Can you use goldenseal to pass drug test, or it’s just an urban myth?

Goldenseal is a herb, whose roots are used to prepare a mixture or pills helpful to pass urine tests of marijuana(weed) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient of marijuana. That’s why some people think they can use goldenseal to pass a drug test.

But is that true? Is there any science behind this? Read below

Need A Reliable and Legal Way To Pass Your Drug Test?

THC Detox has you covered. Following solutions are equally effective. Each is targeted at a different time frame.

Immediate Solution

Pass Your Test The Same Day

Fast Marijuana Detox Kit Begins Working Immediately. It is the gold standard for passing a urine drug test. Fast Marijuana Detox Kit provides powerful natural herbal cleansing. No detox product is more powerful, or easier to use. One hour and you are ready to take your urine drug test.

Fast Marijuana Detox Kit
4.5 out of 5 stars
( Read Reviews)

Clean Forever

7 Days To Be Clean Forever

Premium 7 Day Detox Kit will naturally detox your body in 7 short days. Clean forever unless you reintroduce new toxins. Let Premium Detox Kit detox your body naturally and eliminate all of the toxins that have accumulated from foods, prescriptions, medications, the environment and all other sources of contamination

Premium 7 Day Detox
4.5 out of 5 stars
( Read Reviews)

Science Behind the Method

goldenseal to pass drug test

Goldenseal herb was used for a long time for medicinal purposes, such as its diuretic effect and anti-inflammatory effect on the mucous tissues, as well as digestive disorders and respiratory infections.

Also, goldenseal contains a main active ingredient known as berberine, which helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract, such as E.coli.

The same way, goldenseal is thought to help pass a drug test for marijuana and its metabolites through preventing those substances from being stored in urinary tract passages, resulting in increasing the rate of excretion of both marijuana and metabolites, which causes urine tests to show negative.

What Do You Need

In order to pass drug test by goldenseal method, it’d be very helpful to consider using 3 different preparations along with each other, including goldenseal’s capsules/or tablets, tea (solution) as a drink, and tincture as a gargle, so that you increase your chances of showing negative in urine, saliva, and blood drug test.

All those preparations should be mainly composed of goldenseal roots.

Some people question about using freshly prepared goldenseal.

There is no sufficient scientific information, in regards to comparing the effectiveness of fresh goldenseal to that of the powdered form.

That’s one of the reasons you need to consider taking different preparations, as mentioned above.

Generally, marijuana users need to take 3-4 teaspoonful of goldenseal powder daily, as shown below. However, that can differ from a person to another.

Some can need more to pass the test.

How to Use Goldenseal to Pass a Drug Test

It is advised to take goldenseal for a week before a drug test. You can use goldenseal’s method in different ways at home, including:

  1. Take 2 to 3 capsules/or tablets containing goldenseal powder daily.
  2. Prepare a tea (solution), as follows: Add 1 teaspoonful of goldenseal powder to a cup of water. Mix well and drink twice to thrice daily.
  3. Take goldenseal tincture twice to thrice daily through gargling for 2 minutes each time.

Importantly, some people may be allergic to the goldenseal herb. If so, that will show up as allergic reactions, such as skin rash.

In such a situation, please, stop taking goldenseal immediately. That’s why it’s advised to take as little as possible for the first time to make sure that you’re not goldenseal-allergic.

Side Effects

Just like other herbs, the safety of the goldenseal method is not fully studied. In adults, the goldenseal method is likely safe.

However, some users may experience colic and general intestinal discomfort post-administration.

Also, both pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid the goldenseal method at all, as it was noticed that goldenseal administration resulted in brain damage of babies, as some harmful substances contained in the goldenseal herb passed the placenta, and affected the brain of the fetus.


This method is not reliable because not only the results of the goldenseal method; but also those of all methods used for passing a drug test mainly depend on individual factors that determine how long drugs stay in your system.

Those factors differ from a person to another, including:

Amongst the drawbacks of the goldenseal method is the need to ensure purchasing original herb; not adulterated with other filler ingredients, such as starch that is 100% useless, in regards to drug tests.

That’s why you need to ensure purchasing from a reputable seller.

One more drawback of goldenseal-method results from the increasing use of the goldenseal method itself, as some nowadays order tests specially developed to detect goldenseal in the system.

In case, goldenseal is detected, a flag is raised, and further investigation may be applied.

Also, people considering the goldenseal method need to drink plenty of water as much as possible; otherwise, drug tests are likely to detect marihuana or its metabolites in your urine.

  • Did you find the information you were looking for?
  • YesNo


  1. Tom says:

    I used to use the golden seal with cayenne pepper for four days 3 times a day while not drinking coffee or using anything but natural unprocessed foods… tons of water and I always passed. I am a heavy smoker and have smoked for over 30 years. Once all of the drinks and detox programs came out you stopped hearing about the method I used. Why wouldn’t you? The method I used cost a few bucks and the detox cost 50plus bucks. Try my method and test it by testing yourself and then tell someone.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Kylie he is right. Goldenseal works for me…

  3. Zac L. says:

    Its not always about drinking tons of water. Yes it factors into that and definitely helps the process along but not only do you have to drink tons of water but also the thc stores in your fat cells so the goldenseal method is beneficial as well. Put the 2 together and you are more prone to pass. Water plus the golden seal and sweating as well will clean your system faster than using just one of them.

  4. joe says:

    So, you say take more than one a day with water and sweat will help you pass. I smoked with others 6 days ago and have a test in 10 days. Been clean for 3 days. Help me