Passing Your Urinalysis
Disclaimer: All purposes and intents of the information provided within this article is for pre-employment urine tests only. This information does not apply to saliva nor hair tests and are not law enforcement related tests where you may be watched when providing a specimen.
When the acceptance of THC has occurred within the body, it leaves behind metabolites (which are what a urinalysis test looks for) within your fat cells and are released and removed slowly by your body by your liver and bladder via urine. The requirements needed are 50 – 60mL or 1.5 – 2 Fl. Oz of urine as there are multiple checks that are done to confirm if metabolites exist. In addition, a separate test is done to validate the sample itself. There are various tests, such as GC/MA, HPLC, dipstick tests and immunoassay that all have the same amount of 50 ng/mL which is considered the maximum to be considered negative and anything over is then positive in amounts of metabolites. The bottom line is that you don’t have to be clean in order to pass the tests.
Different methods of passing the tests are: dilution, natural detoxification which can only occur over time, synthetics or substitution and quick detox products. Let’s review these different types of methods.
The Dilution Method
One of the most common ways to cheat on a drug test is by way of the dilution method. This method is very simple, drinks tons of water to dilute and flush your system of the metabolites. For example, if the cutoff limit is 50 ng/mL and you’re testing at 75 ng/mL you would fail the test. At this point, there is no way you will know where you are testing at unless you take the actual test. This is just an example. So, if you drink enough fluids to flush your system and it drops to 35 – 40 ng/mL you could pass. But is this process that easy?
The exact amount of water that needs to be consumed varies upon each individual. A warning at this point – do not drink gallons right before the test as this can cause Water Poisoning which will only worsen the issue. A general rule of thumb is that if you drink enough for your urine to be clear and maintain this clarity in your urine until the test is taken. Basically, stop smoking and drink minimum 8 glasses a day until your urine runs clean, you should be fine.
Not Getting Caught
Heavily diluted urine is much paler than normal urine and therefore is suspicious. If this occurs, the urine could be tested for Specific Gravity which verifies the actual components of the urine to see if it has purposely been diluted. To easiest way to correct this is to take Vitamin B (B2/Riboflavin) and B12 are the best; these B vitamins will bring color back into your urine. Take between 50 – 100 mg the morning before the testing should do the trick. Red meat or creatine is also good to ingest in advance, 3 – 5 days, as various gravity tests may be done regardless of the color of the urine. If you don’t have enough time, purchase a product that has Creatine Monohydrate which the body processes faster than creatine that is naturally obtained.
The above is a perfect example of when a home test would be helpful to determine how “clean” you are becoming and if you will be able to pass the test.
It’s not quite clear as to how detox drinks work but however it is, they do. It could be that they contain mostly B vitamins and creatine; the instructions state to drink plenty of water, which really, makes it a dilution method. There are other drinks that work a little differently such as Stay Clean and 420 body Clean which basically state they work in 1 – 2 hours and drink only the drink and 20 oz of water.
When deciding which drink you want to use, there are several things to consider before purchasing.
- How fast do you need the product to work? Make sure you read all of the information provided with the product to ensure that it will work how you want it to work. For example, if you want it to work as you drink it on the way to the test then the product had better guarantee this to you.
- Who is offering the biggest Money Back Guarantee?
- What products have your friends used first hand? Not the friends of a friend or whomever.
The Natural Detoxification Method
Today, many employers require a drug test prior to active employment within their company. Obviously, the best way to pass the drug test is to stop smoking. Your system will flush out all marijuana metabolites over time of which can vary from person to person. The amount of time can vary upon different characteristics of each person such as weight, activity level, metabolism and other various factors such as how often you smoke. If you need to be clean fast, this method is not for you.
As a generalized guideline for a person of average weight, allow 1 – 3 days for a single use; 5 – 10 days for “regular/daily” use; chronic use, numerous times in one day but done every day, can take 15 – 20 days to be clean enough to pass a test. For one who is heavier and less active, the numbers just noted will NOT apply especially for a chronic user as it can take 1 – 2 months. Remember, every body is different in what it takes to become “clean”.
Becoming Cleaner Faster
As stated earlier, metabolites are stored in the fat cells and burned off when the fat cells are used. In other words, the faster your metabolism is the faster the metabolites are released. The best way to increase the metabolism is exercise. Whether that is going for a walk or a 20 – 30 minute workout. In addition, do not become dehydrated; drink water, juices and teas. Do not drink sodas or alcoholic drinks as these will dry you out.
If you aren’t going to do anything but simply stop smoking, you may want to purchase an at-home dipstick style drug screen or two. You can use these tests to either determine how long it will take you to be “clean” or if you are “clean” before the urinalysis test is to be taken. The at-home tests are also helpful if you want to use the dilute method.
The last method to discuss is the substitution or synthetics method. Basically, this method is done by smuggling in liquid that you will use in place of your own urine for the test. Some people have used a “clean” friend’s urine or by using a synthetic product that tests as urine. Synthetics can be in the form of powders, pre-mixed and there are products that are available with a prosthetic penis in case you are watched while providing the urine.
When substituting your urine, there are 2 things that need to be successfully done. One is getting the product in and the second is keeping it at body temperature. Many labs have strips on the sides of the cups that measure the temperature of the specimen when it is turned in. If it’s too high or too low, you’d better be prepared for some questioning. An easy way to be safe is to secure the container to the inside of one of the thighs. Others won’t notice it under your clothing and your body will keep it warm enough to pass. Try not to use products that make noise when removing them. In addition, the container that is used to hold the product shouldn’t make a noise when opening either. Noise is a concern as the lab employee will be standing outside listening and if they hear anything they will suspect that there is foul play.
If using your own container, make sure that it is clean. ANY residue will affect the pH or add other chemicals to the sample and therefore create a poor sample and very possibly fail the test. If using someone else’s urine, ask that person if they are taking any medications so that you can have it noted. It wouldn’t be a good thing to find out after the fact by the lab that your friend is taking a certain drug you didn’t know about.
A pre-mixed synthetic urine, Quick Fix, is available in a small bottle and comes with a heating pad and rubber band and is one of the best products for substitutions but beware as this product has been banned in some states at this time.
Don’t Use These
There are a lot of products that have been used to get “clean” for a urine test, but don’t work when you really need to pass a urinalysis test.
Some products you may have at home such as bleach, Visine, vinegar or other additives can throw off the pH test. In addition, using tap water or water from the toilet as there could be chemicals in the water which can change the pH. Also, if the toilet water is colored, obviously this wouldn’t be a good idea. Golden Seal tea has been a popular choice but many labs are now checking for this so, don’t use it.
Taking Niacin, a B vitamin, may be good in small amounts taking it in large amounts is NOT a good thing. Stating that you took any false/positive inducing product such as ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol can be detected by today’s tests. One last thing, if you think that smokin’ a ton before taking the test to try and give unreadable results – don’t because it won’t work.
Some Final Thoughts
Being prepared and knowing what product or process will work best for you to get “clean” the quickest way is worth taking the time so that when you need it, you can do it right the first time and pass. Get some dipstick tests (you can buy them on eBay) and test yourself on various methods so that you know what works the best for you. One method may be sufficient or you may need to use a combination of methods, but knowing what process or product will work for you is something you should invest some time and effort into – knowledge is power.