How can you pass a drug test with Palo Azul?
How can you clean your system with palo azul tea?
Many people have discovered this magic tea by seeking to cleanse their bodies of drugs. This is due to the fact that palo azul is a diuretic, which means that it increases urinary flow and sodium secretion. Therefore, there are many testimonies of people who have successfully cleansed their body with palo azul to pass drug tests.
In fact, diuretics are so powerful at cleansing the body that in 1988 they were banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because athletes were using them to detoxify their bodies and pass drug tests.
* Here’s a fun fact!
Palo azul tea has been used as a natural remedy as far back as the 1500s and shortly after the discovery of America, it was transported to Europe for its diuretic efficacy and its’ mesmerizing fluorescence!
Even more surprising, is the fact that Isaac Newton, the same guy who put forth the Law of Universal Gravitation and the Laws of Motion, studied palo azul tea for its fluorescence!
Instructions to pass your drug test
1.) Prepare Palo Azul tea
Add a handful (28g) of palo azul to 5 liters of boiling water and let it boil until the color starts to turn blue or amber (about one hour). This will leave you with approximately 4.2 liters of tea. You should drink AT LEAST that 4.2 liters daily for as long as possible once you have stopped taking the drug completely.
2.) Take a B2 Supplement
Take a large dose of vitamin B2 (50-100mg) to add color to your urine. This will prevent your drug testers from being suspicious about the clarity of your urine.
3.) Avoid Fatty Foods
5.) Pee in the morning
6.) Drink water 1 hour before test
So...How do drug tests work?
After ingesting any drug, their chemical remnants will remain stored in your body. In the case of marijuana, these chemical remnants are known as metabolites which are called cannabinoids.
This is what drug tests look for, and they can be found in your urine, hair, saliva, fingernails or blood. More specifically, they look for the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the metabolite called THC-COOH, which gets stored in your body fat (more in this later).
Nicolas Rosseti, the manager of an occupational health center that conducts about 200,000 drug tests in New York City each year mentions that “cleanses and teas can lower THC levels through their diuretic properties.”
Paul Armentano, the deputy director of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws stated in an interview that “the less concentrated or the more diluted the sample is, the less sensitive or accurate the test is going to be."
"Consuming any sort of fluid, but particularly diuretic fluids, in the hours prior to a test is going to lead to a less concentrated sample, and thus is going to lead to a less sensitive test result.”
Researchers from a study about the abuse of diuretics as “masking agents in sport doping” supports this statement, as they mention the following:
“Diuretics increase urine volume and dilute any doping agents as well as their metabolites present in the urine and make their detection more problematic by conventional anti-doping analysis."
For this reason, "diuretics are classified as masking agents on the WADA Prohibited List (class S5: ‘Diuretics and other masking agents’).”
Problem solved! So you can just drink a TON of tea and pass your drug test!
There’s one more problem though...
Nicolas Roseti says that “this flushing of the kidneys can lower the specific gravity or density of the urine, and a low specific gravity indicates contamination on the test, and the specimen could be discounted.”
Discounting / Invalidating Drug Tests
The problem with diuretics, is that they can cause excessive dilution of the urine, making it too clear and “less natural in color.” Drug testers are aware of detoxifiers and urine dilution strategies to pass drug tests, so they may be suspicious of a urine that is too clear and watery.
This is where B2 supplements come in!
According to an article by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group, “taking large doses of vitamin B2 can help to normalize the color, making it less obvious that the urine is diluted.”
Problem solved! ;)
So...Why does marijuana have "the longest detection time"?
Nicolas Rosseti, mentions that “compared to other drugs, marijuana has the longest detection time, up to months, because the detectable chemicals stay in the body’s fat cells.”
The difference in detection times for different drugs has to do with the makeup of their metabolites. Cannabinoid metabolites are fat-soluble, meaning that it gets stored in the fat and takes a longer time to be metabolized.
In contrast, cocaine’s metabolites are water-soluble, so they are broken down much more quickly and excreted by the body.
We will be discussing detection times for cannabinoid urine tests specifically, but in case you were wondering...a study found that “detection time is longest in hair, followed by urine, sweat, oral fluid, and blood.”
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), “the sensitivity of the test is determined by the concentration of metabolites it is set to detect. The standard cutoff is 50 nanograms/milliliter (ng/ml).”
