Can Cranberry Juice and Palo Azul Help Pass a Drug Test?
The need for passing a drug test has given rise to a whole new industry with products ranging from natural diuretics to fast-acting pharmaceutical concoctions. From natural diuretics like green tea detox to cranberry juice flush, down to aspirin, Azul tea, and niacin-based body cleansers – the market is flooded with quick fixes for passing drug tests of different kinds. The efficacy of each product and its impact on health is another hot debate pervading the social media sphere.
If you are regular marijuana, alcohol, or any other illicit drug consumer and need to pass a drug test as a professional or legal requirement, you may consider some of the following methods. Although, to be on the safe side, do consider the time you have before the drug test since some of these may take time to cleanse the body effectively. In this article, we will discuss three possible methods for detoxing the body safely and passing a drug test using cranberry juice, azo cranberry pills, and Palo Azul.
Will drinking cranberry juice help to pass a drug test? To be fair, it is a pretty valid query to have if you are a first time user. There have been several pieces of research and clinical trials highlighting the benefits of cranberry juice like being:
- An antioxidant fighting age-related deterioration
- Healthy for the heart s
- Effective treatment and preventative measure for urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Good for digestive health
- Useful in post-menopausal conditions
Still, some questions remain unanswered: does cranberry juice clean your system from weed? And just how much cranberry juice you need to drink to pass the drug test? To answer these, we suggest the following cleanse spread over 24 hours.
24-hour Cranberry Juice Cleanse
First and foremost, make sure you do not have any allergies to cranberries and consume the juice in safe quantities over an extended amount of time. Then, plan your drug test at least 24 hours after your cleansing day and go buy yourself two liters of ‘real’ cranberry juice. Beware of the ingredients since the ‘cranberry cocktail’ contains high levels of sugar and fructose which can damage your liver.
Being a natural diuretic, it will make you urinate frequently so give yourself enough time and opportunity to do that in a comfortable environment. Do not drink the whole two liters at the same time since it can prove fatal. Try dividing it into two glasses (out of a total of eight) every few hours over the whole day before the drug test and stay close to a lavatory to piss out the THC metabolites from your body.
Pros and Cons of Cranberry Juice
Given the natural ingredients, cranberry juice provides several benefits but does cranberry juice help to detox from THC? Well, let’s see going through the list of pros and cons.
- Antioxidant properties
- Provides many heart-healthy vitamins (C, E, K1, B6) and copper
- Natural diuretic
- Cheap and easily available
- Tastes great
- Only 100% pure cranberry juice provides the health benefits; any sugar/fructose-rich concoction may result in adverse reactions
- Does not guarantee to beat a drug test all the time
- Works only as a temporary detox; trace THC can still be detected in lab tests
- May also react adversely with certain medications (amoxicillin, cefaclor, cyclosporine, diclofenac, flurbiprofen, midazolam, tizanidine)
Azo Cranberry Pills
According to research done by Texas A&M Health Science Center, cranberry pills are more effective than juice only if you want to treat and avoid any UTIs. There has been no significant research done to answer the question: can azo cranberry pills help to pass a drug test? To beat a drug test, you will really need to first stop smoking weed as soon as you come to know of a mandatory drug test. Hydrate your body with a lot of water, urinate frequently, and then try expediting the cleansing process using azo cranberry pills.
How to Cleanse Your Body Using Azo Cranberry Pills
You can buy a pack of azo cranberry pills from any pharmacy or online store since it is usually sold for its effectiveness against UTIs, just like cranberry juice. A normal and safe dosage per day is not more than four pills but try spreading them into two pills with a glass of water over a few hours. Drink a lot of water but do not exceed drinking more than a liter at a time. The salicylic acid contained in the azo cranberry pills will accelerate the detox process but do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Pros and Cons of Azo Cranberry Pills
- Safe to use
- Salicylic acid works as a drug-masking agent
- Cheap and easy to use
- Scientifically effective against UTIs
- Not 100% effective in beating a drug test
- Gives an orange tint to the urine, exposing tampering in case of a urine test
- Will need additional electrolytes and excessive water to work as a diuretic; does not work as good on its own
Palo Azul is basically a plant, scientifically known as Eysenhardtiapolystachya, and literally means ‘blue stick’. It is a natural tea bark from South America which is used as a general body cleanser when consumed in the form of tea. But does Palo Azul work to pass a drug test? Well, scientifically, the natural diuretic properties do help in ridding the body of toxins.
Palo Azul tea
The preparation of the tea is quite simple requiring just 2-3 ounces of the Palo Azul tea bark and about half a gallon of water. Just boil it for at least 90 minutes until it changes color from brown to red to blue. Once you reach the desired potency, pour it out into a cup and drink it hot or cold, depending on your preference.
This concoction needs to be consumed within 24 hours before the drug test since the detoxing effects remain for a short time. Also, do not consume more than four cups in a day spread over an extended period during the day.
Pros and Cons of Palo Azul Tea
- Being a natural ingredient, it is safe to drink
- Provides several health benefits as it has been in use since ancient times
- Not very expensive
- Not backed by any scientific research
- Is not 100% effective against flushing THC metabolites specifically
The natural timeline for THC leaving your system is different for everyone, as it is dependent on a number of factors that include age, body mass, metabolism, frequency of exposure, duration of exposure, and the potency of the cannabis consumed.
