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// Top New York Lawmaker Wants To Pass Marijuana Legalization This Year Despite Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Seems To Reduce Opioid Use Among Chronic Pain Patients, Meta-Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Australia moves toward over-the-counter CBD sales (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Massachusetts marijuana store seeks medical license amid coronavirus shutdown (Mass Live)

// Ohio allowing phone orders, curbside pickup at medical cannabis stores (Marijuana Business Daily)

// State-By-State COVID-19 Announcements Impacting Marijuana Businesses (JD Supra)

// Massachusetts marijuana: In lawsuit over 2-year moratorium allowing only economic empowerment applicants to open, Appeals Court sides with Cambridge (Mass Live)

// Cannabis Has Become a Major Threat to Alcohol (Real Money)

// Arkansas medical marijuana consumers are buying in Oklahoma (Marijuana Business Daily)

// 1,700 soldiers in Alabama were drug tested a day after 4/20, but the Army says it’s ‘just a coincidence’ (Business Insider)


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Monday, April 27, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, April 27, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Top New York Lawmaker Wants To Pass Marijuana Legalization This Year Despite Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Seems To Reduce Opioid Use Among Chronic Pain Patients, Meta-Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Australia moves toward over-the-counter CBD sales (Marijuana Business Daily)


These headlines are brought to you by MJToday Media, publishers of this podcast as well as our weekly show Marijuana Today and the most-excellent Green Rush Podcast. And check out our new show Weed Wonks!


// Massachusetts marijuana store seeks medical license amid coronavirus shutdown (Mass Live)

// Ohio allowing phone orders, curbside pickup at medical cannabis stores (Marijuana Business Daily)

// State-By-State COVID-19 Announcements Impacting Marijuana Businesses (JD Supra)

// Massachusetts marijuana: In lawsuit over 2-year moratorium allowing only economic empowerment applicants to open, Appeals Court sides with Cambridge (Mass Live)

// Cannabis Has Become a Major Threat to Alcohol (Real Money)

// Arkansas medical marijuana consumers are buying in Oklahoma (Marijuana Business Daily)

// 1,700 soldiers in Alabama were drug tested a day after 4/20, but the Army says it’s ‘just a coincidence’ (Business Insider)


Check out our other projects:Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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Can You Fail a Drug Test from Secondhand Smoke?

Typically, drug tests tend to jeopardize the careers of, well, people who do drugs.

In most instances, it’s people who smoke weed, as the THC component of cannabis remains in the user’s system for several months.

However, a recent study shows that even certain non-smokers aren’t completely safe from the wrath of a drug test.

The Implications Of A Second-Hand Toke

According to a new study at the University of Calgary, THC can be detected in the body after just 15 minutes of second-hand smoke exposure, so make sure you well versed on marijuana detection times.

That’s right, just one second-hand toke can be the difference in you getting your dream job, as the report noted its findings could be especially problematic for companies with a zero-tolerance drug policy.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open, concluded that people exposed to second-hand pot smoke in a poorly ventilated area, such as a basement, kitchen or bedroom, with the windows shut, could test positive for a drug test.

But the results didn’t just end there. The study also suggested second-hand smoke can lead to the subject actually feeling the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Or in simpler terms, getting second-hand stoned.

“Exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke leads to cannabinoid metabolites in bodily fluids, and people experience psychoactive effects after such exposure,” the study determined.

Perhaps the only difference between a second-hand toke and an actual one is the time it takes to get out of your system. Typically, one-time smokers require a five- to eight-hour time frame to ensure a negative drug test, but it was estimated that second-hand THC could stay in the body anywhere between 24 to 48 hours.

Regardless, having to wait any amount of time could prove troublesome for those finding themselves as a surprise guest at a good, old-fashioned hot-box.

How to Quickly Get it Out of Your System

If you do happen to fall victim to the dreaded “second hand toke,” not all is lost. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to get it out of your system quickly and efficiently.

