When Do You Need Cannabis Detox?
There are a lot of potential reasons you may need to be detoxing from pot quickly. Here are some of the top reasons you may need to produce a cleaner urine sample:
- Job interview.
- Entrance into college/school
- Parents want you tested for drugs.
- Truck-driving school/ driver’s tests
- Psychological / medical drug tests ordered by doctors
- Drug tests by cops / probation authorities
There are ways to prepare for your drug tests given sufficient time, and some emergency detox kits for when you have little time to prepare detailed below.
How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System?
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You may want to know how much time you will need to detox. We have answered this question in detail on our site here: http://www.ncsm.nl/english/what-is-medicinal-cannabis/marijuana-stay-bloodstream
Basically, for one-time use, you will need a week, and for moderate to heavy use, two to four weeks for detoxification. Having the fastest cannabis cleansing regimen will assure that you can use medical marijuana to improve your quality of life without missing out on job opportunities or promotions. When an opportunity comes your way and requires a clean drug test, it’s imperative that you go into action as soon as you know about it. Determine your level of usage and how long detoxifying will take, then set up a detox plan.
The safest way to get weed out of your system is to simply wait it out. If you have the time, waiting whilst consuming a healthy diet and doing moderate exercise will steadily flush the cannabinoids from your system. Cannabinoids hide out in the fat cells and steadily enter the bloodstream as fat cells release energy. The levels in the bloodstream are filtered out by the kidneys and enter the urine. This is when they are detectable by urine drug screens. Some factors that affect the concentration of cannabinoids in your urine are as follows:
- How concentrated is the pee sample?
- Are there substances that interfere with measurement in your piss sample?
- How sensitive is the marijuana test?
Types of Drug Tests
There are three types of drug tests you may face. Most common is the urine drug test where you will pee in a cup to give a urine sample. There are also blood tests and hair tests which are less common. Hair follicle tests are the most accurate and can detect drug use from months ago. In general, only government agencies and law enforcement are likely to require testing of hair follicles, while most jobs will only require urine tests but requirements will vary depending on the agency doing the testing. We will discuss some possible avenues to help with hair tests further down. Blood tests are less common and are similar to urine tests.
How Do Detox Remedies Work?
There are different types of detox remedies. They work by attempting to cause the body to remove thc faster and to dilute the cannabinoids without causing a bad test result.
Water and Diuretics
Water and diuretics are the first go to for detox. Since the most popular drug test is the urine test, it stands to reason that the more urine you pass, the more thc metabolites leave your body and the more dilute the urine. While this is true, there are two caveats to this. One is that some tests will give a positive result for dilute urine or masking substances. In other words, like drug tests used for athletes, efforts to tamper with the results are interpreted just as badly as if banned substances were found and dilute urine is considered a failed test. However, there is a way to use this trick without the pitfalls.
First off, there is a short window in which to dilute the urine. So first find your diuretic of choice. Cranberry juice is a safer and natural choice (also tea, coffee, grape juice, and otc diuretics). Also, be sure that your diuretic has electrolytes in it, as drinking water without electrolytes can cause death by water intoxication (too much water without salt). So, add some electrolytes like table salt or baking soda to your water or diuretic in reasonable small amounts. Do your research so that you add the right amount or choose a beverage like Gatorade which has added electrolytes. Then, 24 hours out from the test, consume a gallon of electrolyte water or diuretic drink over time according to your tolerance and comfort. Your urine will become dilute. This is good, but it will cause your urine to lack color. In order to pass the test, you want a strong yellow color, so you will need another trick, B-vitamins.
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If you have ever taken a big multi-vitamin pill like GNC brand multivitamins, you’ve noticed it makes your urine a strong yellow, almost glowing color. At least 3 days out from the test, begin taking your daily B-multivitamin, then on the day of the test, take it up to 5 hours before the test. Your urine though dilute will have a natural yellow color thus avoiding a failed test for dilute urine.
To avoid surprises, you need to make sure your activity and stress level before the test is balanced. If you suddenly start burning much more fat, you will cause a last minute dump of cannabinoids from your fat cells into your blood stream. If you suddenly become sedentary, you could cause your fat cells to hoard more cannabinoids. Therefore, keep your physical activity at a light and healthy level, either a 30 to 60-minute walk or jog per day (to burn fat and sweat), or just keep the activity level you are used to. The trick is to avoid fluctuations.
In some states and countries, it is not illegal to use someone else’s urine for a drug test remedy without telling the test-taker. This approach is discouraged against and is by no means fail safe, but a minority of people use it with acceptable results. The urine of another person is kept warm in a receptacle stored near the genitals, then the test-taker surreptitiously empties the urine into the collection cup.
Herbal Detox Supplements and Detox Kits
There are herbal pills and powders that claim to detox the body from any toxins including thc metabolites. Many detox solutions contain fruit pectin, a type of fiber that routes thc metabolites to be excreted by the bowels rather than in the urine. There are also root plants like yellow root, burdock root, and red clover which act as a diuretic or speed up metabolism and bowel movement to cleanse the body of toxins. None of these methods are fool proof. They all require sufficient time, from several days to a month of abstinence and that the directions be followed as closely as possible. Do your research to be sure that any herbal preparation you use does not damage the liver or kidneys if you choose to use an herbal cleanse. We recommend using only food-derived substances for detoxification or supplements that can be naturally found in the diet such as spices, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The only sure-fire cleanser that works completely, is sufficient time abstaining from thc, anywhere from 3 days to 3 months of abstinence.
