THC Tests: Everything You Need to Know

September 03, 2020
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THC Tests: Everything You Need to Know

Drug tests are a nightmare, but are often unavoidable. So, if you’re a regular cannabis smoker and THC user, it’s important to stay abreast on drug test developments.

THC tests come in many forms. Urine tests are perhaps the most common drug test, but saliva tests, hair tests and blood tests can also detect for the presence of THC. Increasingly, people are turning to synthetic urine products to help with passing drug tests – these sophisticated products contain all the necessary ingredients to fool a test.

Want to find out more about what the common THC tests entail, and how you can make sure you pass, all while staying lit? Then we’re glad you’ve stopped by!

What is a THC test?

A THC test is just another word for a drug test. Many employers require their employees to take drug tests, and some even require a clean sample as part of pre-employment screening. And in some industries, that’s fair enough – such as if you’re operating heavy machinery. But if you’re working retail or any other job that is clearly not dangerous, we think it is kind of outrageous for employers to test for weed – particularly in states where it’s legal!

A test for THC works by testing a sample for metabolites of THC, such as 11-OH-THC and THC-COOH. Regular delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol THC) and delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8) molecules are broken down into metabolites. That’s why tests look for these, rather than the THC cannabinoid itself.

THC Drug Tests

THC Urine Tests

Urine tests are a real nuisance for stoners and the drug tester’s biggest weapon. THC is detectable in urine for more than a month, depending on how much you smoke. The lingering presence of THC is what puts off many people from having a cheeky joint with their mates on the weekend.

The duration of time that THC stays in the urine is also affected by the amount of body fat the user has and the sensitivity of the drug test. Some tests have a very low THC threshold, whereas others are set at a higher level, meaning you probably could smoke and get away with it. The problem is that you never know what test you’ll be required to take!

THC Saliva Tests

This is another convenient type of test – well, for the tester, at least. If you smoke now and again, the THC will be gone in a couple of days, but for regular smokers it can remain present for up to a month. The general view is that THC saliva tests have a shorter detection time than urine tests, but a 30-day detection time will still prevent most from enjoying THC.

THC Hair Tests

Hair follicle tests are as bad as it gets for any hopeful weed smokers. There have been cases of THC being detected in hair samples more than three months after using. After taking THC, the cannabinoids are transported to the hair follicles via small blood vessels. A test will take a hair follicle sample from close to the scalp. Hair grows at about 0.5 inches per month, so a 1.5-inch sample should flag up any usage within the last 90 days.

THC Blood Tests

Since THC only stays in the blood for around 24 hours (unless you’re a heavy user, in which case THC can remain detectable to up for a week), THC blood tests are uncommon. They are also more challenging to do than other, less invasive tests, and therefore are rarely used. However, a THC blood test may be carried out in the immediate aftermath of an injury or work-related accident, or if under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

What is a THC Test Kit?

Cannabis or THC test kits can be used to detect the presence of THC metabolites in a urine sample. These single-use kits work by immersing the test in the urine sample for around 10 to 15 seconds, refitting the cap, and then waiting for about 10 minutes to see whether it turns positive or negative. The instructions may vary from product to product, but rest assured, they are all easy to use!

Are THC Home Tests Legit?

Investing in a THC testing kit is a good way to find out whether you will pass a test or not, and if you need to go to extra measures to stay in the clear. And the great news is that these products are perfectly legal, even for the everyman and everywoman. So, before you go investing in equipment to outfox a drug test, we recommend a small investment in one of these to check whether it’s even necessary!

How to Pass a THC Test

If the worst comes to worst, and you are required to take a test you’ve no chance of passing naturally, then it’s high time to get a little crafty. Be aware that while THC can fail you, so can delta-8, THC’s legal cousin. This is because delta-8 breaks down into the same metabolites that THC does, and a test wouldn’t know the difference.

Passing a urine test: Synthetic urine is your best bet here. The highest quality synthetic urine kits contain all the waste products of real urine, and boast the same characteristics. These kits work by heating the urine – either in the microwave or with heating pads – to body temperature, and then providing that to the tester, rather than a real sample. Providing the fake urine really does have all the qualities of urine, you should be fine.

Passing a saliva test: Take a couple of days off the green and wash your mouth out thoroughly before a test. Eat plenty of fatty foods, and use a saliva detox mouthwash. If you get the chance to swab yourself, steer clear of your teeth and gum line.

Passing a hair follicle test: Detox shampoo is your best friend when it comes to passing a hair follicle test. This will help to remove any THC, no matter how much you smoke. These typically aren’t cheap, so we recommend massaging the shampoo into your hair for as long as possible. Apply the shampoo very liberally if you have thick hair – you don’t want to leave anything to chance!

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