Need to know how to pass a drug test?
Awesome! Then this is for you.
Drug tests can be a pain in the butt, causing a whole lot people a whole lot of worry and anxiety, every single day.
Doubts about whether you’ll be able to pass it (don’t worry, you will) and more importantly, what the consequences will be if you fail your test, easily start crowding the mind if you haven’t been an absolute saint for the last few months judging by society’s sometimes questionable standards.
Because let’s face it:
Passing a drug test is a BIG DEAL. Understandably so, since there’s often times a lot at stake, be it:
- Getting that new job in order to turn your life around. Unemployment can be a depressing bitch at times.
- Keeping your job, someone’s gotta pay the bills that keep coming, right?
- Keeping your freedom which can be on the line in probational and court-ordered drug tests.
- Protecting your privacy and dignity, depending on how proud you are of your specific recent choices and the way others (wrongfully or not) would judge them.
So hear this:
It is a big deal for me, too, and one of the main reasons that motivated me to create this website in the first place.
With the internet filled with misinformation on how to pass a drug test it can get difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, such as:
- What worked to pass your test once but doesn’t anymore – drug testing companies evolve and get more clever over the years, and they’re certainly not idiots.
- What’s just salesman propaganda – that’s EVERYWHERE in this industry by the way
- What’s simply false – whether to sell more (i.e. drink this simple detox concoction and you’ll pass your test 100%), being outdated or simply not well enough researched, information on this topic can be devious.
- What methods that can work but unreliably so – or only for a few people and under special circumstances.
And so on..
I’m sure you agree that with the stakes as high as they are, you’d really prefer someone just telling you the way things are in reality, as opposed to getting your hopes up on some cheap miracle drink that will take away all your problems and ensure you pass, only to be proven wrong when it matters the most.
I’ve passed a whole lot of these tests over the years I’ve been smoking marijuana, and so have many of my friends. The methods and products I use are those that have always worked for me, are backed by science and are well-documented online thanks to others beating their tests and giving back to the community by sharing what worked.
It turns out…
…that once you know what you need to know, passing a drug test actually doesn’t have to be that hard at all!
On this page that’s exactly what I’ll walk you through, arming you with exactly what you need to know to pass your drug test.
Before jumping in to the meat of this, I just want to remind everyone about the obvious truth that the simplest way to beat drug tests every time with absolute certainty (100%) is by actually being clean and not using weed. Duh..
But if it’s too late for that or simply out of the question (too boring), just keep reading.
There are three basic steps to adhere to, or rather, questions to answer, before anything else:
Table of Contents
- 1 Step One: What Kind Of Drug Test Are You Facing?
- 2 Step Two: What Drugs Does Your Test Screen For?
- 3 Step 3: How Long Does Marijuana (Or Your Drug) Stay Detectable In The Body?
- 4 How To Pass A Drug Test: Do What Works For Your Specific Test
- 5 Passing A Urine Test
- 6 Passing A Mouth Swab Test (Saliva)
- 7 Passing A Hair Follicle Test
- 8 Passing A Blood Test
- 9 What NOT To Do To Pass Your Drug Test – High Risk With Little To No Reward
- 10 Relying on home remedies
- 11 Conclusion
Step One: What Kind Of Drug Test Are You Facing?
There are many different variants of a drug test, and to pass yours, you really ought to know what kind of drug test it is that you’re actually up against.
That’s very important, because you’re going to want to take a different approach to beating your drug test depending on what type it is.
There are four main drug test types you’ll encounter, they are:
- The urine test – By far the most common type of drug test, for various reasons. It can be administered at the workplace with just a color-based test strip and the bathroom, or may involve a third-party where you leave your sample at their facility, sometimes under supervision, which is then sent to a lab for further analysis.
- The hair follicle test – Considerably more expensive, thus rarer, but also more accurate in general.
- The saliva test – Less accurate and less legally sound, but for pre-employment purposes it carries the same weight as any other positive test result.
- The blood test – Not very common due to its cost and invasiveness, but can be combined with other blood tests during general physical health exams etc.
