Many cannabis users have had to ask this question: how long does cannabis stay in my system? Even if the laws around cannabis are changing, there are still many areas of work and sport that prohibit the use of certain substances, with THC sometimes falling into this category.
If you find yourself in this situation, then there are a few things you should know about how long cannabis could stay in your system and how you can get it out.
Cannabis and THC
If you have used cannabis recently you may test positive for THC. THC is the psychoactive compound found in the flowers of the cannabis plant and having THC in your body could result in the failure of a drug test (depending on the reasons for the test). In Canada, THC is a schedule II controlled substance and has been legalized both medically and recreationally, but in the US, federal law still classifies it as a schedule I substance so you might have some more difficulties if you are using cannabis in the US.
There is no reason to be concerned because the process for removing this substance from your body is fairly simple. The first question you have to ask yourself is how often you use THC. No matter the form, whether you smoke, vape, eat edibles or take oils, you will have THC entering your bloodstream. This amazing medicine can be a nuisance when you are trying to pass certain drug tests, and how much THC is in your system will affect how long it takes for you to get clean.
If you just had one brownie at a party and that was the only time you had THC, then you most likely don’t have anything to worry about, because those minute traces of THC can be out of your system in a few days. The more THC in your blood, the longer it takes; and even if you use THC a few times a week you will be able to get clean by stopping for less than a week.
It’s a little bit harder if you have been using THC regularly for a long time. This just means your body has accumulated a lot of THC in its system and hasn’t had the opportunity for it to leave yet. If you think about edibles, they are always made with THC butter or oil, why? Because they are fats and THC gets absorbed by fat. The same thing happens in your body, the THC gets stored in your fat cells (sorry if this sounds kinda gross). If you have been using THC for a long time, you will have a lot of THC to burn through before you can get clean. Play it safe and stop as soon as you find out about a drug test, the celebration after you pass will be well worth it.
How long will I test positive for THC?
How are tests usually conducted? Urine is the most common type of drug test that takes place in both the workplace and in sports. The THC stored in your fat slowly breaks down into your bloodstream and traces of it can be found leaving the body in your urine. It is a cheap and reliable way of testing for most drugs.
How often you use cannabis will affect how long THC will appear in your urine. Using a few times a week will usually take a couple of days, whereas daily usage can range anywhere from 10 days to over a month, depending on how much THC you are consuming. It also depends on your body type and how quickly the THC in your fat is broken down.
Some other possible ways to test for THC is through a blood test, a saliva test, or a hair test. If you are taking a urine, blood, or saliva drug test, you will need similar time lengths depending on the different factors involved, for the THC to be gone. Blood and saliva tests can also be used to determine whether THC was used recently –something useful for roadside testing and other similar situations. Hair testing is a little different than the other tests. This type of test requires by far the longest period of time to be clean, with positive results lasting up to 90 days after using cannabis.
What can I do to get THC out my system?
There are a lot of home remedies on the internet about how to get clean from THC and unfortunately, none are going to magically make you pass a drug test. All you can do is aide the process of flushing the THC out of your body, how long it takes will depend on how much is stored and how quickly it is metabolized.
Other than how much THC you use, the physical side of the process also determines how long it is going to take for you to get clean. Your age, gender, body fat pat percentage, and other bodily functions can all affect how quickly your body breaks down THC. Some of us are luckier than others, but always play it on the safe side and stop using cannabis sooner rather than later.
Getting a lot of exercises and plenty of water are also good things to do while trying to get clean. You can’t gym the THC away, but sweating and burning fat will help in the cleansing, as well as drinking enough water to ensure that you have enough liquids to flush your kidneys.
Most of the time we over think these things and make them seem far worse than they really are.
I’m here to tell you that stressing about it will not help you get clean any faster. Think about your situation calmly and rationally and try to plan ahead. If you are expecting a drug test or are moving to a new job/ industry, consider laying back on the THC for a while until you are certain that there is no risk of losing a great opportunity.