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7 Weed Mistakes You Might Be Making

According to a recent study, marijuana use has doubled in the past decade. Personally, I think that’s awesome. The evidence that smoking marijuana is much safer than drinking alcohol is overwhelming. Plus, I happen to think that weed is just delightful. However, since marijuana use has been (and continues to be) stigmatized, there’s not a ton of information on what not to do when you’re smoking weed, unless you’re a frequenter of cannabis culture message boards.

So although I’m not the most experienced stoner out there, I feel like it’s important for me to share the weed wisdom I’ve acquired over the past few years. Whether you’re a pot novice or you’ve been smoking since high school, it’s important to know what weed mistakes you might be making.

Weed is fun. It can help ease pain and stress, it can make sex a whole lot better (the best, most connected sex I’ve ever had was high sex), and it’s just delicious. That said, pot is generally pretty expensive, so it’s important to learn how to avoid any mistakes that could be keeping you from saving green. Additionally, it’s important to know how weed affects you personally, and plan your highs accordingly. On top of all of that, if you’re going to smoke frequently, you’ve got to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated, getting enough sleep, not neglecting exercise, and not overdoing it so much that it messes with your personal and professional life.

1. Not Storing Your Stash In An Airtight Container

If you’re a daily (or near-daily) smoker, then storing your weed in a Ziploc bag is probably fine, because you don’t need it to stay fresh for a super long time. However, you should know that this is not the ideal approach to weed storage. If you want to keep your pot fresh for as long as possible, you need to be storing it in an airtight glass container. (Mason jars work best.) You should also try to keep your jar somewhere cool, dark, and arid, like your closet or a kitchen cupboard. (So definitely don’t leave it in your car or on your balcony.)

Weed humidors are another great way to store marijuana, but unless you’re a hardcore enthusiast, you’ll probably want to stick to the more affordable option of tightly sealed mason jars.

2. Not Drinking Enough Water When You Smoke

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the “cotton mouth” struggle is real. When you get high, the receptors on the floor of your mouth temporarily stop producing saliva. So it’s extra important to chug water if you don’t want your whole mouth to dry up and stay dried up the day after you smoke.

Of course, drinking enough water is important for your overall health, whether you’re smoking weed or not. But you definitely don’t want to make the mistake of getting high and failing to stay properly hydrated. If you’re smoking at home, just remember to chug a glass or two before, during, and after your high. If you’re going to smoke at a friends’ place or a concert, bring a water bottle.

3. Forgetting To Pack Lip Balm

If you’ve ever smoked pot, then you already know how fast it dries out your lips. If you’re not carrying lip balm with you everywhere, then you’re not the prepared stoner you think you are. Keep lip balm or coconut oil with you at all times to avoid weed-induced chapped lips. Trust me, you will not regret it.

4. Forgetting To Corner Your Bowls In Groups

Weed is a social drug, and as such, stoner etiquette is important. If you’re smoking in a group and you’re using a bowl, then try your best to corner it. (If you don’t know what I mean by that, watch this video.) By cornering your bowl, you save green for the next person in rotation, instead of passing them a bowl of blackened bud before they’ve even gotten to take their first puff.

5. Forgetting To Use Screens In Your Pipes

With tiny glass bowls, you don’t have to worry about using a screen, because there’s really no place for one. But if you use a metal pipe or even a large glass bowl, then you should try to keep screens in stock. Using a screen (aka a filter) can help you protect yourself from inhaling ash into your beautiful lungs. They’re also super cheap and easy to use, so don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re not worth buying.

6. Not Owning A Grinder

Grinders allow you to get your weed to the perfect rolling, packing, and burning consistency that just can’t be duplicated manually. On top of that, if you use a grinder long enough, you’ll end up with a bonus bowl of kief. Since kief is basically a super-high (pun intended) concentration of THC-packed weed dust that collects in the bottom chamber of your grinder over time, simply using a grinder regularly can help you get the most out of your weed.

The nicer ones cost around 20 bucks, but if you’re going to smoke a lot, then it’s worth the cost. Plus, there are actually some really pretty grinders out there.

7. Inhaling Too Deeply

If you’re anything like me, then when you get high, you probably like to get high AF. But don’t think that means you have to inhale your weed smoke super deeply to get the job done. I know it seems like the best way to absorb the maximum amount of THC possible, but it’s not even necessary.

