Mar 302010
 March 30, 2010

Drug TestingCould A Saliva Test Detect Cannabis?

As a lifelong marijuana user, one of the biggest challenges I face is pre-employment drug testing. I have ranted before about how many types of tests unfairly target marijuana smokers so I will not get into that. My focus is specifically on saliva or spit tests. They are becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace since they can be administered by an employer at the job site. The best thing about this test is it is very easy for marijuana smokers to pass!

Saliva (oral fluid-based) drug tests can are set up to detect use during the previous few days. Saliva tests, for the most part, are very difficult to adulterate. On-site oral based tests in enable the employer to randomly test employees, which is recognized to be the most effective type of drug screening. Testing is usually performed by employers, for either pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, or return-to-duty testing. Saliva test provide results similar to the results of a blood test and is favorite for detecting on-the-job drug use or in post-accident testing.

Detection in saliva tests begins almost immediately after smoking and can be detected in the system for 12-24 hours after use. Compare this to other common drugs:

Marijuana and hash: 12-24 hours

Cocaine: 1 day
Opiates: Up to 2-3 days
Meth and ecstasy: Up to 2 to 4 days.
Alcohol: 6-12 hours

Wow! A drug test that is easier for weed smokers to pass then it is for a meth addict!

I’ve heard cases where people can smoke the same day and still pass! As a general rule, the easiest way to pass a saliva test is to stop smoking for a day or two prior to taking the test. Be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly and use mouthwash daily to clean out the potential toxins.

Of all the drug testing solutions employers use, the saliva test is the most weed friendly and the easiest to pass. If you have anymore tips or tricks, feel free to post them here for all to read and benefit from.

Click here for more detailed information on saliva testing.

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • Randy

    Hey guys! So Id been visiting sites like these for a while trying to pass a swab drug test I had this Friday at 930. It had been exactly 42 hours (wed was when I last smoked) before I had to take a “stat swab” (I think the specific test was called). What I did to pass was brush my teeth 3 times on wed throughout the day using mouthwashes, floss, peroxide and smoked about 2 cigarettes after. Did the same thing 4 times on Thursday, and the same thing (minus flossing) 2 times before I got there and smoke 2 ciggaretts (one on the road, and one when I got there). I had some altoid mints that I had also been using on the day of the test after each ciggarett. After I got into the site I chewed up one more altoid before I took the test. The lady left me alone for a second so I put another altoid in my mouth while I had the swab test in my mouth. I was nervous but I passed. Doing this should work, these weren’t old swab test, they were the newer brand and I am a very heavy smoker. Just thought I’d share my advice so I can help my fellow smoker :)

  • Dabba yabba

    ok I got tired of all this confusion about Palo Azul Tea so I went to my FREAKIN DOCTOR and asked him (while getting my Xanax filled ) How is it that Tea made from the Bark of the Palo Azul plant could make people not show up positive for T.H.C? He said he had never heard of Palo Azul and then he researched on his laptop for a second and this is what he said..” Palo Azul contains negative charged alkaloids that draw out toxins with a positive charge such as THC , ( a negative charge pulls) .Similar to how an air ionizer uses a negative charge to pull the toxins out of the air.. Once the negative alkaloids enter the urinary tract system it bonds on to the toxins and changes their genetic signature ..making the toxins a different compound altogether now ,making them undetectable! , google it.. the fact that some cheap little natural plant from the rain forest can do all that blows my mind! I will post this again up top just so this “drug man” AKA (Magnum Detox Rep) doesn’t try to erase this post and trick you guys into spending a ton of cash on some chemical crap!

  • Jacki

    I have a oral mouth Swab drug test in 2 days and I havent smoken weed in about 6-7 days. From what I have read it seems like I’m in the clear; anything I can do to make sure 100% that I’m clean? Thanks!

  • brollya

    i got another job offer at this nursery home up the street and they said they drug test and do background checks… im most worried bout this drug test tho… i havent smoked since tuesday and now its thursday… i hope i get it… will post if i do

    • Wendyhamy

      Nursery home? I suggest you know where you’re going to work.. like a nursing home?

      • amber

        What else would he be talking about…… Nice suggestion.

  • Wendyhamy

    So…. I heard to carry Listerine strip with you. My best friend passed 3 tests in total and got to pick where he wanted to work! 1 strip on the tongue, 1 on the roof of your mouth and he passed them all and smoked the night before. I’m super scared. I don’t know if I’m going to have a pee test or mouth strip test. I’ll get ready for both. This is to continue on my pain contract. It’s tricky tho… I HAVE to have oxycodone in it but NO weed. I hate pills. My doctor won’t let me smoke even tho its legal here. I’ll follow some of your posts, the ones who actually followed up to tell us if it worked or not. The tests are not always immediate. Some get sent in to a lab. Anyways… peroxide sounds like my best bet. But…. if I stop 4 days before (heavy ass smoker) should I even need to do this?

    • jen Anderson

      I know somebody who has passed with the Listerine strip as well

  • LoveToSmoke

    I took 4 -5 hits off a blunt at 8-830 and took a saliva test at 1130 i passed lmao i was soooo shockd

  • LadiRasta

    My step dad smokes with me everyday and hebhad an oral mouth swab test yesterday and passes ! Me and my boyfriend have one at the same place today and im smoking now !! I will post if we pass and tell u how

    • Asherz

      Did u pass

      • LadiRasta

        I and my step dad actually did pass. I dont kno wat method he used but i sucked on alot of mints and made sure my mouth was dry i swabbed it around my mouth but i gave the minimum amount of spit ! I start Monday

    • anonymousblackguy

      That is literally the most unintelligent reasoning I’ve ever heard of. Of course you guys failed.

