Mar 302010

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 some real detailed information on saliva testing.

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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, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Digg and feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • cna training

    What a great resource!


      It is clear to me in reading just a few short post on this subject & topic, I get it… If the company is private is not funded by the government… They will probably do an oral swab. If you can lay off what ever drug you do for 48hrs they will let you have the job if you present yourself worthy of having the position… Thank you all for the info… Except you fuck heads with the dumb ass comments that need not even be here… Much love to the rest of you stay strong and keep your heads up…

  • kevin

    I have not smoked for 30 days. An i still cant pass a saliva test. Pleas tell me what im doing wrong. Ive got the drug kits on 20 dollars apeice.Im a chronic marijuana smoker only. I weigh 170 pounds im 6 foot tall. i dont drink or any thing els please give me some advice

    • miggy420

      It may take 6 weeks but no employer i know of uses a saliva test. Check the over the counter pee test, sweat your ass off and drink lots of water.

      • kevin

        Hi miggy 420.Its for a gov job. They do this right on site.If I fail I cant aplie for a year an a day. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE

    • flowj

      There’s simply no way oral drug testing is to check current drug abuse not chronic a saliva drug test for THC only goes as far a 3 days and thats if your a heavy user are you sure you didn’t mean 3 days or a urine drug test?

  • kristen

    im tryin to get this job and i passed everything for the job . today they want to do a mouth swab and i havent smoked in 2 days but i want to make sure i pass it , i need the money

    • reshaun

      did you pass?

  • melissa

    Holy cap sure didn’t think I would get a meeting with a potential employer over the holiday weekend so I took one puff today and now I may have a saliva test tomorrow! I’veused peroxide and im brushing the hell out of my teeth… u think I have a chance at passing???? Omg I’m freaking out!

    • miggy420

      My daughter did a saliva test and smoked the day before. So we question whether the employer (which is a major grocery chain) looks over pot positive tests or that there’s a chance.

      In this market employers are looking for just plain hardworking show up on time people and the good ones know weed doesn’t hinder that.

  • E46m34lf

    i havent smoked for 68 hours will i pass the saliva swab test ?

  • marley420

    i do this all the time, all you have to do if brush your teeth three to four (or more depending on how paranoid you are or how much you smoke) and after you brush, you have loosened your gums so i rinse with peroxide and then regular mouthwash. i pass everytime!!

    • James

      Now do you do that the day of or how many days before?

  • Apreciativehippy

    Works. I smoked 12ish hours ago and passed. thank you much!!!!!!!

    • DontKillMyVibe

      Did u do anything special :)

  • ThisGuyRightHere

    Get this. I smoke 2 hours before i took my saliva test, only brushed my teeth once in between. Passed!

    • loco

      i heard that can happen hopes it works for me i have to take one in a few

      • clari1021

        Loco. Howd it go. Need to kno

    • twiz1

      So let me get this straight…you smoked 2 hours before your DRUG TEST??? That’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard of.

  • samanthataylor

    I smoke weed maybe 3-4 times a week. I want to get a job for a major market company but i know for sure that they do the saliva drug test. What do i have to do in order to pass guaranteed considering how much i smoke?

  • kushlady420

    I smoke weed maybe 3-4 times a week. Im trying to get a job for a major market company and i know they do the saliva drug test for sure. What do i have to do in order for it to be guaranteed that i pass? Considering how much weed i smoke

    • deno8946

      What’s more important, weed or freedom (not to mention a decent job opportunity). Get off the stupid wagon and do the right thing.

      • 0packfan


      • Realaight Michell

        i hate when lames go to smoker websites and say shit like…leave it alone stoner
        get a job

        cant wait til its completely legal. then what will u faggots say

      • smokeryo

        Shut the hell up

  • Lovettboy601

    thank u so much for the response cuz i just took a saliva test this morning n smoked saturday night. Totally freaking out…lmao

    • fredD

      did you pass??

  • Tamira_lynnette

    I take salivia test for probation i wanna smoke pot real bad i did a few days a go iwanna know how i can smoke and get away with it the salivia thing oges to a lab please give advise truthfully i weight 230 pounds

    • Bryansayywhat

      lose weight man

    • cblounge_1

      did you pass? what is the cut off to stop smoking? how many days?

