Can You Test Positive For Marijuana Even If You Did Not Smoke It?

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Nathaniel Hobby answered
Generally, no you cannot test positive for marijuana if you didn’t smoke it. Second-hand smoke is not concentrated enough to show up in your system; however if you are in an air-tight environment such as a car or even a closet where companions are smoking and you inhaled deeply, then yes you can test positive.

Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States and in many parts of both developed and undeveloped countries. The scientific name of the plant is Cannabis sativa, and farmers harvest it for the leaves and flowers to be smoked. The active ingredient of marijuana is known as THC, short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

Intoxication with marijuana can bring about severe side effects such as distorted perceptions, paranoia, coordination and analytical difficulties, and long-term problems with memory and as well as learning. Its effects can linger on for days and even weeks at a time especially for chronic users, as its active ingredient can linger in the body for a very long time. Marijuana can stay in the blood for up to a year if smoked frequently.

There have also been studies that prove a connection between marijuana smoking and deterioration of mental health, which is why it’s best to stay away from harmful drugs such as this. Persons who are genetically prone to schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety are more vulnerable to suffering from these diseases at an increased severity due to smoking. Marijuana can also have adverse reactions from the heart, because the drug tends to increase the heart rate and even cause a heart attack. Other heart diseases caused by marijuana include arrhythmia, palpitations, and irregular heart rhythms. Furthermore, while some people think that smoking marijuana is better than smoking cigarettes, the reality is that it has up to 70 times more carcinogens, so don’t smoke any of these at all.
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Coque Givah
Coque Givah commented
"Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States" - er, USE of a drug and ABUSE are different things. What statistics and study are you quoting here that obviously must contain a distinction between the two - or a definition of what constitutes "marijuana abuse". Is it alcohol abuse to have a four-pack of beer after work twice a week and again at weekends? Or is it only abuse when you do it every night, and it becomes an eight-pack? Same for cannabis.

"The scientific name of the plant is Cannabis sativa, and farmers harvest it for the leaves and flowers to be smoked. The active ingredient of marijuana is known as THC, short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. "

INCOMPLETE INFORMATION. Plenty of information to Google at your leisure. Like on Erowid or even Wikipedia...

"Furthermore, while some people think that smoking marijuana is better than smoking cigarettes, the reality is that it has up to 70 times more carcinogens"

Sure - and I wish more were aware of this - but if the total volume of smoke is a lot less with marijuana smoking (and it CAN be, with how pure modern strains are), then it's safer than the average cigarette habit (which is what, between 10-20 per day?) if one makes sure one smokes less cumulative volume of carcinogen-laden smoke, right?

Also, cannabis can be eaten or vaporised without any known carcinogenic effect. This is the future for it.
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All the idiots who say YES are WRONG. HORRIBLY wrong. They ONLY way that you can get THC in your system without smoking is to be in a car, with windows up, for HOURS at a time while the car is being smogged out. Being in a room while someone is smoking IS NOT going to cause it to get in your system.
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I am afraid you are horribly wrong. Recently I was outdoors sitting across a patio table from someone who smoked ONE joint and I FAILED a urine drug test 5 days later when I went in for my first prenatal appointment at my doctor. I have never smoked pot in my life and my doctor said if I smelled it then it meant it entered my system and will stay for up to 30 days.
Coque Givah
Coque Givah commented
Alex Shortt is right - but only for very high-potency strains being smoked nearby. The doctor was perhaps exaggerating slightly in order to 'buffer' the patient against getting into the same situation again whilst pregnant (better to be safe than sorry).
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Andrew Rogers answered
I have tested positive 2 times with a test showing 31 first, and a 48 second time. I do not smoke marijuana, but my life partner does, and I am still puzzled on how I failed with such low numbers and not smoke it at all. My guess is that when he smokes it around me in the house, bed, car, and with his friends at his lunch hour when I have visited with him. Other than that I have not the first clue as to why.
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Yes, so if you have a test coming up, then I suggest that you stay away from it altogether. This is why they call it a contact high.
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Anonymous answered
No you can't because the body has to have the thc in your body and without smoking it directly you cannot test positive you idiots!!!
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I beg to differ with you. I have been drug screens for the last 3yrs off and on. Don't get me wrong I still smoked off and on for a while, then I quit in order to keep my children. I had been clean for a year still going through stupid classes. Well, the day that I needed to do a urine screen, My up stairs neighbors water pipes busted, so I went up to see if I could help. I didn't know she was smoking pot, I was only in there15 to20 minutes and when I went to get the results they were POSITIVE
Coque Givah
Coque Givah commented
"then I quit in order to keep my children." - like that's an accurate judgement, smoking pot once in 30 days in a safe, supportive, multi-adult sharing child-care family environment, is not dangerous to kids, as long as the smoke is kept away from their lungs.
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You would have to be in a very very smoky room for it to show up. Also that should only take a couple of days to clear of your system.
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I was hospitalized because of my high risk pregnancy and illness. They
drug tested me for Everything under the sun and it came up positive that
I have pot in my system and I don't smoke it. I have Nothing against
it. I just don't smoke it and I have NO IDEA how it could show up in my
system except one of my old room mates smoked a ton of it in the house
and that is the only thing that could have happened!! Thank God he is
GONE!!!

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Anonymous answered
You cannot. People have tried to use that excuse for a drug test showing up positive, but it doesn't work.
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Anonymous answered
No... You can not test pozitive if you don't smoke and if you are around others that do. Get the detox  so you don't need too worry it really does work ..I drink it ,and never failed.    Smoke on
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Anonymous answered
Yes if you where around somebody that was smoking. If your having a drug test you should drink water a lot but not to much because you can flood your system. When your thirsty drink water and juice so it flushes out your system and you want to piss as much as possible
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Anonymous commented
This is not true.
Coque Givah
Coque Givah commented
It's NEARLY true - but google will tell you more about the refinements of the method (I hear vitamin B is good, but not that simple, read more).
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Anonymous answered
I just tested positive and I don't smoke and have not been around it so how can this be. I have not left my bedroom in about 3 months I am totally handicapped and no one has been here and smoked I have emphysema and am on O2 24 hrs a day so again how can this happen?????
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soildier slim answered
You can definitely test positive for thc even if you weren't smoking however their are a lot of things you have to factor in one the amount of exposure the quantity and quality of the smoke and two the environment if you were outdoors you are safe but in an enclosed environment you might as well have been puff puff passing yourself
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Anonymous answered
Actually this is funny, I tested positive for marijuana today and I do not smoke and have not been around anyone who has smoked.

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