The United Nations has calculated that nearly 160 million people throughout the world are marijuana users—whether they’ve tried it one time, only use at parties or in social situations, use marijuana a few times a week, or imbibe daily. In other words, three in a hundred people on Earth have used this popular herb.
For many, cannabis is used as a way to relax, to build focus for working or creating art or even to exercise and recover from intense exercise. Even the former President George Washington grew marijuana. It was believed he used it to help with pain from his antiquated dentures. Similarly, many Americans rely on marijuana to cope with chronic or acute pain, discomfort, or anxiety.
For those with cancer or gut issues, marijuana can bring much-needed relief from pain and an increase in appetite. Cannabis has also been used for patients with Alzheimer’s, PTSD, depression, psychosis, arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and a variety of other mental and physical disorders.
Even with all its benefits, however, there are some cases in which it’s best to refrain from using marijuana, whether you’re using edibles or smoking the stuff. Trying to pass a drug test is one of these situations.
We’re often asked what the best way to pass one of these drug tests is, and the answer is, fortunately, fairly simple: stop using marijuana. The question is, how early do you have to stop? What happens if you’re not quite sure how you’ll do? We recommend taking a scientific approach: use practice tests, try out various methods and pick the way that works best for you. As we all know, marijuana affects everyone’s body a little bit differently.
Abstaining from marijuana use for a while before you’ll be testing is, of course, only one part of the game plan. There are many paths you can take to get through your drug test with undetectable levels of THC, so don’t worry if you haven’t quit using quite as early as you’d planned. Even the best intentions can get waylaid by a stressful week at work, a momentary blip in judgment at a friend’s 50th birthday party, or a 4th of July celebration. We get it.
The thought of an impromptu workplace drug test can make even the most hardened marijuana user begin to sweat and lose sleep at night. For many of us, we don’t have to worry about taking drug tests to work, but for some, these tests are key to ensuring continued employment. Others need to take drug tests for legal reasons or might be applying for a job for the first time.
Wondering what you can take to help you pass the test? Well, this answer will vary, but there are a few tried and true methods for THC cleansing and other substances that can help put you in a good position beforehand. First, we’ll mention that a positive attitude can go a long way when it comes to preparing for these tests. If you believe you can pass, you’ll put more effort into making this happen. Without further ado, here are a few tips that can help you feel confident:
Before the Test
Try to pause eating red meat, junk food, and foods high in fat and salt. These foods can slow your metabolism, bump up the amount of water you’re holding in your body, and keep the THC in your cells longer, as you won’t be burning as much fat if you keep your caloric intake high.
Don’t exercise the day before your test, so that you’re not breaking down fat with THC in it and causing blood spikes.
Nurse a healthy love for tea and kombucha. Teas will help keep your body hydrated and will naturally help rid your cells of toxins. Drink as much water as possible in the weeks before the test, as it keeps you full and can help flush toxins from your body.
Weed detox drinks can be a great option for those who want to pass a test but may not have a lot of time to do anything about the amount of THC in your body. There are a few different types, based on how much you weigh and how much marijuana you’ve been using. This is a temporary detox method—the drinks are geared toward lowering the THC for urine tests. Often these drinks will provide you with a window of several hours so that you can take your test during that time.
During the Test:
You’ll typically take the test at a specific facility. The test may be observed or unobserved, and the technician may or may not have the results right away. THC typically will take several days to a month to leave your systems, but this amount can greatly vary.
You may want to keep in mind that for, drug screenings that occur before you’re actually hired, you’ll often have some peace while peeing into a cup. For other types of drug screenings, you won’t have this privacy. Also, a lab will measure the temperature of your urine when you pass it in, to make sure it actually came from inside your body.
Try to drink a lot of water in the hour or two before your test. You can use supplements like Vitamin B and creatine to mask signs of diluted pee.
Don’t start peeing into the cup until after the first part of your stream. And don’t use the last part. Levels can vary at these points in the urine stream.
We’ve heard of folks using powdered urine, or someone else’s urine, but this is not a step we’d recommend. Tampering with urine samples can be serious. You’d have to hide the clean urine—some use synthetic, while others use clean urine from a friend—and this can be tough, and have legal consequences if you’re caught, depending on which state you live in.
Remember, it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t pass a drug test. But with enough time, you should be able to cleanse your body enough to get by without detection. Please go to our main website to get more information on detox solutions.