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…”

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 believes that the pickle juice will turn your pee into a vibrant color. We have reason to be suspicious because we know that b-vitamins, not pickle chlorophyll, are the most effective way to color your urine.

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. The main ingredient, however, is acetic acid from vinegar.

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

Adulterants used to target enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique (EMIT) drug tests the most. 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.

They employ a Ph.D. urine test to detect the presence of vinegar in the case of vinegar. If the ph is less than 3, the sample will be deemed contaminated. It’s unclear whether consuming pickle juice will make your urine more acidic, although it’s possible. If this occurs, you may be disqualified or given the opportunity 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 effective for THC detox?
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. On an empty stomach, mix one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water.
  2. Drink up. It may aid fat loss and 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 observed that the alcohol’s effect is delayed. This is due to the fact that the vinegar slows digestion.

Research studies

Humans fed apple cider vinegar had lower fat levels, according to a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry (2019).

One dose of acetic acid boosted energy expenditure in mice, according to a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry (2014). This proves that acetic acid does indeed burn fat and causes THC-COOH to leak into the bloodstream. But hang in there. Unless you halt fat-burning shortly before the test, this will increase the quantity of THC-COOH in your bloodstream. Levels will be lower than usual at that time. Is it true that vinegar cleans your system? It’s getting better, but it’ll take some time. If you don’t like vinegar, cranberry juice is said to have similar benefits.

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.


Is it a good idea to detox with apple cider vinegar? 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, while you can enjoy your pickle juice and enhanced health, don’t assume to pass a drug test any time soon!

This article about Medical Marijuana was published on and updated on October 27, 2022 . Medical facts in this article was checked and article was medically reviewed by our . Author of this checked article is
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