Learning how to pass a drug test is essential if you take drugs, and you think that you might get caught out with having to take a urine, hair, saliva, or even a blood sample drug test.
It’s actually surprisingly easy to learn how to pass a drug test, as long as you understand what works, and what doesn’t. Too many people get caught up in old wives tales, home remedies, and false advertising. The result is that they fail a drug test, which costs them a job, or even worse their freedom.
This guide to passing a drug test will explain the different types of drug test you could face, and also cover drug elimination and detection times, so you can understand when you are in danger, and when you are safe.
To help you even further, we’re going to look at ways to pass each type of drug test, and talk about ways you can’t. This guide will also tell you the exact specialist detox products you can use, and the methods you can employ to make sure that whatever type of drug test you face, you always know how to pass a drug test.
Drug Detection Times Explained
If you have an upcoming drug test, then you need to know how at risk you are.
Depending on the type of drug test you are facing, then the length of time during which drug metabolites can be detected will vary.
Drug metabolites are converted chemicals from the drug you have taken. Let’s talk about weed. THC gets you high, and during that process, THC gets converted in the body into things called metabolites, which swim around your bloodstream and saliva, attached to cells in your body, and then work their way out through hair, skin, saliva, and stools.
How long those metabolites stay in your system is the problem. If they are in your body, they can be detected in any of the different types of a drug test.
To make it more complicated, different types of drug metabolite have varying elimination times. The type of person you are also making a difference, as will how frequently, and how much, of the drug you have taken.
But to give you an example, let’s look at drug metabolite detection times in a light user, for the major types of drug:
- Cannabis: 3-10 days in urine (up to 30 days for chronic users), up to 2 weeks in the blood (but usually only a couple of days for light users)
- Cocaine: 2-4 days in urine, 12-24 hours in blood
- Amphetamines: 1-2 days in urine, up to 12 hours in blood
- Methamphetamines: 1-2 days in urine, up to 3 days in blood
- Heroin: 1-2 days in urine, 12-24 hours in blood
- Benzodiazepines:2-3 days (chronic, long-term use up to 6 weeks), up to 3 days in blood
So as you can see, in urine and blood, you are at risk for several days, and in rare cases, weeks after taking the substance. We will talk about blood sample testing later, but the good news is it’s very rare.
In terms of detection times for a hair sample drug test, it’s always 90 days. We will talk more about detection times, and cleaning your hair for a drug test later. It’s the same with saliva as well. Detection times for drug metabolites in saliva are usually very short, well under 24 hours for most drugs. But again, chronic use, especially of cannabis, can be detectable in saliva for quite some time.
Different Types Of Drug Tests
So now you understand how long drug metabolites can hang around in your body and catch you out, let’s cover the different types of drug test you could face.
- Urine sample drug test
The urine sample drug test is the most common of all types of drug testing in the USA today. You submit your sample, and within a few moments, it’s then tested for validity using various checks, including temperature. If it passes, it’s checked for the presence of various drug metabolites. It can be an observed or unobserved test, with each type presenting its own strategies and threats.
Of the two types of urine sample drug test submission scenarios, unsupervised is more common because legally it can only be an observed test if it’s ordered by the court, law enforcement, or for specific insurance purposes.
- Blood sample drug test
The blood sample drug test is very invasive and difficult to beat. You can beat a blood sample drug test, but it’s tough. Because the sample is directly from your blood, it’s incredibly difficult to counter. But on the plus side, drug metabolites don’t hang around in blood for very long, unless you are a chronic user.
- Hair sample drug test
A hair sample drug test takes a standard 90-day length of hair, which is usually around 3 inches from the head, or shorter from another part of the body. It’s very difficult to beat, with only one method truly working. So it’s invasive and tough to counter.
- Saliva sample drug test
As the name suggests, a sample of your saliva is taken. It’s taken from in the mouth, usually around the gum line, or under the tongue, where drug metabolites are most likely to linger. It’s dangerous because anyone can do it, you don’t need specialist training. On the plus side, it’s easy to counter, even if you’ve only got a couple of minutes notice.
