So…your company just implemented a new drug policy, and now they’re asking you to take a drug test. Of course you say yes, because you love the idea of testing out drugs, but SURPRISE it ain’t that kind of test, man! Now you have to provide them with your DNA in hopes of being drug-free. Unfortunately, you smoked the night before without realizing weed is on the drug list. Now, here you are, looking for an answer. How do I pass a drug test?! How long does weed stay in your system?!
Look no further! Here is the breakdown for how long marijuana will be in your system.
Let’s start with the types of drug tests that are commonly used when the big cheese wants to sniff out druggies.
This is pretty straightforward. They ask for a urine sample, so you pee in a cup and someone checks the urine for evidence of smoking marijuana and other drugs.
This test is by far the most common form of drug testing used for employment and legal system purposes. The test typically registers use within the past 30 – 45 days.
A blood test is the most accurate form of screening, but it is also the most invasive and expensive of all the options.
According to a report from Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, cannabis is usually detectable in the blood for a duration of 1 to 2 days. However, in some cases, it’s been detected after 25 days.
Saliva tests are growing as a common screening because they are minimally invasive. A quick swab inside the mouth is all the tester needs to collect your dirty DNA.
However, it is also one of the least accurate screenings since it only reliably detects very recent use. Occasional users vary from 1-3 days, while more active stoners can show use on a wide range from 1 – 29 days.
Hair follicle testing is becoming more popular in some cases because it has proven to be better at detecting long-term, habitual drug use. It is more expensive than some methods, but it is a useful type of screening. The Hair follicle tests can detect drug use for up to 90 days (3 months!).
Fun fact, hair follicle screening detects THC metabolites that attach to the root of the hair. So, washing, dyeing, and styling will not affect the outcome of the test.
So, how long does weed stay in your system?
Last but not least, all the results from the methods above do vary depending on how much a user is smoking. How long the marijuana molecules are partying inside you depends on…well…you.
And remember, if you need to pass a drug test you could try some natural methods to flush out the marijuana in your system. Some methods include a healthy diet, detox products, abstinence (yeah right) and/or drinking lots of water.
However, if you truly do have a drug test the next morning, and you know you’re not going to pass, you might as well smoke some more, and start looking at the classifieds on Craiglist, buddy.