Can The Regular Use Of Valerian Root Give Someone A "False Positive" On A Urine Drug Screen?


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Mark Henderson answered
Yes, the regular use of the substance valerian root may cause you to test positive in a drug screen, due to its composition, which is similar to illegal and abusive substances.

A standard drugs screen will test for the following substances:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Phencyclidine
  • Marijuana
  • Opium
  • Ecstasy
  • Benzpdiazepines
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Oxycodone
Does Valerian root cause false positives?

Valerian root is usually sold as a dietary supplement and is a common ingredient in many sedatives and sleeping aids. It has been known to cause false positives on drug tests. It is usually wrongly flagged-up as a form of benzodiazepine, a substance which is tested for in all standard and extended tests.

Other herbal-based medications such as Kava Kava and St John's Wort have also been known to have the same effect in standard drugs tests.

When these herbal supplements enter the body, they alter the its chemical balance, which on a test looks similar to the effects that benzodiazepines have.
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Anonymous answered
Valerian is a benzodiazepine receptor inhibitor, i.e. It is basically, biochemically, a benzodiazepine, like Valium, xanax etc. It has exactly the same, a bit subtler, effects, side-effects and withdrawal effects as benzodiazepines, and shows up as such on most tests.
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Anonymous answered
Yes, I am in drug court and have been told many times by many people (drug counselors) not to take Valerian because they cannot distinguish the difference between Valerian and benzodiazipines.

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