Exercising can encourage our bodies to break down fat, which metabolizes the THC within the cells. If you were to stop using cannabis a few weeks away from your test, you could potentially reduce the amount of THC in your body by putting your metabolism into overdrive through rigorous aerobic exercise. The THC will not come out in your sweat, mind you, but it does get broken down after you burn sufficient calories.
You can drink tea and consume a substance called bentonite clay in order to help boost your metabolism and absorb THC metabolites. The day before your test, take it easy and drink a normal amount of water. Try to urinate at least once the morning of your test since you will have stored up everything over the course of the night. Consider drinking a light amount of coffee or tea an hour before your test to have a minor diuretic effect that will not completely dilute your sample.
So, no, quitting for just a handful of days is not enough to be “clean” in time for your test. The average person would have to quit for at least three weeks if they were a regular cannabis user, and even then they have no guarantee.
Most of these myths should be taken with a grain of salt. So, before you start buying gallons of cranberry juice and a bushel of papaya for your next drug test, read as we debunk the most common THC drug test myths to see if your attempts will even be worth the effort.
First of all, you have to stop using at least two to three weeks before the known date of your test, preferably more. Begin exercising rigorously, monitoring your calorie intake, and drinking plenty of water. You should eat a balanced diet of leafy greens as well as raw fruits and veggies while avoiding salty or processed foods as well as red meat. The former foods help you metabolize your fat and built-up substances quicker while the latter increases water retention while slowing your metabolism down.
Urinalysis drug tests, the ones most people tend to worry about, do not actually test for THC. Instead, they test for THC-COOH, which is a metabolite indicating that THC has been broken down in the system.
Additionally, working out right before a urinalysis test might actually be the last thing you want to do. When you break down all those fat tissues at once, your kidneys filter out a lot more THC-COOH into your urine. You should consider taking it easy the day before and the day of your test just to make sure you are not flooding your system with metabolites and making it look like you spent the night at Tommy Chong’s house.
Urinalysis tests do more than look for THC-COOH presence. To rule out the possibility of tampering, they also test for color, pH, specific gravity and the presence of creatinine, a typical metabolite that occurs as a byproduct of muscle use. If you use a diuretic substance like cranberry juice to attempt to “pee away” all your THC-COOH, you are really just flooding that urine sample with water as opposed to the normal balance of substances. Even worse, your next sample after the diuretic effect wears off is likely to have an even higher concentration of metabolites within it.
Second-hand smoke is really hard to get THC out of in most normal situations. Unless you are in a small room with really poor ventilation surrounded by people smoking heavily — a “hot box” — then you are not going to be putting nearly enough THC-rich smoke into your lungs to cross the typical 50 ng/mL urinalysis testing threshold. Even if you do have an accidental “bake” session this way, the resulting THC levels are likely lower compared to if you had taken a single toke any time the week before.
Debunk the most common drug testing myths that can actually hurt your ability to pass an important test, including why you can put the cranberry juice back.
You can learn here how to avoid a negative dilute drug test.
A positive dilute drug test result is always positive. When you have negative dilute drug test result, many employers will require you to go back for another drug test.
As a participant providing a urine sample, you can follow some simple guidelines to avoid providing dilute urine. These are:
Dilution is caused by adding fluid to the sample or by drinking large amounts of fluid which may dilute the specimen. If you are adding fluid to your sample, it is likely you are trying to cheat on the drug test.
If you add fluids to your urine specimen, this could be grounds for termination of employment or perhaps not getting the job.
Basically when your urine specimen for a drug test comes up dilute, you have drank too much water in advance of the test. You should be careful not to overconsume fluids prior to a drug test. An extra glass of water is about all you need. If you drink too much fluids, then you will more than likely end up with a dilute specimen.
Posted: February 14, 2017
A dilute specimen, by definition, is a urine specimen that has a creatinine of greater than 5 mg/dl or less than 20 g/dl and a specific gravity is less than 1.0010 (or greater than 1.0200). These 2 tests are routinely performed on every urine sample that is tested at the Lab. If the specimen meets the above 2 criteria, it is reported as a “Dilute specimen”. When a urine specimen is “dilute”, it is possible that drugs in their system may not be detected.
It is best if you go for the drug test first thing in the morning. Have some coffee and a glass of water and you will be fine. Don’t overconsume water or other fluids.
Dilution is caused by adding fluid to the sample or by drinking large amounts of fluid to dilute the