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In this article, we will solely talk about passing a drug test for marijuana, and whether there are safe and reliable ways to pass them. These drug tests usually test for other drugs as well. Drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and propoxyphene. We DO NOT condone such life ruining drugs, however, legalizing them or not is a different argument, though.
Note! Toward the end of the article, we will talk about using fake urine. You need to be aware of a few tips, so make sure to read it before attempting to use it.
Answering this question accurately isn't easy because how marijuana affects people can be different. What we do know for sure is that marijuana can stay in your body longer than most other recreational or illegal drugs. It takes a longer time to get rid of it from your system.
Passing a drug test for marijuana can be challenging. The main part of marijuana that makes you high, called THC, is stored in your body's fat cells. It can stay there for a while, ranging from 3 days to as long as 12 weeks. However, several factors can affect how long it stays:
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Here's a quick breakdown:
Urine Analysis: The usual way employers check for drugs is by testing your urine. They often send you to a clinic or lab where someone will watch you provide a urine sample.
This test measures how much THC is in your urine. To pass, some people try to drink a lot of water to make their urine less concentrated. But many testers know about this trick, so if they see your urine is too watery, they might ask you to take the test again.
In some cases, companies might use different methods like testing your hair, blood, or saliva, which are not as common as urine tests.
Hair Analysis: This method is older than urine testing. When you use marijuana, it gets into your hair follicles and stays in the strands themselves, pretty much forever.
THC, the psycoactive ingredient in marijuana, can be in your hair for months or even years after you last used it. Different hair tests can detect it at different levels.
Most labs take a 1.5-inch piece of hair from the root, which represents about three months of hair growth. So, it can show if you've used marijuana in the last 90 days.
If you want to avoid this test, you might think about shaving your head. But you'd need to remove all your body hair too because they can check hair from other parts of your body like your armpits, chest, legs, and even groin.
There's also breath testing in development by a few companies worldwide. Some say it works, but more research is needed before it's widely used, especially for checking if people are high while driving.
So, if you know you have a drug test coming up, it's best to stop using marijuana right away. Also, try to eat well and exercise to help your body clear it out.
How to pass a THC drug test? Since our bodies are unique, passing a marijuana test can be unpredictable. This method won't guarantee THC elimination from your body in 72 hours, but it's possible. So, it's better to start early.
Here are some tips to help you pass a marijuana test:
Engage in intense cardio or lifting exercises from now until your drug test. THC is stored in fat cells, and burning fat is crucial.
Drink water regularly (this is very important). Aim for at least one glass of water per hour for the first 24 hours (which totals around 15-16 glasses of water). The exercise you're doing will help eliminate THC through urine, so flushing it out of your system is essential.
Take Vitamin B-6, B-3, B-12, and B-2 twice a day. You can purchase them over the counter at any pharmacy, and they are affordable.
Related article: How Much Vitamin B Complex Should a Person Take in a Day?
First, wake up early and use the restroom, but don't use your very first urine of the day for the drug test. The first pee in the morning often contains a lot of substances, including THC. To be safe, it's better to use your third urine of the day for the test.
Second, drink at least half a gallon of water and make sure you urinate it out, but do this at least 4 hours before your scheduled drug test. Your urine will become quite clear.
Third, because you've been drinking so much water, your urine may look very diluted, which could raise suspicion during the drug test. To avoid this, about an hour after your urine becomes clear and at least 3 hours before your test, take your usual daily doses of Vitamin B-6, B-3, B-12, and B-2, along with any other multivitamins you normally take. Wait an hour and then urinate. Your urine should have a yellowish color. If it still looks clear, take another dose of those vitamins. Be careful not to take too much (you can read more about proper vitamin dosages here: The Overdose Risks of Vitamins: Why Proper Dosage Matters
Finally, try to eat a light meal before your test. If you have to eat, avoid fatty foods like butter, sugar, dairy, and cheese if possible.
There is a lot of misleading information about how to clean your system and pass a marijuana drug test. Some of this advice can be risky and harmful.
For example, some websites and forums may suggest home remedies like Goldenseal, bleach, Certo, cranberry juice, or vinegar. I strongly advise against using these methods because they can be dangerous, ineffective, or both.
Others may recommend using Synthetic Urine or substituting your urine with someone else's. These approaches are not only risky but also easily detectable.
Another common but flawed idea is to dilute your urine by drinking a lot of water right before the test. This tactic is also easily noticeable, and the lab will likely ask you to take the test again, rendering all that water-drinking pointless.
So, what should you do instead?
You have couple of options here:
Detox Naturally: If you have enough time before taking the urine test, you can take the easier, safer and most efficient rout, abstain from consuming the herb, lots of liquids, diet, and exercise. Let your body take care of it and flush it out.
Detoxification Program: If you were a regular smoker, and you have at least a week before taking the urine test, you may want to consider this detoxification program. This program is designed for stoners, who have high level of exposure to THC. The program is also recommended for those who weight over 200 pounds regardless of the THC levels. THC will be discharged from your system in 5 days (up to 10 days, depending on the package you will get).
Same day detoxing: there are some detoxification drinks, the maker claims that it will help you to flush THC out of your system at that same day. Those Clean Capsules will break down THC in your body, which will help to quickly flush it out of your system. Works in 60 minutes and lasts for up to 5 hours.
We highly recommend doing an in-home marijuana test at least once. Also a day before the actually test. An at-home Cannabis (drug) test is pretty similar to taking a pregnancy test at home. It’s easy to buy from any pharmacy, super market and sometimes gas stations. It’s affordable, and all you need the privacy of your own bathroom and a urine sample.
Here are popular Home Marijuana Drug Test available in store and online:
Also check here the most popular Home Marijuana Tests (based on sales) on Amazon, updated hourly.
Now, is it accurate? People are usually concerned when it comes to drug testing. Most of the over the counter marijuana tests claim having 99% accuracy, sometimes even more, but comparing to what professionals use in labs, no, those in home cannabis drug tests are not as accurate, nevertheless, they will provide you with some type of trustworthy results, to a degree.
What makes in-home drug test less reliable (than a lab test) is the simple dip test, on the other hand, when it comes to a professional lab testing, they have an extra step which shows confirmation, furthermore, identifying of the exact substance present in the sample.
After taking the proper action, as we described earlier, here are couple of tips that you may want to do, just in case:
There are many success stories with using Quick Fix, and it’s one of the ways that you may want to consider, and it might be your best option. Drug tests are easy to cheat if you want to cheat, unless you’re too paranoid and people can easily see it in your face. A friend of mine described it as "the MOST stressful experience" of his life.
You can purchase it online from their official store front. You can also buy some useful accessories, like the adjustable synthetic urine support belt that makes it easy to carry the synthetic urine to your leg while keeping it at the perfect temperature. Each kit comes with detailed instructions of how you will be doing it. I do recommend attempting a dry run, if not two, the night before to understand how the temperature strip works and what routine works best for you.
Always buy from the company’s main online store
The Quick Fix usually comes with a hand warmer, however, Walgreen has a better hand warmers for cheap.
Buy the 3 oz or more, so you'd be able try it out when you're home and be comfortable with the process, or if you had to pee more than once, just in case
Do not forget to verify the batch number
Shake the bottle before and after microwaving and before you pour the sample into the container
Maintaining the temperature is one of the biggest obstacles you may face, and the most important one. Again, a dry run can be very helpful. Try to simulating the conditions of the test as much as possible. Make sure the temperature strip is not lying against your skin, because that could mislead you to think the temperature is between 90-100 while the pee actually might not be
Finally, don't act like a sketchy person. Stay calm, cool and collected