Before you choose your Sea of Green strain you will have to calculate the required amount of seeds required. If you like to indulge in cannabis every now and again, there’s a danger that your habit could cost you your existing job – or a chance at a new role. Moreover, if your employer subjects you to a drug test and you use cannabis (or have used cannabis in the recent past), the THC in the plant could potentially land in serious trouble. Fortunately, though, there are ways to safely and effectively detox your body and ensure that your test comes back all clear. Marijuana and its active ingredients are interesting compounds in terms of how they are metabolized in the human body – unlike other herbal supplements which are digested and excreted within days of consumption; it can be relatively difficult to detox for cannabis, given that many of the active compounds are stored long-term lipid (fat) deposits.
Keep reading to learn more about the safest and best way to detox, and also about things to ignore… What is a Detox for Weed? The term ‘detoxification’, better known as detox, is the process of avoiding a given substance to ensure your body has eliminated it. When it comes to cannabis use, you have to steer clear of it until your body has successfully flushed it out of your system. If you’re a heavy user, it will take a lot longer to detox your body and could result in withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, depression, and irritability. If you’re scheduled to have a drug test at work, you may need a little ‘help’ to remove the THC, and this simple little necessity has spawned a multi-million dollar market. There are hundreds of detox products on the market, and while most don’t explicitly state that the product is for THC detox, that’s what many people use it for. According to Ryan Vandrey of Johns Hopkins University, there is no typical detection window when it comes to drug testing and cannabis, as there are numerous variables including rate of use, BMI, the frequency of exercise, and metabolism.
Here are some standard periods to help give you a ballpark figure: Blood : 1-7 days. Urine : Anywhere from three days for light users to 77 days for heavy users. As you can see, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact figure, so if you have an impending drug test, a THC detox might be the only way to pass. There have been a few studies over the last few decades which attempted to determine how long cannabis typically stays in the system. In 2005, for example, a review by Paul Cary of the University of Missouri discovered that it is rare for THC to be found in the system for more than 30 days after it was last consumed. Moreover, a study by Johansson and Halldin, which was published in 1989, analyzed the detection time in chronic users. The duo discovered that the ‘maximum’ detection window was 25 days, and this was only at a sensitivity of 20 ng/mL. Also, only one of the subjects tested positive after 14 days, and it took just 9.8 days on average for the THC levels to no longer be detectable. And lastly, a 1984 study by Swatek tested chronic users at the 50 ng/mL cutoff point and found that the longest time it took to get clean was 40 days. However, 80% of the subjects passed the test within 13 days. In other words, reducing your THC levels to a point where you pass a urinalysis is individualized, but probably doesn’t take as long as you think. I Don’t Have an Impending Drug Test, Why Else Would I Embark on a THC Detox? For some users, when they smoke cannabis for a long time, its effects begin to dissipate. This means you have entered the dreaded marijuana tolerance zone, and implies that you need more cannabis to achieve the same effects as before. A tolerance break could potentially rejuvenate cannabis’s effects, while also giving users the opportunity to consider the intention of their usage. Once you begin your tolerance break, continue abstaining from cannabis until the THC has completely left your system. As you’re in no particular hurry, you don’t need any special THC detox products – unless, of course, you’re eager to get back to smoking! In the United States, at least 40 million drug tests are carried out annually, with urine testing being the most common method. When you use cannabis, your THC levels temporarily rise. While these THC levels will fall rapidly over the next few days (as long as you don’t smoke again), regular users will probably have enough left in their system to be detected by urinalysis. One of the downsides of cannabis (compared to other illegal drugs) is that traces of it take much longer to leave the body. Marijuana compounds such as CBD and THC – as well as their metabolites – are lipid-soluble and accumulate in your body’s fat reserves. Over time, these molecules are released slowly, which means that THC and other cannabinoids will remain in your system for longer.
A urinalysis measures the level of the metabolite THC-COOH in your urine, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sets the standard for government employee drug tests. Although the figure varies, the typical cutoff point in urinalysis for the presence of THC is 50 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter). If your sample has a higher level than this, it is sent off for a second test that uses more sensitive equipment. If the second urine sample shows a rate higher than 15 ng/mL, you have officially failed the drug test. Please note, though, that there are a few factors that could influence the results of your drug test and ultimately cause a false positive. For example, if you are dehydrated, it will concentrate your urine, and after exercise, fat cells are broken down, and THC is released. Therefore, it is entirely possible to fluctuate between negative and positive in a relatively short span of time. If you have a company drug test on the horizon and believe there isn’t enough time to get clean, you’ll need the aid of the best marijuana detox you can find.
While Paul Cary says that most chronic users can pass a test with just 10 days of abstention, you probably won’t want to take that chance – nor will you have enough time. Ryan Vandrey believes that general recommendations should be ignored, especially if you’re a chronic user.