Cocaine Detection Timelines [INFOGRAPHIC]

Exact information about how long does cocaine show up on drug tests. View this infographic to be more prepared on your next drug test.

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Everything that enters our body goes through the natural biological process of metabolism before it gets eliminated as a waste material. Metabolism is a set of biochemical reactions, transformations and processes that happen within the cells during the digestion of everything we consume, including drugs. There is no way that the things which enter our system go unnoticed.

Cocaine, one of the most widely abused drugs is detectable in urine, blood, saliva and hair through drug testing within a certain window of time from called ‘drug detection time’. Detection period presents the amount of time cocaine remains in the system. For example, after you use cocaine and do a urine, blood, saliva or hair test they will be able to measure how long you used cocaine and the amounts of cocaine you took.

Cocaine Detection Timelines [INFOGRAPHIC]

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In this cocaine infographic we present the answers to the question of how long is cocaine detectable on a variety of different drug tests. If you have abused cocaine and have to undergo a drug testing procedure, this infographic might come handy.

Drug Name: Cocaine
Drug Class: Stimulant
Street Names: Coke, Blow, Snow

Drug Test Detection

How long does cocaine stay in your system?

Urine: Cocaine is detectable in a urine test from 2 – 6 days after the last use.
Hair: Expect to come up positive on a hair drug test even if you took cocaine before 90 days.
Saliva: An oral drug test will show cocaine presence 24 hours after your last use.
Blood: In case you do a blood test, expect to show cocaine presence in your system from 2 – 10 days after your last cocaine use.

Factors that Influence Cocaine Detection Times

#1: Age. As you grow older, your metabolism slows down. This means that cocaine takes longer before it is eliminated from your body.

#2: Amount of body fat. The more body fat you have, the slower your metabolic rate is. Furthermore, this makes it more difficult to pass drug tests if you abuse cocaine.

#3: Drug consumption methods. The manner in which you take drugs affects drug detection time. Detection times increase, for instance, when a drug is ingested rather than smoked.

#4: Frequency of drug intake. Chronic cocaine users have higher tolerance levels and therefore lower drug detection times. This is so because they can eliminate cocaine faster due to their faster metabolism rate.

#5: Metabolism. Different people have different metabolic rates depending on their body type and the amount of physical activity. Metabolism is generally the amount of energy or calories you burn. Some people have faster metabolic rates than others and a faster metabolism can decrease the detection time of cocaine in your system.

#6: Tolerance. Tolerance for illegal drugs is different for every person. Tolerance for cocaine is a result of repeated long-term exposure. When tolerance for cocaine is raised, the drug metabolizes faster in your body and decreases detection times.

#7: Urine Ph. The acidity of your urine can either increase or decrease the detection time of cocaine. The more acidic your urine is, the lower the detection time. This logic

NOTE: Cocaine detection times in urine, blood, and saliva are an AVERAGE and can VARY greatly by individual. The information in this infographic should be used as a general guideline only.

Cocaine Detection Timelines Questions

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Coming positive on a cocaine drug test may cost you your job and your life. While a professional cocaine addiction treatment is not cheap the costs of cocaine are far too big. Taking the first steps towards living cocaine free can be quite scary, but it’s the only way to get back your life on track.

If you’re still unsure whether cocaine will show up on a urine, blood, saliva and/or hair test feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below. We’ll do our best to answer all of your inquiries.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Cocaine and Metabolites Urinary Excretion after Controlled Smoked Administration
NCBI: Elimination of cocaine and metabolites in plasma, saliva, and urine following repeated oral administration to human volunteers
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. If ive done coke twice in a 90 day period, in small amounts once was a key bump and once was an inch line, how likely is it to show in a hair follicle drug test? As im reading your comnent that you respond to yo say the same things do you have to be a chronic user to fail a hair folicle

  2. I havent done cocaine (smoked) for 3 years. I smoked it 1 1/2 months ago and I have a hair test for drugs to do. If thats all I did, could it show up?

    1. Hi Chisholm. Cocaine can be detected in a hair follicle drug test up to 90 days. This timeframe is longer for long-term or binge users.

  3. I used in October they did a hair folical test it was positive for Cocaine, they just did another hair folical on me and again positive for Cocaine how is this, I have not used

    1. Hi Jamie. Cocaine usually can be detected in a hair follicle drug test up to 90 days. However, this timeframe is extended for chronic or binge users.

    1. Hi Bal s. Cocaine is detectable in a urine test from 2 – 6 days after the last use, on a hair drug test up to 90 days. An oral drug test will show cocaine presence 24 hours after your last use. In case you do a blood test, expect to show cocaine presence in your system from 2 – 10 days.

  4. If cocaine was used one time and hair follicle test to be done a month and half after one time use is it detected in the hair follicle test?

  5. Hie there if I took Cocaine on Friday night and have medical on Wednesday afternoon will a pass the test as been drinking lots of water and cranberry juices please get bak to me kind regards

    1. Hi Ryan. Cocaine can be detected up to 6 days in urinalysis, while the detection period for binge or/and chronic users is longer.

  6. If a person does a gram of coke on September 15 and gets a hair follicle test on December 3 what are the chances he will be positive ?

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