The different tests have in common that the most consistent ways of passing them are generally through means of detox in one way or another. But not always though, and the ways to do it for each test varies drastically, so don’t jump to any conclusions just yet!
Once you’ve established the type of drug test you need to pass, it’s time for the next step:
Step Two: What Drugs Does Your Test Screen For?
If marijuana is your drug of choice, as for most of my readers, you may even skip this step, because: your drug test will test for THC (the psychoactive substance in weed).
And just to be clear, this includes all types of consumption, whether from smoking joints, ingesting edibles, or even many CBD oils and tinctures unless they’re very well isolated and pure.
With regards to other drugs though, the most common ones included are: opiates, MDMA (ecstacy), amphetamines and methamphetamines, PCP (phencyclidine), cocaine, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, oxycodone, propoxyphene. These, in addition to cannabis, of course, are all pretty standard on a 12-panel urine drug test.
If yours doesn’t fall under the categories just mentioned, you may wanna do some additional research to determine whether you’ll need to worry about your upcoming drug test or not.
Step 3: How Long Does Marijuana (Or Your Drug) Stay Detectable In The Body?
I’ll focus mainly on marijuana here since that’s where my area of expertise lies, and that’s what the vast majority of people reading this will have used and are worried about. But also because, due to being fat-soluble, THC happens to stay in your system way longer than pretty much any other drug (especially impactful in the common urine test), meaning most of what’s true for weed can be applied with even greater to success to other drugs as well.
How long THC stays in your system depends on a lot factors such as how heavy a smoker you are, time since you last smoked, your metabolism, lifestyle (hell, even genetics to some extent).
Again, the type of test you’re up against is very important when answering this question, since their detection times vary greatly.
I’ll list the general estimates on THC detection times for each test here below though to make things as easy as possible to comprehend:
- Detection time in urine: A few days to 3+ months, ranging from single use to more frequent casual users. Other drugs: generally a couple of days to a few weeks in rare cases (notice the huge difference).
- Detection time in hair: 3 months. Other drugs: 3 months as well.
- Detection time in saliva: A day to up to a week or slightly longer. Most other drugs: about the same.
- Detection time in blood: A day to up to a week. Most other drugs: about the same.
If you’ve been abstinent longer than the maximum detection time of the respective test you’re facing, you’re generally in the clear. If you fall within the detection times of above categories, say you’ve smoked weed heavily/regularly with less than a 3 months or longer break before your test, or lightly but with less than a few weeks until your test, and you’ve got a standard pre-employment drug test around the corner.. Then learning how to pass a drug test is still pretty relevant for you.
Keep in mind these are general numbers true for the vast majority of relatively healthy people, and that exceptions can occur.
How To Pass A Drug Test: Do What Works For Your Specific Test
By now you should have already established what test it is you’re taking and that you do in fact need to worry about that drug test in the first place. In other words, you’ve come to the conclusion that there is a chance you won’t pass your drug test naturally.
And since you don’t want to rely solely on neither luck nor on God’s good graces in this particular matter, it’s time to do something about it to give yourself the best odds possible of testing negative (means passing it, by the way).
First know this:
There are lots of ways claimed to help you pass a drug test, but really only a handful ways that are truly effective. I could write an entire book about what not to do or trust (and someone probably has already, as with most thing) when it comes to beating drug tests, but that’s not the main point of this page so.. I’ll touch briefly on that a little bit later, after having laid out what actually does work to pass your drug test first.
With that said, I’ve actually already fleshed out detailed guides on beating the individual tests below, so I’ll keep it more straight to the point here, while also including the links to the relevant guide for you to dig even deeper into it should you feel the need (and you should, knowledge is power, after all :)..).
Passing A Urine Test
There are really only two good and reliable options for passing the urine drug test when you aren’t naturally clean already. They are:
– Urine Substitution
They both have very distinct advantages and disadvantages though..
Let’s start with detox:
Detox to get clean for your urine test
Detoxing is usually preferred when you have a decent amount of time until your test and you weren’t super-heavy a smoker to begin with.