If you need to pass a drug test ASAP and there is no time to wait, one prepackaged kit is reported to work in a mere 5 hours has good word of mouth buzz. It is called QCarbo Plus. Use with caution and to the manufacturer’s specifications. It is a combination of creatine and diuretic herbs that will quickly dilute and mask the urine. You can find details below. Do not use if you are sensitive to creatine or any of the herbal ingredients.
How to pass Hair Follicle Tests:
Hair follicle tests are more accurate and reveal drug use within a longer window than urine or blood tests. To prepare for hair follicle tests, it is necessary to make sure the hair is totally clean so that concentrations of drug metabolite have been washed away as much as possible. Many report a shampoo with rosemary herb has been successful at washing away drug residues. Others prefer lemon juice or baking soda to neutralize metabolites that may be present. Using vinegar or salicylic acid shampoos are also safer and effective ways to remove thc metabolites from the hair.
There is a very expensive type of shampoo called Nexxus Aloe Rid. It is specifically designed to remove drug residues from the hair and will set you back about $200 USD but users claim it’s the real deal. Zydot’s Ultra Clean is a close runner-up and much cheaper at about $35 USD.
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Once the hair is clean, it may be useful to shave off as much hair as possible so that older drug residues will not be present. The smaller the hair sample, the less chance there is of testing positive for banned substances.
Zinc Sulfate *our choice*
One treatment with science behind it is zinc sulfate pills. A 2011 study found that zinc supplements can interfere with detection of drug metabolites for up to 18 hours after ingestion. You will want to take the supplements at recommended doses up to 6 hours before the test. The study concluded that zinc is not detectable and can be an effective way to interfere with drug testing.
Papain *our choice*
Another approach with scientific backing is papain, an enzyme used to break down tough proteins. Ingestion of papain within 24 hours of testing reduced thc metabolites sometimes to undetectable levels in a 2005 study.
Clean your system for Saliva Tests and Mouth Swabs:
For saliva tests, you will want to cease intake of marijuana as soon as you know you will need to test, then use a natural diuretic to speed elimination. Before the test use a mouthwash and gargle to flush out drug residues. Mouthwashes like Ultra Kleen are specifically designed to flush out marijuana residue.
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Sauna and Sweating
Given sufficient time, regular sauna well-researched and performed to safety standards can help detoxify the body, as marijuana and other drug metabolites will come out in the sweat. Regular exercise may be the best way to get a regular routine of sweating going to constantly detoxify the body. It is very important to regularly load up on water and electrolytes and avoid overheating. A little sweating in a sauna goes a long way, while overdoing it can be fatal.
Setting up a Plan
If you have been smoking marijuana for a long time, you may experience some withdrawal symptoms including irritability and increased anxiety and restlessness when you attempt to cease smoking in preparation for a drug test. To get over these barriers for a quick removal of drug metabolites, you will need to have a plan in place. If possible, clear your schedule as much as you can for at least a week of abstinence leading up to the test. Remember you need a week for light use, two weeks for moderate use, and a month for heavy daily use. Stock up on healthy food and have your remedies of choice ready for use. Have your favorite Netflix movies or books available in case you need some distraction.
Although marijuana withdrawals are generally not dangerous, if you are a heavy or medical user, you will want to consult a physician before you stop using your cannabis-based medication. Your doctor may be able to help you ween off or give you a medical exemption. Once that is taken care of, your first step is to cease marijuana use. Following is a list of steps to get clean.
- See your doctor so that you can cease marijuana use safely.
- Cease use a week or more before your test.
- Begin taking a daily B-multivitamin.
- 3 days before the test, take the recommended dose of a daily zinc supplement, and a daily papain supplement. You may also want to add fiber to your diet in the form of spinach or other zinc-rich greens.
- Within 24 hours of the test take your natural diuretic (tea or cranberry juice with electrolytes like Pedialyte or Gatorade), b-vitamins, daily zinc, and daily papain supplement.
If you stick with natural supplements that the body needs such as zinc and b-vitamins, you will incur no health risks from using this regimen. While using a sauna can be effective, it is not recommended for those who have no prior experience using a sauna. Instead, sweat it out by doing moderate exercise such as jogging. Once the body is detoxed, give yourself a good scrub down and shave to remove drug residues from the hair and skin, and a good mouthwash to remove thc metabolites from the mouth, saliva, and gums.
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Word of Caution
It is important not to use unsafe supplements and herbs. Some herbs can cause allergic reactions or kidney and liver damage in some persons. Use only herbs which have been studied and tested, or which are used in food preparations such as cranberry juice, and vitamins and minerals such as b-vitamins, zinc, and papain. Some herbal preparations will cause diarrhea, incontinence, or constipation. Harsh diuretics can cause electrolyte imbalances. Drinking too much water without electrolytes or too much electrolyte can cause death by water intoxication or electrolyte imbalance symptoms. So, don’t overdo it. Be caring to yourself. You will be eating a healthy normal diet, drinking up to 12 glasses of fluid, and adding healthy vitamins and minerals that also help to flush thc from your system, so you should feel fine.
Lastly, give some thought to doing your best to make sure you and others can enjoy the medical benefits of marijuana without passing up important job opportunities or becoming criminals. If you don’t already have medical permission to use marijuana, you might invest some time in finding a good doctor who will treat you with this life-affirming herb. Next time you face a drug test, you may be able to use a medical exemption. And further, your support of medical marijuana by speaking to your representatives about medical marijuana laws will lead to more tolerant attitudes which will make it easier for those in your region to get the help they need and avoid stigma. Medical use of marijuana is becoming more accepted all over the world as reports flow in about the great medical benefits of marijuana from fighting cancer, to stabilizing seizures, to treating chronic pain. Soon, your region may come to be one in which sufferers won’t have to worry about failing drug tests for marijuana or passing up opportunities to have the pain relief they need from their cannabis treatments.