    • Green thumb

      This guy….I hope u still free it’s possible to smoke and get away wit it on papers but if you fuck up your freedom you fuck up your current life and might take a set back but if your testing for a job you don’t get the job you still have a choice stop smoking get ya ass up and keep looking for work but if they violate you you no longer have your own freedom and they gonna make your decisions for you not worth it be 4real…..depending on your charge sitting in a cell all day for a hit of some green probably your last hit aint worth the problem weigh your options Free: do what u want with out weed if on probation locked up for violating your probation do what they tell u to do when they tell u and still wit out weed ps I smoke everyday like a champ!! I don’t know your age but I been in your situation on probation on papers urines 2-3 times a week it’s just not worth the risk it’s only a phase but your freedom is not worth a jay be smart not stupid!! Smoke at your own risk

      • Green thumb

        This Girl I didn’t think females go so hard but ok yea it goes the same way

  • Karl Rove

    I have worked for Kroger seasonally, will be rehired for the 13th time tomorrow. they use mouth swab. i have never failed, and never will. just stop 2-3 days before. I brush my teeth a ton, mouthwash a ton, drink and eat a lot, and exercise a lot during the 2 days before. Im not sure if the food/water and exercise helps but it makes me feel better.

    • niccole

      I went for my test at Kroger yesterday…I hadn’t smoked since Friday (it was a little bit) and im not a heavy smoker…I hope I passed….I think I did…..

      • Mack

        Same with me mama

      • Riderfan

        I can’t believe you have to do a D&A test for a fucking job at a grocery store. What can happen? You drop a plum on someone’s toe. Lol. At least we’re still some what free in Canada and only test for jobs that have a high potential of danger. I’ve passed lots after quitting weed for only a couple of days. Coke I don’t know enough about. Hopefully 6 days is enough for doing a g. in a week.

    • chris tucker

      Like pavlovs dogs, the food makes you salivate. Water washes excretions down to the stomach and throat. Mouthwash is found unproven to help anything but clean breath and gingivitis. Its 2 to 24 hours for habitual users, and even less for those who smoke 3 to 4 times a week. Usually after smoking you get cotton mouth, this is due to low production of saliva, that allows the drug to be more absorbed and will be flitered out of the body at a slower rate in regards to saliva detection. I gave myself 4 days to be safe, and I read that acidic candy and gum changed the ph level, and lowers levels of detection.

      These tests are the future ,as marijuana becomes legalized and prescribed. They will use these tests to detect current intoxication, such as they do in austraila. Mouth wash does nothing, but spitting actually will have some benefit. Or stare at your favorite food for a day and slobber while you sleep. Lol.

      Hopes this help people, but just remember your body will do all the work. Butif you can’t quit for aa day, no offense people, you have a problem.

      And I’m out.

  • kellz

    I havnt smoked since last Sunday n have a swab test tomorrow all my research seems like I should pass I have altoids, peroxide, been brushing n mouthwashing all day but still nervous cause this job is wanted/needed more then anything.

  • nate

    I have to take a test in 3 to 4 days and haven’t smoke if I just brush my teeth a shit ton and using mouhwash work?

    • Jackie Kool-laid Hart

      Hey did you pass because i been smoking since high school nd i’m 28 now nd i’m getting a swab test done what are some tricks

  • Channel0818

    I got a job at kroger and I smoked thursday and had my drug test on Wed I chewed like 3 packs of gum before and used a mouthwash and brushed my teeth a ton when will I know if I passed or failed?

  • WoaWoa

    I didnt smoke a blunt for 60 hours brushed my teeth and mouthwash everyday and the morning of i ate a lil breakfast brushed my gums in my teeth put sum listerine strips in when i got close i chewed like 8altoid mints and put 2 on each side of my jaw did i pass??? Please answer

  • pissed

    I didn’t do cocaine for 17 days and failed saliva test!!!! Wtf

    • Mack

      Stp smoking crack idiot

  • Krazie

    A guy told me years ago that cheddar cheese will alter your breath to the extent that if you had drank beer no one could smell it. I wonder what this would do for pot.

  • Andru Brent Colkmire

    i have a saliva test tomorrow at 3:30pm
    will i pass if i smoke half a joint right now at 7:00 pm

    • Ana Melendez

      Did you ever pass…?

  • ahdearmewhatnow

    Just smoked (1pm) and have a saliva test at (10am) in the morning. What do i do to pass? Im seeing testimonials and other questions here but not what steps to take.??

    • 31Pimpstreet

      Did you pass your mouth swab?

