Let's answer the question of Kratom and drug tests?
When you search Google trends for the word Kratom, the third and eighth most searched trends are whether Kratom shows up on a drug test or not. This is an interesting topic because there are a few, little known facts about the hiring process that most people are unaware of.
First and foremost, Kratom is totally legal, and nearly all companies each have their own guidelines concerning drug screening. For example, some will allow some MMJ to a certain level and so forth. In other circumstances, companies may only be screening for specific kinds of substances because the more items that you add to the screening list the more expensive the testing is. In the case of Kratom, I became aware of several urine based test kits that were sold on the market that identify specific markers. To my knowledge, very few if any companies screen for this because it’s part of the coffee family and does not impair judgement.
For those who are just learning about Kratom, it is a tree indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and other areas of Southeast Asia. It has been used as an herbal drug for decades by natives of those regions. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Kratom is considered a national drug of concern as there is no legitimate medical use for Kratom in the United States. Kratom has been described as producing both stimulant and sedative effects.
Many of the tests for Kratom will detect Mitragynine, the primary active alkaloid of the Kratom plant. Detection of Mitragynine will be performed by enzyme‐linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with automatic reflex of positive samples to liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS).
The question is whether or not Kratom shows up on a drug test, and the answer is, only if the company is screening for it. Several screening companies started developing the option to identify Mitragynine because Kratom was previously listed as a potential drug of concern. Companies such as Redwood Toxicology is an example of one or only a small percentage of testing companies that have created an option for this.
From a business perspective, this was a logical response. The reality is that very few companies screen for it. If you think of it in a logical perspective, a company hires a person which may increase insurance costs, and they don’t want to hire a person that may have a drug problem or cause an accident while on duty due to this use. Companies generally screen for the most common drugs which, again, is a very logical and correct choice. Not only does it signify that they care about their company, but the well being of those who work there.
That being said, I’ve spoken to people from every field from blue to white collar, and the general consensus is their use of Kratom is moderate and used for focus and energy much like coffee. I spoke directly to law enforcement officers who used Kratom during physical rehabilitation and it helped them get off of the desk and back to their jobs.
My personal opinion about the concern for drug testing, is that if you are looking for a job, and use Kratom, you’re probably ok. I wouldn’t let it hold you back from applying and most companies will drug test you. Kratom cannot be misinterpreted as another substance such as poppy seeds on a bagel before a test, if you’ve heard about that.
The best way to approach the situation is with the understanding that Kratom is legal and considered a food supplement, so you’re not doing anything wrong. If the issue were to come up, and a company wanted to hire you but restricted the use of Kratom, then you make a decision on whether that job was worth not doing Kratom. If so, then you stop. Otherwise, it truly is a great substitute for coffee and helps a lot of people.
Those people include doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, fire fighters, active and retired military, laborers and the list goes on. It’s very easy to become nervous before a job interview, so make wise choices and give it your all, Kratom or not.
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