For starters (if this isn’t already painfully obvious), if you haven’t left the room yet, do so immediately. The less secondhand smoke the better. If for whatever reason this is impossible, get some much-needed ventilation in the room. According to a separate study, second hand smokers placed in a “hot box” scenario felt slight impairments and tested positive for THC in the urine. On the other hand, non-smokers placed in a well-ventilated area boasted significantly lower levels of the cannabis component altogether.

“Those in the ventilated condition had much lower levels of THC in their blood, did not feel impaired or high, and did not test positive for THC in their urine,” the study concluded.

Granted, these types of measures are more preventative than anything else. If it’s already too late, the best thing to do is just wait it out. Unfortunately, a hotbox-type scenario can cause small traces of THC to show up in the urine 22 hours post-exposure. You can always try to reschedule any upcoming drug tests for a day later, but this isn’t always realistic.  Instead, try to drink as many fluids as possible. Water (Ideally, around 2-3 liters) and/or electrolyte-heavy beverages like Gatorade or Pedialyte will flush out your system and expedite the process.

Vitamin B is another option. Unlike water and other fluids, this doesn’t fully flush the THC out of your system, but it does mask it. And considering you didn’t actually take a hit of marijuana, you should be fine. You can pick up Vitamin B-2 or B-12 at your local drugstore. Take 50-100mg of either supplement a few hours before your test for the best results.

Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to combine all of said methods just to be safe.

Final Hit: Can An Accidental Second-Hand Toke Make You Fail A Drug Test?

The basis of the research study was to better understand the public health risks associated with cannabis, as Canada is set to legalize recreational marijuana in July 2018. The study suggests sanctions that closely mirror pre-existing tobacco regulations in Canada.

“Alignment of tobacco and marijuana smoking bylaws, with a coherent policy approach to exposure to smoke of any kind, may result in the most effective public policies,” the report suggested. “For example, bylaws forbidding smoking in indoor spaces such as bars and nightclubs and in shared outdoor spaces such as beaches or parks should be considered.”

This report contradicts previous studies that determined it is highly difficult to pass a drug test by simply being around people smoking. However, those findings don’t necessarily take into account the aforementioned areas of poor ventilation.

The latest study did admit, however, that more research was necessary to determine the long-term effects of second-hand smoke. But for those who may worry about potential short-term repercussions, make sure you check out the different ways to pass a drug test.

(Updated from a previous post.)

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8 Best Detox Drinks for Weed

So, are there any truly good detox drinks for weed out there? Are there detox drinks for weed that work? And if so, what are the best detox drinks for weed? If you’re a longtime weed smoker, odds are that at some point you’ve run into the dreaded drug test. It comes with the territory. In fact, drug testing has been such a longstanding staple of weed culture that there’s an entire industry of tips, tricks, products, and DIY recipes that supposedly help people pass a drug test.

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Lemon Juice

We’ll start our list of good detox drinks for weed with a classic: lemon juice and water. The idea with this one is to use a naturally acidic liquid to encourage some serious detoxification.

The best way to do this is to squeeze one half of a lemon into a cup of water, anywhere between eight and 16 ounces. This dilutes the lemon juice a bit while also adding tons of fluids to your body, further encouraging your body to flush out toxins.

You can repeat this as many times as you want to in the days leading up to your drug test, including the day of the drug test. The goal is to flush your system out as much as possible.

Courtesy of Nutra Cleanse

The Fail Safe Kit by Nutra Cleanse

The Fail Safe Kit by Nutra Cleanse is an equally popular same day detox that flushes out the body in the same day keeping your urine clean for about 6 hours when you can provide a clean urine sample. This is the higher priced same day detox and is known to be one of the strongest.

The 9 Best Detox Drinks For Weed

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Cranberry Juice

When it comes to detox drinks for weed that work, there’s arguably nothing more classic than cranberry juice.

This option is a lot like the other natural detox drinks for weed on this list. It’s not so much about hiding or masking the THC in your system, it’s more about a natural way to flush out your system as rapidly and thoroughly as possible.

The best way to use cranberry is to drink it with tons of water, or even better something with electrolytes like a sports drink. This will help you pee more, and the more you pee, the more you might be able to flush out your system.