Home Remedies To Pass A Drug Test
Before we continue this guide around passing a drug test, let’s get using home remedies to pass a drug test out of the way right now.
We don’t have to go into detail here very much, other than to say that home remedies for drug test don’t work.
All home remedies have one thing in common, they involve diluting a urine sample. With nearly every home remedy, you’d be just as well off simply trying to flush your system out with water, and then failing because you have a diluted sample anyway.
The most common home remedies you will hear about include:
- Drinking baking soda
- Drinking bleach (insane)
- Consuming large amounts of goldenseal tea, cranberry juice, Palo Azul tea, things like that
- Drinking fruit pectin (Certo method)
- Adulterating your sample with substances like nitrites
At best you’re going to fail a drug test, at worst you are going to end up in the emergency room. Home remedies are cheap, and part of Internet folklore, but I’m telling you there is literally not a scrap of evidence that they work.
I say that with one caveat, the fruit pectin method, known as the Certo method, or Sure Jell method.
The Certo method involves drinking a lot of fruit pectin, and there is some evidence it can work if you have low exposure to toxins. The reason for this is that it can not only flush out the toxins, but the fiber in the pectin can drag more toxins out through your stools, particularly cannabis metabolites, which attach to fat cells.
Although it only has about 50% success rate, and the flushing out can only work if you have low toxin exposure, if you really want to risk things by trying the Certo method to pass a drug test, you can read a guide about how it could work, and how to complete the steps of the Certo method by clicking here.
Urine Panel Drug Testing
Before we look at how to pass a urine drug test, let’s look at the different types of urine drug test you could face. They are called panel drug tests. Although the panel drug test is the same type of structure for all the different types of drug test, it’s mostly heard about in relation to urine drug testing.
You submit your sample, and it’s tested against panels on a kit, and depending on the number of panels, it will show as positive or negative, against each panel, with each panel detecting a different type of substance.
The most basic type of panel drug test is the five panel test, which checks for the following substances:
So as you can see, if you know you’re going for a very basic five-panel drug test, and your body is stuffed full of methamphetamine metabolites, you have nothing to worry about. The problem is, you never know which type of panel drug test you going to face because you will never be told how many panels you will be tested against.
The highest number of panels you can be tested for is 12, which covers pretty much every type of drug metabolite you could have inside you.
New Danger: The Ecup Urine Test
There is a slightly more threatening development for people in terms of urine testing, called the Ecup urine test.
Up until now, the most dangerous type of drug test is the saliva drug test. It’s dangerous because anyone can administer it, you just have your mouth swab, and it can be tested against panels immediately. So it can be done in the workplace.
However, the Ecup urine test is becoming more common. This is a “Smart cup” that the sample is submitted. Then this cup is put into a reader, which then interprets the sample to deliver the results. So it’s dangerous because it can be administered by anyone, anywhere. You cannot prepare for an E-cup urine drug test.
Your Sample Will Be Checked For Validity
One of the main ways people get caught out when trying to pass a urine drug test is their sample is diluted, or altered in such a way as to be picked up by the lab.
Most home remedies consist of flushing THC out of your system or taking something in which changes the balance of the sample, so you don’t get detected.
The problem is, that the big labs like Labcorp test for the following before they even check for the presence of drug metabolites:
- They check the specific gravity, which in normal human urine is within a very specific range
- They check the pH, which will be altered if you have diluted the sample
- They check for the presence of nitrites
- They check for levels of creatinine
It’s even rumored that some of the big labs now check for the presence of artificial preservatives, known as biocides.
Biocides are present in many of the poorer brands of synthetic urine, to preserve them for longer shelf life. It appears that the labs have cottoned onto this, and now check for its presence during validity testing.
How To Pass A Urine Drug Test
When it comes to passing a urine drug test, you are spoilt for choice, with options from the short term, through to the long term, if you have time:
- Completely natural detox
- The combo of natural detox and home remedies
- The combo of natural detox and detox pills
- Masking the toxins with a detox drink
- Submitting synthetic urine
Each one has its own strengths, benefits, and pitfalls. The above-mentioned methods are all proven ways to pass a drug test, so let’s take a look at each one in detail.
