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I don't touch the stuff myself - not out of a sense of moral superiority, but rather fear, cowardice and anxiety. However, I have several friends who do partake. I'm looking for work right now, though, and a lot of companies screen for drug use. If I'm around other people when they're smoking, will that enter my system and cause me to fail the drug screening? Personally, I think it's dumb that I should even have to worry about this at all; the way I look at it, my friends' activity is less dangerous than drinking alcohol (which I don't partake in either). Still, I just want to know if this is something I'm going to have to be careful about for X number of weeks prior to a drug screening.
TheRemainsoftheDay TheRemainsoftheDay 22-25, M 27 Answers Apr 9, 2012

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Marijuana remains in your blood for 3 months , the larger the quantity inhaled , the larger percentage present in the blood , bottom line is that it can test positive regarding any amount available in your blood stream.<br />
For example , if you talk with your friend while he smokes a whole joint and you just sit there breathing the smoke , it will certainly test positive , if you just pass by a guy on the street that happens to smoke pot and you inhale the scent , that won't test positive.<br />
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Hope you already found a job by now :D<br />
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Regards

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If you are constantly around those smokers, you can fail a drug test. Drink lots of water.

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Just remember not to eat any poppy seed bagels before the test--it sounds odd, but it's been verified several times that eating the poppy seeds on a bagel can actually give you a false positive for opium-ba<x>sed drugs.

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Just avoid confined areas with lots of smoke and you should be fine. It takes a certain amount of exposure to show up on a test.. more than you would normally receive from "second hand" smoke.

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IT HAPPENED TO ME!!!! <br />
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AFTER NOT SMOKING FOR OVER 85+ DAYS, I SOMEHOW TESTED POSITIVE FOR THC WITH A QUANTITATIVE VALUE OF 23...? WITH A THC TO CREATINE RATIO OF 8.953:256. WHICH ARE BOTH QUITE LOW. I WAS SEVERELY DEHYDRATED AT THE TIME, ALSO CAUSING A HIGHER CREATINE LEVEL AND THE CONCENTRATION OF OTHER PREsc<x>riptION DRUGS THAT I AM PRESCRIBED TO SHOW UP IN MY SYSTEM THAT USUALLY DON'T SHOW AT ALL IF I AM WELL HYDRATED/HAVE A LOW CREATINE LEVEL. I WAS TOLD THAT IT COULD BE A NUMBER OF THINGS BY THE DRUG TESTING FACILITY, I.E. SECOND HAND SMOKE (IN WHICH I ACTUALLY WAS NEAR SOMEONE WHO LIT UP NEXT TO ME AND HAD BEEN IN THEIR HOME THAT REEKED OF POT THE NIGHT BEFORE MY UA) BUT ALSO HAVE BEEN TAKING IBUPROFEN IN DOSES OF 800MG AT A TIME FOR CHRONIC BACK PAIN NO MORE THAN ONCE TO 2X A DAY IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE TEST, SO TRULY, THERE IS NO TELLING WHICH OF THE TWO CAUSED THE POSITIVE SINCE THERE ARE NATURALLY OCCURRING CHEMICALS IN URINE THAT MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE TO ISOLATE WHATEVER CAUSED THE DRUG TO SHOW UP. THEY LAB TOLD ME THAT AT A QUANTITATIVE LEVEL OF 23 THERE IS NO WAY THAT I COULD HAD ACTUALLY SMOKED ANY MARIJUANA, FIRSTHAND (IF YOU ACTUALLY DO TAKE A TOKE, THE VALUE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE HUNDREDS INSTEAD) BUT IT CLEARLY SHOWED I HAD BEEN AROUND MARIJUANA SMOKE IN THE DAYS PRIOR TO THE TEST, MIND YOU I TESTED NEGATIVE FOR IT EVERY 4-6 DAYS PRIOR FOR OVER 2 MONTHS BEFORE THAT AND JUST 4 DAYS BEFORE THIS TEST. A POSITIVE IS A POSITIVE, THOUGH, AND SOMETHING TO NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. ESPECIALLY WHEN COURT AND/OR DHS ARE INVOLVED. MY ADVICE, STAY AWAY FROM ANYONE WHO SMOKES (AT LEAST IF THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT IN FRONT OF YOU OR YOU HAPPEN TO SMELL THE AROMA AFTER THE FACT...IF YOU DO... HOLD YOUR BREATH AND GET AWAY ASAP). I AM GOING TO SEE, MYSELF, IF MY TAKING OTC IBUPROFEN IS WHAT CAUSED THIS POSITIVE TO HAVE OCCURRED, THOUGH, BY AVOIDING ALL FRIENDS THAT PARTAKE IN USING UNTIL I SEE HOW A FEW MORE TESTS TURN OUT, WITH AND WITHOUT HIGH CREATINE LEVELS IN MY SYSTEM.<br />
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I WILL REPOST ONCE I HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SITUATION. HOPE THIS HELPS EVEN A LITTLE.

