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By Ayad Maher.
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), MDMA, 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. Here is official Quick Fix website with multiple options to help you pass your next drug test..
As marijuana effects vary from person to person, many factors need to be considered before anyone can answer this question accurately - we do know for sure, marijuana can stay in your system a lot longer than any other recreational drugs (or illegal drugs for that matter). It requires a longer period of detoxification compared to other substances.
Passing a drug test for marijuana can be tough. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main component that gets you high, is fat soluble. Your body stores it in fat cells and it can stay in your system for a good period of time, anywhere between 3 days and 12 weeks. Nevertheless, many factors may impact the length of this period. For instance, users with a fast metabolism can flush THC out of their system much faster than those who have a slower metabolism.
Some other factors that you should consider for a faster detox are:
Related article: THC and CBD, and the Entourage Effect!
Here is a quick break down:
However, for regular users who smoke or consume cannabis 5 or more days a week, marijuana can stay in your system for 90 days at the most.
Urine Analysis: The most common method is urine analysis. Usually employers send the prospective employee to a third party clinic or medical lab to take your urine sample. The process can be monitored by the lab employee.
A standard urine drug test measures the concentration of THC in your urine in ug/mL. One way to ensure you pass is to dilute your urine. The problem with this method however is that most drug test administrators are aware of this trick, so when they notice the urine is diluted, they will make you to take the test again.
Some companies will use less common methods such as hair, blood and/or saliva tests.
Hair Analysis: This method goes back much further than urine testing. In fact, when you consume cannabis, it goes into the hair follicles, and then into the strands themselves, where they stay, pretty much forever.
THC can stay in your hair for months or sometimes years after the last time you smoked or consumed marijuana, different hair tests have different sensibility.
Most labs take around 1.5 inch of a hair sample, cut from the root, which equates to approximately three months. In other words, it can track your marijuana usage back about 90 days.
Shaving your head can be a valid and solid way to keep "them" away from this method, nevertheless, keep in mind that you will need to remove all hair from your body, because cannabis can be detected not only on your head's hair, but also your body's; that includes armpits, chest/abdomen, leg/arms, even the groin area, if necessary. If you had removed all the possibilities, lab staff will be in non-compliance.
Finally, the Breath testing; the technology is still under development by few companies around the world, few of them already claimed success, but further research and testing still needs to be acquired before approval. Of course, once we get there, breath testing tools will become a key equipment in traffic law enforcement.
Related article: Why a Pot 'Breathalyzer' Won't Work
With that said; if you know you have a drug test, I'd suggest to abstain from smoking cannabis, or consuming it in any other way, immediately. The next step is to stick to a healthy diet and exercise.
How to pass a drug test for THC? Because our bodies are different from one to another; pass a test for marijuana can be unpredictable. This method will NOT guarantee getting rid of THC from your body in 72 hours, however, it's possible. So starting the process early is preferable.
Here are some tips to how to pass a test for marijuana:
Intense cardio/lifting from now until your drug test. THC is stored in fat cells, metabolizing that fat is a key.
Drink water (can't stress this enough). At least 1 glass of water per hour the first 24 hours (that means around 15-16 glasses of water). The exercise you'll be doing will discharge the THC through the urine, and to make sure that the THC is out, you have to make sure it's flushed out of your system.
Take Vitamin B-6, B-3, B-12, and B-2; twice a day each. You can get them OTC from any pharmacy and they're pretty cheap.
Related article: How Much Vitamin B Complex Should a Person Take in a Day?
First, wake up early, and take your first piss of the day. You don't want to give your first piss of the day as a sample. It's usually loaded metabolized substance, including THC. Rule of thumb, to be on the safe side, you want to submit your third piss of the day for the drug test.
Second, drink at least 1/2 gallon of water, and make sure to wait till you piss it out (at least 4 hours before the drug test time). Your urine is going to be pretty clear.
Third; because of all the water you've been drinking, your urine probably is very diluted, and that can be an issue if the drug test administrator notices this. To avoid this, you need to try to bring everything back to normal. An hour after you start pissing clear urine, and at least 3 hours before your drug test scheduled, take your your regular daily dose of Vitamin B-6, B-3, B-12, and B-2, and any other multivitamin. Wait an hour, and take a piss. It should be yellow-ish, if it still looks clear, talk another dose of Vitamin B-6, B-3, B-12, and B-2. That's it. Don't over do it (for more information check this piece: The Overdose Risks of Vitamins: Why Proper Dosage Matters).
Finally, don't have any heavy meal, keep it light. Eat as little as possible, but if you must eat then definitely no fatty foods (butter, sugar, dairy, cheese etc).
There are many falsifications out there about the best way to cleans and pass marijuana drug test, some of the information are very risky and dangerous.
For instance, many website or forums recommend some home remedies, like Goldenseal, bleach, Certo, cranberry juice, vinegar. DON'T DO IT! trust me, they're either dangers, don't work, or both.
Other suggest Synthetic Urine or substitute your urine with someone else's; both methods are, first, risky, and second, easily detectable. Or... Diluting your urine by drinking "a lot of water" before taking the test, which is also detectable and the lab will ask you to take the test again! All this water drinking was for nothing.
Now... What to do?
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.
Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Website; Monroe Blvd, an online smoke shop; 421Store, and an online CBD store; GoodyCBD.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.