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Does Taking Baking Soda To Pass Drug Test Work?

Should You Use Baking Soda To Pass A Drug Test?

So, you have the job of your dream. However, you found out you have to take a pre-employment drug test, and last night you smoked a top-shelf Blue Dream cannabis strain.

  • What can you do?
  • Are you out of luck?

Upon researching, you are suddenly excited because you heard about a friend who heard it from his friend who saw an article on the Internet that drinking a baking soda solution can help you pass your urine test. You then start frantically searching for an article to find instructions on this, so-called, baking soda method. However, it gets a bit confusing as there are thousands of articles telling you what you should do and not do. After a while, you are lost and you have this one question:

Will taking baking powder to pass a UA drug test work?

I will do my best to answer this question and also give you resources if you are interested.


NaHCO₃ is the chemical formula for baking soda (AKA Baking Powder) and sodium bicarbonate is the technical name, all of these terms will be used on occasion in this article.


The Drug Testing Game

Drug testing and drug users have been playing cat and mouse games since ever, drug testing occurred. Personally, I remember in the ’80s, a cannabis smoking fraternity brother of mine who was in the Marine Reserves. To pass any un-announced drug test he took excessive amounts of Niacin right before he had shown up for his weekend duty.

Nowadays, drug testing and drug test cheating are a billion-dollar industry. Certain methods for fooling a drug test are marketed as a detox drink, or detox kit and were designed for health concerns, but are commonly used for passing a urine drug screen. These detox drinks made of cranberry juice, lemon juice, or other substance are marketed as a detox kit.

Rescue Detox Ice Cranberry Pomegrante Mangosteen 32 oz

And, some companies design products that are marketed specifically for passing drug tests. Examples of this are synthetic urine and the infamous Whizzinator.

Some of these remedies could help you pass your urine drug test. However, the drug labs eventually find out and enact methods to detect various schemes and drug test cheat methods. So, just because “A” worked for one person, it does not mean that “A” will work for you. However, if you smoked the night before and you can’t delay the test, attempting to try a drug test cheat might be your only option.

What Can You Do If you Have To Pass A Urine Drug Test?

It is not my intention to bring back the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign from the 80s. However, for weed smokers, the best (and only sure way) to pass a supervised drug test is to stop smoking for at least 30 days. However, if that is not possible, you need to do your homework, stop smoking till after the test, and then use the best method for passing that is available at that particular time.

Does Baking Soda Work For Pot Smokers?

Not taking into account the health consequences, the answer is no. Baking soda ingestion can, technically, work for helping crystal methamphetamine users pass a drug test. Also, the only people using a baking soda flush were amphetamine users having to pass a meth drug test.

The Baking Soda Bomb

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, 1 Pound, 12 Boxes, (12 lb Total)

A baking powder flush or bomb doesn’t detox your body and flush any drug traces from your body. It does though make both your urine and blood levels more alkaline, which could potentially trick the test.

Drug testing companies can now detect whether or not you were using baking soda or other substances to cheat the test. (According to International Drug Policy ) However, in the same article, they also admit that it can work in specific circumstances.

Does A Baking Soda Cleanse Or Any Drug Detox Drink Work For A Hair Drug Test?

Flushes or other detox drink methods only work for a urine sample, which means that you will have to purchase a specialized shampoo or try a homemade method for a hair test.

Should The Baking Soda Method Be Used To Pass A Drug Test?

Baking soda and water are perfectly safe when it is not overdone. If you smoke weed though, drinking baking soda and water won’t help you cheat the test. (It can work as an antacid and help you with your upset stomach.) It is likely that the only bad side effects that you would get with too much banking powder are diarrhea. Taking in large doses of baking powder can though cause extensive stomach damage and even death, as mega doses of sodium bicarbonate will violently interact with your stomach acids and can essentially cause your stomach to “blow up.”

Health Concerns Examples

Sodium bicarbonate fizzes when it reacts with almost any substance. For example, when it reacts with vinegar, the fizzing or reaction is extreme. An example, of this, is the video below:

This same reaction happens when you ingest NaHCO₃, as excessive amounts violently interact with your stomach acids.

One horrific example of what can happen is detailed on the Missouri Poison Center website. It was found out that the patient, who was a current meth user, took a sodium bicarbonate bomb or “flush” to pass his drug test. He took significantly more sodium bicarbonate than was recommended.

The patient went to the emergency room with severe stomach ache and vomiting. It was eventually found that he suffered the following caused by the soda flush that he took: Stomach perforation and Peritonitis. As a result, he had to have his stomach surgically repaired. Unfortunately, complications occurred, which resulted in him getting sepsis and Wet Lung or ARDS. Because of ARDS, he had to be put on a ventilator. He was finally released after a 19-day hospital stay.

Other Complications

According to a 1994 publication by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, excess sodium bicarbonate can also result in some of the following complications:

  • Too much sodium can cause an electrolyte imbalance
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Lack of potassium and low blood plasma
  • Kidney problems

Final Thoughts

First of all, the sodium bicarbonate bomb has not been proven to be a masking agent for cannabis. So, even using the recommended dosages, don’t bother using it as it will not help. The only way for you to pass a test is to wait as the supposed detox drinks are not guaranteed.

If it is not possible to wait, then do your homework and find the best, current solution, and then please check on any safety concerns.