THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most active and psychoactive chemical element found in cannabis. After it is ingested, vaporized or smoked, the blood carries it through the body. It is then metabolized and stored in the lipid, or fatty tissues. The amount of fat a person has determines the amount of THC their body can store. Eventually, THC and its metabolites are dispatched from the body through sweat, urine and feces.
No precise amount of time has been established as to how long THC remains in the body after consumption. This can significantly vary from one person to another based on the following factors:
Typically, traces of THC can remain in a casual user’s urine for 2-5 days, a regular user’s for 1-2 weeks and a heavy user’s for up to a month. Traces in the saliva remain for only 24 hours, and blood traces for 1-2 days. THC in the body can be detected for up to 90 days in hair follicles and up to 1 month in the sweat.
Cannabis detox is the cleansing process the body goes through to remove traces left behind after using marijuana. Cannabis users may choose to detox for a variety of reasons like improving overall health and wellness or passing a drug test. The detoxing process can take just a few days or up to several weeks. Medical users and daily recreational users may experience side effects similar to those of detoxing from nicotine. These may include:
Regardless of what you’ve heard, there are no quick fixes that work for cannabis detox. Methods that do not work by themselves include:
Water in very high quantities
Bleach (never consume bleach in any form)
Don’t consume cannabis during detox. If you ingest cannabis in any form during your cleansing period, you will replace the THC in your system and have to start all over.
Drink a lot of water to keep your body healthy and hydrated during detox. Water aids in flushing toxins from your system through urination. Be careful not to drink too much water too quickly, as it can be fatal.
Get a lot of exercise. Cannabis is fat soluble and is stored in the body’s fat cells. Cardio exercises can help to burn fat, while weight lifting aids in boosting
Eat lots of leafy greens. Vegetables like spinach, kale, chard and broccoli are all very high in vitamins and minerals, including iron. This will further boost your body’s metabolism and help to expedite the detox process.
Drink lots of fresh lemon juice. Real lemon juice is loaded with Vitamin C, which is an important electrolyte needed for cleansing the system. Don’t use the bottled lemon juice or the stuff that comes in the plastic lemon. Neither of these are anywhere near as potent as the real thing.
Red meat and junk food are not only unhealthy, but they are high in sodium which causes water retention and slows metabolism. These types of foods also contain a lot of fats and sugars which slow down the metabolism process as well. During detox, you should focus on eating a lot of lean meats, vegetables and fruit.
Drink teas that are made for flushing toxins from your body.
o Green tea is loaded with antioxidents and electrolytes
o Dandelion tea flushes toxins from the liver
o Teas containing caffeine help to burn fat and boost metabolism
o Use herbs to create your own teas. Herbs like, Ginseng, Nettle, Milk Thistle, Hawthorne Berry, Dandelion, Mullien leaf, Uva ursi and Stevia aid in cleansing the body and flushing toxins.
Eat a lot of foods containing fiber. These foods help to push toxins through your system faster. Healthy nutrients needed for detoxing can be found in fiber sources like whole wheat grains, peanuts and legumes (lentils, soy, beans and peas).
There are many poor quality or just plain useless detox products out there. If you plan to use one of these, be sure you know your facts about the product prior to trusting it to flush your system efficiently or to provide you with a clean sample for a drug test.
Detox drinks generally don’t work. Drinks designed to cleanse your system of THC do not sufficiently flush your system. Those drinks which contain the following elements won’t cleanse your system on their own. However, they will help to expedite your detox.
Detox pills don’t work either. They are widely available online and in local head shops, however most of them are not effective for the purpose of a full body cleanse.
Detox kits often contain a lot of the ingredients needed to aid in detoxing, but no one kit can flush your system on its own. A combination of the above natural methods and time is the only true way to know you have successfully detoxed from cannabis.