  • sue

    I used one suboxen 36 hours before a oral swab, will I pass and is oral more accurate then urine? thanks

    • amber10384

      Did u pass???
      That’s what I am worried about actually.
      However I was told that a lot of employers do not test for suboxone/subutex yet…it’s too costly. Mostly it’s just methadone & suboxone clinics.
      Makes me mad though. The stuff it supposed to help you get off opiates etc and it shouldn’t count against a person unless they fail for narcotics too!

  • Joshua

    I have a saliva test for a plant in two weeks!. If I quit now, how do I pass?

  • chris

    Is there a way to pass if you smoked the day before?

  • mahzirati

    I have either a mouth swab or pee test at lowes on Tuesday, I think mouth swab..I haven’t smoked since Thursday, will I pass?

    • halliwell2046

      If it’s at Lowe’s it’s a mouth swab I have one there Tuesday

      • caitlyn

        Hey i have oNE at lowes on tuesday too!

  • danielle

    I got mouth swab in a week what tricks is there to pass

  • Tiaraff

    Does giant eagle mouth swab or pee test ?

  • wonderer

    I haven’t smoked since Sunday and I have a drug test Friday I get to choose mouth swab or pee test which one would I most likely pass?

    • mermoon

      swab for sure you will pass

  • mermoon

    Hey guys I thought I’d share my story. Today I had an orientation and drug test at M an po w e r for temp jobs of all kinds. They told me over the phone there would be a drug test but they didn’t say what kind. This freaked me out and prompted me to go full offense and strap myself with urine as well. I called up my sober buddy, and planned it so well that he gave me his urine about an hour before the orientation started. I put it in a vile I had used before and stuck it between my legs.

    The last time I smoked was yesterday at 10:00am of some dank nug with melted shatter on top. I am a heavy wax smoker and rarely smoke nugs anymore. I’d say I take 4-6 dabs a day. So to prepare I simply bought some Listerine with alcohol in it (that stuff’s harsh) and I brush and floss anyways so I just did the usual. I am sure I was freaking out but I brought a gallon of water with me and stole some sprite from Carl’s Jr. since someone mentioned soda or just keeping your mouth sweet.

    The test was this big swab and you have to hold it on each side side of your cheek for 2 minutes each. There were 8 or 9 people in the room doing the same test. They told us to put it down on our name and wait outside and they would call us one by one to tell us our results. So at this point a few people admitted to eachother just smoking a joint yesterday haha.

    They came out and said you can all leave you PASSED. I got out of there and was glad to get that urine out of my legs. Good luck!

    • Star Chan

      I have a test at 11am tommorow, smoked this morning around 10am. My mouth wash has hydrogen peroxide in it plus I have a bottle of regular hydrogen peroxide. I’ve been brushing and washing. Think I’ll make it?

      • mermoon

        Yea as long as your mouth feels very clean. I’d use mouthwash with alcohol. I stopped the same amount of time as you and I am a big guy too.

    • Sofia

      So it worked? Cuz I wanna work at ace cashing and they saliva test but I live in Texas for now and they have that wack shit kinda if I stopp two days before you think I’ll pass and use mouth wash?

    • lisamarie

      Im scared… today is monday and I have an interview on Wednesday at 10:am the last time I smoked was around noon today. I have all the things that you mentioned and I was wondering what the dedetection times are for pot and will I pass the mouth swab testing

  • Johnny oneye

    Here is the difference between Johnny and Jay
    dig both but Jay come on
    remove “toxins”
    Cannabis is non Toxic
    jus sayin

  • Johns

    Hi i have a mouth swab test coming on on wednesday i havent smoked weed for around a month now i used to be a really chronic smoker of it should i be worried or what ?

    • educateyourself

      It says 12-24 hours for cannabis, if you read the article you would see that. How can you not answer your own question if you used to be a regular user? Regular users typically know that it usually takes 30-40 days to be clean for a piss test and substantially less for a mouth swab.

  • working gal

    If I smoked last night and took a test at about 11 this morning (oral test) how good are my chances of passing?

    • Boss chieferbro

      yah swish hella mouthwash(containing alcohol) 15min before taking it and you have a 75% chance of passing

  • jessica

    i haven’t smoked in about a month but i’m not a regular user either. i have smoked maybe 3 or 4 times out of my whole life. i have a drug test monday morning at 10am…will i pass with no problem? Also i was sitting in a room with 2 people who were smoking but i didn’t smoke…if that helps with the answer at all.

  • Sarai

    Had a swab test 2.24.2015 last day I smoked was 2.20.2015 I keep up with my oral hygiene I drink only water, im just nervous because I smoke about 3 blunts a day. I hadn’t washed my mouth out with peroxide. But I’ll come back and let y’all know .

    • Brittany Lynne

      Please let me know mines next week and I had my last toke today so nervous!!

      • Sarai

        So I did pass, i got a call back today to get my schedule .

  • katison

    Hey guys

    • Sarai

      I’m the same I only smoke private reserve, I gave myself 72 hours, I didn’t gargle with peroxide or scrub my gums to the point of numbness, but your best bet is to gargle throughout your days leading up to the interview, just keep up with your normal hygiene, eat normally, drink water. You’ll be good. They usually mouth swab to see if you are smoking on the job, but in the hiring case to see if you came high or smoked the night before. And plus after you get the job roll yourself a joint those 72 hours sober will have you high like the first time lol

  • sean

    I dont find out when I take my mouth test until the night before. If I don’t test the next day will I be safe to smoke that night? Or should i give it atleast a couple days? It makes a big difference because eather I can smoke almost everyday or hardly ever because I have to this every week. Any ideas?