​Busting Myths About the CDC’s Opioid Guidelines

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines intended to help bring the budding opioid crisis in America under control. Just months after the new guidelines went into effect, surveys indicated that more than 2/3 of patients who had been prescribed opioids saw their medication levels significantly reduced. While that might seem like a positive development, many patients were not thrilled. It also became quickly apparent that the new guidelines had created a lot of confusion and that certain myths had emerged about the new rules and their implementation.

A Lack of Clarity

Almost immediately after the new CDC opioid guidelines went into effect confusion became the order of the day. Some patients complained that they were forced to endure constant pain. While others claimed they were told there was nothing their doctor could do and that going forward opioids would only be prescribed for end-of-life situations. But is that true? Let’s take a look at some of the myths that have grown up around the CDC opioid guidelines since their introduction two years ago and see if we can clarify things a bit.

Myth 1: There is Now a Ceiling on Dosages

Many patients have said they were told by their doctors that the CDC had established fixed ceilings on opioid doses and that there was nothing the physician could do. In fact, what the CDC did was establish recommended dosage limits of 50 to 90 mg per day. But they did not prohibit doctors from prescribing more if they felt it necessary. In addition, the guidelines are meant primarily for new patients. Longtime patients who have been receiving high doses without any issues are generally not targeted by the new guidelines. Although CDC does recommend broaching the possibility of dose reductions with those patients, doctors are not legally compelled to do so.

Myth 2: If You Fail a Drug Test Your Doctor Has to Drop You

Since the new guidelines came into effect, some patients complain that they've been dropped by their pain management physicians because they failed a point-of-care drug test for this or that substance. But the fact is the new guidelines go out of their way to recommend against the practice of abandoning patients for any reason. The point-of-care drug test is fairly common among pain management experts as it allows them to be sure their attempts to establish an effective treatment regime aren’t sullied by outside, illicit drugs. These tests are notoriously unreliable, however. But even when they are spot-on the CDC recommends patients who fail to not be dropped. So, if a physician claims a patient is being dropped for failing a drug test then that physician either doesn’t understand the new guidelines or something else is going on. But they’re not acting on the recommendation of the CDC.

Myth 3: Opioids Aren’t the Best Way to Treat Pain

This whopper can, in fact, be laid at the doorstep of the CDC whose guidelines suggest that opioid treatment is not necessarily the best way to treat severe or chronic pain. While there are any number of non-opioid meds that demonstrate various levels of effectiveness in dealing with some types of pain, most are virtually useless when it comes to the type of serious pain that can result from invasive surgery, serious accidents and injuries, cancer or other diseases and conditions. Massage therapy, ibuprofen, acupuncture and more may all have their place, but there is simply no substitute for opioids when it comes to dealing with the intense, debilitating type of pain that can result from any of the above conditions. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply mistaken. Still, some patients are being guided toward treatment methods that are either ineffective or counterproductive or both because of CDC guidelines which propagate the myth that alternative treatments can be just as effective as opioids.

Myth 4: The New Guidelines Have Helped End the Opioid Crisis

If only this were so. But the fact is the guidelines established by the CDC in 2016 have had little if any effect on the opioid crisis. Any improvements that have been seen on the opioid front as a result of the new guidelines have been counterbalanced by the number of pain patients who feel they are no longer getting adequate treatment. Truth be told, the opioid crisis is not being driven by medication given to and then resold by patients on the street. While there are certainly some cases of that, the fact remains that the bulk of street opioids are being smuggled into the US from China, Mexico and other countries where fentanyl is being produced in underground labs in huge quantities for the US market. So much illicit fentanyl is now on the streets, and it is so easy to obtain that some pain patients who are being denied medication by their physicians are now turning to street suppliers to provide them the relief they need.

Myth 5: The CDC Guidelines are Mandatory

While many of those in a position to prescribe opioids are curtailing the number, quantity and duration of those prescriptions in response to the CDC guidelines, they don’t have to. The guidelines themselves are nothing more than recommendations. Strong recommendations in many cases, but recommendations nonetheless. There are no punishments handed out for physicians who choose not to comply. In fact, the CDC’s Debra Houry, who oversees the National Center for Injury Prevention and who helped draft the guidelines, clarified the situation in a letter to a concerned patient not long after the guidelines were released. In that letter she said that “the Guideline is not a rule, regulation or law” and the intention “is not to take away physician discretion and decision-making." That's pretty clear and doesn't leave any real wiggle room for those claiming that the guidelines are mandatory. So the next time your doctor tells you his or her hands are tied when it comes to prescribing opioids to help you deal with your pain, politely remind them that is not the case.

Is Urine Testing Being Done on the Right People?

The drug testing industry has always resided on somewhat shaky ground. People you would think should be drug tested on a regular basis, like airline pilots, are rarely tested for anything other than alcohol, while office workers are often subjected to either regularly scheduled or random five-panel drug tests. The rise of the drug testing industry has raised a lot of questions about who actually benefits from making sure the person who puts salt on your French fries hasn’t smoked a joint in the days before you sauntered in to place your order. In a lot of cases, it would be logical to conclude the only ones seeing any benefit are the companies conducting the tests. And that notion was driven home with authority again this week when the story of Elizabeth Moreno surfaced.

The College Student and the Testing Lab

It was 2015 when the aforementioned Elizabeth Moreno, a Texas college student at the time, underwent back surgery to correct a congenital abnormality in her spine. Thankfully for Moreno, the surgery was a success. In the aftermath, she was prescribed a short course of the well-known opioid painkiller hydrocodone to help ease her through the recovery period. Sometime later she was told she would need to take a urine test to ensure she had successfully transitioned off the drug.

At the time she didn’t think much of it. She had long since stopped taking the hydrocodone and had nothing to hide. So she submitted to the drug test and went back to her normal life. It wasn’t until almost a year later that the bill arrived for that test and when it did it Moreno and her parents were floored. The testing lab was demanding the princely sum of $17,850 for a single urine test.

A History of Overcharging

The case has received national attention with many patient advocates, health professionals, and legal experts questioning both the cost of the test and whether it ever should have been given in the first place. Virtually everyone except the testing lab itself (surprise!) viewed the case as a textbook example of the rot at the core of the drug testing industry. Scores of labs nationwide are getting fat off drug tests that are hard to justify and yet no one seems to know how to assert control over the situation.

One former federal prosecutor called the $17,850 charge in the Moreno case “incredibly out of the norm” while others seemed to imply that it was an isolated incident and all boiled down to the actions of one lab that had a history of overcharging. Indeed, the lab in question, Sunset Labs, has earned an “F” rating on the Better Business Bureau of Houston website with many people claiming they have been subjected to similarly outrageous charges.

A One-Off Case or The Tip of The Iceberg?

It seems, at least on the surface, that there may be something to the notion that this was all a matter of a single rogue lab trying to take advantage of its position in the medical food chain. But is that really the case? Or is Sunset Labs just an extreme example of an entire industry that’s out of control?

Is it just the tip of a corrupt iceberg that is raking in huge profits for conducting drug tests that are at best hard to justify and in many cases, wholly unwarranted?

Sunset’s Response

Elizabeth Moreno’s insurance company estimated a urine test to determine if her system was clear of opioids should have cost about $100. An attorney for Sunset, however, claimed that the $17,850 charge was entirely in line with what other out-of-network labs in the Houston area charged for similar tests. 

It was also revealed that Sunset had not simply tested to see if Moreno had stopped taking hydrocodone. Instead, they tested her urine for everything from psychiatric benzodiazepine to amphetamines and buprenorphine as well as a laundry list of other illicit substances, thereby charging hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for each additional test. The lab also tacked on extra charges to verify that her urine sample was genuine. The fact that they did so when their mandate was simply to verify that Moreno had transitioned off hydrocodone speaks to the heart of the underlying problem with drug testing: it’s a potential cash cow many labs simply can’t resist.

There’s Gold in That Urine!

The drug testing industry has profited mightily from legitimate concerns about the opioid crisis in America. The CDC estimates that more than 100 people die each day in America from opioids and the problem is only getting worse. As such, many companies that otherwise have no legitimate reason to drug test their employees have fallen for the marketing and enlisted the services of drug testing companies to ensure the people stocking their shelves or flipping their burgers aren’t stoners, drunks or secret opioid addicts.

The result of the nationwide drug testing binge is that urine testing has grown from little more than a laboratory sideshow into an $8.5 billion a year industry with no signs of slowing down. And with the national willingness to spend whatever it takes to ensure a clean and sober workforce at an all-time high, it's no wonder that many labs can't resist the urge to pad the bill.


Back in Texas Elizabeth Moreno’s surgeon has stated that he sometimes orders drug tests just to ensure he doesn’t draw the ire of the Texas medical licensing board for prescribing opioids. But that organization claims they don't require doctors to order drug tests for short-term prescriptions and that if Moreno's surgeon did so, he acted of his own accord. They also stated that even if the surgeon had concerns that perhaps his patient was at risk of becoming addicted there were and are plenty of tests available that screen for specific drugs and typically cost less than $200.

Elizabeth Moreno’s father eventually settled with Sunset Labs for $5,000 but says he wishes now that he had put up a more robust fight.

Pee Tape Themed Video Proves Donald Trump Moves the Needle

Love him or hate there’s one thing that has to be said about the unorthodox American president: he’s good for business. Since his election subscriptions to the New York Times have increased a hefty 42%, viewership of CNN is up some 20% since their predictions of a Clinton landslide went a bit awry, and at MSNBC their viewership is up by nearly 50% over where it was pre-Trump. So, it’s little wonder everyone wants a piece of the president because a bit of Trump is worth its weight in viewers, subscriptions, page views and perhaps even golden showers.

International A-pee-al

The desire to try and cash in on The Donald isn't confined to America and American media outlets either. As proof of that, we have one Emin Agalarov, a Russian rich kid who has decided to ride Trump’s massive coattails to fame. His latest musical foray deals with the infamous “pee tape” and comes packaged with a well-financed video that includes lots of scantily clad hotties as well as impersonators of Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Jong Un and the man himself. (Although there’s no sign of real or fake pee in the video.)

Behind the Golden Curtain

Agalarov is a long-time acquaintance of Trump, who the singer claims appeared in one of his videos that were made at a time when Trump was little more than a real estate developer and budding reality TV star. His newest effort heavily references the alleged "pee tape" from some years back wherein Trump is said to have ordered up a round of golden showers to be administered by a couple of Russian street entrepreneurs in a Moscow hotel room. He is said to have been unaware that Russian intelligence was allegedly videotaping the whole thing to blackmail him later.

Fake News?

Because we now live in the age of "who has more egg on their face," the pee tape created quite a media stir in 2017 right before Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) surfaced to tell her sticky tale of alleged Trumpian debauchery. Also, other women claimed to have received hush money from Trump to keep their tales of his alleged misconduct on the QT. The pee tape itself has never actually surfaced, and Trump himself has branded the story "fake news" to absolutely no one's surprise. But yet the story refuses to die and will likely cling to Trump like the smell of urine-soaked sheets unto his last day and beyond.

Is It Actual Pee?

Even if the alleged video does surface one day it’s likely the POTUS will charge that the person identified as him is a look-alike and/or that the ladies were enjoying a bit of fun with synthetic urine and not the real thing. In which case it would be the "fake pee tape." He might even get some traction with that angle because the makers of synthetic urine often attempt to get around the fact that their product is intended to help people pass drug tests by stating on the package that their artificial urine is "For fetish use only," or some such thing. One can even imagine the president pulling a properly heated container of synthetic pee out of his pocket in response to shouted questions as he headed toward Air Force One. "Fake news!", he would exclaim, pulling the pee from his presidential overcoat and holding it up while saying "Fake news about fake pee!" He would shout as he boarded the plane en route to a summit with Putin.

Fake Pee to the Rescue?

This raises an interesting question: could such an artificial urine product save the president's bacon if a tape does surface one day? Could he say the ladies were too modest to engage in a real pee fest and instead brought along some phony weewee to preserve their excellent reputations? A move he, of course, heartily endorsed because he is, after all, such a fine upstanding gentleman himself? It's an exciting possibility and one that would undoubtedly cause public awareness of synthetic urine to skyrocket, along with sales.

Phony Beatlemania Has Bitten the Dust

Comrade Agalarov though cares not for false pee summits or reputations. He's hell-bent on cashing in on Trump-mania, which is like Beatlemania without the good music, good fun, and good feelings. His video portrays his rogues' gallery of secondary characters whispering, wailing, making payoffs and tossing back shots as they conspire, collude and commiserate with one another in scenes that look like equal parts Bunuel, Fellini and Weird Al Yankovic. In the end, two-time also-ran Hillary Clinton is seen in a Russian nightclub cozying up to Stormy Daniels as the two celebrate something that isn't entirely clear. But it doesn't matter what they're celebrating because the video is not intended to be educational, it’s a disposable piece of pop culture that will likely have a shorter shelf life than an open bottle of fake pee.

Standing up For Pee Pee

It has to be said that the whole sordid affair - from the incident that allegedly inspired it to the Mueller probe that seems obsessed with it and the Agalarov video that riffs on it - risks giving pee a bad name. And if fake pee is someday dragged into the narrative the good name of that august product may also wind up being sullied by association. This would indeed be more than a little tragic since synthetic urine has saved many a career over the years in spite of being marketed in a way that our kinky First Fetishist would no doubt appreciate. For the moment though we have Agalarov’s music video to remind us of the power of pee and also to serve as a warning those who would stay in Moscow hotel rooms without first having them swept for surveillance devices. All we can reasonably hope for going forward is that the race to cash in on Trump doesn’t undermine the ability of people to obtain the fake pee they need to save their careers.

US Army in Maryland Using Urine to Generate Power

"Urine" isn't a word that comes up a lot when people are discussing alternative or renewable energy sources. In fact, it's not a word that tends to come up a lot no matter what is being discussed. But in a lonely Army Research Lab at the unheralded Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland military researchers have apparently found a way to make urine relevant to the quest for energy efficiency and sustainability.

The Power of Pee

The whole thing came about like many scientific breakthroughs do, quite by accident. This particular tidbit of serendipity began with the drive to develop a new high-strength alloy. The nano-galvanic aluminum-based powder that was produced as part of this quest was at one point exposed to water and started bubbling. But more importantly, it began to emit pure hydrogen. That's not a normal reaction for aluminum, which most of the time oxidizes quickly when it comes into contact with water. Researchers understood the implications of this reaction almost as soon as it occurred, however. They had possibly eliminated one of the major roadblocks to making hydrogen power a practical reality; the need to transport and store it. You see, although hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe it has always made a poor power source because it is very bulky and difficult to transport. Not only that but the extraction process has always been a fiendishly difficult, inefficient and slow one. Now, however, that difficult extraction process may well be a thing of the past. But the real kicker here, and the reason for this story is that the army researchers discovered that if they added urine to their nano-galvanic aluminum-based powder the production of hydrogen occurred twice as fast as it did with water.

Practical Applications

One of the biggest concerns of those tasked with making sure soldiers are prepared for remote field ops is finding or providing an abundant fuel source for them. With so many of today's high tech communication and support devices requiring electric power (and with the ability to resupply remote teams an iffy proposition at best), it has often come down to burdening these already overworked foot soldiers with ever greater numbers of batteries. With this new process, however, just a single kilogram of nano-galvanic aluminum-based powder mixed with urine can generate 220 kilowatts of electricity in a scant 3 minutes. This energy can then be stored in fuel cells where it can be called upon by those soldiers wherever and whenever they need it. The powder could potentially be "painted" onto the side of combat or patrol vehicles. Should the occupants of the vehicles require power, all they'd have to do is get the vehicle wet by dipping it in a stream or peeing on it to generate the power they'd need. 3D printers could utilize the powder to fashion drone parts. Should a surveillance drone find itself running low on power, the operator could simply direct it to a water source where it would, in effect, cannibalize itself to generate more power. If processes currently being explored are perfected soldiers could even generate power by using aluminum cans, they find discarded by the side of the road along with their own urine to generate electricity. The possibilities are staggering when one thinks about it and could potentially cut down on military fatalities in war zones where so many soldiers are killed during fuel resupply missions.


It's not a perfect energy solution for everyone operating in remote or hostile environments, however. For instance, the process would have little applicability for astronauts, whose power needs are great but who are forced to preserve and recycle both water and urine since obtaining more drinking water in the depths of space is an impossibility. But in spite of the fact that the process has its practical limitations research into refining the reaction kinetics continues apace.

The Unanswered Question: Why?

The unknown in this entire equation is why the production of hydrogen increases so significantly when urine, instead of water, is mixed with the nano-powder. Theories as to the cause are plentiful and run the gamut from the presence of electrolytes to the natural acidity of urine. And while trying to figure out why the process happens the way it does may seem a bit like looking a gift horse in the mouth, the fact is that researchers won’t be able to truly perfect the process unless they know exactly why it’s happening in the first place. Once they understand that they may be able to utilize other fluids such as saliva to generate power in the field where none would otherwise be available.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Today the team at Aberdeen Proving Ground are busy patenting their discovery. Once that has happened they’ll turn their full attention back to finding out exactly what is behind the more efficient production of hydrogen using urine and how the whole process can be scaled up and made available to those who need it.

As we move forward, it's obvious that this discovery will have wide-ranging implications outside the military sphere as well. Automobile companies, for instance, have long been searching for a practical way to produce hydrogen powered cars but until now the process has simply been too cumbersome and impractical. There is a very real possibility this new process could change all that and be the first and most important step yet taken in finally replacing the worlds’ 1 billion fossil fuel powered vehicles.

Research into the practical applications of this invention is still in its infancy but few discoveries in recent years have generated so much buzz among those looking for sustainable solutions for the world’s vexing energy problems. It’s conceivable that, because of this invention, shortly we’ll be driving hydrogen-powered cars and that, on a far-flung battlefield somewhere, a soldier in desperate need of power will generate electricity using found aluminum cans and pee.

Is Urea the Same as Uric Acid?

There is a ton of confusing, often misleading information out there today regarding urea and uric acid. Most of it goes something like this: "Urea and uric acid are two names for the same thing" or "Our synthetic urine product contains uric acid, the only thing you'll need to ensure you get a positive result on your next test." That all sounds very well and good, but the fact is that neither statement is true. Many labs these days don't test for uric acid and the ones that do only use it as a kind of fallback position because urea can be notoriously fickle and dissipate so quickly that it's hard to detect. Which leads to the first point; that urea and uric acid are the same things. They're not. And below we’ll discuss the difference.

Two Sides of Different Coins

People who are either misinformed or trying to angle you toward selecting their product that contains only uric acid will often say that urea and uric acid are the same things. That, in essence, they are two sides of the same coin. This is not true.

A better analogy would be that they are like carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Both of those things result from the burning of fossil fuels and can be found in car exhaust, yet they are fundamentally different compounds. Both urea and uric acid result from metabolic processes and can be found in urine. They are not chemically the same and are not regarded as being interchangeable by the people who conduct drug tests.

The Boring Science of Pee

Before we go any further, let's take a more or less scientific look at these two compounds, what they are and how they are both similar and very different. ("More or less" because we're going to eliminate most of the scientific jargon.)

check What is Urea? - Urea is the result of a metabolic process. A metabolic process is that which converts food into forms of energy the body can use to power itself. In this case, urea is the result of the metabolizing of proteins and amino acids by the liver. More to the point it is a waste product that moves from the liver into the kidneys before being expelled by the body in urine. The way of sweat also discharges a small percentage of urea. Urea is a toxic substance, which is why the body expels it. But it is also vital because it carries with it excess nitrogen that would otherwise accumulate in the blood. Why is that important? Because excessive nitrogen levels lead to a condition called uremia. Uremia symptoms include confusion, fatigue, general physical weakness, dry mouth, edema, tachycardia, passing out and more. ​ check ​​Urea has been on the chemist’s radar since 1773 when it was first identified. Some 50 years after its discovery it also became the first organic compound that scientists were able to synthesize. And they have been doing so ever since. Today, laboratories around the country produce some 1 million pounds of synthetic urea every year for use in fertilizers and other products, including synthetic urine.​ check ​A typical person expels roughly 30 grams of urea every day. Most of it in their pee and the rest of it when they sweat until recently, testing facilities did not check for urea. But as the means of evading the testing machines have grown more sophisticated those labs have changed course and started looking for this most important of indicators that they are dealing with pee and not apple juice. check ​What is Uric Acid? - Like urea uric acid is a waste product of metabolic processes. In this case, it is produced by the kidneys as the end process of the metabolization of particular nucleotides. Because it originates in the kidneys the only mechanism for expelling uric acid is through urination. That's in contrast to urea, some of which is excreted via sweat. Humans are not the only animals that generate uric acid. Birds and reptiles also produce this metabolic waste product. In those animals however uric acid is expelled in both solid and liquid forms, mostly solid. While in humans uric acid is always expelled during urination.

​​So What’s the Difference as Far as Testing is Concerned?

