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Question about THC levels in body when smoking after abstaining

Discussion in 'Drug Testing' started by jokinandtokin, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. jokinandtokin

    jokinandtokin Registered

    Hi all,

    This might be a dumb question, but for the sake of my sanity I have to ask this. I have a drug test coming up I have been very stressed about for a new job.

    I am a pretty heavy smoker - about a gram a day - for the 2 years. On May 12 I stopped smoking, then on May 19 slipped up and smoked twice. I then abstained until May 28, but once again slipped up smoking twice. I have a drug test coming up on June 22 (maybe could push back a few more days), and I am a bit nervous.

    Did my slip-ups cost me? If not for these, I would have been clean for over 40 days, which should be ample time.

    I guess my question is - can these smoking slipups somehow prolong the THC that was already in my system? This seems it'd defy basic physics, but I would love some outside advice, at least to help calm my nerves.

    I would prefer not to substitute.

    thanks so much for the help community!
  2. Burnt Toast

    Burnt Toast Registered+

    The only way to find out for sure is to test yourself with a THC test kit. When testing yourself, be sure to use the first urination of the day.
  3. jokinandtokin

    jokinandtokin Registered

    Thanks for the quick reply!

    If i were to set up a test at a lab, would I be able to get results of my THC level, or just a pass/fail like the at home tests?

    Also, I am still curious about if smoking after abstaining can somehow slow the THC killing off process?
  4. Burnt Toast

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    Depends on how much money you want to spend. Do you want to spend money on a "go/no-go" assay; or do you want to spend the extra money to have a quantitative analysis performed? The lab only provides the "test menu" for the client to pick and choose from.
    Depends on so many factors, including - but limited to - pattern of use, how much was used, metabolic rate, and level of physical activity. And each case is different. Testing yourself periodically will give you the answer.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012
  5. jokinandtokin

    jokinandtokin Registered

    Thanks. So I guess I still don't have a conclusive answer to my original question, but it sounds like there may not be one.

    I just figured it kind of defied conservation in physics that the level of THC in your body could somehow increase more if you were a heavy smoker that quit 2 weeks ago, versus someone who has never smoked. I would think both are gaining the same levels, but I guess this may not be the case (or impossible to really prove it is). If anyone else has ideas about this please let me know, I am still stressing very badly.

    I took an at-home-test this morning, with the second pee of the day but no dilution, and had a very faint line, which I think indicates a pass. I've already gone ahead and put it in a vial though and am going to send it off for further confirmation. I'll keep this thread updated with my results.

    On a side note - last year I did use Quick Fix for a job and it worked. I just don't want to go through that stress again.
  6. jokinandtokin

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    Sorry for multiple posts. Figured i'd post a screenshot of my stick. If anyone thinks this isn't a pass, please let me know!

  7. Burnt Toast

    Burnt Toast Registered+

    A faint line is still a line. That result is a negative.
    Even synthetic urine controls (which contain no drug metabolites at all) can produce a faint line on an assay.
  8. jokinandtokin

    jokinandtokin Registered

    Sorry to revive this thread, but..

    How common is it to pass the at-home tests one day and then fail the next? Does this mean I am flirting with passing levels and should be good with another week+ of abstaining?

    Thanks so much!!
  9. biggmoneyme

    biggmoneyme Registered+

    it's defiantly possible, thats why its best to use first piss of the day. just slightly dilute yourself and you should be okay. by slightly dilute i mean piss and then drink a bottle of water n u should be good
  10. cbj

    cbj Registered

    You wont know until you get the results from the lab. Mine looked just like that on Tuesday, I should have the results by next Friday or later. But people fail with faint lines. I'm thinking the 99% accurate refers to their confirmation testing, not the screen.

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