So you need to detox from Marijuana? You need to flush that THC out of your god damn system as swiftly as humanly possible?
If that’s the case, the good news is that you’ve no doubt landed on the right page!
Although a fairly common situation in the grand scheme of things, one which many a weed user have found themselves in at one point or another (myself included), that’s of little comfort now that you’re the guy in the hotseat.
And no wonder, because let’s face two cold hard truths here for a moment:
Firstly, it’s a highly time-sensitive matter. That means you’ve got to make an educated decision quickly, and then start acting upon it immediately. The longer you wait, the worse your odds start looking. And make no mistake, that’s a tough spot to be in when you’re not sure what exactly that decision ought to be.
And secondly, there’s a lot at stake! More often than not it’s about a job opportunity or keeping your current employment, but no matter what’s in it for you specifically, the bottom line is that it’s bloody important or you wouldn’t be reading this.
What should be of comfort to you however, is the fact that this guide that you’re about to read has been online for several years at this point (with regular tweaks and usability updates for sure, but the art of THC Detox is timeless and remains largely the same) and stood the test of time.
Along the way it’s helped tens of thousands of people pass their pre-employment drug tests, amassed more than 800 comments, and become a regular asset that many return to whenever a similar situation appears in their lives again.
I guess what I’m really trying to say is, that once you understand all the the ins and outs of THC detox in relation to passing drug screens, and realize that thousands of people just like yourself (people that have recently been using marijuana to varying extent) are passing such tests every single day, it becomes easier to understand that you can pass yours too, with a little guidance.
Simply put, you just need a little know-how.
Hence, in this guide I’ll go through everything you’ll possibly need to know to pass your test, from the best approach under your particular circumstances, how detox works and various tricks you can use to your advantage, to having reasonable expectations and what the fastest and most effective way to get clean comes down to (hint; it’s a combination of two simple yet vital components). And then I’ll finish off with a simplified step-by-step recap.
What I think has made this guide so uniquely appreciated by many is the fact that I’ve tried my best to avoid a lot of the marketing phrasing and sugar-coating that is ripe in this industry. Way too many people have had to learn this the hard way already through a failed test result.
Where the majority of detox websites’ sole purpose is to make a quick buck selling a particular detox drink or product by building castles in the air, making bullshit claims and giving false expectations, a more down-to-earth approach seems to have really struck a cord among people with their jobs on the line.
When polishing this guide up a bit (and republishing it now in early 2020, it was originally published back in 2015), as I try to do on a regular basis, I’ve mostly put my focus on trimming it down a bit. Cutting away some of the fat, so to speak, without touching its essence. Making it easier to digest in one go, so that you’ll arrive at the end of it with complete clarity on exactly what steps to take to beat your test. I’ll let you be the judge of whether I’ve succeeded on that one yet or not though!
Now, before anything else, let’s start with establishing whether or not a marijuana detox is actually the best approach under your individual circumstances:
Table of Contents
- 1 Should You Detox From THC? Not Always, As It Turns Out!
- 2 How Long Does Weed Stay In Your System?
- 3 Basics: How Cannabis Detoxification And Detox Remedies Work
- 4 The First Component: Natural Marijuana Detox Strategies
- 5 The Second Component: Effective Marijuana Detox Products
- 6 How To Flush Weed Out Of Your System Fast, Step-by-step Recap
Should You Detox From THC? Not Always, As It Turns Out!
At first glance it may sound like a given that if you’ve just found out about an upcoming drug screen in the near future, and you’ve been smoking weed, you ought to start detoxing. There are certain exceptions to this rule however, since as touched upon before, the best way to pass your test varies greatly depending on your circumstances.
So let me tell you already, that being aware of these exceptions to the rule in advance could, best case scenario, save you that job, or worst case scenario, save you some valuable time, effort and money. Either way, you win.
Basically whether you should detox or not boils down to two key questions:
- What type of drug test am I up against?
- Is detox my best option for passing, or not?
Adressing the first question is easy enough. There are a bunch of different drug test types used for marijuana, including urine sample tests, hair follicle tests, saliva tests and blood tests, the most common by far of which is urine.
If your answer to the first question is a urine test (standard pre-employment test), then detox is still on the table, and you can move on to the second question. But if your test is of one of the other variants, and not requiring a urine sample, it’s another story.
