Learning how to pass a mouth swab drug test is pretty easy, but unfortunately, a lot of people still get caught out by them. Because of the way they can be quickly administered, it’s very easy to get into trouble, unless you are always prepared.
So let’s get you ready, by talking about everything you need to know to pass an oral drug test.
I’m going to tell you about saliva drug test detection times for all the common drug types, who use mouth swab tests, and why. Plus, I’ll tell you where you are most likely to face one.
Then I’m going to tell you the strategies you can use to make sure can pass one, even if you are faced with an oral drug test at short notice, and the specialist products you’ll need to make sure you are always ready, even if there’s somebody in the room.
What Is A Mouth Swab Drug Test?
A mouth swab drug test is very simple to administer. A swab is taken in the mouth, around the gum line, and under the tongue, where metabolites from drug use are most likely to gather. It is then tested against a panel, or placed in a special test container, where it will react with chemicals to produce a result of positive, or negative against the various substances.
I give that as an example, as you can also buy pens, where the swab is taken directly on it, and the result appears on the pen as well.
But whatever the format, as you can see, it’s brutally simple to administer a mouth swab drug test, and anyone can do it. So learning how to pass a saliva drug test is essential if you know you could have drug metabolites in your saliva at the time.
Saliva Drug Detection Times
Now the good news is that saliva drug detection times are quite short but slightly longer than blood. You basically have a progression, for the length of time the drugs can be found:
Blood > saliva > urine > hair
So drug metabolites will be found for slightly longer in saliva, than blood, but not as long as they will be found in urine and hair.
What happens with drug detection times, is after you’ve taken a drug, the active ingredient is converted into metabolites. These metabolites then work their way out your body through various means, after spending some time in blood, then saliva, then working their way out your urine and stools.
In terms of the main drugs out there, these are the average saliva drug detection times:
- Marijuana up to 24 hours (but can be 36 hours according to LabCorp)
- Cocaine up to 24 hours
- Opiates up to 36 hours
- Methamphetamine up to 72 hours
- PCP up to 48 hours
- Amphetamines up to 24 hours
- LSD up to 6 hours
- Heroin up to 48 hours
So as you can see, the detection time is not that long, so unless you’ve taken drugs recently, within a couple of days, you should have nothing to worry about. But that’s not the whole story.
Chronic drug users have more metabolites in the body, which take longer to work their way out. If you’ve just taken it once in the past month, and then you have a drug test a day or so later, you should be fine.
But look at this is an example. This study found that in chronic cannabis users, THC COOH metabolites were still detectable in saliva eight days later.
So if you are a regular user or smoker, then a saliva drug test is something you need to be seriously concerned about, and more importantly, prepare for.
Why Oral Drug Testing Is Popular
The main reason that oral drug testing is popular, is that it’s cheap. It’s really cheap to order the test kits required. On top of that, it’s easy to administer an oral drug test. You don’t need any special training, literally, anyone can do it. Of course, you need some guidance on how best to swab the mouth, but that’s it.
So although your chances of getting caught are slim, unless you’ve taken something within the past 24 hours, or are a chronic user, the ease with which you can be tested, is the reason why mouth swab drug testing is becoming more popular.
A word of warning here, it’s becoming more popular by the roadside in some countries. In Australia and the UK, roadside mouth swab testing is now routine if there is suspicion you are under the influence of drugs.
So it might only be a matter of time before that’s adopted in other countries, because 10 minutes of training, plus a $10 saliva drug test kit, can turn any police officer into a mobile drug detection unit.
When You Might Face A Mouth Swab Test
The thing is, you have no idea when you might face a mouth swab drug test. If you’re in the UK or Australia, or another country that has roadside mouth swab drug testing laws, then you know you could face one any time in your car.
But primarily, especially in the USA, it’s going to be during employment that you could face a swab test.
You now know that although mouth swab drug test detection times are pretty short, the ease with which they can be administered means that you could face one at any time if your company has a policy of on the spot drug testing.
The danger with mouth swab drug tests is that ease of instant administration. You are unlikely to be given much notice because it’s in the employer’s interest to give you as little time as possible. They will have been briefed on the short detection times, and the fact if you have much notice, there are ways you can minimize your chances of getting caught.
So if you think there’s a chance you might have to pass an oral drug test, then the following section will be invaluable because it’s your armory, the knowledge, you need to always be prepared to react instantly to that invitation to step into the office.
Tips On How To Pass A Saliva Drug Test
The great news is that passing a mouth swab drug test is actually easy. But you do need to know the process, the steps you can take to avoid detection, and the products that could help you. So what I’m going to do here, is go through the ways you can pass a saliva drug test, step-by-step, so that you have all information you need to know to never be caught out.
Avoid toxins & cleanse your mouth
The best way to pass a mouth swab drug test is simply to avoid toxins. As you now know, drug test detection times for saliva are pretty short, often short this 24 hours, as long as you are not a chronic user.
Which means, if it’s been a couple of days since have taken something, or had a joint, and you haven’t done that for a week or so, then you will be absolutely fine. You don’t need to do anything, the drug metabolites will have worked their way out of your saliva, and will currently working their way out of your bladder and bowels.
But if you are a regular weed smoker, every couple of days, or chronic and doing it every day, then you have a lot more to worry about. It’s the same with other types of drug use that is very regular. The sheer volume of metabolites you have in your body will overwhelm its ability to get rid of them in a timely manner.
But going back to being a light user, if you think you could be caught out, say you had a joint yesterday, then you won’t have many metabolites in your saliva. But you could have some. So how you get rid of them?
Well, you can simply clean your mouth. Brush your teeth and gums several times, like 10 times a day if you know in advance you have a test or are likely to have one.
Also, you can use a strong mouthwash, just the normal mouthwash like Listerine, and do the same thing, flushing out your mouth several times a day.
