There has been a lot of buzz online over the years about the Certo drug test method, or Sure Gel/Sure Jell drug test method as it’s also called, on various forums (such as here on 420 Magazine and here on Drugs-Forum).
Some of you may have never even heard the name, while others may know all about it or have tried it themselves.
On this page I aim to shed some light on this method, including things such as what the Certo drug test method is, how it works and effectiveness, what you need for it and instructions on how to do it.
What is the Certo/Sure Gel detox method?
The Certo drug test method is a urine (and blood) drug test detox method where fruit pectin is used as the “primary ingredient” to pass your drug test. Certo is the brand name of a type of fruit pectin commonly used for this method, hence the name. Certo is used to make jam, jelly and more.
The second most common fruit pectin used for this method is that of the Sure Jell brand (often referred to as Sure Gel). I noticed though that both Certo and Sure Jell are manufactured by Sure Jell, which can be a bit confusing, but since both work just as well it’s no big issue.
This detox method has actually been around for ages, but as with any method it only started getting a lot of traction once there was enough different people who have claimed success with it (here it’s mentioned in the forums at Marijuana.com from 2004).
The real charm of the Sure gel detox is its convenience and cost. It uses common stuff which means if you don’t already have it, you can get all you need (more on this later) in your local food store or on Amazon for cheap.
Does it work? And how?
As with any method to pass a drug test which isn’t based on not doing drugs, the Sure Jell drug test method isn’t fool-proof by any means.
Although I would personally never rely on this method alone when it comes to passing my urine drug tests (cautious as I am), it’s hard to deny that there are people who’ve had decent success with it. For blood drug tests it’s even more tempting (once you understand how it actually works) simply because there are few options available in the form of same day detox drinks that help pass blood tests.
From what I can tell from researching certo/sure Jell for drug tests, it does seem to be at least equally reliable to just drinking a same-day detox drink before your urine test (which you know by now isn’t too reliable if you’ve read my guide to detoxing from THC).
If you have very little time and you know synthetic urine may be risky due to the supervision, this may however be one of your better options.
So.. How does the certo drug test method work?
There is a common assumption among stoners who use this fruit pectin based method that the pectin coats the insides of your stomach and more importantly urine bladder, blocking THC or other toxins from entering your urine temporarily.
There’s very little, if any, evidence behind this however and I’m not entirely sure where this claim originated.
The more likely reason this fruit pectin detox method is effective has to do with a combination of how fiber interacts with THC and your body, and the liquid consumed as part of the method.
You have probably heard of diluting your urine as a possible solution to beating your drug test already, so I’m not going to get into that here.
But when using Certo to pass drug tests, you will also be drinking a lot of water, which will inevitably dilute your urine a bit and improve your chances.
The more interesting reason however that makes Certo for drug test passing a viable option, as mentioned above, has to do with fiber interactions.
I’ll try to make this as simple as I can, so I’ll start with a few facts:
- THC is primarily eliminated from the body through your stools.
- THC and its main metabolites are fat soluble.
- Your body makes bile to bind to ingested fat and make it dissolve in water.
- Fruit pectin (fiber) binds to bile in the intestines.
- Fruit pectin can only leave the body through stools and is thus automatically sent to the colon.
- Fiber increases bowel movement.
But as mentioned above, the path most of it takes is through your stools.
What ends up in your urine is mostly what was reabsorbed from your intestines into your bloodstream before it could leave that way, much of it residing inside fat cells from ingested food.
Fruit pectin fiber (Sure Jell/Certo), when leaving your body through “the back door”, takes some bile with it on its way out.
The bile, which is a fat transporter, takes fat with it when leaving the body.
And since fat binds the fat soluble THC, it brings THC out of your body along with it.
So indirectly, fiber takes THC with it on its way out of the body, leaving less available for reabsorption into the bloodstream to end up in your urine.
This is what makes it interesting when it comes to blood tests. The way it enters your urine is through your blood, so for this method to be effective it needs to help lower THC in your blood. Since the rumored “coating of your stomach and bladder theory” is so wide-spread few people are aware of this.
As a bonus, fiber in itself increases your bowel movements, which is a good way to make sure as much THC as possible leaves the body before it gets a chance to be reabsorbed (this only matters if you flush yourself more than just on the same day of your test).
To conclude, what makes fruit pectin effective before a drug test is that it temporarily “forces” THC to leave your body through your poop instead of your urine. This leaves you a window of time where you can pass your urine test.
Certo drug test instructions
The instructions for the Sure Gel drug test method are simple. First, this is what you need:
- 3 hours Before your urinalysis, mix a whole packet of Certo in your Gatorade (if you need space just take a few zips from it before).
- Shake it until the Certo has completely dissolved in the the Gatorade. It will become thicker, a bit like jam or jelly.
- Drink it! All of it. It may be unpleasant, but you have a test to pass so just man up.
- Have some water right after, and then for the rest of the time until your drug screening, you’ll want to down you entire gallon of water.
- You should urinate at least 3-4 times before leaving your sample for the UA (to get rid of any contaminated urine from Before the certo bound the THC in your intestines).
- 1 hour before the urine test, take a B-vitamin pill to add some color to your urine (else it’ll be very clear) and continue finishing your gallon of water.
And that’s it.
I’ll repeat though, that this is not the way I’d go about beating my urine drug test personally.
If you literally only have 24 hours to get clean however, this may be your best option aside from synthetic urine, which also has it’s downsides and limitations (read this page on synthetic urine if you don’t know what I mean with that).
If you have more time at your disposal to detox until your test, the instructions and products on this page is the far safer way to go.
If they decide to test your urine sample for dilution, there is a very real possibility it will be too diluted after using the Certo drug test detox method and make your sample unacceptable (hopefully all this will mean is you’ll have to have another test scheduled).
For blood tests this seems a great method on paper, although very few have tested it. I’d use this in combination with Toxin Rid.
What’s your experience with the Sure-Jell/Certo drug test method?