Let’s see if we can clarify this issue for you a bit more thoroughly by taking things point by point.

check ​Uric acid and urea both result from metabolic processes - Urea is a byproduct of the liver metabolizing amino acids and proteins. Uric acid, on the other hand, is produced during the final stages of the metabolic process of specific nucleotides by the kidneys. The two have fundamentally different chemical structures. check ​Urea and uric acid are expelled differently - Most of the urea your body produces is expelled in urine. However, a small proportion is discharged in sweat as well. Uric acid on the other hand, because the kidneys produce it, is only expelled by way of urine. check ​Uric acid is not a reliable indicator - The fact that a sample contains uric acid is not a reliable indicator that it is pee and not some fake. check ​Urea is a good indicator that pee came from a person and not a lab. As a result, many companies have begun looking for urea or both urea and uric acid, rather than merely checking for uric acid. check ​Beware uric acid only - If you are in need of a synthetic urine product beware of those that advertise they contain uric acid and/or state that uric acid is the same as urea. It is not. Chances are if a drug testing company is looking for one of these metabolites it is urea they are looking for, not uric acid.

It's essential that anyone in search of a synthetic urine product make sure that the product contains both uric acid and urea. Any synthetic urine sample that does not contain urea runs the genuine risk of being deemed non-human, which means a failed drug test and botched career.

Health Officials Warn of the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

In an attempt to get ahead of the curve on a burgeoning public health crisis officials in Jackson, Mississippi have issued a dire warning about the dangers of synthetic marijuana. While the designer drug has not as of yet turned up in the city, civic leaders believe it is only a matter of time and are attempting to get the word out before anyone falls victim to this latest example of cutthroat entrepreneurship.

What is Fake Weed and Where Did it Come From?

The product being marketed in clubs, on college campuses and on street corners these days as "synthetic marijuana" may contain some actual synthetic cannabinoids (THC, the compound in marijuana that produces the high) or it may not. In either case, it presents a significant health hazard to those foolhardy enough to use it. Synthetic marijuana, often sold under the name "spice" first came to the attention of public health officials over a decade ago when people began showing up in emergency rooms in places like New York City suffering from a variety of maladies they ascribed to smoking pot. Since then the drug has steadily gained in popularity mostly because it promises an incredible high for a fraction of the cost of real marijuana. The active ingredient in synthetic marijuana, (the aforementioned synthetic THC) was actually created in the laboratory more than 2 decades ago by a chemist with a lot of time on his hands and nothing much better to do. He synthesized the fake THC, published a paper on it, made the ‘recipe’ available to anyone who wanted it and went back about his business. Not much happened until after the turn of the century when some enterprising dealers decided they would put the free recipe to good use and create a bargain basement alternative to natural weed.

The Problem

The problem with synthetic weed is essentially two-fold. On the one hand, the "real" fake THC is up to 85 times more potent than the THC that's found in actual marijuana. This incredible potency has a habit of overwhelming the unsuspecting who wind up little more than jibbering, agitated zombies who then make their way to emergency rooms to find help. The other aspect of the problem involves those unscrupulous lowlifes who, in search of a quick buck, sprinkle rat poison onto any old type of crushed, dried leaf and sell it as synthetic marijuana. The people who fall for this ruse often wind up bleeding from the nose and eyes, vomiting blood and finding blood in their urine and stools. In more than a few cases such unfortunates have died as a result of being poisoned in this fashion.

A Rash of Large Scale Incidents

Because the fake synthetic weed is typically produced in large batches and sold throughout towns and city neighborhoods in a short period of time cases of poisoning tend to involve large numbers of people. A recent case in Brooklyn, for instance, saw 25 people from the same neighborhood hospitalized in a single evening. Another case in Chicago saw more than 100 people wind up in the hospital at roughly the same time with 4 of them dying from the effects of the poison. And the list goes on and on. This is why officials in Jackson have decided to get out in front of the issue and try to prevent a health crisis by warning anyone who will listen to the dangers of synthetic weed.

Not Just a Street Level Problem

Because most of the large scale incidents involving synthetic marijuana have occurred in urban areas, the discourse has until recently tended to focus on it being a kind of poor person's problem. But a couple of other high profile cases have served notice that synthetic marijuana is a problem we all need to be aware of. In October of 2015 Derrick Coleman, a fullback on the Seattle Seahawks football team was involved in a hit and run accident during which another driver was injured. Coleman emerged from his vehicle after the collision appearing "aggravated, delirious and incoherent" according to a number of witnesses. He then fled the scene barefoot without calling the police or otherwise reporting the incident. When police arrived, they searched his vehicle and found a packet of "spice" and other drug paraphernalia. Coleman was eventually tracked down and later plead guilty to a number of charges. This highly regarded, highly paid professional athlete with no history of trouble was promptly dumped by the Seahawks and hasn't played in the NFL since. A year later in 2016 Chandler Jones - another first string, NFL all-star who played for the Champion New England Patriots - walked into a police station near his home partially dressed and disoriented in the middle of the night and asked for medical assistance. Police summoned paramedics who performed what they characterized as “advanced life support” on Jones. His home was subsequently searched and synthetic marijuana found. Jones was traded by the Patriots a few months later as a direct result of the incident.

Why More Isn’t Being Done

Synthetic marijuana presents a vexing problem for law enforcement because of the synthesized nature of its active ingredient. As soon as the chemicals involved are moved to the list of controlled substances, enterprising chemists simply tweak the mix and introduce a new variant that is not illegal. When that too gets moved to the list of controlled substances another new, legal variant is created and so on. As a result about the only approach that makes sense is to do what the officials in Jackson have done, and that's to try to educate people about the dangers before it's too late. While it's not likely to bring a complete end to the problem the public service announcement strategy may dissuade enough people from risking their health that the situation can be contained while law enforcement looks for a more permanent solution. In the meantime, synthetic weed is doing little to harm the appeal of the real thing.

Home Visit Nets Hydroponic Marijuana and More

While conducting a home visit on a certain Jose Andres Salaiz a probation officer in Alice, Texas spotted what he characterized as "drug paraphernalia" in plain view. As a result, he asked for and was given consent to search the Salaiz residence (being on probation Salaiz had little choice but to grant consent). That search uncovered a large suitcase which contained a number of mason jars filled with hydroponic marijuana, a large ziplock bag also filled with hydroponic pot, 4 sheets of THC, 6 vials of cannabis oil, two dozen envelopes containing THC "wax", an additional 26 containers of THC wax and nearly $3,000 in cash. The 26-year-old Salaiz was at a loss to explain how the various substances came into his being and his probation was promptly revoked, and he was taken into custody.

Questionable Assessment

After Salaiz was taken into custody Sheriff Daniel Bueno had a few choice things to say about the young man he'd just arrested: "He's a dealer, and because of this type of criminal activity we have people stealing to support their habit.” But the good sheriff didn’t stop with that blunt object assessment. He went on: “Because individuals get hooked on these drugs you have criminals stealing and hardworking people become victims." It was an interesting and wonderfully retro take on the evils of marijuana, but the fact that it came from a person in authority demonstrated just how far we still have to go in educating people about the realities of cannabis.

Was the Sheriff Wrong?

Although Sheriff Bueno was no doubt well-intentioned and simply doing the job expected of him his assertion that people “get hooked on these drugs” raised a lot of eyebrows. But is he right? Do people get hooked on cannabis products? It’s a debate that has been raging for decades but one which, in recent years, has been pretty effectively put to bed. Even the ultra-conservative National Institute on Drug Abuse has had to basically redefine addiction in order to wedge weed in under the addictive umbrella. But the fact remains that little if any concrete evidence has come forth conclusively proving that people "get hooked" on cannabis. And there is even less evidence to support the notion that even the most ardent stoner steals to support their favorite activity. Equating pot smokers with alcoholics, meth addicts or heroin addicts has long been a staple tactic of the right, but it's never seemed more out of step or even dangerous than it is today. Another aspect of the sheriff's argument that seemed to turn a blind eye to reality was the idea the "hardworking people become victims" because people like Salaiz sell weed. The fact is, with a population of just over 19,000 it's highly likely that many of Salaiz's customers were, in fact, the "hardworking" people of Alice.

About That Haul

Of particular interest to some who read the story of Mr. Salaiz's unfortunate encounter with sheriff Bueno was the fact that Salaiz was in possession of "hydroponic marijuana." Just what is that? Some new superstrain of weed imported from the foothills of the Andes? The cannabis community's response to rising sea levels? A typo? It's actually just the practice of growing weed without dirt. Most people are under the impression a plant needs dirt to grow. When in fact all a plant needs in order to thrive is light, water, nutrients and CO2 (carbon dioxide). Depositing a seed into a bed of earth is certainly one way to deliver those things, but it's not the only way. Indeed, if the marijuana plant doesn't have to expend a lot of energy searching the soil for nutrients, it's better able to direct its efforts toward producing more robust buds and leaves. In addition, setting up a water-only, hydroponic "farm" has several other distinct advantages over soil farming. ​You typically use less water to grow things hydroponically than in soil. ​As we alluded to a moment ago, the product is often more robust and potent. ​It’s definitely a cleaner process as no repotting is necessary. ​Plants tend to grow faster with fewer problems. ​And lastly, you can tuck your hydroponic farm away neatly in the basement.  ​​​​​It is unclear in the case of Mr. Salaiz whether he was also the hydroponic farmer or if he was simply a reseller of someone else's product. But in any case, his story has received considerable play and sparked interest in the subject of hydroponic weed.

THC Sheets

Mr. Salaiz was also found to be in possession of 4 sheets of THC, 6 vials of cannabis oil, two dozen envelopes containing THC "wax" and an additional 26 containers of THC wax, meaning this was no ordinary pot merchant trafficking in nickel bags of oregano. This operation, though decided small scale, was nonetheless on the leading edge of the underground cannabis distribution industry. While the sheriff was a bit short on details, the fact that Mr. Salaiz was charged with "manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance" indicates that he had a hand in producing at least some of the material he was selling. And just to show how well rounded and thought out an operation the young man was running synthetic urine was also confiscated in the raid. Synthetic urine, of course, is used to pass drug tests administered by employers.

Who Exactly is the Real Victim?

As Mr. Salaiz begins what will likely be a lengthy stay in a Texas prison it raises the question of who exactly is the victim in this case? While there is no doubt that Mr. Salaiz broke Texas law there is also no doubt that more than 2 dozen states have legalized pot for recreational or medical use or both. If Mr. Salaiz had been conducting his business in Colorado, for example, he likely would have received a slap on the wrist and a lecture about running an unlicensed business. Instead, he molders in a Texas prison and his child has become a ward of the state.

The Big Business of Testing Employees for Drug Use

With record low unemployment, a surging stock market and wages finally pointing upwards after years of stagnation the US economy is looking good these days. One (perhaps unintended) effect of the robust economy is that some companies have decided to look the other way when it comes to testing current and potential employees for marijuana. After all, with legalization sweeping the nation and good employees harder and harder to find in a tightening job market it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to turn workers away because they might have smoked a joint at a party over the weekend.

So What’s the Problem?

But while some companies have indeed seen the light when it comes to testing for weed the operative word here is "some." Because these enlightened companies are still in the minority. The fact is the vast majority of companies are sticking to their policy of screening for pot and firing or disqualifying individuals who come back positive. There are a lot of potential reasons for this. First, not every state has legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, or both. As such companies that do business in states where pot is still illegal figure, it's only right to stick to the status quo until they have a reason to change. Second, a lot of business owners are not on board with the notion that marijuana use is basically harmless. They don't want people who are driving their expensive trucks or operating heavy machinery or interacting with customers to be buzzing. And while it's been proven, fears like that are largely baseless, they're at least understandable, to some degree.

Bottom Line Considerations

The third reason most companies may be sticking with cannabis testing has to do with the bottom line: that is, the bottom lines of the companies that manufacture drug screening machines and conduct drug screening. Substance checking in the US is a more than $2 billion a year industry. That’s a lot of sample cups. It’s a high margin, high growth industry that has lined the pockets of a lot of company owners who don’t want anything to derail the gravy train. These companies are constantly whispering in the ears of business owners that now is not the time to let their guard down. Their argument often uses the old "gateway" approach. That is, they suggest that if business owners let up on screening for weed, they'll start questioning the logic of checking for other things. Eventually, the wheels will come off the testing wagon and they'll wind up with a group of employees who look like refugees from the set of "The Walking Dead."

The Dark Side of the Head Shop

But it's not just employers and screening companies who are keen to continue checking people for marijuana use. There is an equal number of companies on the other side of the fence that also have a stake in seeing testing continue. They are the companies that produce and sell items and kits that allegedly help individuals get around drug panels. They manufacture the artificial urine that is winding up in more and more sample cups worldwide. They manufacture the artificial penises guys use to deliver that fake pee when someone is in the room with them. They own the websites that sell products like these. And they own the head shops that do the same. Printing companies that print the boxes for these products, shippers and everyone else in the supply and delivery chain related to the get-around-your-drug-test business stand to lose if companies stop screening for weed.

A Kind of Gateway

While the number of companies no longer checking for weed is still small, it's likely to grow as long as the economy continues to churn along and demand for workers remains high. And the fact is that while it's unlikely a company's decision to stop screening for weed will have little effect on its desire to look for opiates or other drugs the decision to stop screening for weed does represent a kind of gateway. In this case, however, it's not a gateway to a world of munchy-crazed zombies, but rather a gateway to a more tolerant society. One that recognizes there is a difference between an employee stumbling into work still reeking of alcohol from the previous night's party and someone coming to work in fine shape after sharing a joint with their buds the night before. It's the kind of gateway that's worth passing through.

Let’s Not Forget

In addition to the benefits, companies are likely to enjoy if they stop trying to group recreational pot users with crack addicts there is also the case of the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans who gain some therapeutic benefits from cannabis. People with epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn's disease, arthritis and more all use cannabis to help them deal with the symptoms of their illness. Lumping these people in with heroin users and meth addicts is both grossly unfair and undermines the legitimate arguments (and there are some) that companies use to justify looking for truly dangerous substances.

The Lack of Debate

The fact is there should have been some sort of public debate over what type of substances a company could and should screen for before the practice of looking for drugs was introduced. But there wasn't. Drug screening was simply imposed on the labor market without comment and has crept into every corner of the business world like sociological kudzu. As a result, a person who shares a doobie with his friends on Saturday night is now considered to be essentially the same as someone who is stealing products from the warehouse and selling them to finance his meth addiction. It's insane.

Toward a More Just Society

At the end of the day, workers and potential workers should be judged on their ability to do the job they're being hired to do. And while no one is arguing that train conductors and airline pilots should not be checked for most drugs firing your cashier because he or she took a few hits off a bong over the weekend is no one's definition of reasonable or fair.

What Happens if You Fail a Drug Test?

Drug tests are performed every day throughout America and the rest of the world, for various reasons. Certain jobs require candidates to take a pre-employment screening as part of the application process, and some employers carry out random tests over the course of your employment. If you are on probation, you may be required to take urinalyses, and police often carry out roadside check to ensure that drivers are not under the influence of any substances. Athletes are also subject to random substance screening, to ensure that they do not have an unfair advantage as a result of performance-enhancing substances. In most cases, a high percentage of subjects pass the test, compared to those who fail; however failures do occur. Depending on the situation, the consequences vary dramatically. Read on to find out what happens when you fail a urinalysis.

If You Fail a Pre-Employment Drug Test, What Happens?

Pre-employment drug screenings occur in many jobs because if an employee is under the influence of substances, it can affect the safety of the workplace for everybody. If asked by a potential employer to take a test, then you are required to take and pass the test. If you fail the test and disagree with the result, you may be able to be re-tested. If you believe that you have failed because of prescribed medication that you take, you will be required to prove this and prove that you took the proper dosage. The chances are that you probably will not get the job; however, exceptions can occur. If you refuse to take the test, this is generally treated the same as failing. The results do not go onto any public record that could be seen by future employers or anyone else, apart from one exception. Department of Transport (DOT) employers can find out about any previous DOT tests that you have failed, and you are required to disclose any prior substance screenings results to them when applying. Your test results will also not be passed on to any authorities, and there will be no legal consequences for failing a pre-employment screening.

How About If You Fail a Test at Work?

Many companies carry out periodical or random checks of their employees. This may occur at work, or you might be sent to a lab. Unfortunately, if you fail, you will most likely lose your job. However, this isn't always the case – if you're a good employee, you may be able to ask for a second chance, but you will have to ensure that you don't fail any future screenings. Like with pre-employment checks, the results will not be shared with anybody else, except for if you work in the DOT. However, future employers are likely to ask your reason for leaving the position, and the chances are that the company will not provide a good reference for you. There will also be no legal repercussions; however, there is a high chance that being fired for failing a drug test will mean that you cannot claim unemployment benefits, but this varies from state to state, so it is worth checking.

What About When You’re on Probation?

If you are required to take checks as part of the terms of your probation, the consequences of failure can be much more severe than those of failing an employment screening, and they also vary in different cases. The penalty may depend on several factors including the offense that put you on probation in the first place, the laws of your state, and how lenient your probation officer is. The worst case scenario is that you have to go to jail, and your probation could also be revoked, meaning that you will serve your full sentence in prison. You could also be charged with an additional crime. Alternatively, you may have your probation time extended, be ordered to complete community service, ordered to go to rehab or ordered to pay a fine. You may also be subject to more frequent checks for the duration of your probation. The test result will go on your record, so if you fail a second time, then the punishment may be much harsher. Not turning up for testings will also have severe consequences.

A Roadside Check?

If a police officer has reason to believe that you may be driving under the influence of substances, you must complete a urinalysis. There are various ways of administering these tests including urine samples, blood samples, breath tests and swabbing saliva. They may also carry out other roadside tests such as checking your pupils for size, condition, and reaction to light. If you are taking any prescribed medication that may have affected your result, you are required to prove this. If you are found to have been driving under the influence of substances, penalties can vary. The chances are that you will receive a driving ban and a criminal record. You may also have to go to jail or pay a fine.

What If You're an Athlete?

Athletes are subject to random screenings to check that they are not taking any performance-enhancing substances, in an effort to ensure fair competition. It should be noted that in general, less than 2% of athletes fail these tests. Tests are administered in the form of blood samples or urine samples and then tested in a laboratory. Sanctions vary in each situation; however, the athlete may be suspended from competing for a period of time, and any win while under the influence will most likely be null, with any medals or prizes returned. Their record, results, and standing in competitions may also be voided. In the most extreme cases, athletes may be banned from competing at a professional level for the rest of their lives. Refusing to complete a urinalysis, penalties similar to those of a failed test will apply.

Performance-Enhancing DrugsHow They Work & Affect Your Body

The use of performance-enhancing drugs is all too common amongst athletes, whose desire to win leads them to ignore the severe side effects of these substances. There are many types of performance-enhancing drugs available, and they come in different forms such as pills or ointments. We see tests occurring in various sports, from Olympic athletes to major league baseball players. The different types available produce different benefits for the athlete (along with different risks), so the chemicals used will be determined by the desired outcome. In this article, we’ll take a look at how some of the most common performance-enhancing substances work.

What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are often used by various athletes, including those involved in track and field, weightlifting and American football, to increase muscle strength and power. They are substances which resemble testosterone and other male hormones, which can be injected or taken as a pill. Anabolic steroids work by stimulating the receptor molecules in the bones and muscles to activate specific genes to produce new protein. Research suggests that the effectiveness of anabolic steroids is increased by heavy resistance training, as this increases the number of unbound receptor cells that the drug can stimulate. Athletes who have used these substances reported being able to train harder and recover more quickly, which may be because anabolic steroids block the effects of hormones such as cortisol which is involved in the breakdown of tissues during and after exercise. Unfortunately for the athletes, the results reverse when they stop taking the chemicals, and they also come with risky side effects such as liver damage and depression.

What are Beta-2 Adrenergic Agonists?

Beta-2 adrenergic agonists refers to a collection of drugs including clenbuterol, terbutaline, salbutamol, fenoterol, and bambuterol. They are often used to treat asthma, as when inhaled they relax the muscles surrounding the lungs, causing dilation of the vessels and permitting more air to enter the lungs. However, when injected into the bloodstream or taken orally, the substances can build muscle mass and reduce body fat. They do this by limiting protein breakdown in the muscles. Therefore, beta-2 adrenergic agonists are commonly used amongst athletes involved in strength and endurance. They are consequently banned amongst athletes except for in an inhaler form for the treatment of asthma. While they assist with increasing muscle mass, the substances come with several adverse side effects including nausea, headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps and rapid heartbeats.

Human Growth Hormones?

