After taking ecstasy, you will be at risk of failing a drug test. Now, if you've ever looked at a basic 5-panel urinary analysis device, you may have noticed that it makes no mention of MDMA, E or any other of the many names that people use for ecstasy.
Does this mean you're safe, though? Sadly it doesn't, for a number of reasons. First, MDMA is chemically close enough to amphetamines to trigger a positive on many devices. Second, street ecstasy is rarely pure MDMA but rather a cocktail of different chemicals, with amphetamines often being a major ingredient. Third, some 5-panel testing devices intentionally include ecstasy detection in the amphetamine panel, because this is required for U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing. This is all before we even look at extended drug testing.
Given all this, it would be foolish to ignore the possibility of failing a drug test. You came here to learn how to remove ecstasy from your system, so we'll explain how to still pass a drug test.
What are the detection times for ecstasy?
After using ecstasy once, most people will be at risk of failing a urine drug test for one to three days afterwards. For someone who uses ecstasy more regularly, it could be as long as three to five days. Saliva testing can be a little harder to predict, as testing kits can vary in terms of quality and sensitivity, but expect similar detection times.
How to remove ecstasy from your system quickly
Left alone, your body will clean itself, but sometimes you can't wait this long. Ecstasy is water soluble, so you can help accelerate the process by drinking plenty (but not excessive amounts) of water, exercising to promote sweating, and taking supplements to support your body.
While this will certainly help, don't expect to get clean just because you spent a couple of hours at the gym. The process still needs a certain amount of time.
How to remove ecstasy from your system extremely quickly
Okay, this may be a bit misleading, because you're not going to be actually removing ecstasy from the system. As we explained above, that takes time. This is fine if you have that time, but sometimes drug tests can come out of the blue. In these circumstances, you need to focus on preventing ecstasy from being present in your urine or saliva sample.
Before a urine drug test, people commonly prepare by using a detox drink from a trusted manufacturer. This has the subtle effect of activating your urinary system into flushing itself clean. After about an hour, assuming you've peed at least a couple of times, any urine sample you give should have only very low levels of ecstasy in it. Over time, this effect will diminish as more ecstasy is transferred from the blood to the urine, but you will have at least a few hours to take a drug test.
Saliva drug tests can also be easy, because you can quickly wash your mouth with a special mouthwash shortly before your test.