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!
  • ZimberlyLo

    I have to swab test Saturday last time I smoked was earlier this morning I’m freaking out , I’m so happy I came across this site , you guys give me hope bahaha , detoxing really sucks but it’s worth it , I plan in brushing my teeth like crazy and rinsing with mouth wash and peroxide ,I also plan on doing an oil pull the next couple of days up until my test

    • brett garrett

      Let me know if you pass cause I have one Sunday and I’m freaking out lmao.

      • ZimberlyLo

        I PASSED

        I actually just stop smoking for 24 hours , I did a oil pull the night before and brushed my teeth really good like I scrubbed my gums , under my tongue ,cheek , rinsed my mouth with peroxide & mouth wash about 3 times , then in the morning I did the oil pull and brushed my teeth and rinsed , I drunk a half cup of black coffee because coffee masks THC ,and I rinsed my mouth with peroxide all the way there and I ate a handful of mints

        • shiv

          What is oil pull

          • ZimberlyLo

            Take a table spoon of vegetable oil or coconut oil , swish it in your mouth for 20mins and spit it out , it’s an old remedy for oral health it makes your gum pinker & your teeth whiter and it draws out all the toxins and bacteria , after you oil pull brush your teeth and rinse with mouth wash

          • elainamarie

            20 mins? Damn

        • Scott Eaton

          Since when doe’s coffee mask THC ?

          • ZimberlyLo

            Google it

      • ZimberlyLo

        I also I drank some water before i took the swab I held a little under my tongue to get it wet , and held it between my teeth

  • brett garrett

    So my mother just told me that I am getting drug tested this Sunday by a cotton swab for CPS services due to a new little girl that moved into our house, last time I smoked was Tuesday night and I’m getting tested Sunday, I will brush very well and do my best to not smoke but will I pass for sure because I don’t want to get this girl taken away and put into a different home. Please any feedback will help.

    • brett garrett

      Please can someone leave feedback I’m scared because today I’ve been around a lot of smoke today, and it’s such a serious situation I cannot fail.

    • Scott Eaton

      Yes you are a stupid ass

  • JamesG1

    Ok so I smoked Tuesday well I really didn’t it was like 2nd home smoke I was just there, like around 11 o’clock and today I get home and my parents are sitting down talking to some lady, I guess she was with the insurance people talking business and she had me take a swob test. I don’t know if the test would come back positive or negative

  • Dollface

    I just got a random call from a potential employer to come there tomorrow for “ten minutes.” I then looked them up online and found they give onsite swab drug test, which I’m sure is what they want me to come for. What surprises me is that I just spoke with them at 8am and was told my background hadn’t come back and they would call me when it did. Then they called my phone private at 7:30pm saying to come to their office at 9:30am. I have no way to prepare to pass this test as I was smoking when she called. My plan is it brush thoroughly, use mouthwash, and drink apple cider vinegar. I’m also going to eat breakfast and have coffee, because I find it interesting they want me to come in first thing in the morning. I will consume the vinegar and water mixture before entering the building. I will also coat my mouth with aloe vera gel before taking the test. I will comeback with my results tomorrow.

    • Dollface

      Well none of this worked. I failed the drug test and the job offer was resended.

  • Dustin

    It is now 1pm, and I have a swab test tomorrow morning at 9the a.m. I am going to brush like crazy,mouthwash, and peroxide all night and tomorrow morning considering im smoking as i type lol. I have aprox. 20hrs before the test so ill will let everyone
    know tomorrow how i do. Btw I only smoke medical so i wonder if i even have a chance lol. And take it I smoke an eighth or more a day lol.

    • Sheba7

      Dustin, did you pass the test?

      • Dustin

        Sure did, and was a little nervous cause the swaba dried out my gums and caused em to bleed a little, which got blood in the swob. I thought for sure I failed, but sure enough I passed! 18-20 hours prior to the test I smoked about an eighth.

        • Sheba7

          Good for you! I’m going for an ‘interview’ tomorrow and from what I’m told, may be given the cheek swab test. I hope like heck, I pass it. Just can’t stand the thought of smokes keeping me away from additional income.

  • .:HopeThisHelps:.

