Drug Testing Guide

Substance of Abuse Tests (Drug Testing Kits) are the foundation of NHM. We are the largest supplier of drug testing panels on the west coast with an unparalleled selection of testing devices, customer satisfaction, and item profitability. No other company in the smoke shop industry can offer the selection and variety of testing devices or a lower price. We can match or beat any drug testing price! Our drug tests are FDA approved and 99.9% accurate.

When drugs are consumed, the human body absorbs and processes the different chemical components. The faint traces that remain in the urine, blood, hair and saliva are called drug metabolites. Each drug leaves it own unique metabolite “signature”, for instance Cocaine metabolizes into Benzoylecgonine and Nicotine metabolizes into Cotinine. Drug Testing strips are comprised of multiple layers of special fabric, each one coated with its own unique chemical identifier that changes colors upon interaction with specific drug metabolites.

How to Administer a Test

DO NOT urinate directly onto the testing strip. Urinate into a plastic cup then dip the drug test into the urine.

  • Open the sealed pouch by tearing along the notch.
  • Remove the testing device.
  • Remove the cap to expose the absorbent strip.
  • Immerse the absorbent strip into the urine sample for 10 seconds; (Make sure the urine level is not touching the plastic).
  • Lay the device flat, on a clean dry surface.
  • Results will be ready in under 5 minutes

Oral Saliva Drug Test
Place swab in mouth, saturate with saliva, lock in to the testing device -less intrusive than urine testing. Will detect AMP/BZO/COC/MAMP/OPI/THC

5 Panel Cup w/Adulterants
Sample cup and 5 panel test in one simple device- used by small businesses, parents and probation officers – Adulteration strips check temperature, ph levels and creatine to detect fraudulent urine samples or detox – Will detect AMP/COC/OPI/PCP/THC

1. Open the sealed pouch by tearing along the notch.
2. Remove the testing device.
3. Remove the cap to expose the absorbent strip
4. Immerse the absorbent strip into the urine sample for 10 seconds; (Make sure the urine level is not touching the plastic).
5. Lay the device flat, on a clean dry surface.
6. Results will be ready in under 5 minutes
DO NOT urinate directly onto the testing strip. Urinate into a plastic cup then dip the drug test into the urine.

How to Read Results

There are 3 different results with a urine drug test. These are Positive (presence of the drug), Negative (no detectable amount of the substance) or an Invlaid test.

    A rose-pink band is visible in the control region (C line). No color band appears in the test region (T line).

    A rose-pink band is visible in the control region, and the test region 
    (a faint or partial line still indicates a negative test).

    If a color band is not visible in the control region or a color band is only visible in the test region. 
    Another test should be given to re-evaluate the specimen.


1 line = POSITIVE (Dirty)
2 lines = NEGATIVE (Clean)
Anything Else = INVALID

Drug Test Results

Faint/Hard to See Results
Sometimes the urinary results produce faint or hard to see lines. It does not matter how dark the lines appear. If there is any trace of a line, it counts. These are simple pass or fail drug tests. They detect up to their cutoff levels. For an exact breakdown of the quantity of metabolites discovered, more expensive and extensive laboratory testing is required.

Types of Drug Test

Due to their cost and quick results urine test are the most commonly administered.

Saliva drug tests are quick and less invasive then urine tests. No privacy is needed. There are 2 pieces to the saliva kits; a cotton swab and the collection chamber/test strips.

How to Administer a Saliva Drug Test:

1) Place the cotton swab into the mouth. Fully saturate the sponge with saliva for 3 minutes.
2) Insert the wet swab into the collection chamber. Turn clockwise to lock it in.
3) Once locked in place, turn counter clockwise to activate the testing strips.
4) Wait 9 minutes and read results.
How to Read the Results

The saliva results have the same procedure as urine. One line is positive, two is negative.

Hair confirm is a home and lab hair follicle drug test. The all in one box includes everything you need to clip a small clump of hair from the roots, place it in the provided sample bag and then mail it to a lab for professional analysis. The user is given an anonymous coded number to log in confidentially online and view their secure lab results. Hair drug testing can detect traces of drug use farther back then a urine or saliva drug test. This is also one of the hardest methods of drug testing to cheat, as special shampoos can leave visible traces observable to the person administering the test.
Drug testing for blood requires special gas chromatometers and laboratory analysis. We do not sell any home drug testing kits for blood.