That’s not to say that’s necessarily bad news (if anything, it’s great you found that out so soon), but it is to say that the tests are inherently very different, and so are the methods it takes to pass them. I’ve put up guides for passing those respective drug screening types too though, so simply head over to the page on how to pass a hair follicle test, beating the mouth swab test, or passing blood tests and you should be covered.
If you don’t know the type of test you’re facing, try to find out asap. If you can’t, and it’s a standard employment test, it’s very likely it’s a urine test due to how comparatively common they are. Hence you’d still be way better off assuming that’s what it is and acting accordingly than you would be if you do nothing at all.
Having established then that the test is for your urine, let’s ponder question number two for a moment, or whether detox is the best option to pass your test.
Although it often is, that isn’t always the case. There are in fact a couple scenarios where you may want to think twice about detoxing even for a urine test, and they’re actually fairly common. It generally comes down to a matter of common sense and how much time you have at your disposal.
Let me explain:
Firstly, we have the case where you’ve taken only a small puff or two off a joint and got a urine test within say, 2 to 3 weeks. That’s such a small THC exposure that coupled with the time of abstinence until the test, it won’t be detectable no matter what detox you did or didn’t do. That’s where common sense enters the picture (admittedly one might need to educate oneself a bit on how long THC generally stays in the body to see the sense in that, but luckily that’s what this guide is for!).
Were it just a couple of days or a week however, or the exposure much larger, then some precautionary detox would suddenly make a lot more sense.
Unnecessary detox mainly hurts your wallet though, and can sometimes serve as a calming measure to ease one’s mind, so it isn’t all bad.
Secondly, we have the issue of time. Enough of it, that is. Because detox is a process, and even if it can be hurried along to pretty great extents (which I’ll be getting into), it still does take its time.
This becomes relevant when you’re a very heavy or frequent user, and perhaps have been for a long time. It can often take several months getting clean naturally in such cases by just abstaining. But even with rigorous detox efforts to speed it up, with the high levels of toxins stored in fat cells over time I’d still say a mimimum of 4-6 weeks is the norm to get clean.
If the test is any sooner than that, then you do the math yourself..
The same can go for if you’re just an intermediate user, but the test is very soon, say within a week. Whether detox is worth a shot or not often becomes a judgement call then.
That is not to say you’re doomed though, not at all, since there are other options available.
And that’s precisely why I keep insisting it’s always smart to consider whether detox is your best option or not before embarking on one.
The better option when there isn’t realistically enough time to get clean before your test through detox is using substituted urine. Yes, synthetic pee.
That’s a topic in its own right though and not as weird as it sounds once you’ve familiarized yourself with it a bit. I’ve written an extensive guide on passing your test with synthetic urine, which I suggest you check out if you’re in that spot just described.
Technically it could be used for any unsupervised urine test (pre-employment tests are usually unsupervised) without too much risk as long as you stick to quality products and follow the instructions correctly, but I for one definitely prefer passing through detox whenever that’s possible and only substituting as a last resort.
So, let’s do a quick recap, and then it’s all weed detox from here on. Detox is your best option and highly recommended when:
- It’s a urine test
- Your consumption isn’t negligible anyways
- You have enough time to get clean
- It’s a supervised test (even when it’ll be hard to get clean in time, fake pee isn’t the best idea when you’ll be watched during the act)
With that out of the way, let’s continue with some handy knowledge on time-frames:
How Long Does Weed Stay In Your System?
The metabolites of marijuana are mainly stored in fat cells and that’s what allows them to be detected for so long after use.
This is also the reason why detoxing from cannabis is trickier and takes so much longer than from say, heavier drugs such as cocaine, heroin, opium, LSD, MDMA/ecstacy, GHB, etc.
When it comes to the duration marijuana remains in your body, one could argue that for most people this is irrelevant to passing your drug test.
Yeah, it’s true, but that’s because what matters is rather for how long the pot can show a positive test result on your drug test panel.
THC and its metabolites, similar to a lot of prescription medicines, have a determined half-life in the body, 1 to 2 weeks in this case. This means that the concentration will get lower and lower, but it won’t be gone completely for a very long time. Negligible levels of THC will likely remain for years, but they will be just that, negligible, in every sense.
