agent.
For example, while kratom isn’t illegal to purchase in the United States (at least at the federal level – six states have outlawed it entirely) you may have to worry about kratom drug test issues impacting your life in a variety of different ways that are less than ideal.
Below we dig a little bit deeper into everything you need to know about kratom, how it impacts your body and your brain, whether or not it is an effective all-natural pain reliever and solution for fighting back against opioid withdrawal symptoms, and how it might show up on a kratom drug test moving forward.
Let’s dig right in!
How Does Kratom Work?
While kratom is available in a variety of different forms, the most common forms are powdered (either in a legitimate powder or powder contained within an easily digestible capsule form), tincture, or topical oil.
Regardless of how you use kratom, however, it’s going to have the same impact on your body. Each delivery mechanism may get kratom into your bloodstream faster (or slower), but at the end of the day, you’ll be able to enjoy the same benefits that kratom provides across the board.
For starters, kratom is going to provide a stimulant benefit when it has been consumed in lower dosages. This is because of the way that the kratom alkaloids impact the opioid receptors in your body and your brain, giving you a bit of a bump as far as energy is concerned – without the crash associated with caffeine or sugar.
Crank up those dosages, however, and you’ll find that kratom isn’t providing stimulant benefits whatsoever but is instead working at as a sedative. This is where you start to see the pain relief benefits you are after, but it’s also where you see the sleep and recovery benefits that kratom also brings to the table.
Depending on the actual delivery mechanism you should start to notice the effects of your kratom dosage beginning to kick in about 30 to 40 minutes after you have consumed it or applied it topically to your skin. Consumption is going to work a little bit faster than topical application, with some reporting that their kratom benefits really did start to kick in until after an hour or so after application.
These benefits are going to be in full effect for the next 30 to 45 minutes, and about 60 minutes after you start to notice kratom benefits working you’ll start to see a slow and gradual decline over the next four or five hours. Six hours after your initial dosage of kratom you should feel like your normal self again (unless you took a higher dosage, which may last as long as 12 hours – or even longer).
How This Impacts Kratom Drug Tests
A lot of people are under the impression that kratom is a “quick disappearing” substance in the body and the bloodstream because it has such a short duration of benefits at lower level dosages.
This isn’t exactly the case.
Some research suggests that kratom can disappear from your body inside of about 24 hours or so (helping you if you anticipate taking a kratom drug test in the near future), whereas others believe that it’s going to last quite a bit longer than that – up to seven days – before your body has been able to completely flush the alkaloids and biochemicals contained within kratom altogether.
A variety of different factors are going to play a huge role in how long kratom remains in your system after you have consumed or topically applied it to your body.
For starters, your age is maybe the biggest factor of them all (aside from the actual dosage of kratom that you have consumed, of course).
Older people that have used kratom will find it in their systems for much longer than younger people, if only because they naturally have a slower metabolism that just doesn’t have the same output as younger folks with a lightning-fast metabolism.
On top of that, older people have slower renal activity as well which means that the alkaloids in kratom are going to stick around in your body (with their biological markers) for a much longer stretch of time.
Your body fat percentage is another big piece of the puzzle when it comes to figuring out whether or not you are going to pass a kratom drug test shortly after consuming this substance.
Kratom itself is very fat-soluble, which means that there are a lot of alkaloids and metabolites in kratom that eventually make their way into your body fat and stay trapped there. It isn’t at all unreasonable to assume that folks using kratom on a regular basis are going to have a high percentage of kratom alkaloids and biochemicals stored away in body fat.
Those compounds may show up on a kratom drug test later down the line (even if it’s been a couple weeks since you have consumed or topically applied this substance).
Those with lower levels of body fat are going to be less at risk for this issue, but not without risk entirely. Kratom can find its way into anybody fat stores throughout the body and hideout and it’s really up to your metabolic activity to either flush these compounds completely or to let them stick around if the metabolic activity isn’t that high, to begin with.
Kratom usage in conjunction with other substances (including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and alcohol) may cause your body to delay the actual processing of these biochemicals and alkaloids.
Consuming kratom and alcohol in quick succession practically forces your body to deal with the alcohol first, leaving kratom to be metabolized after alcohol has been processed – which means it’s going to stay in your system for an extended amount of time.
This is why so many people recommend speaking to a trusted medical professional before you start to use kratom in conjunction with any medications and certainly before you combine kratom and alcohol together.
Does Kratom Show up on Standard Drug Tests?
The good news for most folks thinking about using kratom (either as an all-natural medicine or recreationally) is that it’s very unlikely that kratom is going to show up on your standard “five-panel” drug testing protocols.
The most common five-panel drug testing protocols out there, NIDA 5 and the SAM HSA 5 tests just aren’t designed to be on the lookout for the biomarkers that kratom leave behind in the body – even if it works similarly to traditional opioids.
In fact, most of the common 20-panel drug test protocols available aren’t going to look for kratom in specific, either.
On the flip side, however, modern medicine has come up with a handful of very specific kratom drug tests that exclusively look for this substance in your body. These tests are inexpensive and easy panels to run, which means they are commonly run alongside your traditional five-panel options, and if you are unlucky enough to have to go through these kinds of specialized tests and have used kratom recently the odds are very good that this usage will be uncovered.
Drug tests that draw blood are pretty bad at overall detection of kratom, and only a handful of kratom alkaloids can actually be discovered through traditional urine drug tests, either. Those that use kratom regularly (especially at higher dosages) will have higher levels of these alkaloids in their urine – and many of them can be detected up to seven days after the last usage.
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