Human growth hormone (HGH) occurs naturally in the body and is produced by the pituitary gland. It helps with cell reproduction and promotes physical growth by stimulating the liver and other tissues to make protein. While HGH is essential for healthy development, excessive levels increase muscle mass by stimulating protein synthesis, strengthen bones by encouraging bone growth, and reduce body fat by stimulating the breakdown of fat cells. It is therefore used by athletes to increase lean body mass, increase speed and endurance, and aid swift recovery from muscle fatigue or injury. While the effectiveness of HGH on improving athletic performance has not been proven, it has been banned amongst athletes since the early 1990s; however many athletes have chosen to use it regardless as it is difficult to detect, and has no significant side effects if it is properly dosed.

How About Stimulants?

The term stimulant refers to various drugs that impact the central nervous system. They have been commonly used amongst athletes to reduce tiredness and fatigue and increase endurance, alertness, competitiveness, and aggressiveness. They work by speeding up areas of the brain and body, which in turn increases the heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism and body temperature. The most used stimulants amongst athletes are amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, and methylphenidate. They can be taken by snorting, injecting or as a pill, depending on the drug, and effects vary between each one; however, the general effect is the same. Although nicotine and caffeine are also classed as stimulants, they are not banned; however, they are monitored to detect any possible misuse. Side effects vary between each substance; cocaine, for example, can lead to panic attacks, paranoia, addiction, and even heart attacks in extreme cases. Amphetamines can damage the liver, kidneys and cardiovascular system, and also affect areas of the brain involved in memory and emotion.

What About Insulins?

Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone, which is secreted by the cells in the pancreas. High blood sugar levels trigger the release of insulin to reduce the body’s glucose levels and prevent the liver from releasing more. Insulin is usually prescribed to treat Type 1 diabetes; however, it has been used by athletes in an attempt to increase muscle mass and definition. The hormone plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Therefore, athletes use it under the belief that it will stimulate protein synthesis and store higher amounts of carbohydrates and amino acids in the muscles. It is often used alongside other performance-enhancing substances such as anabolic steroid and human growth hormone. Not only is insulin use banned for athletes, but can also cause low blood sugar which in turn may lead to shaking, nausea, weakness, shortness of breath, drowsiness, brain damage, coma, or even death.

Lastly, Protein Hormones?

Erythropoietin (EPO) is an example of a protein hormone which is used by athletes to enhance their performance. It is a naturally occurring hormone which is secreted by the kidneys in response to low oxygen conditions. EPO stimulates the bone marrow stem cells to produce new red blood cells, to deliver more oxygen to the kidneys. Runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes have been known to use EPO to increase their oxygen supply by up to 7-10%, as EPO is challenging to detect. However, the increased density of red blood cells, caused by EPO, can cause the blood to thicken. This thickened blood does not flow through the blood vessels as smoothly, so the heart has to work harder to pump it, which puts the athlete at risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The 6 Biggest Scandals in Sports History That Involved Drugs

Sports history holds many tales of tremendous athletic achievement which will never be forgotten. However, amongst the stories of great sporting legends, are a number of drug scandals which rocked the world of sports, and are equally as famous as the sporting events themselves. Many of these involve performance-enhancing drugs used by players to get ahead, while others revolve around drug abuse of substances such as cocaine, which is also considered a performance enhancer. In either case, the consequences can prove to be disastrous with idolized sporting legends being stripped of their titles, disqualified, sent to rehab or prison, and in some cases dying from overdose. Unfortunately, these much-loved athletes will be remembered as much for their scandals as for their talent and accomplishments. Read on for the six biggest drug scandals ever in sports history.

1. Tyson Gay

American sprinter Tyson Gay is tied for the title of the second fastest man alive, after Usain Bolt. Gay competes in 100 and 200-meter sprints, with a 100m personal best of 9.69 seconds. He posted the second-fastest time for the 100-meter dash in the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix and won a silver medal at the 2012 London summer Olympics. However, in 2013, he tested positive for an anabolic steroid, which is a banned substance. He was subsequently stripped of his silver medals and banned from the sport for two years. He had his punishment halved to just one year after providing the US Anti-Doping Agency with substantial assistance during their investigation. He then came back to win the Prefontaine Classic event in Oregon; however, the scar on his reputation will never go away, and fans will always question the legitimacy of his wins.

2. Lance Armstrong

American cyclist Lance Armstrong won the Tour De France seven years straight from 1999 to 2005 and won a bronze medal in the 2000 summer Olympics in the men’s individual time trial. This is despite being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, aged 25, and making a miraculous recovery. He constantly battled with allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs, which he persistently denied, even under oath. In January 2013, after years of denial, Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which has now become famous. As a result, many sponsors dropped him, losing him $75 million in endorsements. During the interview, he told Oprah Winfrey that he feels ashamed. Unfortunately, his exceptional athletic achievement and miraculous recovery from cancer will always be overshadowed by his scandal, and this is what he will be remembered for.

3. Marion Jones

Track and field star Marion Jones made headlines when she won five medals, three of which were gold, at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. However, her reputation went severely downhill after she was linked to the 2002 BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative) scandal, in which the US Federal Government investigated the laboratory and discovered that they were supplying banned substances to athletes. In 2007, Jones admitted to using steroids over the course of her career, and she was consequently stripped of her Olympic medals. Furthermore, she was sentenced to six months in prison for lying under oath about her use of performance-enhancing drugs.

4. Diego Maradona

Many sports fans would argue that there was a point when Deigo Maradona was the greatest soccer player in the world. One thing he will be remembered for is shooting the most controversial goal in world cup history. Unfortunately, he will also be remembered for his cocaine addiction. As the drug qualifies as a stimulant, it interfered with his ability to play, causing him to fail a substance test in 1991. Consequently, he was banned from playing for 15 months and became an outcast in South America, as well as experiencing severe health issues as a result of his addiction. Maradona still qualified for the Argentinean team for the 1994 world cup; however, a drugs test showed that he was on ephedrine and he was kicked out. This became his last international tournament. His reputation was tarnished as fans learned that some of his most celebrated goals occurred whilst under the influence of cocaine, and his career plummeted to the point of no return.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

Prior to their cocaine scandal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were doing well; in 1979, they won the World Series. However, in 1986 they became the subject of one of baseball’s largest scandals. Several players were called before a grand jury for charges of cocaine distribution, and possession with intent to distribute. 20 were found guilty, and 11 were officially suspended from playing baseball; however, it was then decided that they could continue playing on three conditions: they had to donate a percentage of their base salaries to drug abuse programs, submit to random testing and complete drug-related community service. The dealers who were selling to the players received far greater punishments than the players themselves. Many people believe that this incident began the drug culture in sports, and was the precedent to all future scandals. It is also widely considered that the scandal shaped how incidents like this would be treated in the future.

6. Alex Rodriguez

For a number of years, Alex Rodriguez was the number one player in major league baseball. However, in 1991 he admitted to using performance-enhancing substances earlier on in his career, before going on to lead the New York Yankees to victory later on in that season. In 2013 he was involved in the Biogenesis scandal – regarded by many as the biggest scandal in baseball history. As a result, he was suspended for 211 games. He appealed the suspension and continued playing for the Yankees in the meantime, but he lost his appeal and missed the entire 2014 season. He returned to baseball in 2015; however many sports fans could no longer view him in the same way after learning about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Are LSD and Mushrooms Being Screened For Today?

Most people are under the impression that LSD dropped off the cultural radar some 50 years ago but the fact is Lysergic Acid Diethylamide has been with us the whole time. Sure it's had its ups and downs as far as popularity goes, but it's never been entirely out of the picture when it comes to those with a taste for recreational drugs. In the past decade or so, a new generation has come of age LSD has seen a resurgence of sorts and today is back to being the hallucinogenic of choice for young people from Saint Petersburg to San Francisco.


LSD has been around since the late 1930s when it was first synthesized from the fungus "ergot." In the 50-odd years since it came to prominence as the Scotch of the so-called counterculture, it has accumulated a slew of names including "acid", "blotter", "dots", "Lucy", "window pane", "purple microdot", "tab", "heavenly blue", "purple heart" and "zen". LSD was first sold commercially in Europe in 1947 under the name Delysid, but it's one of the few drugs to achieve widespread awareness and use that has never been available by prescription at the local pharmacy in the US. It was, almost from the very start, a largely experimental substance here and its dispensing was very tightly controlled. While you couldn't purchase it at the local store you could, until 1966, purchase the formula for creating LSD from the US patent office and synthesize the substance yourself, which many did. In 1967 however that privilege was revoked and in 1970 it was officially classified as a Schedule I substance by the US government meaning that, in the eyes of the Feds, LSD has "a high potential for abuse" and "no currently accepted medical use." The effects of LSD can vary widely from person to person. Some will experience extraordinary hallucinations; others simply feel a sense of euphoria while still others may sink into a pit of despair. Some will be completely unaffected.


Psilocybin mushrooms are another of those drugs you could never buy at the pharmacy, but unlike LSD they've been known and used by humans for thousands of years. Also known as "shrooms," "magic mushrooms" or just simply "mush" mushrooms produce effects very similar to LSD including hallucinations, a sense of euphoria and an altered sense of time. Shrooms typically have a nasty taste and are often coated in chocolate or brewed in tea to make them more palatable. Magic mushroom use is not as common as it once was but it still pops up here and there.

How long do Shrooms and Acid Stay in the System?

Both LSD and mushrooms have short half-lives which means they'll often clear your system within a day of the time you come down. But you can't bet the farm on that because the actual amount of time it takes to eliminate these drugs will depend in large part on your metabolism, size, age, overall health and more. In truth, it could be eliminated in one day, or it might take a week. In your parents (or maybe grandparent's) day there were a lot of wacky myths circulating about LSD, including one that warned trace amounts would remain in your nervous system for the rest of your life. Fortunately, those turned out not to be true. Although there have certainly been cases of negative long-term consequences from the abuse of these drugs including persistent psychosis, paranoia, visual disturbances, disorganized thoughts and more.

They Don’t Screen for Hallucinogens, Do They?

While the standard 5-panel drug test doesn't bother looking for LSD or mushrooms more specialized tests known as Abuscreen and EMIT do. Most companies will not bother ordering the more sophisticated tests however for a couple of reasons. Namely, they're expensive, and few companies think their employees are dropping acid. In some cases, if an employer feels hallucinogens might be in play they'll order one of the more thorough Abuscreen or EMIT tests, often without providing prior warning to the employee being tested.

I’ve Recently Dropped Acid. Should I Worry?

With some drugs, you can go to your employer, tell them you've been prescribed XYZ by your doctor and take your test without worry. Not with acid or shrooms. If you're facing a urinalysis only a few days after taking LSD or mushrooms, you'll need a way to ensure the urine sample you submit is as clean and clear as you are. That's where synthetic urine comes in. The ones today such as Quick Fix 6.2 are virtual carbon copies of human pee and should allow you to pass even the most rigorous drug test.

The Next Steps For You...

Quick Fix is readily available through a variety of online resellers who will ship it to you overnight so it will be there in plenty of time for your test.  The most important things to remember when purchasing and submitting a fake sample are: checkDon’t buy from a head shop - Head shops are notorious for selling these products they’ve had lying around for years. Or for selling the cheapest, least reliable fake pee, they can get their hands on. checkMake sure it’s the right temperature - Testing machines expect human pee to be between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Quick Fix kit will come with a warmer. Learn how to use it. checkUse a prosthetic delivery method if need be - If you think you're going to have company while submitting your sample use a reliable prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong for men or Monkey Whizz for women. The names aren't much but the products work. If you’ve recently partaken of LSD or mushrooms and are now facing a drug test, products like Quick Fix 6.2 is a proven way out. Don’t waste time trying to flush your system or asking your buddy for a urine sample that may itself be compromised. Use Quick Fix and relax.

​Where are the Best Places To Get Cannabis Products from?

You’ve probably noticed that cannabis-infused products are becoming more common on the Internet. Gummies, chocolate bars, special teas, drops, capsules, vaping liquids, lotions, salves, and the list goes on. It seems like every day a new company opens its virtual doors with a new angle or innovation. We live in a fascinating time with limitless choices, and though it can be overwhelming, we as consumers, have a distinct advantage. If we don’t like the price and selection that a company offers, we can take our business elsewhere. Because of that, companies selling CBD and hemp products online are working harder than ever to get your attention and win your business. Their efforts usually result in massive discounts. The smart companies are sweetening the deal with free product samples and trials. In this article, we share 30 places to get free cannabis products. Enjoy!

​30 Best Places to Get Cannabis Products from:

1. Marijuana Stocks

Get a free WolfShot energy drink laced with hemp and pomegranate/cherry flavoring. This drink is designed to provide you with a more natural source of energy than typical drinks on the market. Plus, the infusion of hemp juice helps aid in digestion and provides additional antioxidants. The product description says a serving of the beverage contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee, but without the crash. The approximate value of this shot is about $2.50. In exchange for the sample, the company requests that you take a picture of yourself with the product and write a review about how the drink made you feel.

2. Cannabidiol Life

This company is offering a sample gift basket of CDB oil, gummies, pills, and wax. All you have to do is follow their Facebook page and share it (hopefully you’ve got nonjudgmental friends and an understanding employer), then fill out a short form with your contact information. They’ll alert you when the sample is available for shipment.

3. Healthy Hemp Oil

Get a free 7-day sample of CBD oil. We can’t speak to the efficacy of this particular brand, but they’ve got hundreds of five-star reviews, so they must be doing something right. Keep in mind that you will have to pay for shipping. The cost will vary depending on your location, but on average, expect to shell out $9.95.

4. Seeds 4 Free

This UK company is offering free packs of cannabis seeds. Choose from six different strains, including Kandy Kush and Buddha’s Sister. Each package contains five seeds. Like Healthy Hemp Oil, there’s a shipping fee involved, but there’s an interesting twist. They only accept bitcoin.

5. CBD Brothers

Claim up to two free samples a day from this site! Choose from CBD oils, pills, pastes and balms. Overall there are 13 varieties to try. There is a shipping fee involved, but the product itself is free!

6. MMJ Menu

Try a delicious sample of Kiva, a “triple-strength” vanilla chai milk chocolate square. The company that offers this product for free (they hope you’ll buy lots more after you try it) describes it like “a warm blanket in a chocolate bar.” Sounds good in theory, but if you dissect that claim, it makes no sense. First of all, how can you put a blanket inside of a chocolate bar? And second, why would you want to? We think the people who wrote the product description may have had too much Kiva bars. And now, we’re dying to get our hands on some.

7. Marijuana Grow Bible

If you claimed your free seeds from, you’re probably going to want to know how to grow them! Luckily, there’s a free book available for download called “Marijuana Grow Bible.” Written by Robert Bergman, founder of, this guide contains knowledge collected over the course of 30 years.

8. Platinum Herbal Care

New visitors can claim a free sample of one of four strains: PK+OG, Juicy Fruit, Earth Bubba or Chunky Monkey. The sample contains one gram.

9. CBD Daily

Bookmark this page and keep checking back. They’re often out of stock of free samples, but when they are giving them away, expect a generous sample of a CBD oil or serum.

10. BC Seeds

Want to try out your green thumb and make a handsome profit with zero risk? Head on over to BC Seeds, scroll toward the bottom of the page and click on their offer for their top-selling strain of five feminized seeds. They say that the product sells for $550 an ounce, so you’ve got nothing to lose and so much to potentially gain.

11. London Seed Centre

If you’re in the UK, this site is for you. Create an account and claim your free seeds. Plus, you get a free seed every time you order.

12. The Strainbank

For native California seeds at an irresistible price (free!), The Strainbank is our favorite spot. You get a sample pack of five OG Kush seeds for a nominal shipping fee.

13. Marijuana Plants Online (Cookbook)

If you’re a DIYer, you may want to try your hand at making your own edibles. The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook is the perfect guide for perfecting your recipes. You want to make sure you use just the right amount of herbal assistance and also make something that’s a delight to devour. This book helps make that happen for you! This e-book contains 151 pages of pure deliciousness.

14. Overgrow Canada

If you’re in Canada, you could be a good citizen and help with the mission of overgrowing Canada with marijuana plants. Hilarious, right? The mission of these folks is to blatantly grow plants in public areas, including in front of police stations, City Hall, and other high-profile places. They provide a ton of help and guidance along the way to ensure your plants’ success. For example, they recommend letting your plant grow to be a few inches tall before transporting it to give it the best chance of survival and growth.

15. Weed for Good

This is a non-profit organization that helps connect the needy and underprivileged with free pot. To see if you qualify, fill out a form to apply for assistance, though they may direct you somewhere for a consultation rather than sending you a free stash. Still, it’s worth a shot.

16. Hero Grown

If you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for free pot. Hero Grown has given away more than $2 million in cannabis to war heroes, helping them with PTSD and other side effects of war. The organization says it’s working to steer veterans away from sleeping pills, opiates, painkillers, and alcohol. Their mission is to help veterans cope with the aftermath of their experiences in a safe and natural way.

17. Dank City

In exchange for your email address, Dank City will enter you into giveaways and provide other chances to get free stuff. They’ll also send any relevant promo codes, which could range from a percentage off a product to offers for free samples.

18. Buds 2 Go

Get a free gram of a premium strain. The catch is that you have to purchase something from their store, but it could be as insignificant as a dollar pack of rolling papers. Joke’s on them, right?

19. Gold Labs Premium Cannabidiol

Gold Labs CBD is giving away 250 free samples every day. We actually think it’s limitless, but we can’t say for sure. In exchange for giving them your contact info, you get a one-ounce bottle of this supplement. There’s no THC, so no side effects. It’s 100% natural and has gotten excellent reviews from other people who have claimed the sample.

20. Feronia Botanicals

While a lot of companies charge for shipping, Feronia Botanicals will send one product sample completely free. If you want two, they ask that you pay a $5 shipping fee. Choose from a CBD salve or lotion. This company has the most adorable packaging, so we’re happy to become repeat customers just for the artistic bottles and jars.

21. Panacea Life

This company does monthly giveaways of 500 samples on Reddit. They give away 7-day supplies of CBD oil in exchange for prospects answering a 10-question survey. It’s easy and takes only a few minutes. You can visit their home page at or keep checking back on Reddit to be the first to know when the giveaway is live again:

22. Demo Days at Urban Leaf (or your local dispensary)

If you live in an area where recreational marijuana is legal, reach out to your local dispensaries to inquire about demo days where you can sample free product. Urban Leaf in California hosts demo days on a regular basis where you can try a wide array of their stock.

23. Cannabis Growing Guide

If you’d like a single point of reference containing every relevant piece of knowledge you could hope to acquire about growing the most potent weed plants possible, check out the free Cannabis Growing Guide. It’s a simple and easy-to-navigate table of contents; no download or opt-in required!

24. Growing Cannabis Indoors

If you live in a climate where you need to grow your marijuana inside, or maybe you’re in a spot where you can’t farm outside legally (wink, wink), then Denver Party Ride’s indoor growing guide will be a lifesaver. They focus on how to seed and cultivate cheaply and easily, which is also a huge plus!

25. Stashbox

Just when you thought that subscription boxes had saturated every possible niche, they’re now in the marijuana industry. However, not all cannabis subscription boxes are awesome, so we’re recommending Stashbox. You don’t even have to pay anything to get the goods. You can sign up for their mailing list to get freebies and be entered into giveaways. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get started with a subscription box for $1. Sounds like almost as much fun as a dollar scratcher ticket!

26. Dr. Raw Organics

This site sells sweet and savory edibles, along with tinctures and balms. They use organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients. The red velvet brownie is a favorite, but it comes with a high potency warning. The company provides free samples, but they do verify your information first.

27. CBD Infusionz

Get as much free product as you can handle as a CBD Infusionz brand ambassador. As long as you have a decent social media following, you can get free edibles, capsules, salves and CBD MCT Oil. You can even get paid if you sign up for their affiliate program. Their commission is a very generous 20%.

28. Canabidol

Speaking of getting free stuff by being a brand ambassador, Canabidol is another company that offers this amazing opportunity. If you get accepted by CBD Infusionz, you’ll probably qualify for Canabidol, too. The advantage of doing both is that they sell different products, so there shouldn’t be a conflict of interest. And, of course, you get double the goods. By repping Canabidol, you can get free capsules, vape liquid, cacao tabs, and concentrated extracts.

29. Seedsman

Get free seeds from Humboldt, no strings attached. Seedsman is offering site visitors a Green Crack fern worth around $10, absolutely free. Another plus: they provide stealth packaging and shipping is available worldwide.

30. Treasured CBD

Here’s another free sample bottle of CBD oil to try. Again, it’s a one-ounce bottle, so it’s a generous enough supply to be of use. Maybe even long enough to get results! This particular formula is purported to relieve anxiety, reduce blood sugar levels and promote bone growth. Give it a try and let us know what you think!


Keep in mind as you visit these sites that many of them have age and location restrictions. You’ll have to confirm that you’re over a certain age, usually somewhere between 18 and 21, and as you claim your free products, make sure you live in an area where the company can legally ship. Also, before claiming any offers, double check to see if there’s an automatic subscription model associated with a free product. If so, don’t forget to cancel the subscription before your next billing cycle!

