Can Kratom Show Up On A Drug Test?

There was a time when kratom was thought to be a safe alternative for opioids and even now some people are under the assumption that it is legal to use it to treat pain, depression and other mental disorders.  But overuse of the substance can lead to kratom dependency requiring detox; at OuchClub you can find out about various types of detox. According to FDA kratom is not a dietary supplement but a psychoactive substance containing mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine which react with the pain receptors in the brain and reduce pain while producing pleasure. They basically act as stimulants.

Withdrawal symptoms of kratom

The withdrawal symptoms of kratom include anxiety, depression, hallucinations on the mental level while on the physical side one will experience a runny nose, muscular aches, chills etc. tapering the medicine to give the brain a chance to go back to its equilibrium position is one way of treating withdrawal symptoms; the other is to detox using alternative medicines and supplements.

Detox programs for kratom

Usually, kratom detox is done under medical supervision as in several cases drugs like lofexidine which is usually used for treating high blood pressure are used. In medical detox, a combination of medicines is used for tackling the withdrawal symptoms.

Drug testing for kratom

Unless they are specifically looking for mitragynine it is not visible on a routine drug test; urine that is been tested for kratom will be searched for the presence of a metabolite of mitragynine. Even though routine tests don’t detect kratom nowadays several employers are checking for kratom which incidentally remains in your system for five days using the 10-panel drug test where it appears as methadone. Liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry are used to detect kratom. But a point to remember is that not all tests are 100% accurate and there is always scope for false positive and false negatives.