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how far back do oral saliva drug test detect thc

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how far back do oral saliva drug test detect thc. this will be lab tested.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
Saliva tests for marijuana (THC) have a very short detection period. Generally they are negative within 12-24 hours even when testing is performed by a laboratory.

Urine testing has a longer detection period 3 days after a single use, but saliva is very short. This is one "advantage" of this testing, since it correlates better with impairment; the detection period is not much different than the period one might be considered "under the influence".
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
is there anything that can be done to insure this test will come back negative? can you tell me how you came to this answer of 12 to 24 hrs personal knowledge or reference.
Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
The way to insure that your drug test is negative is to not use marijuana for at least 24 hours before any test. Obviously, the longer the better.

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