Does Cranberry Juice Help Pass a Drug Test?

Many companies require drug tests for prospective employees, or periodic drug tests for current employees. If you enjoy smoking marijuana or use it for medicinal purposes, you may be wondering whether cranberry juice will help you pass a drug test.

​Cranberry Juice Will NOT Help You Pass a Drug Test. This is just a Myth!

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Cranberry juice will not clean drugs, including THC, from your system quickly. It is, however, a great detox drink. If you have enough time until your drug test, cranberry juice can definitely help!

The concentration and length of time drugs stay in the body and can be detected varies greatly. Since most drugs are filtered by the body and excreted via urine, urine is the most common drug test. This is where the cranberry juice myth comes in.

Cranberry Juice
Unfortunately, this is NOT the solution.

Since most drugs are not traceable in urine after three days, using cranberry juice as a diuretic to speed up “flushing” can help. However, if the drug test is conducted on hair, no amount of cranberry juice will help because almost all drugs remain detectable in hair for up to three months.

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Of all recreational drugs, THC is the most difficult to eliminate from the system because full elimination from the body (to levels can’t be detected by urine, blood, or hair drug tests) takes up to three months.

When you smoke weed, vape, or enjoy edibles, your body converts THC to metabolites which are stored in fat. But exercise alone – and subsequent fat loss – doesn’t mean that you can go on a crash diet to pass a drug test. THC metabolizes in the liver, which has nothing to do with how quickly your body metabolizes fat.

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What You Can Do

Okay – a crash diet and chugging cranberry juice won’t help you pass a surprise drug test. However, if you have time, let’s say one full week, here are steps you can take that may lower the concentration of THC in the urine to below 50ng/ml:

  1. Drink 1-2 glasses of cranberry juice every day. Cranberry juice is a diuretic. It makes you pee more, which will help eliminate toxins and drugs from your urine. However:
  • Don’t get caught diluting your urine!
  • Drinking too much cranberry juice or any other liquid (including water) may lead to hyponatremia, a dangerous (sometimes fatal) condition where the percentage of electrolytes, salts and minerals in the body’s fluids drops to dangerous levels (your body is 75% water – but that means ‘salt’ water).
  • Drinking too much cranberry juice will alter the pH of your urine, which is a red flag for the testing lab!
  1. Exercise to burn fat. Again, this is not a quick fix. While you may be able to lose several pounds within a week, you may lose fat, but also fluids – which could actually increase the concentration of drugs in your urine. Fat loss should be done safely and mindfully over time.

Conclusion

Cranberry juice alone will not help in passing a drug test. Don’t use the cranberry juice method if you have heartburn or gastric issues, since it’s highly acidic and can adversely affect your digestive system.



Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn't afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

40 Comments

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    Sebastian

    Cranberry defenetely helped me passed the 2 drug tests along with v8 vegetable juice. Withing 2 DAYS I was clean. I weighed 145 pounds wi th fast metabolism which comes into play.

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    Stefan Kulak

    THC is metabolized in the liver. It’s the byproduct that’s stored in the fat cells. THC isn’t the drug being tested in for.

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    Sean

    How can i pass i drug test if i am a heavy smoker i stopped on April 2, 2019 i have a fast metabolism I’ve been drinking 2 glasses of cranberry juice twice a day but im a little worried.

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Keep drinking water, about a gallon or more per day. If you really must pass this test, get the detox kit. Thank me later.

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    Shawn

    I have till tommorow to have a drug test and I smoked yesterday….what do i do?

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    Anthony

    How can I pass a DOT Urine test. I dont have one scheduled but I am worried about a random so I decided to quit 2 days ago. I started the 10 day nutra cleanse but started to see the negative reviews. I always carry quick fix but lately I have been hearing about them catching on to the synthetic. Any advice. I am pretty heavy dude. 5 ft 8 285lbs

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Anthony,you are doing the right thing by carrying the quick fix with you. Keep SLUGGING water, especially being big you really wanna get all the toxins out ASAP.

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    Cantrell

    I’ve been a very heavy smoker for over 6 years, and I’m trying to get a new job. I quit smoking 5 days ago, and I’m just starting to drink cranberry juice now. Being that I’m 6’4” and weigh 230lbs, exercise every day for an hour and drink plenty of water, what would you say would be a rough estimate for when I can pass a drug test?

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    Nyla Parson

    I stopped smoking weed on 4-20-219. I’m going into the navy and am DESPERATELY trying to cleanse my system before I have to see my recruiter again in 2 weeks. Before I stopped, I smoked pretty much every day, if not, then every other day. I weigh 120 pounds and my metabolism is pretty fast. I’ve been drinking cranberry juice and large amounts of water ever since. Would I be safe for a drug test or should I wait it out some more?

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Waiting is the best thing you can do, but if you have to take it, use one of the detox drinks we recommend. You can never be too sure.

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    Anonymous

    I am 33 weeks pregnant. 5 ft 8 253lbs. I was a very heavy smoker 2 to 3 blunts a day for over a year. Bout a month ago I cut down to a blunt or 2 a day. I quit all together a week ago yesterday and started drinking cranberry juice today . Will I b clean by the time I deliver… I have bout 7 weeks to go… If not what can I do I can’t lose my little boy. Please help.

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Anonymous, I would talk to a Doctor and be honest with them ASAP. Pregnancy is a very serious matter – please do whatever you can to be clean and deliver your baby in a healthy way. Sending prayers.

