9/28/16

Hi fellow Monkeys. I was recruited by a pretty large company to be an associate. I went through the multiple rounds of interviews and was finally offered the job. Great! All is well. They need to do the background check and drug test.. standard..no problem. I am signed up to take the test Friday. Well, as it turns out, the test is not your standard piss test but a hair follicle test. Now I am freaking out. I dont do drugs, but I have smoked marijuana about 5 times in my short time on this planet years ago.

Exactly 90 days ago I was in Colorado and decided to partake in the legal edibles there. At this time I was not looking for a job and my current job could care less if you partake in weed. I only had about 20 mg of edibles, but I am extremely worried that this will show up on my test Friday. The last time I smoked weed was probably 5 years ago. My hair is about 1.5 inches long and I am told I will need 1.5 inches of hair on my head for the test.

Do any of you have any experience with this test? How sensitive is it to 20 mg of edibles 90 days ago? I have already given my current company notice...

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9/28/16

It's been years since I've been required to do a drug test for a job. My response won't be as valuable as others, considering I am not a drug user, but your best option is to go through with it and hope for the best (or at least hope that you have the opportunity to explain yourself if it fails). Going back and saying "Just kidding!" to your current employer will look quite lame.

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9/28/16

Curious to know who hair tests...Haven't heard of them being done. Ever.

9/28/16

Did you get a job at the FBI? Never heard of a single finance job asking for a hair test...

9/28/16

Is this a large bank? They can't make you do a hair test and not everyone else.

9/29/16

I know P&G hair tests all of their incoming employees

9/28/16

he said "pretty large company," not a bank necessarily. pharma and industrial companies sometimes do this

prejudice against bald people is what it is

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9/28/16

What are you supposed to do if you're actually bald? Do they give you adequate time to grow out your hair just for this test?

9/28/16

I don't know, but, in my opinion, the horseshoe look is already ridiculous enough. With longer hair, it would start to look like a homeless molester. I would hope they would understand that enough to not enforce a hair test.

9/28/16

happened to my brother, they took it from his armpit

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9/30/16

Idea: OP should shave EVERYTHING. Head, pubes, asscrack. The whole 9 yards. Don't give them an inch.

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7/22/17

Don't forget those eyebrows and lashes. Lol

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9/28/16

If you truly only did it once, and it was only 20g, you are totally fine. Marijuana is one of the harder drugs to test for and it tends to only show up in your hair if there was repeated, chronic use (2x/week is an estimate I've heard).

Source: I smoked a lot of weed my sophomore year, but quit before becoming a junior. I was worried, so I went to my counselor at my college, and got this talk from her.

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9/28/16

A half inch of hair represents about a 30 day drug history...

It takes about 5-7 days for the hair affected by the drug use to grow out above the scalp.

Sounds like you're on the outer limits. Get a haircut removing a quarter of an inch to feel a little safer.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, post threads about how to do it on WSO.

9/28/16

One edible exactly 90 days ago for a non-smoker you should be completely fine. I had a hair test for a big oil company, only stopped toking 2 or 3 months before hand (was an everyday guy). Was freaking out because I didn't know if it had been 60 or 90 days since my last time (90 is the limit for hair test), got my hair cut shorter. Went in to take the test, they said hair was too short and shaved my leg. Passed. In the <1% chance that you do fail hopefully you can get on the phone with someone in HR and explain your situation (only did it once, legally). Relax, you should be good brother

9/28/16

You should be fine. From what I know about hair follicle tests, they don't go back further than 90 days. That coupled with the fact that you hardly smoked to begin with should put you in a position to pass. Good luck.

9/28/16

There are shampoos made for this purpose: good luck.

9/28/16

I worked at an oil company which surprised me with the same shit, hair test. So after doing some digging I found piss is much better at detecting ANY marijuana, but it's a shorter time period covered, less than 30 days. Hair is great for detecting habitual users over a longer period (3 month time period), as in, people who use the stuff frequently. There is a "water down" effect with hair drug tests, occasional users are less likely to be picked up. I would assume you're fine, I was working with a similar time frame you mentioned but this is anecdotal. (You should redo any searches if you're that worried, this was 3 years ago and I know at the time they had a shampoo which "cleans" the hair of it, purportedly. )

Also, because everyone is asking about "what if you're bald?" they will pull other hair on your body, typically arm-pit. It needs to be over 1.5 inches long if I remember correctly, so where ever that hair length is. I asked my drug tester, as I was curious, and he said they've pulled pubes because some guy thought he was clever to shave his head and arm pits.

9/28/16

I got drug tested for my current job at an industrial F500 company. I had no concerns about passing the test, but it was still a huge headache. The testers were 2 pretty dumb older ladies who weren't sure if my hair was long enough (I have average length mens hair) so they wanted to try leg hair. They ended up sending in a combo of hair from my head and leg hair, which worked fine.

They did say if that didn't work I was going to have to go to another location with a male tester for pubic hair, so that is the fall back.

The biggest takeaway here that no one has pointed out is to NEVER give notice until everything is wrapped up nicely at your future employer.

9/28/16

Solution: Develop alopecia

9/28/16

You're good OP. Been there, done that. Satisfy their plebeian demand and light up a fat one on the walk out of the clinic.

9/28/16
9/28/16

The test isn't designed to pick up those occasional one time uses, it's meant to identify consistent users that are smoking say 2-4 times a week every week. You should be fine. If you REALLY wanted to be safe, go cut 1/4 maybe 1/5 inch of hair off.

10/17/17

I have to take a test on December 10th the last time I smoked was a week ago from today. Do you think I'll be okay?

9/28/16

Go with it, and that's you can do. Quit worrying about stuff you can't control at this point.

You should be fine though, since you are not a consistent user. Generally drug tests are designed to weed out users who are recreational about it.

9/28/16

Don't even sweat it, bro. You're good.

You might question your career choice of working for Nazis, though.

12/19/16

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9/29/16

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