The following table is average detection times for cannabinoids provided by the Drug Court Institute:
1 time only 5-8 days
2-4x per month 11-18 days
2-4x per week 23-35 days
5-6x per week 33-48 days
Daily 49-63 days
The Crystal Drug and Alcohol Testing Group provided this table:
One study tested detection times for low doses and high doses of marijuana and utilized the standard cannabinoids' cutoff level (50 nanograms/milliliter). It found that “the average detection times for the low dose group was less than 1 day and for the high dose it was less than 2 days.”
However, we read other medical studies which found shorter detection times.
Another study somewhat supports this finding, as they found that “After smoking one marijuana cigarette, THCCOOH is detectable (using a cut-off of 50 ng/mL) for 2-4 days.” The researchers of this study also mention that “More frequent use will be detectable for almost 1 month, exceptionally 3 months.”
Researchers from another study support these findings by mentioning that “cannabinoid metabolites can remain detectable in urine even after long periods of abstinence.” They also “found traces of one metabolite, delta 1-THC, in urine as long as four weeks after use.”
What factors affect drug tests?
• Body fat %
• Hydration levels
• Exercise routine
• Metabolism and diet
• Acidity of the urine
• How long ago the drug was ingested
• Frequency and quantity of drug use
In a particular study, the researchers tested the effects of urine dilution for passing drug tests with a “false negative result.”
They tested volunteers 22 hours after smoking a marijuana cigarette (3.58% THC) and 22 hours after administration of cocaine.
The researchers mention that “by the time subjects had consumed 2 qt (1.8 liters) of any fluid, they were generally producing false-negative results.”
They found that “even excess water was effective in diluting a urine specimen to cause false negative results, although herbal tea diluted urine faster compared to water alone.”
They also found that once a false negative result was produced with cannabinoid tests, they rarely returned to testing positive after the excess liquid was eliminated. But for cocaine, the false negative results “reverted to positive quickly after the dilution effects disappeared.”
Can CBD products make you test positive?
An article mentions that researchers found that “pure CBD did not cause a false-positive on two commercial drug tests used in the U.S. However, because these products are not regulated by the FDA, they may not always be pure, which could lead to variable results.”
One medical journal mentioned that “CBD hemp oil, extracted from Cannabis hemp plants, may contain enough THC to cause a positive THC/THC metabolite drug test if ingested in very high doses.”
Another study found that “20% of CBD products were contaminated with THC.” Also, CBD contains another marijuana compound called cannabinol, which “did react with drug tests as it is a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) derivative.”
What about passive smoking?
The NORML mentions that "passive smoking of marijuana is not an acceptable excuse at the 50 ng/ml level, since only in extreme circumstances can a non-smoker absorb enough pot to test urine positive (e.g., being stuck in a closet full of heavy smokers for hours)."
However, "passive exposure may result in positive tests at 25 ng/ml or lower.”
The use of herbal products for “flushing” and “detoxification” is frequently advertised as an effective means of passing drug tests.
All treatments were begun approximately 22 h after smoking of a marijuana cigarette (3.58% THC) and 22 h after intranasal administration of cocaine hydrochloride.
By the time subjects had consumed 2 qt of any fluid, they were generally producing false-negative results.
Consequently, negative cannabinoid results induced by fluid ingestion rarely returned to positive after excess water was eliminated. In contrast, negative cocaine results reverted to positive quickly after the dilution effects disappeared.
Diuretics are often abused by athletes to excrete water for rapid weight loss and to mask the presence of other banned substances. Because of their abuse by athletes, diuretics have been included on The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances; the use of diuretics is banned both in competition and out of competition and diuretics are routinely screened for by anti-doping laboratories.
Diuretics increase urine volume and dilute any doping agents as well as their metabolites present in the urine and make their detection more problematic by conventional anti-doping analysis. For this reason, diuretics are classified as masking agents on the WADA Prohibited List (class S5: ‘Diuretics and other masking agents’) (WADA, 2009b).
Since the inclusion of diuretics in the list of banned substances in sports in 1988, a large number of screening and confirmation procedures to detect the presence of these substances in urine samples have been developed.
Many factors affect the length of time that a test can detect a certain drug in the body. These factors include:
- body mass
- hydration levels
- the acidity of the urine
- how long ago the person took the drug
If a person uses a drug very frequently or heavily, a urine test will detect the drug for a longer period.
But even once those effects are gone, marijuana metabolites remain. This means that chemical remnants of the plant are still present within your body.
These remnants are called cannabinoids. They can be detected
in saliva, hair, fingernails, blood, and urine.
Drug tests look for the presence of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its metabolites. Generally, urine is tested, both because it’s easiest to collect and because THC remains detectable for a longer period of time in urine than elsewhere.