    • uh oh

      Did you pass?

  • deno8946

    Man, I don’t believe this! All of these people trying to find out how to pass a drug test. That is all so 70-ist!!!

    There is only one way that’s tried and true… STOP DOING THE DRUGS, YOU IDIOTS!!!

    When you are getting high I bet you weren’t concerned about passing a saliva test, so why worry about it now? There are so many more important things in life to focus on that if you give up the temporary alter egos masquerade themselves as the drugs of your choice, passing a saliva drug test will be one less demon that you will need to battle. If you can’t, then it seems that the mind altering substances are far stronger than your will power.

    • Dez4wd

      You are a narrow minded clown probably a bible bashing moron with 18th century values too. If you are not interested in this topic for the reason it was posted BACK OFF cause you are preaching to an empty church pal. Read the book of genisis even god says “I have given you every seed plant and herb to use” so keep your narrow republican opinion to yourself

      • Daweedsmokequeen22


    • 420forlife

      why r u here if your so anti drugs. why don’t go get a life intend of forcing your opinion on people that don’t care what u have to say.

    • bonjellarules

      u stop drinking then u wanker, and stop tellin people what to do!

    • Dione

      Shut the hell up and go smoke a BLUNT!!!! If u feel this way, WHY R U ON HERE!! IDIOT!!!

    • Yung Chainz

      I see misery loves company… deno8946, maybe you just need to smoke one yourself!!!

    • Realaight Michell

      yawn..this from someone who probably believes in jebus and drinks beer

    • DontKillMyVibe

      Ummmm im confused by this comment lol first i found this site by googling about the subject matter at hand. How did u find it? Why did u click on it? Obviously you do not agree with the smoking of marijuana but yet u are her lmao ppl are so funny

    • Alec

      You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. I’m a med student and have been a chronic smoker for 6 years. You have A point; as in one, being that the best way to pass a drug test would indeed be to quit the drug you’re doing. But we’re talking about marijuana, NOT drugs. If you didn’t concern yourself with the evident biases you have, maybe you would’ve at one point been open minded enough to try to understand not just what it does from a psychological level, but also a medical standpoint. Don’t judge a book by its cover, haven’t you learned that by now?

    • Shut up Roll up

      Why are YOU even on a marijuana post if you don’t smoke ?? Shut the fuck up please & have a seat. outside of this post.

    • MikeSki

      shove something in your ass

  • Bdaniels

    I put a penny in my mouth and passed that shit stoned

    • dyzzi

      are you serious? what about the penny makes you pass?

    • 31Pimpstreet

      Yeah really what’s the penny/copper do? My good friend said all of this works so it looks like we’re on the right track. And I am thinking about just quitting because this is some straight up bull crap……

    • Mello

      Never heard of that

    • SKEE




  • Stacie McClendon

    I have a saliva test tomorrow morning. I haven’t smoked in 48 hours. Is there any chance I can pass the test?

  • bchronic

    Well I had 2 puffs Sun am, taking my mouth swab test 2mrw (Wed) been brushing and rinsing. Hope I pass, need this new job!

    • me

      howd it go

  • nenou1

    well my boy friend smoke all day everyday serious stoner. he new he had to drug test today for a job so he stopped smoking for 24 hours and the day of his test he brushed his teeth like 5 times he rinsed his mouth out with peroxide and mouthwash like twice n once right before he went in and he passed with flying colors he was shiting bricks…

  • Slayer

    @ my job they do oral swab for pre-employment, i’m a cronic user so i stopped 3 days prior and made sure to brush my teeth real good 30 min before my test. im making 16.38 an hr…nuff said. now their doing random testing so if i fuck up or im called in, i keep some listerine in a large visine bottle and a toothbrush handy just in case.

  • Stump Ds

    Hey hey hey hey…..smoke weed everyday.. lol just passed one smoked 8 hrs ago

    • 31Pimpstreet

      Are you serious??? Oh gosh guys I’m shitting bricks! I haven’t smoked for 24 hours. Brushing teeth 8 times before I go. Mouthwash in between and peroxide and penny en route to the interview/mouth swab drug screen. Wish me luck. And for those idiots on here gawking and sqwalking about we should stop, you are not the one hiring us so please refrain from sharing your two cents. Looks like you need all the sense you can muster up and hold on too…. smh

      • cheech

        Or you can take there two cents for your next two drug tests, but cmon man, ya just need to stop for a day. Lol. Try citric gum, or something with acidity. Chewing gum produces saliva at a faster rate as well. But cmon man, sticking a penny in your mouth, imagine the people who had that sweat in their hands, and your gonna put in your mouth like akynele said.

