I’m not an expert and I’ve never heard of a magic bullet, but from being involved with drugs, being around addicts and ex-addicts, and from my own experiences I know cocaine, heroin, and speed are all out of your system in a couple of days. The same for LSD, which I’m not even sure can be tested for. Weed is the tough one, though, especially for a hardcore smoker. THC stays in your body for up to three weeks or more if the person is hefty. It gets in your fat cells. The important thing to remember is to drink a ton of water and try to pee it out beforehand. You don’t want to give them concentrated morning piss. You want it as diluted as possible when you take the test. That’s what I’ve learned taking literally hundreds of urine tests. I’ve also written about the many ways that prisoners beat them.
Cooper: Test Clear and Pass Your Test. I know that shit works. For the last 12 years I’ve been working to keep people out of jail. These detox drinks do that. And the detox products for the hair follicles [work also]. I’ve been doing this a long time. They work.
I took my last drug test in January 2016, when I got off federal probation, and I’ve been toking up ever since. But with so many people getting drug tested these days and the outdated War on Drugs mentality still prevalent, it’s still not a terrible idea to know how to beat these things when they come up. As such, I contacted two experts on the subject for VICE.
What about the THC sticks to fat cells argument?
You always hear people talk about putting bleach or detergent in the urine and the like, any truths to these home remedies?
Armentano: Well, there’s different strategies people employ prior to taking a test. With a product that is going to lower the sensitivity of the test. Another option is the use of an adulterant, which is something that is added to the sample itself in hopes that that’s going to create a false negative result. When it comes to the latter adulterants, again that’s your sort of perfect example of a cat-and-mouse game. There are certainly products that, when added to urine, can throw off the sensitivity of the test. In most cases, over time, the drug testing industry becomes aware of what those adulterants are, and they either begin to screen for the adulterant itself, or they check some sort of composition of the urine that they anticipate will be altered when an adulterant is used.
Paul Armentano: This is a game of cat and mouse. There are products that work for a period of time. And then the drug testing industry becomes aware of such products, and they impose countermeasures that tend to make the use of those products obsolete. Then the industry that has sprung up to try and help people thwart drug tests comes up with new potential strategies. That sort of cat-and-mouse game has literally been going on for decades. I’d also add that most of the products available in those sort of facilities that involve consuming any sort of fluid, by and large, are simply diuretics and they may work to some degree, but they’re largely overpriced and they certainly over promise.
Armentano: Abstinence is the only sure-fire way to beat a drug test. And of course, drug tests and labs are human. It’s even possible that somebody may have never been exposed to illicit drugs and could have an unfortunate incidence where their test comes back positive anyway. That’s why our samples are generally split into an A sample and a B sample. In case something like that happens.
Are their any over the counter or internet products you recommend?
Armentano: I wouldn’t feel comfortable endorsing any product. Particularly products that are sold over the internet.
What about dilution? How much water should your drink?
Cooper: There’s a rhyme that says, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” There’s a lot of truth to that. The problem is when we dilute and drink a lot of water—the idea is to drink it an hour before your test—you pee really nothing but water. The amounts of THC are not high enough to be detectable. The problem is that the color of the urine is the same color as pure water. When they see that, it’s usually flagged as a test that’s been tampered with. That’s why a lot of these products, these detox drinks, they tell you to drink a lot of water with it. But it has niacin and other colorings added to it on purpose so your urine is a normal color after diluting.
Some of the detoxifying drinks may work.
But these approaches aren’t backed by science, and most lab techs see right through the altered samples.
The study suggests that exercise released dormant THC from fat stores, built up from chronic cannabis use. So instead of вЂњsweating it out,вЂќ exercise actually flooded the participant’s systems with THC, a move that could complicate roadside or employer drug tests after recent exercise, the authors write.
“It takes about a month for cannabis to get out of the system, which is obviously problematic because there are other drugs that get out of your system quicker but I consider to be more dangerous,” Whitney Ogle, a cannabis researcher at Humboldt University, tells Inverse. “So it’s unfortunate.”
Exercising before a drug test may not be a good idea.
Importantly, the THC spike went away after two hours, suggesting people should only avoid working out immediately before a drug test if theyвЂ™re concerned about THC detection. The researchers also didnвЂ™t analyze the participant’s urine, so how this would impact a typical marijuana urine test isnвЂ™t clear.
Typically, a marijuana drug test involves testing a urine sample for metabolites of THC. Other drug tests involve hair, blood, and fingernail samples — methods that can be harder to beat. CBD isnвЂ™t likely to raise red flags on a drug test since CBD products typically only include trace amounts of THC. A urine marijuana test will test positive if the THC in the sample is more than 50 nanograms per milliliter.
One popular suggestion? Sweat it out. Hitting the gym or going for a run should speed up the metabolism of THC, right? Not so fast. Exercise may actually have the opposite effect by boosting THC levels in the bloodstream and making you fail a drug test.
вЂњIt might be that someone had a brownie at a party and that wasn’t the intention of what they wanted to do that night, and then they test positive.вЂќ
One popular approach? Up your cardio. But while some studies have tried to parse out whether exercise might interfere with marijuana drug tests, the results have been mixed.
Exercising before a drug test may not be a good idea.