Most drug tests in the U.S. give a positive result if the concentration is above 50ng/mL, although some labs do use 20ng/mL as the cut-off point, which makes a pretty huge difference, allowing less than half the concentration compared to the most common test.
The general consensus is that THC metabolites can remain detectable in your urine naturally from anywhere between a couple of days (single use) and up to several months (chronic heavy user) in your urine. This study showed traces in a urine drug test after four weeks of abstinence from weed.
My own experience helping lots of others get clean has been the same. It is actually not uncommon at all for the heavy smoker to have detectable levels on a urine test for 2-3 months after quitting. That’s especially true for those who don’t actively invest in and put effort into proper detoxification.
Exactly how long detectable amounts of THC will stay in your system is nigh impossible to say for certain however. It depends on several factors, such as:
- When you last smoked weed
- How often you smoke
- In what quantities
- The strength/potency of your weed and strain
- Your metabolism
- What you eat and drink
- Your body fat percentage
- How much you exercise and sweat
- Your weed detoxification efforts
All of these individually can have a large impact on your marijuana detox duration, so you can probably see why it’s so hard to set a general marijuana cleanse timeline.
And although we’re focusing on urine above, detection times vary depending on the type of test we’re talking about too, so here’s a quick overview of how long traces of cannabis can be expected to stay detectable in your system:
|Urine: Less than a day – several months||Blood: Less than a day – slightly longer than a week|
|Hair: 7 days – 3 months||Saliva: Less than a day – slightly longer than a week|
So keep in mind it can actually be as short as a few hours or less (second hand smoke, miniscule amounts consumed, etc), and that it depends on many different things. The biggest one is no doubt how heavy a smoker you are though, which can make a massive difference in detox duration.
Basics: How Cannabis Detoxification And Detox Remedies Work
This part’s for the curious people, and will be kept very brief (relative to how big a topic this is), just to give you the gist of things. If all you really want right now are some actionable detox strategies, feel free to skip ahead to the next part.
Marijuana, the plant of focus on this website, goes by many names, and so does the use of it and the cigarettes filled with it.
Marijuana may or may not make you stupid, but from seeing this list above.. it clearly doesn’t tamper with your creativity or imagination :)..
Moving on to more serious matters:
Most of us feel profound and immediate effects after smoking or consuming marijuana. When these subside, there will still be marijuana metabolites remaining; chemical remnants and residue that are still inside your body.
These are called cannabinoids and are what can be detected in your blood, urine, hair, saliva and finger nails.
Drug tests screen for the dominant and psychoactive cannabinoid compound tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), more commonly known as THC, and its metabolites.
THC-COOH is the main metabolite and is stored in fat cells of your body.
THC and its chemical residues are also the targets when detoxing from marijuana, where the purpose is flushing said toxins put of the body.
And faster elimination of the toxins is what allows you to pass a drug test a lot sooner than if you were not actively trying to detox.
Your body actually detoxifies naturally and automatically all by itself. But it takes time, something you don’t always have enough of when there’s a drug test lurking around the corner.
And that’s when you may want to help your body along a little bit to expel those THC toxins from your system more rapidly.
Common ways of aiding the weed detox process have to do with increasing the amount of fluids you excrete through urination and sweating. For example, many THC detox supplements have diuretic properties.
Many remedies also increase your metabolism, which in turn can boost your body’s natural toxic substance clearing mechanisms.
Supplying your body with proper nutrition also plays an important role in helping it do what it’s supposed to more efficiently.
A word of caution however is that attempts at detoxing THC too rapidly can alter your urine sample in ways that can make it seem suspicious and unacceptably diluted or contaminated for a urine drug test. It does this by affecting its density, specific gravity and creatinine levels, in the end meaning you’ll need to be re-tested.
This generally only becomes a problem when drinking too much liquids or detox concoctions in very close proximity to your test (the same day or day before) though.
Another often overlooked way that rapid detox measures can be helpful is by shortening the withdrawal period. This is especially useful for heavier users who are figting addiction and cravings that make it extra hard to detox from weed or to even taper off slowly.
The withdrawal is basically the period it takes the body, while abstaining and detoxing, to get back into its normal balanced state. Speeding up the detox process will thus help achieve this state faster.
