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The Importance of Marijuana Detox
While it’s fun, therapeutic, and relaxing to indulge in marijuana every now and again (or even as a regular therapeutic aid), making smoking a regular habit could cost you your existing job — or even worse, a shot at a new position altogether.
This can be especially problematic if your employer runs regular drug testing, and you frequently use or have used cannabis. For those that don’t know, the Tetrahydrocannabinol or TCH in the cannabis plant will show up on a drug test each and every time. The good news is that there are safe and effective ways to detoxify your body systems from THC so that you can ensure any random drug test will come back free and clear.
Since marijuana and its psychoactive components are not like other herbal supplements that are digested and eliminated within a few days of consuming them, it can be fairly difficult to detox your body from weed since many of the active compounds are stored for longer periods in the nervous system and fat cells.
What is Detox?
Detox, or detoxification, is when you purposely cleanse your body from any given substance. Typically, with marijuana, it’s best to stay away from it until the substance is completely flushed out of your body. Keep in mind, the heavier the user, the longer the detox period needed in order to flush THC and other cannabinoids from your system. Also, detox can come with a wide-array of withdrawal symptoms that include headaches, anxiety, depression, and irritability.
If you know that you have an upcoming drug test, then you may need some extra help to remove the THC and successfully pass the test. Since this is a common occurrence for most people, a multi-million-dollar market has sprung up. Today, you can find a multitude of detox products on the market that will help with detoxing from THC.
How Long with Marijuana Remain in Your Body?
According to doctors, there is no set amount of time that weed will stay in your system. Variables such as rate of use, BMI, metabolism, and frequency of exercise are all variables that can shift the amount of time weed will stay with you.
For example, some basic calculations include:
- Blood — 1-7 days
- Hair — up to 90 days
- Urine — Anywhere from 3 days for light users to 77 days for heavier users. However, the average time is between 10 to 30 days
- Saliva — 1-7 days
If You Don’t Have an Upcoming Drug Test, Here’s Why Else It’s Good to Detox From THC
People who have smoked for many years during their lives often times will notice that their marijuana does not feel as effective as it once did for them. This is because they have built up a tolerance to it, which means that they will need larger amounts of cannabis in order to achieve the same effects that a smaller amount once did for them. The best way to avoid increasing the amount of weed you smoke is to take a tolerance break that will possibly reset the effects of cannabis while also serving as a reminder to you that cannabis is supposed to enhance your life and not be something that simply helps you power through it.
Once a tolerance break is started, it’s best to continue abstaining from marijuana until all of the THC is eliminated from your system. If you have the time to spend and are not under any deadlines due to a test, it’s best to do this naturally without the help of a special detox kit.
Different Ways to Detox
There are different products out on the market today that can help you detox from THC. Detox products come in a wide array of options from pills, to drinks, to kits, the varieties are virtually endless.
THC leaves the body in a few different ways. For example, 65 percent leaves through fecal matter, 20 percent is expelled through urine, and the remainder will be removed through sweat or stay in the body’s cells.
- Detox Pills — Detox pills will clear your body gradually of THC over the course of a week. The pills contain a wide array of herbal extracts such as dandelion root, rhubarb root, burdock root, and goldenseal root that will help to eliminate THC from the body’s systems.
- Drinks — Even though there are a great number of garbage drinks out on the market today, some of the best and most reputable ones will come loaded with vitamins and minerals in them to help restore the composition of urine. A proper detox drink will help to flush THC out of your body while keeping urine the same color.
- THC Detox Kits — Detox kits will sometimes contain pills, drinks, or a combination of the two. Kits can take anywhere from 24 hours to seven days to complete.
Some Final Thoughts
Since most employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find good help these days, lots of companies are kicking pre-employment drug screenings to the side. Even though this news is exciting for marijuana users, the reality is that drug testing will likely never be completely phased out.
The truth is that all companies will reject a candidate based on a positive drug test. Therefore, if you are in the process of applying for a job, or if your company subjects you to random or regular drug testing, then you will have to abstain from taking in any marijuana until the test and the process is completely over. However, if the test is random, then you will have to find a way to quickly, safely, and effectively detox your body from THC in order to keep your job. In this instance, detox pills, drinks, and kits will come in handy and may end up saving the day.
Also, if you miss the feeling that you used to get from smoking a small amount of weed, then abstinence is your best bet to get that feeling back again before ramping up your cannabis intake.
But whatever your reasons are for detoxing, your best bet is to detox naturally and/or find the detox product that will be best suited for you.
Stay tuned for more tips for smokers from the Hemper team.
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