Passing a Drug Test
For the unfortunate few that are asked to take a drug test, it’s totally normal to be nervous about the results. Whether you’ve taken any substances within the past few weeks or not, it can be a stressful time for everyone. On the bright side, there are a few things that can help you pass your test and also alleviate your stress.
For one, it’s important to know exactly what you’re being tested for as well as knowing exactly what type of test you should be expecting. As we discussed earlier, the most common type of drug test is a urine analysis; however, there are still a variety of tests on the market. When it comes to employers, urine tests tend to be most common as they can be done in their office instead of a lab. Also, keep in mind that a urine test won’t test for everything. Ask exactly what it is you’ll be tested on. If they’re only concerned about cocaine or amphetamines, you may not have to worry about smoking marijuana the week before.
As we’ve mentioned, it’s also a good idea to learn exactly how long drugs will stay in your system. Once you know what drugs you’ll be tested for, you’ll be able to know the detection period. Remember that certain medical conditions can cause drugs to remain in your system a little longer than usual. When it comes to urine tests, we’ve gathered some of the average periods of detection:
- Amphetamines: one to three days
- Methamphetamine: three to five days
- Cannabis: infrequent users will have cannabis in their system for anywhere from seven to ten days, while frequent users can have cannabis in their system for anywhere from thirty to one hundred days.
- Cocaine: two to five days; although, heavy users can have cocaine in their system for up to ten days.
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When it comes to passing your test, the best option is to remain clean for the week or two leading up to the test, but we understand that sometimes life gets in the way. There are a variety of methods floating around the internets to help you get a pass on your urine test. When it comes to home remedies, some will suggest drinking plenty of cranberry juice in an attempt to filter some of the chemicals out of your urine. There are also options to dilute your urine, although this is a highly detectable method that typically will not work.
Apart from all the gimmicky tricks to pass your test, there are a few options to detox your body before your drug test. For those who are fortunate enough to have a good month before their test, it’s best to simply let your body detox naturally. Cut out using any substances for the thirty days before your test. If you’re still nervous, it’s a good idea to start drinking more water and exercising regularly. If you don’t have a month before your test, there’s also wats to detox the same day as your test. There are products available online that claim they can detox your body when you drink them the day of your test. These products should be used at your own risk and it’s important to know that no results are guaranteed.
The drug testing industry has changed significantly over the years. From the Raegan era to the present day, drug testing has become a regular part of our society, like it or not. For those who need to pass a test, there’s a good variety of options to help you pass. Whether you’re taking a blood, urine, or hair follicle test, be sure you’re completely aware of everything you’re being tested for and always remember your rights. Check with your state law if you’re not sure about your employer requesting a test, and be sure to read as much information as you can before going in to take your test.