What do athletes, investors, and Walmart employees have in common? In order to be one, you may have to pass a drug test. And the list doesn’t end there. Even as cannabis makes strides towards legalization in countries like Canada and the U.S., uptight executives everywhere ensure that drug testing remains a fixed part of the employment process.
But most people are just as likely to quit using cannabis as they are to give up coffee, or wine and beer. So until the draconian laws and employer expectations around cannabis dissipate, your best bet is learning how to successfully pass a drug test. Luckily, with the right detox drink, it won’t be too difficult.
There are a number of detox drinks that can help you clear the THC from your system. Here are some of your best options.
Detox Drink #1: Rescue Detox ICE.
We’ve put Applied Sciences’ Rescue Detox ICE as the number one detox drink for a few reasons: not only is Rescue Detox ICE the most effective detox drink currently available, but it isn’t as disgusting as the other options (like drinking vinegar). Rescue Detox ICE comes in several sizes. If you are over 200 pounds you’ll need to take the 32oz version. But if you’re under 200 pounds make sure that you take the 17oz bottle. Too much is just as bad as too little.
For Rescue Detox ICE to be effective, you must stop using cannabis at least 48 hours before drinking it. Also, make sure that your stomach is empty before consumption—this means you should refrain from eating for four hours before drinking Rescue Detox. Shake, then drink the Rescue Detox ICE mixture over the course of 15 minutes. Once you’ve finished the bottle, refill it with water, and drink that over 15 minutes.
And your final step? Pee. A lot. The goal of Rescue Detox ICE is to flush THC out of your body through your urine and stool. Timing is also crucial, so just make sure you use Rescue Detox ICE about two hours before your drug test. If you wait more than four or five hours after using Rescue Detox ICE, your chances of passing your drug test will diminish.
Other than timing, Rescue Detox ICE is a pre-mixed detox drink designed specifically to help you pass your drug test. So sit back, relax, and let Rescue Detox ICE run its magic.
Detox Drink #2: Lemon Juice.
Lemon juice is often used as a detox drink because of its acidic properties. Lemon juice flushes out your system similarly to how rubbing alcohol removes grease or grime stains. Luckily, you don’t need to ingest a whole bottle of lemon juice before your drug test or spend hours squeezing lemons into a glass. Just mix one tablespoon of lemon juice into a 16oz glass of water, and spend the next few hours slowly sipping.
The lemon juice method is kind of like your shampoo: lather, rinse, repeat. The goal is to drink as much lemon juice as possible while maintaining the ratio of one tablespoon of lemon juice to one 16oz glass of water. You should drink this mixture at least 7 or 8 times before your drug test, so I recommend pre-preparing bottles of lemon juice so you constantly have a bottle handy.
Detox Drink #3: Nuclear Meltdown.
This is one of the more disgusting options. But hopefully, like Buckley’s, it will work. The idea here is to mix together as many ingredients known for detoxification as possible and choke it down like the bitter medicine it is.
For this detox drink, you’ll need to mix together 16oz of warm water, 2tbs of apple cider vinegar, 2tbs of lemon juice, 1tsp of ground ginger, 1/4tsp of cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Adding 1 tsp of honey is recommended to sweeten the flavor, and make the experience slightly more enjoyable. (Though realistically, you’re not making cocktails here—you’re trying to flush THC out of your system.)
Mix everything together in a large glass, hold your nose, and try to get the experience over with as quick as possible. Oh yeah, and you’ll need to consume this detox drink at least three times on the day of your drug test.
Detox Drink #4: Lots of Water.
Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple. If you can’t stomach acidic ingredients like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, sometimes the best detox drink is just plain old water. The trick here is volume and timing.
This trick works especially good if you have to take a drug test on extremely short notice. The technique is simple: 30 minutes before your drug test, drink as much water as possible. Then hold in all that pee until it’s time to take your drug test. With any luck, a waterfall of H2O will shoot through your small intestines and out of your urinary tract and into the pee cup.
The idea here is that your pee is pure water, and therefore, will test negative for THC. The real challenge will be trying not to wet your pants in the process.