How To Detox For A Drug Test Naturally
Natural detox is where you abstain from taking in toxins and combine that with a healthy lifestyle, to allow your body the time to eliminate the toxins at its maximum speed.
The problem with a natural detox is that it takes time, usually up to a week. If you are a chronic drug user, as you’ve now already seen, it can take a month for all drug toxins to be removed from the body, and even when using a proper natural detox strategy, this time cannot be altered very much.
A natural detox consists of eating healthily, lots of lean protein, and cutting out fat and processed foods. It also involves exercising to get your metabolism moving, it means drinking lots of water to flush out toxins, and obviously, it means cutting out taking in any more toxins, including alcohol and caffeine, so your body can work efficiently processing what’s already there.
We have already established that home remedies don’t really work. However, some of them, like cranberry juice, and various types of tea, can, because they are liquids, and natural diuretics, speed up the number of times you urinate. The more you urinate, the more your body is cycling and therefore removing toxins through urine.
Natural Detox + Detox Pills
Alongside a natural detox, it’s possible to use detox pills. Most out there are awful and don’t work, and many aren’t even designed to be used alongside a proper natural detox. We will go through the best detox pills for a drug test you can use alongside a natural detox in a moment.
But basically, detox pills introduce nutrients and natural substances into the body which help to speed up the elimination of toxins, by supporting your body in working beyond its peak performance, alongside helping to drag out more toxins because of what is in the detox pills.
A good quality detox pill can speed up a natural detox by as much as 50%. So if it’s going to take you 10 days to get rid of the toxins, you can be clean in five days, if you follow a course of high-quality detox pills.
Mask The Toxins With A Detox Drink
When you drink the detox drink, it flushes out the toxins in your bladder and urinary tract. In addition, it replaces the nutrients and maintains the natural balance. Plus a good quality detox drink will also keep your urine looking natural color
The result is that for a few hours, your sample will be clean, even if you have all the drug toxins in the world racing around your body. But that’s the key point, it only lasts a few hours, it’s a complete misconception that a detox drink actually detoxes you.
But as a quick solution to passing a urine drug test, a detox drink is definitely a fantastic option, as long as you buy a high-quality one that does what we have just described.
Best Way To Pass A Drug Test On Short Notice: Synthetic Urine
You can bypass all the problems around passing a urine drug test, just by submitting a fake sample. The problem is finding good quality synthetic urine. But if you can, then it will pass validity testing easily.
The only problem with synthetic urine is keeping it within the correct temperature range, between 90°F and 100°F, at the time of submission. We will cover how the different brands achieve, and maintain, that body temperature range in a moment.
Synthetic urine is also practical for an observed drug test. These are not very common, but having somebody standing in the room with you practically rules out getting out a vial of synthetic urine, pouring it into the sample cup, and then hiding the vial again. So synthetic urine is only good for unobserved drug tests.
For detailed info, check out my detailed synthetic urine review.
Recommended Drug Detox Drinks
Detox drinks are brilliant for supervised, and unsupervised drug tests, if you aren’t brave enough to submit a sample of high-quality synthetic urine.
It’s really easy to use detox drink, you simply drink it, urinate frequently over the next hour, and then go and submit your sample. As long as you submit the sample within a handful of hours of drinking the detox drink, then your urine should be clear of toxins.
The problem is that detox drinks are mostly of poor quality. From my own testing, real-life experiences, those of my friends, and people I know online from websites and forums, the following brands are the only ones I would ever recommend to anyone trying to learn how to pass a drug test:
Mega Clean is a well-established brand of detox drink. It’s not quite as powerful as some other brands, but for a very basic pre-employment drug test, it will pass every time.
But it’s always recommended to buy it alongside the combo of six pre-rid pills, which you can get it with. These are taken 24 hours before and flush out more toxins, making Mega Clean, in combination with the pre-rid pills, an incredibly strong brand of detox drink. You can buy Mega Clean with pre rid tablets on Testclear.com.
This is the strongest brand of detox drink on the market today. It’s a very complex formula and is quite expensive because of this. However, if you are looking for a single solution that doesn’t require any additional water, and that you can carry with you anywhere, then Ultra Eliminex is certainly the detox drink to consider if you can afford it.