Excessive weed often has a numbing effect, and when suddenly deprived of that effect, facing reality and one’s feelings can sometimes be a rough wake-up call. During this period some people experience physical, psychological and emotional symptoms.
Note however that most people when quitting weed only experience minor physical discomfort from which they quickly recover, if any discomfort at all.
Now, let’s take a look at the first component of a successful detox:
The First Component: Natural Marijuana Detox Strategies
The first component of a successful THC detox (or any successful detox, for that matter), is what I’ll refer to as the natural detox strategies.
They work in close synergy with and complement the second component of reliable detox products (ironically enough based mostly on natural detox ingredients), but what’s so great about these is that you can generally start doing them right away.
If you’re gonna invest some dough into high quality detoxification products for quick and proper detox (as is usually what it takes), these common sense natural methods are what will allow you to get the utmost out of that investment.
You will notice that they have a lot to do with the principles described above, since that is how all detox works on the most fundamental level. They improve your body’s innate capacity to flush out toxins, and thus the more time you have until your test, the more impact you can expect these to have on your detox results.
If your test is in less than a week or two you may want to focus less on these and put more of your emphasis on the second component of the detox, as that one (Toxin Rid in particular, but I’ll get to that) tends to have the much larger impact when it’s needed on a short notice (well, long-term too perhaps, but at least then you got a lot more leeway).
Don’t get me wrong though, because you should nearly always do both, and since they’re highly synergistic, it’s a good thing you don’t have to choose just one.
Anyways, they are, in no particular order:
Abstain from weed
This one wasn’t originally here, but after receiving repeated questions on whether it’s okay to smoke during your detox, even if just a little bit, I decided to include it.
Even though technically, a slight puff of a joint won’t necessarily be the end of the world or put you back at the beginning of your detox, it’s in no way productive to your efforts of getting clean, and thus best avoided completely.
I just don’t want to give anyone the impression that continuing to smoke weed before your test is okay just as long as you’re simultaneously detoxing.
So again, it’s highly counter-productive, and only when you’re going with synthetic urine either way is this an acceptable practice.
Eat the right foods
As touched upon above with good nutrition, there are foods that can make your marijuana detox both faster and smoother.
On that same note, there are also foods that will do the opposite and actually slow down your detox.
Because THC and its metabolites are fat soluble you’ll generally want to avoid fatty foods, since this fat can absorb the THC and give it new opportunities to re-enter your blood-stream and tissues, making it harder to get rid of as a result.
You want nutritious food rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants so that your body can function optimally.
You also want fiber that will help redirect THC out of your body through stools, thus reducing reabsorption of it from inside the intestines (sorry, but that means no junk-food).
Legumes and whole grains are good for fiber. Fruits and vegetables in general are great for detoxing.
Consider foods that are rich in the B vitamin niacin such as avocados, tuna and potatoes. Niacin is a real “flushing-vitamin” and thus a good addition when you want to clear your system. I wouldn’t say it’s something to rely on though, more like a nice addition.
Foods that have lots of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and vitamin C are helpful. Citrus and lemon juice comes to mind. Tomatoes, melons, bananas, leafy green veggies, herbal teas etc.
The classic cranberry juice, golden seal, Palo Azul tea and even vinegar can also be of benefit, but only as part of your diet to detox over time. Don’t trust the myths about these ones, they will not make you pass your test on their own. Those that swear they did generally would have passed their test without any detox to start with, they just don’t realize it.
Anything with mild laxative effect is good to get those bowels moving, and the toxins with them.
In the end, as much as you may hate hearing it, this mostly boils down to just eating healthy. This should give your body the nutrients it needs while avoiding putting unnecessary burden on your digestive system.
But enough about food:
Drink, Drink, Drink
Am I telling you to swap one drug for another here? Of course not!
I am however telling you that no detox can be effective if you don’t drink enough.
Water is what our bodies use to aid in transporting and flushing things out. That includes toxins, which includes THC metabolites.
Without sufficient fluid there can be very little movement. And that’s bad.
Drinking a lot is the best way to ensure that you’re excreting as much fluids as possible in the form of urine and sweat. And with this fluid the stuff that you want to get rid of.
It also helps cleanse your kidneys.
What you drink isn’t as important as it is that you stay hydrated overall. Water is awesome, but juices and other low-fat beverages will do the trick as well. Tea is actually surprisingly good because of its diuretic effect helping flush things out. Coffee for similar reasons. But all things in moderation!
