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Old Sep 14, 2006, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default Can secondhand pot smoke make you test positive in a drug test?

This may be a stupid question. But should I avoid rock concerts until after my drug test for my new job?
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 01:04 AM   #2
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I seriously doubt that second hand pot will show up on a drug test, unless you took the test like the day after, but still unlikey. Especially from a concert.
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 01:21 AM   #3
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No.

I used to be in charge of sending people for pre-employment drug screens at my previous job and talked all the time with the woman at the clinic.

That excuse was used all the time when someone failed and the lady at the clinic said you would literally have to be in a small closet with someone smoking for hours in order for it to get into your system. Alot of the time (depending on metabolism weight etc.) you could actually take a couple actual hits and pass 6-12 hours later.

Drug tests actually only have a certain threshhold that they can detect from. They don't pick up minute amounts of THC. Of course this info is all for a piss test, I dunno anything about blood or folicle tests but most jobs don't use those anyways because they cost more. Depends on how high profile a place of employment it is.

If you are actually worried about it though I would suggest picking up a home test kit from CVS. They have the same negative result rating as a lab test and only cost 15 bucks. Well worth the peace of mind going in there if you are worried about it if ya ask me.

But dude... go enjoy yourself you won't fail a piss test from second hand reefer smoke.
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 02:47 AM   #4
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they drug test for every job in the states? or just certain positions...

I think i've gone to a job interview stoned once.... not easy but kinda funny, and I got the job!
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 03:34 AM   #5
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As long as you are not too close to the smoke then it should not show in a test.
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 07:58 AM   #6
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they drug test for every job in the states? or just certain positions...

I think i've gone to a job interview stoned once.... not easy but kinda funny, and I got the job!
Depends on who it is. Employer preference.
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No.

I used to be in charge of sending people for pre-employment drug screens at my previous job and talked all the time with the woman at the clinic.

That excuse was used all the time when someone failed and the lady at the clinic said you would literally have to be in a small closet with someone smoking for hours in order for it to get into your system. Alot of the time (depending on metabolism weight etc.) you could actually take a couple actual hits and pass 6-12 hours later.

Drug tests actually only have a certain threshhold that they can detect from. They don't pick up minute amounts of THC. Of course this info is all for a piss test, I dunno anything about blood or folicle tests but most jobs don't use those anyways because they cost more. Depends on how high profile a place of employment it is.

If you are actually worried about it though I would suggest picking up a home test kit from CVS. They have the same negative result rating as a lab test and only cost 15 bucks. Well worth the peace of mind going in there if you are worried about it if ya ask me.

But dude... go enjoy yourself you won't fail a piss test from second hand reefer smoke.
Joker nailed it. If you smoke quite often, it can take all the way up to a month to empty out your system. In some cases, longer, and in other cases, shorter. Typically though, taking a few hits from the whacky tobacco should be out of your system within hours to several days.

Hair samples are delayed... takes about a week before anything will show up. But the whackiness can stay in your hair for up to three years. Blood samples is the most intrusive and most expensive.

I just took a piss test yesterday for a position at Target. To say, I'm a little nervous... but I haven't smoked anything for over a month. Let alone smoke any premium stuff.
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This may be a stupid question. But should I avoid rock concerts until after my drug test for my new job?
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you will never fail a piss test due to second hand smoke. plain and simple. you have to smoke it yourself in order to fail.
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All of the above is probably true, but if an important job is on the line, and you know for certain that you'll undergo a drug test, I still wouldn't chance it.
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 10:09 AM   #11
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Hair samples are delayed... takes about a week before anything will show up. But the whackiness can stay in your hair for up to three years. Blood samples is the most intrusive and most expensive.
actually the wackyness can stay in your hair alot longer than that, generally they only timeline test folicles to see what you did in the last 3 years.
they have used folicle tests on mummys and could tell you what they did.
no shampoo can prevent that test, nor can you simply shave your head.
the hair can come from anywhere and they only need like an inch or two total to test. if you shaved your entire body.. they wouldnt test you..and you wouldnt get the job lol.

they test alot of jobs here in the US, but the ones that dont, will still test you if you get hurt on the job.
food service is big on not testing for sure (been to a local fast food/diner lately? that kid behind the counter who looks half baked probably is hehe)

i know one job (not mentioning the company) they hair test, and if you become a driver, you have to submit for... a simple DOT urine test lol.. seems a bit backwards to me

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Interesting they say you can hang around w/ pot smokers and it will not get into your system but then they turn around and say 2nd hand cig smoke can kill you faster then actually smoking as the smoker has a filter in the cig and you do not. Strange.
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Interesting they say you can hang around w/ pot smokers and it will not get into your system but then they turn around and say 2nd hand cig smoke can kill you faster then actually smoking as the smoker has a filter in the cig and you do not. Strange.
there are 2 counters to those theories. 1 is that not enough pot gets in your system to show up on a piss test, but it does get in your system. 2 is that second hand smoke gets you less than 1/100 of the smoke that the smoker's breathing. filter or no filter, 1/100th exposes you to far less risk than the smoker, and the smoker exposes themselves to that risk 20+ times a day, every day for many years before they even see health risks.
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"Can secondhand pot smoke make you test positive in a drug test?"


Hmm, good question, lets find out.


*lights up a second joint and smokes from his left hand too*
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Interesting they say you can hang around w/ pot smokers and it will not get into your system but then they turn around and say 2nd hand cig smoke can kill you faster then actually smoking as the smoker has a filter in the cig and you do not. Strange.
Might have something to do with all the added chemicles in cigs vs the natural weed plant
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Interesting they say you can hang around w/ pot smokers and it will not get into your system but then they turn around and say 2nd hand cig smoke can kill you faster then actually smoking as the smoker has a filter in the cig and you do not. Strange.
Think about that logic for a minute. Second-hand cig smoke is what is exhaled out of a smokers lungs, correct? Said smoke got there after being inhaled thru a filtered cig by the smoker, correct? So how is second hand smoke worse because there is no filter? If anything it's filtered more after going thru a person's lungs, throat and mounth/nose before going back into the outside air.

Seond hand weed smoke can't do that much unless you are in a really tight space. You may get contact high but if you aren't actually smoking it yourself and do not smoke on a daily basis, it will be gone from your system after a day or two. I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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The issue for me is, ACL is tomorrow, and they spring the drug test on you with an overnight mail that gives you 24 hours to get it done.

So "gone in a day or two" is still a problem.
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The issue for me is, ACL is tomorrow, and they spring the drug test on you with an overnight mail that gives you 24 hours to get it done.

So "gone in a day or two" is still a problem.
i know from experience. if you don't smoke it yourself, it will not show up on a piss test.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I'll be fine...to be extra safe, I'll just move if I ever smell it.
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