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Old 12-14-2007, 07:42 PM  
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Ever been drug tested?

Just found out, to my surprise, that a new job requires a drug test (city job...not a cop/fireman/etc..don't worry).

I don't regularly smoke. But I do when it is available, i.e. at a party. So, of course, after not having smoked for months, I smoked each of the last two weekends (very small amounts, toked off a bowl).

I have a test in 2 weeks.

There is an avalanche of bogus info on the web about a) the duration of various toxins in your body and b) the effectiveness of various $$$ detox/flush/masking agents.

Anyone have solid, medically grounded info or experience (as tester or testee) that can confirm or deny my basic conclusions?

1. For non-chronic(frequency, not quality!) marijuana users - "acute" users - marijuana will reduce below testing thresholds in 3-14 days. Huge variations based on age, weight, metabolism, amount and quality of weed smoked, frequency etc...Chronic users can be detectable for up to and over 30 days.

2. Whatever it is they test for in weed is stored in your fat, which is why it is detectable longer than cocaine, heroin, acid, etc.

3. Weed is detectable in your hair for up to 90 days, but hair tests are rarer and more expensive. This will most likely be some type of urine test.

4. All you can really do is: work out, sweat, increase your metabolism; drink lots of water the day before to flush the system; pee a lot; drink vinegar...if you can stand it.

5. It seems most of the detox drinks and pills are scams. They are intended to mask the presence of the weed for a period of 1-5 hrs, by taking several pills and drinking an ass-load of water prior to testing.

I'm actually not that concerned, as it seems that you have to be a regular smoker to need more than 5-10 days. But, of course, I won't be completely relaxed until it is over.

I'm not going to spend money on detox systems. Exercise, water, pee. Anybody try anything different? Any advice?


If you care, this article has the latest on studies about toxin retention, written for the National Drug Court Institute

(hey, I need to know...)

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Old 12-14-2007, 07:47 PM   #2
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Isn't that the norm in Corp America?
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:48 PM   #3
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I didn't want to read all of that because i'm high.

Probably just a urine screen, right? I'd assume so because it's significantly cheaper than the other 2 tests.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:48 PM   #4
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hair folicle (sp?) tests can catch it from the past few months. I had to take one recently, I thought I was going to do a pee test and so I drank a bunch of water before and I get there and they clip out chunks from my hair and I tell the DR "I GOTTA PEE" lol
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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2 weeks? You'll be fine.
Drink tea (lots of it) to be sure.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:50 PM   #6
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:52 PM   #8
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hair folicle (sp?) tests can catch it from the past few months. I had to take one recently, I thought I was going to do a pee test and so I drank a bunch of water before and I get there and they clip out chunks from my hair and I tell the DR "I GOTTA PEE" lol
that's my only concern, really, is that it wouldn't be a urine test....but it's a big city, I'm assuming they use the cheaper, more common test...

I may get a haircut though..lol
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:53 PM   #9
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2 weeks? You'll be fine.
Drink tea (lots of it) to be sure.
yes, forgot to mention that....green tea is supposed to be good...
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:54 PM   #10
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It's a joke that a few puffs off a bowl could rule you out, while slamming a fifth wouldn't... but I suppose that's a topic for a different thread.

If that's really all you've smoked, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just sucks to have that lingering doubt.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:55 PM   #11
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that's my only concern, really, is that it wouldn't be a urine test....but it's a big city, I'm assuming they use the cheaper, more common test...

I may get a haircut though..lol
You'll be fine if it's a urine test.

If you're at all concerned, http://www.gonumber1.com/order.html
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:56 PM   #12
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4. All you can really do is: work out, sweat, increase your metabolism; drink lots of water the day before to flush the system; pee a lot; drink vinegar...if you can stand it.
THC is indeed stored in your fat cells, wouldn't it be a bad idea to work out before getting tested?

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Old 12-14-2007, 07:59 PM   #13
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It's a joke that a few puffs off a bowl could rule you out, while slamming a fifth wouldn't... but I suppose that's a topic for a different thread.

If that's really all you've smoked, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just sucks to have that lingering doubt.
I agree, it is seriously misplaced priorities. Alcoholism is 100x more destructive and costly. But that is definitely another thread.

There is no reason specific to my job to even warrant testing. But the city now requires of it of all applicants from secretaries to cops.

Most of what I have read is reassuring though.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:00 PM   #14
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I just usually worked out and drank a lot of water. I've heard that if you go in for a urine test and your urine comes out clear because you drank a lot of water....that they'll retest you later on. I don't know if that's true or not.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:01 PM   #15
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im in a similiar situation as i haven't smoked in years but have been in the same room within the last couple weeks of people smoking. i really do not think i have to worry much but anyone have any experience with this.
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