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Follicle (Definition)

An ovarian follicle contains a hollow ball of cells with an immature egg in the center. It is a structure within the ovary containing the egg that ...Read more


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How long can hair follicle testing detect alcohol?

How long can hair follicle testing detect alcohol?

Depends: Depends on how long your hair is, and how long ago you drank. Hair-testing looks for ethyl glucuronide, and every time you drink, there is a band representing ethyl glucuronide laid down in the hair follicle. Hair grows about 1/2- i inch per month, so if your hair is 8 inches long, the hair furthest from the follicle will give anywhere from 4-8 months of info. Other hair grows slower (body hair). ...Read more

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Scared to take a hair follicle test been clean for 8 or 9 months got my cdl and been clean ever sence is it still possible to fail the test?

Be rest assured: if you have not used in 8 months then the result will be negative. Sensitivity starts to decline after 90 days ...Read more

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I smoked everyday for years, but stopped on 12/31 and it's now 2/14. I cut my hair on 2/13. Will I pass a hair follicle test on 3/2?

I smoked everyday for years, but stopped on 12/31 and it's now 2/14. I cut my hair on 2/13. Will I pass a hair follicle test on 3/2?

See below: THC is incorporated INTO the hair and remains there until one of two things occur; it falls out or that section is finally cut off do either of the above two apply hair grows approx. 0.5 inch a month--you do the math ...Read more

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How can i pass a hair follicle test?

How can i pass a hair follicle test?

Wrong forum: It is extremely inappropriate to ask a physician to help you beat a drug test. That is asking us to betray the very core of our ethics. We are here to help you stay healthy. We all support the solution of recovery. Not the abuse or misuse of drugs or alcohol. ...Read more

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Macujo method for hair follicle test?

Macujo method for hair follicle test?

?: Anecdotal reports around that attest to the validity of the macujo method. I don't know a nor can i attest or find any scientific validity it has. Why try to beat he system? The truth is better, or compliance with the rules of an employer willing to pay you. ...Read more

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86 days clean. Will i pass hair follicle test? Also how long till you receive results?

Hard to say: Typically, a hair test goes back 90 days, but it depends on how fast your hair grows. They are looking at 1 1/2 inches of hair, closest to the scalp. Incidentally, you should not avoid it by shaving your head. They would just use some other hair. And if they do, it is pretty obvious that you are trying to hide something. ...Read more

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