There are other cheaper options, but if you want a cast-iron guarantee, and you want something you can drink quickly, and then be guaranteed clean within an hour, then it’s definitely the detox drink for people who want a premium solution.
Rescue Cleanse has been around for a number of years, but the formula has been updated. It’s made by Clear Choice, who also make Sub Solution, the number one brand of synthetic urine. So this detox drink has incredible pedigree.
I’ve used Rescue Cleanse to pass a drugs test myself on numerous occasions, and for the money you are paying, it is a very strong solution. Definitely one to have in your armory I would recommend also keeping a bottle of it in your locker at work, and in your car. It’s cheap, a bottle costs only $55.
This is a cheaper, lighter, detox drink that is more suitable for smaller people, or people with lighter toxin exposure. It’s not a full 32oz detox drink, but a smaller 20oz one, which is why I would never recommend it for people with high toxin levels.
But as a small bottle, for someone who smoked weed a few days ago, and doesn’t do it more than a few times a month, it’s perfect for drinking quickly, and therefore getting free of toxins for that small amount of time you need to pass a drug test.
It’s made by the people who make Quick Fix, the second best brand of synthetic urine on the market, so it has a strong brand reputation.
Recommended Synthetic Urine Brands
As we’ve discussed, the absolute best way to pass a drug test on short notice, as long as it’s unobserved, is to use high quality synthetic urine. It’s certain to pass validity testing, as long as it doesn’t contain the artificial preservatives called biocides.
The brands I would recommend, that I’ve used myself in a live environment, and my friends have regularly used as well are:
This is the number one premium synthetic urine products on the market today. It’s Sub Solution, but it’s enhanced. It’s basically Sub Solution updated, and sold at a premium price. So it contains even more chemicals that could be checked for during validity testing, and it’s even more rigorous in benchmarking it against modern lab testing standards. If you want the ultimate in synthetic urine in the world today, then Quick Luck, from the same makers as Sub Solution, is definitely the product to buy, if you are looking for the best way to pass a drug test guaranteed.
What can I say, this has been the gold standard in synthetic urine for a few years. It’s only been surpassed by the same company, Clear Choice, recently releasing Quick Luck, which as you’ve just read, is a more complex version of Sub Solution. But Sub Solution is still incredibly good. It will pass any type of basic lab test, so if you’re going for a job, you can use Sub Solution without a care in the world. You can order Sub Solution and Quick Luck straight from the manufacturer.
The latest formula of Quick Fix is 6.2, which shows how much it has been updated to keep up with modern lab testing standards. It’s not quite as good as Sub Solution, as in it’s not as complex, however, it’s still pretty damn good.
It’s also a lot cheaper than Sub Solution and Quick Luck, but you’re still getting a very good quality synthetic urine, that is capable of passing any basic lab test, like a pre-employment test. The only time you could get tripped up using Quick Fix is if the person who commissioned the test has paid more for additional validity testing, which is unlikely outside of the legal system or insurance world.
Despite the stupid name, Monkey Whizz is far from a joke. It’s actually an incredibly good formula of synthetic urine. Equally as good as Quick Fix, and costs around the same, $39-40. So it’s another good option for passing a urine drug test if submitting synthetic urine is the strategy want to use.
Avoid The Only Way To Fail Using Synthetic Urine
The only way you can fail a drug test using synthetic urine, as long as you are using one of the four premium brands we have just recommended, is if the sample is at the wrong temperature.
Quick Fix and Monkey Whizz are cheaper, and they use heat pads. The idea is that you microwave the sample to get it within a valid temperature to submit, between 90°F and 100°F. Then you activate the heatpad, strap it to the sample and it will keep it within that temperature range until you submit it.
The problem is that heat pads can fail, the external temperature can affect the sample, or the length of time between preparation and submission can be too long.
The alternative is Quick Luck and Sub Solution, which use heat activator powder. This is far better, because you don’t need a microwave, and you can keep adding heat activator powder right up until the minute you walk into the testing facility, so you will never fail because of a cold sample.