​What are ​the Best Cannabis Podcasts to Learn From?

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.” This quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero was documented nearly 2,000 years ago. It is still relevant today, only except for everyone writing a book, we’re seeing an explosion in the number of people recording podcasts. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a podcast (or a hundred) that likely addresses that topic, even if you think it’s obscure. Want an example? How about The Quack Attack: a podcast for fans of The Mighty Duck movie trilogy. It’s no different for the world of cannabis. As a growing industry (this is the first of many puns you’ll encounter while reading this), there’s plenty to talk about. Doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and even stoners, are weighing in on a wide array of topics to a mass of subscribers. In this article, we share our favorite 21 podcasts to learn more about Marijuana.

​The 21 Best Podcasts About Cannabis Is Here...

1. Cash Crop – Cannabis Production Innovation

Aimed at entrepreneurs and opportunists in the cannabis business, Cash Crop gives helpful tips on how to be successful and take advantage of the all the opportunities in this booming industry. The primary focus is on the local Denver market, but the show also explores national and international issues.

2. Weed Week

A news show all about weed! Journalists, Alex Halperin and Hayley Fox, discuss cannabis-related current events and go in-depth on topics such as politics, business, health, science, criminal justice, culture, and industry influencers. If you think that the way that the mainstream media covers marijuana is unsatisfactory, tune in to Weed Week to get your news fix.

3. Everyday Cannabis with Eva Sativa

Eva Sativa (cute name, right?) is a consumer advocate who says that she owes her life to this miraculous, medicinal plant. She stands firm as an advocate for patient rights, safe products, and community education. This weekly show covers a variety of topics, including research, product reviews, and legal issues.

4. Think Hempy Thoughts

No list of audio listening would be complete without a conspiracy theorist in the mix. Think Hempy Thoughts, started by Lyme Disease survivor, Annie Rouse, focuses primarily on a government official who was influential in criminalizing marijuana in the 20th century. This official, named Harry Anslinger, waged a war against cannabis in the 1930s. What’s interesting about the Anslinger story is that he had gone on record prior to the 1930s claiming that it was absurd to say that marijuana caused any harm whatsoever. However, this was also during the period of Prohibition, when it was illegal to sell and consume alcohol. Anslinger played a pivotal role in keeping America dry, so when Prohibition came to an end, he needed a new enemy to slay.

5. The Cannabis Reporter

Hosted by award-winning journalist and masterful storyteller, Snowden Bishop, The Cannabis Reporter dives into the future of the industry and how legal marijuana benefits society. She discusses medicine, health, economics, environment, and culture. Her interviews are always engaging, and she gets top-notch guests on the show, including Quddus and Mexico’s former President, Vincent Fox.

6. Talking Seaweed

These guys laugh constantly. They freely admit that they’re “way too high” while they’re recording, and as a result, it takes them over a minute just to get through a basic introduction. If you’re having a rough day, their laughter is contagious. They focus on the cannabis culture of the East Coast, and they have a sophisticated palette that extends to food as well. One recent episode features Master Cannabis Chefs. Each episode is like an unscripted conversation blended with a foggy stream of consciousness. It almost feels like you’re in the room with them, laughing at their ridiculously funny observations. Something else notable about Talking Seaweed is that they film their show, too! You can follow along visually either directly from their website or on YouTube.

7. Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast

With all the commercial cannabis, hemp, and CBD oil products cropping up (ha, did you like that pun?), this podcast by Kisorganics strips away all the fluff and focuses on the science. You’ll learn all about the composition of soil and how it affects the nutrition of cannabis, as well as new technology, optimal growing techniques, ideal temperatures and confusing words you’ve never heard of but will be well-versed in by the end of each episode.

8. Cannabis Business Minds

This podcast is the brainchild of Kalogia, a company whose mission is to “create a safe and fair business space for the cannabis industry.” As marijuana has evolved from totally illegal, to medicinally acceptable, and is now on the verge of being legal on a broader spectrum, Kalogia’s founder, Simone Cimiluca-Radzins, recognized that the community was divided, and even at odds with each other. Her goal is to provide everyone with the information and services they need to be successful in this industry.

9. Cannabis Health Radio

The overall theme of this podcast is extraordinary miracles happening to everyday people. At the time this article is being published, Cannabis Health Radio has recorded 223 episodes. Most of them discuss debilitating diseases with harsh death sentences that were completely reversed in a matter of months. A recent episode, titled “Extremely Rare Form of Rectal Cancer Cleared in Only 3 Months with Cannabis Oil” is worth a listen. This woman’s story is so compelling and also scary!

10. Vox’s The Weeds

If you love politics, you’ll appreciate The Weeds. Developed by Vox Media, The Weeds podcast features a team of talented hosts who love going into the weeds, so to speak, to give you all the nitty-gritty details of what’s going on in the world of politics and how it relates to marijuana. Recent episodes talk about chaos in Trump’s White House, the opioid epidemic, and policies around immigration and disability. Unlike mainstream media that delivers everything in 30-second soundbites, the team at Vox Media sheds light on the issues the media can’t (or won’t) touch and provides an astounding depth of detail. Listen to this show, and you’ll win every dinner party argument.

11. WV Green is the New Black

The WV in this podcast’s title stands for West Virginia, and most of the content is centered around issues in that state. However, we believe that the concepts in the podcast are universal, so we encourage you to listen to an episode and see if it resonates with you. The show aims to unite entrepreneurs, patients, and informed citizen advocates to ensure fair and just legislation. Episodes work to dispel myths and educate people on its benefits. Definitely applicable to everyone with a stake in the outcome of the pot industry, right?

12. Weed and Whiskey

Talk about an interesting pairing! Based in Spokane, Washington, hosts (and budding comedians – ha, another pun!), Casey and Josh drink whiskey, smoke pot, and ramble about life. Actually, the rules of the podcast are that only Josh smokes weed because Casey gets too chatty when he’s high, allegedly. There’s no set schedule to the show, so be prepared for a flurry of episodes and then silence for weeks at a time. Still, it’s worth the wait to listen to these funny guys and their fellow comedian guests.

13. High Minded by the Cannabist

This podcast takes a serious and organized approach. It’s a bit dry, to be honest, but the host Alex Pasquariello is new to the world of podcasting, and he’ll likely up his energy levels as he gets more experience. We appreciate the multi-faceted approach this podcast takes on the industry as a whole, which Alex describes as having three acts. Act I covers a timely news story; Act II focuses on government policy; and Act III discusses pros and cons of legalization .

14. The Cannabis Corner

If you’re new to the world of marijuana, this podcast is an excellent place to start. The Cannabis Corner is hosted by an author and grower/caregiver team, Joshua Braff and Adam Teitelbaum. It addresses a lot of the questions that newbies to marijuana face, including, what is CBD, what edibles are best for different maladies, and even where it’s safe and legal to buy pot.

15. Periodic Effects: Cannabis Business Podcast

In heaven, we think that there will be an endless supply of caramel and cannabis. Thankfully, the host of Periodic Effects, Wayne Schwind, ditched his career in engineering to start a company called Periodic Edibles, which makes cannabis-infused caramel and delivers a little bit of heaven right here on Earth. Have you ever tried this delectable treat? If not, go out and get one after you finish reading this. The show is aimed at people interested in the business aspects of the industry, and there are often stimulating discussions and debates about the future. And, given that Schwind is an engineer, there’s plenty of science that sneaks into each episode, too. A unique feature of this podcast is that it’s recorded in front of a live audience (in Portland, OR), so you can hear the interactions from the audience, and there’s always a Q&A session.

16. IMDWeed

A podcast that combines pot and movie culture? Count us in! Two women (Kelly McInerney and Jessica Androsky) get together, smoke pot and talk about stuff. They are real-life, actual comedians who are hilariously funny and they’re perpetually stoned, at least during the podcast. They spend quite a bit of time discussing a movie of the week. Oh, and they don’t even bother discussing current movies, which makes this show even funnier. Recent episodes centered around Flatliners and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures. Plus, they bring on guests, so the hilarity doubles. If Siskel and Ebert were female and smoked pot, it would sound a lot like this podcast.

17. GrowCast: The Official Cannabis Podcast

Want some excellent growing advice from the experts? You’ve come to the right place with the GrowCast podcast. Cannabis grower, Jordan River, interviews a variety of expert growing guests and also mixes in appearances from musicians, filmmakers, and even chemists. Consider this show educational, with some fun mixed in. Did you know that composting tea can kill your weed? Neither did we, at least not until we listened to the show!

18. Ganjapreneur

Thinking about getting into this growing industry, but not sure where to start? The Ganjapreneur podcast will ignite your entrepreneurial spark and arm you with the details you need to get going.

19. Dopefiend

This podcast is your one-stop shop for everything you wanted to know about cannabis. It takes a more global perspective, mostly because it’s recorded in the UK (complete with the charming accents). You’ll learn about all the tech stuff, news and get a healthy dose of comedy. It’s worth tuning in just for the catchy intro.

20. CannaInsider – Interviews with the Leading Voices of the Cannabis Industry

If you’re familiar with the movers and shakers of the industry, this podcast is like a who’s who of pot celebrities. This show takes a more highbrow and sophisticated approach, interviewing Harvard professors, investors and doctors. It’s well-organized, and if you’re looking for something informational, subscribe to this podcast and listen carefully to what host Matthew Kind covers. He’s on the cutting edge.

21. The Marijuana Solution

Recorded in Florida, The Marijuana Solution addresses issues related to the legalization of pot, and it discusses specific challenges that the Florida community is facing. For example, marijuana is legal in Florida for medical use, but even then, the laws are severely restrictive. If you’re in a state with a similar situation, this podcast will be of particular interest.


Whether you’re new to this topic or you’ve got heaps of knowledge and experience, there’s a podcast about cannabis out there that will match your preferences and personality perfectly!

How Marijuana Dispensaries are Changing Lives for the Better

The debate about whether marijuana should be legal continues, but those in favor of legalization are gaining ground.Back in 1969, only about 12% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana, but at the end of 2017, that number had jumped to over 66%. Even conservative Republicans are in favor of legal cannabis use; well at least half of them are. As of 2018, nine states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and another 20 have authorized it for medicinal purposes. The states of Colorado and Washington have been leaders in this movement, and considering how beneficial dispensaries have been in those states, it’s only a matter of time until everyone else comes on board. At least, we hope so. From reduced crime crates to healthier economies, the list of benefits that the dispensaries bring is numerous. In this article, we’ll explore the top 6 reasons that marijuana dispensaries are changing lives for the better.

1. Quality Control

Okay, this might not be the number one argument to present to legislators or public naysayers, but it’s important. Whether a cannabis customer is looking for something medicinal or recreational, a safe product made to strict quality standards is critical. Without dispensaries, people are faced with growing it themselves or buying it on the black market. It could be a shady neighbor down the street or a connection from “someone who knows someone.” Either way, the customer has no idea what they’re getting. Is it moldy, laced with something, too strong, not strong enough? What strain is it? Does it come with a certificate of authenticity? Without qualified people following a set of standards and actively testing and evaluating the product, customers are faced with the concept of “buyer beware” at a whole new level. And what about people consuming cannabis to help them treat the symptoms of life-threatening and painful illnesses? The list of health challenges that cannabis helps treat is long, from nausea due to complications with HIV and cancer, to pain associated with migraines. In fact, cannabinoids are also shown to help reduce inflammation associated with a host of disorders including Crohn’s disease and arthritis. If they were taking a pharmaceutical drug, that medicine would have undergone lengthy trials and also would have been manufactured under stringent quality and cleanliness standards. Anything that we consume needs to be held to a quality standard, and marijuana is no exception. When people buy from dispensaries, they can be assured that the product was sourced, handled, and stored using consistent quality and safety standards. Actually, on second thought, this benefit is perhaps the most compelling!

2. Decreased Crime Rates

By decriminalizing marijuana and making it easily accessible to the masses, dispensaries are helping communities fight crime. Now patients and customers can legally purchase pot and edibles, getting so-called drug dealers off the street and allowing them to enjoy something beneficial without breaking the law.

3. Safer Neighborhoods

Remember the show Weeds? It’s about a suburban mom whose husband dies suddenly of a heart attack, and in order to maintain their upper middle-class lifestyle, she resorts to selling pot to other neighborhood soccer moms. Anyway, things spiral out of control almost immediately, and the whole family is on the run. People died. Lives were ruined. It was a mess. Entertaining to watch, though. Anyway, the idea that people have to turn to strangers and put themselves at risk in order to buy pot is insane. A dispensary is a safe, clean, and beautiful atmosphere to shop in peace and get advice from qualified professionals. So, rather than facing a craigslist type of situation to try to obtain pot, it seems much more logical to go somewhere legit.

4. Stimulate the Local Economy

The tax dollar benefit is obvious. By funneling money through a tax-paying business rather than a collective group of black market pot dealers, states and municipalities can collect more tax revenue. Colorado, the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, collected $135 million in taxes in 2015. And, as California has now followed suit with legalized recreational use, there are estimates that annual tax collection for marijuana alone could top over $3 billion. In addition, dispensaries create jobs for the local economy. Growers, handlers, store employees, delivery drivers, bakers, and more are all receiving wages and revenue. ​This economic stimulus has a compound effect on other sectors of the economy as well. In Colorado, for example, demand for both commercial and real estate is on the rise, with housing prices up 8.7%. It’s not just revenue that’s increasing in states that have marijuana dispensaries. There are significant tax savings as well. This is because enforcing laws that criminalize marijuana are expensive. By eliminating arrests for marijuana growing and possession, states could save millions. Again, using Colorado as an example, the state is expected to save up to $40 million per year by eliminating cannabis-related arrests. Another benefit that’s less talked about, but just as important, is a decrease in sick or stress days. When people are able to conveniently access marijuana to handle stress, headaches, and nausea, they’re less likely to call out sick. This makes them more productive in their jobs, and probably a lot happier, too.

5. Battling the Opioid Crisis

Everyone’s jumping on this argument, so we won’t delve into this one too much. There’s a statistic making the rounds that 115 Americans die each day due to an opioid overdose, which includes prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl. The fact that celebrities are suffering makes this more of a “newsworthy” headline. Tom Petty, Carrie Fisher, Prince, and Philip Seymour Hoffman are all notable personalities struggling with opioids as an addiction. We won’t go into a medical diatribe, but there’s an overwhelming body of evidence showing that prescription painkillers are no more effective than cannabis at treating pain. Plus, it helps that pot has more limited side effects.

6. Shiny Happy People

Take a look at the world around you, and you’ll see that most people are miserable. They’re stuck in their tiny box houses; they drive to work in a box-shaped car; they rush to work to toil away in an office or cubicle (also coincidentally shaped like a box). We can look at the service dispensaries provide as a way to help make this existence more tolerable, or we go a step beyond that and allow the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of marijuana to inspire us to strive for something better. Either way, it seems obvious that marijuana dispensaries are making the world a much happier place.


Entering a dispensary is like walking into a giant, adult candy store. Dispensaries are often beautifully laid out with an endless array of options. Customers can choose from a carefully curated selection of strains, take some edibles to go or stock up on “energy” drinks. Our personal favorite is the hard candies that come in Jolly Rancher-type flavors. As Americans, we live in the “land of the free.” Having access to a dispensary should be a reality for all of us, and hopefully will be in the near future.

 Is Modafinil Part of a Standard Urine Drug Test?

To read some of the press related to the "alertness" promoting drug Modafinil (sold under the brand name "Provigil") you'd think you were reading promotional materials for the movie "Limitless." Most of the reviews are so gushing they seem far more like propaganda than objective reporting with stories of hyper-vigilant super-executives purging impurities from their corporate functions and 21st-century factory workers redefining productivity on the previously moribund night shift. The reality is something entirely different and one which any recovering cocaine addict might easily relate to.

What is Modafinil?

Modafinil - also known on the street as "Mod," "Daffy Drug," "fil," "limitless," "moda" and "go pills" - was originally developed in France during the mid-1980s. At the time it received official sanction it was - and still is - considered an effective treatment for narcolepsy. The fact that the drug was also believed to pose a very low threat of addiction caught the eye of the US Air Force, which began providing it to long-haul bomber pilots as a way to ensure they'd stay awake and alert throughout the mission. The drug was finally approved for use in the US in 1998 and has since been used to treat a variety of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, shift work disorder, and the narcolepsy as mentioned earlier. It also caught the eye of recreational drug users who began to see it as a low impact, non-addictive cocaine alternative. For many years, Modafinil enjoyed a charmed relationship with both users and the press. It was in many ways the poster child for the wonders of modern chemistry. Then researchers started to take a closer look, and the picture that emerged was not all sunshine and energetic puppy dogs. In fact, data suggested Modafinil's effect on the brain is very much like that of cocaine. Both drugs block dopamine transporters which have the effect of increasing the amount of dopamine circulating in the brain. In short, they both produce the "reward" response typical of every addictive substance.

Side Effects of Modafinil

When this less-than-flattering data began to surface the US government was compelled to take a second look at Modafinil and as a result, wound up classifying it a Schedule IV controlled substance joining Klonopin and Librium in that category. Still, that hasn't deterred an ever-growing number of people from imbibing in Modafinil. Neither have the numerous side effects that range from benign to severe and include: Blistering or peeling skin Shortness of breath Jaundice Confusion Nervousness Headaches Blurred vision Fainting Mood swings Involuntary movement of the face Speech disorders And many more... Modafinil withdrawal is also a very real thing and can produce insomnia, anxiety, lethargy and sexual disinterest.

Do Companies Test for Modafinil?

Because the positive aura that surrounded Modafinil for years after its introduction has been slow to erode, many businesses don't screen the drug on their standard five-panel drug test. Some expanded 12-panel tests will look for it, but even those cases are pretty rare. Where Moda raises eyebrows of disapproval is in the athletic realm. Both the NCAA and Olympic Organizing Committee have classified Moda as a performance-enhancing drug and banned its use outright. Since these bans were instituted there, have been a slew of high profile disqualifications due to athletes testing positive for Modafinil, including American sprinter Kelli White who was stripped of a gold medal at the Track and Field World Championships due to Modafinil use. So while the potential for Modafinil abuse is only slowly dawning on the corporate world, the world of athletics has called it out.

Can a Urine Test Reveal Modafinil?

As we said, earlier a standard five-panel drug test won't be looking for Modafinil. So if you work for a company that screens for drugs you likely have little to worry about, for now. However, there are more sophisticated urine tests that have been developed in recent years that can quickly and easily identify Moda. These urine tests are showing up with increasing frequency at all manner of athletic competitions. Since Modafinil typically remains detectable in urine for 3 to 5 days, you'll need to consider your options if you've taken it within a few days of a high profile sporting event.

How Can I Avoid Testing Positive for Modafinil?

There are some ways you can circumvent more sophisticated urine tests searching for Modafinil. The first and best way to do so is to stop taking the drug. Any athlete taking it needs to weigh the potential benefit they may derive from the drug with the irreparable harm that will befall their career if they wind up testing positive. If, however, you are in a position where you think you may test positive for some reason your options come down to taking the test and crossing your fingers, finding someone to donate a urine sample or using a high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2. Crossing your fingers is not a strategy, and if you use someone else's pee, there's no way of knowing what's in there. It may test negative for Moda and positive for cocaine.

The Best and Most Reliable Choice

Synthetic urine was developed to allow companies that make drug testing machines to test the accuracy of those machines. The higher quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 are indistinguishable from real human urine and are used every day in every corner of the developed world to help people just like yourself pass drug tests. If you have reason to believe you may be monitored while providing a sample we recommend you use a discreet and reliable prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong (if you’re a guy) or Monkey Whizz (if you’re a woman). They too have a solid track record of success. While employees don’t need to worry their Moda use will be detected by a standard drug test athletes are feeling the pinch and need to find ways to protect their reputations. Quick Fix synthetic urine provides the best chance to do just that.

Should You Worry About Morphine Showing In Standard UA?

The ability of the opium poppy to generate numb, dream-like states has been known for thousands of years. Its first known mention was on a clay tablet from Sumer written more than 4,000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the start of the 19th century that morphine was synthesized and named for Morpheus, the Greek God of dreams. In the years since morphine has found a place in both medical and popular culture and today over 400,000 pounds of morphine are thought to be consumed each year in the US alone. When you throw in the tens of millions of prescriptions written each year for other opioids along with the immense street trade you begin to understand why the government recently declared an opioid crisis.

Common Methods of Administration

When consumed as a recreational drug, morphine is most often injected. However, in clinical settings, it can also be administered orally as tablets or as a suppository. The primary reason most street users inject morphine is that it typically takes hold about three times faster this way than if it’s taken by another method.

