There are a lot of home remedies for drug tests kicking around on the Internet. While passing a drug test just by using something from the grocery store sounds attractive, you probably want to know if it actually works. Most of these home remedies lack any sound scientific basis and are based purely on people's reported experiences. Let's have a look at the Sure-Jell myth and see if it helps with opiate drug tests.
So, What Is Sure-Jell?
If you're not a baking type, you may not know that Sure-Jell is a fruit pectin made by Kraft foods. It's usually used to make jams and jellies, so you're probably wondering why it's supposed to help you pass an opiate drug test.
What's the Myth about Sure-Jell and Drug Tests?
The most common myth about Sure-Jell (and Certo, a similar product) comes from weed users. It goes that mixing a packet of Sure-Jell with water and drinking it, followed by more water to wash it down, will get you through a drug test for weed.
Some people say this works because fruit pectin is a soluble fiber, so it binds with lipids carrying THC metabolites. Others say the gelatin in Sure-Jell masks the presence of THC metabolites in the urine. Either way, this won't help with passing an opiate test, because unlike THC, opiates aren't fat-soluble.
Does It Really Work?
Some people swear by it, and others say they've failed tests using this method. It seems that those who do pass are only facing simple dipstick tests.
Feel free to try it and test yourself, including an adulterant test. You'll probably find you pass the opiate test but fail the adulterant test.
This happens because of the sheer amount of water you drank to wash down the Sure-Jell. It's effectively diluting your urine and decreasing the concentrations of opiates, but at the same time it's messed up the normal color, creatine concentrations, and specific gravity of your sample. This is why you failed the adulterant test.
Are There Better Ways to Pass an Opiate Drug Test?
A full detox is the best way to pass a urine drug test for opiates. Abstaining from use and following a 7-day detox program will have you passing with flying colors, at least for anything other than a hair-based test.
If you don't have enough time for a detox, you can abstain from drugs for a couple of days and take a detox drink on the day of your test. These drinks are specially formulated to flush opiates and other drug metabolites from your urine while still getting you through the adulterant test. Simply follow the instructions carefully before your test. If it doesn't work, you can usually claim your money back.
Conclusion: Sure-Jell and Opiates
The original myth about Sure-Jell is aimed at weed users, so even if there's some truth to it, it probably won't help an opiate user. The success people do have probably comes from the amount of water drunk and poor testing procedures.
Given the drastic consequences of failing a drug test, do you really want to take chances?