What Effects Drug Detection Times

The detection times will vary from substance to substance, person to person. There are a large number of factors that can affect the outcome of a urine sample including: amount of drug the user has ingested, duration since last ingestion, body weight, diet, exercise, hydration levels and purity of substance. The maximum detection times (such as 30 days for THC) are merely averages and suggestions. Individual results may vary.


Difference in Urine Drug Testing Kits

There are 4 different types of urine drug testing.


Dip Cassettes

These are our standard drug test. They have a sanitary plastic casing (also known as plastic cassette) surrounding the actual testing strip. Pull the cap off and “dip” into a urine sample. Easy to read visual results are pictured on the plastic cassette. Easy to use, simple to follow.


Urinary Cups

These are CLIA waived laboratory collection cups and testing strips in one. These are similar to the drug tests administered in halfway houses, probation offices, athletic departments and construction industry.


Dip Strips

These are the cheapest urine drug test. It is just the strip. That’s it. It's unsanitary to handle, difficult to find and read results, easy to make mistakes and has a high rate of failure. These are manufactured to be administered by medical professionals, not for the average person to use at home. We do not carry them because they are an inferior product compared to the dip cassette.



This is similar to a pregnancy test. You use the dropper to collect a few droplets of urine and then squeeze it onto the collection strip. We do not carry this brand (except Nicotine/Cotinine)

Combinations of Drug Testing Kit

There are numerous types and combinations of drug testing kits. Below is a list of some of the most common substances and their detection times.

ALC - Alcohol
Alcohol is a legal depressant found in fermented beverages including wine, beer and liquor – Due to rapid metabolization, alcohol has a very short detection time of 4-16 hours

BZO - Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are prescription pills for anxiety and depression. Common examples are Xanax, Valium, Librium, Klonopin, Rohypnol - Detection Time is 3 to 21 days

COC - Cocaine
Cocaine is the powdered alkaline of crushed coca leaves - Common examples are powdered cocaine and crack cocaine - Detection Time is 2 to 4 days

COT - Cotinine/Nicotine
Cotinine is the metabolite found in Nicotine and Tobacco – This will detect if a person has been smoking cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco – Detection time is 2-14 days

MAMP - Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a synthetic amphetamine abused for its stimulant effects – Common names are meth, crystal and ice – detection time is 2-4 days

MDMA - Ecstasy
MDMA (Ecstasy) is a designer drug used in clubs and raves – often times Ecstasy contains other amphetamines or drugs in addition to MDMA –Detection time is 2-3 days

OPI - Opiates
Opiates are narcotic depressants prescribed for pain management –Common examples are Heroin, Vicodin, Codeine, Morphine, Opium - Detection time is 2-3 days

OXY - Oxycodone
Oxycodones are prescription synthetic opiates which require a more sensitive urine test than OPI – Common examples include Oxycontin, Percocet, Roxicodone and Percodan – Detection time is 2-3 days

THC - Marijuana
THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the active component in Marijuana – Common examples include marijuana, hash, kief and medicinal edibles – Detection time is 3-30 days

3 Panel - COC/MAMP/THC
The 3 panel will detect the following 3 drugs in one simple test - Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Marijuana

The 5 panel will detect the following 5 drugs in one simple test - Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Opiate and Benzodiazepine

10 Panel - amp/bar/bzo/coc/

The 10 panel will detect 10 drugs in one simple test - MDT (Methadone), PCP and TCA (Tricyclic Antidepressants such as Adapin, Vivactil and Feprapax)

510k Clearance
An FDA clearance indicating a medical device intent for home use. All of our drug tests have approved 510k Clearance.

CLIA Waived
The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) established quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure accuracy and reliability. If a home test is CLIA Waived then the medical device meets the same standards as a laboratory device. These are more expensive and are usually found packaged inside a box.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This is the federal program related to drug abuse. They have a standard 5 panel drug test used for all government employees, military, DOT Truckers and more. Commonly referred to as the SAMSHA 5 or NIDA 5, the test includes THC, COC, AMP, OPI and PCP.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. Another federal institute studying the science of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA is the older, parent organization of SAMSHA.