The Value and Danger of Morphine

Regardless of how it's taken morphine works by producing an analgesic effect wherein the user becomes insensitive to pain without ever losing consciousness. The first instance when morphine was used on a large scale was during the American Civil War, where hundreds of thousands of soldiers suffered gruesome injuries. Battlefield doctors at the time were incapable of dealing with the volume or extent of injuries in an effective manner and came to rely heavily on morphine to relieve suffering. The strategy worked (to a point) in the short term, but in the long run, tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides of the conflict returned home morphine addicts. After the war it took Congress nearly half a century to pass laws controlling the distribution and use of morphine and today it is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance; meaning it has valid medical purposes but also presents a high risk of abuse and addiction. In fact, morphine produces the 3rd highest number of all substance abuse-related emergency room visits in the US, with only alcohol and heroin producing more.

Morphine on the Street

A byproduct of morphine’s ability to alleviate pain is the sense of euphoria it produces in the user, and it is the pursuit of this feeling that drives the morphine addict to seek ever greater amounts of the drug. Because of its addictive qualities, morphine is an extremely popular street drug. That popularity has given birth to an array of pseudonyms for morphine including: Dreamweaver Aunty Em or Aunty Blue Morf Emsel Mister or Missie Blue White Rain White China Black Pill Junk Dreamsicle Black Mollies Roxanol

Side Effects

Morphine use, and particularly morphine abuse, produces a number of side effect ranging from mild to life-threatening. These include rapid heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, slow breathing, difficulty swallowing and swelling of the face and mouth. Symptoms of an overdose include constricted pupils, respiratory distress, nausea and vomiting, hypotension, weak pulse, extreme drowsiness, and seizures.

Does the Standard 5 Panel Drug Test Look for Morphine?

Yes. All standard 5-panel tests screen for opiates including morphine. And with last year's declaration of a national opioid crisis, it's likely even more companies are going to start administering these tests to their employees. If the morphine in your system was given to you by a doctor in conjunction with a legit medical procedure and you alert your employer you have little to worry about. On the other hand, if you're a recreational user of morphine there's plenty or reason to dread the upcoming drug test.

How Can I Flush Morphine From My System So I Can Pass a Drug Test?

Simply put, you can’t. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either misinformed or ill-intentioned and trying to capitalize on your desperation. In someone with little or no history with morphine, the drug should be eliminated by the body in 3 to 4 days. That’s if they’re young and otherwise in excellent shape. Addicts and other more frequent users can expect the elimination period to extend to a week or 2. In some cases even longer.

Is There Another Way to Pass a Drug Test?

If you're up against and impending drug test and aren't sure you'll pass because of morphine use the best and most reliable method for overcoming the situation is to submit synthetic urine in place of your own. Synthetic urine was developed specifically for use in drug testing machines. High-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 has a success rate of more than 99% when used according to instructions.

What are Those Instructions?

When people fail to pass a drug test with high-quality synthetic urine it's typically for one of the following reasons: The sample was cold - The temperature of your sample is important because drug testing machines are calibrated to the temperature of genuine pee, fresh from the human. As such they expect the sample to be between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If the synthetic urine is submitted at room temperature, the machine will kick it out as fake. So always be sure to use the enclosed heating element.  The product was mixed many days before the drug test - Synthetic urine is nearly identical to real urine, and as such, it will break down if left lying around for days, just like human pee will. So always be sure to mix the product as close to testing time as possible. Otherwise, the machine will kick it out as fake.  Take care to do these things, and you stand an excellent chance of passing your drug test. The best way to pass a drug test is to stop using drugs. That said, if you have a test pending and aren’t sure you’ll be able to pass it, try Quick Fix 6.2. If you think the submission process will be monitored, use a dependable prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong (men) or Monkey Whizz (women).

​How Many Days Does Vyvanse Stay In The System?

Schedule II controlled substances are those that have proven medical applications but which also tend to be abused and generate addiction. Percocet, Oxycontin, and Morphine are three examples of Schedule II drugs. Lisdexamfetamine, (L-lysine dextroamphetamine) sold in the US under the brand name Vyvanse, is another. Vyvanse is used primarily to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorders. Vyvanse is the classic case of a mixed blessing as it is considered an effective treatment for ADHD but carries with it the potential as mentioned earlier for abuse along with a ton of side effects. The least impactful of which are dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, fever, jitters, headaches, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Vyvanse doesn't have any specific street names. It may be referred to as "Vy" but more often is either referred to by its brand name or by standard amphetamine tags like "speed," "bennies," "jelly beans," "dexies," "footballs" or "uppers."

Why Bother With Vyvanse?

There are a lot of amphetamines on the market. What is it about Vyvanse that keeps recreational users coming back? Well for starters people who use lisdexamfetamine claim it gives a nice jitter-free buzz. Others tout the fact that it’s long lasting and doesn’t slam you at the start or send you crashing to the ground at the end. Others just like the fact that you’re likely to get about 12 hours from a single 50mg tab and ignore the more serious side effects that can include hives, slurred speech, seizures, hallucinations, chest pain, aggression, numbness in the extremities and psychosis. It shouldn’t have to be said but if you experience any of these severe side effects when taking Vyvanse get yourself to the emergency room pronto.

Who Uses Vyvanse?

Vyvanse tends to appeal to those who feel the need to stay awake for extended periods. That would include long-haul truckers, people working two jobs, college students cramming for exams, doctors pulling insane hours during their residency, cops on stakeouts, long-haul bus drivers and more. It also appeals to amphetamine addicts for no other reason that it's an amphetamine. The fact that Vyvanse (when used in moderation) doesn't produce some of the more odious effects of some other forms of speed makes it a kind of connoisseur's speed. Even the most discerning connoisseur, however, runs the very real risk of becoming addicted.

Why You Should Worry About Your Vyvanse Use

It’s amazing how many people think that their private lives are really private these days. You see examples of this mistaken belief all the time when people commit crimes oblivious to the notion that there might be a security camera watching. Others will tell the cops they were nowhere near this place or that unaware that the phone they carry with them generates a constant record of their location. And still, others use drugs like Vyvanse to party all weekend unaware it could cost them their job come drug test time. Every standard five-panel drug test on earth screens for amphetamines so if you work for a company that drug tests and you don’t want to wind up looking for a new job you’d be wise to avoid this (not so) little red and white capsule.

How Long Does it Remain Detectable to a Urine Test?

Another thing that attracts amphetamine users to Vyvanse is that it has one of the shortest elimination half-lives of any recreational drug. Under an hour. This means that in theory, the lisdexamfetamine itself will clear your system just a few hours after the buzz wears off. That’s good news for anyone who has put the pedal to the metal over the weekend. Isn’t it? Well, yes and no. While it’s certainly nice that the drug itself clears your system so fast what it leaves behind is not so nice. You see lisdexamfetamine metabolizes into dextroamphetamine which then remains in your system (and detectable by a urine test) for 3 to 4 days. So if you’re thinking you’ve outsmarted the drug testers by using Vyvanse instead of some gutter speed, think again.

Is There Any Way to Pass a Drug Test After Using Vyvanse?

If you're lucky, you'll have a week's notice and stand a decent chance of passing the drug test without having to take any extraordinary steps. But who gets a week's notice for a drug test? It's far more likely you'll need to figure out some other way of saving your job. Typically those ‘other ways' include: checkCalling in sick - Sure it might work once. But if you’re in the habit of using Vyvanse on a regular basis it won’t work twice. On top of that once you return to work you’re going to be under the microscope and any credibility you had will be shot. checkFlushing your system - There are a lot of products on the market that promise to flush your system of unwanted drugs in a matter of hours. There are also a lot of products that promise bald guys a full head of hair in one easy step. They both have about the same amount of credibility. checkSeeking a donation - Some people ask their friends to donate pee they can use to pass the test. This is a formula for disaster for several reasons. First, the pee will be cold when you submit it (fail). Second, it will likely have started to break down by the time you submit it (fail). And third, it may test positive for something else (fail). check​​​​Using synthetic urine - Synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 is indistinguishable from genuine human pee. As long as you use the heating device that comes with it to ensure the sample if between 90 and 100 degrees and you mix the sample close to test time you stand a better than 99% chance of passing. One last note: If you believe the drug test will be monitored we recommend using a proven prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong (for men) or Monkey Whizz (for women). They’ll provide the cover you need to submit your Quick Fix safely and get back to work.

Can Moll​y Be Easily Detected in Standard Urinalyses?

"Molly" has a beautiful soothing ring to it but in reality, it's a powerful psychoactive drug containing MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). MDMA occupies what some consider to be a well-deserved spot on the government's Schedule I list of controlled substances alongside heroin, morphine, and peyote. MDMA has been around for more than a century. While its popularity has waxed and waned within the medical community during that time it has steadily increased over the past 30 years among ravers and others who enjoy a high-intensity night out.

What is MDMA?

That depends on who you ask. To psychiatrists (at least some) it's a drug that allows patients to achieve a higher degree of personal insight. While to most young people it's a club drug referred to by a slew of names including "Molly." Other nicknames include "XTC", "ecstasy", "Adam", "candy", "disco biscuits", "scooby snacks", "doves", "happy pills", "Malcolm X", "skittles", "e-bomb", "the hug drug", "the love drug", "vowels", "smartees", "sweets", "egg rolls" and "Vitamin X". But whether you're a shrink or a shrinking violet in a dance club you use MDMA/Molly for the same reason: to achieve that "Oh wow" moment either in your patient or yourself.

Who Invented it?

MDMA was invented in 1912 by chemists at the German pharmaceutical company Merck who were attempting to synthesize a drug that would help control abnormal bleeding. At the time it was considered little more than a stepping stone to the larger goal and was shelved for more nearly 60 years. Finally, in the 1970s psychiatrists began to investigate its potential as a kind of truth serum. At the same time, the drug hit the street as an alternative to its analog, MDA, which had just received Schedule I status and was becoming difficult to get. By the mid-1980s MDMA itself had become such a popular street drug that the government designated it a Schedule I controlled substance as well.

Do Companies Test for Molly?

The standard 5-panel urine test used by most companies does not explicitly test for MDMA. However, the drug has been known on numerous occasions to trigger a positive response for amphetamine on the standard 5-panel test. And if that happens you're going to have some fancy explaining to do. In all likelihood even if your employer is willing to believe that you haven't taken amphetamines they'll probably order a second, more sensitive test that will ferret out the MDMA and then you're effectively sunk.

How Long Does Molly Linger in Your System?

Under ideal conditions with a healthy, average sized person who doesn't do the drug regularly, the 9-hour half-life of MDMA means it will clear your system in about 3 days. For those with an affinity for Molly, however, that detectable window can extend to 7 or even as much as 10 days. In short, if you got "all wacked off of scooby snacks" on Saturday and have a drug test the following week you'll need to find some alternative way to pass it.

And What Would Those Alternative Be?

The most popular ways to avoid having Molly ruin your drug test day are to call in sick, ask a friend to lend you some of their pee or submit synthetic urine in place of the real thing. Let’s look at those choices a little closer: Calling in sick - You might get away with this, once, but the higher-ups at work will never look at you the same way again. When people call in sick on drug test day everyone from the receptionist to the head of human resources knows why. Using your friend’s pee - No greater love hath any man than this: that he would donate a pee sample for his fellow man. While that may be true, you have to ask yourself what might be in that sample. It may test negative for MDMA but positive for opiates. You just never know. Submitting synthetic urine - By far the most reliable way of passing a drug test is to submit high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2. It's indistinguishable from human pee and readily available online.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Fake Pee?

There is. And in one of the great ironies of postmodern times, it was developed in the laboratory at the behest of companies that make drug testing equipment. You see, they needed lots of urine to test their machines but realized early on that asking their staff to pee into sample cups all day just wasn't a viable way to proceed. So they contracted labs to make fake pee for them and voila! Both drug testing machines and the way to defeat them were born at the same time. Synthetic urine today is used by folks just like yourself in every corner of the developed world to pass drug tests. There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind however when using it: Buy high-quality stuff from a reputable online source - Head shops sometimes sell what they call fake urine. It’s usually about as reliable as submitting lemonade. Use Quick Fix 6.2 instead and make sure you buy it from a reputable online reseller. Follow the instructions - They’re there to help so make sure you follow them to the letter. That includes making sure you use the heater that comes with the kit to heat your sample to between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit: the temperature the machine expects human pee to be. Use a prosthetic device if necessary - If your company puts someone in the room with you while you submit your sample use a tested and proven prosthetic device like Monkey Dong for men or Monkey Whizz for women. They’ll provide the cover you need to submit your Quick Fix sample safely. A night out at the club should not cost you your job. But if you don’t take the steps necessary to pass your looming drug test it might. Don’t take chances. Use Quick Fix 6.2 and rest easy.

​Tramadol Staying In Urine:​For How Long?

Like most opioids, tramadol is used to relieve pain in severely ill patients or those suffering from chronic pain. It’s indicated in cases where the pain is moderate to moderately severe and not intended for the worst case pain scenarios. Patients are often advised to begin with a low dose of tramadol (sold under the brand name Ultram in the US) and to gradually increase until a level of adequate pain relief is achieved. When tramadol was first synthesized and introduced to the market, many held the belief that it was non-addictive and therefore a breakthrough pain medication that would render narcotic pain relievers obsolete. The FDA even went so far as to leave it off their drug schedules. But as with most things that seem too good to be true, it became apparent in fairly short order that tramadol wasn’t the non-addictive opioid everyone hoped it was.

The Fall of Tramadol

Although it was released to great fanfare some 40 years ago, it didn't take long for public health officials to begin raising concerns about the allegedly “non-addictive” tramadol. For years these dissenting voices were drowned out by the PR from manufacturers who knew a cash cow when they saw one. Once generic variants of the drug hit the market in 2009, the number of prescriptions went through the roof in lockstep with the number of recreational users and the number of overdoses. Between 2005 and 2009, the number of tramadol emergency room overdose cases in the US nearly tripled. And on the street, the situation wasn’t any better. Recreational users were/are drawn to the euphoric state the drug is reputed to produce; in contrast to the drowsiness produced by other opioids. As such it’s become an in-demand street drug on nearly every continent producing public health emergencies in countries as different as Ireland and Egypt. In 2014 as a result of a mountain of disturbing evidence, the US government reluctantly reversed its earlier call and designated tramadol a schedule IV controlled substance. This means it has valid medical applications but may pose a risk of abuse and addiction. In spite of this, however, tramadol use continues to rise both in legitimate medical settings and on the street.

Tramadol Side Effects

Besides posing a clear and present danger of addiction and abuse, tramadol also generates its fair share of side effects. Less severe side effects include hives, skin rashes, fever, sore throat, sensitive skin and shortness of breath. But the fun doesn’t stop there because more severe side effects include shallow breathing, reduced heart rate, light-headedness, convulsions, erectile dysfunction, vomiting, hallucinations, twitching, loss of balance, weakness, and death. If you experience any of the more serious side effects, it's recommended you seek medical help immediately.

Opioids on the Hot Seat

With last year’s declaration of a national opioid crisis, companies near and far that weren’t already aware of the issue were suddenly given a wakeup call. As a result, opioid users who may have previously been able to sneak past a 5-panel drug test looking for opiates now have plenty to be concerned about. For example, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that as of January 1, 2018, all DOT drug tests will be expanded to look for opioids as well as opiates. That means all commercial truck drivers, bus drivers and anyone else who drives a commercial vehicle that requires a business license is now going to be tested for opioids. And there are more than 3.5 million business truck drivers alone in the US. But it’s not just drivers who are coming under the opioid microscope. Machinery operators, forklift operators, crane operators, steelworkers, police officers and more are all going to feel the heat.

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System?

In the case of an average-sized young adult in otherwise good health, tramadol will typically be detectable in a urine test for 2 to 5 days after last use. For those addicted to tramadol, the elimination period may be substantially longer. Other factors will enter into the length of the elimination period including weight, age, metabolic rate and BMI. So if you took tramadol over the weekend to enhance your club experience and you’ve got a drug test scheduled for Monday or Tuesday you’re going to be in a very tight spot indeed if your company is now testing for opioids. (And you should assume it is.)

Is There Any Way to Pass a Urine Test with Tramadol in My System?

The best way to ensure you pass all future drug tests is to stop using. That said if you have a test looming and believe you may not pass it using your own urine you have a few options that range from bad to good. Bad: Call in Sick - This one will certainly buy you a bit of time, but it will also buy you a boatload of unwanted attention as everyone will now be convinced you're a drug user. You may even be subjected in the future to unannounced snap tests that will really cramp your style. Not quite as bad: Use donated pee - Not quite as bad as calling in sick but still not advisable for a couple of reasons. First, the sample will be cold when submitted which is an automatic fail. Second, it will likely have started breaking down chemically, another auto-fail. And third, you never really know what your friends have in their system so you could pass for opioids and fail for amphetamines. Good: Use synthetic urine - High-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 has a success rate of more than 99%. Just make sure to follow the instructions to the letter. If your test will be monitored, use a reliable, proven prosthetic device to deliver the sample like Monkey Dong for men or Monkey Whizz for women. A drug test for opioids doesn’t have to end your career. Use Quick Fix and tip the scales back in your favor.

​Can Xanax Be Detected By Standard Drug Panels?

If you work for a company that conducts regular drug testing and you've been taking alprazolam - known by the brand name "Xanax" - for any reason, it's important to understand that you will be tested for it. Xanax falls into the category of benzodiazepine derivatives that are tested for as part of the standard 5-panel drug test. (Although it also appears on today's more extensive 10 and 12-panel tests.) Many people believe that because Xanax is so widely prescribed it's accepted by employers as part of the landscape these days. It's not. Xanax is known to produce a wide array of side effects including blurred vision, trembling, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, decreased responsiveness and more. So you can perhaps understand why employers would not want someone taking Xanax to operate heavy machinery, drive their vehicles or interact with customers.

The Xanax Crisis

After a long and tortuous approval process lasting more than a decade Xanax was finally okayed by the FDA in 1981. Right out of the gate it proved incredibly popular both as a legit prescription drug used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and depression and as a recreational drug. It quickly gained a slew of pseudonyms including "handlebars," "footballs," "Z-bars," "bicycle parts," "school bus," "yellow boys" and "white boys." And while many dismissed Xanax as a kind of harmless rich kid buzz public health officials slowly began to realize they had a real crisis on their hands. According to readily available data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) benzodiazepines, including Xanax, now play a part in the overdose deaths of more than 7,000 people a year in the US. CDC researchers also concluded that, while the number of adults in the US being prescribed Xanax had risen by some 35% since the mid-90s the number of overdoses involving benzos had increased by more than 500%. In fact, it’s now estimated that 3 in every 100,000 adults in the US will OD on Xanax or other benzos this year.

Xanax and Drug Testing

No matter what you think of the practice of drug testing if you combine the known side effects of Xanax with the startling overdose statistics, it's hard to argue with the practice of testing your employees for the drug. Especially if they are tasked with driving company trucks, working around dangerous machinery or interacting directly with customers. Therefore be warned that if you've just joined a company that engages in drug testing, they're going to take a very dim view indeed of any test that comes back positive for Xanax.

Informing Your Employer

Of course, if you've been prescribed Xanax by your doctor and are taking it as directed the best and safest course of action is to simply notify your employer. While you may be reassigned to a different position while you're on the drug (and Xanax is not meant to be a permanent "maintenance" drug) chances are good you'll save your job. On the other hand, if you're taking Xanax for recreational purposes you're facing a dilly of a pickle, as Ned Flanders would say.

Your Drug Testing Options

Xanax is not one of those drugs that you may or may not be tested for. There's no grey area here. Every standard 5-panel drug test administered in the US is looking specifically for benzos like Xanax. So there's no way to spin it to justify inaction. If you're taking Xanax for recreational purposes, you'll either have to quit your job, stop in plenty of time for the drug to clear your system. Xanax typically remains detectable in urine for anywhere from 3 days to a month depending on how often you use it. An alternative is to find a way to get around the test. Since most people don't want to quit their good job and don't get a month's notice before being drug tested finding an alternative way to pass the test is the only viable option.

The Synthetic Solution

The best and most reliable way to pass a drug test (if you have reason to believe you'll fail one) is to purchase high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 from a reputable reseller on the Internet and submit it in place of your own pee. If you're unfamiliar with synthetic urine and it sounds like just another scam to you, we assure you it's not. Synthetic urine was developed by the same companies that designed the drug testing equipment they use on you. Those companies needed a reliable source of pee with which to verify the accuracy of their machines, and it is evident that having their staff peeing into sample cups all day wasn't going to work. As such, they contracted laboratories to create a synthetic form of urine that is identical to human pee and in the process both the drug testing industry and the industry dedicated to helping people transcend drug testing were born.

Can I Trust Synthetic Urine to do the Job?