Evidently, 95 percent of the THC in cannabis smoke is absorbed within the first few seconds after you take a puff, so taking and holding in super deep breaths of weed smoke is pointless. It can also hurt your lungs and make you feel short of breath, so just don’t do it. In fact, you might want to consider a vape and mostly avoid this issue altogether.

According to a recent study, marijuana use has doubled in the past decade. Personally, I think that’s awesome. The evidence that smoking marijuana is much safer than drinking alcohol is overwhelming. Plus, I happen to think that weed is just…

How to Flush Marijuana Out of Your System

Friday September 18, 2015

M arijuana can be good for a lot of things, but helping you pass a drug test isn’t one of them. Many people ask us how to flush marijuana out of your system. Well, it starts with a bit of knowledge and a marijuana detox.

How can I clean weed out of my system?

There are many reasons why people want to ‘flush’ their system of marijuana. The most common situation is a drug test for employment purposes.

Workplace drug tests typically involve urinalysis (testing your pee) for metabolites. Metabolites are a byproduct of a substance after it has been processed by your body. When you consume marijuana, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels in your blood stream will immediately increase. As your body cleanses the THC out of your blood stream, metabolites are left behind.

Note that THC, the cannabinoid known for its psychoactive effects, is responsible for getting you “high.” Having said this, both THC and the non-psychoactive metabolite, THC-COOH, will remain in your body’s fat tissue for varying lengths of time depending on a variety of factors.

To figure out if you are ‘clean’ for a drug test and how to get weed out of your system, you need to be able to determine the following:

  • The amount of THC and its metabolites in your system
  • The type of test you’ll be required to take
  • The testing levels for your drug screen

How Much THC is in My Body?

There are a handful of factors that will help you determine how much THC and THC-COOH are in your body after any length of time, post-consumption.

How often you consume:

When determining how much THC is in your system, you must take the frequency of consumption into consideration, first and foremost. Do you smoke once a month, once a week, everyday? When you do smoke, are you only taking one hit or enjoying an entire joint (or two)? Obviously, the more frequently you use (and the actual amount you consume), the more THC and THC-COOH will accrue in the fatty tissue throughout your body.

Total body fat:

As we just mentioned, THC and THC-COOH store itself in fat cells, no matter how often or little you use. As a result, the more body fat you have, the more THC and its metabolites will be inevitably stored.

Metabolism & overall health:

It makes sense that the healthier you are, the better off you’ll be (in all aspects in life). When it comes to THC and its metabolites, they have less of a chance of storing themselves in your body fat, if there isn’t a lot of body fat in the first place! Having said this, everyone has varying metabolisms that break down THC at different rates. Although exercise can potentially push THC back into your blood stream at a faster rate, this doesn’t mean that you should throw away healthy habits into the wind. Simply maintain a healthy lifestyle and don’t work out too much before a test.

What you’re consuming:

Depending on what you consume (flower vs. concentrates) and even the quality of what you consume (top shelf flower vs. schwag) will greatly effect how much THC and THC-COOH are released into your body.

How Long Does THC Stay in My Body?

Typically speaking, psychoactive THC cannabinoids can be found in the system for 1-2 days after consumption for very infrequent users, while those who consume everyday can expect it to remain in your body for longer.

The half-life of THC metabolites is 7 days. Meaning every 7 days, the amount in your body will decrease by 50%.

With this number in mind, most people can assume their body will be clean of THC metabolites within 3-4 weeks — more or less depending on frequency, body weight and amount consumed.

THC is fat soluble and as a result, it gets stored in your fatty lipid tissue. Because of this, your fat cells will secrete THC metabolites into your bloodstream at a constant rate. As a result, many different cleansing techniques are ineffective, as your fat cells will continue to release THC metabolites into your system over time.

Types of Drug Tests

Similar to the variety of factors that can define how much THC is in your system, there are a number of ways your (future) employer can test you. They include urine, blood and hair.