Real pros take it one step further. Try taking B-vitamin supplement pills to add a little color back into your otherwise watered-down piss. This will make your urine sample look more natural and less suspicious.

Courtesy of Nutra Cleanse

The 5 Day Extreme Detox by Nutra Cleanse

The 5 Day Extreme Detox by Nutra Cleanse is the most popular detox program out there and has been featured in Vice and High Times.  The kit permanently flushed THC and nicotine from your body after 5 days and includes 2 home THC testing kits to verify that you are clean after the program is complete. This product is a goto for daily users or those that weight over 200 pounds.

The 9 Best Detox Drinks For Weed

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Coffee

Coffee is a potentially good detox drink for weed because it’s such a potent, all-natural diuretic. Once again, the idea behind this one is to drink a bunch of coffee in an attempt to make your body evacuate as much as possible.

Of course, since you’ll be losing a lot of fluids, be sure to take in a lot of water, too. This will replace what you lose while continuing to encourage your body to flush everything out.

It’s also a good idea to drink something with electrolytes like a sports drink. Finally, if you have enough time to plan ahead start taking B-vitamin pills a few days before your test. This will add color to your urine while allowing you to continue flushing your system.

The 9 Best Detox Drinks For Weed

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Rescue Detox Ice

Rescue Detox Ice has a solid reputation. This product is designed to be used shortly before you go in for your pee test. It also requires you to do some serious hydrating and peeing in the hours leading up to your test.

Start out by downing the entire bottle. Then refill the bottle with water and drink that right away. But don’t stop there. Keep drinking water, the more the better.

Then, go pee at least three to four times right before you go take your drug test. This is a good product to get your body hydrated and to encourage a lot of detoxification, so get ready to drink and pee.

The 9 Best Detox Drinks For Weed

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Rescue Cleanse

Rescue Cleanse is one of the fan favorites on this list. It’s widely seen as one of the very best detox drinks for weed that works. The only potential problem is that for maximum effect, you’re supposed to stop smoking weed 48 hours before your drug test.

If you’re short on time, this could be a problem. But if you know you’ve got a test coming up and you have the time, all it takes is a little planning, and Rescue Cleanse could save you.

Drink the whole bottle within a 15-minute window. Then refill the bottle with water and drink that. After that, keep hydrating and trying to flush your system by peeing.

To make it even better, combine this with one of the natural detox drinks for weed on this list.

The 9 Best Detox Drinks For Weed

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Stinger Detox

Stinger Detox is building up a strong base of believers. In fact, it’s ranked number one pretty frequently by all sorts of people and sources, most notably Vice.

In any case, this drink works just like all the others. Drink the bottle before the test, chug a bunch of water, and then urinate as many times as you can in the hours leading up to the drug test.

The twist here is that Stinger is supposed to be super potent. That’s why it comes in a much smaller bottle than most other good detox drinks for weed.

To really knock it out of the park, start using natural diuretics like coffee a few days in advance. Drink a lot of water and take some Vitamin B to put color back into your diluted urine. Then, on the day of the test, do a serious cleanse with this stuff and you’ll give yourself the best chances of passing.

Is There Such a Thing as the “Best Detox Drink For Weed”?

At the end of the day, there’s no 100 percent, surefire way to pass a drug test. In fact, the most you can really do is either use a detox drink to mask the THC and other cannabinoids or try to flush your system and water down your pee.

Whatever you do, stop consuming weed as far in advance as possible. Drink a lot of water and natural diuretics to flush your system. Hydrate, preferably with a sports drink or something with a lot of electrolytes. And then, on the day of your test, follow the instructions on one of the specialized detox drinks for weed listed above and hope for the best.

What’s the Best Way to Detox for a Drug Test?

Ultimately, there is no surefire way to beat a drug test 100 percent of the time. Instead of relying on one single trick or product, the best tactic is to take a mixed approach.

As far in advance of your drug test as you can, start drinking tons of water. You should also try to be as physically active as you can. If you’re able to, go hit the gym a few times or find a way to squeeze in a couple extra workouts. The idea here is that you’re trying to flush your system as much and as quickly as you can.