In general the more you drink the better, but this can be over-done as well. Just make sure you at least get the recommended eight glasses of water a day and then some.
As mentioned earlier, increased excretion of fluids works wonders for detoxing.
Sweating is the best way to accomplish this.
And exercising happens to be the best way of getting sweaty in this case.
This is due to the added benefits of increased metabolism (another factor in a successful THC cleanse) and burning fat tissue.
And THC resides in fat cells, remember? So burning some fat will only do you good!
Ideally you combine cardio or interval training with strength training. Some swimming or running as well as some weight lifting and you’re all set! Easier said than done, I know..
I already mentioned the best way to get the sweat running down your cheeks; working out. However, it also happens to be the one that requires the most work…
If you’re feeling a bit lazy, as I do sometimes, there are other means to sweat.
Visiting a sauna is a great way to aid perspiration. Doesn’t take much effort on your part but you’re guaranteed to sweat a lot!
Another somewhat season-dependent way is sunbathing. This only works if it’s really hot outside of course. But when it does work, it works great.
A lot of your body’s natural detoxification actually takes place while you are sleeping.
Proper rest also ties in with allowing your body to function optimally.
So get enough sleep, and try to relax. A stressed out body does not detox as efficiently as one that is relaxed.
The Second Component: Effective Marijuana Detox Products
The second, and arguably most impactful component of a successful THC detox, at least when time is a concern, is all about utilizing highly effective detox products.
These come in two different categories, something that has been a source of confusion for a long time among people looking to detox for a drug test.
So let med clear this up once and for all here:
First we have the category I’ll refer to as actual detox products. They are the products that need a little longer to act and that actually help remove the toxins completely from the body, be it through your skin, urine or bowel movements. In other words, they help you faster accomplish the goals of any traditional detox, and often markedly so if you pick the right products.
Secondly, we have the category of products that I’ll refer to as masking detox products. These work mainly through dilution of your urine, lowering the concentration of THC metabolites by increasing the proportion of liquid you pee out, while simultaneously attempting to conceal that your urine has been diluted in the first place.
These masking products are actually in the majority, often referred to as detox drinks, and the ones you’re supposed to take on the same day, no longer than a few hours before your drug screen.
These are also the most insidious ones, because the marketing of such products often imply that it’s the only thing you need to do to safely pass your test. More often than not though, nothing could be further from the truth, and hence these drinks easily get a bad rep from customers who feel betrayed after failing their drug test.
That’s not to say they don’t have any merit at all though, because they do help pass drug tests. The issues arise rather when people rely solely on this type of product.
The soundest approach then, and the one I use myself and will recommend you take as well, is the one where you get the best of both worlds, and thus the highest chances of passing your test as a result.
You probably guessed it already, but what I’m getting at is first using a top-notch actual detox product as the bread-and-butter of your detox. This will help lower your THC levels and get you as clean as possible. And then when your test day arrives, still taking advantage of a same day masking detox drink, but as a bonus precaution to improve your odds rather than the main strategy to beat your test.
Do this, while sprinkling in some of the natural strategies from the first component of detox, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
This takes for granted that you use detox products that are the “real deal” of course, so that’s what I’ll get into next.
Now, it shouldn’t come as news to anyone that I take passing drug tests very seriously, because let’s face it:
Missing out on a job is serious business. One failed drug test can have a large and negative effect on your career, income and future prospects.
In light of this, because I want the best and what actually works in reality as opposed to just on paper, the THC detox products I use and recommend can be a little bit expensive, depending on your current financial status.
It’s all a matter of perspective however, because as with most things, with detox products you really get what you pay for, and I prefer to look at it more in terms of an investment.
For example, is $150 really that expensive when compared to getting a potential job or even losing your current one? A job that on top of things is likely to net you a lot more than that in return (or you’d probably not be applying to it).
In my opinion, nope, it isn’t.
With that said, below I’m going to list the THC detox products I personally use and consider to be the best in the business. I always keep these in personal stock (since I get tested on a semi-regular basis).
If you’re in a position where you know you can get random drug tests without much warning, or get tested regularly, I’d suggest you do the same and stock up on the necessary THC detox products.
