You may have heard about using Sure Jell (or other pectin agents like Certo) to pass a drug test, particularly one for marijuana. If you try this, though, will it be detected on your drug test? The answer is not so simple, but there's actually a more important question: Is it worth using Sure Jell to pass a drug test? How does it compare to detox drinks
How is Sure Jell used to pass a drug test?
Internet "wisdom" states that you should eat a pack of Sure Jell with water or Gatorade, lots of it. Advocates argue that the pectin (a soluble fiber) in Sure Jell absorbs THC and carries it to the bowel. After all, if it leaves your body through your poop, it can't be detected in the urine, right? It sounds great in theory, but does it really work?
Unfortunately, while this mechanism may have a small beneficial effect, it isn't likely to have enough of an effect in terms of directing sufficient THC to the bowels. The most helpful aspect is probably the dilution effect from drinking lots of fluids.
So, can Sure Jell be detected on a drug test?
As we've already mentioned, it's not a simple yes or no. Using Sure Jell as it's intended (i.e., as a baking ingredient) surely won't raise any flags on a drug test. After all, they cannot punish people for eating some Jell-O. Even eating a whole packet won't cause a problem in itself.
What may well be detected on a drug test is the large volume of water or Gatorade that is drunk. This is because testers routinely administer an adulterant test alongside the actual drug test. To check for dilution (e.g., by adding water to the sample or drinking excessive water), properties like the specific gravity and creatinine level are checked to make sure they are within normal values.
Failing an adulterant test doesn't necessarily indicate cheating, but it will at least lead to a retest.
Does Sure Jell work for a drug test?
We believe it works only marginally better than just drinking the same volume of water alone. Some people swear they have passed with Sure Jell, but people who just drink water say the same. Even if it does work for the main drug test, you still have the problem of passing the adulterant test.
So, how are detox drinks different?
If Sure Jell has only a modest effect, how are detox drinks any different?
Let's take Herbal Clean's QCarbo32 as an example. If you look at the ingredients, you'll notice ample B-vitamins are included to preserve your urine's natural color and avoid suspicion of dilution. Next, you'll notice the inclusion of creatine to replenish the creatinine in your urine. You'll also notice a good amount of dietary fiber to take advantage of the modest effect that the Sure Jell method has. This is all in addition to numerous herbal ingredients that have been used as blood cleansing agents for centuries.
This formulation ultimately leads to a one-stop solution for passing both the drug test and the adulterant test, because passing one without the other is not a pass at all.