Will pickle juice help me pass a drug test?

Can you drink pickle juice to pass a drug test?

If you like pickle juice, this is one of the more alluring types of adulterants, certainly more appealing than bleach or peroxide. While most adulterators have moved on to more sophisticated methods of adulteration, including detox drinks and synthetic urine, some still want to use a simple and fairly safe method that might give them just a little boost of confidence and hope that something will finally go right just when needed.

Pickle Juice for THC Detox Social Media Reviews

We searched social media for answers to this question and one of the responses which seem to sum up the general sentiment is posted below:

Negative review:  “…drug tests have gotten more sophisticated.”

This was posted on the prisontalk.com forums. Many of those discussing this trick seem to be in prison or have been in prison, so on the inside, where fancy detox kits are not obtainable, this may still be a frequent practice to get an edge in passing a drug test. The poster also noted that it was about 20 years ago that this trick would have worked, so someone who had been on the inside for a long time and is just getting out might not be up to speed on present-day methods of passing a marijuana test.
Negative Review:  “…FAIL…”

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Positive Review:  “Drink at least 1-2 Glasses of pickle juice…”

This user at the cannabis.com boards claims a process of dilution with running and abstinence before the cannabis test, and pickle juice on the day of the test will give you a chance of passing the test. He claims the pickle juice will make your pee colorful. We have to be suspect because we know that the best way to color your piss is b-vitamins, not the chlorophyll in pickles, which will also help but not as much.

If I drink vinegar will I pass a drug test?

The active ingredient in pickle juice is of course vinegar, though the chlorophyll from the pickles and the water also play a role. Phytonutrients from the cucumber will also have a diuretic effect. But it is the acetic acid from vinegar that is the main ingredient.

Acetic acid is made when a fruit’s sugar is allowed to ferment into alcohol. Then the alcohol is fermented by acetic acid bacteria to produce acetic acid. A 5 % concentration is standard for store-bought kinds of vinegar.

Enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique (EMIT) drug tests were in the past the main target for adulterants. One laboratory which makes tests says that common adulterants include:

  • alcohols,
  • bleach,
  • blood,
  • hydrogen peroxide,
  • sodium bicarbonate,
  • sodium chloride,
  • various soaps
  • Vinegar

These are either added to a urine sample or ingested. The testing facility claims they can detect these adulterants.

In the case of vinegar, they use a Ph.D. test of the urine to detect the presence of vinegar. If the ph is lower than 3, they will report the sample as adulterated. It is not known if drinking pickle juice will make your urine that acidic but this is a possibility. If this happens, you may be disqualified or you might get to retest.


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Taking White Vinegar to Beat Lab Tests without being Detected

  • As soon as you know that you will need to take a drug test, stop using all substances which may be tested for.
  • This includes marijuana, herbs like kratom, medications like clonazepam and Adderall, and of course any opiates. You could even fail from eating a poppy seed bun or drinking poppy seed tea.
  • Purchase two 16 fl oz jars of pickles.
  • Take the pickles out or eat them, then drink the pickle juice.
  • Urinate 3 times, then use your 4th pee as your testing pee. Use the midstream urine, 3 to 5 ounces, for your specimen cup.
  • Do not flush or they may disqualify your sample.

That’s it. Simple, but is it effective?


  Is pickle juice for THC detox effective?
The answer is sometimes. Pickle juice will no longer fool a drug test. However, it does contain vinegar for which there is evidence that it is a fat burner. THC hides out in fat cells. If you could burn those fat cells and release the THC, flush it out of the system quicker than usual, due to the diuretic effect of cucumbers, then you could detox using pickle juice. But that takes at least a week. It will basically speed up the point at which your abstinence will cause you to test clean. Instead of testing clean in 20 days of abstinence, you can test clean in 10 days by using a pickle juice detox daily for more than 7 days.
Can drinking vinegar straight beat a drug test?
  Absolutely not. The problem even with drinking pickle juice is that the acetic acid will lower the ph of your urine which is an increase in the acidity of the urine. It’s one of the easiest ways to detect adulteration, just measuring the ph. A child in a 7th-grade science class could do it. Busted.
  Can vinegar clean your system?
Vinegar can clean your system if you use it over time as a fat burner and diuretic. It will take a few weeks to get a significant effect. It should be augmented with a clean diet and exercise. Vinegar is used therapeutically to improve symptoms in diabetes (Mohammadpourhodki and Sargolzaei). Apple Cider Vinegar is widely available and fine for the purposes of improving your health. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Put one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water each morning on an empty stomach.
  2. Drink up. It can help you lose fat and may improve blood sugar control. It can also slow gastric emptying, effectively lowering the glycemic index of anything you eat with it. Ever eat pickles with beer?  You may have noticed the effect of the alcohol is delayed. This is because the vinegar slows digestion.

Research studies

A study in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry (2019) showed reduced fat in humans fed with apple cider vinegar.

A study in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry (2014) done with mice showed increased energy expenditure from one dose of acetic acid. This demonstrates that indeed, acetic acid will burn fat and cause that THC-COOH to come spilling out into the bloodstream. But, hold on. That is going to increase the amount of THC-COOH in your bloodstream unless you stop the fat-burning right before the test. At that time, levels will be lower than normal. Does vinegar clean your system?  It’s looking up, but it takes time. If vinegar is not to your taste, cranberry juice is known to have similar effects.

Pros and Cons

  • Fairly safe
  • Burns fat
  • Tasty
  • Can affect older EMIT tests
  • Can detoxify fat cells
  • Increases acidity of urine can cause a disqualification
  • Detectable by newer drug tests
  • Some people prefer cranberry juice
  • Takes weeks to detoxify fat cells

Side Effects

Pickle juice has few side effects. Those with ulcers and people who have problems with their kidneys should choose another method, like cranberry juice. Also, those using potassium-lowering diuretics should steer clear of the therapeutic use of pickle juice.


Should you use apple cider vinegar as a detox method?  Probably not. Dilution is the number one effective method. Dilution can be done with water, electrolytes, b-vitamins, and creatine. Or, you can buy an expensive detox drink and follow the instructions.

If you have a long time before a test or you just want to detoxify naturally, pickle juice is a fine way to go. It will in fact cause you to burn fat which will cause the THC to come flowing out of your fat cells. Other fat-soluble toxins will follow and be eliminated through the urine. You are going to want to stop losing fat right before any drug test, however. Over time, your fat loss will amount to a loss of toxins and again in heath. So, enjoy your pickle juice and improved health, but don’t expect to pass a drug test right away!

This article about Medical Marijuana was published on and updated on May 15, 2020 . Medical facts in this article was checked and article was medically reviewed by our . Author of this checked article is
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