Trust me, it can be gold worth not having to wait a few days on shipping when you learn you have to take a urine test in a week. Time is precious and you’ll always want to get started on your THC detox plan as soon as possible to minimize any risk.
This actually happened to a friend of mine who followed my advice of having an extra THC detox stock at home. He had never had a surprise drug test and suddenly got a 3-days heads up about a THC urine test at work (he’d been smoking that same day). Luckily he had what he needed for his marijuana detox at home already. He was a nervous wreck and almost kissed my shoes out of gratitude when he was informed he had passed without any problems and got to keep his job.
If you know the type of drug tests you’ll need to take (urine is again the most common) it gets a lot easier and less expensive to have your THC detox prepared in advance. I, however, don’t have that luxury and at times get different types of tests.
Anyways, first (and foremost):
This is my definitive go-to THC detox product for passing urine tests (and sometimes blood tests, too).
When it comes to urine tests, Toxin Rid is like the rocket fuel for your detox that the natural approaches mentioned are meant to complement and synergize with.
If there’s one product you should get for said tests, it’s this one.
It comes in various lengths, but ideally, you’ll want to do the 10-day detox whenever possible to leave nothing to chance. Especially if you’re a moderate to heavy smoker.
As the main THC detox product I use and have recommended to friends, not to mention readers of this website, for many years now, it’s helped pass literally thousands of urine tests by now.
This is as touched on before meant to be the bread-and-butter product of your detox, as opposed to same day THC detox drinks that will work to help hide whatever is left in your system after this proper detox is completed. Combining the two helps reach as close to 100% certainty as you can get of testing negative.
The 7- and 5-day options of Toxin Rid are great options as well though, depending on how much you’ve been smoking and of course what you can afford to spend.
A nice little peak is that you can choose to get a free marijuana at home urine drug test kit with the order when ordering any of these Toxin Rid detoxification programs. Why this is so nice I’ll expand on a bit further down!
As mentioned, having a detox program ready at home for your future upcoming tests (if you suspect you’ll be tested again) never hurts since it’s not a same day detox. It’s worth repeating that you’ll want to be able to start your detox as soon as you know you have a test upcoming.
That being said, TestClear, the company that sells Toxin Rid (I don’t think it is sold in stores anywhere but I’m not entirely sure), having been around since 1995, know how much shipping time matters to their customers and do offer a very fast (and discrete) 1-day shipping option.
There are other detox products on the market that work over a number of days too (usually 7 or 10), but I’ve found most of them really lackluster in comparison to a 10-day Toxin Rid course.
Due to being in high demand with the increased legalization of marijuana, Toxin Rid can be out of stock sometimes (another reason I stock up), but you can easily check the availability of Toxin Rid or place an order here.
My go-to same day marijuana detox drinks for urine drug tests. You can choose either one.
This is like the cherry on top of the cake, and what makes sure your ambitious detox efforts don’t let you down at the finish line.
Truth be told, with same-day detox drinks you do have some leeway, since Toxin Rid will have done most of the job already. You could definitely get away with a basic QCarbo or Stinger if you’ve gone through the 10-day detox (but as always, why risk it..?). One Shot Concentrate and Mega Clean just happen to be the ones I prefer and have had a lot of good experience with personally, while seeing very few negative reviews of them.
After drinking one, you wait 1 hour, pee at least once, and then you have a 4-5 hour window during which you should take your test.
As explained above, same day detox drinks work mainly by attempting to dilute and mask the THC that is in your urine. Again, don’t fall victim to common marketing claims that one of these is all you need, and remember that you should combine these with Toxin Rid (or a good actual detox product) for consistent results.
If you don’t, your chances of passing quickly look a lot grimmer. Just take a look at the ~40% 1-star reviews for pretty much any drug detox drink on Amazon (type marijuana detox drink in the field). They are from people who fell prey to false claims and failed their test due to relying on a simple detox drink product alone (this includes the same-day detox drinks that are the most heavily marketed ones in the industry such as QCarbo and Stinger, many other brands being even less reliable).
Many of the positive reviews are also from people who would have likely passed their test with or without a detox drink but since they drank it before they give it all the credit and then rate it highly.
