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Is The $1 At-Home Marijuana Drug Test Really Accurate?

A week ago, while attending an event catered to women’s networking, among the fall food and decor were two drug

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A week ago, while attending an event catered to women’s networking, among the fall food and decor were two drug testing kits for the detection of marijuana. They were bought from the dollar store close by the university I was attending, and upon seeing them I began to be intrigued by the thought of how accurate these dollar store drug tests really were. I brought both kits home with me and began my experiment. To test these dollar general drug kits, I established a control group by asking an individual I knew would not have marijuana in their system to take the test. I compared their results to my own, which as a medicinal cannabis patient would indeed have marijuana in my system.

With some difficulty finding someone willing to participate in the experiment originally, a newly appointed mother who had not smoked or consumed marijuana for the last several years eventually agreed to partake. I was sure that contrary to myself, the test subject would not have any THC in their system.

The dollar store drug test was very simple, only consisting of a small stick and unfortunately, no cup or container to store the urine needed to complete the test. Although a relatively simple process, instructions were provided on the inside of the box in case of confusion.

Once I had administered the dollar general drug test, the results unsurprisingly came back positive, which as paradoxical as it may sound, was precisely what I had hoped for. On the other hand, the new mother that did not have any THC in their system during the time of testing came back with negative results. This again is exactly as you would expect, because unlike me she did not have any marijuana in her system for years.

Overall, this dollar store drug test was, in fact, able to detect the THC or lack thereof in urine, but may have an issue getting an accurate reading if it is not detectable in somebody’s urine. Given the results of my small experiment, I would say the marijuana drug tests from the dollar store may be useful if you need to know the results extremely quickly, or if you have nothing to do and this is your idea of a good time.

Are the simple marijuana drug tests that can be found at convenient stores really accurate? And how can Cannabis users take advantage of these tests?

The Ultimate Dollar Store Deal: How Accurate Is a $1 Marijuana At-Home Drug Test?

Last week I attended a women’s networking event co-hosted by Leafly. Amid the autum-themed food spread and the decorative gourds were two marijuana drug test boxes that had been purchased at a dollar store near the University of Washington campus and were being displayed quite cheekily considering we were all attending a cannabis industry mixer. I wanted to perform a little experiment to see how accurate (if at all) these dollar store gems were, so Leafly kindly let me take both tests home so I could try them out.

I was curious to see if this “Made in Mexico” test would be accurate and easy to use. As a medicinal cannabis patient, I knew I should test positive for THC. However, I needed a “control” group so I wanted take one test myself and use the other test on somebody who I knew would not have THC in his or her system (which would negate the possibility of the test defaulting to “positive” as a gag regardless of whether or not the subject is a cannabis consumer).

The typo on the back of the box did not exactly inspire confidence.

Believe it or not, it turns out few people will volunteer to pee in a cup, even for “science.” I had to hunt a little but eventually I found the perfect candidate. My test subject was a new mom who has not consumed cannabis in years and was guaranteed to have no THC in her system.

I opened the box to find it only contained one simple little stick. You have to supply your own container to collect the urine like some sort of savage. A dollar won’t even get you a plastic container? Lame. The directions are printed on the inside of the box and while the pictures look different than the stick that was supplied, it was easy enough to figure out how to use it as directed.

The entire test in all its dollar store glory.

As expected, my test was positive, an outcome I hoped for (the irony of taking a drug test and hoping it would be positive was not lost on me). My friend’s test was invalid, making it a negative result.

This little test seems to detect THC in your urine but may read invalid or inconclusive when there is no THC in the urine. Overall, I think the At Home Drug Test Marijuana (the title really rolls off the tongue) is a total bargain if you happen to need to know this kind of information in 5 minutes, or if you’re bored on a Friday night and aren’t above urinating in a glass for entertainment’s sake.

Thank you to Leafly for facilitating this totally scientific experiment!

I was curious to see if this “Made in Mexico” at home marijuana drug test would be accurate and easy to use. As a medicinal cannabis patient, I knew I should test positive for THC.