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More than 234 million people worldwide used weed in 2016 with 28.61 million of them being in Europe. In 2017, a survey by Marist College and Yahoo revealed the extent of marijuana use in the United States. More specifically, it discovered that 22% of American adults surveyed had tried the drug in 2016. These adults included people from all professions such as accountants, surveyors, and professional athletes among others. However, regular testing for drugs is routine in a few of these professions. For example, the US Anti-Doping Agency tested Matt Centrowitz for drugs 17 times in 2016. Colleges test their students routinely as well. Here are 4 things athletes do to handle marijuana tests.

  1. Body Cleansers

How long does weed stay in your urine is a typical question among athletes who use marijuana. The answer is that the frequency of use determines how long it remains in your system. For example, lab technicians can detect it within three days of use for occasional users. In contrast, it is detectable in urine within 15 days of use for chronic users. Now imagine that there will be a drug test at your college or office within days. Can you flush the weed out of your system before you take this test? Well, body cleansers exist for this purpose. However, the time it takes for them to work varies. For example, some of them take 24 hours while others take 12 hours.

  1. Natural Cleansing Methods

Avoiding marijuana before a drug test is an excellent idea. Remember, you cannot pass this test if your THC levels are spiking instead of dropping. How long you should stay away from it depends on the test. For example, detecting marijuana in your system through a hair test is possible several months after you consume the drug. Fortunately, the most commonly used test for weed is the urine test. Drinking plenty of water before the test helps as well. Avoiding exercise a day before the test is another brilliant idea because working out spikes the THC levels in your blood. Lastly, consume a small dosage of Vitamin B12 and B2 supplements. Fifty milligrams of these supplements is enough.

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  1. Synthetic Urine

Science is advancing in unprecedented ways. For example, synthetic urine is available in today’s world. Laboratories use it for calibrating their machines. However, athletes saw another potential use that it had, and today, many of them use it as a way of handling their drug tests. You can purchase this urine online. Understandably, most athletes prefer synthetic urine to other methods of dealing with these tests. That is because synthetic urine is undetectable in most cases because manufacturers excel at making it. Additionally, athletes can avoid ingesting potentially dangerous cleansers if they use it. Moreover, getting someone else’s urine is difficult so using a synthetic one is the best alternative.

  1. Adulterated Urine

This method of handling drug tests is the riskiest one because detecting it is easy. What happens is that athletes spike their urine sample with certain chemicals that dilutes THC. These chemicals include bleach, ammonia, or Visine. Doing so lowers the level of THC in their urine to acceptable levels. Unfortunately, detecting these chemicals is possible depending on the equipment and the materials that lab technicians have in their laboratory. One way of doing so is testing the pH levels of the urine sample or its temperature. An excessively low pH level is an indication of contamination as is abnormal temperatures.

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