Homebrew methods are always popular among stoners and other drug users. After all, wouldn't it be awesome if you can ace your drug test just by spending a few bucks at the local drug store? Sure it would, but these methods often give patchy results and may even be damaging to your health.
While it's hard to dispute the claims of people who've passed using niacin, you'll notice they mostly combine it with some other method, such as dilution or a detox drink. Even if they didn't, who's to say they wouldn't have passed without the niacin? False negative results are actually relatively common, but obviously no one complains about them. So, what's the argument for using niacin? Can it really help?
Niacin and drug tests
Firstly, we strongly advise against taking high doses of niacin. Taken as a supplement it can help the body in over 50 processes, but it can be dangerous in excessive quantities. Possible side effects may include skin warmth, possibly with itching and rashes. More severe reactions to too much niacin could include liver complications and various gastrointestinal issues, such as abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea, and so on.
The various suggested methods differ, but it usually involves taking a large dose of niacin (1000mg spread over the day for example) daily for three to five before a urine drug test, usually combined with lots of water.
But, can using niacin get weed out of your system?
Like with most home remedies, there's no evidence to support that niacin helps get THC out of the system any faster. Sure, the method may work for some people, but it's more likely that the large amounts of water are having a dilution effect and getting them through the test. This is like deciding your fate by rolling a dice.
The bigger issue is that taking so much niacin is bad for your body. Is passing a drug test worth putting your health, and maybe your life, at risk? What's more, there are also safer ways of passing a drug test, so in effect, all you're doing is saving a few bucks by using a method that probably won't work and may damage your body in the process.
So, what are the safer options?
Firstly, you could start a seven-day detox program. This is ideal if you're an occasional weed user because it will likely succeed in getting you clean enough to take a drug test normally. Always test yourself first to make sure, though.
If your needs are more pressing, you could use a detox drink before your test. These contain a mix of ingredients that triggers you urinary system into flushing toxins from your bladder. You can even get a two-stage kit if you feel you're a really demanding user.
Whichever detox product you use, always read the directions and follow them closely.