Kratom users who find themselves in a situation where they are being drug tested for employment purposes or probation/parole will definitely ask the question, does Kratom show up on a drug test? This article gives the exact answer for employment drug tests and probation/parole drug tests, and what you need to be careful for.
First off, Kratom definitely does not show up on any regular drug test. Drug tests vary from 5 panels to 12 panels, as can be seen in the below chart.
The simplest drug tests include Marijuana, Opiates, PCP, Cocaine, and Amphetamines, and the most advanced standard test also includes Methamphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Quaaludes, Propoxyphene, MDMA/MDA, and Oxycodone.
Notably, not even the 12 panel test can detect Kratom, and the reality is no standard drug test looks for Kratom.
This means that you will never fail an employment drug test for taking Kratom. That being said, it is wise to not tell your employer that you are taking Kratom, since if you don’t tell them then they will never know.
As for probation/parole, they also use standard panel drug tests, and therefore Kratom will not show up on the standard urine test that they do.
However, to be 100% clear, people on probation/parole are not allowed to take Kratom, and taking Kratom can lead to jail/prison time. Indeed, people on probation/parole cannot even take alcohol, nor anything else that is psychoactive.
There are multiple ways someone can get busted for taking Kratom while on probation/parole. First off, if you tell your probation officer that you are using Kratom, they will send your urine sample in for an in-depth lab analysis, and Kratom will be detected.
Indeed, there are now standard procedures for lab testing urine for Kratom. To be clear, these are never included in a standard panel drug test, but if a probation/parole officer sends the urine sample to the lab, it will be tested for.
Another way to get busted is if you take a ton of Kratom before visiting your probation/parole officer, since officers are trained to detect any sort of intoxication.
Also, probation/parole officers can show up at your house at any time, and if they find Kratom in your house or see that you’re visibly altered because you took a lot of Kratom, then you’re busted.
Finally, probation/parole officers can randomly send your drug test for a lab for no reason at all, especially if you are court ordered to pay for drug tests.
Considering all of this, I truly recommend that you do not take Kratom during probation/parole. Some people might be able to get away with it, but it’s like playing Russian Roulette.
Thus, when it comes to employment drug tests there is almost zero chance that Kratom will ever be tested for, but for probation/parole taking Kratom is a bad idea, since if the drug test is ever sent to the lab you will get busted.