    So Friday 12/19/14 I got a call from my old employer asking me to come back for work. They asked if I could come in for a “interview” and to finish my application (aka DRUG TEST) so I told the lady I would not be able to come in untill the next day… considering it was 10 am and I had just taken my morning snap about an hour or so before then, I knew if I went in I would fail. I also knew I would fail because it is a swab and I am a daily smoker since for about 4 years. So the lady kindly made me an appointment for the next afternoon 12/20/14 at 1:30 pm. Like any smoker I was just worried about the swab. I just want to PASS! so I stopped smoking for the rest of the day on 12/19/14 (keep in min tho I took a little hit in the morning at 9:30 ish am.) so of course I’m still trippin that I won’t pass. All day the only thing i drank was water. I went to the movies with my bf to distract me for the day. I brushed my teeth a few times pretty hard actually untill my gums were practically bleeding and felt raw and rinsed with Listerine a few times..&& that’s pretty much it for that day I hope&pray that at the 24 hr gap and all the water I drank would do it. Oh Later in the day around 8:30 or so I drank a few beers about2. I figured it would go right through me anyways. Next day 12/20/14 didn’t smoke. brushed my teeth again until practically raw, brushed my tounge& under, also the sides of my mouth 3-4 times in the morning. rinsed with peroxide only twice between every 2 brushing. & A BUNCH OF LISTERINE!! kept drinking water and went to eat some bomb spicy Mexican food. The salsa burned my mouth but it wasn’t horrible just felt like it would help. And went to the “interview”. On my way there I rinsed with Listerine. I went in and filled the application and sat to wait for an “interview” but so I went out to my car to do one last rinse on Listerine and also took a drink if water after. Taking the test I put it on the side of my mouth against the wall and tried to get as little saliva as possible on it but enough for the test indicator to turn blue. I will get my results possibly in 3 days the lady said Monday or Tuesday. I will definitely post my results when I get them. I want to help others with this as well. I just want a good job! I am not a bad person just like my trees too. I feel some good people deserve a job as well who are stuck in a dilemma such as mine (: and hope this helps

    • Ok

      What were your results?? In need of help

    • Sheba7

      How did your saliva test turn out? Did you pass? If so, congratulations!

  • Chew-man

    I’m a very light smoker and have only been smoking for about a month now. I smoke only on my days off (two consecutive days a week) and I only smoke around a bowl every 10 hours or so to help with my depression, so two bowls a day….

    At my place of work cannabis is banned even for medical purposes and there are random drug tests (oral swab test) every so often for a handful of employees each time, and seeing how there are hundreds of employees the odds of me getting picked are slim each day, With that being said I am also an avid user of chewing tobacco products(about 8 years now)… I have heard some rumors that “chew” can help toughen the gums and make it harder to produce a positive THC result.

    Can anyone help share some insight on this?

  • Fox Body

    I smoked Friday of the 27th 3 days later on the 30th (yesterday) I got drug tested. The drug test was a oral fluid screening. I got worried because screening means it can pull up all types of information.. But really it was just a simple swab test. When I went in I realize I haven’t smoked in 3 days (I smoked 2 blunts by the way, of some real loud shit.) so I thought ill be alright. I used peroxide once , brushed my teeth good, & used mouth wash. The crest mouth wash. At 9:35 I left my house, went to go eat Carls jr. (Biscuit) and I was headed on my way. On the way there I drank dr.pepper , no gum, nothing. I got there at 10:30 . Around 11:16 they took me in the room to take the test. It was this stick with a cotton ball at the end, your suppose to suck on it for 5 minutes. I tried my best to not suck it , so I bit the stick with my teeth to keep it off my tounge but at the end I came to a conclusion that the lady said it had to be moist so I just sucked on it , and prayed to God it’ll be ok. I took the stick out , & the lady put it on a adapter , 3 minutes later it came negative so I PASSED !!! :D I was happy so I went into this room that they took me in an this guy told me he smoked the night before ! So don’t be worried SWAB test is the EASIEST test to pass! I do recommended peroxide tho .. It cleans the shit out your mouth!