Yes, as long as you use a high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2. Bear in mind that you will have to make sure you handle the product correctly before submitting it and you may have to employ a prosthetic delivery device if you believe you'll be monitored during the submission process (we recommend either Monkey Dong if you're a man or Monkey Whizz if you're a woman). Still, neither of those things are like landing a spaceship on an asteroid. All that's involved is following the simple instructions and practicing a bit with the prosthetic before you go in to deliver your sample. People pass drug tests every day using this method and you can too. A looming drug test does not have to signal the end of the line for your job. If you believe an upcoming drug test will reveal Xanax in your system synthetic urine represents a proven and effective means for passing that test, after which you may want to reconsider your relationship with benzos.

​Are Steroids Being ​Screened For Normally?

Testosterone was first discovered in the 1930s, and at the time you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who knew or cared much about it. Oh how times have changed. Today, it would be difficult to find someone who hasn't heard of anabolic steroids, and the number of people who use them has skyrocketed in the past 30 years. Steroids, commonly referred to on the street as "roids", "dbol", "var", "primo", "winny", "drol", "halo", "tren" and "deca" are not your typical recreational drug however. They don't make you hallucinate or giggle or give you the munchies or produce "the nod." Instead, they allow you to leap higher, run faster, lift greater amounts of weight and send that fastball over the upper deck.

The Appeal of Steroids

The appeal of steroids is in some ways the opposite of more "traditional" recreational drugs. Where opioids, weed, LSD, and others promise a kind of escape or at least refuge from the drudgery of everyday life, steroids promise to transform you into someone who is not only engaged in life but the master of the physical realm. To most users of steroids, this means enhanced athletic performance, but others are into it for purely cosmetic reasons. They want to transcend the average body the universe gave them and turn into a pocket Hulk, bristling with muscular vitality. If it never went any further than that and if there were no objective dangers in steroid use it would be difficult to make a case against them. But steroids are not without a very significant potential downside.

The Dangers of Steroids

Steroid use and abuse comes with an array of both short and long-term risks attached.

​Short Term Risks:

Mood swings Aggressiveness Fatigue Impotence Acne Loss of appetite Sleep disorders Reduced sperm count

Long Term Risks:

Manic epiodes Shrinking testicles High blood pressure Stroke Loss of fertility Development of breast in men Hair growth in women Liver tumors Oily skin Elevated risk of heart attack

Who is Testing for Steroids?

Some will counter that what they do to their own bodies is their business. And there’s a compelling argument in favor of that position. However, most athletes believe they have a right to know if the person they’re competing against is gaining a competitive edge via steroids. And some employers also want to know if the person whose health coverage they’re paying for is using substances that put them at risk of developing health problems they otherwise might not have. Still, because the use of steroids does not typically present a direct workplace hazard standard 5 or even 10-panel urine tests administered on the job will not look for steroids. Just the opposite is true however for athletic competitions. Those who run professional sports leagues or who sanction high profile athletic events want to ensure that everyone is playing by the same rules to ensure a fair result. Therefore, testing for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs is now the norm rather than the exception. So what can a person do to pass a drug test if they've been using steroids?

Are Steroids Detectable by Urine Tests?

Yes. While testing is not as simple as sticking a strip into the urine and seeing if the color changes urine tests are fully capable of detecting the presence of anabolic steroids. And - since steroids stay in the system for anywhere from 14 to 28 days - if a person who uses steroids has an important competition coming up they’ll need some way to avoid detection, or they’ll face disqualification.

What Can be Done to Pass a Test?

Up to now, competitors have embraced some pretty involved workarounds to try and avoid detection. These include gene doping (the actual altering of DNA to ensure a clean sample) diuretics (used to try and flush steroids from the system) and urine replacement (submitting a sample supplied by a sympathetic donor). Today, however, there's a safer, less expensive and more reliable way: synthetic urine. Synthetic urine was invented to test drug testing machines and the quality of some of the best synthetic urines available today like Quick Fix 6.2 make it virtually impossible to detect if the sample is handled properly.

About Synthetic Urine: What It Can Do About Your Problem...

The developers of drug testing machines had a problem: not enough pee to test them with. They couldn’t ask their engineers to be peeing in sample cups all day, so they needed to find another reliable, primarily an endlessly supply of urine they could use. Enter fake pee. Fake pee, or synthetic urine, was invented specifically to test these testing machines but it wasn’t long before some enterprising chemists realized they could market it to those looking to fool these same machines. Today, synthetic urine is widely available on the Internet as well as being sold in head shops, but there are a few things you should always keep in mind when it comes to purchasing synthetic urine: Don’t buy it from a head shop. In most cases, the quality of the fake pee available in head shops is questionable at best. Make sure it contains uric acid. Older versions of fake pee contained only urea. Newer drug testing machines, however, look for uric acid, which is a more reliable indicator of real urine. ​​​​Follow the instructions. They’re there for a reason. Synthetic urine has proven its worth innumerable times in both corporate and athletic settings and gives you the best chance of passing a drug test with the least possible hassle. Our experience tells us that Quick Fix 6.2 with both urea and uric acid optimizes your chance of passing a drug test for work or for an athletic competition. Make sure you have your synthetic urine sample close by, and you’ll always be ready if event organizers spring a random drug test on you. People sometimes need a hand passing a drug test for a variety of legit reasons that don’t always show up in the company or athletic event guidelines. If that’s you and you’re facing a drug test give Quick Fix 6.2 a try and rest easy.

Should You Worry About Testing Positive For Nicotine?

When you watch an old movie like "Alien," you'll notice that folks in 1979 when the movie came out believed that, not only would average Joes make it into space, but that they'd spend lots of time sitting around the table in their hermetically sealed space trucks smoking up a storm. What a difference a few decades can make because today smoking has become so uncool (at least in the West) that in some municipalities it's illegal to smoke in your own house. Companies, driven by a desire to keep costs down on their health care plans, have led the way in encouraging smoke-free environments. They've also taken their desire to save on employee health insurance costs one step further lately but drug testing for nicotine. Those found "guilty" of having nicotine in their systems are typically given the choice of quitting or finding another job. Is it fair? The ACLU doesn't think so. But that hasn't stopped companies from continuing the practice of trying to tell you what you can do on your own time.

What is Nicotine?

The chemical compound known as nicotine occurs naturally in tobacco. When someone smokes a cigarette the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the lungs and makes its way to the brain where it binds to and activates the cholinergic receptors. In time the nicotine takes over the job of these receptors, and the brain becomes dependent on fresh infusions of nicotine. This is the point at which a person becomes addicted to smoking. (Tobacco companies used to add nicotine to cigarettes to boost their addictive potential, but these days it is believed that process has been stopped.) If a person who has developed a dependence on nicotine stops using it, they'll suffer a rash of withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, irritability, food cravings, depression, sleep problems and more. However, in most cases, the withdrawal symptoms will begin to subside in a week or so. If the person can make it to this point, they stand a decent chance of quitting. Smoking is considered by most experts to be among the most difficult addictions to leave behind. That said, smoking is still a personal choice and as such most civil liberty scholars come down on the side of a person's right to smoke if they so choose without having to suffer discrimination for their private lifestyle choice.

It’s Not all About Smoking

Testing for nicotine is often described in terms of attempting to ferret out smokers. But nicotine is also present in chewing tobacco and nicotine gum used by smokers who are trying to quit as well as eggplants, tomatoes, and potatoes. So when employers say they're screening for nicotine to find smokers, they're being more than a little dishonest. After all, does someone chewing nicotine gum represent a health hazard? Does chewing tobacco create second-hand smoke? Are we supposed to stop eating potatoes? You can see the thin ice those who try and justify testing for nicotine are skating on.

Drug Testing for Nicotine

In spite of the fact that testing for nicotine is legally and morally questionable and despite the fact that 28 states have passed laws banning the practice there are still 22 states where testing for nicotine is not only legal but common. If you live in one of these states you need to know how to protect yourself from employers overstepping any legitimate ‘right to know’. Urine tests designed to uncover smokers don’t look for nicotine. They look instead for a byproduct called cotinine. Cotinine is only created when the body has processed nicotine, so it’s considered a foolproof indicator. Cotinine also lasts longer in the system than nicotine (up to as many as 10 days), and so it's considered a more cost-effective chemical to test for.

What Can You Do?

First off, what you do on your own time is your business, but if you're under the impression that smoking won't hurt you in the long run, you're sorely mistaken. While it may not be the cause of all known health problems as some "experts" would have you believe there is an undeniable connection between smoking and things like lung cancer and heart disease. You should quit. Not only will you live longer but you'll never have to worry about passing a drug test that looks for nicotine. If you have been unable to quit, however, and are facing an upcoming test, synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 provides your best chance of passing that test.

How Does Synthetic Urine Work?

When the companies that make drug testing machines needed to test those machines they realized they couldn't possibly find enough real pee to do the job. As a result, they contracted laboratories to create fake pee for them. Not long after fake pee was invented, however, it began showing up in head shops and online as a way to get around intrusive drug testing, and it's proven its worth time and time again. Today, high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 is your best bet for passing a nicotine test and saving your job. The key is making sure you buy from a reputable online reseller and not a head shop where fake pee can sit on the shelf for years. You also need to make sure that, like Quick Fix 6.2, the synthetic urine you submit for your test contains uric acid and not just urea. While there are still some old machines in use the look only for urea most newer devices check for uric acid. Quick Fix 6.2 contains both so you're covered in either event. If you think your submission may be monitored, you may also want to invest in a delivery method like Monkey Dong (men) and Monkey Whizz (women). They'll help provide the cover you need to submit your synthetic urine sample safely and effectively. If you believe you have nicotine in your system that may be detected in an upcoming drug test, don’t take chances. Reach for the Quick Fix and give yourself the best possible shot at passing.

Oxycontin Detection Rates:How Long Does It Stay in the Body?

Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic used to help relieve the suffering of cancer and arthritis patients as well as those suffering from a host of other ailments that produce intense and/or chronic pain. Oxycontin is one of many brand names under which oxycodone is sold in the US. (Others include Dazidox and Oxyfast.) Oxycontin is known on the street by a variety of names including: Oxy OCs Cotton Beans Killers Ox Orange County Hillbilly Heroin 40 or 80 (referring to pill size) Blues Many public health officials cite the immense popularity of Oxycontin as the driving force behind last year’s declaration of a national opioid crisis with millions of prescriptions written for legitimate purposes and many millions more tabs sold on the street to satisfy a seemingly insatiable demand.

History of Oxycontin

As is the case with many other pharmaceutical mainstays of our day, oxycodone was first produced in Germany near the beginning of the 20th century. It was created in part as a response to Bayer ending production of heroin. It was hoped the new drug would have the same analgesic effects without heroin's tendency to create addicts. Instead, it merely created an entirely new class of addicts. For much of its existence, Oxycontin was an imported drug which had the effect of significantly limiting supply. That changed however in the mid-90s when Purdue Pharmaceuticals obtained a license to produce the drug in the US. Almost immediately the number of oxy users exploded, and the drug found its way to the street in alarming quantities. One source of the street traffic in oxy was patients selling off Oxycontin pills they obtained through legitimate prescriptions.

Purdue Gets Called Out

More than a few public health officials took notice of the fact that as soon as Purdue began to produce Oxycontin in the US, the number of people using the drug went through the roof. In 2007 the company was hauled into court to defend itself against claims that it was purposely overmarketing the drug and encouraging patients to request larger prescriptions than they needed. The lawsuit cited a marketing blitz launched by the company that included promoting the drug on t-shirts, umbrellas, caps and other items. The company was ordered to pay substantial fines and scale back their marketing efforts although the penalties have had little if any effect on the popularity of the drug.

Does Oxycontin Show Up on a Drug Test?

That depends. If your company uses a standard 5-panel test, they'll be looking for opiates like morphine and not opioids like Oxycontin. However, there are two things you need to keep in mind: First, opioids are known to sometimes trigger a positive reaction for opiates on these tests, and if that happens to you, you're going to have to scramble to explain why. Second, following the declaration of a national opioid crisis last year an increasing number of companies have begun using more comprehensive 10 and 12-panel tests that screen specifically for oxycodone. And many companies are switching to the more comprehensive tests without notifying employees of the change.

How Long Does Oxycontin Remain in My System?

For otherwise healthy young individuals without a history of abusing the drug Oxycontin should be eliminated from the system in 4 or 5 days. However, for those engaging in the regular use of the drug that detectability window expands to a week and in some cases to two weeks and more. Meaning that if you’re notified that you’ll be drug tested within the next few days you have plenty of reason for concern, regardless of what type of test your company uses.

Is There a Way to Flush Oxy From my System?

The only way to eliminate Oxycontin from your system is to wait it out. If you've heard or read otherwise, don't believe it. Miracle cures are no more real than the Easter bunny. You're much better served by trying to find a practical, proven workaround like high-quality synthetic urine, which proves its usefulness thousands of times a day in drug testing facilities throughout the developed world.

I Thought Fake Pee Was an Urban Myth

You and a lot of other people. The fact is however that fake pee was invented to meet the needs of companies developing drug testing machines. And it wasn't long before some enterprising chemists realized they could also market it to those in need of a way to circumvent overly-intrusive drug tests. High-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 is chemically identical to human pee and, if properly handled during submission, will fool the testing machine more than 99% of the time.

What do you Mean by “Properly Handled”?

Submitting fake pee in place of your own is not rocket science, but it does require you follow a couple of simple, common sense rules. First, remember the drug testing machine is calibrated to expect the sample to be between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so use the included heating pad if necessary. Second, make sure you mix the Quick Fix as close to testing time as possible. Otherwise, just like real pee, it will break down chemically and be kicked out by the machine.

What if My Test is Monitored?

There are an increasing number of companies that are expanding to 10 or 12-panel tests and/or placing someone in the sample submission room with you to try and discourage cheating. Having someone in the room may seem like an impossible thing to overcome, but it's not. If you have reason to believe you'll be monitored, it's recommended you use a proven prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong if you're a guy or Monkey Whizz if you happen to be a lady. While the product names won't win any awards, the devices themselves have proven their value over and over again. Just practice with it a bit beforehand so that using it becomes second nature. Drug tests aren’t going away anytime soon. If you feel you’re in danger of failing yours do what countless others have done; ​buy some Quick Fix 6.2 now.

Are Pseudos Being Screened In Standard Urine Tests?

You wouldn't necessarily think of a nasal decongestant as being the source of a drug problem, but pseudos are proof positive that if someone wants a buzz bad enough, they'll find some way to achieve it. But before we get into how pseudos are abused, let's back up a bit and look at what they are. Pseudoephedrine is one of the most widely used drugs in the world today. The number of medications that lean on it is long and reads like a who's who of cold and flu medications... Allegra Sinutab Benadryl Rhinos SR Aleve D Mucinex D Zephrex D Claritin Congestal Sudafed Pseudos work by constricting the blood vessels of the nasal cavity thereby relieving the pressure that comes with the cold or flu and allowing you to breathe more or less freely. How could something like that be a contributor to the nation’s drug problem? Let’s find out.

From Nasal Spray to Illicit Drug

By the early 1970s amphetamines had become a common street drug used by college students cramming for exams and distributed by a loose network of truck drivers and motorcycle gangs. In 1980, however, the federal government established controls on a compound called phenyl-2 propanone, which was an essential ingredient in the manufacturing of illicit amphetamines. As a result, the good chefs who worked for the biker gangs had to put on their thinking caps. What they discovered was that every day OTC cold remedies containing ephedrine could be quickly reduced to methamphetamine - known these days as "crystal meth," "meth" or just "crystal." Not only that, but this crystal meth was typically twice as potent as the amphetamines they had been selling. The biker gangs soon cut a deal with Mexican drug banditos to supply them with ephedrine, and the business took off. When others realized how easy it was to create meth from pseudos home labs began popping up left and right using both OTC cold medicines and things like acetone and battery acid as ingredients.

Who Has to Worry About Testing Positive for Pseudos?

Now that we have some idea why the government and law enforcement seem so fixated on making formerly over the counter medicines like Sudafed difficult to get, the next logical question is "Who has to worry about testing positive for pseudos?" If the company you work for typically employs a standard 5-panel drug test, it won't be looking specifically for pseudos. That's the good news. The bad news is that pseudos have a nasty habit of ringing up false positives for amphetamines, which could put you in a very tight spot. Add to that concerns companies have about the addictive qualities of pseudoephedrine itself and admitting your false positive was caused by pseudos may not be the wisest move.

Pseudos and Sports Laws...

If there’s one group of people that need to be truly concerned about testing positive for pseudos, it’s athletes. Both the NCAA and the IOC banned the use of pseudoephedrine years ago out of concern athletes were using them not to clear their sinuses but to get a boost before a big race. Today random drug testing conducted by most major sporting leagues and sporting events looks for pseudos as a matter of course. So testing positive can very well mean the end of a promising career.

How Long are Pseudos Detectable in Urine?

In most cases when pseudos are used in a normal fashion the drug will clear your system in 3 or 4 days. Those who abuse pseudos for whatever purpose can expect that elimination time to increase significantly, to perhaps a week or 10 days. If you’re facing a drug test at work or as part of a big athletic event, you’re going to have to make sure you either tell your employer (non-athletes only obviously) stop in plenty of time or find some way to circumvent the pending drug test.

What About Products That Claim They’ll Flush My System Clean?

Unfortunately, there are those out there who try to profit from the desperation of others. Plenty of them are engaged in the business of selling products that will allegedly "flush" ephedrine or pseudoephedrine from your system in as little as a day. Don't buy it. If you spend a bit of time researching ways to flush your system you'll find lots of people swearing they did it using sweat from tree frogs or eye of newt or some damn thing. What you'll also notice is that none of these people are scientist or doctors. Because people who understand how the body works know that there's no such thing as flushing your system.

Your Best Bet: Synthetic Urine

Without a doubt, your best bet for passing an unwelcome drug test is to submit a sample of high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2. Synthetic urine was made for drug testing machines because the companies that make those machines need lots of pee to test them with. Today it's used not only by testing machine manufacturers but by people with a need to pass a drug test who suspect they may not pass using their own urine. The product is readily available on the Net, easy to use and, in the case of Quick Fix 6.2, has a success rate higher than 99%. When people do fail a drug test using synthetic urine it's typically because: The bought cheap stuff from a head shop - Always purchase high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 from a reputable online seller. They mixed the sample too far in advance - Always mix the product as close to testing time as possible to prevent chemical breakdown. They submitted a cold sample - The machine is looking for a sample between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The heating element that comes with the kit is there for a reason, use it. One last note: If you believe your sample submission will be monitored make sure to use a proven prosthetic delivery device. We recommend Monkey Dong for men and Monkey Whizz for women.

​Is Flexeril Being Regularly Screened for in Standard UA's?

Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant that's considered an effective short-term treatment for musculoskeletal severe injuries. It's known for its ability to relieve muscle spasms which can facilitate recovery from such injuries. It's not intended to be used for more than two weeks and of course, it's not intended to be used recreationally. But that doesn't stop some people. It's known that some will go so far as to grind up Flexeril tablets and snort them. Sometimes inhaling as much as 60mg at one time (the recommended maximum daily dose is 30mg). The use and abuse of Flexeril is not on par with, say, amphetamines or opiates but there are enough people enamored of it that it has earned its own street name; "flexies."

The Flexeril Side Effects...

Flexeril has a limited number of medical applications - most notably as a treatment for muscle spasms as we mentioned - but it has a long list of potential side effects ranging from mild to severe. These include dizziness, drowsiness, upset stomach, fatigue, skin rashes, seizures, swelling of the face, dry mouth, chest pain and swelling of the tongue.

​Are There Withdrawal Symptoms?

Though Flexeril seems like a fairly benign drug (when used as directed at least) overuse can lead to some significant withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. The severity of these withdrawal symptoms will depend on the dose you've been taking, how long you've been taking the drug and whether or not you took it in concert with other drugs or were drinking while taking it. Basically, if you took ​the substance for a long time and regularly drank while taking it you can expect to experience some or all of the following: checkNausea checkHeadaches checkA sense of lethargy checkMuscle aches checkInsomnia checkAnxiety checkChills checkIrritability None of these symptoms are life-threatening, but when hit with several at the same time you can be in for a few extremely unpleasant days or even weeks until they pass.

Is Flexeril Really Addictive?

The federal government does not classify cyclobenzaprine as addictive, but that's more a function of bureaucratic hair-splitting than objective reality. In the real world, many people become psychologically addicted to the buzzy sense of euphoria Flexeril is known to produce and thereafter exhibit all the classic symptoms of addiction. But the real dangers of ​the drug extend beyond legitimate concerns about addiction to a state known as anticholinergic toxidrome. This condition is typically caused by mixing Flexeril with other drugs and is characterized by compromised brain function, a sense of impending doom, hallucinations and more. Should you experience these symptoms and do nothing about it, they may well lead to seizures, coma, and death.

Does Flexeril Appear on Drug Test Results?

