Drug testing has many myths associated with it. Weed enthusiasts will pretty much do anything to flush THC out of their system, with some ingesting dangerous substances in the hopes of passing the upcoming drug test. One popular option among weed smokers is drinking apple cider vinegar. While a natural and safer solution than others, we can’t help but wonder if it works.
Does vinegar clean weed out of your system? Some vouch for it! We’re going to discuss the science behind this claim as well as the risks involved with using this method.
Why Do People Consume Apple Cider Vinegar?
How did people even consider this an option? It seems crazy, right? Well, not really. Apple cider vinegar has been considered one of the secret ingredients to a healthy body since ancient times. It’s great for cleansing the system, so many use it for detox. Since you’re looking to get rid of THC from your body, detox seems like the right way to go about it. But is it powerful enough to get the job done?
What Does Science Have to Say About This?
Apple cider vinegar is acidic, thus helping you change the pH of your urine. Acetic acid, the main ingredient in vinegar, has a pH of 4.3 while the pH of urine is generally between 6.5 and 7.25. Consequently, taking apple cider vinegar will make your urine more acidic and speed up the elimination of THC through the urine.
So, from a scientific point a view, there is some truth to this myth. However, we should also bear in mind that our diet consists of many different foods that can increase the pH of our urine, thus making apple cider vinegar less effective.
Furthermore, what works for some may not apply to everyone. Weight and age both have a say in how your body reacts to the acidic vinegar. Drinking vinegar may end up causing you diarrhea but do not affect whatsoever on the marijuana metabolites in your system.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Pass a Drug Test
If you still want to give this method a go, here’s what you need to do. First off, you’re in luck because you won’t need too many ingredients. Simply mix apple cider vinegar with water until it’s diluted enough to drink. Vinegar has an unpleasant taste and can be difficult to ingest. Dilute one tablespoon with at least 200 ml of water.
It’s best to drink plenty of water and not rely solely on vinegar to cleanse your system of THC. Many weed smokers can confirm that drinking enough water is the trick to obtaining clear, THC-free urine.
Side Effects of Drinking too much Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very healthy ingredient, but as with all things, it does come with its fair share of side effects. This is especially true if you ingest higher amounts than recommended. And – guess what – it’s recommended we stick to no more than three tablespoons a day.
Since you’re trying to get rid of any traces of weed out of your body, you will most likely be tempted to take more than you should, which brings us to some upsetting symptoms:
- Apple cider vinegar may delay the gastric emptying rate. This causes a worsening of the symptoms of gastroparesis, a common condition in people with type 1 diabetes. Consequently, if you are diabetic, you will have a hard time controlling your blood glucose levels by using this method.
- Throat irritation. Apple cider vinegar is acidic which is why it may cause throat irritation, especially if you use it for a prolonged period. Mixing it with plenty of water may reduce this risk.
- Nausea. This can occur due to its unpleasant taste, especially if taken undiluted, in large quantities. It may also decrease your appetite.
- Damages the enamel. Since we’ve already established how acidic vinegar is, this also means it can have a damaging effect on your teeth as well. Enamel erosion also means you’ll be left more susceptible to cavities, so be aware of that too.
- Hypokalemia. Experiencing low potassium levels after drinking vinegar is extremely rare, but can happen. It mostly occurs when you ingest a very high dose.
So, is apple cider vinegar the miracle way to get rid of THC from your body? While there is some scientific truth behind it, there’s no real guarantee you will pass the drug test by using this method. Furthermore, is it worth the risk of damaging your health?
The safest bet is for weed smokers to stay away from weed before the test and there should be zero to none chances of failing it.