If you are about to go for a pre-employment drug test or you work in a company that is known to conduct random urine testing then you may find it necessary to clean your system and make it ready for the upcoming test. The sure way of having a pot-free or THC-free system is to not smoke or ingest marijuana in the first place itself. However, if you have already done that then some ideas to clean your system of it are described below.
How Long does THC Stay in Your System?
THC is stored in the fat cells of your body as it is soluble in fat. Hence, removing it from the body is not only difficult but also time consuming. A number of health and lifestyle factors affect the length of the presence and detection of THC in your system. Some of these factors are described below:
Your metabolism or metabolic rate plays an important role in determining the rate of metabolism of THC in your body. This affects how quickly or slowly the THC metabolites are degraded and excreted from your body. Each individual has a different metabolic rate; hence, the speed at which your body breaks down THC has a lot to do with how quickly THC leaves your body.
2. Body Weight
As already stated that THC is stored in the fat cells of the body; hence the more fat cells you have, the longer your body will take to excrete it out of your body.
3. Frequency of Usage
The frequency of your usage of marijuana also determines the length of time till THC is detectable in your system. The detectable period is usually a week or so in occasional users, up to three weeks in regular users and up to three months in medical marijuana patients.
The potency of marijuana you use also has an effect on the length of the time it will stay in your system. Strong pot or marijuana that has a higher level of THC will remain in your body for longer duration than low-grade weed.
5. Exercise Lifestyle
A sedentary individual who is not doing regular exercise is not burning enough fat cells quickly whereas a person who is active is burning his/her fat cells, thereby speeding up the removal of THC from his/her body.
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Diluting your urine is based on the principle that you can dilute your urine to such an extent that the metabolites present in your urine falls below the level of 50ng/ml, which is the cut off point for majority of the drug tests, so as to make you pass the test.
- Three Days Before Test
Start three days before the test building up your creatinine levels. You can achieve this by eating lots of red meat or taking creatine, which is available in health food stores. This step is important because the urine is checked for a metabolite of creatine, to ensure that your urine is not diluted. At the same time, start ingesting drinks such as cranberry juice that are natural diuretics so that your body is cleansed of toxins.
- An Hour or Two Before Test
Take 50 to 100 mg of Vitamin B2, B12 or B-complex so that color is added to your urine. Then you should drink a glass of water after every 15-20 minutes till you drink about a quart of water. You should also pass your urine at least once during this time.
- During the Urination
While giving the sample, give the midstream sample, i.e. first urinate into the toilet and then into the collection bottle. This gives you the best chance that the metabolites are present in lowest concentration.
The THC present in your fat cells is also excreted through your sweat and you can increase the excretion by using a sauna. The heat from the sauna helps in dilating the blood vessels and capillaries, so that the blood reaches the fat tissues and let THC excrete through the sweat. You can schedule two sauna sessions, one in the evening and the other the next morning before your drug test. You should ensure that you are properly hydrated while using a sauna to prevent overheating and dehydration.
3. Try Marijuana Detox Program
You can try marijuana detox kits that are available in the market to remove the toxins related to marijuana from your urine, hair and blood. These detox kits are made up of a combination of minerals, vitamins and herbal cleansers or they can be a mixture of caffeine, sugar and water. To check whether your marijuana detox program is working or not, you can use a sample drug testing kit to check the results before and after taking the detox regimen. You must ensure that you drink a lot of water along with the detox formula so as to flush out the toxins and THC from your body.
Stay away from eating too much of fatty foods as THC is stored in the fat cells of your body. Foods rich in fats take more time to digest and will remain in the system along with the THC. You can also do fat-burning, aerobic exercises such as swimming, biking and jogging.
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