In addition to hydrating and working out, take one of the more potent products listed in this guide. If you have enough time, start the 5 Day Extreme Detox by Nutra Cleanse five days prior to your test. Then, the day of the drug test, switch over to the The Fail Safe Kit same-day drug test. These products are designed to further flush your system and to mask whatever’s still in your system.

What’s the Best Detox Drink for a Drug Test?

If we have to pick one best detox drink, we’re going to go with Stinger Detox. It’s known for being very potent and since it’s designed to function as a same-day cleanser it should work very fast.

What’s the Best Over-the-Counter Detox for a Drug Test?

Test Clear’s Toxin Rid is one of the best over-the-counter drug detox kits. The only downsides are that it’s a 10-day detox program, so you need advance warning of when your drug test will occur. Additionally, this is also one of the most expensive drug detox kits on the market. But if you have the time and money, the relative effectiveness of the product could make it well worth the cost.

What’s the Best Hair Shampoo for a Drug Test?

If you’re facing a hair follicle drug test, you need to shift your attention to using detox shampoo. Our pick for the best shampoo is Psychemedics PDT90. This is a serious drug detox product. Other solid choices include:

  • Hairconfirm
  • Test Clear Aloe Toxin Rid Shampoo
  • ZYDOT Ultra Clean Shampoo
  • Clear Choice Hair Follicle Shampoo

(Updated from a previous post.)

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How Long Does THC Stay in Your Urine?

Weed is the most popular federally illicit drug in the United States. And employers know it. Indeed, cannabis is the most commonly detected drug in workplace urine drug tests.

Setting aside for a moment the totally legitimate criticisms of workplace drug screenings, and debates about the efficacy and accuracy of the tests and the generally humiliating, privacy-invading feel of the whole operation, let’s drill down into one simple question: how long does THC stay in your urine?

Overview: It’s… Complicated

Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. So let’s simplify things by re-framing the question. Certainly, you’re not here for an academic treatise on cannabinoid metabolism.

More likely, you want to know how long THC stays in your urine because you’re up against a drug test. So really, the question isn’t how long does THC stay in your urine? The real question is, when will the amount of THC in your urine drop below the threshold for testing positive?

To answer that all-important, make-or-break question, it’s crucial to understand why and how THC ends up in your urine in the first place and the variables that control how quickly your body eliminates it.

How Does THC End Up In Your Urine?

Trick question! THC, or more specifically, the delta-9 THC that gets you high doesn’t end up in your urine at all! So why fear a urine drug test?

Because urine screenings aren’t looking for psychoactive, illicit delta-9 THC molecules. Instead, they detect what your body produces as a waste product after it metabolizes the THC you consume.

That waste product is called a metabolite. THC’s version is THCCOOH, which scientists call a ‘carboxy.’ Your excretory systems are in the business of removing waste metabolites like THCCOOH. To do so, THCCOOH joins up with a uronic acid called glucuronic acid, which passes out of the body in your urine.

Summing up, when you inhale THC in weed smoke, your body rapidly metabolizes it, getting you high just as fast. Your metabolism turns that psychoactive THC into the THCCOOH, which you then excrete through waste products (urine and feces). All told, 15 to 20 percent of the THC dose makes its way out of your body by way of acidic urinary metabolites.

How Long Does Weed Stay in My Urine: Examining All The Variables

Urine drug tests for weed, then, are essentially trying to detect evidence that your body is still working on eliminating the waste products from your last encounter with THC.

They don’t show when you last smoked. They can’t tell if you were high when you pissed. All they reveal is that your body is still working on eliminating THCCOOH, which means that your mody had to have metabolized an illicit amount of THC. At some point, at least.

With a test so dependent on all of the complex bodily processes involved in human metabolism, no wonder it’s impossible to offer a simple, straightforward answer your burning question, how long does THC stay in my urine? Here, then, are a list of the most influential variables.

THC Dose

As mentioned above, researchers are confident that 15 to 20 percent of a Delta-9 THC dose ends up eliminated via urine. Therefore, the more potent your weed is, the more metabolites will end up in your pee. This also explains how test administrators can correlate the tiny amounts they detect with a real dose of cannabis.