Of these two that I use, the One Shot Concentrate is my favorite. It’s really small and convenient to bring with you. Most importantly though, it is still very powerful at masking drug metabolites. It’s of the Clear Choice brand (www.testnegative.com) which is one of the pioneers in the industry, having been around since 1993 (yep, that’s 22 years!).
Mega Clean is great as well. I’d say it’s equally effective at masking drug traces in your urine. The main advantage of Mega Clean however is that you can get it together with Toxin Rid, since they’re both sold by TestClear. So, if you’re getting Toxin Rid anyways, go with this one. There are smaller sizes of Mega Clean as well. If you already did a 10-day Toxin Rid detox, even the smallest $20 Ready Clean should generally be sufficient. But in line with my reputation of cautiousness I prefer the Mega Clean.
This is used to test your urine at home and see if you pass.
They come in packs of 10 or more and are dirt cheap on Amazon at less than $1 per test. I’d say having a few of these can be really useful.
Due to the low-cost to value, I’d go as far as to say everyone detoxing to pass a urine test should get some of these.
There are several brands that will get the job done but this is the one I use and it’s FDA-approved.
You can use it to test your detox progress, or use it as assurance. I for one prefer to be certain I’ll pass before taking a high-stakes drug test. It’s a good way to lessen anxiety before your urine test as well.
Note however that, although surprisingly accurate, they do not quite compare to a lab examination of your urine sample, so use common sense and make sure you detox a bit even though your strip came out negative, just in case.
As a reminder, if you choose to use Toxin Rid, you can get a home urine drug test kit included for free when ordering to test for the standard THC presence limit. In that case getting these may be overkill unless you want to test yourself more than once (I usually do).
Tests like these in close proximity to your test can also serve as a great indicator of whether or not you may wanna go with a plan B instead. Which brings us to:
This is basically a very reliable powdered urine kit with a hot advantage (this is a bad, yet intended, pun and you’ll likely get it soon).
Back in the day urine substitution was always a good way to pass a urinalysis, but times change. Now the internet is filled with aged and misleading information on how well this or that synthetic urine works.
But fact is that the right synthetic urine still works and helps people pass their tests every day.
Since drug testing companies have gotten better at detecting whether the pee is fake or not over the years, much more emphasis falls on quality of the fake urine product. I’d really only trust Sub-Solution, Purine and possibly QF as substitute for my piss.
I use Sub Solution for unsupervised tests in the cases where I’ve had very little time, if any, to do my drug test detox. Usually I then test positive on my home urine drug test strip as well.
A One Shot Concentrate or Mega Clean alone before the test will simply have too big of an error margin then and won’t cut it for me.
If the drug screening is unsupervised this is a piece of cake and thus a good option. If it’s supervised it gets a lot trickier. It can sometimes still be doable under supervision but detox is strongly preferred.
Synthetic urine, as mentioned before, can also be advisable as the first option for really heavy users. This is because, if you’ve smoked weed daily for a long time, a lot of THC will have built up in your system. Getting rid of all that in a short time span is not always possible, no matter what detox measures you take, since it resides in your body’s fat cells and needs time to be released. Thus spending money on detox in these cases can be a gamble with no guarantee it will be enough to get you clean in time, and synthetic urine avoids that problem.
What Sub-Solution has over the competition, along with its spotless track record, is the possibility to heat your urine instantly on the spot with a chemical powder. So you don’t have to wait 15-30 minutes for your heating pad to heat it up, but can simply mix a little heating powder into it. So if your urine isn’t the right temperature once you’re in the booth leaving your sample, you’re not screwed. This is pretty huge, by the way.
It is of the Clear Choice (same as One Shot Concentrate) and sold by www.testnegative.com.
Again, check out my guide to synthetic urine if in need and you’re new to the art!
And that’s really all there is to the second component of THC detox. 10 days of Toxin Rid, a Mega Clean and some home test strips, combined with the natural strategies, and you’re all set up for a comprehensive weed cleanse. That, and a kit of Sub Solution in the back of your mind as a backup plan.
That means we’re almost done!
So as promised, let’s put it all down to a few simple steps you can follow, and throw in some neat bonus tricks while we’re at it:
How To Flush Weed Out Of Your System Fast, Step-by-step Recap
Okay, so here’s the part where we put all the pieces together in a neater package, so to speak.
It’s easy to think this is the complicated bit, but in truth, if you’ve read this far this is actually the simple part, since said pieces have been laid out and explained so thoroughly above already. And that’s the whole point!
