Drug testing, whether for employment or legal/insurance purposes, is an unfortunate fact of life for many of us. We at Key to Cannabis believe that THC and CBD use should not impact your career and want to help you make informed decisions about any cleansing or substitution products you choose.
In a crowded market of flashy packages on cleansing products that practically promise the moon, how do you find the things that live up to their labeling? Here, we’ll break down how to choose a drug test cleanse that actually works. We’ll outline the things you need to know choosing a product to help you pass your drug test, what to look for in a provider, and how to optimize your chances of passing.
A General Note on the Drug Testing Industry
As we talk about how to choose a drug testing product, we’ll need a certain level of understanding of the relationship between the drug testing industry and the companies creating products designed to “spoof” those tests. These two fields are locked in an arms race of sorts, a self-sustaining cycle that creates an ever-evolving line of products. As testing companies create tests capable of detecting things like dilution or substitution, cleansing companies reformulate their products to meet the requirements of the new tests.
Because the two industries are at constant war with each other, the product that worked last year might not work on Tuesday of next week, and what works for a small lab in Poteet, TX might not fly at a major testing lab in San Diego, CA. Your odds are affected by where you are and the type of test you’ll be taking, but ultimately, it’s still a bit of a gamble every time.
With that in mind, it’s important to choose cleansing and substitution products that are on the cutting edge of drug testing technology. Using the best products available will give you the best chance of passing your drug test, even accounting for all other factors.
Types of Drug Test Products: Cleansing
Drug test products marketed as “cleansing” are sort of right — but also sort of not. Because THC sticks around for so long in the body (it attaches to fat rather than water, making it very hard to flush out effectively), there isn’t a way to truly cleanse your body of THC quickly. The only way to do that is to abstain completely, often for months if you’ve been a heavy consumer for a long time.
So, if these products don’t truly cleanse your body, then what do they do? Drug test cleansers like drinks and detox systems work by a few different mechanisms (more in a moment) to give you a short window of time during which you will test clean. After this window, THC will again show up in your system, so time is of the essence when testing using a urine cleansing product.
First, these products use ingredients like cayenne pepper, dandelion, and turmeric to purge surface cells of THC so that it can be flushed away by the kidneys. Second, diuretic ingredients like caffeine and cranberry extract are used to induce flushing of the system. Finally, masking ingredients like B vitamins are used to improve the chemical content of the urine and avoid diluting it too far to be tested.
When looking for a cleansing product, it’s also important to keep in mind that the longer you abstain from cannabis before your test, the better off you’ll be. In a perfect world, you’d have a week or more of advance notice — but that’s not usually the case. If we’re going to go the cleansing route, we feel that at least three days of abstinence is necessary to produce a passing result (and that’s just us personally — your mileage may vary here, by a little or a lot).
The exception here is saliva cleansing products like Rescue Wash Mouthwash — we smoked an hour before our test and still passed with flying colors. For urine cleansing, however, much longer periods of abstinence are required, and that may not be an option for you. In that instance, you still have another option: substitution.
Types of Drug Test Products: Substitution
Unlike cleansing products, which attempt to make your own urine into passing urine, substitution products aim to create an artificial urine that will pass the test for you. Substitution products may be premixed or powdered (we strongly prefer the powdered versions) and contain essential ingredients like urea, B vitamins, amino acids, uric acid, and creatinine, creating a version that behaves exactly like the real thing.
The problem with some substitution products is that they’re sometimes behind on the latest technology, which can lead to formulas that can cause you to fail. This is primarily a problem with premixed urine substitutes, which may contain additives or preservatives that can trigger a red flag for the testing agency. Additionally, ingredients like biocides should be avoided, as many tests search for their presence in samples (they interfere with the enzymes that the test relies on).
Drug Test Product Sellers
Just like the products they sell, not all drug testing product retailers are trustworthy. There are products that are available from Amazon, GNC, and other major retailers (often at bargain-basement prices), but these products don’t stand by the products they sell — if it doesn’t work, you’re up a certain creek without a paddle.
Additionally, they won’t be able to tell you anything about how the product works or whether it will work for your particular situation. You might save money in the short term, but that savings won’t be of much help if you lose your job or miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because you failed your drug test.
We prefer to use TestClear for our drug testing needs. Drug testing is TestClear’s entire business — they stand behind the products they carry, provide outstanding customer service, and can advise you on what product will best suit your needs and the test you’ll be taking. They provide guaranteed shipping to ensure that your order arrives when you need it, and all reviews on their website are from verified consumers.
Because drug testing is such a high-stakes issue, we feel that it’s important to choose the most advanced, reliable products available to help ensure you pass. We trust TestClear and their drug testing experts for our cleansing and substitution needs — we’ve had outstanding results with their products and their team of friendly, helpful drug testing pros can answer questions any time. Next to their competitors, TestClear stands apart; their customer-focused approach and attention to detail make them an exceptional source for your drug testing needs.