Use Habits

Logically enough, more habitual smokers are vulnerable to urine detection longer than those with more occasional habits. Actually, a lot more. So make sure you know the detection times.

One-time cannabis users will piss clean in as little as five days, or it could take as long as eight. Smoke just a few times a week? One and a half to two and half weeks and you should be fine. Smoke every day except a couple? It’ll take you a month to a month and a half, or more, to eliminate all the THCCOOH from your system.

And if you’re a daily user, expect a two-month time frame before your urine drug test will come back negative. One major study reported that a subject with daily use habits took 77 days before posting 10 consecutive negative tests. Here’s a handy table of these average detection windows. Again, these aren’t hard limits. They’re averages. And your body could be above or below them.

  • 1-time use: clean in 5-8 days
  • 2-4 times a week: 11-18 days
  • 5-6 times a week: 33-48 days
  • Daily use: 50-65 days, up to 77

How Long Does It Take for THC to Leave My Urine?

The answer to the question, how long does it take for THC to leave my urine, is a fairly straightforward one on the surface. It takes as long as it takes your body to metabolize THCCOOH and expel it as waste.

But remember, the important thing is for enough THC to leave your urine so that you pass your test. Having totally clean urine, in other words, isn’t completely necessary. What’s important is how much time you have to let your body do its thing.

But since everyone’s body is unique, the amount of time it takes for THC to leave your urine will depend not just on dose and use habit, as explained above. It will also depend on additional factors, like your diet and exercise, your body weight and body fat index. Even your age and hormone function play a role.

Metabolism refers to the many, many chemical processes going on inside your body to keep you alive and functioning. Metabolizing cannabis is part of all of those processes, so increasing your metabolic rate—how fast your body is working through all those processes—will cause THC to leave your urine more quickly. This is why a number of factors influence the length of time that THC can be found in urine.

Factors that Decrease How Long THC Stays in Your Urine

So let’s look at a couple of these factors. First, diet and exercise.

Yes, food can actually increase your metabolism, but some foods work better than others. Fatty foods, for example, only raise your base metabolic rate by up to five percent. But proteins can raise your metabolic rate from 20 to 30 percent! Eat more protein, and THC will leave your urine more quickly because your body is metabolizing at a higher rate. Research also shows how hot, spicy foods can have a dramatic impact on increasing metabolic rate, too.

Exercise and physical activity play a big role, too. The more you work your muscles, the more your muscles need energy to burn. That’s why exercising regularly can give you a higher metabolism. You’re essentially training your body to burn more energy at a faster rate.

You’re also building muscle, and muscle tissue demands way more energy than fatty tissues, increasing your metabolic rate even further. That’s why weight and body-fat index matters, too. The more muscle you have versus fat, the faster your metabolism will be. And the more mass your body has, the more energy it needs to burn.

These physiological factors impact the average times listed above. So for example, two people can consume the same dose of THC or consume cannabis with the same frequency but still have different timespans for how long it takes THC to leave their urine.

The person with more muscle, or who exercises more and is more active, or who eats more protein, or who is younger, will fall on the shorter end of the average timelines listed above. The other person, with more fat, who’s less active or older, will fall on the longer end of the average timelines based on dose and use frequency.

Cleanse Using a Detoxification Program

If you have at least seven days before your test, a detoxification program will speed up the body’s natural cleansing process and completely rid your body of the THC in your system in about a week. These programs also come with home testing kits to verify you are clean.

Cleanse the Same Day

If your test is coming up sooner, certain detox drinks are known to flush your system the same day you drink them keeping you clean for a period of four to six hours.

Inhaled Or Ingested?

How long does THC stay in your urine after you eat edibles compared with smoking or vaping weed? Considering how different an edibles high can feel next to a high from smoking weed, one might expect the THC levels in urine to vary.

In truth, they do. Edibles will make THC stay in your urine a bit longer, from several hours to an extra day. But that’s not a significant enough degree to make a real difference in the outcome of your test.

