Does Kratom Show Up On a Drug Test?

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Kratom serves as an alternative medical treatment, often used to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, aid with sleep, and numerous other uses. It is primarily employed for medicinal uses, particularly in helping individuals overcome opioid addiction. That said, this herbal treatment can be misused by those who indirectly aim to achieve the intense euphoria it may generate. As a result, it is sometimes viewed as a drug, raising questions about whether it could show up in drug tests.

Generally, the answer is no. The five-panel drug test that is commonly used today in the career field, legal procedures, and routine doctor appointments will not show any indication of Kratom in your system. Even if you are being tested with a 10- or 12- panel drug test, Kratom will not be detected. However, there are forms of drug testing designed to check for Kratom. So, if you are trying to hide Kratom use because you shouldn’t be using it, you may end up getting caught in the act. 

Unless you are located in one of the few places that banned the use of Kratom completely, you probably have no need to worry about being tested or suffering consequences for using the Kratom plant.

How is Kratom Detected?

If you are getting a new job or going through routine tests at your physician’s office, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about being tested for Kratom. However, if you are trying to avoid being caught using Kratom, that could be a whole other story.

There are tests that look for the alkaline content found in Kratom plants. Kratom can be detected in your blood and urine days after consumption. It may stay in your system for even longer, depending on your body and other variants.

Reasons Kratom May Stay in Your System Longer Than Normal

  • Being overweight – A person’s body fat can store Kratom; the more body fat you have, the longer it can take for all of the alkalines to altogether leave your system.
  • Kidney or Liver Disease – If you have either of these problems, chances are good; it’s going to take a lot longer to get rid of Kratom from your body.
  • Taking a lot of Kratom or combining it with other drugs – If you have a large saturation of Kratom or other drugs in your system, it will take much longer to get rid of it all.
  • Your age – Naturally, a younger person’s metabolism is going to be a lot faster than that of someone older. The older you get, the slower your body will metabolize the substance, keeping it in your body longer.

Even though Kratom may not be illegal in your location, it is not shocking due to the varying opinions of the product that a lot of people would still like to keep it a secret from an employer or physician.

Drugs Tested for in Common Drug Panels

Common Drug Panels

The average drug panel will test for common illegal drugs or narcotics. The substances listed below are the ones that doctors, police, or employers will look for during a drug test.

  • THC (although it is becoming legal in many places)
  • Cocaine
  • Oxycodone (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • PCP
  • Amphetamines (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamines (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • Opiates (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • Benzodiazepines (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • Barbiturates (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • Methadone (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor, used to treat morphine and heroin addiction)
  • Quaalude (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • Propoxyphene (Can only be taken if proscribed by a doctor)
  • MDMA/MDA

Are There Specific Tests That Detect Kratom?

Although Kratom is not listed as a controlled substance in most States or Countries, there are situations in which taking Kratom is illegal and can be tested for.

If you’re on parole, probation, or you have been previously known for abusing the substance, a Kratom drug test can be administered. The plant’s alkaline can be identified through your blood or urine using a Kratom test. If you had been using Kratom at all, this will show up in a drug test for about nine days, if not longer.

Unfortunately, like everything else in this world, people can use Kratom in an unsafe way. If Kratom is abused or if too much is taken incorrectly, it can have some negative side effects. Because of this, the jury is still out on whether Kratom should be in the same category as dangerous recreational drugs.

Side Effects

Side Effects of Kratom Overdose

Too much of anything can have really negative side effects, but there are specific side effects to watch out for if you take too much Kratom.

  • Nausea or stomachache
  • Hallucinations
  • Sweating profusely
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Having to pee a lot
  • A constant feeling of itchiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Possible seizures

Can You Die From Kratom Overdose?

Kratom can become addictive and, if abused, potentially become life-threatening. However, not many deaths have been recorded due to Kratom. Over 75% of the deaths recorded involved Kratom being mixed or laced with another drug.

An individual stopping the use of Kratom after using it for an extended period can cause withdrawals if not done correctly. This can cause issues such as insomnia, irritability, aggression, and achy muscles.

Our Takeaway

If you are concerned about being drug tested because you use Kratom for its well-known benefits and positive effects, rest assured you will not be checked in any commonly used drug test. However, if you are taking Kratom when you know you should not be, there are ways you can be caught. Once it is in your system, there is nothing you can do to fool the tests.

Written by Daniel Recardo

Founder of Kratom IQ; a self-improvement junkie and Kratom enthusiast. I started this website in 2015 to help people avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes with Mitragyna Speciosa, and ultimately get the most out of this amazing plant. Learn More...

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