Have you ever wondered how to get THC out of your system? Perhaps you have a drug test coming up for a new job, or maybe prohibition-era laws have got your goat. Whatever the reason, there are a few ways to approach a cannabis detox, as well as certain things you’ll want to avoid.
Cannabis is notorious for being difficult to eliminate quickly from your body. So any marijuana detox program will be challenging. Regardless of the reason, abstinence is the best way to do this. If you don’t consume cannabis for an appropriate amount of time, you can successfully have a complete THC detox of your system. It takes time, though.
Most of us feel profound and immediate effects after smoking or consuming marijuana. When these subside, there will still be marijuana metabolites remaining. Chemical remnants and residue that are still inside your body. These are called cannabinoids and are what can be detected in your blood, urine, hair, saliva and finger nails. Although stored to a degree in organs such as the heart, brain and liver, the fact that the metabolites of marijuana are mainly stored in fat cells is what allows them to be detected for so long after use. That is, if no steps towards detoxing THC are taken. This is also the reason detoxing from cannabis use is trickier and takes so much longer than say from heavier drugs such as cocaine, heroin, opium, LSD, MDMA…
Exactly how long detectable amounts of THC will stay in your system is impossible to say for certain however. It depends on several factors, such as:
- The time since you last smoked weed
- How frequently you smoke
- In what quantities
- The strength/potency of your weed and strain
- Your metabolism
- What you eat
- Your body fat percentage
- How much you exercise and sweat
- Your weed detoxification efforts
- All of these individually can have a large impact on your marijuana detox duration.
Cannabis Detox Methods That Do Not Work
There’s a lot of bunk information out there with “quick fixes” for detoxing. A large portion of them are sham and won’t produce the outcomes you look for. Avoid quick fixes or anyone trying to talk you into trying methods that don’t work, are risky, or could cause you health problems.
- Cranberry juice – Cranberry juice is a diuretic, which makes you have to urinate. That is all it does. It doesn’t magically “flush” the THC out of your system. It just means you will have to pee more.
- Excessive water consumption – Drinking plenty of water several days before the test is of no use. Water does not help clean the THC accumulated in the fat cells
- Detox teas – Not all marijuana cleansing drinks are legit. Some are just lame attempts of a company to profit off of unacknowledged people.
- Vinegar – Vinegar is not a remedy that can be taken the night before – it’s something that is recommended as a long-term solution, and long-term use of vinegar, in particular, can have some rather serious side effects.
- Niacin detox – This method is not a miracle solution like some people claim. Niacin could possibly work over longer periods of time say 10+ days but there are too many contributing factors to prove if it helps at all for those extended periods of use.
- Niacin is also terrible for your liver if you take more then the recommended dose.
Bleach – A big No No! Don’t. Just don’t! … drinking bleach is downright dangerous.