Saliva Mouth Swab Drug Test FAQ
What is a Saliva Drug Test? (Also known as Oral Fluids Drug Test or Swab Test)
When a person is drug tested using a Saliva Test, the compounds picked up are tiny particles from the blood stream that are collected from the oral fluids. These blood particles are examined using an immunoassay test that creates biochemical reaction which measures the drug molecules in the oral fluids samples. The most common Saliva or Mouth Swab Drug Test will measure for illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin (in the form of opiates), methaphetamines and MDMA (Molly)/Ectsasy. This test can also test for unauthorized use of prescription drugs like amphetamines, benzodiazepine, buprenorphine (Suboxone) and others.
How Long Will Marijuana or Cannabis be Detectable in a Mouth Swab Drug Test?
Marijuana detection periods in saliva drug test are usually short lived since some onsite Saliva Tests use 11-nor-9-Carboxy-THC in metabolite form (up to 1 day) and not the parent ∆9 THC (up to 72 hours) which is what our MD SalivaScreen Test uses. Unlike urine tests that will look for longer term residual of cannabis, the purpose of using a oral fluids drug test is to detect recent use. The mouth swab drug test with short term detection periods helps to known if a person is under the influence of marijuana and 72 hours is the most recommended time line for this oral fluids tests.
Benefits of the Oral Fluids Drug Test
To perform a mouth swab drug test no special training is needed and you can choose any location to perform the test. Privacy is not an issue since Saliva Tests are non-invasive and results are available in minutes without the need of laboratory or specialized equipment. Any positive result is tamper proof and can be sent to a laboratory for confirmation if required by a GC/MS or LC/MS/MS test. Oral fluids drug tests are mostly for forensic use and are an excellent tool for pre-employment in staffing agencies making saliva drug test for employers a must.