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The reason many people tend to want to know how long a drug remains in the human body has more to do with passing a drug test rather than just a lesson in chemistry and biology. The only definitive way to pass a drug test is to avoid using drugs altogether. Additionally, the only way to get answers to questions you have is to do your research.
While kratom has only recently gained attention in Western countries, it has a long history of use in the countries where the Mitragyna speciosa tree (the “kratom tree”) grows, such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Kratom has been used for centuries to treat various medical ailments and as part of socioreligious ceremonies.2
Kratom may be consumed via several methods, including:3
At low doses, kratom produces a mild stimulant effect, which propelled its use among farm workers in Southeast Asia who needed to fight off fatigue and stay productive over long hours.2
Additionally, several states have already banned the drug.1,3 What should be a major concern for kratom buyers is the fact that the drug is unregulated, meaning it would be all too easy for a disreputable supplier to lace its product with unreported, potentially-harmful substances.
The kratom plant, native to Southeast Asia, has gained popularity as a possible tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic; however, both its viability as therapeutic medicine and legal status remain up in the air, and debate continues about the safety of the substance itself. Notwithstanding its potential benefits, kratom is still a drug that affects the body in a variety of ways, with some potentially dangerous outcomes.1
Kratom use may result in the development of physical dependence, with some people reporting withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to discontinue their use or if they go for a period of time without consuming the drug, such as:10
Some of these withdrawal symptoms are similar in nature to those of opioid drugs such as hydrocodone and heroin.
As with other substances, the timeline for withdrawal will be shaped by a number of factors such as the individual’s health, genetics, and patterns of kratom use. Additionally, the timeline is, in part, influenced by how long the drug remains in the system—something which itself is a reflection of the drug’s elimination half-life.
The overall takeaways can be summed up briefly. Kratom can be consumed as a tea, through pills, and by chewing the leaves. Dependence on the drug can develop and may lead to withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia or achy muscles, if the user attempts to stop consuming the drug. Finally, how long Kratom remains in the user’s system is determined by a number of factors, which means that a definitive response to the question cannot be given.
Greenhouse Treatment Center has the experienced and licensed medical staff to help patients undergo treatment specific to their needs. If you find that you’re struggling with the misuse of kratom or prescription opioids, options are available. Together we can help you reach long-term sobriety one step at a time.