Everything You Need To Know About Kratom Drug Test
Kratom is not a controlled, restricted or banned the substance. It is regulated to an extent. It cannot be sold as a medicine or drug. Kratom is not listed as a narcotic and hence there is no law against its sale and consumption. However, kratom does have several physical and psychological effects, which is why its impacts are considered similar to those of drugs. Hence, you ought to be aware of the different types of kratom drug test and how you would fare if you were to take one.
Types of Kratom Drug Tests
Many people think that there is no kratom drug test as such, like the ones used for opioids and other substances. This fuels a perception that kratom does not show up on any drug test. There is a bit of factual truth in this presumption as kratom cannot be detected in some drug tests such as the standard SAMHSA-5. However, there are some types of kratom drug test that would indeed find traces of the substance. The alkaloids in kratom extract can be detected in these tests and hence you may fail if there is any trace in your system.
The most common types of kratom drug test are blood and urine. The urine test is a reliable way to know if someone has been consuming kratom. Usually, the alkaloids in kratom take up to a week to leave the system completely. A urine test conducted anytime in a week will detect traces of the alkaloids. It is possible that some urine tests would fail to find traces even if a person has been taking kratom. There are many causal and facilitating factors for this. Those who take kratom in very low dosage and do not use it regularly may not have any traces of the alkaloids in their urine. In some cases, traces may remain in the system and be detected in the urine even after seven days. The regularity of use and the dosage along with other physiological, health and lifestyle factors would determine the actual result of the urine test.
Kratom drug test using blood is also common. The substance can be easily detected in the blood and tests can also reveal the concentration of the components so it is possible to suggest how much one has been consuming and how often. A blood test can detect kratom in a few hours after taking the substance up to four days. Some people may test positive even after four days but it is difficult to find traces after five days. Kratom does not have traces in the blood up to a week or longer. This is why the urine test is more common. Also, the urine test is less invasive. While both tests require consent, most people are unlikely to be comfortable with the blood test. The urine test can be inconclusive or the findings may be wrong if the sample is adulterated.
Those who have been taking kratom for a long time and regularly will have metabolites in their blood. These would show up in the blood test. This is not limited to four days as is the case for occasional users. Regular consumers can be tested even seven days or ten days after they have stopped taking and the blood test may find the metabolites. This is regardless of the dosage. Those who consume kratom regularly and at high doses will definitely test positive in a blood test conducted even a week or ten days after stopping.
There are two more types of kratom drug test. One uses hair and the other use saliva. The hair follicles are tested to find traces of the metabolites. This is not a common test though. It is believed that hair follicles will have traces for several days but since it is not widely conducted, one cannot provide sufficient evidence to prove the same. The saliva test is one of the most common drug tests in most countries. It is also quite conclusive for most drugs. A saliva test can be effective at detecting kratom but since it is not a drug, the test is quite uncommon and even unheard of at workplaces and elsewhere. Kratom is not perceived or considered to be a drug like some other banned substances. Hence, all these tests are quite rare.
Traces of Kratom in your Body
Kratom takes ten to fifteen minutes for the expected effects to kick in. The maximum time kratom may take, in case of the weakest strains, is half an hour. If kratom does not have its effects in half an hour, then the strain is adulterated or something else entirely. It is also possible someone has developed a degree of tolerance that keeps the effects at bay even after half an hour. Those experiencing the effects are likely to be under influence for up to four hours. Very few kratom strains are potent enough to have an effect even after six or eight hours. Usually, weaker or standard strains have effects last for two hours or so. Even the powerful ones will have the maximum effect last anywhere between one hour and three hours.
Those who consume kratom on an empty stomach will experience more profound effects. Those taking pills will have to wait a little longer than those who take a powder. The pills or capsules need to be broken down and the components must be properly dissolved for the effects to be felt.
Kratom has a half-life of just short of twenty-four hours. This means that almost half of the kratom extract you consume will be eliminated from your system in a day. However, all traces would be eliminated from your system in five days to seven days. If you consume kratom today, you may fail the blood test if it is done any time in the next three to four days. A urine test would find traces any time in the next seven days. Standard drug tests may not find any traces, regardless of when they are conducted.
Those who consume kratom every day and at fairly high doses will not get traces eliminated completely for several days after stopping. How fast your body cleanses the substance from the system and gets rid of all traces depends on how frequently you consume kratom and how much. Those who take kratom once in a week or month may get rid of all traces in two to three days. Those who take it every day and have been doing so for years may take weeks for the system to get rid of all traces.
Age, weight, genetics, diet, hydration, lifestyle, fitness, medical history and other specific factors for an individual will influence how quickly or slowly kratom gets eliminated from the body. Older people will take more time, those who are overweight or obese will take longer as kratom is fat soluble, genetic predispositions can affect how enzymes and markers respond, dehydration will slow down the elimination process, a healthy diet will expedite the cleansing of the alkaloids, activity or exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices will facilitate the cleansing. Serious health ailments, strong medication, and other impairments will slow down the natural cleansing.
If you have to undergo a kratom drug test, it is best to stop as early as you can. Drink plenty of water, sleep well, exercise so you can sweat more and lose more toxins from the body, eat dietary fiber so you can get rid of more waste and you may also consider detoxification.