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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.

What Are the Best Home Remedies to Detox from Marijuana?

There are various reasons why you would want to detox from marijuana. You may simply want to stop using it altogether. You may be facing a drug-screening test in the future or you may have built up a tolerance to weed. Whatever your reason, you need to accept the fact that detoxing from any substance always involves some withdrawal systems. Luckily, the withdrawal symptoms related to detoxing from marijuana are not nearly as severe (or even dangerous) as is the case when detoxing from alcohol or drugs like heroin.

There’s a lot of advice on ways in which to detox from marijuana but nobody promises that the process will be easy! So, when you embark upon a detox program, gird your loins and resolve to achieve your goals. Here are some natural remedies recommended by several experts.

Exercise

Most of the toxins that you want to flush from your system reside in your fat cells. That is why exercise is so important when detoxing. When you do cardio exercises or weight training, fat cells are burned fast, helping you to detox faster. Vigorous exercise also offers an unexpected yet happy bonus! Anandamide, the body’s natural “feel good” enzyme with THC-like molecules is released, creating altogether another kind of high! And don’t forget about all the health benefits a fitter you will enjoy.

Drink Water

Drinking plenty of water will help you to get rid of the toxins quicker and it will keep you hydrated. Drinking copious amounts of water is not a detox solution on its own, however. Jazzing up your water with fresh lemons, mint and even watermelon may encourage you to consume at least two liters a day.

Drink Tea

Teas with high levels of anti-oxidants, such as dandelion, rooibos and milk thistle are not just delicious but they can play an important part in flushing toxins from the liver.

Watch Your Diet

Salty and fatty foods, as well as sugary treats, drinks and food all slow down your metabolism, thus slowing down the detoxification process significantly. Opt for raw vegetables and fruit and increase your fiber intake.

Sweat!

A lot of toxins are released through your sweat. Of course exercise will make you sweat and that is good. You can also consider a regular sauna during your detox period. This will definitely help to flush your system faster.

Consider Colon Cleansing

No, it’s not a joke! Several experts point out that large quantities of toxins reside in the colon. Opting for colon irrigation will flush these toxins from the body. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of using a home remedy, ask a professional to perform the irrigation. Also keep in mind that you do not necessarily have to do the cleansing from “down there.” There are many products that are consumed orally. Your pharmacist will give you good advice.

Increase Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C is water-soluble and is not stored in the body. This means that it is perfectly save to consume large amounts. The idea is to consume high levels of Vitamin C throughout the detox period or at least until your stool turns watery. This will protect your body from infections, boost your immune system and, most important of all, get rid of THC and other harmful toxins.

Take Hot and Cold Showers

As ridiculous as it may sound, alternating hot and cold showers can do much to increase your circulation, boost your metabolism and encourage your lymphatic flow. These benefits are all important in any detox program. This is how to do it: start with a sixty second burst of hot water and follow this immediately with a 30 second blast of cold water. You need to do this several times a day.

Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

One or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day will naturally detox your urine and remove the toxins stored in your fat cells.

Use Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay has many supporters that consider it the very best detoxing agent (both internally and externally). For external use, mix the clay with water and apply it to your skin (all over). After 30 minutes, take a shower. (Hey! A good time for trying that alternate hot / cold shower remedy discussed above!) Half a teaspoon of clay dissolved in water will work wonders to expel toxin inside your body. (Note: The effectiveness of Bentonite clay is greatly reduced when exposed to metal. When drinking it, use a plastic or glass container.)

Dry-brush Your Skin

You never thought that dry-brushing your skin would encourage the release of toxins, did you? It is true nevertheless and it is an old secret recommended by beauty therapists and alternative health experts. When you brush your skin (using a reasonably firm brush) the pores are opened and toxins are released. Start from the chest outwards towards the armpits, but avoid the nipples. Next, brush your abdomen from the navel upwards towards the armpits and from the navel downward towards the groin. Complete the routine with one of those hot / cold shower sessions.

Take a Hot Bath

Not just a foamy bubble bath, nice as that might be, but an Epsom salt bath. The benefits of Epsom salt have been the focus of many studies. It definitely helps the body to release toxins and it eases painful muscles and provide relief from rashes and injuries too. Simply dissolve two cups of Epsom salt in a hot tub and soak for half an hour or so.

What about a Herbal Detox Kit?

Your pharmacist or homeopath can give you great advice on which herbal detox kit would work best for you. Most of these kits contain a combination of herbal capsules that aim to stimulate the bowels, to flush toxins from the body and to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Kits are available for either nine or fourteen day detox programs.

Final Thoughts

None of the remedies discussed here are quick fixes. If you are desperate to pass an upcoming drug-screening test, none of them will work. Those of you that truly want to properly detox from marijuana will definitely benefit from these home remedies. None of these remedies will nullify the benefits of any other remedy, so you can employ as many of them as you wish.

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