If you use drugs like weed sometimes and are looking for ways to pass a drug test, you've probably heard about masking agents. These basically involve taking or applying something to get through a drug test. To understand why some things work and some things don't, let's first look at how drug tests work.
A well-run drug test involves two elements: a test for drugs and an adulterant test. The drug test looks for the presence of drug metabolites, while the adulteration test specifically tries to detect masking agents. It does this by checking chemical properties-such as the pH level, creatine concentrations and specific gravity-and looking for known chemical masking agents. This means a masking agent only truly works if it can pass both tests.
Diuretics and Dilution
A diuretic is something that makes you pee more. For example, caffeine-based drinks like tea and coffee have a mild diuretic effect. Drug residues slowly moves from the blood into the urine over time, so as you pee more, your urine becomes diluted. Diluted urine has lower drug levels than normal. Sometimes just drinking plenty of water is enough to get this effect.
Unfortunately, dilution is very common, so the testing labs specifically look for it. An experienced tester will even notice the pale color straight away, but if not, the chemical markers will flag it up. This usually means you'll need to take the test again.
Fast-acting detox drinks work on a similar principle, but they are specially formulated to keep your urine properties normal and pass the adulterant test. Their ingredients are also natural, so they can't be detected in a test.
Lots of people have added household products like lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, and drain cleaner to their urine to pass drug tests. These may have worked in the old days, but they're now surefire ways to fail the adulterant test. What's more, it might be obvious you tried to cheat, so stay away from them.
Some commercial additives also worked for a while, but many of these were discontinued because labs can easily detect them now.
Drinking/Eating Various Substances
There are many myths out there about getting through drug tests by doing things like eating plenty of fiber, drinking lots of cranberry juice, taking Dexatrim, and swallowing Jell-O mixes. There's little evidence these actually work, and it's probably just a fluke when they do. Drinking lots of cranberry juice, for example, will dilute your urine, which probably means you'll fail the adulterant test.
Whatever masking agent you use, you probably want to be sure it'll work. You can get single or multi-panel testing kits for just a few bucks. Spend a bit more, and you can even do your own adulterant test.