In this article, we’ll take a closer look at those claims and find out how to pass a drug test with Certo.
With drug testing being commonplace for job applicants and employees, recreational drug users are always on the lookout for a drug detox they can rely on when the need arises.
Certo is an old-school method some people use when they’re faced with an unexpected drug test.
Many popular methods for passing drug tests need plenty of time to work, which makes them unsuitable if you’ve only got a short time to prepare.
But fans of the Certo detox claim that you can take the product on the day of your drug test and pass. However, its effects appear to be short-lived, so timing is important with this method.
What Is Certo?
Certo is a brand of fruit pectin made by Kraft, and when it isn’t being used to pass a drug test, it’s being mixed with fresh fruit to make jams and jellies.
Fruit pectin is a natural fiber, and it’s used to make preserves because it has a thickening action on fruits that don’t contain enough pectin to gel into jam on their own.
And it’s that fiber that is going to help you pass your drug test – supposedly.
Certo is sometimes called Sure-Jell. They are both fruit pectin from the same manufacturer, but Certo is a liquid while Sure-Jell is a powder.
You can use either form of pectin, but you’ll need to mix the powder with water first. In fact, any brand of regular fruit pectin will work. There’s no need to look for Certo or Sure-Jell specifically.
Make sure that you don’t pick up Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) by mistake. MCP won’t work for this detox method.
What Drugs Does Certo Work With?
Certo is usually used when the drug in question is marijuana. Although some people claim that they’ve passed drug tests with methamphetamine in their system.
Since the online consensus seems pretty centered around using Certo to pass a marijuana drug test, it’s probably best to use another method if you have a different drug to mask.
Another thing to note about the Certo drug test method is it’s only going to possibly work with a urine drug test.
The THC in marijuana is stored in fat cells and it’s the metabolism of that fat that reintroduces THC to your system where it is eliminated via the urine.
Certo works on THC in your digestive system. It can’t remove it from broader circulation, which is how the marijuana metabolites get to your saliva.
How Does Certo Work?
Essentially, as the theory goes, Certo grabs hold of the THC metabolites, which would otherwise be excreted in urine, and binds them to the fiber. The fiber and the marijuana metabolites are then passed out in your stool.
According to a study on Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics, more than 65% of THC metabolites are normally eliminated via feces with around 20% excreted in the urine.
That means the majority of marijuana metabolites naturally leave your body in your poop.
By using the Certo detox method, you’re trying to maximize the amount of marijuana metabolite that goes to your stool, which will leave less to go into your urine.
Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
Let’s Have a Quick Look At How Marijuana Gets Stored In Your Body
The reason that drug tests are such a problem for regular marijuana users is that the THC in marijuana gets stored in your fat cells. THC is lipophilic, which means that it loves fat cells.
Heavy users of marijuana have tested positive 77 days after last using the drug because the THC is hanging around in their fatty tissue and slowly being released into their system.
Hopefully, you don’t have quite so much THC on board, but even one-time use can still leave you with THC in your system 8 days later, and regular users would generally need to abstain for 30 days to be fully free of the drug.
The more weed you smoke, the more THC you pack away in your fat, and the longer it takes to get it out of your system.
As your body metabolizes that fat for energy, small amounts of THC are released into your bloodstream. Not enough so that you would notice its effects, but enough to accumulate in the urine and get picked up in a urinalysis.
As your blood passes through your liver, the THC gets broken down into over 80 different metabolites. Drug tests look for two of those metabolites: 11-OH-THC and 11-COOH-THC.
These metabolites are carried out of the liver in the bile, which passes into the small intestine. In the small intestine, some of the metabolites are reabsorbed into the bloodstream via a process known as enterohepatic recirculation.
These will continue to cycle through along with newly released THC from more fatty tissue metabolism.
THC metabolites that aren’t recirculated pass through your intestines. Most make it into your feces and the rest go into your urine.
By using Certo or any other fruit pectin, the idea is that you mop up more of the bile containing the THC metabolites in the intestine and prevent THC from going off to your kidneys where it would transfer to your urine.
Since your urine should now only have very low levels of THC metabolite, you, in theory, have a better chance of passing your drug test.
There’s a bit more to it, though, and we’ll cover that next.
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How To Pass A Drug Test With Certo – Certo Detox Ingredients
Before we go any further, you should know that there is no scientific evidence that supports Certo for drug detox. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence about this method, but you’ll have to make your own decision about the drug detox method you ultimately decide to use.
If you absolutely have to take a drug test in the next 24 hours, and you’ve got marijuana in your system, anything is worth trying.
But if you’re just playing it safe and doing your homework about detox methods in case, you have to take a drug test in the future, then you should test the Certo detox to make sure it works for you instead of continuing your usual drug use with a possible false sense of security.
So what do you need for the Certo drug test method?