  • My turn

    Yep, Like many here I am also going in for a test tomorrow at Novant, Don’t know if it is swab, probably not since I now live in the GD bible belt and have been temping for six months…FINALLY got an opportunity for an actual JOB with an actual EMPLOYER that called me minutes after I submitted my resume and said she loved my cover letter in which I was completely honest saying EXACTLY what I needed to make money wise and WHY I am worth it….I have NEVER had so many piss tests in my life as I have in the past six months..EVERYONE is concerned on what is in my GD kidneys!

    Gonna sub it cause it has been maybe a week since my last toke and it is ONLY blazing shit around here, A bit concerned because one of the times I went for a potential temp agency I waited in the recep area for almost 2 hours and I am certain the temperature of the sub was low, Hoping since it is the 1st of the year most people will be sleeping off a hangover and not going for a DT so hopefully not much of a wait.

    Just going to do what worked for me once before, Sub it just before I leave, put it in a plastic bottle with a cap that I already insulated with paper towels and duct tape and put that whole package up under my package and pray it keeps temp..

    Will post with results, Sorry for rambling but just like many here I am nervous, need the darn job and pissed that what I do in my off time seems to be anyone else’s concern..I don’t even GD drink booze, but smoke a little weed once in a while and I’m a criminal..

    Anyway, Good luck to all here, None of you are bad people, you WANT to work, you just like to fkin relax in your off time.

    Legalize it.

  • RoughMix

    I had applied for a full time well paid job. i was txt the details and it said that I would have to do a drug and alcohol test at the interview. I came on this site to find out my options. I originally had 5 days and managed to put that to 10 days before test. Unfortunately in the uk Palo Azul tea is banned so I drank water all day, had a glass of Aloe Vera each morning, I was advised by people in the know to make sage/dandelion tea a few times a day as tea, also drunk senna pods tea on the day before. The test came after the interview and it turned out to be a salvia swab. I must admit I was a worried cause expecting urine test. So I sucked the swab and waited. The office I was in had a glass wall so I could see some of the staff looking at me, expecting the Dreadlock to fail. The result was negative. It seems to me that swab test are the one we gonna have to plan to get round, Peace all

  • Samanthaavalerie

    What about edibles? Will that be able to get detected too?

    • Derek Lyons

      No they wont

    • stressedoutoker

      yes edibles are detectable. it isn’t just the residue In your mouth from smoking or eating it is present in the saliva/bloodstream.
      was told by issuer that it can only be detected through smoking or edibles.tried the its second hand excuse and they knew better

  • skidz

    Its been 127 days since I last smoked I have failed many urine test with the longest of 114 days of not smoking. I hope I pass this one so I can start smoking again but everything I read said the swab is the easiest to pass wish me luck

    • Derek Lyons

      Ull pass bro. Just brush and mouthwash with alcohol and peroxide

  • Derek Lyons

    You all have nothing to worry aboot. Ive smoked up to the day before the test and several friends for this company We work for. All u gotta do is mouthwash with alcohol and brush and peroxide the hell out of ur mouth and the day of the test. YOU WILL PASS guaranteed. And gives the people with the funky mouth a reason to brush.

    • liz

      I smoked on Thursday and have to take a saliva test on Friday that they will be sending to lab quest I haven’t smoked since it will be eight days am I safe??????

      • liz


    • liz

      I smoked last Thursday and have a test this Friday its a saliva test that will be sent to a lab do you think ill be ok it will be eight days since I smoked I’m brushing Listerine peroxide and doing oil pulls what do you think pass. Its for Amazon

      • liz

        I took my test, will know if I pass in a couple days
        will let you know

        • liz

          I passed…

  • balla10

    I smoked the day after Christmas. Had an oral drug test today. Am I gonna be okay?

  • sweep3583

    my p o also tested me today i last smoked 12/27 i wondering if i will pass any thoughts?

