How many of us have been in either of these scenarios? You land your dream job but you find out they will be drug testing you. Or you just find out that your company will be conducting random drug tests at the beginning of the week. Either way, the panic is setting in because no one at your job knows you are smoking up like a chimney. The number one tip you’ll find on your search is to abstain. But if you’ve read this far then most likely you didn’t and need to find a solution! Don’t worry because either way you found us and we’ll give you tips and tricks to help you on how to detox from weed. 

Background 

Let’s not forget what is THC and what that means for our bodies. This is the compound found within the cannabis plant that binds with our endocannabinoid system to get us the “high” we are all too familiar with. This same compound is stored within our fat cells. Why is this important to know? Well, this is a key component to understand how we can rid our bodies of THC.

It’s important to note that THC detection varies from person to person. Some factors that can contribute to THC detection include:

  • Habitual user vs. a casual user 
  • Body fat percentage in each individual 
  • Active lifestyle 
  • Proper diet and metabolism 

Habitual vs Casual 

A habitual user will experience residual THC cannabinoids in the body for about 3-4 weeks with a decrease of 50%  in detectability every 7 days. So if you decided to have a week-long binge on some pot brownies, beware of the time frame before your body rids itself of THC. 

Whereas a novice user might have taken a hit of a joint, he/she can most likely expect the body to rid the THC within 1-2 days of consumption.

Body Fat + Active Lifestyle 

Because of your body stores THC into your fatty lipid tissue, trying out juice cleanses – that clean out the liver- might not be the most effective. Your fat cell will secrete THC back into the bloodstream which can make it detectable in the bloodstream up to a few months. With that in mind, if you are a regular consumer it is important to keep a regular exercise schedule. Cardio and weight lifting will help speed up the fat-burning process which in turn will burn away those pesky THC fat cells. Hey and just maybe you might catch a runner’s high?! *Caution: don’t try to sweat out the THC the day before a test, you might just end up activating those fat cells! 

Diet

Let’s take a look at some basic diet tips. If you consume foods higher in fatty substances, sodium or sugar, you most likely are hurting your overall health and slowing down your metabolism. That slow metabolism is working against you to rid the body of THC. An apple a day keep the doctor away, right?! Well, make sure you are feeding your body the proper nutrients that can help cleanse the liver and gut! 

So you got the diet and lifestyle down, all that is left is water, water, and more water!

How to Pass the Drug Test 

Let’s say you are on a time crunch and are left with last-minute ideas. You can start off with:

  • Teas: Resort to teas with high levels of antioxidants. These antioxidants will help clean out your liver and help speed along the detox process. Dandelion root, milk thistle, licorice and classic green tea are all packed with antioxidants. 
  • Up your vitamin C intake
  • Eat vegetable high in fiber
  • Detox drinks. Now this one should come with a warning label: “Proceed at your own discretion.” A simple Google search for detox drink will provide a plethora of kits aimed at reducing  THC. Many times these detox kits can be a hit or miss, so make sure to do your research before relying upon one quick fix. 

Now get out there and conquer!