The five-panel test used by most companies will look for things like amphetamines but won't typically look for muscle relaxers like Flexeril. ​It may, however, generate a false positive for antidepressants on some ten-panel drug tests. On top of that, if your employer is concerned with the way you've been acting recently, they can direct the testing company to look for anything at all. In which case you're likely to be snagged at some point. Some people scoff at the idea that a company would screen for Flexeril but think of it this way: if you own a company that employs forklift drivers to load and unload trucks, do you want them to be off in Flexeril induced la-la-land while they're moving thousands of pounds of high-value merchandise around in crowded warehouses? Of course not. You want them to be mentally present and accounted for at all times, not hallucinating because they mixed their flexies with booze the night before.

How Long Does Flexeril Stay in My System?

Flexeril has maybe the longest half-life of any street drug coming in between 1 and 3 days. This means it's going to linger in your system (and therefore be detectable by testing) for a good long time. If you've been abusing the drug for a while, it may still be detectable 2 or 3 weeks after you stop. Exactly how long it will remain in your system depends on a variety of factors including how much and for how long you took the drug, your age, how much you weigh, your metabolism and your BMI (body mass index).

How Can I Pass a Drug Test That’s Looking for Flexies?

​You feel that doomsday is nearing you. You're stressed out of your mind because you do not know exactly what to do. Do not fret, we got your back. We know how you can pass your UA easily. So, if you work for a company that’s more likely to test for things like Flexeril, you’re going to need a workaround if you’ve been snorting ​the substance lately. Such workarounds typically involve either: checkDoing nothing and taking your chances - This is not really a strategy. It’s just burying your head in the sand and hoping everything works out. Still, it’s your choice. So if you want to go this way, good luck. checkLook for someone to donate pee for you - There are so many ways this is a bad idea. Start with the fact that the pee sample will be cold when you finally submit it. Meaning the machine will reject it. And then consider that you never really know what someone else has in their system. So you could pass for Flexeril but fail for morphine. There are other reasons too, but those alone should be enough. checkUse Synthetic urine - Synthetic urine is your best bet to pass any type of urine test if you feel you might otherwise fail. Just make sure you use the heating element that comes with it so that the sample is the right temperature. And make sure you purchase high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix from a reputable online reseller.


Synthetic urine is used every day in dozens of countries by people like you who need to pass a drug test. If you think your sample submission will be monitored, we recommend you use a prosthetic device to deliver the sample. Monkey Dong (men) and Monkey Whizz (women) are the most reliable out there. Just be sure to practice a few times before heading out to test Flexeril.

​Is Ketamine Being Tested For?The Drug's Detection Rates Simplified

Whether you call it "K-hole," "K-land," "Baby food," "Keyhole" or even "God" Ketamine is no joke. Developed as an alternative to PCP more than 50 years ago and first used widely in the mobile surgery units of the US armed forces during the Vietnam War ketamine is best known these days by the brand name Ketalar. A common misconception is that ​the substance is strictly an animal tranquilizer. But while it's true the drug is often used to sedate animals the fact is ​the drug is most often used on humans for purposes as diverse as managing chronic pain and treating people with serious injuries who are experiencing traumatic shock. Most of the ketamine that makes its way to the street today does so by way of being stolen from hospitals and clinics, including veterinary clinics.

​The Effects of Ketamine in a Nutshell...

Ketamine produces a trance-like state in users and has gained in popularity since the turn of the century as a rave drug. Unlike other rave drugs like ecstasy, ​the substance tends to take the legs out from under people. The high it produces is typically abrupt and lasts for approximately an hour. If smoked or swallowed it will take 2 to 5 minutes for the high to hit whereas if injected the user will be slammed with a full body buzz in around 30 seconds, sometimes less. Users often describe having out-of-body type experiences with higher doses sometimes producing a total sense of disconnect between mind and body. This state is commonly referred to by ravers as being in the "K-hole." No particular regulatory attention was paid to ketamine until it began to gain favor among club goers and K-hole addicts started showing up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from a variety of ailments including elevated heart rates. Others were being admitted in dire condition after choking on their vomit. As a result, the government reclassified ketamine as a Schedule III controlled substance alongside Seconal, Nembutal, and anabolic steroids.

So, Does it Show up in Urine Drug Tests?

The short answer is "yes," ​the substance can be detected by one of today's sophisticated urine tests. Until recently, however, ketamine wasn't a drug that was commonly tested for in a standard five-panel test. But as awareness of the extent of the prescription drug crisis spreads among employers more and more companies are extending the standard five-panel drug test to 10 and even 12 panels these days in the hopes of uncovering prescription drug abuse they had previously overlooked. Commonly abused drugs such as Adderall, Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, and OxyContin, which had never received much attention before are now being searched for in these expanded tests. Ketamine too is increasingly being included in these expanded testing regimes. Either that or companies are turning to inexpensive test strips which are merely dipped in the urine sample and turn color when they detect ketamine. So if you're fond of visiting the K-hole, there's plenty of reason for concern today. The bottom line is that you need to assume any drug test administered in 2018 is going to test for it and act accordingly.

How Long Will Ketamine Remain in My System?

A single, isolated dose of ketamine may clear your system within a day. However, the exact length of time is subject to variables including the size of the person who took the drug, their metabolic rate, and their overall physical condition. There have been cases of ​the drug being detected in people's urine as long as a week after the drug was consumed. And for regular users, the detection window may extend to 14 or 15 days and in some cases even longer. The bottom line is that you can consider it a pretty safe bet that if you go down the K-hole at a party on Friday or Saturday night, any drug test that's looking for ketamine will be able to pick it up on Monday or Tuesday, even if it was your first time doing the drug.

​How ​Can You Pass The Drug Screening Then?

If you've been prescribed Ketalar by your doctor to help you deal with pain, you should inform your employer before any scheduled drug test. If, however, you've recently taken ketamine recreationally and you're facing a drug test the simplest, most reliable way to ensure you pass is to use synthetic urine in place of your own natural pee. Synthetic urine was developed for the companies that build urine testing machines to provide them with a way to verify the reliability of their devices. Today the recipe is well known by laboratories around the world, and there are many that produce it. Quick Fix 6.2 is currently considered to be among the best if not the best synthetic urine product on the market and has an excellent success rate of more than 99% when the material is properly handled before submission (learn the different ways here).

What Constitutes “Properly Handled”?

Synthetic urine is a complex soup of chemicals designed to accurately mimic the composition of human pee. It needs to be handled properly before submitting it, or it will get kicked out as fake. Don't worry though; this is not rocket science we're talking about here. It's mostly common sense. In a nutshell, you need to mix the sample as close to submission time as possible and then make sure it's between 32 and 38 degrees (Celsius) when you submit it, as that is the temperature the testing machine will expect a human urine sample to be. The Quick Fix kit will come with a warmer you can use to ensure the temperature is just right. Beyond that you just need to make sure your sample contains uric acid and if possible urea too just to be sure all your bases are covered. If you believe your sample submission will be monitored, we'd suggest using a prosthetic delivery device. Monkey Dong (men) and Monkey Whizz (women) are the two that are easiest to use and have the highest success rates. If you believe you'll have ketamine in your system come drug testing time don't worry; Quick Fix has your back.

Does Meth Show Up in Typical Drug Tests?

Meth. There are few words in the contemporary English lexicon that conjure up quite so many negative associations and for good reason. Methamphetamine has a long and tortured reputation as the kind of drug that sucks the life out of users. Whether you call it “crystal,” “crank,” “speed,” “ice,” “bennies,” “getgo,” “yaba,” or “poor man’s coke,” it’s highly addictive quality makes it bad news for recreational users. While there are some legit uses for methamphetamine, few of those typically intersect with a company drug test. Meaning that if you're afraid you're going to test positive for amphetamine, it's probably not because you're using it to treat ADHD. Instead, it's because you stayed up all weekend on a meth run and your pee could be sold on the street corner for a tidy sum.

How Did It Get to This?

Meth can trace its origins to the late 19th century, although it didn't see widespread use until the German military began providing it to soldiers and airmen during the 1930s. By 1940, however, that practice was stopped due to a high rate of negative incidents involving the drug. The drug's street popularity in the West can be traced at least in part to the popularity in the 1950s of the inhalant Benzedrine. Benzedrine was eventually produced in pill form too and became popular with beatniks, who called the pills "bennies." During the 90s ​the substance use exploded with the number of users rising to more than 5 million in the US alone.

If ​Meth Is So Bad Why is it So Popular?

First off, as we stated above, meth does have legitimate medical uses including as a treatment for ADHD. However, when talking about ​the drug, most people are referring to its incredible popularity as a recreational drug. Which raises the question: "Why is it so popular?" In short, because meth is one of the most effective drugs in existence when it comes to activating the reward center of the brain. It's that action/reward dynamic that's at the heart of addiction, and few other drugs offer the intensity of reward payoff that ​the substance does. It's also relatively cheap and relatively easy to synthesize. All this means that users will follow the meth bus off the cliff if it means getting another reward and that's precisely where most wind up, over the cliff.

Side Effects:

Meth use produces an array of side effects, each a bit more gruesome than the next. Those side effects include: checkSkin sores checkTooth loss checkParanoia checkItching checkWeight loss checkDizziness checkDelusions checkShortness of breath checkTwitching of the limbs checkSleep disorders checkVocal outbursts checkFacial twitching checkBlurred vision checkIrregular heartbeat

Who Tests for Meth?

Any company that conducts standard five-panel drug tests is looking for amphetamines, so if you have meth in your system at drug testing time, it will come back positive. Also, if you're heading down the slide toward oblivion, it's going to become obvious to everyone you work with, so the company may only need the test to verify what they already suspect.

How Long is ​Meth Detectable in Urine?

Exactly how long meth remains detectable is a question that's difficult to answer and depends on a variety of factors including your weight, age, metabolic rate and overall health. In a normal, healthy young person who tries meth for the first time, it may be eliminated from their system in 2 to 5 days. For someone who is using it on a regular basis, it may linger in urine at detectable levels for weeks, even if you stop cold turkey.

Is There Any Way to Pass a Drug Test if You’ve Been Using Meth?

Since every standard drug test looks for amphetamines, passing a substance screening if you have meth in your system is going to require a workaround of some sort. Here’s a list of the usual suspects: checkCalling in sick - This is typically the method of last resort, and it should be. Because if you call in sick the day of your drug test everyone is going to know why. Chances are when you do come back to work you’ll be watched like a hawk and maybe even subjected to unannounced testing going forward. check​​​​Fessing up - If you have a problem with meth, the best thing to do is seek help. That process can start by going to your employer and coming clean. If you work for a large company, they are likely restrained by law from firing you for admitting your problem and taking time off to seek help. check​​​​Submit a donated pee sample - Asking a friend to donate some pee that you can submit is also a popular option but one fraught with potential hazards. You can’t be sure what your friend might test positive for even if their pee tests negative for amphetamines. checkUse synthetic urine - Synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 is indistinguishable from real pee. It contains both uric acid and urea which means it will work whether your company is using old or new testing machines. Also, it’s affordable, and it’s easy to use.

The Best Solution to Your Problem...

Synthetic urine was invented to help validate drug testing machines and today is widely available through the internet. In recent years it has become the most reliable and effective way to pass a drug test if you feel there's some reason you otherwise would not. Even if you have reason to believe the submission process will be monitored, you can use a prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong for men or Monkey Whizz for women that will allow you to deliver the Quick Fix into the sample cup without raising suspicions. If you believe meth is becoming a problem, there's no substitute for seeking help. If however, a drug test is looming and you're hard pressed for time you may want to consider what synthetic urine has to offer. If you do decide to go the synthetic route, just make sure to read the instructions on the Quick Fix package completely and follow all instructions to the letter.

Is it Possible to Pass a Drug Test With Someone Else's Urine?

If you are a user of illicit drugs and applied for a job, there is a likelihood you will be required to undergo a drug test before being employed. Even if you are currently employed, your boss may inform you of a surprise drug test that needs to be completed in as little as 48 hours. This does not give you enough time to detox your body, forcing you to take alternative measures. For one reason or another, if you find yourself on this page, it’s because you are in desperate need of suggestions to pass your drug test. Failing to pass this exam means you may lose your job, not get the job you’re looking for, or in some cases go to jail. If you are considering using someone else’s urine or ordering synthetic pee off the internet, you’ve come to the right spot!

What You Should Know Before Using Other's Pee

Like anything else that isn’t completely legal, there are many risks involved. Even if the pee you sneak in is clean, labs can sometimes detect the difference. Because this may be your last resort, we want to inform you of everything you need to know to be successful in passing your drug test.

1. Temperature

This is one of the biggest giveaways when testing urine. Nothing screams “not your pee” more than cold pee. Specimens should be in between 90 and 100 degrees and will not be accepted if it does not fall within that range. So how do you keep the urine warm and at the right temperature? Keeping the borrowed urine close to your private body parts when sneaking in your buddy’s pees will help keep the sample warm, making it more believable when presenting it to the testing facility. Pee has a tendency of changing in temperature depending on the surrounding environment. We suggest placing the urine in a sealed plastic bag and keeping it taped near your privates or thighs. Many people will microwave the pee before sneaking it in. This method ensures they don’t run the risk of it being too cold. This method can be tricky because you don’t want to overdo it. Set your fake pee sample in a container and avoid the use of metal or steel. The most effective container would have to be made of plastic material. Only microwave for about 8-12 seconds depending on the power of your microwave. Taping a hand warmer to the outside of the container is also a good idea to maintaining the proper temperature of 90-100 degrees. You can find a reliable hand warmer in most sporting goods stores. Remember to keep the sample close to your body always so that it does not lose heat. Before hiding away your sample pee, check the temperature to be sure it does not go overboard the temperature range. If you decide to purchase a synthetic urine kit (find them here), most of them will have heating pads to attach to the sample, ensuring you get the temperatures correct. When sneaking in the urine, you’ll want to hide it away near your body parts in case you’re asked to empty your pockets (which is likely).

2. How Long Can You Keep Pee for a Drug Test?

It’s a good idea to be prepared ahead of time, especially if you are a regular user of illicit drugs. Keeping synthetic urine in your freezer for future tests is a good idea. However, if not sealed properly, it could stink up your home. This is not ideal, so be sure to seal it tightly. Once frozen, your samples can last up to 6 months.

Additional Pointers:

So, let’s say you have the temperature at the right range, which is the hardest part. Here are additional tips you want to keep in mind: Be sure you are concealing the urine in a place you will not be searched. While some places will not search you, others will. We recommend you tape the container to your underwear or place it between two pairs of underwear. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Pour the substitute pee in the collection cup as soon as you’re completely alone in the bathroom. Be sure you open the Ziploc bag or container quietly as the collector may be within earshot of the restroom. Stay calm. This is a risky process, and if you act strange or nervous, collectors may be able to tell and ask you to retake the drug test. Be sure of yourself—or pretend to be—when you walk in and out of the testing lab.

What's Your Best Option If You Can't Use Other's Pee?

Because synthetic urine has human qualities, it can successfully be used to pass a self-administered drug screening. There are several vendors that you can obtain synthetic pee from at a wide range of prices. Our number 1 product is Quick Fix. We’ve found this the best solution especially because every batch of urine is tested before reaching your door. There are many reasons that Quick Fix has never failed a drug screening. Among them are the intelligent team of scientists who created it. The kit also comes with heating pads to keep the samples at the desired temperature for you. This by itself takes a big relief off our users as it’s the trickiest part of the entire process. Lastly, this product is unisex! It comes pre-mixed, making it easy to use in an emergency. In as little as 15 seconds you have pee ready to go. We can guarantee that with this product, the labs will never know what you’ve been up to. The new technology involved in the Quick Fix Synthetic Urine Kit ensures you never get busted (if you follow the directions accordingly of course)!

The Final Verdict

And the verdict says… yes! It is possible to pass a self-administered drug test using someone else’s pee or purchased synthetic urine. Weigh out the pros and cons of each solution before deciding on a solution. Whichever method you decide to use, be very careful and use the suggested practices we mentioned above. Best of luck!


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Can You Preserve Real Human Urine?

There are different reasons as to why preserving urine may be necessary. You may need it for future personal use, or your physician has asked for an at-home sample. No matter the cause, it’s important to know how to properly preserve human pee, if you want it to stay good for a period of time. One of the more common reasons why people decide to preserve human urine is to use it as a drug test sample because they did something naughty during a weekend two weeks ago. Nevertheless, now you got some of the real stuff from one of your friends to use as a sample for your next drug test but you're wondering if it will stay good for another week or two. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you're looking to preserve real human pee:

9 Simple Tips For Preserving Human Pee:

Tip #1

Remember that urine is considered a biohazardous material, which means that it can be a risk for our health and thus should be treated as such. When preserving pee, be sure that you’ve collected it with the utmost care. Gloves are highly recommended, but not a necessity. However, washing your hands will matter tremendously. You want to decrease any chance of contamination to your preserved sample. This will affect its preservation. The cleaner you can collect the sample, the better overall for its collection and preservation.

Tip #2

Where you store it counts. An air-tight, sterile resalable container is essential. This ensures that no other materials are mixing with your urine. Here’s what’s not OK: Some people try preserving their sample in a resealable plastic bag, which is simply not the best way. If it’s going to be a plastic bag, make sure it’s sterilized, but really, don’t do this. We only mention it here so that you know we’re not fans of this. It’s messy, and it can leak. Again, pee is a biohazard material. Anything that doesn’t hold it properly shouldn’t be an option.

Tip #3

If you are preserving it for future use, label the container, especially if there are multiple people in your work or business preserving samples. Name and date are the most important, but your medical practitioner may require other information. They’ll let you know. Once you put it in the container, we also recommend placing the container in a sealable bag. This is double protection for the preservation sample and your fridge. You may be wondering: “How long can urine stay good for?” If you are, the answer spends on how you store it.

Tip #4

Store the sample in refrigeration if you need it to stay good for about a day. After you take your sample, take your sterile container and place it on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator, away from any food items. Keep in mind that pee carries spreadable bacteria. If it leaks for any reason, you’ll have to do some significant fridge clean-up (the biohazard type).

Tip #5

If you need it to stay good for longer than a day, then we recommend freezing it. A frozen sample can last for a few months and up to a year, from our research. It may stay good even longer than a year since it’s frozen, but a year seems like a reasonable length of time for anything frozen. Whether you’re trying to preserve it for a day or months at a time, the air-tight, sterile resalable container still applies. If not, you’ll not only risk the liquid leaking and ruining your fridge, but also risk bacteria getting into the sample, making it unusable for testing.

Tip #6

If you don’t have to refrigerate or freeze your pee, (and you’re simply trying to preserve it from the moment you urinate until you get to your doctor’s office), then be sure you keep the container close to your body. Near your lower body or in between your thighs is recommended to retain normal body heat. Remember that pee doesn’t come out cold, so you don’t want to expose it to cooler temperatures for too long unless you’re meaning to preserve it in refrigeration.

Tip #7

Don’t expose your urine to direct sunlight. Sun rays are powerful and may change the composition of your sample. Remember, urine is used to being in the dark. It only comes out to the light when you dispose of it. If you’re going to keep your pee in the fridge or freezer, your refrigerator’s light is likely to come on every time you open the door. Even if you take out the light bulb, some light will come in from the outside every time you open the refrigerator door. For this, we recommend placing your urine in either a brown paper bag (double it, if possible) or a black plastic bag (also double it, if you can). This will prevent light exposure to your urine.

Tip #8

If you’ve correctly preserved your urine in the freezer and it’s time to thaw it out for use, be sure to leave it out to thaw out normally. This will ensure that your preserved pee maintains the quality it retained while refrigerated. Do not force thaw it! Some say that microwaving your preserved urine may ruin the quality and break down some of its essential compositions, making it unacceptable for testing. However, we say it’s plain unacceptable because that’s where you cook your food. If you need to thaw it quickly, having it sit in hot water may preserve its qualities better than microwaving it.

Tip #9

Some people opt to use synthetic solutions. This can be a great solution if you’re looking for alternate uses for urine, such as pranking your college roommates. Rather than spending the time to “pee in a cup” or freezing it, synthetic pee is a great option. Quick Fix is synthetic urine that keeps for months at a time, and it can be used anytime. It even comes with a heating pad to simulate the temperature of real pee. If you’re going for that April Fool’s Day prank, don’t spend your time urinating in a cup and purchasing a sterilized container. Instead, order Quick Fix, and you’ll have perfect liquid body waste that you can use on demand!

The Short of It

Whatever method you use to preserve human urine, be sure to be clean, use a sterile container and keep it away from the light. Make sure that you follow the tips that we have laid out for you, this will increase your chances of keeping the sample fresh. Although, we just want to note that even if you follow the whole process to the letter, there is no guarantee that it will stay genuine throughout the duration. There's a lot that can go wrong and it is never guaranteed. So, if you want a fool-proof solution to passing your next drug test then a better option for you might be to use synthetic urine. It's a popular solution these days especially with the rise of random drug testing. With many brands out there like Quick Fix, you don't have to worry about failing a drug test anymore.

Can You Sneak in Synthetic Urine to a Drug Test?