    • stressedoutoker

      Smoked 14 hours before my interview which included post employment drug testing. had black coffee and brushed, was unaware of the upcoming test. anyways smoked 14 hours before the swab tried to keep it away from cheek and held on my teeth. removed whenever I could. did NOTpass
      now I have another interview with different business tomorrowIknow they are going to drug test because the first one they had’nt. had to re-schedule because I use marijuana to sleep and its still in my system. that should give me 35 hours to clean up. ill let you know how this one goes.
      in hindsight I should have stopped completely and just dealt with the sleepless nights, not worth stressing over or loosing another opportunity. post employment drug screens are very popular I even got tested at a hiring agency before they could even help me.
      best advice is to stop until you have the job and you know you wont be tested, better yet just stop completely I love my flowers but I don’t like being homeless either.
      regular user of (the good stuff, hash, wax) no shwag
      ill be exercising,brushing, and flushing with water / tea. ill let you know the time frame in which I smoked and the time of testing.
      Good luck

  • Sarah Ahzeezahn

    I think as long as you drink plenty of water, brush, floss, use mouthwash that contains alcohol, and maybe consume an energy drink, you should be fine. Once I had an interview at 10am and while I was getting pretty for my interview, I of course had my morning bowl. Luckily, because I have an obsession with my teeth looking nice, I brushed, flossed, and used mouthwash just so I wouldn’t smell. When I went in for my interview, the employers loved me and then told me I would be taking a swab test. I was freaking out in my head as they gave me the test and swabbed around my teeth since I brushed the hell out of them haha! Got the job the next day. But still, try not to risk it. Go a day without smoking, brush, floss, mouthwash, and you’re good to go (:

  • brollya

    i had started working at the hilton hotel in my city like 3 years ago… i am a heavy smoker too…. i had to take the pee test at a another building where they do it at…. i had smoked probably like 3 days before…. my peoples put me on to this one herb u can get at your local grocery store called thyme… u boil up some water den add it in and stirr it till it becomes liquid den u drink it and drink mass water wit it… mind u they say weed last in your system for at least 30 days and i smoke a whole lot…. drunk dat stuff, drunk mass water and i passes it…. had butterflys the whole time doin the test…. SO the next job im trying to get is at this nusery home and they do swab test…. SO does that mean i dont have to stop smoking weed right away, i can stop smokin like 3 days before the test and still pass?

    • Nate

      Is it so hard to type English? Or are you trying to sound stupid? In the real world full of grown up adults english is used by the people who make the real money, people who can only manage sentences and words like that sweep the floor. Wake up or shut up

      • beth

        Nate, clearly you haven’t read the bio of the people on the Forbes list. I do believe, you are the one who is ignorant. Have a wonderful, non-demeaning evening.

    • Nate

      My asshole comment was for thomas not you, sorry brother

      • brollya

        i know it wasnt for me… i was just sharing my story

    • ProbablyTooBraindeadToRemember

      This looks like a life story that no one cares about by the way.

      ‘why do people write they whole life stories on comments like we give a fuck… if u like it den dont say nothin and move on’

      • brollya

        hahaha u rremoved all my comments… u mad…. hahahahaha…. im done wit u

        • RunAway

          Really? You’re the one making threats and throwing a bunch of angry 12 year old slurs around. Seems to me like you realize my points are valid, and are trying to shrink away in shame.

          • GetThroughGradeschool

            And besides, do you really think I can remove your posts as a guest? Do you just not think before you speak, or do you simply not think at all?

          • Imayoruk

            You must have way too much time on your hands.

          • brollya

            yea ok… i see u got two accounts black racist…

          • WakeUpIdiot

            Two? So you can’t speak, spell, OR count? What exactly are you good for?

          • Just_A_Reminder

            You’re still a complete moron.

            You backed down.

          • KeepShamingYourselfPublicly

            Go ahead, reply with ‘bich u wite i kik u as lol i big reel liyfe’

            You know you want to…

  • eric

    ok I like to burn 8 to 10 times a my, but loss my job after 16 years. not for smoking. but have to take a text to start new job Monday. thinking it is a swab text. can I stop after today and do the brushing thing and still be good??that would give me sat/ sun/ then have to be there at 10am on Monday,

  • thomas

    Palo Azul works for me and a few of my co workers! we just started using it last month . every search engine has people saying it works. Palo Azul contains negatively charged alkaloids (just like how an air ionizer uses a negative charge to zap the toxins out of the air) A negative charge PULLS… The negatively charged alkaloids draw out the positively charged THC byproducts (that they test for) and the alkaloids bond on to the thc byproduct making it a DIFFERENT compound…giving it a different genetic signature making it something different , making it undetectable by a drug test … It doesn’t mask THC , It straight up changes its makeup! AWESOME! Just don’t get the Palo Azul off of amazon or ebay because its not the correct strain. Palo Azul Tea dot com is the only website that specializes in Palo Azul and they have like 3,000 members, I would get it through them. its only like 7 bucks a pack!

