Pass Your Drug Test
How To Pass Your Drug Test
Did you know that Quest Diagnostics performed at least 9.5 million urine, 900,000 oral fluid, and 200,000 hair laboratory-based tests for employers in 2018? This is only one of the many labs in the U.S. to perform pre-employment drug testing services; approximately 84 percent of employers require these screenings. Sadly, the methods used to test urine, oral and hair samples have become more sophisticated over time and seem to produce more positive results year over year.
Guide to Detoxing
This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive review of testing for cannabis and provided some guidelines to help you pass your drug test. Below you’ll learn about how detectable metabolites are metabolized, drug testing methods, detection times and the different approaches we recommend depending on the amount of time you have to pass your drug test.
We don’t believe that anyone should be subjected to an unprovoked drug screen and hope that you find this useful for the next time you have to visit a lab.
How quickly is it metabolized?
As we all know, the high from using will disappear within a few hours, but the actual mechanism that gets one high and that which labs like Quest Diagnostics test for can linger in the system and be detected for up to weeks. The primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – Tetrahydrocannabinol, delta-9 or simply – enters one’s bloodstream shortly after using. Metabolites are typically only detectable in the bloodstream for 3 to 24 hours because it is quickly metabolized into COOH molecules commonly called metabolites. These metabolites are stored in fat and gradually released through the body’s natural excretion systems (approximately 20% is excreted in urine, approximately 65% in feces and the remainder in sweat). We’ll address these three natural excretion systems and how to stimulate them later in this article since they are important factors when a successful detox approach to pass your drug test.
What types of drug test are there?
The most well-known drug testing types include hair, saliva, blood and urine. Oral fluid and blood testing is not very common since metabolites are typically only detectable in saliva and blood for up to 72 hours and 24 hours, respectively. That being said, they can be common in “incident-response” testing and unfortunately are very accurate if administered timely. 5 and 10-panel urinalysis screens are much more popular given their cost and extended detection times. Since they’re so much more common (more than 75% of the pre-employment testing), passing a urinalysis will be our focus.
How long is are metabolites detectable?
Some metabolites have an elimination half-life of less than 24 hours. Most experts agree the remainder won’t be released from the body’s fatty tissues for 15 to 30 days. This of course is dependent on factors like:
- How often a person smokes (frequency);
- How much they smoke (quantity);
- And their metabolism (general health, diet and exercise).
There have been reports of detection times longer than 30 days but this has been very rare; the most credible source and recent (last updated October 2018) study on detection times has been by the Mayo Medical Laboratories:
Can You Cheat Your Drug Screen?
There are a lot of suggestions online about how to pass a drug test; labs are well aware of these and thus they rarely work. If a drug screen results in a tainted sample, they’ll simply require that you take another. The only time we’d recommend cheating a drug test was during an “incident-response” screen. Some common methods include:
- Dilution– This includes drinking a lot of water and urinating several times before the test. This is helpful for lowering metabolite levels in your system but would not be a fail-safe. We recommend always drinking a healthy amount of water (at the very least eight 8-ounce glasses a day).
- Masking Agents– Some companies sell various substances that mask a drug sample. These typically return false positives and require the lab to legally take a second sample, one which the individual often fails.
- Tampering – This requires adding something to the urine to contaminate it and through off the lab results. These are even less likely to work than a masking agent, as it will only return a false positive and require the lab to legally take a second sample.
- Synthetic Urine – This requires hiding sythentic urine on yourself until you’re ready to urinate and then pouring in a cup while potentially hiding from a lab employee. Other variables include uric acid, source, temperature and shelf life. We highly recommend not using this method as the likelihood of being caught cheating is high.
How to Detox?
Although how long it takes is different for everyone, eventually your body will remove signs of use from you system through its natural processes. We do not recommend cheating a drug test because of the unlikelihood of success. The good news is that there are ways to boost your body’s excretion systems (urination, feces and sweating) and speed up the detox.
4 Weeks until Drug Test
If you have four weeks or more until your test then in most cases you won’t need to do anything out of the ordinary other than quit smoking. If you’re in generally good health then your body should naturally metabolize the detectable elements from your system. That being said, if you feel the need to take extra precautions, we’d recommend following the steps from the section below, most of which are confirmed by others like Max Living.
3 Weeks until Drug Test
If you have 3 weeks until your test then in most cases you can still pass naturally as long as you’re following habits that would ensure the detectable metabolites in your system is metabolized. These include:
- Abstain from inhaling or ingesting (obvious enough).
- Eat a clean diet that is low in carbohydrates and sugar – A diet like this forces the body to metabolize fat (where metabolites are stored) instead of glucose.
- Drink lots of water and green tea – Having healthy amounts of both water and green tea will lower metabolite levels through their diuretic properties and cleansing of the kidneys. Additionally, hydration is a key factor for a robust metabolism.
- Exercise – This will speed up a person’s metabolic rate, burn metabolites and remove waste.
2 Weeks until Drug Test
If you have 2 weeks until your test then you start to get into the territory of needing a detox kit, again this depends on frequency and quantity of use as well as overall health. If you’re in infrequent user then we’d recommend following the steps above; if you’re frequent user then recommend you find a reputable herbal detox kit that is gentle on the body.
1 Week until Drug Test
If you only have a short amount of time, detox kits that remove detectable metabolites from your system can be the missing link between your body’s excretion systems and passing your test. One of the natural detox kits that we recommend is one our detox kit’s. Herbality’s detox kit is a unique WEED cleanse that has evolved over the past 8 years using customer research, feedback and independent studies done within the industry. We have isolated the most effective ingredients and brought them all together into one comprehensive formula using only pharmaceutical grade (certified) natural extracts. Each of the ingredients have a specific function for enhancing the detox process.
24 Hours until Drug Test
Although we’d never recommend waiting until you have 24 hours until a drug test to prepare for it, there could be a time when you don’t have a choice. If a 24 hour notice is a possibility for you, then you may want to keep some synthetic urine handy. The risks associated with these are that the lab will be able to tell and will require you to take a second test.
Remember, when preparing for a drug screen, time is your most valuable commodity; the more time you have the more likely you are to be able to detox naturally. Other important variables include frequency of use, quantity of use, metabolic rate and overall health. Home drug test can be used to find out if you’ll definitely fail a lab test but not to find out if you’ll pass; meaning, if you fail a home drug test then it’s essentially guaranteed that you’ll fail a lab test but passing a home drug test doesn’t mean that you’ll pass a lab test. Lastly, if you're short on time, then extra measures like detox kits are an option and should be considered to ensure you pass your test without any issues.
Good luck to all!