Does Kratom Show up on a Drug Test?

Many people who use kratom or want to use it wonder if it will show up on drug tests. If you found this page by searching for “does kratom show up on drug test”, you’re not alone in your query. Hardly anyone tests for kratom; it’s legal and the tests are expensive to run. However, if the substance’s legality were to change, it’s possible that someone could test your blood for kratom alkaloids or carry out a kratom urinalysis.

Does Kratom Show up in a Urinalysis Test?

Standard drug tests don’t currently look for kratom, so your use won’t result in a positive test. While kratom alkaloids bind to the same receptors in the brain as opiates, the alkaloids are different. Therefore, a test for opiates won’t return a positive result if you use kratom.

Does Kratom Show up in a Hair Follicle Test?

A test has been developed that can detect kratom in hair follicles and fingernails. These offer much longer windows of detection than urine. If someone is testing you for kratom they could detect it. However, it’s still unlikely that you will be subjected to such a test.

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Is There a Drug Test for Kratom?

Yes, although it isn’t used as frequently as others. This may be changing in recent years as kratom becomes a more popular alternative on the market. Kratom contains two active alkaloids- Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragine. The test for kratom tests for these alkaloids. Both these alkaloids are thought to no longer exist in the body around 24hrs after use, however this could vary greatly depending on things like metabolism and body composition. Be aware that while most people would test negative for the alkaloids 1-2 days after taking kratom, people with more body fat or slower metabolisms might still test positive.

Could I Get a False-Positive Result?

A false-positive result means you test positive for a substance that you didn’t take. This can happen for a number of reasons, but it’s highly unlikely that kratom would be one of them. That’s because the alkaloids in kratom can’t be found in any of the drugs that are commonly tested for. 

Some people have claimed that, after using only kratom, they tested positive for methadone. There are two explanations for this- 1. the product they purchased was sold by an untrustworthy vendor, who tainted it by adding methadone for more intense effects (this is rare but does happen, and is why third-party lab testing is so important) or 2. the active alkaloids in kratom caused a false positive on the test. We believe this is rare. If you test positive for methadone after taking only kratom, consider asking for a follow-up confirmation test. Confirmation tests should be able to indicate whether or not the original test was a false positive, or if the kratom you took did indeed contain amounts of methadone. 

At GRH Kratom, we send our kratom to a laboratory not affiliated with us in order to ensure the contents of our products are pure and unadulterated, which means GRH Kratom products never contain methadone. 

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