Although recreational marijuana use is legal in 10 states as of April 2019, it's still on the list of banned substances for many companies. In some cases, a positive drug test can result in termination or suspension of employment.
Most companies use urine to test for marijuana use. A urine test can detect marijuana up to 30 days after use. Some companies go a step further and test the hair follicles. Traces of marijuana can be found in the hair up to 90 days after use.
There is no solid answer to how long weed stays in your system. It depends on various factors like your body fat percentage, the potency, amount and frequency you smoke, the amount you exercise, your metabolism, and your diet.
If you've been notified of a drug test at your company, or are worried about one happening in the near future, keep reading for 7 home remedies to clean your hair follicles for the purposes of drug test detox.
To ease your paranoia, get a home testing kit and do the test yourself. If you're not a regular smoker and you have a healthy diet and metabolism, chances are you won't test positive anyway.
That way, you can save your time and money trying the rest of these methods, some of which are very hard on the hair and scalp.
There are some detox shampoos available that work to remove toxins from the hair and follicles. Most of these products recommend starting use as early as possible - 10 days before the hair test for best results.
Most experts and chronic smokers agree that the old formula of Aloe Rid clarifying shampoo works best. Make sure you're buying the old formula, as the new version doesn't work as well. You can find it here. It's expensive but effective.
Be careful of products claiming to be the original nexxus aloe rid but repackaged such as the toxin aloe rid. They are selling you cheap shampoo and you will fair your hair drug test with it. We constantly get calls from people saying they failed using our instructions with a different shampoo, we recommend you avoid them completely.
Other reputable products are Supreme Klean Ultra Cleanse, Zygot Ultra Clean and Sarkin Nutrition Stat Hair Detox Shampoo. Make sure to scrub the scalp thoroughly as that is where the THC gets stored.
Wash your hair using the detox shampoo as much, and as often as possible for best results. Also, consider using these shampoos in tandem with some of the natural methods we'll discuss later on.
This is a popular and effective home hair follicle detox method. Most of the supplies you'll need are readily available at your local grocery store.
Warning: this method uses harsh chemicals and is very hard on your hair and scalp. You'll want to wear a mask and eye goggles to protect your eyes and protect yourself from inhaling the chemicals.
You need: goggles, a mask, a shower cap, Heinz vinegar, Clean and Clear Pink, Aloe Toxin Rid shampoo (or another detox shampoo - try to stick to the ones we mentioned earlier on), and Tide laundry detergent.
It's important to follow the following steps closely. This method is known for being effective, even for heavy smokers, but you don't want to damage your hair and scalp for nothing.
First, put the goggles. These chemicals can and will burn your eyes. Then, wet your hair with warm water and massage the Heinz vinegar into your hair and scalp.
Then, without washing out the vinegar, massage in a small amount of Clean and Clear Pink the same way. The combination will likely burn your scalp a little. Put on the shower cap and let the solution sit for at least 30 minutes.
Make sure to keep a towel handy to wash and wipe away any solution that drips down to the forehead, ears, eyebrows, neck, etc. After 30 minutes, remove the cap and rinse your hair with warm water. Make sure to be thorough.
Then, wash your hair as normal, twice, with your detox shampoo. Again, you'll get the best results with the old formula of Aloe Rid. Before you rinse the second time, add a small amount of Tide and massage it in along with the shampoo.
The final step is to rinse your hair thoroughly. You've just added a lot of harsh chemicals, and rinsing it is not going to restore any moisture, but it will prevent the solution from burning into your scalp any further.
For best results: follow these steps at least 5 times in the 3 days before your drug test. Your hair and scalp will not thank you, but keeping your job is probably worth it, right?
Similar in nature to the Majuco method, the Jerry G method involves bleaching and dying your hair, twice. Ask a friend or a hairdresser for advice so you know you're doing it right.
Also, it looks pretty suspicious if you show up to work on the day of your drug test with a completely different hair color. It's wise to use a dye similar to your actual hair color.
The first step is to bleach your hair using peroxide bleach. Wear a mask, gloves, and goggles. Be careful not to get the chemicals on your exposed skin. Get help with the procedure if you can. It's a lot easier for someone else to do.
Next, rinse the bleach and dye your hair. If you're doing it yourself, follow the instructions on the box. Perform the first bleach and dye as many days before the drug test as possible.
Then, repeat the procedure 10 days after you've stopped smoking. If you're short on time, do the second bleach and dye as close to the test as possible.
Hair dye has a strong and distinct smell. On the day of the test, wash your hair thoroughly with a detox shampoo. Repeat as many times as you have time for.
There are many detox products on the market. Though there is no direct evidence that pills, supplements, and drinks can remove traces of marijuana from the hair follicles, some users have reported success with certain products.
Most detox drinks are more effective for saliva and urine tests, but some people have reported success with detox cleanses like Rescue Cleanse and Mega Clean.
If you're most worried about the hair test, it's probably best to follow the other methods on this list. But it's likely your company will perform a urine test too, so you might as well try the detox drinks as well.
If you are a heavy regular smoker with a high percentage of body fat, these natural methods certainly won't hurt, but you might need to try the Majuco or Jerry G methods for best results.
Drink lots of fluids to flush the system. You should be doing this anyway, but it's especially helpful for detoxifying the body.
Other natural ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, salicylic acid, baking soda, sea salt, aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar, and charcoal can help to remove traces of drugs from the hair.
For any of these detox methods to work, you have to stop smoking as soon as possible before your drug test. There's no point putting your hair and scalp through the Majuco or Jerry G methods if you're still smoking.
Don't worry, you don't have to stop forever. You can have a celebratory smoke as soon as you pass your test if you want. Just be aware that you'll have to go through this process again next time.
Depending on a few variables, weed can stay in your system longer than most other drugs. It can stay in your hair follicles especially long.
Though they will undoubtedly damage your hair, the Majuco and Jerry G methods are popular for a reason among heavy smokers. When done properly, they work.
Check out our website for more information on how to perform drug test detoxes on hair, saliva, urine and blood for marijuana and other common drugs.