Drug test is a thing that quite many people in the US have to face because of various circumstances. It has been a challenge for those who appear to be not clean since it has been introduced. As the need to cheat it has arisen, testing laboratories have been sophisticating their screening methods to ensure as accurate results as possible. Therefore this ‘battle’ between drug users and labs has been going since then. At the same time, as technology becomes neater, the number of myths surrounding drug testing procedure and the ways to get prepared for it to get tested clean is rising and rising.
Some of those myths originate from cheating techniques that have been effective earlier but do not work now anymore, some are just accidentally mixed up or misinterpreted information, some are rumors that get spread by people who do not care to check whether those are meaningful etc. Anyway, these myths quite often make people who desperately need to get through drug testing fail. And while they have such a negative impact on so many people, there is an obvious need to debunk some of the most popular drug testing myths that are circulating over the Internet.
Just special diet is enough to pass a drug test.
Fact: Diet alone doesn’t solve anything.
Any kind of drug testing is designed to find out whether there is a drug in one’s system. To clean oneself in order to get tested negative requires a lot more than simply being on a diet. If one has been going on taking drugs, no special food or drink will help to pass a drug test. Thus, total abstention from drugs is mandatory for any other measure to work. A special diet, though, may be of help to fasten the process of cleaning one’s body due to its ability to speed up one’s metabolism that, in its turn, makes the amount of time it takes to get clean shorter.
Exercising can get a drug out of one’s system.
Fact: Exercising alone is of no help in passing.
Actually, exercising is at all meaningful mostly in cases when a person has some decent amount of time to detox, e.g., a month or more. But in cases when a person gets to face a drug test on a short notice all measures possible are normally tried regardless of level of their effectiveness. In the end, exercising is very much likely to do more harm than good if applied inappropriately. One’s state of physical health must always be taken into consideration before starting it. Also, a proper regime has to be worked out, and it is much better if a specialist is involved into establishing it. If one has little time, pulling long hours of physical activities combined with general stress and necessity to fulfill other duties is highly likely to get a person completely worn out within the numbered days with no guarantee regarding a required drug test result.
All drugs stay in one’s body for the same amount of time.
Fact: The amount of time it takes one’s system to get clean depends on many factors.
The time required for flushing toxins from one’s body may be very different depending on level of toxin exposure, drug use habits, kind of drug in question, general state of physical health, metabolism speed etc. Some general information about how much time it takes certain drugs to leave one’s body can be found here. Even one certain drug, e.g., marijuana, has significant interval within which it may either have already left or still remain stored and traceable in one’s samples. Moreover, if a person in a need of detox is a heavy user, time of detection a drug in their body expands considerably.
Drinking a lot of water or other liquids (e.g. cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon water etc.) will help to detox faster.
Fact: Water or other liquids will neither help toxins out of one’s system in a less time, nor mask their presence.
Drinking will only slightly dilute one’s urine, but will not make it drugless. As for other liquids, often referred to as diuretics, which alleged function is to provide better detox by causing more intensive urination, those are known for causing extreme changes in natural urine structure. Dilution with water, too, will make one’s sample merely recognizable as urine. At the same time, drinking immense amounts of any liquid is potentially dangerous and may cause serious trouble. Still, it is not completely hopeless thing to do, but is not an option to rely on completely. It may help to drink a bit more of something, but other measures are also necessary to ensure required test results. Also, when it comes to using liquids for detox, there is a wide range of specifically designed market products that at least do not make harm to one’s health.
Diluting a urine sample helps to pass a drug test.
Fact: Manipulations with samples are easily detected in modern labs and result into failing the test automatically.
This myth dates back to the period when laboratories were unable to determine whether the urine provided for testing has been manipulated with or not. If one were careful and lucky enough to dilute their sample maintaining its natural look, the results were achieved. However, with time labs have also started testing urine itself for its authenticity. That was the moment when dilution has become mostly pointless option to choose. Natural urine has a certain level of creatinine (an element that is created when food becomes energy) and a number of other characteristics that can give a sample provider away when measured. Adulterants (foreign substances added to a urine sample in order to make it look ‘clean’) are of little help either, as they easily get detected as well, not mentioning the fact that trying to drink those (e.g., vinegar) may seriously harm a person.
So, while myths continue to be told all over again, debunking them becomes more and more important. Still, with spread of a vast amount of information that is hard to check, especially when a person is under a stress because of necessity to face a drug test soon, performing some desperate action in order to detox is always possible. However, while even some of the things listed above can work if they are not the only measure undertaken, it is recommendable for one’s own safety to not overuse ‘home’ detox methods but consider help of specifically manufactured natural products that have been designed to make sure detox procedure will go as smoothly and effectively as possible.