The strategy is somewhat individual depending on how much you’ve been smoking/using and how much time you got on your hands, but best practice usually comes down to combining effective detox products with synergistic natural detoxification habits.
I’ve said it before but will do so again: if there’s one product you should get for your detox it’s Toxin Rid. It may be a bit pricey, but in my experience it’s hands down the most effective, bang-for-your-buck detox aid on the market. It actually helps you get clean, as opposed to just half-assedly attempting to mask the toxins in your urine for a couple of hours (not to say that’s a bad thing, it’s just rarely enough to pass a test on its own).
Putting into perspective the cost of real detox with the costs of failing your drug test (for employment-related tests that is) it suddenly starts to sound like a real bargain if that’s what it’s gonna take to secure that job..
You combine Toxin Rid with putting effort into activities that naturally help detox your body, including eating healthy, exercising and sweating, increasing fluid intake, getting proper rest, and so on. Don’t skip this step out of laziness.
On the day of your test, you still make use of one of those infamous instant detox drinks to get an extra safety-net if you’re close to the test cut-off limits (you never truly know), but the emphasis here that it’s your backup plan. A bonus, and nothing more. Mega Clean is one of the best and is available from the same place Toxin Rid is, One Shot Concentrate is another.
But again, since it’s not the main ingredient to your success, you’re allowed to play around with other less reputable drinks to some extent too.
It’s also crucial to make use of at home urine drug testing kits (they’re very affordable if you know where to get them, just check out these from Amazon) to confirm whether you’re clean enough for the real test or not. This can reduce the risk of failing by a lot and also be great reassurance; something that’s always welcome before your test. Too few people actually know about and take advantage of this neat little trick, despite it being so useful and easy to do.
Investing in proper detox can really be the difference between 2 months time to get clean naturally, and getting clean in just 2-3 weeks. For occasional users these numbers could be more like getting clean in less than a week as opposed to in 2-3 weeks. And depending on when your test is, that could undoubtedly be a game-breaker.
This was a pretty basic recap of the key elements to pass your test through detox though, so for a more in-depth walk-through on drug test detoxification to get clean for a urine test (for THC mainly) and lots of additional helpful tricks and insights, do make sure to devour this all-inclusive guide on the topic as well.
If you’re a really heavy user however, and you don’t have a lot of time until your test, then synthetic urine would most likely be a better option for you:
Urine substitution, using synthetic urine to pass drug your test
Using fake pee in place of your own is actually, believe it or not, the best short-notice solution in many cases.
Random drug tests come to mind here as well.
In a heavy weed user, a lot of THC has generally been stored up in the fat cells, being released into the blood slowly and continuously over time. Thus, no matter what you do it’s not guaranteed you can detox in just say, even 2-3 weeks.
All that can be circumvented though, by not submitting your own urine sample to begin with.
Urine substitution generally requires that your test is unsupervised however, to be reliable. If not directly observed but rather someone just being in the same room, there are ways to make your life easier, but keep in mind it’s always pretty risky to do when being watched.
Pre-employment tests however, are very rarely supervised, which makes this a totally viable solution.
And I know what you’re thinking; can’t a lab see it’s fake urine?
In short, no, fake urine is what the labs themselves use to calibrate their machines. You just need a very high quality fake pee (my definite favorite is the Sub Solution brand), and you’re fine.
The topic of passing your test with fake pee has been covered extensively by me on this website already though, so if this seems like the liquid golden ticket you’re looking for, I suggest you head over to the page on synthetic urine for a more detailed description on how to proceed.
Passing A Mouth Swab Test (Saliva)
For the saliva drug test, there’s really only one effective way of passing it reliably. Or two, depending on how you look at it.
Since there’s no substituting of one’s saliva possible, that means your saliva actually has to be clean, or seem clean, even if just for the brief time the test is administered..
That’s nothing to get hung up about though, since fact is, the oral drug test is actually the easiest of the tests to beat. And it doesn’t discriminate weed users, the way urine tests tend to.
