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!
  • foxy_brown

    I dont smoke marijuana at all but I’m always around my sister that do will it show up in my swab test that I took yesterday???

  • Bobbie Strouss

    I haven’t smoked in two months, I passed my urine test the other day, and I’m just wondering if I would also pass the swab test.

  • HonestMike

    Wow! Too much misinformation. Saliva tests ordinarily will show usage up to 72 hours post use. That’s first and foremost. Now, unlike urine tests, saliva tests, as well as blood tests, are for THC content. Just THC! That is why it can be washed away, but there are a lot of hiding places in your mouth! Ordinary “wear off” effect is averaging 12-24 hours, but tests show that it can be detectable for up to 72 hrs. So…the whole worry that somehow the body will put THC in your saliva is REALLY WRONG! Your body can move the METABOLITES around after burning fat cells which release them. THAT is what they find in your urine…NOT THC. They look for THC in the saliva, not its metabolite. So, you could easily pass a saliva test with a shit ton of THC METABOLITES in your urine! Nice, huh? Not too happy about anyone in here posting about their heroin, pill popping and snorting crap. You deserve to be fired! That is some nasty crap that us weed enthusiasts/activists hate more than anything. All it does is do the same thing the Government does…lump cannabis (never lethal) in with all the stuff that REALLY is bad. If you are worried about a saliva test after using anything OTHER than cannabis, go find a page that deals with those issues! Stop attaching negative stigmas to God’ miracle plant! Peace!

  • Wendy golin

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  • MM

    I last smoked yesterday around 11:30am. Got the call to come in and do a saliva test the next day…my test is at 4:00pm about 30hrs since I last smoked….brushing my teeth, mouthwash, peroxide, water, gum, coffee i’m using all methods up until the test…hope I pass. if it goes well I will keep you informed.

  • Rebecca

    I smoked a couple hits this morning and had to do a swab test. No warning!! So I went to the bathroom and scrubbed my mouth out with antibacterial soap. Yuck!!

    I so hope I pass. I have drank tea, sprite and was chewing gum.

    Pray I pass!!

    • tg

      Did you pass?

  • Jon

    Hey everyone. Dedicated weed smoker here. Quit smoking last Friday when I lost my job. I have a job lined up working for my dad selling cars. How long should I wait before going in. They use a quantisal saliva test that’s mailed off to a lab. Oh and I haven’t seen anything on here about it, but chainsmoke before the test helps.

  • Gotti

    I had a swab 24 hours after smoking. I did not drink a lot and a brushed my teeth very good before going in. I came back positive for THC and now I am hoping for a metrical. I hope they will allow me to retake the swab because I am positive I will pass this time (going to say im not a smoking and will be willing to come in immediately for the retesting) . I have not smoking in 4 days. Please, if you read this form with questions and you have a test within 24 hours of smoking and you are a chronic smoking, know that you have a chance of failing the test. Don’t be like me and push it.

    • Gotti

      smoker* smoked* sorry for the errors… my stress level is through the roof because of this.

  • JenGotti

    I wanted to re-post a error free update on my mouth swab drug test.

    Please note: I am a chronic smoker that smoked 3+ bowls a day.

    I did not smoke for a little over 24 hours before my test. I found out, by the lab, my test came back positive for THC. :(

    I did not know I was going to have the test during my walk-through at the distribution center I applied for. So, the only thing I did before the test was brush my teeth very good. I also did not drink a lot of fluids before hand (if it matters, I am also heavy set).

    My test was screened by Lab-corp. I spoke to a representative after getting the call regarding the positive test results and she told me “it was up to the company that is wanting to employ you, if they will allow a retake”. Retaking the test would be no problem because I have not smoked in 4 days. However, I spoke to the HR from the company that ordered the test and the only thing they can do is retest the sample. I am not getting the job. :( a Lab-Corp representative told me the test is 99% accurate and would more likely come back the same- positive.

    (I told the HR of the company that I do not smoke and I do not know how the test results came back positive. I am hoping to reinforce this again after getting the second results back.)

    Realistically, I believe the only option I may have available after the second screening comes back, is to apply again for the job and hope that the HR will allow me to rush the processes and take the test again. I am doubtful. Normally when you have a test come back positive, the company will not consider you for a job again- at least for a few months. The funny thing is, a chart made by Lab-Corp clearly states that THC will be in the saliva <12 hours after consumption!!!

    I am hoping for a partitive outcome to my positive test result and I will keep everyone updated. I hope this helps people that had questions like i did before going for my swab.

    Do not smoke for 48+ hours before hand. expectantly if you are a chronic smoker!!