So it all comes down to price in the end. I would always recommend you buy the premium brands Quick Luck, or Sub Solution, because you will stand less chance of failing on temperature of the sample, and because there is no heating pad, you will have a less bulky sample to smuggle in.
Recommended Detox Pills
Alongside synthetic urine and detox drinks, the other proven way to pass a drug test is to use detox pills alongside a natural detox.
Detox pills work best when you’ve got time, at least five days before you have to submit your sample. If you are a light toxin user, then the best detox pills can help you to pass a drug test in as little as three days, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have no other options.
You have to be careful with detox pills, because each is slightly different, and most detox pills aren’t actually good enough at all.
Most are supplements to aid a natural detox over several weeks and are not designed to help blast out toxins a short space of time. One golden rule is never, ever, by detox pills from somewhere like Walmart, because most are just supplements, and don’t have the strength to speed up toxin elimination enough.
But the three I recommend will certainly do the job we are looking to achieve:
Toxin Rid is definitely the premium brand of detox pills on the market today. You can get them in different course durations, from three days, all the way through to 10 days. Obviously, the longer the course, the longer the detox you will be doing alongside it, and the better chance you have of getting clean.
You pop a certain number of pills each day, which help flush out toxins at a faster rate than naturally. You also get a liquid supplement, plus a dietary fiber supplement, which you take close to your test, to make sure the last toxins are pushed out. If you can not detox for your drug test naturally this supplement is highly recommended.
Toxin Rid is very expensive, but it is literally the only pill that is guaranteed to speed up the elimination of toxins by as much as 50% more than natural. If you are a heavy weed smoker, and you’re going to take two weeks to get clean, a seven-day toxin rid course could have you clean in a week.
Rescue 5 Day Detox
This is another detox that you do alongside a natural detox. However, these detox pills are a specific five-day course length, unlike Toxin Rid where you can buy different course durations. They work in the same way, you take a certain amount each day, and there is a supplement of eight maximum strength pills that you take close to your test.
Because of the fixed duration (it’s tough to flush out all toxins in just five days), and the fact that I’ve seen less convincing results from people who tried it, I think it’s a good course to take if you can’t get your hands on Toxin Rid.
You will definitely eliminate far more toxins than you would during a natural detox, but I will suggest you make sure you take a home drug test kit before you go off to submit your sample, and have a detox drink handy just in case.
This is not a powerful detox pill like Toxin Rid or Rescue 5 Day Detox. Herbal Pre-Cleanse Formula is a monthly supplement, that consists of 30 pills per pack. That should tell you that it’s designed as an ongoing supplement, rather than a short course to blast out toxins.
But it will help to speed up the elimination of toxins, which means that even if you are taking toxins in, as long as you are winding down as you head towards a drug test, then this pill will ensure that you have far less on the day of your test to mask with a detox drink.
Alternatively, you could use it alongside a natural detox to speed things up by about 20%, still meaning you will be clean far quicker than naturally.
How To Pass A Drug Test: Hair
When you take drugs, the metabolites get stuck in your hair follicles, and as your hair grows, these metabolites get trapped in the new hair. As your hair grows, it forms an indelible record, a recording basically, of your drug history, literally sprouting out of your head. It’s incredibly bad news if you are a regular drug user.
By law, only the previous 90 days drug use can be tested for, which means it doesn’t matter how long a piece of hair that’s taken is, they can only sample the 3 inches of hair closest your scalp.
You won’t pass a drug test by trying to shave your hair. They will simply take a hair from another part of your body, and as this hair grows at a slower rate, a smaller length will still deliver three months of drug history.
Also, if you can’t have a hair sample taken, they might do a urine test or blood sample test, or just send you away and report back to the person who commissioned the test. It’s hardly going to help your case if a new employer gets told you tried to avoid their pre-employment drug test.
There are basically only two ways you can remove drug toxins from your hair so that you can submit a natural sample that is free of drug toxins:
Jerry G method
The first method is called the Jerry G method, after the person who supposedly invented it. It uses a range of products to open up the scales that cover each strand of hair, flush out the toxins, and then condition and close the scales again, so the hair sample is natural.