The main metabolite these drug screenings look for is called THC-COOH. This substance is stored in your body fat.
“Compared to other drugs, marijuana has the longest detection time, up to months, because the detectable chemicals stay in the body’s fat cells,” explained Nicolas Rossetti, manager of clinical services of Mobile Health, an occupational health center that conducts about 200,000 drug tests in New York City each year.
“Cleanses and teas can lower THC levels through their diuretic properties. They make individuals urinate a lot, which technically washes out the kidneys,” said Rossetti.
“This flushing of the kidneys can lower the specific gravity or density of the urine,” he added, “and a low specific gravity indicates contamination on the test, and the specimen could be discounted.”
Also, cleanses and teas may alter the amount of creatinine in the urine, another measure that drug tests look at. Abnormal creatinine levels can indicate contamination, according to Rossetti. This means the tester could assume that you attempted to cheat on your drug test.
THC can be detected in your blood, urine, and even in your fat cells. The length of time THC remains detectable in the body depends on several factors, including:
- metabolism and eating habits
- exercise routine
- body fat percentage
- frequency and quantity of marijuana use
Because of all these factors, there is no single standard detection time. Some estimate it can stick around for anywhere from two days to several months.
Cannabinoid metabolites can remain detectable in urine even after long periods of abstinence. One study found traces of one metabolite, delta 1-THC, in urine as long as four weeks after use.
Usually performed with urine as the matrix, and utilizing a two step process where an initial immunoassay is used as a screen with subsequent confirmatory testing if the screen is positive, an inactive marijuana metabolite THC-COOH in urine is most commonly used as the target analyte for marijuana use.
The primary metabolite of THC (the target analyte for urine marijuana testing) contains a carboxyl group (which differentiates it from parent compound THC) on carbon number #11, and in regulatory documents is often called THC Acid, or THCA, or THC carboxy, or 11-COOH-THC.
Synthetic CBD, is currently in clinical trials in Europe, and should not produce a positive THC/THC metabolite urine drug test. CBD hemp oil, extracted from Cannabis hemp plants, may contain enough THC to cause a positive THC/THC metabolite drug test if ingested in very high doses.
The urine test is based on detection of 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (9-carboxy-THC), a metabolite of delta-9-THC, which is the primary pharmacologically active component of marijuana.
Urine from marijuana users contains quantities of 9-carboxy-THC in both free and conjugated form, as well as other cannabinoids (THC and its metabolites) detectable by the test.
Elevating fluid intake and increasing urination can make urine less natural in color — more clear than yellow — but taking large doses of vitamin B2 can help to normalize the color, making it less obvious that the urine is diluted.
The active mind-altering component in marijuana is THC, which is stored in the body’s fat cells, meaning that it takes longer than many other drugs to fully clear the system. For a person who uses marijuana regularly, and who has for a long time, THC can be detected for up to a month or two after using the drug.
- Your body will naturally detox in a month to 45 days.
- Be sure to urinate at least once, if not more, before taking the drug test. Drug concentrations are highest in the first pee of the morning.
- Drink as much water as you can before your test. Fill up your bladder about an hour or so before your test to ensure it is full of water. This can help to dilute the drugs for the test.
In the present study, detection times of cannabinoids in urine were determined using cannabinoid immunoassays with 20-, 50-, and 100-ng/mL cutoffs and using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Mean detection times increased from a maximum of 0.5 days after the ]ow dose to 1.5 days after the high dose using the 100-ng/mL cutoff. Mean detection times were less than 1 day following the low dose and less than 2 days following high-dose exposure using the 50-ng/mL cutoff. Mean detection times ranged from 1 to 5 days after the low dose and from 3 to 6 days after the high dose using the 20-ng/mL cutoff immunoassay. GC-MS detection times were approximately twice as long as mean detection times using an immunoassay with a cutoff of 50 ng/mL.
(2006) THE MARIJUANA DETECTION WINDOW: DETERMINING THE LENGTH OF TIME CANNABINOIDS WILL REMAIN DETECTABLE IN URINE FOLLOWING SMOKING A CRITICAL REVIEW OF RELEVANT RESEARCH AND CANNABINOID DETECTION GUIDANCE FOR DRUG COURTS
The following table is provided: Cannabinoids (THC, Marijuana)
1 time only 5-8 days
2-4x per month 11-18 days
2-4x per week 23-35 days
5-6x per week 33-48 days
Daily 49-63 days
In general, the detection time is longest in hair, followed by urine, sweat, oral fluid, and blood. In blood or plasma, most drugs of abuse can be detected at the low nanogram per milliliter level for 1 or 2 days. In urine the detection time of a single dose is 1.5 to 4 days. In chronic users, drugs of abuse can be detected in urine for approximately 1 week after last use, and in extreme cases even longer in cocaine and cannabis users.
