Drug Testing 101: How To Pass A Drug Test

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Congratulations! You got that job or the promotion that you have been waiting for and immediately following that phone call that has you feeling so high, you receive a dreaded email that creates instant anxiety.

“In accordance with our policies for a drug-free workplace, you must submit and agree to participate in random drug screenings. As part of our continuing commitment to a safe and healthy workplace, you will need to pass a drug test.  Please report to one of the following lab locations within the next 48 hours to perform your drug test.”

Don’t sound the alarm and go off the deep end. High Times has you covered with our Ultimate Guide to Pass a Drug Test.

The reality is that even though marijuana is legal in your state, it does not mean that your employer is required to have relaxed drug testing policies. In fact, most companies are struggling to understand how cannabis affects workplace productivity and how to formulate policies on how to manage employees and independent contractors that choose to medical marijuana over opiates.

Marijuana– If you have consumed marijuana through smoking, edibles or any other way of ingesting cannabis, it can show in your system as soon as 1 day and up to 12 weeks afterwards. If you want to pass a drug screening for marijuana, know the timeframe. Cocaine– Companies will drug test for cocaine abuse, but if you had a rager over the weekend and your drug screening is scheduled for the following week, you should be okay to pass your drug test, because cocaine leaves your system within 1 to 4 days. Amphetamines – Depending on the scope of your job, an employer may want to test for amphetamines or speed. If you have a legal prescription for your ADD medication or for your narcolepsy, make sure you disclose that to your employer and be prepared to furnish a doctor’s note to support your need for prescription pills that act as a stimulant. Traditional amphetamines can stay in your system for up to 3 days after ingesting a pill, but it’s best to abstain from taking any recreational prescription pills at least 7 days before taking a drug test. Opioids – Opiates such as painkillers and heroin can be tricky because they can stay in your system for up to 90 days depending on a variety of different factors when it comes to your body, but for most people opiate based drugs are out of your system 7 days after the last dose, so if you are scheduled for a drug screening, then it’s important to not only know what type of drug you will be tested for, but the methodology of how you will be tested. Other Drugs: PCP, MDMA, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Propoxyphene– Xanax, Valium,  Klonopins and a bunch of other prescriptions can be detected on a drug screen by your employer. If you are taking any pills for recreational use, the general rule of thumb is that traces of each drug can remain in your system for 10 days from the last dose. Occasional User– The occasional user of marijuana products can expect that THC will be detectable in their system for up to 12 weeks. Frequent User– Whether you barely consume marijuana or you toke up on the weekends, depending on your body composition, weed can stay in your system for up to 3 months. Daily User– If you decide to smoke weed everyday, then it is going to take a bit longer for the cannabis to get out of your system. We recommend anticipating that THC will show up on a drug screening, even if you smoked 90 days ago. Detox Naturally– If you are looking to detoxify your body in order to pass a drug test, time is your best friend. If you are planning to apply for a job in an industry where you know you will be subject to pass a drug test, then you can start the detox process a few months ahead of your application. The first course of action is to stop consuming or smoking marijuana and start light to moderate exercise. While it might seem silly to think that exercise is component to natural detox, sweating and blood circulation helps to detoxify your body. If you have at least 2 months foresight before taking a drug test, then clean eating, exercise and plenty of rest should help you to pass the drug screening and start your new job. Juice Detox– The juicing method of detox has had some mixed results by professionals around the world. To date, there has been no scientific evidence that juicing cranberry juice, lemon, lemongrass, wheatgrass, dandelion or any other vegetables will help you to pass a drug test. What we can tell you is that your body will have lots more nutrients to help you feel better because a heavy plant based diet will always have a positive effect on your body and mind. Same Day Detox Cleanses – If you are squeezed for time and your drug test is coming up in less than a week, there are some detox cleanses that are designed to give your body a quick cleanse for passing a drug test for weed.  The same day detox or 5 day detox programs are designed to keep your urine clean for a period of about 4 to 6 hours, so that you have time to pass your drug test for THC, CBD and other marijuana metabolites (THCa and other cannabinoids). We can’t comment on whether it can help pass other drug tests like cocaine metabolites (benzoylecgonine) or amphetamines, but a clean urinalysis for marijuana by using a detoxification drink has been reported by our readers, almost every time. Type of Illicit Drug