The problem with this method is that it is invasive. It contains ammonia and requires you to bleach and dye your hair, so it can be destructive, and it will be obvious that you dyed your hair.
In fact, I’ve known someone who actually lost most of the hair trying to use the Jerry G method. On top of that, they burned their scalp. I really would not recommend it. But if you are interested in seeing what it’s all about, you can click here to read the detailed Jerry G method.
The Macujo method is similar to the Jerry G method, but it doesn’t involve such invasive ingredients and utilizes the power of a couple of proprietary drug avoidance hair products: Aloe Toxin Rid and Zydot Ultra Clean.
It involves doing a stepped process, washing your hair using various substances, in a specific order. You do it several times a day, every day, until your hair follicle drug test day, when you do it one last time. Each time you do it, it opens up the hair shaft, flushes out toxins, and then conditions the hair, so it appears natural.
For detailed information on using the Macujo method to pass a hair follicle drug test, including a comprehensive step-by-step guide, click here.
How To Pass A Saliva Drug Test
Saliva drug testing is becoming more common, and more of a threat. In some countries it’s actually used at the roadside by police, to test for the presence of drugs spot. The problem with saliva drug testing is it’s instant, meaning somebody can do it without notice, and they don’t need special training.
The good news is that drug metabolites don’t stay in saliva long, so as long as you haven’t used drugs for a couple of days, you should be fine. On top of that, if you are a light drug user, then you often don’t need to take any special products to pass a saliva drug test. If got some notice, you can just do the following:
- Brush your teeth every few hours, in the 24 hours leading up to the saliva drug test
- Use a strong mouthwash every few hours in the same way
- If you are given the mouth swab, make sure you swab away from the gum line
If you have a high toxin exposure, then you could be in trouble. However, there are specialist products you can use.
The first thing is called Oral Clear saliva neutralizing gum. It’s a capsule that you put in your mouth, and it neutralizes your saliva in a few seconds and lasts for up to 30 minutes. You can do it while the person is in the room, you discreetly put in your mouth, chew the capsule, and in 30 seconds your sample will be clean.
Alternatives to Oral Clear, that are cheaper, include special toxin removing mouthwashes. These are small and discreet, however, you will need some notice, so you can to get to a toilet cubicle to use them.
To learn more about saliva drug testing, avoidance tactics, and products you can use, including detailed methods, click here.
How To Clean Your Blood For A Drug Test
The truth is there’s no way you can really change a blood sample to pass a drug test. You can’t mask toxins in the blood, you can’t use products to flush toxins away. Unless you can do a full body blood transfusion, or have access to a blood dialysis machine, then you are screwed.
The only way you can pass a blood drug test is to avoid toxins. If you are a light drug user, then after a few days your blood will be free toxins anyway, as they will have worked their way into the cells of your body, or out through the various paths we’ve already talked about.
The only way you can affect blood sample drug test is to accelerate a natural detox using detox pills, like the powerful Toxin Rid pills. If you’ve got just three days, then Toxin Rid and a natural detox can dramatically improve your chances of passing a blood sample drug test.
How To Pass A Drug Test: Conclusion
So in terms of learning how to pass a drug test, you now have everything you need to know, around every type of drug test you could face, to do just that.
The key thing is to try and work out what type of drug test you will face and then prepare accordingly
There are a couple of important final points to make around passing a drug test, that will really help you though:
- Always have home drug test kits available, so that you can use them as necessary. They can be used to check the process of the natural (or accelerated natural) detox, and to check that a detox drink has worked. They can also be used initially, to check if you could pass naturally.
- Have multiple methods available. Make sure you buy a couple of high-quality detox drinks, some Oral Clear gum, and some high-quality synthetic urine. Once you’ve got them in stock, they will be good to keep for a year or so, giving you an insurance policy against facing a sudden drug test.
The absolute best way to pass a drug test is to simply avoid toxins. But realistically, you’re not reading this being free of toxins, and you know that’s not going to happen.
However, by managing your toxin intake at key times, like if you are thinking about changing your job, or are up for promotion, or during the working week, then you can minimize your exposure to getting caught out.