If you've been looking for ways in which baking soda can help you pass a urine test for meth, you've probably found suggestions about ingesting a couple of tablespoons of baking soda with water a couple of hours before your test. Not only is this unlikely to work—it's also an unpleasant experience and possibly dangerous. Here's why.
Why do people suggest using baking soda in a urine test for meth?
The best argument people can come up with for using baking soda is based on how methamphetamine is excreted more easily into acidic urine than alkaline urine. Baking soda, as an alkaline, is therefore one way to raise the pH of your urine.
So, what's the problem with this? First, it may actually prevent meth from being flushed out of your system prior to a drug test. In fact, some people use this method to intensify and extend the experience from meth.
Second, if your urine is already alkaline, it likely won't make a difference. Maybe you just have even more chance of failing with acidic urine.
The third, most important, issue is that taking too much baking soda is bad for you. Taking half a teaspoon for an upset stomach is fine for most people, but larger quantities have unpleasant side effects. When preparing for a drug test with baking soda, many people say they felt seriously sick and had constant diarrhea. Some people even experience seizures, chest and abdominal pain, muscle pain, and other serious consequences after more extreme doses, leading to a trip to the Emergency Room.
So, what should you do?
If you actually have acidic urine (you can test it with some pH paper), feel free to take baking soda in reasonable quantities to balance it out, but don't expect this to be a surefire way to pass a drug test. Maybe it will help—maybe it won't, but don't make the mistake of taking too much of it. You could always test yourself for meth to see if you're likely to pass.
Whether you choose to take baking soda or not, you could use a reputable detox drink two hours before your testing time. This will give your renal system a boost and trigger the drug metabolites stored in your kidneys into being excreted through the urine. The kidneys are of course constantly at work filtering drug metabolites and other toxins from the blood, but this process takes time.
Once the existing toxins have been flushed out, it will be a few hours before toxins in your urine return to their original levels. This is usually enough time to take a drug test, but make sure you use your drink at a good time, not too early and not too late.
Even the best plan can sometimes go awry, however, so you may also want to spend a few bucks on some Vale's +2 to extend your drink's effect for another two hours.