Marijuana is a psychoactive drug, primarily used for recreational purposes. Its effects include an impairment of motor skills, increased appetite, feelings of paranoia and anxiety.Marijuana is also used medicinally, due to its multiple positive side effects ranging from anti-nausea to pain relief.
How do the tests work?
Cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principle psychoactive constituent of marijuana and thus this chemical, along with its metabolites, is what’s searched for in drug tests. Urine analysis is the most common test, as THC is detectable for a much longer time in urine than it is in any other parts of the body.
How long does marijuana naturally last in your body for?
How long the active ingredient of marijuana stays in your body is extremely dependent on your personal lifestyle and therefore there is no specific time frame to adhere by. Diet, exercise, body weight and how frequently a person uses marijuana are all factors in how long it takes your body to get rid of any traceable THC.
The amount of days before THC becomes detectable can vary substantially, usually in the range of 1 – 30 days. It usually takes longer to detect THC in people with larger body mass and it usually takes significantly more time for it to be detected in a regular user of marijuana.
Depending on the sensitivity of the test administered, an occasional marijuana user would be expected to only test positive for a maximum of 7 days, whereas a regular marijuana user could be expected to only test positive for a maximum of 21 days.
This isn’t to say that these are strict figures to follow, as a regular marijuana smokers may test positive on a test as much as two months after they last used marijuana. A large amount of variation exists between each person, so the numbers are only useful as a guideline and not as a rule.
How would detoxing work?
Detoxification is described as the removal of toxic substances from an organism, typically carried out by the liver. Whilst the use of alternative medicines, such as THC detox kits are lacking scientific evidence to prove it works, the method of detoxing the body of drugs and alcohol has been proven to work and is even used by clinicians to speed up the removal of drugs from a person’s body.
Whilst these methods are a good starting point in naturally detoxing your body, every person is different and these techniques can affect different people in different ways. Each person’s metabolism can vary greatly, so these detoxing methods should be used in tandem with pre-planning and knowing your own body well enough.
Methods to detox marijuana from the body
Drinking lots of water is the most obvious way to cleanse the body of THC, however it is not the most effective. Its benefits are pretty simple in that water helps keep the body healthy by constantly flushing out your internal system.
Whilst this is more of a preventative rather than a reactive method, exercising frequently will help to burn fat. THC is fat-soluble and thus manages to stick to body fat quite easily. By exercising, fat will be burned as well as helping with an increase in metabolism. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to carry out rigorous exercise – anything from walking to cycling is enough to help boost your metabolism.
By eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, your body gets all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to help maintain and even boost metabolism, much like frequently exercising. The same principle would apply to taking multivitamin tablets as a supplement to a balanced diet.
On top of this, unhealthier “junk foods” generally contain sodium which can cause water retention, as well as being high in fat and low in nutrients which would slow down your body’s metabolism.
By keeping a balanced diet and not introducing too much unhealthy foods, your body can work in its most optimal way and keep up its job of naturally removing toxins.
Take Niacin Supplements
This goes hand in hand with eating healthily. Niacin, also known as vitamin B-3, is a natural metabolism booster. There are also plenty of foods that contain niacin, such as avocados, peanuts and potatoes.