  • Zw

    Hey I smoked a bowl 2 days ago and before that I was smoking every day for like 3 months think I’m gana pass I’m 2 days with out and the drug test is prob gana happen within the next few days I beleve I am fucked any one agree lol

  • mona

    I haven’t smoking years. Well my gf wanted me to smoke with her and I did. Next day I got a phone call for a job. It’s been a few days since I smoked. I just took a mouth swab. Nervous if I will pass.

  • Jesseca Loughry

    So I smoked wednesday night and got blowed outta my mind. but i just gotta call back today about a job at Dillons. i have to take a mouth swab type test at 2:30 today!! I need help. I have to pass or I get kicked out of my house. HELP???

  • Jesseca Loughry

    I smoked wednesday and got really blowed. Now here’s my problem, Dillon’s called and they want to hire me and I have to take a mouth swab kind of test TODAY at 230 I NEED to pass. HELP?????

  • Kelsie

    I took 3 small hits and 15 hours or longer later I had a saliva drug test I didn’t cover it in saliva just barely do you think ill pass I’m freaking out):

  • Bday420born2smoke

    Well just took another swab test I took one in nov for this job as a temp the offered me a permanent position I passed the first test and I smoked the day b4 this one had a blue dot in the swab to make sure it gets wet I usually just hold it in my teeth..shit makes you want to stop smoking cuz of nerves!!!! This is my dream job I passed it once but I’m still noid…ill let y’all know…but all I did was brush gargle with peroxide and sucked altoids!

  • LiveAndLearn

    I didn’t smoke for a good 4 days, so I probably should have easily passed an oral drug screening, BUT word of advice… actually put enough spit on it. I was still nervous and therefore didn’t get enough spit on it. It was too dry to get results. well they would not let me re-do it so told me i had to do a urine sample. bummer…

  • clemmiec1

    I would like to know if u did..

  • clemmiec1

    Hey, it’s been some time now, didja pass??

  • hamilton

    i have a drug test 2ma at 3. i just smoked 3 hours ago, its also a swab test, how should i pass

  • Sierra

    Touch the swab to ur tongue not the inside of your cheek.
    Hold it with your teeth and avoid as much contact with the softer tissue in your mouth as much as possible. :))

  • Emrld7

    My boyfriend just went to a job interview in Calgary, it’s Friday afternoon. He hasn’t blazed since Monday night. He drank one of those drinks to give you a clean urine test, but instead they did the oral test and he failed. Hasn’t smoked since Monday! Apparently if you drink those drinks, you automatically test positive on an oral test. SUCH A CROCK.

  • rickb

    thanks for what you do!!


  • disqus_wHCQJPyJaO

    ok guys…i took a test today..i stopped smoking 7 days prior…i brushed my teeth constantly and rinsed with listerine and peroxide….i passed….no joke

  • RzBud

    I am a daily smoker. I abstained for 36 hours before the test, brushed and rinsed well, and rubbed Altoids along my gums just before the test. I passed.

  • Meeeeee

    can you mix the peroxide with water or do you have to take it straight ?

  • Tomdog

    Why is everyone asking “HOW DO I PASS?”
    It makes no sense to come to this website, knowing what the this particular article is about, and skipping right over what will answer your question and posting a comment, AND THEN, never returning.

  • Jess

    I ate a pretty decent amount (not huge though) of a pot brownie Saturday night, March 9th. I have a mouth swab drug test for Publix tomorrow afternoon (March 12th). I am REALLY worried it might show up. Can anyone help? Any suggestions on how to lessen my chance of failing the drug test? Or should I not be worried? PLEASE HELP!

  • poohbalah4

    I just took a swab test for kroger today and i last smoked this past saturday.It’s been 4 days.I’m freakin out right now..Will I pass??

  • mike dzugan

    are the results given right away or does it go off to a lab?

  • albert

    I smoked one day before a swab and I passes I also drank a soda I heard something in the soda helps idk though


    This is legit it just happened to me: I smoked a blunt last night around 6:30. I had a mouth swab drug test today at 12:30 and passed. I drank lots and lots of water this morning, around 4 liters, brushed constantly and rinsed with listerine 3 times. Also sucked on a few mints before hand.