After smoking one marijuana cigarette, THCCOOH (9-carboxy-Δ9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is detectable (using a screening cut-off of 50 ng/mL) for 2-4 days. More frequent use will be detectable for almost 1 month, exceptionally 3 months.
Immunoassays to detect cocaine are targeted against the metabolite benzoylecgonine and use a cut-off of 300 ng/mL. An intravenous dose of 20 mg cocaine can be detected for 1.5 days. Street doses (administered via different routes) are detectable up to 1 week, and extremely high doses up to 3 weeks.
Using a cut-off value of 1000 ng/mL, urinary samples can be positive for amphetamine for up to 5 days after intake of the drug. At the lower 300 ng/mL cut-off, amphetamine will be detectable one day longer. Very few data are available for designer amphetamines.
Heroin rapidly metabolises to 6-acetylmorphine and morphine. Immunoassays for heroin are calibrated with morphine but important cross-reactivity occurs and positive results must be confirmed by GC-MS. Experimental data for total morphine using a cut-off of 300 ng/mL suggest a detection time of 1 to 1.5 days for relatively low doses of heroin (3-12 mg) administered via IV, IN or IM route.
Researchers have found that pure CBD did not cause a false-positive on two commercial drug tests used in the U.S. However, because these products are not regulated by the FDA, they may not always be pure, which could lead to variable results. A recent study found that 20% of CBD products (1 in 5) were contaminated with THC. Another cannabis compound known as cannabinol (CBN) did react with the drug tests, as it is a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) derivative.
CBD and CBN are two of many chemicals found in cannabis plants. They differ from THC, the source of the marijuana "high." CBD is present in marijuana but more abundant in hemp -- cannabis plants that have little THC. CBN, meanwhile, is a THC derivative.
The sensitivity of the test is determined by the concentration of metabolites it is set to detect: for the Dept. of Transportation, the standard cutoff is 50 nanograms/milliliter (ng/ml).
"Passive smoking" of marijuana is not an acceptable excuse at the 50 ng/ml level, since only in extreme circumstances can a non-smoker absorb enough pot to test urine positive (e.g., being stuck in a closet full of heavy smokers for hours). However, passive exposure may result in positive tests at 25 ng/ml or lower.
An hour or two before the test, you should fill your bladder with fluids - as much as you can drink. In no case should you give your first urine of the morning, since drug metabolites tend to build up during your sleep.
While you're loading up on water before the test, you may also want to take a large dose (50-100 milligrams) of vitamin B-2, available in B-complex multivitamins. The purpose of this is to color your urine yellow, since otherwise you are likely to produce clear, watery urine, which makes some collectors suspicious (contrary to rumor, vitamin C won't help).
If you're lucky and didn't smoke too much pot, a good washout may get you past a test on a couple days' notice. However, regular smokers should allow at least a week or two if at all possible.
Barry Cooper is a former drug agent and current drug expert/humanitarian who’s been featured on VICE before. He’s been teaching how to pass a drug test for over 12 years and has a website, Never Get Busted. Paul Armentano is NORML’s Deputy Director. NORML has been a player in the marijuana legalization effort since the jump.
Armentano: The test itself is screening for metabolites, which are breakdown products of certain active drugs. The test is going to be more sensitive or more likely to detect those metabolites when the urine is concentrated. The less concentrated or the more diluted the sample is, the less sensitive or accurate the test is going to be. Consuming any sort of fluid, but particularly diuretic fluids, in the hours prior to a test is going to lead to a less concentrated sample, and thus is going to lead to a less sensitive test result.
Armentano: Different metabolites have different half-lives. Cannabis is different [than] cocaine. That has to do with the makeup of the metabolite itself. Carboxy-THC is lipid-soluble. Cocaine's metabolite is water-soluble. A water-soluble metabolite is going to be broken down and excreted as waste by the body much more quickly than will a fat-soluble metabolite. It's literally simply the chemistry of THC that makes it present for a far longer time than it would otherwise be. Someone's metabolic rate may influence some variation of how long that process is going to take. But at a fundamental level, drug tests are going to be much more likely to identify someone who uses cannabis as opposed to someone who uses other drugs, simply because cannabis' metabolite is fat-soluble and most other drug metabolites are water-soluble.