How Long Does Kratom Stay In The System?
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As the average half-life of the drug is around 24 hours, it’s believed that Kratom will stay for up to 6 days. However, the slowest elimination half-life was found to be 40 hours, therefore, 9-14 days are needed to get clean.
Who Can Be Tested For Kratom?
Testing for Kratom is not common as the drug is still legal in 48 states in the U.S. What’s more, the standard SAMSHA-5 panel can’t detect the drug. Some specialized tests, though, can be used to find Kratom in one’s system. Professionals prefer blood samples, and urinalysis and don’t prefer swab or hair tests as much for Kratom detection.
How Long Does Kratom Stay In The System?
Kratom or Mytragina speciosa korth is a tropical tree whose leaves are used to increase the energy levels of the user, to relieve pain or just to induce relaxation. Although Kratom is becoming a popular drug, its effects and elimination haven’t been studied completely in people. What’s more, as the drug is legal in 48 states in the U.S., there’s no enough research.
However, it’s believed that Kratom will clear from one’s system for up to 6 days.
Factors That Influence How Long Kratom Stays In The System
Although researchers have not looked at Kratom in-depth, we should consider various factors that may affect the duration of the drug:
- Dosage: Larger doses lead to longer duration of Kratom effects.
- Ways of administration: Note that Kratom can be ingested, chewed, smoked or made into tea.
- Type of product: There are different strains of leaves. Some green leaves provide a lot of energy for over eight hours, while some red leaves induce sedation that lasts between five and ten hours, on the other hand, some white leaves give an intense rush for up to 3-5 hours.
- Food intake and activities: Regular exercising, for example, will help to clean the body quicker. Eating and drinking water also affect the effects of the drug. For instance, eating acidic food can lead to faster elimination.
- Weight and age of the user: Elder users need more time to process the drug. Also, Kratom can be used to melt one’s body fat off.
- The rate of metabolism and urine pH: Some health conditions can also affect the elimination of the drug as well as high acidic environments.
- History of abuse: Mixing Kratom with other drugs can lead to long-lasting effects and risks for the health.
Kratom Metabolism Process
Research shows that some of the alkaloids that derive from Kratom are mitragynine, paynantheine, and speciogynine. Mitragynine is the most active alkaloid in the drug, which acts as an opioid receptor agonist (in particular, as a mu-opioid receptor agonist).
Mitragynine is absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, reaching peak plasma concentration under an hour, and metabolized by the liver (by the CYP2D6 isoenzymes in the liver). That makes Kratom part of that particular group of drugs called CYP2D6 inhibitors.
Mitragynine is linked to two metabolites: 5-desmethylmitragynine and 17-desmethyldihydromitragynine. Highly acidic environments can destroy this alkaloid, so the pH of the urine can affect the duration and the elimination of the drug.
Kratom Half-Life & Effects
The only in-depth research on Kratom, as stated above, wasn’t done on people but animals and has been stopped since 2015. Scientists believe that the half-life of the primary alkaloid in Kratom – mitragynine, is around 24 hours, which means that one can get completely clean within six days.
The slowest elimination half-life found was around 40 hours, or in other words, the user would need more than nine days to get clean.
Kratom effects can last for up to 3-10 hours.
Kratom & Drug Testing Information
Kratom can’t be detected by standard tests done by SAMHSA – 5, as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration checks for five types of drugs (opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, cannabinoids, and PCP). Therefore, only specialized tests can detect Kratom.
How Long Does Kratom Stay In The Saliva?
As the drug is not completely illegal and can be purchased easily online, swab tests are not standard, so there’s no precise data.
How Long Does Kratom Stay In The Blood?
Blood tests can be performed and can detect Kratom during the first 24 hours and up to few days. The concentration of mitragynine can be between 10 and 50 micrograms per liter, while in cases of intoxication – over 100 mcg/l.
How Long Does Kratom Stay In The Hair?
Like saliva tests, hair tests are uncommon when it comes to Kratom abuse. However, usually, hair analysis can provide a longer window of detection, sometimes up to 90 days.
How Long Does Kratom Stay In The Urine?
Urinalysis will reveal Kratom use: the drug will show up in around six hours, and it can still be detected for up to three days.
Although, it takes 6-9 days to clean Kratom out of the system, at least two weeks are necessary to be on the safe side.
What’s even better, stay away from the drug. Just because Kratom is still legal in the U.S. doesn’t mean it is safe.
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