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@U279 I think she was referring to being drug tested in the hospital after giving birth, which is something they do now. If the mom/baby tests positive for drugs, CYS will get involved.<br />
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It happened to my wife/daughter because of the meds (prescribed) my wife was on while pregnant. While we were in no danger of CYS taking her, since her PCP prescribed and her OB had it documented, they still kept our daughter in the hospital for a week in case of withdrawal.

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mixhka, you should document "almost losing your baby because of second hand weed smoke." You will be the first person in history with such severe side effects, including people who are actually smoking it...or, more likely, you're delusional.

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I have heard rumors abut marijuana usage of my kids dads girlfriend around the kids on the weekends. If I testy kids will it show? They are 8 years old.

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yes it can show up and you can fail a drug test but it does depend on your exposure. If friends are hotboxing a room or car dont be there. If you already have flush your system water water water and cranberry juice. I almost lost my new baby due to 2nd hand pot smoke becareful.

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I think many non smokers are just fearful of this. I am around people who smoke all the time and have passed a drug test recently! These people who fail are previous smokers who are around smokers and it just never left their body. Don't worry so much and don't let these people scare you. If you don't smoke you won't fail.

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This is not true. I was a heavy smoker (half to a full ounce a month for 9 years, 8 of the 9 using relatively high %THC yielding marijuana ) 205lbs 6'1'' I have not smoked for 45 days. Last week, 31 days in, I preformed 4 home tests on my urine over the course of the next four days (taking samples from after workouts and the first pee of the morning) and all four showed negative for THC at the 50ng/ml level. On day 44 I was in a room for 5-6 hours with two smokers. They happened to be smoking joints. (And I believe this is the variable that we need to discuss.) When someone is smoking a bowl, they light the bowl (or like devices) and inhale the weed and absorb the THC. On the other hand, a joint or blunt is lit and it begins to burn and release marijuana smoke into the surrounding atmosphere. So you are technically breathing in exactly the same thing that they are breathing in, just in lower doses because it is mixed with air. I tested myself upon waking up the next morning and found that I did not pass my test. In hopes that this was just a fluke in the testing (home test kit from walgreens) I went and purchased another test and failed it too with not even a hint of a faint second line. I believe that I indirectly inhaled some of the un-smoked burning marijuana that was smoking off of the joint between inhales. While I think that this is absolutely stupid for you to have to avoid friends that use marijuana (especially who smoke joints/blunts inside), I feel that it's the safest way to stay clean. I have read of similar cases and most say that within 2-3 days you'll be testing clean again. Hopefully that is the case because my UA is in 10 days and the job is very important to me. (Using substituted or artificial urine is not an option for me.) I have 3 home drug tests left and I will be taking another in two days to see if I am hopefully clean again. Lastly, we need to unite and fight this obscene requirement of peeing in a cup for someone. It is a fact that feces secrets more THCCOOH (the metabolite that is detected) at more than double the rate of urine, so why don't they ask us to **** in a cup for them??? It's silly, bodily waste is still bodily waste. Just imagine, what is the difference between taking a urine sample and a feces sample, as far as the tester is concerned? They are both invasive and they both violate the 4th amendment in my opinion. It's really too bad that our government and some of the powerful people in this country are trying to ***** our citizens of their rights. Mouth swabs would be a more acceptable procedure in my opinion because they do not require you to secrete bodily wastes for testing and their detection times are more suitable for detecting immediate usage rather than usage weeks or even months ago.

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also, if anyone needs advice on my research please pm me your questions. Please avoid the "will I be clean if" questions and keep them more direct as many factors can contribute to effective detoxification.

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FML im ****** and never smoked but my probation says other wise.

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I never smoked pot and I still failed. **** the system. Getting 13 year old females in trouble -,...,-

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Someone should look into the chain of custody for the sample and retest.

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yes it can show up. A gas chromagraphy test CAN show anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most accurate tests have a """tolerance range"" so many parts per million are acceptable. If you love your job, I suggest leaving a room or vehicle when pot is being used. AS A regualr user for three decades, and a taker of hundreds of tests...I assure you the very small amount of pot smoke CAN and probably will show up.

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didn't a canadian snowboarder almost lose his medals because they found traces of thc, and didn't he claim it was secondhand smoke? of course, snowboarders fib a lot;)

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i don't think it's a dumb question but the traces if they showed up would be quite tiny however prolonged exposure may yield a stronger result so maybe keep some distance when your friends start to smoke the good stuff

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it is really doubtful. you would have to be living in a smokebox lol. drug tests have a 'threshold' limit of so many ppm anyhow, so you have to exceed a certain value of THC in parts per million (ppm) in your sample. so long answer short, no man you're fine. but if you are worried, hit up the pharmacy and buy an at-home drug test kit. they sell ones that test for THC alone

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No, you won't fail a drug test if its not in your body lol you would have to second hand inhale a LOT LOT LOT of smoke to fail a drug test with pot! Idk if thats even possible, so you're in the clear.

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Are they smoking around you in a very small confined area? If not, then no.

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It shouldn't unless you're close enough to them to get high off their smoke.

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If you don't smoke it just drinking water will make sure you don't fail a drug test. If you are really worried about it drink cranberry juice.

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