As we increasingly enjoy life’s little helpers to get through the day, it can be easy to forget that the law still leaves us accountable for our choices. Even in legal states, you can miss out on a promising job because you test positive for THC. In order to beat the system, a lot of myths have come and gone. But all of them have one thing in common.
How long does THC stay in my system?
The time weed stays in your system varies on several factors. Only an elite runner has been able to flush his system in 36 hours, and often less notice than that is given to provide a sample.
Even in a best case scenario, that means giving up the herb for a number of days. In contrast, cocaine only stays in your system for a few days.
With ideal age, fitness, metabolism, hydration, and one-time use, the THC metabolites will show up on a urine test for over a week.
Increased age, poor fitness, low metabolism, not drinking plenty of fluids, and regular or heavy use all together can cause THC to take up to 4-6 months to completely clear the system.
Tricks to get clean faster
At one point or another, you’ve probably heard all the way people try to pee clean; pickle juice, vinegar, bleach, cranberry juice, teas, pills, powders.
Some people even carry clean pee and try to pull a switch or put a neutralizing powder in the cup. And while some of these have met with success, most are just campfire stories.
Regardless, testing methods today have advanced to detect many of these tricks. In the end, regardless of how you try to speed it up, you will have to avoid the herb for a while.
For occasional users, that won’t be a problem. But for heavier regular users and medical patients, going without for a while can be rough.
Tricks to going without
While cannabis is not physically addictive, it can be habit forming for a small minority of people, and suddenly going without puts the body into mild withdrawal.
No, it isn’t on the level of quitting cigarettes or heroin, but the effects can be unpleasant all the same. From night sweats and vivid dreams to general aches and pains, having to cope with long-term use withdrawal sucks.
In contrast, medical patients might not feel withdrawals, but being off their medicine can cause existing conditions to flare up, bringing their own discomforts.
In general, if you have a rough go of letting go for a while, there are some tricks. Candy, either hard candies or chocolates, make great friends for keeping the desire at bay. Crossword puzzles, strategy games, and Sudoku work wonders to relieve a frazzled brain.
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