Drug tests can only go two ways – you either pass, or you don’t. Perhaps you were randomly selected for a surprise testing, or you’ve landed that job you’ve so desperately wanted. Being chosen for a random test when you know you’re not prepared is a stressful event. It means losing your job, or if you are an applicant, it will prevent you from obtaining that job you’ve been longing to have. If you find yourself in this position, don’t fret. You have a few options to pass your drug test when the odds are not in your favor! The first thing that you want to keep in mind is that you’re limited on time. On average, most tests will need to be completed within 48 hours, and believe us, your employer will not be willing to give you an extension. Unfortunately, due to the short period you have, it does not give you enough time to detox your body of the substances within it. Before going into a full panic mode, consider reading the following. We’ve composed this guide to give you the necessary information to have the best chance of passing a urinalysis test.

So, What are Your Options First?

In these situations, flushing your body out naturally isn’t an option, leaving you with only one reliable option: fake or synthetic urine (see more). A lot of people are floored to learn there’s such a thing as fake pee and that it’s readily available on the Internet. “Who would ever bother to invent such a thing?” They ask. The answer is the companies that manufacture the same drug testing machines you need to get past to get or keep your job. You see, when they were engineering their drug testing machines they realized they needed a reliable, inexhaustible source of urine to test those machines with. They couldn’t ask their technicians to pee into cups all day so instead they contracted laboratories to devise synthetic urine for them. The rest, as they say, is history. This fake pee is chemically identical to human pee and will get you that coveted ‘negative’ result more than 99% of the time when used as directed. So the means for passing your test are here. Now all you need is a way to get that sample into the testing facility. And, of course, human ingenuity being what it is there are several pretty dependable ways to do that. We know that breaking the rules is a scary situation, and if you can find a way to avoid doing so, we recommend those alternatives. The old-fashioned way is risky, but many have found success in it. Not every drug administration checks your pockets before conducting a drug test. That’s why some people choose to hide synthetic pee in their pockets or more commonly, ask a close friend to provide some of their own natural urine that is clean. Sadly, this doesn't work as well as you would think. Remember that when sneaking in a friend’s pee, you do run the risk of being searched. If you are found to be sneaking in a sample, you’ll most likely be fired or won’t receive the job you want. If this sneaky option makes you nervous, others may notice it too and feel required to search you. If this happens to be the case, perhaps it’s important to seek another option of sneaking or hiding your stuff into the drug testing facility. But don't wory and keep reading on. Keep in mind that whichever solution you decide to use, the urine you bring in will need to be warm. It needs to be a specific temperature to pass. When carrying in someone else’s urine, some people opt to microwave it before attending their appointment. This is of course not ideal, but it does ensure the pee warm to begin with. You just need something to keep it warm for the rest of the duration. Using a hand warmer is also an option that has worked for many. Whatever method you decide to use, simply remember that nothing screams out “it’s not your pee” more than cold urine! This brings us to the most reliable solution when it comes to hiding your synthetic pee to a drug test.​

Urination Devices, What Are They?

This option is a bit costlier than the previous ones, but they also bring the most desired results. Seeking the help of Monkey Dong or Monkey Whizz – two services that provide effective results when looking for a solution – increase your chances of passing this dreaded test with flying colors. Yes, it will require you to invest more money than the previous solutions, but if you are doing a self-administered test at home, you’ll notice that you can pass the drug screening. The Monkey Dong Synthetic Urine Kit provides men with a reliable solution when surprise drug screenings are scheduled. This service provides users with a fake peeing device that produces fake urine just in time for their appointment. It even acts and looks like the real thing, ensuring a user can pass an at-home drug test. This innovative product comes in a variety of colors to match the skin of the user. It offers different colors to match the skin in the case that you have someone watching over your shoulder. The creators of this product made it so that it matches any skin color so that no one will ever suspect a thing. Purchasing a synthetic urine kit from Monkey Dong is a great way to ace that test and get the job you want. Monkey Whizz meanwhile, is made for women that are looking hide their synthetic pee. Much like Monkey Dong, it comes with heating pads/solutions, and a very discreet way of keeping your artificial pee in your pants without it leaking or being too obvious. Upon receiving your package, you’ll realize that the instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow.





How to Preserve Synthetic ​ProductsProperly Storing Your Stash

If you want to pass off synthetic ​samples as human successfully, you must do your part to ensure the ​product is as similar to fresh human urine as possible. The money has already been spent on the product and the decision to use it has already been made, so you might as well put the energy in to confirm that it will be preserved correctly for whatever you need to save it for. The most common error in using an artificial product is the failure to properly preserve the sample beforehand. Customers may think that once they have the product, they are good to go. Unfortunately, that is not the case for all of the products. The sample must be kept according to certain parameters to preserve both the correct temperature and color. If not properly preserved, there may be red flags raised about the authenticity of the sample.

Synthetic Urine Storage Tips 101:

​Fake pee after purchase will remain at the temperature of its environment. If kept in a hot car, it may overheat. If put in the refrigerator, it will be cold. It can also change color over time if not kept properly. The goal is to have it match as closely to human pee soon after leaving the body. For that to happen, it must be a specific color and temperature. Otherwise, an at-home drug test will be able to detect that the sample is a fake. To save money and heartache, doing it right the first time is the best option.

What are the Proper Preservation Techniques?

A properly preserved synthetic product right before use should be similar in temperature to the human body and within a reasonable range of the color yellow. It should not be too hot, and not too cold. These are dead giveaways that the sample is not human and should be avoided at all costs. There are brands of synthetic ​samples that are easier to store, you can see them here. Once you have your product preserved, you’ll want to keep it in a safe place of mild temperature until ready to use. When you’re ready to use it, warm the product up and check to make sure it is a natural-looking color. Keep it close to your body to preserve the heat until you need to submit your sample.

What Temperature and Color Should It Be?

The human body temperature is normally at 98.6°F. After leaving the body, human urine should range from between 94°F and 96°F. Since the temperature can dramatically change soon after depending on the temperature of the surrounding environment, a urinalysis must check the temperature of the sample within the first four minutes after the sample is collected. The range of acceptable temperatures is between 90°F and 100°F, and if the sample falls outside of that range, it will be extremely suspicious. Pee can change color as time passes. Human urine after exiting the body should be yellow. Diluted urine will have a lighter color and will be a red flag. Do not mix the synthetic product with water or add anything to it. A common mistake is diluting the product and even adding B vitamins afterward since it adds a yellow coloring. The high level of vitamins and low concentration will still be detected, so it’s not a good idea. Ideally, the synthetic product should be within the same parameters of color as human urine.

Methods of Heating/Reheating After Preserving:

While there are multiple methods that can be used to heat a synthetic sample, some methods are better than the others. While microwaving is the quickest and easiest way to raise the temperature, it creates some issues in getting the exact right temperature and preserving it until the test. Hand warmers and body heat take more time and have more variables involved, but tend to give a more accurate temperature reading.

1. Microwave

Microwaving the sample is a quick and easy way to raise the temperature. Simply put, the sample into a microwave-safe container and heat in increments of 10 seconds. Use temperature strips after 10 seconds to test the resting temperature. If not warm enough, heat for another 10 seconds and repeat this process until safely in the range between 90°F and 100°F. You’ll want to be careful not to overheat it though because that makes things a bit tricky. There’s always the option to let it cool down to a proper temperature, but it should be noted that sometimes overheating the product can ruin it by breaking down the molecules. To be on the safe side, microwave it in short spurts and test the temperature after each time.

2. Handwarmers

Hand warmers are small, readily available, relatively easy to hide, and efficient in heating a sample. Take a good look at the details on whichever brand of hand warmers you have to see how fast they heat up and how high they are capable of heating. Warmers that will keep the heat in the range between 90-100°F are ideal. Knowing what you’re working with will help you avoid overheating and ensure the heat will last until needed for use. When using hand warmers to heat the synthetic product, pour the product into a plastic bag or small container and seal it. Wrap the warmers around it, and secure in place with tape or a rubber band.

3. Body Heat

The last available option is merely taking advantage of body heat. For men, it’s popular to keep the sample near the crotch or inner thigh, secured with a band or tape. For women, the sample can be kept in the underarm, near the breast, or near the crotch. Body heat can fluctuate and at times, can fail to heat the sample as high as it needs to be. This method could require some practice beforehand to be sure the ideal temperature can be reached.

What is the Best Option?

Using your own, clean urine is always the best option. When that’s not possible, Quick Fix Synthetic Urine is the next best bet. Using body heat, hand warmers, or microwave to reach the proper temperature for a urine sample, you can ensure that your synthetic product passes as the real thing. Just be sure to keep the synthetic product properly preserved to preserve the most foolproof color and temperature possible.

Can a Man Use a Woman’s Urine (And Vice Versa) for a Drug Test?

Passing a drug test can be stressful for some, because no matter if your drug use is medical or recreational, it can be tough to time things out correctly. A common solution that one might think of is to use their friends or family member’s piss; after all, this is an efficient way to go about it. But what if the only option available is a friend or family member of the opposite sex?

A lot of us don’t really know anything about the science behind these procedures. If you’re not familiar with the testing process, how do you know if using a female’s piss (if you are a male) will work? The short answer is: you don’t. There are a bunch of different factors that can affect each individual situation, including: What kind of drugs you might be taking. Personal health factors. The type of panel you use to administer the drug test.

Can a Urine Test Determine the User’s Gender?

There are several types of bodily fluid procedures that you can perform on yourself with varying levels of accuracy and specificity in the drugs they look for. Typically, the only way a piss test will display the user’s gender results is if it is specifically requested by the tester. So, it would be a whole extra step/other procedure if you were also testing your gender, as the standard drug test would not usually show gender results. So in theory swapping your urine with a woman's (or man's if you are a woman) for a drug test should work, right? But before we get into that let's talk about the things that they would be looking for. Here is a list of things that this procedure usually looks for: Opioids (narcotics) PCP Marijuana Amphetamines Methamphetamines Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Cocaine

Alcohol is another thing that you can see in your results. Ensuring clean results when performing a substance procedure on yourself will depend on the length of time that your substance of choice remains in your system and how often you may use that substance.

How Do I Get Clean Urine Test Results?

If you are currently taking some drug or substance but still want your drug test results to come out clean, you do have a couple of options if you're looking to pass your drug test. Detoxing

If you are looking to detox, this is a great, effective option. However, the biggest downside is that a complete drug detox will take too long if you are looking for immediate results.

Quit Using the Drug

This is the most obvious answer – if you don’t want a drug to show up in your urine then don’t put it in your body to begin with. While this is the most straightforward solution, it is also the least fun. This can be hard to do in a timely manner. It is also not super doable for some people who take substances medicinally without them being well documented.

Synthetic Urine

For many people, artificial piss is the way to go. Synthetic urine is cleanly generated in a lab where it is produced with proper toxin-free piss characteristics. It is the only option that will work instantly for you every time. Quality fake pee should contain uric acid, urea, creatine, nitrates, a normal pH level, and more.

Is Synthetic Urine The Best Alternative?

Since fake pee has become popular, many people have been turning to it to test themselves and see if it does work. It is important to remember that when it comes to fake pee, not all synthetic urine are created equal. The quality of the product truly reflects the effectiveness of its results. Also, the popularity of this product has also helped the development of it. With more and more people using it, the more sophisticated their formulas get to be able to pass these drug testing machines. ​ That being said, a high-quality lab-created piss really does get the job done. For example, people who have reviewed our choice for our #1 product Quick Fix have reported excellent results. You can try out the other brands as well but we cannot guarantee that you'll pass like we can by using Quick Fix 6.2

Here's a good reason why you should use synthetic urine...

Fake pee is perfect for any scientific uses you might require from it. With synthetic urine, you do not need to concern yourself with using a friend or family member’s urine and then worry about the possible gender differences that may show up in the test results. Synthetic products are the ideal solution for your urinalysis needs when you don’t have enough time for the drugs to leave your system naturally. Marijuana can be detected in your system for up to 60 days, which does not bode well if you are in a time crunch and are attempting to drug test yourself quickly. Fake pee contains all the necessary chemical, color, and odor levels to fool anyone and usually comes with simple to use instructions, making it the ideal solution for many people.

Other Uses for Synthetic Urine:

Fake pee is surprisingly versatile in the things that it can be used for. Some of these uses include: Practical jokes

Image the look on your roommate’s face after you tell them the liquid all over their bed or belongings is real piss. Pretty funny, right? Chances are, you will feel a lot better about following through a prank like this with the security of fake pee. Fake pee is quite healthy and won’t contaminate their bed with the gross toxins actual piss contains.


This product is often sold at sex shops because of its surprising popularity within the fetish community. With the look and scent of regular pee, fake pee creates a more sanitary option for urine fetishes in the bedroom (or any other room, for that matter).

Animal repellent

If you need to repel a pesky animal, this might be the way to do it. Animals instinctively have an aversion to territorial the scent, so this is a solid option.

Urine therapy

While this is not super common, some cultures do indeed prescribe pee for its curative powers. Lab generated bodily fluid is not approved for internal use (of course), but if this is what you are looking for it is a great healthy alternative to regular pee.

Can You Mix Urine and Water for a Drug Test?

If you’ve ended up on this page, chances are, you have a drug test coming up and are wondering how you are going to pass it. Many people who use drugs recreationally and have a drug test in the near future wonder if diluting the urine with water will help them to pass. If that sounds like you, here are the answers to the questions you’re probably wondering while considering this option:

Will the Labs Detect the Watered-Down Urine?

This is the first question you should be asking if you are thinking of watering down your urine sample for a substance test. And the answer to it is yes. It is very easy for a lab to detect that you have added pure water to your sample before turning it in. Not only will you likely get caught, but watering down your urine sample before turning it in is next to impossible. Many testing facilities turn off their water faucets before administering drug tests, and the water in the toilet bowl is often dyed to show clearly that the urine has been tampered with. Other methods that people attempt for turning in a diluted specimen for testing is consuming a lot of water. This can help to dilute the levels of the substance visible in your sample. This can be helpful since laboratories have set cut off points for different substances. Even if some amount of substance is detected, at a low enough level, you might still pass the screening. Diluting a sample by drinking excessive water is common – but intentionally and unintentionally. It is, of course, perfectly allowed, so long as you are not adding pure water to the sample. Consuming large amounts of water prior to their test can help to lower substance ratios in urine. However, if it is done too excessively, the lab will detect it and may ask you to repeat the test. This makes even drinking too much water a risky option, because it may not be enough to mask the substance level in your urine (unless it is already very low). You could end up getting caught anyway and needing to repeat the test.

What If You Get Caught?

If you get caught cheating on your test, the results are automatically reported as positive. The consequences will be the same as if you had taken the test normally and been caught with the substance in your urine. A positive result could mean not getting a job, losing a job, or having to deal with the consequences of violating your probation.

Alternatives to Mixing Urine and Water?

So, diluting or mixing your sample with water to pass the screening is not a good idea. But what now? Here are some other options that people commonly try to get through their drug test with flying colors that have a lot higher rates of success! Detoxing: Detoxing is a common solution. You can do this by consuming food and drink that are designed to help clean out your body of toxins and the substance. You also can speed along the process by working out and helping your body to sweat out the substance. However, depending on how soon your screening takes place, you may not have enough time to do this. In addition, you’ll need to discontinue use of the substance during the detox process, which is something many users aren’t willing to do.

The amount of time the detox process will take depends on how often you use the substance. For instance, if you are a daily cannabis smoker, it can take several weeks. However, if you only smoke on occasion, it can take as little as three days to clear out your system. Most recreational users tend to fall somewhere in the middle – and of course, the amount of time it will take also depends on the substance you are using. If you are going to try to detox, make sure you are giving your body plenty of time to be free of the substance to pass your drug screening before it happens!

Getting Clean: This is the most obvious solution to pass a substance screening. However, many users are unwilling to completely discontinue use of their recreational drugs. Getting clean and clearing out your system can take a very long time depending on how frequent of a user you are. If you’re going to try and get clean to pass your substance screening naturally, then make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to do so. Synthetic Urine: Finally, many users put their trust in synthetic urine products, such as Quick Fix. This helps to ensure they pass the drug test with flying colors without the need to discontinue use of the substance. Quick Fix also eliminates the need to wait for the body to detox or get clean. Most people only have a few days to prepare for a substance screening, making synthetic urine their only option. Synthetic urine products like Quick Fix are the only option that works every time!

So, What Should You Do?

There are a lot of reasons that you may need to pass a drug screening, from obeying the rules of your probation to getting a job, to retaining a job you already have. When it comes to passing a drug screening, there is usually a lot on the line. Don’t take the risk of facing the huge consequences that will result from failing your drug screening. Diluting your sample with water is never a good choice and almost always results in the user getting caught and failing their screening.

If you want to be sure that you’ll walk away from your drug screening with a passing result, then synthetic urine options like Quick Fix are your best choice. If you’re on a short time frame, they may be your only choice! Save yourself the headache of trying to force your body to detox in too short a period of time, and do what it takes to make sure you pass your upcoming drug test with flying colors!

If you ever need to undergo urine drug testing, you will need to see to it that you get it done by a reliable testing center. You need to be sure that the results that they are going to come up with are going to be accurate and reliable ones. At the same time, you want to see to it too that you are well aware of the costs, so you can set aside the right figures to pay for the procedure. For people that are not looking forward to the expenses involved in undergoing the test, it is reassuring to know that it is not going to exceed a hundred bucks. Compare this with the cost of a full drug rehabilitation program and one will find the tests are actually relatively cheaper. Besides, one will find that there are a lot of places these days that either offer these tests for free or at a much lower cost - perfect for those that may not have the luxury to pay for the procedure.

What are the Costs to Expect?

It is important to remember what the tests are going to reveal. For instance, it is important to remember that this is an evaluation that will measure the urine for the presence of specific prescription medications as well as illegal drugs. A lot of employers these days require their potential employees to undergo this kind of assessment before they are to be fully hired. In the event that one gets a positive result for something that he has not taken, he should require taking an MS or a GS evaluation as soon as possible. With the rise of companies asking their employees to undergo testings, the number of people trying to beat urine drug tests increases as well. Ultimately, most tests range in the $50-$150 range depending on the panel of drugs they're testing for. A simple marijuana test might only cost $60, but add in cocaine and it increases 2x.

Can Your Insurance Cover it?

There are some insurance policies that do cover the procedure. But this is not always true for all.

Before you do decide to use your insurance to cover the drug screening, it is still best to call up your provider.

Make an inquiry on whether it is indeed involved in the list of things that they will pay for or not. This prevents you from being in an inconvenient situation in the event that you expected them to and it turns out that they do not.

Are There Free Ones Out There?

One will find that in most cases, the test is not going to be free. Of course, one will find other places that may offer it at a discounted rate or at a much lower cost when compared to other testing centers. But it is highly recommended that people should take the time first to find out whether these are the clinics that can be trusted to carry out the tests right and then come up with credible results. Their reputation and overall credibility should be taken into account so you can be sure that the results that they will be able to provide you with ones that can be trusted where accuracy goes. Look around and find as many clinics as you can. Find out how long they have been in the field and what the consensus is about so you would know what to expect. Best to look at other people's review and feedback, and their experiences with these clinics.

Why Do Employers Drug Test Anyway?

A lot of people who are told they’ll need to take a drug test don’t really understand why. Maybe they’re applying for a data entry position or perhaps they’re looking for an entry level job at McDonald’s and they’re told that, as part of the application process, they’ll need to submit to a drug test. But why would you need to take drug test to work in a burger joint? Are they afraid you’ll get the munchies and eat all the French fries? While it’s understandable that someone would have to be on the straight and narrow to drive a massive big rig or operate a crane 1,000 feet above the street in other instances it just doesn’t seem to make sense. So why do so many companies drug test in the first place? To keep their insurance premiums low - If a company can provide their insurance carrier with absolute ironclad proof that their workforce is squeaky clean they may qualify for certain types of insurance discounts, including workmen’s comp discounts. While it may seem like a thin justification to someone asked to subject themselves to a test the fact is any break a company can get on their insurance is welcome. To cover themselves legally - Alcohol and drug related incidents can often result in the kind of lawsuits the put companies behind the financial 8 ball. Let’s say you own a call center and one of your employees shows up drunk and assaults someone else. In all likelihood you, the owner, would be financially responsible for any damages. By testing employees both during the hiring process and while they’re at work for you can help discourage out of control behavior. To increase productivity - Without making any moral or character judgements it’s fair to say that most stoners are not known to push the envelope of productivity. So even if being high on your job isn’t going to endanger anyone it might still take a bite out of productivity. And in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace that’s not going to float with many business owners. A potential employer can never force you to submit to a drug test. However, they can make taking a test a prerequisite for employment. And as long as they don’t administer it in some way that violates your rights there is nothing to stop them. So no matter who is paying for it, if a prospective employer says you’ll need to take a test you have 2 choices: either submit to the test or look for a different job.
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