Goldenseal Detox for Drug Tests – Fact or Fiction?

Goldenseal has been buzzed about as a potential way to pass drug tests since the early 21st century. But is there any merit at all to a goldenseal detox when it comes to drugs?

Goldenseal Detox To Pass A Drug Test – Reality Check

The answer:

No, there isn’t. The fact is that there is no evidence of goldenseal being able to help you pass a drug test, at all. It’s an urban legend that won’t die, despite already being recognized as a myth 10 years ago. It gets to join the other common “mythbusted” home remedies like Palo Azul tea, cranberry juice and vinegar. It’s even tested for sometimes (or was, at least) by labs to reveal suspicous attempts of cheating a drug test. Even if it wouldn’t help you, it’d be a sign you were trying to cover something up because of how widespread this myth was.

Other purposes:

The reason this whole myth about goldenseal and drug tests came about has to do with goldenseal actually having detox capabilities. It contains the active ingredient berberine which is somewhat effective at fighting harmful microorganisms such as parasites, yeast, fungi and bacteria. It’s also claimed to have anti-inflammatory and slightly laxative effects among other healthy benefits:

What actually IS effective for passing drug tests on the other hand:

If you want to actually cleanse your system from drugs or THC, you should check this page out.

Your best options to reliably pass a urine test are also described in this guide.

Whatever you do, don’t put your faith in the hands of shady home remedies when it comes to drug tests. It’s just not worth it considering what’s often times at stake.

Have you ever done a goldenseal detox?

10 thoughts on “Goldenseal Detox for Drug Tests – Fact or Fiction?”

  1. Jeffery Fernandez

    I’ve passed urine tests with goldenseal since 1996.
    The key is, to understand goldenseal is not a cover-up. It’s a natural root that, when taken properly, rids the body of toxins in general, not just THC.
    Now, I’m a regular smoker, and have been for many years. So for me, it takes about a week to get clean using goldenseal. After that week, just in case labs do look for it, I think it’s best to stop taking goldenseal.
    But it does work. It’s the only thing I’ve ever used to detox, and I’ll never use anything else, just in case they don’t work?
    On another note, I also use it when my tolerance is too high.
    Then, ? it feels like the fiiiirst time
    ?it feels like the very first time

    1. Thanks for sharing Jeffery and glad it works so well for you. Personally I treat it as just one piece of the detox puzzle, same as niacin, Palo Azul tea etc. They are simply things that aid the body’s natural detox, but wouldn’t suggest them be relied on solely. Important to remember though that it working well for you does not mean it will so for everyone, similar to the Certo method which works for some and not others and also depends on the circumstances etc, so my advice to people reading this is take it with a grain of salt and always use a lot of at home testing when trying new things out to not risk too much. That last part though was interesting, hadn’t heard of it having that effect for anyone before!

    2. So if you use goldenseal for a week and stop, 7 days, and you have a test on the 8th or 9th day, 1-2 days after stopping goldenseal, would you think the lab would pick that up?

  2. I’ve been using goldenseal to detox since about 1996. I only smoke on my days off, I get 4 days off every week. I usually smoke quite a lot when I do but I never smoke on my last day off and I will take one goldenseal capsule, about 500 mg, in the morning and one more in the evening and sometimes on my first day back I will get a random drug test. I’ve never had a positive test yet. I honestly don’t know where you could have heard that it doesn’t work because I know many people that have had similar experiences and never known anyone that had a positive test after taking goldenseal.

  3. My brother smoked weed everyday and used gold seal a week before drug tests at work and he always passed. I’ve never needed it myself but for those who smoke marijuana, gold seal does work. I don’t know about other drugs.

  4. I passed many drug tests in high school using only golden seal. just a few drops in an 8 oz glass of water and I passed every time… with daily marijuana usage

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