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!
  • DRose

    I have a oral drug test Tuesday at 1030am last time I smoked was at 530am Saturday morning (today). I have been brushing my teeth tongue and gums all day today. Plan on doing it tomorrow Monday and Tuesday morning before the test. If I do all that and don’t smoke all weekend do y’all think I’d pass on Tuesday morning??

  • VictarionGreyjoy

    ok now ive read so many post below and I basically get the idea…. although one difference I will have is I have bottom dentures and a top partial with only one real tooth holding it in place….. so I mean im thinking the answers pretty obvious, but is there anything else I should possibly need to know??? I have no swab test scheduled as of yet (my buddy told me it takes 15 days and this site says 24 hrs….. then my female friend whom has 3 degrees told me 24 hours as well) ….. IDK im just nervous because I just lost the most important person in my life and I truelly didn’t wanna become an alcoholic after drinking myself to sleep the first 2 nights afterwards so I had to buy a cut of pot last night…. if im rambling Im sorry cuz I probably don’t even know because im still a train wreck but I need this job like yesterday because my family is stuck with so many property taxes and things of that nature….

  • sabastian

    Hey i ive been smoking for 10+ years heavily (8th every 2 days) and i had a swab test just this morning and passed. I quit for 4 days brushing heavily and using regular listerine. I rinsed with hydrogen peroxide and listerine before the test then munched on about 10 altoids. This test is a peice of cake! Still was so goddamn nervous tho

    • thanksMAN!

      this is what I needed to hear

  • divmonds

    Hello i came her fot gelp guys i smoked today about an hour ago and i have a interview tomrrow around 10 and i have to take a test do you guya think i shall pass it?

  • FireFly

    Hey waz up I have a mouth swab tomorrow at 12 and I haven’t smoked since last night didn’t light up today at all do you think that i will pass the test

  • prettyredstoner

    Hey guys! I smoked on Sunday/Monday maybe around (12/1 am) .. I am taking a college course in which we had to take a drug test (I didnt know). It was today! The oral swab. I rushed out the house and forgot to brush my teeth smh but I’ve brushed themof ccourse since sunday and I smoked a cigarette yesterday. Pf course been eating and drinking regularly. What are my passing chances? btw im a rookie smoker so its mid most of the time and I always tap and put out. I’d say this week I’ve only smoked 2 1/2 whole blunts!

    Also let me add that I was told to keep it in 5 minutes between my teeth and inner cheek. I did not. I had it in my mouth so it barely touched anythibg in my mouth!

    • somerandomperson

      Actually 3 weeks ago my friend smoked 9 1/2 hours before her shift and didn’t listerine or brush she just rinsed her mouth with her water and passed so it might be a good chance but you never know.

  • teatea

    I have to get my mouth swab but it the type of swab that they take back to the lab! So how do I beat it????

  • Vicious

    I had a mouth swab pre-employment drug screening yesterday. I smoked the day before, the last BH being around 11:30pm. At around 1am I drank 1 bottle of the super concentrated stip nc that covers blood, urine and saliva, also brushed teeth before going to sleep. I woke up at 6:30am, ate breakfast and drank another bottle. Then proceeded to brush my teeth again and using mouthwash up until my interview. Hydrating as well. Now my question is, are the chances of me passing the test good or not? Please help. Thanks

  • Wendi

    Does anyone know what kind of testing places offer a swab test opposed to a urine test? I want to get a swab test and was planning to go to a labcorp but need to find out if there’s a better place to go. Please and thank you

  • Sabrina

    So I hit the blunt once last night around eh 11:00 & I brushed my tee that night brushed them in the morning and then went to work around 4 got told I got selected for random drug testing with mouth swab.. & I ended up taking the test around 5 pm. Right before I ran in the restroom and all I had in my purse was toothpaste and chloraseptic. I sprayed chloraseptic all over the inside of my mouth then squeezed toothpaste in there and swished it around and threw some more toothpaste in my mouth… Wondering how clear I will be lol. Help.

  • hollar

    So I smoked a few bowls the day before and then I hit it a few times before work around 550 went to work and had to take a drug test at around 1 I smoked cigs and rubbe Tabaco all over my gums and used a lot of mouth wash and bushed my teeth a lot to the point my gums were bleeding and drank some water and sucked on altoids and had one in my mouth while I took the test should I be okay?