What is Kratom?
Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is similar to opiates like morphine. The crushed leaves are usually sold in a powdered form that looks similar to finely ground green tea. The Kratom is usually mixed with a liquid and consumed as tea. It is used recreationally to experience an opiate-like high, and to manage pain. The effects on humans are not well studied, but chronic use of the plant carries with it the potential for addiction which can lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Where are people using it?
While it is "legal" in most states, the DEA has listed it as a "drug of concern". Kratom is illegal in four different states. There has been legislation introduced to make it illegal in elsewhere in the country.
What are the effects?
Symptoms of Kratom use include:
- bowel obstruction
Can it be detected in a drug test?
Forensic Fluids Laboratories is one of the few laboratories in the country that offers a test for Kratom. The drug is relatively new to the United States while is has been illegal in Thailand since 1979.
It is very important for us to be able to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date testing available which is why we make it a priority to test for the drugs that people are using.