In other words, both methods of administering your THC dose are going to put enough THCCOOH in your urine to make you fail a urine drug test. But because of the way your body processes THC when you eat it—converting it to a psychoactive metabolite called 11-hydroxy-THC, and then into THCCOOH, which the test detects—edibles can leave you at risk longer, based on your use habits, compared to smoking or vaping cannabis.

Physiological Factors

When it comes to your own body, two factors play a key role in how long THC stays in your urine. The first is your metabolic rate. If you have a higher metabolism, you’ll excrete THCCOOH faster.

The second is your level of hydration. The more fluids you ask your body to process, and the more urine you thus produce, the quicker THC metabolites will leave your body.

Summing Up: How Long Does THC Stay In Your Urine?

Drug urine tests for weed have all kinds of shortcomings and inadequacies. But they are good at one thing: revealing whether or not the person being tested has consumed cannabis, in some form, at some point in the past. Unfortunately, for many employers with zero tolerance policies, that’s enough to fire you or move on to the next candidate. Knowing how long THC stays in your urine, therefore, is crucial knowledge for anyone who uses marijuana, regardless of how often or how much.

(Updated from a previous post.)

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How To Pass A Hair Follicle Drug Test

Recent statistics show that a whopping seven percent of U.S. workers have failed their hair follicle drug test because the consumer cannabis. And these weren’t one-off, occasional smokers who were victims of bad timing. People who fail hair tests do so because they’re habitual users. That is, after all, what the test detects. Unlike urine tests, which look for recent drug use, hair follicle tests look for habitual, regular consumption. And this is the hard truth: consuming cannabis with any kind of regularity makes it virtually impossible to pass a hair follicle drug test. Nevertheless, there are strategies you can use to increase your odds of passing. And knowing how to pass a hair follicle drug test for weed means knowing how the test—and your hair—actually works.

How Do I Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test in 24 Hours?

If you’ve been surprised with a random hair follicle drug test at work, you’re probably wondering if there are any immediate solutions to your predicament. And if you’re asking, how do I pass a hair follicle drug test in 24 hours, you’re probably reading this information with a real sense of urgency. So we won’t bog you down with technical stuff: there’s plenty of information about how the test works and how weed works its way into your hair below.

For now, you just need a simple answer, and here it is: you probably won’t be able to pass your hair follicle drug test in 24 hours if you’ve been smoking weed with any regularity. Let’s double check that math.

Hair follicle tests procedures generally only look at the first 1.5 inches of hair, measured from your scalp. That 1.5 inches provides about a 90 day window into your weed habits, based on how fast human hair grows. So if you’ve smoked weed regularly in the past three months, you’re very likely going to fail the test.

However, and this is a huge however, if you’ve only smoked weed in the past week after not smoking for 90 days, you’re probably going to be fine. It takes five to 10 days for THC to bind to your hair and grow out of your scalp.

You’ll also be okay if your cannabis use over the past 90 days has been very limited. Hair follicle tests are sensitive, but not that sensitive. So if you haven’t been consuming cannabis regularly—say just a handful of times in three months—THC probably won’t show up in your hair.

Finally, if you’re looking at just a 24 hour window, don’t do anything drastic. Shaving your head seems like a good idea, but testers will just take hair from elsewhere on your body. And since that hair grows more slowly, you’ll actually decrease your chances of passing the hair follicle drug test. As a last-ditch effort, you could shave your whole body. Sure, that could raise a few eyebrows—on the people who still have them at least. But you can’t fail a test you can’t take!

Hopefully, you’ll have more than a 24 hour window to figure out a strategy for passing your hair follicle drug test. And if you do, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to give yourself your best chance at passing.

What Is Weed Doing In My Hair?

First of all, what is weed doing in your hair in the first place? Your body reacts to THC and other cannabinoids in complex ways. And the net result is that THC and other cannabinoids, along with their metabolic byproducts, end up scattered throughout the various systems of the body.