If you followed the first three steps on this page, you should know by now how long THC stays in your mouth, which would be worst case scenario 10 days or so (usually only heavy smokers), or less than a week for the rest of us.
Regular detox (the type used for urine tests), will have some effect on cleansing your saliva as well, but marginal enough not to want to put too much of your time and focus on.
So if you can’t abstain for 7-10 days before your swab test, your best chance of beating it would be by taking advantage of one of the stronger commercial products made specifically for this purpose. (just like the drug test companies weren’t idiots, nor are the top players in the drug test detox field).
My personal favorite is Oral Clear that comes in the form of a gum and is very potent, not to mention convenient (most effective on the market for our purposes as far as I know), when most other products for passing saliva tests are mouth washes. Not every product is made equal though, far from it. There are many scammy and ineffective products in this market, so if you aren’t going with Oral Clear, make sure to do your due diligence when choosing which one to use instead.
The other way to pass would again be by good old abstinence from the good stuff, which is hard to beat when it comes to certainty of passing a test.
Then there are a bunch of other tricks that can help pass a swab test, although they should really only be seen as complementary to the two options above.
For more info on beating your saliva test, have a go at this guide: How To Pass a Mouth Swab Drug Test for Weed Easily.
Passing A Hair Follicle Test
To pass the hair follicle drug test there is again only one really viable method when not taking complete abstinence into account (save perhaps for, going for the bald, clean-shaven body look which can get suspicious in its own right), and that’s detox.
The thing about the hair though is that your hair strands remain pretty much unaffected by the type of detox you’d do for other drug tests to get clean.
Hence, to deal with the hair follicle test, you’ll have to target your hair specifically.
If you only smoked briefly at a single occasion, there’s a chance a hir drug test may actually not pick up on it. Still, that would mean leaving a lot to chance, so although not my cup of teat personally, each to their own!
Either way, there’s one method in particular that is very effective for passing hair tests, and that’s called the Macujo Method.
It is the most reliable method to beat the hair test at the moment and has been so for a very long time as well (we’re talking over a decade here)..
And how come it still works? Because it cleanses your hair strands, and although drug tests adapt, when there are no drug traces in the hair, there’s really nothing to adapt to.
As it’s core it has a potent detox shampoo called Aloe Rid to be used repeatedly before your test, along with various home remedies that work synergistically with the shampoo to help it get to the hair follicle’s insides.
For a hair test, since you always need 3 months of abstinence or slightly longer to be safe, if you don’t have that and it’s a test you really want to pass, if there’s anything you should do it is to get this shampoo (Aloe Rid). It works fairly well on its own too, but using is as a part of the Macujo Method is preferred.
It may not be cheap, but the same argument as for the urine detox applies here for most people. That is, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than losing or missing out on a job.
There are also some methods including bleach, repeated use of hair dyes etc, that will literally ruin your hair and you’ll usually have no choice but to cut it all off soon after your test, although it could in theory help you pass it. If your hair looks all ruined though, that could also raise some suspicions in the test administrator about you trying to cheat.
The more complete guide on passing your hair test (with Macujo Method instructions) can be found here by the way: How to Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test
Passing A Blood Test
Last but not least we have the blood drug test (or perhaps least after all, since it’s definitely the least common test).
The only realistic way to pass it is through detoxing, or through abstinence. The good news is that you’d generally only have to abstain for up to a week before your blood should be clean enough, even as a heavy user.
But if you don’t have the luxury of time..
Then the way to detox is identical to how you would detox for your urine test, just over a shorter time-frame.
That would mean to get some Toxin Rid (3-5 days worth is enough) and start doing the healthy stuff that helps your detoxify naturally (mentioned earlier under urine test detox).
You can also have a look at this brief guide: How to Pass a Blood Drug Test for Weed.
Not too much more to the blood test than that to be frank if I don’t wanna repeat myself, so let’s leave it at that.
What NOT To Do To Pass Your Drug Test – High Risk With Little To No Reward
As promised, I’ll go into the big no-nos when it come to passing drug tests as well.