For most people, it can take as long as 4-6 weeks for traces of THC from cannabis to naturally exit your system from the last point you consumed. Unlike other testable substances, THC is fat-soluble which means it gets stored in your fat cells and organs.
Generally speaking, the less frequent you consume and less body fat you have the lesser amount of time it will take you to cleanse. As you may have guessed, the more frequent and concentrated your consumption is and the higher your body fat levels are will have the opposite effect, making it a longer process to getting THC out that often requires detoxing with a hardcore diet plan.RelatedCannabis Detox Symptoms and Withdrawal Remedies
What types of drug tests are there?
- Urine Test: most common method of drug testing
- Hair Test: fastest-growing new method of drug testing
- Blood Test: less common—typically for specialized or sanctioned drug testing
- Saliva Test: least common—typically for government/roadside drug testing
The urine test is by far the most common drug testing method used by employers and drug testing labs due to its convenience and low cost. Hair testing is rising in popularity amongst the government and certain employers with specialized positions because of its unique ability to detect previous drug use far longer than other tests; sometimes as long as several months in the past. Larger companies as well as government agencies will administer a blood test. Saliva tests are generally used for roadside testing. You can always ask which test will be administered so you can be prepared on test day.
How do marijuana drug tests work?
Answer: Cannabis leaves traces of THC in your fat cells that deposit into your bloodstream making those traces detectable by drug tests designed to check your urine, hair, blood, or saliva.
Nanograms per milliliter, or ng/mL, is the unit of measurement used in drug tests. The most common urine analysis used is set to detect 50ng/mL or higher of THC in your system. What this means is that you need to have at least 50 nanograms of THC per milliliter of urine for the test to come back positive. This method of testing is the easiest to overcome by flushing your system for the day with a detox drink or permanently with a detox kit.
There are two different types of drug tests for urine analysis. Immunoassay, the most common, is the cheaper of the two options and offers results quickly. Like most things that are fast and cheap, there are a few drawbacks to this method of testing; sometimes immunoassay tests will give a false positive.
If your initial test comes back positive, a second type of test is taken to confirm the result. The gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) test is more expensive and takes more time to get results; however, it is a much more reliable test, rarely giving false positives.
Urine tests can return diluted results which means the test was inconclusive and must be retaken. The test retake usually occurs the next business day which provides additional time to detox. Urine tests can also result in false positives (you are clean but it says you are dirty) and false negatives (you are dirty but it says you are clean) making options for contesting and demanding a re-test potentially valid depending on the drug test.
This is another type of test that employs two tests to confirm a positive result. The first test is the enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and the second test is the aforementioned GC/MS.
For most hair drug tests, the first inch and a half of your hair from your scalp down will be analyzed. The average hair on your scalp grows at the rate of half an inch per month. The inch and a half of hair taken for a drug test will thus be able to detect THC use for around 90 days.
Despite the ability to test further back than a urine test, hair tests are not the best choice for identifying recent cannabis use. This is because it can take up to a week for traces of THC to show up in your hair. Additionally, some medications have been known to produce false positives, so be sure to let the tester know if you are on any prescription or over-the-counter drugs.RelatedDoes CBD show up on a drug test?
When it comes to identifying recent cannabis use, blood testing is the best option to identify THC in your system. Within a matter of seconds after smoking, THC is detectable in your blood; which is why certain roadside tests can be blood tests under certain circumstances.
If you only took that one puff with a friend, THC can be detectable in your blood for one to seven days; however, heavy users can expect it to remain in their blood for quite a bit longer, and similar to urine it can be detected in your blood for up to two months after you start to abstain.
Mouth swab tests
Mouth swabs are becoming more popular because they are quick to administer and provide accurate information concerning recent use; however, they are pretty much only reliable for recent use. Because of this, law enforcement has embraced mouth swabs as a way to determine if someone is operating a vehicle under the influence.
Do these common methods for passing a drug test really work?
- Natural Cleanse: can take 30-60 days
- Detox Kits: can flush THC in 5-10 days
- Detox Drinks: can temporarily flush THC the same day for a few hours
- Synthetic Urine: can work but is detectable and risky
- Home Remedies: magical at-home fixes like Niacin, Certo, Vinegar are BOGUS
- Other Urine: pee from your straight edge friend won’t be the right temperature
When it comes to cannabis, detoxing is a process that can take some time. The more days or even weeks you have to detox the better. Unfortunately, not everyone has ample amounts of time.
To help speed up your body’s detoxification process, there are a number of different options, just note that some work better than others. To help you make an informed decision when picking the right option or product for your detoxification needs, check out this primer on the different types of detox solutions available:
Most people can complete a natural cleanse in 30-60 days. It requires you to change your lifestyle as well as your eating habits to make sure that your body is eliminating the THC that is stored in your system.
Everyone detoxes at a different pace. Although, most people can get completely detoxed within a few weeks; and since cannabis is stored in fat cells, heavy daily users have reported it taking over 90 days to test clean of any THC after their last puff.RelatedTips for Taking a Successful Cannabis Tolerance Break
If you are in a situation where you are not able to do a full natural detox, the following options are designed to help people that do not have the luxury of time. These will not completely cleanse; however, they can help you get a negative test result. It is important to note that several states have laws that make it illegal to lie on a drug test. Be sure to check your local laws!