  • martin

    I have a swab test tomorrow!!!I came here bcuz I’m sooooooooo scared!!! I have read most of the comments and now I’m feeling a bit of confidence… So brush and wrinse like crazy and use peroxide too…thx everyone

  • Ricki

    I have never had a drug test for any jobs except the one I just got. I had to take a drug test and I still smoked the night before. They did the “Swab” and I PASSED!!!!. Have no idea how it happened and really don’t care. Just happy for a job.

  • Megan

    I smoked a bowl at 9am, brushed my teeth and had a mouthswab at 1pm the same day and failed for weed.

  • Black Racists

    Yeah, and you’re so much more respectable trying to put on a ‘nigga this niga that, im gangsta and i kick u ass in real lif’ persona. You know as well as everyone else that you’re nothing but braindead trash. You’re not cool, and no one thinks you’re tough.

  • Black Racists

    Oh and by the way, rap isn’t music. Any idiot can talk about guns and drugs over the same cheap bass blasting beat like all of the so called rap ‘artists’. Just walk down the street in downtown Indianapolis for half an hour and you’ll find the next up and coming stars rapping to themselves in public like anyone cares. I can put together trash like that in 10 minutes, drunk off my ass.

  • Black Racists

    Even if you do talk like a retarded caveman when you speak, there is literally no excuse for ‘den’ and ‘drunk dat’ online unless you’re trying as hard as you can to put up a typical attention seeking wannabe gangster front to try to look cool. You don’t have to type that way. It’s not like you just can’t control your undeveloped slurring speech impediment pouring out through your fingers. You do it for attention, because you’re pathetic.

    • brollya

      yea u better keep yo name hidden fuckin faggot… this already proves dat u a fuckin scared racist as bitch cuz u want let no one see yo face or yo background…. im done wit yo edgar hoover ass…

      • KeepUsingElementaryComebacks

        Oh, so I make valid points about your personality and you immediately resort to mindless spraying of typical violent slurs… Who’s the ‘net gangsta’ now?

        If you had any political/social awareness at all you would understand what I mean by black racists, and you’re portraying those traits right now. I’m not a racist. I treat any respectable black man the same as any respectable white man. However, there are niggers of both races, and you know them when you see them, hear them, and read them.

        And just for the record, I live in a luxury apartment tower with a hot tub and indoor pool. :] I could give you my address if you wanted to hang out some time, although I’m sure they’d stop you at the front desk.

        • u racist niga lol im original

          I bet you’re one of those idiots that supports holding your hands up down the street, even though you have no idea what actually happened in the incident, and despite the footage of the ‘poor boy’ shoving innocent people around in a gas station beforehand.

  • HereComesMoreEmptyThreats

    You should convert to Islam and head to Syria. You’d fit right in with all of the other mindlessly violent terrorists. Afterall, you ‘aint givin a fuck’ and would gladly ‘pack heat a shot shit up’ just like them. What’s the difference?

  • jknowsitall

    Lol,was reading comments…seriously though, if anyone wants to text,type,talk any way they want, why is it any of your concern? Just to show the world youre a dick i guess. Wow…way to be a decent human.

  • liz

    This is how I passed my saliva test oil pull 5 times 5 minutes each swished with Listerine and peroxide do not use Listerine right before
    test lab will pick it up I used peroxide twice on the way to test went 8 days without smoking and I passed I am a chronic smoker. Just thought id share

  • Rajah

    I passed mine, I smoke a lot and I mean a lot. Here’s what I did.
    I smoked 14 hrs before my cheek swab test, that was the last I smoked till I took my test. I brushed once before bed and rinsed my mouth with listerine ULTRACLEAN twice. In the morning I brushed my teeth then rinsed with listerine twice, trust me you can feel it doing the job, after that I brushed once more. On my way there I drank soda and chewed on mints to get everything out and I passed my test. Hope this helps

  • ciera

    I haven’t smoked since Sunday and I have to do a mouth swab Thursday at 3:30 should I be good?