Weed ends up in your hair, or more accurately your hair follicle, via your bloodstream. And that’s actually something pretty interesting. Signs of cannabis use can stay in your hair for incredibly long amounts of time. But weed only stays in the blood for a very short time. Basically, as long as you’re high.

The body rapidly breaks down (i.e. metabolizes) the cannabinoids in the blood. But before that happens, cannabinoids bind to the sheath of tissue and cells surrounding the root of your hair. This is all happening underneath the surface of your scalp, of course, but soon enough the cannabinoids will become incorporated into the follicle and from there, the hair strand itself.

Finally, somewhere between five and 10 days, that weed-infused hair will pop out of the top of your head. An involuntary narc that could rat you out at any moment. And that’s what makes it so hard to spoof a hair follicle drug test. It takes just the tiniest amount of THC to trigger a positive on the test: one picogram per milligram, to be exact. A picogram, for those keeping score at home, is 0.000000000001 grams.

How Long Does Weed Stay In My Hair?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is more bad news. Once cannabinoids incorporate themselves into your hair strands, they are there until your hair falls out or you cut it off. Nothing can change this fact. It’s pretty unreal how long evidence of drug use can stay in human hair.

According to a 2004 paper in Forensic Science International, researchers detected traces of opiates in the hairs of English Romantic poet John Keats—167 years after his death. The same researchers found cocaine metabolites in the hair of thousand-year-old mummies in Peru and Chile. So yeah. A long time.

How Does A Hair Follicle Drug Test Work?

Actually, calling it a hair follicle drug test is kind of a misnomer. Sure, the test is looking for evidence that THC was in the subject’s blood by detecting the presence of the illicit cannabinoid in the cells and fatty tissue of the follicle, but a hair follicle drug test doesn’t assay the follicle per se.

Instead, it tests for THC in the hair strand itself. A positive detection in the strand necessarily implies the drug’s presence in the follicle and, ipso facto, the subject’s bloodstream, which indicates that the subject consumed cannabis.

So technicians are interested in collecting your hair, not your hair follicles. It goes without saying that hair closer to the scalp is the newest growth and would indicate more recent marijuana use.

That’s why technicians cut about 100 strands of hair and lop off everything but the 1.5 inches of hair closest to the follicle. On average, human hair grows at the rate of about 0.5 inches per month. So 1.5 inches amounts to roughly a 90-day detection time window.

If you’ve smoked weed fairly regularly during the known detection times, your hair will test positive. And that’s the key to understanding how to pass a hair follicle drug test. Once you understand that this 1.5 inches of hair is a kind of timeline of your marijuana use over the past three months, you can devise ways to game the test and reduce your chances of failing.

How Do I Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test?

Hopefully, you have some advance warning of an impending hair follicle drug test, giving you some time to prepare. If you’re unlucky enough to have one sprung on you at work, it’s probably time to start updating that resume. Here are the key things to keep in mind.

First, if you’ve only smoked recently, you’ll be in the clear. In fact, you could take down bong after bong on the eve of a hair test and not worry about a thing. Remember, it takes five to 10 days for “contaminated” hair to break through to the surface of your scalp. A urine drug test, on the other hand, would detect recent marijuana consumption.

If you’ve only smoked a few times in the past 90 days, your chances of passing are also looking good. Even though a hair follicle drug test for weed is extremely sensitive, only regular marijuana use will put enough THC in your hair to trigger a positive.

Ultimately, passing a hair follicle test is primarily a question of timing. And if you have an advanced enough warning, you can switch to abstinence mode and not smoke (or eat!) weed for 90 days. Yeah, that sucks. But it probably won’t suck as bad as losing your job.

What’s frustrating is that newer research into hair analysis for cannabinoids is throwing into question much of the established doctrine about follicle tests. One 2015 study suggests that something as innocuous as environmental contact with cannabis plants or smoke can deposit traces of THC in hair.

So just being around someone who’s handling or smoking weed could make you fail a follicle test. Hopefully, further research will demonstrate the unreliability of these hard-to-pass tests and lead fewer employers to adopt them.

