There are many different reasons people want to hit the pause button on the high experience or even quit using cannabis. Whether it is a mandatory drug test in your company or college, a need for a fresh point of view on things and life itself, or any other reason, here are some information that you could find useful.
How long does the weed stay in your system
Detoxifying time depends on your level of usage. If you are a one-time user, THC will most certainly be out of your system completely after a week of abstaining. For moderate and heavy users, detoxication time is extended up to four weeks, although some tests can show traces of THC in your system even up to a couple of months.
Just like with any other substance, you have to cut out the weed completely in order to get it out of your system. It does not necessarily mean that you have an addiction that you need to fight off. If you just want to past a certain drug test, keep in mind that different drug tests require different periods of time of restraining from marijuana use.
Different types of drug tests
Well, the most common is the urine test. There are also saliva tests, hair tests, and blood tests.
When it comes to urine tests, for one-time users the results can be positive for up to six days. Moderate and frequent users should restrain from using weed for two weeks in order to be safe. For heavy users, the time required to flush the cannabinoids down from their system extends to thirty days, although some heavy users reported that their test results came up positive even after ninety days.
The results of the saliva test will not come up positive 12-24 hours after the last use of marijuana regardless of how frequent of a user you are.
Hair tests can show traces of THC in your system up to 90 days from your last use of cannabis.
Cannabinoids are usually detectable by blood test up to 24 hours after the last use, with the exception for heavy users – up to seven days.
How come THC stays that long in our system
THC is stored in the fat cells of your body, which means that the more fat you have the more time you will need to detox. Physical activity can help speed up the process of detoxication because it helps you burn out the fat.
Another positive aspect of being physically active is that your body produces anandamide, a type of endocannabinoid which plays a major role in the secretion of hormones related to our response to stress.
What difficulties can be expected during the detoxication process
Although marijuana detox is not dangerous, there may be some withdrawal symptoms, especially for frequent and heavy users. The most common symptoms are irritability and increased anxiety. Of course, you may have some trouble restoring the order and quality of your sleep, but it shouldn’t last long. You may also experience some digestion issues and diminished appetite.
Among the above-listed symptoms, loss of focus, headaches, and sweating (including cold sweats) can also occur. Increased feelings of depression and frequent mood swings are also very common symptoms of withdrawal for heavy users.
All of these symptoms are not dangerous, but they can be extremely unpleasant. Their intensity is related to the period of time of marijuana use and may vary from person to person.
Why do we experience these withdrawal symptoms
Well, the human brain develops a tolerance for THC in time, so when we quit using cannabis, the brain and the body have to adjust to not having a regular intake of THC. The vast majority of people do not need professional help to stop using weed, but withdrawal symptoms are sometimes harder on some people than others. If you are experiencing some sort of crisis, it is always helpful to seek advice from a doctor or someone who has gone through this process.
How to help yourself
Like in any other detox related situation, it is very important to stay hydrated. Avoiding sugary drinks helps a great deal. Taking a B-multivitamin is recommended. You should also add fiber to your diet and by all means, avoid junk food. Red meat and foods high in sugar and fat will slow down your metabolism, and that would only extend the process of detoxification.
That being said, you should keep your meals light as well as rich in fiber and vitamins. Fruits, vegetables, and yes, you guessed right – all those leafy greens you are not really a fan of are high in iron and other important vitamins and should be included in your diet. As a matter of fact, the only “leafy green” you have to avoid is marijuana.
Drink lots and lots of tea, especially the ones rich in antioxidants.
As mentioned before, it is also very helpful to keep yourself physically active – a simple thirty-minute walk every day will keep your body in a good shape and it will reduce the withdrawal-related stress. You can also go for a run, ride a bicycle, or take out those roller skates that you’ve been neglecting for a while now.
Additionally, the sauna is on the list of beneficial things since our bodies get rid of toxins by sweating, but do not overdo it. In this case, less is definitely more.
Do not overthink the detox procedure, just think of it as a much-needed break and use the given time to nurture yourself as much as you can. It is essential to relax as much as possible in order to fight off the possible withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and irritability, as well as to establish a normal sleeping habit.
If you do not intend to quit using marijuana but rather take a brief pause from this enjoyable activity just in order to pass a test, there are various products on the market that can help you achieve a much wanted “negative” result. In addition, depending on what type of a test you will be submitted to, there are ways to “take a shortcut”.
There are two types of detox drinks that could help you. The first kind is the diuretics that increase the kidney activity in order to flush the toxins faster. The problem is that these drinks dilute the urine, so make sure you get those that are rich in B vitamins and creatine which help maintain the natural color and texture of urine.
The other type of detox drinks are the ones that stop the metabolism of fat cells passed in the urine for a short amount of time. After that, your body function will restore to normal, which means you only have a couple of hours between taking that drink and giving the urine sample in order to pass a drug test. These drinks do not kill the toxins, they just camouflage them.
If you have a seven-day window prior to taking a drug test, you can always try detox pills.
In order to get the traces of THC out of your saliva, use a mouthwash. There are plenty of those specially made to flush out cannabis residue.
If you are being submitted to a hair follicle test, you should use rosemary, vinegar, or salicylic shampoo. Baking soda or lemon juice have been reported as great aid.
Synthetic urine is becoming a very popular aid for passing drug tests. It imitates all of the properties of human-sourced urine, so if you do not want to take any detox pills or drinks, this might be a suitable option for you.