  • spock

    very strong smoker smoked yesterday around 9pm got mouth swab on 31 at 8:15 what to do.

    • JenGotti

      Drink lots of fluids
      Brush your teeth
      Eat Altoids like crazy right before.
      Eat lots of food.
      Work out and sweat.

      Good luck. Be prepared for a positive. :( I wish you the best.

      • spock

        eat before the test then the altoids ?

  • mr.white

    I didn’t know this was going to happen..i took a random swab test at around 6pm and took some bong hits the day before the swab, around morning and early afternoon. I have a habbit of drinking water and drinking nothing else, but I didn’t drink that much before the swab as I think I should. I had brushed my teeth before. I also ate a orange and lasagna, and some other foods during that whole time duration before the swab…not sure if it matters or not. Do you think I’ll pass?

  • higher life

    I am a every day weed smoker last time I smoked was Tuesday night I had to do the saliva test this morning before I went I brushed my tongue and cheeks with Colgate followed by listerine and a peppermint and I passed that B****!! Thanks to this blog bc it is where I got the ideal from so I had to share with my fellow tokers!

    • ouis

      hell yea lol

  • kingdrogame

    Ok I have an swab test today at 11:00, I smoked 2 bowls yesterday but I usually smoke everyday heavily and I went to go play ball for a couple of hours also. the last time I smoked was maybe at 6 pm and I also went to go buy some ultra klean detox mouthwash from a smokeshop and I was wondering if used that and brushed my teeth a couple of times right before if I could still pass the test. I will be back to post the results wish me luck fellow potheads!

    • lalala11

      Did you pass? Im in the same situation.

      • kingdrogame

        hell yea man I passed just buy some ultra klean mouthwash from a smoke shop and you should be good bro

  • arnold

    smoked 3-4hits yesterday. Haven’t smoked for 2-3 months before that. And today I had to get tested. Didn’t put the swab I my mouth. Instead I put the swab on my chin, playing it off like it was in my mouth. Do u think there’s a possibility of me getting a negative??

    • James Bond

      Hell no your fine

  • Kells

    I’ve been smoking for years myself. I have to take a swab test tomorrow morning after 8 am. I haven’t smoked since day before yesterday and then it was only a couple of joints. I haven’t been smoking much in the past several months. I’ve passed swab tests before though. I always rinse my mouth out with Listerine on and off for several hours or a day before the test as well as use the little strips that they make. I also keep peppermint in my mouth up until the last minute and if at all possible I keep one under my tongue when doing the test. For whatever the reason it works…wish me luck.

  • Steve

    Hey guys. I recently applied for a job and they conduct drug test with saliva. The swab test. I havent smoked for 5 day. (Started not smoking since August 1st) Before that I smoked about 2 blunts a day for about 2 – 2 1/2 weeks. and before that I didnt smoke for 2 weeks. How long do you think it will be in my system in order to pass the test? Possibly next week?

  • GhostX91753

    I once smoked a hash blunt 10 minutes before applying at a temp agency. When i got there they had me do a mouth swab test while i filled out the entire application. I bit it with my teeth and never let it touch my tongue or gums, very nerve racking the whole time. When the lady got it from me she said i must have really bad dry mouth, she made me spit in the container, she tried mixing it with the drug identifier,

    my body language said i dont do drugs, so she stopped trying to check it and just threw it away and passed me. Worst anxious moments ever

  • DannyDan

    “I last smoked yesterday around 11:30am. Got the call to come in and do a
    saliva test the next day…my test is at 4:00pm about 30hrs since I
    last smoked….brushing my teeth, mouthwash, peroxide, water, gum,
    coffee i’m using all methods up until the test…hope I pass. if it goes
    well I will keep you informed.”

    How the hell did 53 people find the above post helpful when it doesn’t
    indicate whether or not it worked? Does up-voting here mean “good luck”
    as opposed to “I find your post helpful and/or informative”? I’m not
    opposed to the content of the post at all, just don’t see how it could possibly be so helpful without confirmation of a pass or fail.

  • Jayblogs

    I got tested by work 6-7 hours after smoking 2 joints. Non negative result for amph, now waiting on lab results to come back.
    It’s impossible for amph to be in my system but THC was the next category on the swab stick indicator which has me worried.
    Hopefully it’s just a false reading from something else I consumed and then I can tell them to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • mejema

    has anyone heard of a saliva test done with a mouth guard that is placed in your mouth for up to 3 minutes?

  • heristand

    How do I prepare for a drug test if I don’t know if it’s oral or urine sample?