Until employers drop hair follicle testing, however, no amount of research is going to save you. So how do you actually pass this test? The only surefire way is to cease consuming cannabis entirely for 100 days. If you do that, you won’t even have to cut your hair, because testers will typically analyze just the first 1.5 inches from your scalp. And if you’ve truly stopped consuming cannabis in that time, there won’t be any THC in that segment of your hair.

If you can’t, won’t or are unable to go the abstinence route, you’re second plan of action needs to be ruining the results of the test itself. And you can do that, possibly, with the right products for your hair.

Without buying specialized products, bleaching and dying your hair might damage the hair strands enough to make it difficult for the test to detect THC metabolites. The more times you’re able to bleach and dye your hair before taking the hair follicle drug test, the better chance you’ll have at making the actual hair strands unusable for the tester.

Recommended Products to Help You Pass Your Hair Follicle Drug Test

You’ll see plenty of products marketed as hair “cleansers” and “detox” solutions. But that’s not exactly what these products do. Once THC metabolites bind to your hair, they’re there. All you can really do is block the test’s ability to detect them. And that involves using a product that “seals” your hair strands and prevents the test’s chemicals from reacting with the THC in your hair.

The STAT! Hair Cleansing Kit and Zydot Ultra Clean Shampoo are examples of such products. And you should use these “detox” shampoos on the day of your test, right before you go in. These products, like many similar hair detoxes, say they “purify” or “cleanse” or “remove” the drug compounds from your hair. But really, they seal up your hair so the test can’t detect them.

Most products like this have three separate steps. First, you shampoo your hair to remove anything from the surface of your strands, like weed smoke or other contaminants that could make you fail your test. Second, you use a “purifier” which coats your hair with a chemical residue designed to block the test from actually working on the hair the tester takes.

But that stuff will make your hair look dull and, frankly, suspicious to a drug tester. That’s why you need the third step, a “conditioner” that won’t remove the chemical seal from your hair but will make your hair look more natural and less suspicious.

Remember, you have to use shampoos and “cleaners” like this on the day of your test, ideally right before you go in to provide your hair sample. The protection they provide won’t last more than a day, if that. So timing is everything here.

Tricks That Won’t Help You Pass

The fact remains, however, that hair follicle drug tests are hard to trick. That’s why so many employers use them and so many people get busted by them. But that hasn’t stopped people from attempting to pass the test through some creative chicanery. Unfortunately, most of these tricks don’t work, and some of them can hurt your dignity.

The most common of these approaches? Shaving one’s head. Haha, you think. Try to test me now! It’s an approach that’s more of a possibility for people for whom being bald might not totally ruin their look. But a shaved head won’t stymie a technician. They’ll just take a hair from your body. Probably your armpit or chest. And since body hair grows at a much slower rate and replaces itself much less often than head hair, your chances of passing the test go way down.

So unless you’re willing to shave down entirely—not suspicious at all, is it?—this tactic is a dead end. Never mind the fact that you’d have to keep shaving all your hair until you’ve been weed-free for 90 days.

Another common approach is described in more detail above. Bleaching or dying your hair, or trying to cleanse it with special shampoos, gels or other hair products. Seems like it should work. Destroy your hair enough and it’s no longer a viable sample, right?

Well, the companies who administer these tests have a financial interest in researching such methods. And according to researchers with one of the country’s largest diagnostic companies, Quest Diagnostics, hair treatments have little effect on hair follicle drug test results. (They would say that, wouldn’t they?)

Remember, it’s that cat and mouse game. Try to find newer, updated products that are a step ahead of the test. Look for the most recent reviews you can find to determine if the product actually works or doesn’t.

This last trick is bold. It’s daring. And that’s what could make it actually work. If you could somehow get the technician to take a sample of hair that was THC-free, say by using a hairpiece or hair extensions, you would pass.

As long as the technician didn’t realize they were taking a sample of hair that wasn’t your own—and remember, they’re trained to check for that kind of thing—you could potentially sneak through.

Indeed, if you’re wondering how to pass a hair follicle drug test without having to drop your weed regimen, it’ll take some creativity and some luck. Otherwise, a hair test will bust you.

(Updated from a previous post.)

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