This article was originally published on Weedmaps and appears here with permission.
It's a familiar scenario. You've just been hired for a new job and need to pass a drug test. You're not sure how marijuana can affect the results and you need to find out — fast.
If you've recently smoked a cannabis strain high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), there is a possibility a drug test will reveal the psychoactive cannabinoid in your system. It may be detectable in urine, blood, or even hair, though employers are unlikely to sample the latter in drug screenings.
If you're looking for effective ways to remove THC from the body before taking a drug test, you're likely going to be disappointed. There is no quick and easy way to rid your system of marijuana, but it's helpful to know why that is. In this guide to detoxing from THC, we'll examine the facts and myths about cannabis, drug testing, and what you should be aware of if you're concerned about taking a drug test in the future.
What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the removal of a toxic substance from the body, either by some outside means or waiting for a drug to clear the bloodstream on its own. In general, it is healthier and safer to allow the THC from marijuana to leave the body unassisted, as opposed to toxic drugs such as cocaine or heroin for which there are medications to facilitate detoxification.
How long does it take to detox from THC?
The psychoactive effects of THC may last fewer than two hours, but the compound or its byproducts, called THC metabolites, can remain in the body for a significant amount of time — 30 days or longer by most accounts. This lengthy residence makes detoxing from THC a challenge, but let's consider the most common methods used to manipulate THC levels and eliminate cannabis products from the body.
The psychoactive effects of THC may last fewer than two hours, but the compound can remain in the body for a significant amount of time — 30 days or longer by most accounts.
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