Relying on home remedies
The biggest area here I’d say are all the home remedies that this dude or that guy will swear by.. In truth though:
If you passed your test using some weird home remedy, in many cases it’d be more fitting to rephrase that to say you passed your test in spite of using x natural remedy. That’s slightly harsh though because I don’t necessarily mean that most home remedies can harm your outcome, my point is rather that more often than not you would have passed the test anyways, without doing anything out of the ordinary at all, yet give all the credit to this one remedy.
But then you have another common category of home remedies used for drug tests that can actually be pretty helpful, although relying on them alone to pass your test would still be a mistake. On the top of my head this would include things like niacin, cranberry juice, goldenseal, teas like Palo Azul, Certo, and so on, that do have a place in detox, but are just smaller pieces of a larger puzzle.
Spiking or tampering with your sample
Spiking the sample has been around for a very long time, but is one of those things that has always been questionable at best.
Don’t do it.
For one, tampering is often easily detectable, depending on what you used, of course. Sometimes it can be noticed by the naked eye, be it by unnatural properties of the sample (unusual foaming, bubbling, or even totally off-color), other times it won’t be detected until the sample’s at the lab. And many times, spiking it won’t cover up the drug toxins in the first place.
Common things people believe will work include putting bleach, soap or dishwater detergent in the sample to turn it negative. It doesn’t work though and it’s a bad idea.
Most professional labs even test specifically for the most common things people try to spike urine samples with.
Even if you don’t have detectable levels of drugs in your urine, if they notice you spiked your test you could fail by default, and thus have ruined what would have been a passed test.
Relying on a detox drink
This one can be pretty devious, actually.
Because I myself use and recommend drinks like these as a best practice for passing your urinalysis, but to clarify:
The emphasis is on the word relying. The higher quality brands of these types of drinks will definitely be helpful before your test in the sense that they will help dilute your urine slightly, without making it too diluted or too clear-looking, having it keep its natural yellow color due to certain vitamins included.
So, it does help with masking toxins from the test, but it can only help so much, and in turn relies on having gone through proper detox to lower the levels in the first place.
The way many of these are marketed however seem to imply that the drink is all you need, and as a result a lot of people learn the hard way that such is not the case, and the products as a result get a really bad rep and lots of negative reviews.
Overdiluting your urine on purpose
This is something that actually has a place. I’ll get to that. But in general, you want to avoid this since even though it does lessen the concentration of THC and other toxins, it’s not hard to detect and most if not all labs test samples for overdilution either way.
This can easily happen without any intention as well, at least if you’re someone who have heeded the common health advice of drinking lots of water daily.
I mentioned it has a place, and what I meant by that is that, although a overdiluted urine sample won’t pass a test, it won’t necessarily fail one either. This means, best case scenario it could buy you some time until a re-test. Sometimes this could make all the difference though.
But since there are good ways to pass the test in the first place already, the only times I’d say this is recommended would be when you can’t get clean in time and it’s a supervised test that there’s no way you can get by with synthetic urine on.
And even then, it’d need to be enough time until the re-test for you to get clean for it to be worth it. You’d probably not get more than one re-test this way, but the thing is, when it’s a pre-employment drug test it’s not certain you get one at all. They might hire someone else instead and you miss the job either way due to an inconclusive test (not failed, but not passed).
Relying on excuses
Some people think they’ll just blame it on a false positive and in the end everything will be alright. In reality though, that’s not going to work out quite the same way it did inside your head.
False positives are pretty rare, especially for THC, and a lab test could easily test it more precisely to determine whether what you’re saying is true or not.
By all means though, if it actually IS true and you HAVE been clean for the last 6 years, or all your life, or whatever.. Then make your case and stand by that. In such case lab tests should prove you right rather than wrong.
And that’s it, ladies and gentlemen. You now know how to pass a drug test. Put that knowledge to use and go pass that test!
Although no other method than complete abstinence is entirely fool-proof (and even then you got that odd chance of false positives), much of what’s outlined on this page comes pretty darn close at least.