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How to Detox from Marijuana

Although marijuana has numerous health benefits and considered a happy or pleasure drug, its presence in the body may be unwanted. There are various reasons as to why people opt to clean up their systems from this substance. For someone, the inspiration to start a marijuana detox process is work related, while for others it is dictated by the wish to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Whatever the reason is, there are a few ways to help your body get rid of weed. If you are looking for ways to detox from marijuana, here are a few things you must know.

How long does THC stay in your system?

Marijuana is a drug with effects that fade quite fast, but its active chemical, TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), remains in your system for a long period of time. Your body weight and frequency of use are the main factors that determine this time. For moderate users, THC stays in the system from 2 hours to 14 days after consumption, while for heavy users it stays up to 90 days.

THC goes straight into your bloodstream through your lungs. And because it’s fat-soluble, it infiltrates your fatty tissues and gradually vanishes from the blood. You can retain active THC in your system for a long period but as your body breaks down the fat, it is redistributed back into your bloodstream.

This means THC may not be traced in your body through a blood test even 6 hours after you have consumed marijuana. However, it may show up in your urine or hair sample days or even weeks after consumption.

Having established this, here are a ways to detox from marijuana.

Natural detox

This method takes an estimate of 30 days depending on the general state of your health, your metabolism and the levels of THC in your body. You will have to do the following:

  • Discontinue the use of marijuana.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Engage in healthy cardio and weight lifting exercises to burn all that fat that stores THC.
  • Eat healthy foods rich in fiber and by all means avoid junk food.

    This method takes an estimate of 30 days depending on the general state of your health, your metabolism and the levels of THC in your body. You will have to do the following:

  • Discontinue the use of marijuana.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Engage in healthy cardio and weight lifting exercises to burn all that fat that stores THC.
  • Eat healthy foods rich in fiber and by all means avoid junk food.

Dilution

Drinking lots of water has always been associated with the detox process regardless of the substance we wish to rid our bodies of. In case of marijuana, hydration helps to reduce the concentration of THC in urine, but dilutes the sample. If you go to a urine test, having diluted sample will cause you to fail it. To prevent this, dilution often goes hand in hand with the use of B vitamins and creatine. They help to reintroduce useful compounds into our bodies as well as give your urine a more natural yellow color.

Diet

Eating healthy is a good way to get your body in shape. When it comes to detoxing from marijuana, eating foods rich in fibers helps to kick out fat cells that stored THC and replace them with healthier THC free cells. Aside from foods with a high fiber content, eating foods rich in carbohydrates as well as lean proteins will help your body to build healthy cells as well as improve your mood and help you sleep better at night.

Exercise

Keeping fit is important for your body health in general. Also, exercising helps the body to break down fat cells where THC is stored and speed up the process of detoxification. However, this is a long term detox method. If you have to pass a drug test on short notice, it would be advisable to refrain from exercise, because exercising releases THC into the blood before it is eventually passed out of the body with urine.

Another advantage of working out is the release of happiness hormones. Since THC is a ‘happy’ substance, taking a break from it sometimes causes one to be down or moody. Exercise, therefore, acts as a substitute for THC when it comes to anandamide release.

Activities

When attempting to kick any habit one finds themselves with time on their hands that needs to be occupied. Scheduling some activities with friends and family is a good way through which you can occupy this time. Another benefit is that the excitement that comes with interesting activities acts as a trigger for dopamine, a happiness hormone in your body.

THC detox products

Emergency detox drinks and pills are available for a more urgent needs. These products offer same day cleansing solution, because they’re highly concentrated with diuretics, B vitamins and creatine, which according to research help detox from marijuana and cover up the diluted urine that can be rejected.

You can also use mouth wash products for a saliva test or detox shampoo that can remove any traces of the drug from your hair.

Tips to pass a urine drug test

Time is the key thing that will help you to detox from weed. Avoid physical exercise or fasting 24 hours before the test. Avoid showing up for the test while hungry or thirsty, because in such conditions the body tends to release fat with THC back into the bloodstream. If possible, take the test in the afternoon to allow your body to get rid of toxins with morning urine. And finally, pretest yourself at home and make sure it’s negative.

Conclusion

Marijuana can be traced in your body for up to 30 days depending on how often you use it. There are 2 main ways to detox from THC. The first is through natural means that include hydration, a fiber rich diet and physical work out. The second method is by use of detox products that can accelerate the withdrawal of THC from the body. Time determines the exact method to choose.

The effectiveness of these methods will depend on one’s metabolic rate, the frequency of smoking marijuana, as well as level of activity.

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