Can Someone Regularly Taking Valerian Root Test "False Positive" On A Urine Drug Screen?


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Ok, here is the truth. Xanax (alprazolam) shows up positive
as a benzodiazepene class of drug in urine tests. Benzos work by binding to
gaba neurotransmitter receptor sites near the synapse between nerve endings in
the brain. Neurotransmitters pass between nerves and affect just about
everything in the way of mood, thought, emotions, relaxation, excitation, sex
drive, happiness, and so much more. The main neurotransmitters that are
medicated are serotonin (depression eg.), dopamine (parkinsons, well being eg.),
nor-epinephrine (focus, ADHD eg.), gaba, and sometimes acetylcholine. Gaba is
mainly responsible for calm and relief of irritability. That's why Xanax,
Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam), among others, work for anxiety. They
are all benzos. Valerian root works much the same way that benzo meds work.
They also bind to gaba receptor sites to force more release and or re-uptake
(keeps from wasting neurotransmitters and uses them more efficiently) of gaba
within the brain. This can be done synthetically as well. This may be the cause
of Valerian providing false positives. Valerian, however, is not a controlled
substance as are the meds, and one should not be condemned for taking them as
they can be purchased anywhere, and are completely legal. Taking Valerian isn't
the same as taking a mind altering drug in the eyes of the law, and shouldn't
be. Carefully controlled and prescribed use of benzos for its intended purposes
isn’t a big deal either. Some people just seem to be high and mighty about what
they don’t understand (this coming from a narcotics officer). Sometimes, some people
just need that extra help and employers are too harsh on the subject. Before
taking a urine test, list Valerian Root, even though it is not a prescribed
medicine. That is perfectly ok. Even still, Valerian root will usually vanish
from the urine stream between 1 and 7 days, if it even shows up at all. St. John's Wort should not
provide any false positives, but the key words are should not. It is also a
perfectly legal and over the counter herbal supplementation, and is believed to
work as a serotonin - nor-epinephrine - dopamine re-uptake inhibitor. It's
efficacy is debatable, but the point is that it does not bind to receptors the
way that gaba neurotransmitters need in order to work. SJW simply causes the
three neurotransmitters to stay within the synapse (a kind of space) between
nerve endings instead of being wasted whenever they do not transmit through the
receiving nerve ending membrane initially. SJW will keep the neurotransmitters
in place until the nerve's membrane becomes excited again by electrical
impulses. The electricity allows the membrane to become permeable and receive
the neurotransmitters. SJW does the same principle thing as meds like Prozac,
Effexor, Paxil, Wellbutrin, and other combinations of SSRIs, NDRIs, SNRIs. Because some herbs work in the same basic mannerism
as FDA approved medications, it is possible to show up as those drugs. This
is a crude explanation, and illustrations of how neurotransmitters send and
receive in the synapses between nerves would be helpful. Ultimately, the
responsibility lies within you to know what you’re putting into your system,
but if you have problems because of something as simple as a substance that
most medical professionals scoff at and the government isn’t interested in
because it’s basically harmless and makes them no money, then people and
employers wanting the drug screen should know enough about them to keep
themselves from discriminating you, condemning you, or otherwise violating your
civil rights; but that part is just an opinion.
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Anonymous answered
Yes, I Used to take Valerian for relaxation and had to stop because drug court told me to. The only reason I had to was because valerian shows up as a benzo( xanax, ativan, valium).

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