This would be the part you can quickly return to to get back on track if you forgot something, rather than having to re-read the whole thing.
The steps are, basically:
- Determine that it’s a urine test you’re facing, and that you have sufficient time to detox. Nothing like wasting your time and money in vain.
- Start applying as many of the natural detox complements as you can right away. This means you abstain from weed, eat healthy, drink more liquids than usual, exercise and sweat daily and make sure you get proper rest and sleep at night.
- Start taking your Toxin Rid as soon as possible. The 10-days is always best, but if you’re a lighter smoker, you can get away with a shorter duration. If confused about which one you need, 10 days is probably your safest bet.
- Test yourself with the at home drug testing kit strips. An invaluable step. Never skip this one when detoxing for a urinalysis. You can do it liberally during your detox to gauge where you’re at, but at the very least do it once a couple of days before your actual test and after having finished your Toxin Rid. You do this to make sure you’re actually clean rather than finding out during the real test. A few days in advance gives you some time to consider options in the case you actually aren’t and misjudged what it would take to clear your system out.
- On the day of your test, one to a couple of hours before it’s time, drink your One Shot Concentrate or Mega Clean. You’ll want to pee at least once or more after drinking this, before you pee in the actual cup. This is mainly as an extra layer of safety, but can really be what tips the scales over in your favor if you’re hovering around the cut-off levels of the test. Do this step even if you already tested negative on your home test kit (if you didn’t, toxin-masking drinks like these may not be your best bet either way from a least-risk perspective, and you may want to look to urine substitution). Also take the same-day portion that was included in your Toxin Rid for an even better effect. You don’t want to be drinking too much liquid in total though (to avoid an overdiluted, unacceptable test result), and may be best off mixing it into your detox drink if it’s a big one like Mega Clean.
- When you pee in the cup, use your mid-stream urine. A bonus, since this hasn’t been mentioned on this page before, but the first pee coming out generally has a slightly higher concentration of toxins. You want that to go in the toilet, and urine from after that to go in the cup. This is just another good precaution to optimize your chances of a negative test result, i.e. passing.
And there you go! Who’d have thunk it? That a guide this long could actually (almost, at least) be summed up in a few short steps.
Understanding the whats, whens and whys is important as well though, which is why it had to be as long as it is.
Also, there are some additional tricks and stuff worth mentioning to optimize your chances of passing the test.
Error preventions and clarifications before your urine test
On the top of my head, here are some handy tips and heads-ups you may have missed. They involve sneaky yet common errors you can hopefully avoid after having read this:
- Don’t exercise close to your test, ideally not on the same day, since this can release extra THC metabolites into the system that isn’t cleared before your test, thus lowering your shot at passing. Rarely a deal-breaker but could be sometimes (this was mentioned once already but worth repeating).
- Don’t go overboard on drinking liquids the day of your test, especially when downing a same day detox drink before your test. The combined amount of liquid could make your submitted urine too diluted to be accepted, and you’re generally best of drinking just normal amounts during the day, and nothing more after gulping down your detoxification drink.
- When using the home drug test kit for THC, you’ll want to make sure you’ve not been drinking excessive amounts of liquid already that day, since that can produce a false positive (on a real test that would mean overdiluted and not valid). It’s an easy trap to fall into, since you’re encouraged to do so during your detox in general. But here the same rules apply as for your actual test day, where excessive intake of liquids resulting in over-dilution is a bad thing. Since your home test is private anyways, you’re only really fooling yourself by skewing the results through dilution.
- Some people seem to be confused about when to take the Toxin Rid for best effect. To make that a little clearer, since it’s for actual detoxing and not just covering toxins up temporarily, it doesn’t need to be taken the days right before your test to work its wonders, but can be taken a month in advance as well, as long as you’re abstaining from weed after taking it and until your test is completed. Hence, the sooner you start it the better in my opinion.
- Some think they can get away by just claiming the result was a false positive, but in reality those are so rare that excuse is never going to work out. But detox properly and hopefully no excuses will be necessary.
And with that I feel you should be more than well prepared to flush that weed out of your system and beat your upcoming urine drug test.
For even more ammunition, you can always skim through the many comments below that provide answers to a lot of common questions.