You've no doubt heard about using detox drinks to pass drug tests. After all, many weed users use them to get through drug tests, even though weed can take weeks or even months to get fully out of the system. But do they work for drugs in general, and more specifically, do detox drinks work for meth? Here's the answer and an explanation for why.
Understanding the renal system
The renal system, which is sometimes called the urinary system, is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. It plays a few important roles in the body, but here we're interested in how it eliminates waste from the body.
The kidneys basically filter the blood that flows through it, using the waste debris to produce urine. Produced urine is then pumped through the ureters into the bladder, where it collects until you decide to visit the washroom. When you pee, you effectively flush all these wastes out of your body.
Naturally, drugs and their metabolites are also classed as "waste," so traces of these inevitably end up in your urine. Methamphetamine is no exception to this process, and this is why urine drug tests work for most drugs.
So, do detox drinks work for meth?
In a nutshell, yes. The basic process is the same for all urine drug tests. They look for a certain concentration of a compound. This could be a drug, but it could also be a metabolite, as these often linger longer than the drugs themselves.
If the concentration is above the predetermined threshold, you test positive (fail). If it's below, you test negative (pass). It doesn't matter if you are just below the threshold or completely clean, the result will be the same.
Detox drinks help get you below the threshold by kicking your urine production up a gear. This means you'll pee more, thus flushing out wastes more frequently. Also, although you're producing more urine, your kidneys will only be able to filter out the same amount of toxins.
This means the overall concentration of toxins in your urine will be lower. For a urine drug test, this can make the difference between passing and failing.
But what about dilution?
Simply drinking a lot of fluids will result in the fundamental characteristics of your urine changing. Most obviously, your urine will look pale, almost to the point of being watery. A half-decent tester will notice this and likely ask you to return later to give another sample. There are also other adulterant tests to check for dilution.
Detox drinks get round this thanks to being fortified with B-vitamins and creatine. These help to preserve the urine's natural color and maintain a healthy specific gravity.
So, which detox drink should you get for meth?
There are many good detox drinks available, but make sure you get one that's suitable for your body weight and level of use. More demanding users can get stronger versions that will be more suitable for their needs.