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.
Does exercise help to detox from THC?
If you have ever practiced hot yoga, you have probably heard your instructors talking about sweating out toxins. While this notion is debatable, you may wonder if vigorous exercise and breaking a sweat can cause THC to leave the body through the pores.
Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist at the Legacy Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, and a scientific adviser to Weedmaps, weighed in, “Exercise can release stored THC from adipose (fat) tissue. Theoretically, exercise might help to speed up the detox process, but perhaps only marginally (28 days instead of 30). There is no scientific evidence showing that exercising can speed up the detox process and help you pass a drug test sooner than you would have without exercise.”
In terms of body fat, individuals with less are not as likely to store THC metabolites due to a faster metabolism. However, a person of any bodyweight may still show traces of the cannabinoid in blood and/or urine, especially if they are daily marijuana users.
Lemon Juice & Water – Best Homemade Detox for Weed
One of the best detox drinks for marijuana, lemon juice might help rid your system of THC metabolites, especially when mixed with water.
Water helps dilute the lemon juice while hydrating your body. This further stimulates (frequent) urination, helping flush out the THC toxins, among other waste substances.
Here’s the best way to prepare this detox drink.
- Squeeze a lemon (or half of it) into a cup.
- Then, add water to the lemon juice.
- Et voila! It’s ready for consumption.
Repeat the process for as long you want throughout the day. The idea here is to cleanse your system as much as you can.
Do this in the days preceding your drug test and you might lower the THC levels in your system. Remember to do it on the day of your drug test, too!
THC Detox Drinks – Best THC Detox Overall
Looking to put your system in the clear zone for that looming drug test? Then you might want to count on detox drinks.
We recommend the Rescue Cleanse Detox Kit for you!
One of the best detox drinks, this THC cleanser detoxifies your system for up to 5 hours, with the first hour registering maximum effectiveness.
Just make sure to pee frequently during this time, and steer clear of food and drinks (except for water).
This detox drink is best taken on an empty tummy. And you want to abstain from unnecessary medications (2 days, at least) before consuming it.
Rescue Cleanse Detox Drink boasts a tasty flavor, which you might want to enhance by refrigerating it, still. It’s suitable for individuals over 200lbs.
3-Day THC Detox Pills – Best Detox Pills for Weed
Whether you’re looking to cleanse your pee, saliva, or blood from THC toxins, look no further than this 3-Day Detox Kit. Free from fillers and animal products, the natural marijuana detox boasts vitamins, minerals, and herbs.
No harmful ingredients – always a plus!
Included in this kit are detox liquid, dietary fiber, and pre-rid tablets. The detox kit also comes with a whole load of instructions and useful tips which might come in handy for first-time users.
And if, for any reason, you aren’t satisfied with the product, feel free to ask for a refund. The manufacturer (Toxin Rid) is happy to return your money.
Drug Testing Myths Busted!
When it comes to drug testing, it sometimes seems as if there is more misinformation floating around online than legitimate facts. There are plenty of people and businesses claiming to know the secret to passing a drug test, but is there any truth to what they claim? The expert mobile collectors here at Workplace Safety Screenings encounter new rumors about drug testing methodology and cheats all the time. Let’s take a moment to dispel some of the more popular ones:
Myth #1: All drug tests are urine tests.
Fact: WSS utilizes multiple testing methods for drugs and alcohol.
Urine tests are the most common form of drug screening. The standard 5 panel drug screening urine test is routinely relied upon by private employers and government agencies. This test screens for the five most commonly abused substances: THC, cocaine, amphetamines/methamphetamines, opiates, and PCP.
However, there are more than one way to test for drugs and alcohol. Hair tests and oral fluid tests can also determine a person’s drug and alcohol history. Both of these tests can be performed by WSS in addition to urine tests. Blood tests are also sometimes used as drug screenings by doctors and other professionals.
Myth #2: Drinking a lot of water can help you pass a urine test.
Fact: Water cannot erase the presence of a drug in your urine.
While it is possible that consuming lots of water, cranberry juice, pickle juice, or other beverages in the days before a drug test can slightly dilute your sample, your drug history will still be detectable by WSS collectors. To ensure proper results, all samples have a Creatinine level determined to evaluate whether the sample is too diluted to provide a valid test result. If a urine sample appears to be diluted, it is likely that WSS will run additional tests to make sure that accurate results are obtained.
Myth #3: Exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke (THC) can cause a positive test result.
Fact: It is practically impossible for second-hand marijuana smoke to cause a false positive test.
Passive exposure to a drug such as marijuana smoke can make it appear in your urine, but actual consumption of the drug makes it appear at a much higher concentration. To avoid the argument that a positive result is due to passive contact, cut-off levels have been established. These cut-off levels are set to make it virtually impossible for a specimen to screen positive from passive contact.
Myth #4: Working out cleanses your body of drugs.
Fact: Simply working out cannot completely cleanse your body of any drug.
While sticking to a strict diet of water and exercise for a month before your test could slightly alter your results, a quick trip to the gym the morning of a surprise test will do nothing to help your chances of passing.
WSS provides drug testing solutions for individuals and businesses across Houston and the United States, whenever and wherever you need us. If you are an employer looking to institute a reliable drug testing program, our on-site mobile collectors are safe, professional, and discrete. Contact us today to learn more about how WSS can make your workplace healthier and happier!