Another thing you can do to cleanse your mouth is to eat a fatty meal about an hour before your test, should you get a notice. Fat absorbs THC metabolites. So if you are a weed smoker, it could help to remove toxins from your mouth.
You can’t rely on that alone, but who’s going to turn down the chance of a big fat burger?
On top of all that, you can just keep hydrated. Drinking lots of water can help to flush the toxins out of your mouth, and keep your oral fluids moving.
So in summary, if you have some notice:
- Brush your teeth regularly
- Use mouthwash regularly
- Abstain from toxins
- Eat a fatty meal before your test
- Drink lots of water
But the problem is, you don’t usually get much notice to do all of that. Sure, if you’re going for a job interview, and you think you might get sent off for testing afterward, or they might take a mouth swab at the end of the interview, then this is a good tactic, but what do you do if you are given zero notice?
If possible fix the test
Me telling you to fix the test might sound a bit ridiculous. How are you meant to do that, when somebody else is going to be there administering it? Well, you have two things available to you to potentially fix the test.
The first thing is to ignore the instructions given as much as possible. Try to make it difficult for them to get the mouth swab deep into the mouth. You could say you have got something wrong with your jaw, so they have to take a more shallow swab.
Or simply try and block it with your tongue, and pretend you choking because of a delicate gag reflex.
However you do it, the aim is to try and get them to take the swab from higher up in the mouth, for example, on the inside of your cheek.
The second thing you can do is possible only if they give you the swab to do the test yourself. This may not sound likely, but you’d be surprised how often it happens.
Again, make sure you avoid swabbing along the gum line, where your teeth meet the gum, or under your tongue, try and take a swab from the inside of your mouth, high up, on the inside of your cheeks, where there will be less saliva.
Use Specialist Saliva Neutralizing Products
Now look, all of those tactics might work, but if you know you are going to have drug metabolites in your saliva, then unless you can get hold of the swab yourself, you could be out of luck, and even then it’s not certain.
That’s where specialist saliva detox products come in.
They have the ability to temporarily get rid of drug toxins, by neutralizing your saliva and getting rid of them completely. They only do this for a short space of time, as freshly generated saliva will contain metabolites.
So your window of opportunity is as short as 30 minutes, but that’s all you will need.
However, specialist products are not cheap, and you still have to know how to use them in the heat of the moment. So let’s now take a look at exactly how to pass a mouth swab drug test using specialist saliva neutralizing products.
Products To Help Pass An Oral Drug Test
You can buy various detox mouthwash products, which all have the same goal. They flush away the toxins in your mouth by removing them, neutralizing them, and then you spit out the mouthwash.
There are several good brands on the market. The first one I will mention as recommended is Toxin Rid Rescue wash, and the second is Ultra Klean Saliva Detox. Both are affordable options, at around $30.
Either of these will work really well, I’ve used them myself past. They are very small, discreet containers, of around 1 fluid ounce. You simply shake them, unscrew the lid, swirl the contents around in your mouth, and then spit them out.
You should then be clean, and good to pass a saliva drug test for about 30 minutes.
The downside to using a detox mouthwash is you can’t do it when somebody is in the room. You can pop off to the toilet, and they are definitely discreet enough to carry on you. As long as you can get out of sight for a couple of minutes, you can use the mouthwash.
But you will need to carry the bottle on you or have it easily accessible. Plus it won’t work unless you can get out of sight, and you have somewhere to spit out the liquid. Although I guess if you are really desperate, you could just swallow it, but I wouldn’t fancy that.
However, if you know drug testing procedures at your place of work will allow you to do that, then these are a very cost-effective way of staying safe. Toxin Rid Rescue mouthwash is particularly good, and it’s the one I’ve used before.
Oral Clear saliva drug test gum
For me, the absolute best product you can use, the gold standard in learning how to pass a mouth swab drug test, is Oral Clear saliva drug test gum.
The reason I say it’s the gold standard is that it’s just as good as a specialist mouthwash at flushing out the toxins and cleaning your saliva.
But more than that, it’s discreet. It’s not actually gum, it’s a small capsule the concentrated liquid.
It’s so small, you can carry it around on you all the time. It’s not even a small bottle, it’s literally just a capsule. So there’s no problem with having it on you all the time, which gets around the problem of carrying a bottle with you or being searched.
When you need it, you literally pop in your mouth, chew it for about 30 seconds, swill it around your mouth, and then swallow everything. So there’s no trace of it, and you don’t need to spit anything out.
So as far as I’m concerned, it’s the perfect solution for any saliva drug testing situation you might face.
Let’s say you’ve been pulled over by the police. Even as they are walking up to the car, you can pop it in your mouth, and be neutralized before they even arrive to talk to you.
If it’s your employer, they could even be in the same room. Just wait until they turn round to pick something up, pop it in your mouth, chew and swallow. Even if they see you, how on earth are they going to prove that you have just neutralized your saliva?
So for me, Oral Clear saliva neutralizing gum is definitely the perfect solution to passing a mouth swab drug test.
The only reason you would have for not using Oral Clear is the price.
Saliva neutralizing mouthwash costs about $30. A single capsule of oral clear costs $90. So it’s three times the price. You can order it from the manufacturer.
But for that, you are getting ultimate convenience and safety. You can literally neutralize your mouth while somebody’s standing in front of you, as long as they turn their head slightly, so they don’t see you. You can cough, put your hand over your mouth, and then gently chew it. It’s literally foolproof. For more info on Oral Clear, check out my review here.
So there you go, you now have all the information you need to know. You now know how to pass a mouth swab drug test every single time, regardless of whether you have only smoked one joint this week, or whether you are smoking three joints a day. It doesn’t matter, there’s a way around every situation.