  • Urinalysis (UA) is the most common type of drug test. It’s used in many businesses because it’s less expensive than other modes of testing and is fairly accurate. Note that urine drug tests detect THC-COOH (metabolized THC), versus THC itself.
  • Blood Test identifies THC in your bloodstream. Unlike urinalysis, a blood test will show impairment. For those who rarely consume, THC might not be measurable several hours afterwards, however for those who use everyday, THC could remain in your bloodstream for a much longer period of time.
  • Hair Test is a less common form of testing, however does take place in some work places. Because it measures THC-COOH remainders in the hair follicle over the past several months, it’s often difficult to get around this one. Don’t worry though, you do have options available which we address below.

How Do I Pass a Drug Test?

The best way to pass any drug test is to not consume at all. Having said that, don’t worry if it’s “too late.” There are ways to mask THC in your system, so do your best to follow our tips below – and think about a backup plan in case you might need the extra help.

Typically, random drug tests are delivered with short notice, which means you won’t have as much time as you’d like to prepare for a drug test. It may sound silly, but as soon as you know that you’re going to have to take a marijuana drug test, stop consuming cannabis in any form! Whether you’re a heavy user or casual user, do yourself a favor and stop all cannabis consumption.

Note that the longer you have before your drug test, the better your chances will be of actually passing.

It’s important to realize that marijuana cannot be flushed out of your system using cranberry juice, niacin, vinegar, large amounts of water, creatine pills, ginger root tea, surejell, bleach, etc. In fact, most of these products continue to remain top of mind due to incorrect drug testing myths but they won’t actually help you pass modern drug testing techniques.

Instead, here are three ways to pass a drug test:

Detox, naturally.

Forget detox pills, detox programs or detox kits! A normal healthy, in shape person can rid their body of toxins in 4-6 weeks with a great diet, water and plenty of exercise. Obviously, those with a fast metabolism, lower water retention and overall low BMI will be able to do this faster.

Detox in 3-6 days, with detoxification products.

If you’re on a tight time frame, then you probably just received notice about a marijuana drug test and need answers now. Thankfully, there are many detoxification products available (which we cover below) to help your body rid itself of harmful toxins in approximately a week. They’re successful by leveraging herbal supplements to cleanse your body. Be sure to use a home drug test kit after to ensure you’re fully clean of THC.

Detox in 24 hours, with same day cleansers.

If you’re truly panicking a day or two before your test, it might be worth your while to try a same day cleanser from a company like TestClear.com (available online). Such products temporarily target the urinary tract to flush metabolites to give you a brief period for which to give a clean urine sample, meaning you could technically pass a drug test in 24 hours.

Tips to Pass a Urine Drug Test:

As we mentioned, piss tests are more common than a hair drug test. To pass a marijuana urine test, also known as a urinalysis test, you don’t need to be 100% free of THC metabolites. Rather, you need to have levels below the threshold for the test. Typically the threshold is 50 ng/mL, which is higher than you may think. As long as you register under this value, your test result will be negative.

The primary method of passing a urine drug test is to dilute your urine enough where it will be below the 50 ng/mL threshold. It’s a simple as that, but with a hitch. Drug testing labs are on the lookout for diluted urine samples. So in order to be an effective technique, you need not only dilute your urine, but to mask the fact that your urine is diluted.

Water

There is no reason to start drinking excessive amounts of water weeks or days before your test. It’s a waste of time as it only temporarily dilutes your urine. Your best bet is to drink 2-3 liters throughout the day before your test, and then around 1-2 liters several hours before your test. Don’t drink too much water though, as it can be dangerous. Start with 2 liters max and be sure to know your limits.

After drinking this much water, your pee will be colorless and have low levels of creatinine. These are both red flags for any testing lab to indicate diluted urine, so there are some additional steps you need to take.

Vitamin B

You’ll need to make your pee yellow, and the best way to do this is by using vitamin B. Vitamin B-2 or B-12 seem to be the most effective for this purpose, so stop by your local drug store and take 50-100mg several hours before your test.

Creatinine

Creatinine is a chemical waste product produced by muscle metabolism. Creatinine is naturally occurring in the human body and is one method labs use to determine if your urine is diluted. It has a half-life of three hours, so no reason to start taking it more than a day or so before your test.

You can buy creatine supplements from almost any health food store. Creatine then gets broken down into creatinine by your body and is flushed out in your urine. You should take an above-average dose several hours before your test.

Whether you’re applying for a new job or trying to hold on to the one you’ve got, passing a marijuana drug test can be an important step. Here are several tips on how to clean THC out of your system, starting with a weed detox.