There are several methods for cleansing or detoxing from cannabis. None of them are an exact science and, while the best way is to simply stop consuming, it depends on your reasons for detoxing. Maybe you want to clean yourself up or possibly are trying to pass a drug test, which is another common reason.
Detoxing from cannabis is particularly challenging due to the fact that it can stay in your system for a long time: up to 90 days for some regular consumers.
There are a few tricks which you can try in order to speed up the process, but it’s important to bear in mind that there are many variables to consider, such as:
- Body fat (BMI)
- How regularly you consume
- Quantity consuming
THC-COOH is the main metabolite that is stored in your body’s fat cells and this is what needs to be targeted when you’re trying to detox from weed. Metabolites stored in fat cells take the longest to flush from the body, so it’s important to consider the best method based on your own personal circumstances.
The toxins that accumulate in your body will vary from person to person and for this reason there is no way to know exactly how long THC stays in your body because of the aforementioned variables. If you need to detox quickly due to an impending drug test, it’s important to consider what type of test you’ll be having.
Saliva testing is an easy one to circumvent. By using a specialized toxin neutralizing gum which you can pop in your mouth, you’re able and start chewing right before your test as it only takes 30 seconds to start working. Cannabis will show up in your saliva for up to 7 days, so a gum like the Oral Clear Gum is a great option for those who have no desire to stop smoking.
You can’t remove THC from your hair unless you shave it off, so the only option here–if looking to pass a hair follicle test–is much like the saliva test; you’ll need to disguise the toxins with a specialized shampoo. The Clear Choice Hair Follicle Shampoo will do the trick and it lasts for up to 8 hours. As testers take approximately 1.5 inches of hair from the root, they can test up to 90 days back. Ouch. This shampoo is our favorite because they offer a 200% money back guarantee. That’s how confident they are that it works.
Last but not least, what about urine testing? It’s one of the most common types of tests around and is the hardest to beat. THC can show up in a urine test for even as long as 2-3 months. However there are shortcuts out there that you can use to pass your test, like synthetic urine, detox drinks, and detox pills. More on these further down.
So let’s discuss some methods to detox from THC and why we recommend a quality detox product instead.
Burning through fat cells is key here, as this is where THC metabolites are really comfortable and like to stay. If you are planning on detoxing to rid the toxins from your body then this is the way to go combined with a healthy high-fiber diet. Natural fibers like fruits and vegetables will help move food in your digestive tract along and most THC metabolites are actually released via bowel movements.
But this is a risky option and not recommended if you have an impending drug test due to the fact that when fat cells are burned, THC is re-released into the bloodstream. Exercise and a high-fiber diet won’t mask any toxins, this option is only for real detoxers.
Excercising 24 hours or less before your test is not a good idea.
This is a tricky method and often unreliable although many people swear by it as a natural way of flushing THC from the body. You’ll need to drink as much as you can, but only what you are comfortable with.
A major factor to consider with this method is ensuring that your urine is not too diluted, otherwise you’ll fail your urine test. Key compounds such as B vitamins and creatinine if missing from your urine will cause a failed test.
Sub Solution is our No.1 Pick from Clear Choice. They have a new updated 2017 formula but have been selling this product since 1993. Their urine (unlike many other cheap brands) goes through a sterilization process to ensure your urine is not flagged as suspicious. No preservatives are added, it’s as life-like as you’re going to find. Their formula includes uric acid and urea which is balanced for PH, specific gravity and creatinine. This product also comes with a 200% money back guarantee.
Another option if your test will be supervised is the Incognito Belt which is essentially pre-mixed synthetic urine on a belt that you wear: simple and easy to use.
- Detox Drinks
Detox drinks are one of the most popular methods used for THC detox and passing a urine drug test. Not only do they help dilute the urine, they theoretically remove toxins from the body. Different body types will respond differently to these products and for those over 200lbs, a large quantity will be needed to flush it out (for example a 32oz drink instead of a 17oz drink). One of the best advantages of using a detox drink is that it is undetectable.
One of the most reputable detox drinks on the market is the Clear Choice Rescue Cleanse. They offer two options for those under and over 200lbs. Another option is a Detox Shot like the One Shot Concentrate which is concentrated, discreet and light. It also keeps you in the clear for up to 5 hours.
This product is fast acting and most effective within the first hour of drinking it, so it’s ideal for surprise drug tests, or when not given much notice. Although for heavy and daily consumers, a synthetic urine might be a better option.
If you decide to go with a detox drink, then remember to drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, exercise in the days coming up to your test (not less than 24 hours before), and to be safe, test yourself with a home drug test kit.
If you’re a heavy/regular consumer, you may want to have some synthetic urine on hand in case you fail the home drug test so you have a last minute option. Even though you have to purchase these products, it’s best to remember what your job is worth to you.