How to flush marijuana out of your system

The words ‘marijuana’ and ‘weed’ often bring a smile to the face of smokers, vapers and lovers of edibles out there. That is, until it comes time to take a drug test, whether an employer has asked for it or a law enforcement official has said they’ll need to administer one during a roadside test. The first question that comes to mind in these instances is usually ‘how long does marijuana stay in the system?’ and that’s often followed by ‘how can I flush my system quickly?’ The answers to these questions depend on many different variables including the amount of marijuana that has been consumed, whether marijuana has been smoked occasionally or heavily, and what kind of drug test is being performed.

How is marijuana absorbed into the body?

When marijuana is smoked, vaped or eaten, the THC and othingest-or-inhale-5-differences-between-marijuana-edibles-and-flower cannabinoids such as CBD go into the bloodstream and travel to the brain. Some of these chemicals stay in the brain while others will travel to other parts of the body. Wherever they go, they will attach to CB1 receptors, which are mainly found in the brain; and to CB2 receptors, which are found throughout the body.

Smoking or vaping marijuana will cause the THC and other compounds to be absorbed very quickly, with users feeling the effects within minutes if not immediately. Consuming marijuana in edible form, such as in brownies or cookies, will take longer for the effects to kick in and be felt, but they will remain in the bloodstream for much longer, often five to six hours.

Once the THC, CBD and other chemicals have left the bloodstream, they still remain in the body for some time. Because they are lipid-soluble, they are stored in fat reserves throughout the body. And when it comes to taking a drug test, it is most often these storage cells that cause users the most concern.

How long does marijuana stay in your body?

thc-metabolites-300x170So, for those facing a drug test, the big question is how long is it likely to remain in the body? And the answer is dependent on several factors. Firstly, it depends on the amount of THC that was in the marijuana that was smoked. Of course, if you use a strain that is known for having a higher THC content, it’s going to take longer to get that THC out of the system than it would be if you used a strain that had a lower THC content.

The next factor that will determine how long marijuana stays in the body is how often the user smokes or ingests it. The very first time marijuana is smoked or ingested, it will only stay in the body for approximately 5 to 8 days. Occasional smokers that don’t use it all the time, but don’t completely abstain either, will likely see the THC staying in their system for 11 to 18 days, if they only use it 2 to 4 times a week.

Heavier users that use it almost every day, but not quite, will likely still have THC in their urine for 33 to 48 days. This is when marijuana is used five or six times a week. And for those that use marijuana every day, the results will show up in their urine anywhere from 49 to 63 days; but it can remain there even longer. Those who smoke every day, especially if it’s several times a day, will likely not pass a drug test until they stop smoking for 77 days. That can be a long time, given that it’s over two months.

But not all drug tests include a urine sample. Using blood testing and testing of the hair follicles are other methods of testing for marijuana, although they are definitely not as common.

Blood tests are the most common form of roadside test, as a driver’s finger is simply pricked and then placed onto a testing strip. While THC will leave the bloodstream faster than any other part of the body, it’s unlikely that a user will pass these if they smoked a joint hours before driving home. Typically THC will remain in the blood for one or two days if the user doesn’t smoke or consume marijuana regularly. Those who use it regularly however will still have to wait up to one week before their blood drug test shows clear.

Testing of the hair follicles will show up positive the longest of any other drug test, but these are also the least common. Marijuana compounds can be found in the hair up to 90 days after consumption but again, it will depend on how much marijuana was consumed and how heavily it is used.

How to flush marijuana out of your system quickly

The length of time marijuana stays in the system can be a problem, especially for heavy smokers that want to rid their body of THC quickly in order to pass a drug test. In these instances, users often want to get rid of the THC quickly in order to get a job, pass a roadside test, or simply to convince a parent.

Of course, the most foolproof way to pass a drug test is simply to abstain from using. But this is not always possible, especially for those who don’t have a lot of notice that a test is about to be administered. For those who do wish to abstain, it’s important to remember also not to hang out with people who are smoking. Second-hand smoke can be consumed even when you’re not consuming it yourself, and that second-hand smoke can show positive results on a drug test.

For those that simply don’t have the time to wait it out, there are detoxification products that can be used. These use herbal supplements to cleanse the system and flush out any traces of marijuana that might otherwise show up on a test. These products such as XXTRA Clean, take about a week to work and clean the system for a short period of time. If you don’t even have the week to spare, but need to take a drug test within 24 hours or so, there are more intensive same-day detoxification kits that work more quickly than other detoxification products. These kits will flush the urinary tract of the metabolites that are likely to show up in a urine test and could potentially provide a positive result from the drug test.

Of course, good old natural water is always a good way to flush the system of any unwanted substances. But when it comes to drug tests, users have to be careful. Those administering the test know the signs to look for when someone has tried to dilute their urine with water, and they will flag it and possibly even give a “refusal to test” result, which could be worse than failing the drug test alone.

how-to-cleanse-your-body-take-plenty-of-fluidsWhen excessive amounts of water are consumed, the urine will be nearly colourless, which will send up red flags to those performing the drug test. Taking a Vitamin B2 or B12 can bring some of this colour back, but 50 to 100mg must be taken several hours before the test. Creatinine is another supplement that gets flushed out of the system when a lot of water is consumed in a short period of time. And if this chemical doesn’t show up in someone’s urine, it’s another indication that they have flushed their system. The good news is that there are creatinine supplements available in most health stores and pharmacies that can be taken to restore the chemical to the system.

A good rule of thumb is to drink 2 to 3 litres throughout the day before the drug test and then 1 to 2 litres three hours before the test. But even following this schedule, Vitamin B and creatinine supplements will still need to be taken.For those that have to take a hair follicle test, the only real way to beat a drug test is to use a shampoo and at-home testing kit such as TestClear.

While you might be willing to try anything to pass a drug test, there are some products that should be avoided at all costs. One of those is synthetic cannabinoids, often known as “K2” or “spice”. Not only are these not always effective, but they can have side effects such as seizures due to overdoses. Aside from those, many laboratories also now have the technology to also test for synthetic cannabinoids.

It’s also important to try and exercise, but not right before a drug test. Again, THC and other compounds are stored in the fat cells, so the less body fat a person has, the less THC will be able to hide there. However, as fat cells are burned off during exercise, those compounds need to travel through the body to find other fat cells they can reside in. As they do, they re-enter the bloodstream, which can increase the THC in a person’s system by 15%, even if they haven’t consumed for some time.

Hearing that a drug test is about to be administered can strike fear in the heart of marijuana users. However, it’s important to know the timelines that THC will stay in the system, and the different ways that are available in order to beat those tests. Each of these should be used with caution and when using products, to always follow the instructions that come with them.

One thought on “How to flush marijuana out of your system”

  • steven

    The fruit gell preservative such as Pectin will clean your system rather quickly. Use a box of pectin in a quart of water about an hour or so, before a urine test. Be sure to drink a lot of water after the Pectin so as to urinate three or more times before any testing takes place. This will save your job, maybe even ensure your freedom.
    P.S. A table spoon of surgar mixed in with the Pectin sure helps it taste better.

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