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As laws across the country change, cannabis is experiencing a rejuvenation in terms of prominence and popularity. This has had a variety of positive effects on the country, but the reality remains that those of us who use it still experience certain stigmas. One of the most prominent ways these stigmas can affect cannabis users comes in the form of a drug test.

The reasons for which you may face a drug test are numerous, but the end result is the same. You are about to pee into a cup, and a detectable presence of THC in that urine is not going to do you any favors. The question of how to pass one can end up being of paramount importance.

The science behind urine drug tests is incredibly complex. It involves a number of contributing factors that can range from your genetic makeup to the genetic makeup of that eighth you burned through this weekend.

As a result, there is, unfortunately, one foolproof way to pass a drug test, and that is to give yourself enough time without cannabis consumption to allow your body to expel the THC that it has built up in your recent past.

However, it’s a reasonable assumption that it may be too late for you to take that path. If so, buckle up, because we’re about to get creative. The methods can be broken down into two major categories: detoxification, and just plain faking it.

Detoxification

As mentioned earlier, your body is going to process the THC built up in your system at its own pace. Things like your weight, your metabolism, and your biological gender can all play a role in deciding how quickly you can clean the house. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t give it a nudge in the right direction. Keep in mind, all of these tips are only going to do you any good if you stop consuming cannabis until you’ve taken your drug test. So stick the bong in your dresser and read up.

Stay Hydrated

This is key. As far as consistent steps you can take to speed up the detoxification process, regularly consuming water is paramount. Staying well hydrated helps your body keep happy, healthy, and showing toxins of all kinds to the door. So grab an old milk jug or your favorite Nalgene, fill that sucker up, and get to sipping.

Regular Exercise

Nobody said that this process would be a walk in the park but, ironically, a walk in the park would be a good place to start. THC is stored in your fat cells, so staying active will do wonders to help your body get rid of it. As an additional bonus, physical exercise can produce anandamide, the chemical behind that fabled “runners high.” In that way, exercise can both help rid your body of THC and assist in your temporary transition to not putting any back in.

Detoxification Products

Hydration and exercise are the two mainstays in accelerated detoxing, but an impending drug test brings a certain urgency to things, so why not pull out all the stops? At a basic level, eating healthy foods like lean meats, fruits, and vegetables will help keep your metabolism chugging along. For more targeted efforts, you can turn to any variety of detoxification drinks and kits, many of which are available at dispensaries.

Faking It

There’s a possibility that none of the above precautions and efforts are applicable to your situation. In a case where you’ve got to take a drug test in short order and don’t have time to let your body do the work, you have to pull a hail mary. In these cases, you may just have to fake it. While you could certainly acquire the clean urine of a friend or acquaintance, this may be a step too far for some of us. In cases like this, you may decide to turn to fake urine. Just know that, of all the things you could do to try and beat a drug test, this is by far the riskiest.

If you’re willing to take this risk, just be sure not to venture in blindly. If you need to read up on the potential products available, websites like 420 High Street can give you a comprehensive rundown of different options available.

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