Everyone from the clerk at the supermarket to the guy at the drug testing place smokes weed. Let’s face it, everyone smokes weed!, if you live in the USA and love your freedom, you smoke pot.
Who doesn’t enjoy a joint every now and then?..
ISIS that’s who and I don’t support terrorism or girls in burkas.
How THC is stored in your body
THC is the active compound in marijuana and it’s also what produces the high. Once you ingest anything that contains THC, it is absorbed into your body and metabolized. This includes smoking, edibles, waxes, medications, etc.
Once metabolized THC is broken down into at least 5 different metabolites, one of which is THC-COOH, which, along with THC is what drug test check for. These metabolites are “Fat Soluble”, that means your body will trap them in fat cells instead of letting them flow out your system.
Once they are trapped in fat cells, they are slowly re-released as fat is burned. When release you expel them through bodily fluids, like urine, sweat and saliva. The entire process can take anywhere from 1 week to three months before your system has totally flushed out THC.
The amount it takes to flush out THC depends on use and your body type. At the most, if you stay clear of pot for more than 3 months, you will pass. The natural detox time of three months works for all forms of testing even hair follicle drug screenings.
Only in very rare instances will you fail after three months clean. An example would be if you’re an extremely heavy user that’s seriously overweight and a totally inactive lifestyle.
If you never really use marijuana, but have tried it once, you may be able to pass a urine, blood, saliva, sweat test in as little as 3 days. BUT, hair drug test will still detect THC for up to 90 days.
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Cutoff Levels for Marijuana
- Screening Cutoff for THC/THC-COOH is 50 ng/ml
- Confirmation Cutoff THC/THC-COOH is 15 ng/ml
A cutoff means that it is the lowest detectable level of a drug metabolite. The cutoff level is set by federal guidelines. Any labs are not allowed to report or detect anything less than the set level. Anything lower than the cutoff can trigger to many false positives.
Piss test are probably the most common form of drug testing. That’s because they are cheap, available everywhere and you’re going to have to take a leak anyway. Because they are so common and millions have been tested, a lot of methods for passing have been used.
“For the most part, most of the DIY ways to pass a drug test have been figured out and don’t work any more. The best bet to pass a urine test would be to use a detox or synthetic urine“
How they work
- Urine must be 90 to 100°F
- Specific Gravity range is 1.000 – 1.030
- Urine Creatinine levels 500 – 200 mg
Urine testing is fairly standard throughout the US and it doesn’t really matter what lab is used. You get called in, giving a cup to pee in and shown to the restroom. Let’s go over the details.
A lab tech will call your name and send you in. You are asked a few questions, like “have you used any drugs?” and “ Do you have any prescriptions we should know about?”
Of course, if you have been on any medication, let them know and bring in your prescription to avoid any issues. Any non-subscribed drugs use is your personal business, don’t volunteer any personal info.
Next, you’re told to empty your pockets, given a cup to pee in and shown the rest room. The cup will have a temperature strip, that’s the first test. The temperature for a urine sample needs to be 90 to 100°F. If you are using your own urine fresh out the tap, no big deal. If you’re using Synthetic urine, temperatures are crucial.
“Urine temps need to be 90 to 100°F or it’s considered tampered”
Also, the tech will squirt a colored liquid in the sink and toilet and tell you not to run any water before handing over the sample.
Screening: Once you hand your sample over they check the temp strip and take a note. The sample goes through an initial screening that checks for the presence of 5 metabolites: Crack/ Cocaine, THC, PCP, Meth, Heroin
“Creatine is present in all healthy urine samples. If creatine is not present, the test is considered to be tampered with”
Confirm Tests: If your THC level is above 50 ng/ml, additional tests are conducted. The additional test check for drug metabolites at lower cutoffs (THC 15 ng/ml) as well as the presence of minerals. If your urine is taken to this step, you will most likely fail.
How to Pass a Urine Test
Ok, lets cut to the chase and figure out how to pass the drug test. Of course the only way to be 100% sure you will pass the drug screening is to be clean for at least three months. That’s a liberty most of us don’t have. In most cases, people are tested within one week to one month after the last use.
In some cases, you may be subject to a surprise screening and need to clean your system in 1 to 24 hours. So be prepared by keeping a detox handy.
“If you have smoked weed in the past 3 months, use a detox”
This is the best method for unsupervised urine screenings. Unless you’re being tested by court order or military, chances are it will be unsupervised.
There are a lot of one hour detoxes out there that claim to work and I have used almost all of them. My favorite right now is CertoClear, it has worked for me and a lot of my friends, in some cases without notice.
You can only buy CertoClear on-line from their site here, or Amazon, the price is about the same.
How I use CertoClear
Before I used it, I read a bunch of different methods on-line, from drinking it the night before to mixing it in a gallon of water downing it right before the test.
I don’t drink soda and avoid juices on the regular. I also usually drink a liter to a gallon of water daily. So for me it’s simple, I mix it in a litter and drink about 40 minutes to 2 hours before. Did it twice and passed twice.
Using Synthetic Urine
This is really a last ditch effort, if you think there is no other alternative you can try synthetic urine. Just like anything else there are a few to choose from. Here is my recommendation:
I recommend this one because I have know people that passed with it and consider it their go-to. Only having ever tried to use synthetic urine once and it was a mess, mostly because I’m a spaz and was super stoned on kryptonite.
The product was called magnum and through no fault of its own, I failed. I had overheated the pee with a lighter. Then tried to cool it down with toilet water, got it too cold. Then burned a hole in it trying to reheat, got pee all over myself.
The Natural Method
Naturally detoxing takes time, but it’s the only way to be 100% sure about passing. If you are a light smoker or expect to be tested in the future, this is the best bet.
Drinking plenty of water, staying active and not smoking weed for three months or more is not really that hard to do. After a long stretch you can start to dabble on occasion.
Once your system is totally clean, one hit from a joint, bowl or even wax is OK. A totally detoxed system will quickly clean out metabolites, usually within a week. But remember THC has a cumulative effect. The more often you took, the longer it will take to naturally clean your system.
DIY Myths that don’t work
There once was a time when apple juice was all you needed to fake a drug test, those times are long gone, but unfortunately a lot of the myths are still around. The problem is 99% of them don’t work and you will fail.
Urine testing is big business and testing labs spend a lot of money every year conducting research. They are competing just like any other field. By finding cheaper and more effective ways to detect cheating, they can acquire more contracts.
Here are a few myths that used to work, but don’t anymore:
- Drinking a lot of water only: Labs test creatinine levels, without a detox to replenish creatine, you will fail.
- Goldenseal: hasn’t worked since 95
- Taking B12: Adds color, but doesn’t clear your system
- Drinking Vinegar: Labs test pH, so drinking vinegar no longer works
- Water Tablets: I have heard people say using water purification tablets will help you pass a pee test, not true. It’s probably dangerous and with alter pH levels.
- Green Tea: Actually does work, but over a period of a month or so. Also, large taking large amounts will cause liver damage.
- Fruit Pectin: Before I discovered CertoClear the “ Certo Method” was what worked. It required some time and a lot of items, CertoClear is easy.
- Using someone else’s pee: Risky, but if you know what to do can work.
- Using your pets pis: No go, will fail
- Making your own fake urine: Don’t do it. Specific gravity is hard to fake.
Triggers for adulteration: Here is an example of what not to put in your urine sample. In almost all cases adulteration is detected. – Visine, eye drops, salt, soap, bleach, water, ammonia, etc.