- 2 Pouches of Certo or other fruit pectins
- 2 x 32-ounce bottles of Gatorade
- Vitamin B12 and vitamin B2 supplements
- Lots of water
- Creatine monohydrate supplement
We’ve already looked at the reason why you use Certo for drug test detoxing, but it won’t work on its own.
A key element in this method is drinking lots of water. Actually, that’s a key method in all of the detox methods.
Drinking lots of water makes you produce more urine, and the idea is the more urine you produce, the more drug metabolites you can get rid of.
The problem with keeping your fluid intake high is that it dilutes your urine. And diluted urine is something that labs test for because they know that people attempt to fool the tests by drinking tons of water.
So, along with the water, you need to take substances that make your urine appear normal when it’s tested.
The Gatorade is necessary to replace the electrolytes you’ll lose through increased urination. Low electrolyte levels are dangerous for your health, and you want to make sure that you have normal electrolyte levels in your urine when it’s tested.
Another benefit of Gatorade is the sugar. Keeping your energy levels high will decrease the amount of fat your body burns, and less fat burning means less THC release.
The B12 and B2 supplements put color in your urine. Because you will have been drinking a lot of water, your urine will be very pale when it’s time to take your drug test. Pale urine is a dead giveaway that you’ve tried to dilute your sample. The B vitamins add a yellow tint to your urine and make it look a more natural color. They’re good for you too!
The final ingredient is creatine monohydrate. Creatine is a protein that’s excreted in the urine, and labs test for the level of creatine in your urine. Again, your very weak urine will be low in creatine, which would be a red flag. So you need to take a creatine supplement.
Steps For Using The Certo Drug Test Method
Ideally, you’ll have at least 24 hours to prepare for your drug test, which will allow you to take a Certo dose the night before and then another dose a few hours before your test.
- Begin by emptying one pouch of Certo into the Gatorade bottle. Shake the bottle to mix everything up.
- Drink the Certo/Gatorade mixture over the next 15 – 30 minutes. Don’t try to chug it down in one go. You’ll probably throw up.
- Drink as much water as you can, but don’t drink so much that you risk hyponatremia, which is a potentially fatal condition. 30 ounces of fluids per hour is considered the safe limit.
- The next day, 3 hours before your urine test, mix up the second pouch of Certo into the second bottle of Gatorade.
- Drink it slowly over the next 15 – 30 minutes.
- Take 10 grams of creatine.
- Drink more water and continue drinking until it’s time for your test.
- Take a serving of B vitamins 1 hour before your test so they’ve got time to work through your system and get into your urine.
Side Effects Of The Certo Detox Method
Because of the amount of water you’ll be drinking, you are going to pee a lot. Remember not to drink too much water because of electrolyte loss. This is really important. Yes, you want to pass your drug test, but you don’t want to die.
The increased fiber in your gut will make you poop. And unfortunately, it could give you some diarrhea. So try to stay near a bathroom and if you feel any rumblings low down, head to the bathroom asap.
Extra bathroom trips are a good thing, though, when you need to get THC out of your system. The more you poop, the more THC metabolites get flushed away.
Keep drinking water after your drug test. You’re going to need to keep your fluids up until all of the Certo is out of your system.
If you don’t drink enough, you could get constipated.
Does The Certo Detox Method Really Work?
That is an impossible question to answer. Thousands upon thousands of people have passed a drug test after using Certo, and thousands have failed.
It comes down to how much marijuana a person has smoked, how strong it was, how often they smoke, what their individual metabolism is like, and how well they timed their use of Certo.
There is no way to know how it will work for you until you try it. But risking a job, child custody, or your probation on a maybe, seems like a terrible idea.
Testing this detox method before you need to take a drug test would be the best solution. But you’ll need time to do that.
If you’re researching methods for future use, then try the Certo method and use a home drug test to see if you pass. If you have to take a drug test on short notice, you’ve probably got a 50/50 chance of passing with this method.
When people must pass a drug test no matter what, they usually use synthetic urine or a friend’s clean urine.
The urine has to be kept close to body temperature, so it will pass the temperature test when you give your sample. And you’ll need to smuggle the urine in without it being found on you. Most people hide it inside their underwear.
If smuggling a substitute urine sample isn’t possible, they use a high-quality purpose-made detox kit.
It may be possible to pass a drug test with Certo fruit pectin. Many people swear by the method and claim to have passed multiple drug tests after drinking down Certo and Gatorade.
The fiber in the pectin forms a gel in your intestine, which absorbs THC metabolites. Metabolites that would otherwise find their way into your urine. Then the fiber and THC metabolites combine with other waste products and pass out in your stool.
You’ll need to drink a lot of water with this method and to make sure that your urine sample isn’t flagged as invalid, you should take B vitamins to give your urine color and a creatine supplement to add protein.
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