Being a relatively new entrant into the US market, there’s scarce information about the Kratom – even within the users; community.
Lately, we’ve received a considerable lot of inquiries about Kratom’s impact on a probation drug test.
If you’re a Kratom user anticipating a probation drug test (or any drug test) or knows someone who is, this article is a good read. It explains the impact of Kratom in your drug test screenings and how to come out clean.
Some tests specifically investigate Kratom use. But the practice differs across jurisdictions.
In the US, for instance, Kratom is widely legal and not considered a
drug. Hence, the parole rules do not care about your Kratom use.
What Substances Does a Standard Drug Test Detect?
As mentioned, standard drug tests – whether urine and blood – do not spot Kratom. Although some drug test specially detects Kratom alkaloids, but they are scarce.
For clarity, drug tests are designed for different purposes and to detect target substances. To detect a substance, the screening needs to run a special test for that particular substance. The screening company pays for each substance they check.
To cut expenses, employers focus on the most used (and/or abused) psychoactive compounds, like THC – and rarely for substances like Kratom.
Common substances screened for include:
– Marijuana – of course, THC
So, can Kratom show up on your drug test?
Yes, it can. But ONLY if tested for Kratom. So while Kratom can show up on your drug test, it most likely won’t since Kratom is hardly ever a concern for most employers and parole officers in the US.
Since Kratom has an insignificant few users, these tests’ expensive nature may not be worth it. For this, Kratom’s drug testing is rare – But you still don’t want to take chances.
When weighing whether or not Kratom will show up on your drug test, these 3 questions should guide you:
1. Who Needs the Screen Test?
In a workplace setting, Kratom testing is practically non-existent. Since each test comes with huge additional expenses, most organizations consider it imprudent to run isolated tests for uncommon drugs.
Although rare, your drug screening agency may go the extra mile and intentionally drug test for less popular substances, like Kratom.
While employers may prefer to test for most commonly used substances, like marijuana, a parole officers; test is more thorough.
Over time, some Kratom users have reported that their probation drug test detected Kratom use.
If you anticipate a probation drug test, you may want to discuss with your parole officer to find out whether Kratom falls under permissible substance during parole.
Now to the next question;
2. What’s Kratom’s legality in my area?
Kratom is widely available across the United States, both federally and across many states. If you’re from any of these Kratom-friendly jurisdictions, no worries. Kratom won’t ruin your drug test.
That said, Kratom is prohibited in several areas in the US, including;
– Rhode Island
– Arkansas and
Additionally, while Kratom is allowed in California and Florida, they are illegal in San Diego County, Ca., and Sarasota County, Fl. For Illinois and New York, Kratom’s legality comes but with age restrictions.
Even in these Kratom-hostile areas, you’ll hardly ever undergo a Kratom test. However, to avoid legal problems, check up on your local drug use regulations, and be more at peace.
International policies on Kratom may be somewhat complicated.
However, for intercountry regulations, check Kratom’s legality across concerned countries and local regions.
3. How Long Does Kratom Remain Detectable in The Body?
However, Kratom lingers in the body a period after consumption. The body metabolizes and flushes out Kratom’s deposits from your system in bits.
The pace at which substances are eliminated is termed substance half-life. For instance, the period it takes to eliminate 50 percent of a substance in the body is termed one half-life. Further, it takes two half-lives to further remove 25 percent of the remaining substance – And so on.
A 2015 research found Kratom’s one half-life may occur in just 24 hours. However, based on the particular test run, Kratom traces may stay in your system for up to one week after your last dosage.
Urine Test: Urine tests spot Kratom metabolites – that is, the broken-
down version of a consumed compound. Hence, urine test usually spots substances in the body much longer than the other tests do. Many sources suggest Kratom may remain traceable in urine for as long as between seven to nine days.
Blood test: Blood test results detect Kratom in its original form – unlike urine that picks metabolites. So, your blood test can only detect substances within a relatively shorter time than urine tests. Many believe that Kratom may show up in blood tests for only two or three days.
Other Factors That Determine Kratom’s Lifespan in Your Body
Besides the drug test type, Kratom’s span in the body defers across
persons based on the following determinants:
Age – Kratom tends to stay longer in older people since age slows down metabolism levels. So, younger people may go Kratom-free in a relatively short span than older folks.
Strain Type – How long Kratom stays in your bloodstream may also depend on the specific strain consumed. For instance, the Red Kratom has a more stimulating effect than others, hence may remain longer in the body.
Weight – Weightier people hold Kratom traces longer than people with less fat. This is because the compound is fat-soluble.
Diet and Dehydration
The more you eat, the slower it takes Kratom to digest. Besides, regular fluid intake helps purge your system, eliminating Kratom traces faster.
Can I take Kratom just before a probation drug test?
Here is a common question in our email box. Many Kratom users are
scared the herb may produce a false-positive report in their probation
drug test. This isn’t entirely correct.
For clarity, drugs like Prozac are the culprit. Prozac interacts with Kratom to produce false-positive results, such does not occur when Kratom is dosed in isolation.
However, for optimal safety, you may go ‘cold turkey’ for about a week or more before the due drug test date.
Standard drug tests investigate commonly used (or abused) substance like marijuana. Since cost-per-drug-tested can sum up to be a huge figure, it founds most logical to focus on the most common substances, like THC, in marijuana.
Conversely, the probation drug test is more thorough and detailed; it investigates more drugs than job-related drug tests. So, will Kratom show up on a probation drug test?
It depends on the jurisdiction. In the US, for instance, Kratom is widely legal in the federal books and across many states. Hence, the probation terms across these jurisdictions do not care about your Kratom doses.
That said, kindly find out Kratom’s legal status in your area to help you determine whether the herb will get you into hot legal waters.