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    Thomas Jackson

    I haven’t smoke in two weeks have test coming up on the 15th will I be good

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Thomas, there are many, many variables, but with two weeks clean, even as a heavy smoker, you should be okay. I wouldn’t take a chance however if you have a test that is going to affect employment. Get a detox kit.

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    Jason Farver

    I have not smoked in 6 weeks… I tested myself 4 times in the past week… Sunday passed (was a cheaper test) Monday failed (“firstcheck” test) Wednesday passed (seems barely, was a pale line, but that counts, but it took more than 5m) just a few hours ago I failed… I am thinking dietary things, maybe fat burning activities, could have effected my tests. I have known about false home testing… shit… well I gotta test on Tuesday coming for probation, I will do cranberry and water over the weekend and maybe mild exercise until Monday. But I don’t want to burn too much fat before the test… any other suggestions, avoid sweets? Vitamins yay or ney? It shouldn’t take much to pass this one but I dont want to over due it and fail for one reason or another…

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Hi Jason,

      What’s with the “not wanting to lose fat?” I’d side with sweat and exercise to amplify the effort there. Water, water, water. It’s your best friend right about now. Avoid sodium as it’ll help your body retain water. That’s something I don’t stress enough. Don’t eat processed foods and don’t salt your meats.

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    I have a drug test in 10 days and i smoked a week ago, i way 125 and have a fast metabolism. What do i do

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    Shawn

    It works drinking cranberry juice especially hard drugs even baking soda helps but be prepared to be on the toilet 21 yrs experience get quick caps stop everything 48 _ 72 hrs take the herbal cleanse 2. Hours before test don’t eat 12 hrs before detox y’alls welcome

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    Joe

    I quit smoking meth 5 days ago and have a DOT drug screen tomorrow and have been drinking cranberry juice frequently will I be ok?

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Hi Joe,

      Meth stays in your system for about three days, but that will be longer if you are / were a chronic user. It’s going to be a crapshoot, so take every precaution laid out on this page very seriously. Good luck.

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    Latrise

    I have been clean for 14 days, I was a heavy marijuana user4-5 blunts a day. I have a DOT test on June 10th, I have drunk a gallon of cranberry juice and now push water daily, maybe 2-3 cups a day. Will I be clean by the 10th?

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    Chuck

    I quit for a week and had a rough weekend and smoked two small bowls. On monday i started drinking cranberry juice and taking water pills. How long before i can pass a test?

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Chuck, there are a lot of variables. Would you consider yourself a chronic smoker? If so, you need to wait a week or so of being clean doing water, etc. If not, get a detox kit stat.

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    tony

    I have not smoked since may 6th, I usually hit my thc pen 2-4 times a night monday thru friday but not on the weekends, I also did not smoke for the first week of april and for 4 days about a week ago. I drink nearly a gallon of water every day and pee a lot, I also take adderall every day (Dont know if that helps, thought I’d mention it). I am 5’10 and weigh 165 lbs and have pretty fast metabolism. How long will it take for the Thc to not be detected from my urine?

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Tony, drink double the water. Actually, drink 3 gallons to be sure. You should be fine with the time table you suggest.

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    heather

    hey i have a drug test for a job i dnt know when but it will be after monday im freaking out i have not smoked in atleast 2 days and been drinking water like a nut, i bought some test from the dollar tree and i am still positive i need this job my whole life depends on it please any suggestions are way beyond welcome!!!!!

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Hi Heather,

      All of the suggestions are on this page. How much water have you consumed? If it’s not twice your body weight, daily, keep drinking.

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    Raygen

    ok so i have a drug test in 4 days. i haven’t smoked in 26 days. it’s a urine test. i don’t want to get fake pee though. i took a home drug test and the line was super faint for thc so i think i technically passed. but i just need some advice to be sure that i’ll pass.

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    Natasha

    Okay so here’s my
    Situation: on May 10 I took 2 hits from a bong and may 11 took to hits from a pen. Last night, the 18th, I took 2 hits from a pen and found out there was a possible drug test I was going to have on a trip I’m leaving for tomorrow morning. The test could be any day between this coming Monday the 20-Thursday. Ever since last night I have been chugging water and cranberry juice and am going running tonight and going to take a hot shower to sweat it out. I bought a drug test kit as well, but do you think I’ll be okay? I leave tomorrow morning for my trip so should I do the home drug test tonight or tomorrow morning before I leave? Also I hardly ever smoke, the last time I did was in August. Thanks for the help!!

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Natasha, wait as long as humanly possible to take that test. You should be good, given you don’t smoke frequently. Good luck and come back and let us know how you make out please.

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    Mark

    Been a chronic user for a while now (smoking and vaping a couple times a day), just quit last week on Thursday (5 days since) and haven’t been using. Need to pass a urine screening to get this job. How long do I need to wait and what can I do to get this out of my system the most natural way possible? Not trying to attempt over the counter detox kits. Chugging water and exercise possibly?

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Hey Mark,

      If you are trying to avoid any kits or detoxes, drink double your body weight in water and do whatever you can to induce a sweat.

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    Alyssa

    Hey Shane,

    I have a drug test coming up on next Tuesday, May 28th, and I stopped smoking yesterday. What can I do to pass the urine test? I’ve been a heavy smoker for a while, and really want this job. Do I have enough time for it?

    • Shane Dwyer
      Shane Dwyer

      Alyssa,

      #1: Don’t smoke.

      #2: Drink twice your body weight in water daily.

      #3: Exercise. Do anything you can do to induce a sweat.

      #4: If you can, get the detox drink from test clear.

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