Passing the Test for Cannabis

Drug testing is necessary in a number of situations. Some of them include workplace policy, or if you wish to work for the federal government.

Of course, there are several methods that do exist for this. However, the most common one that is accepted by most employers, insurers as well as government agencies are the results obtained from a urine test.

When it comes to testing for cannabis use, the usual procedure is to detect a cannabinoid known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In fact, it is one of the metabolites of this cannabinoid that the test is for.

One might wonder what a metabolite is. Simply put, it is a chemical that is produced by the body from another chemical. In this case, it is THC COOH. While this metabolite has no psychoactive effects, it remains in your urine for days, weeks and sometimes months. That is why it has become the standard by which one can be tested for cannabis use.

What You Need to Know About Testing Positive for Cannabis

So, the next question that one might have is how long it takes for all traces of THC COOH to vanish. Of course, you don’t want to end up testing positive, right?

The truth is that this is difficult to determine as the time varies from person to person as the metabolic process that your body goes through to convert THC to THC COOH differs.

Apart from this, there are a number of factors that matter as well: some of them include quantity of marijuana, style of consumption, frequency of use or even what you eat or drink thereafter. All of these will influence the amount of THC COOH in your urine when the time comes to take the test.

In this April 16, 2014 photo, Pat Marshall, senior chemist and owner of Sunrise Analytical, prepares vials to test medical marijuana at his lab in Wilsonville, Ore. Oregon’s move last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created requirements that open new business opportunities for another type of pot business with testing labs that are virtual unregulated. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Results may depend on whether you are a one-time or chronic user. In the case of latter, the presence of THC COOH might last for much longer but for one-time users, this metabolite disappears in roughly three days’ time.

Given that most employment and government testing programs stick to a standard of 50 nanograms per litre, in most cases, the amount of THC COOH will drop below this threshold after three days. Yet it must be pointed out that there’s every chance that one can test positive over a period of seven days or more.

That said, regular cannabis users should expect its presence in their system for up to 100+ days. At the very minimum, it will stay in your system for about one week or 10 days.

How Can You Pass the Urine Test for Cannabis?

Now, there’s a lot of false products in the market that will promise to clean your system or even mask it before you take a urine test for cannabis. Of course, there are a number of others that will even offer clean urine.

Please be advised that these products do not work and turn out to be expensive to purchase. Moreover, some of them can even be identified in a drug test, given that labs can now still detect the cannabis use even if the specimen has been altered or influenced in any way.

Of course, there are ways that can help you pass a urine test legally. Some of these include:

1. Safe detoxification products that will help accelerate your body’s detoxification system to flush out the toxins and clean your blood in about 3 to 6 days.

2. Avoid using the urine that you pass first when you wake up. Each time you urinate, it will get better. Ensure that you don’t give the first specimen sample. Also, do not collect the first part of your urine stream as this contains the most amount of metabolites.

3. The third and riskiest option is to flush your system. This involves consuming large amounts of liquids so that the metabolites get flushed out sooner. But remember: it is dangerous if you’re not careful. Drinking too much water can result in water poisoning or intoxication. Cranberry juice, coffee and tea are excellent choices. That said, if the test finds that your urine is over-diluted, this will definitely raise a red flag too.

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