How to get cannabis out of your system

Everything you ingest, smoke, or put into your body one way or another, stays there for a specific amount of time. During this time, the majority of items go through a path that culminates into their eventual elimination. Cannabis is no exception to this rule.

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There are many reasons why, as a consumer, you would want to flush cannabis out of your system. For instance, in some countries, conducting regular drug tests on employees is a standard corporate practice.

Unfortunately, the classification of cannabis and its derived products is still quite inaccurate, with the plant still featured among the most dangerous drugs available in most countries.

This situation can often make a patient or a recreational consumer’s quality of life difficult if they were to be tested positive for cannabis.

Flush cannabis out of your system: WHY is it even there?

Everything you ingest, smoke, or put into your body one way or another, stays there for a specific amount of time. During this time, the majority of items go through a path that culminates into their eventual elimination. Cannabis is no exception to this rule.
THC metabolites have a half-life of 7 days, which means that every 7 days, whatever amount of it present in your body will decrease by 50%. Regardless, depending on numerous additional parameters, it can stay in the blood, urine, saliva, hair, and fingernails for several months.

One-time (or very sparse) consumers can eliminate cannabis in a matter of days. If consumed more frequently, it can take longer for the body to flush out the accumulated cannabinoids. The strain of cannabis smoked and resulting potency is also a variable, as well as the state your body is in: metabolism, body fat, and amount of physical exercise.
Your body itself is a prime factor in the equation, as THC is stored in fat cells. These fat cells progressively release it, along with other cannabinoids, into your blood.

Succeeding in flushing cannabis out of your system in time for a test also depends on which of your body parts is being tested. Cannabis can be detected 1 to 3 days after consumption with most tests, if the consumer does not partake often. This window grows increasingly large the more you consume. This is why avoiding testing positive for cannabis mostly depends on good timing and preparation. An unfortunate fact, since the beloved plant is, as many know, entirely harmless.

There is no sure-fire way to flush cannabis out of your system, as all factors cited above are substantially changeable. However, there are ways to help your body process cannabis faster.

Flush cannabis out of your system: Change your diet

Increase your fluids intake

Fluids help dilute metabolites in urine. Drug tests are designed to measure a certain amount of metabolites, and under the specified threshold, results are considered negative. This means it is not necessary to eliminate every single trace of those metabolites to pass a drug test.
However, drinking important amounts of water can result in urine with low levels of creatinine, a breakdown product of creatine phosphate in muscle. Many labs specialized in drug testing consider this an obvious attempt at diluting one’s urine, and it has been known to be flagged as “suspicious” (and could result in a positive test, or a retake).
An alternative would be a drink that provides other elements besides its fluid nature; for instance, a natural detox drink such as cranberry juice, or green tea. If you are taking the non-organic path, several energy drinks contain minerals and/or electrolytes, which can make your urine more “diverse”.

If you still opt for increasing your water intake, do so during the day preceding your test, as water actively flushes THC out of your system only temporarily. 2 to 3 litres of water during these 24 hours, as well as the same amount in the hours before the test itself should efficiently dilute your urine. No need to make it a month-long project!

Focus on healthy foods and drinks

Carbohydrates and fat are two elements found in many, many foods. In general, it is impossible as well as unhealthy to entirely avoid them. However in this case, the more you replace them with healthier items such as vegetables, or fruits in reasonable quantities, the more chances you have to detox faster. High quantities of fat in your digestive system can slow down its ability to detox. THC is fat soluble, which means increasing fat contents can trigger a brand new lifecycle for the cannabinoid.
And in addition to focusing on healthy alternatives, also choose detoxifying foods that can further improve the process: greens, garlic, cilantro, etc.

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Flush cannabis out of your system: Sweat it out

Get your cardio on

THC being present in fat cells means that working on shedding them can result in your body processing THC out more efficiently. This will not work very well if you focus on strength workouts, such as bodybuilding exercises. Instead, try cardiovascular activities: walking (at a very brisk pace), running, biking, or swimming.

… Just sweat!

Sweating is your objective here. It is one of the methods your body uses to detox naturally.

And you don’t necessarily need to be running laps to do that. A steam room, sauna or … greenhouse … can be a great, relaxing space for you get rid of all these toxins, metabolites, and stress.

Flush cannabis out of your system: Relax and stay away from cannabis

Sleeping is another way your body detoxes naturally, on a daily basis. Being anxious and stressed, on the other hand, is another way you could be slowing down your body’s detoxing efforts. If you can, get full nights of sleep, and relax; try yoga, reading, or anything that can contribute into putting you into a peaceful mood.

And finally, it may not be entirely necessary to mention it but: do not consume any more cannabis, if you are waiting to pass a drug test. Depending on the type of test you will be the object of, you could actually benefit from excellent timing. For instance, a hair follicle test would be somewhat inefficient in detecting a very recent use of cannabis, as your hair would not have grown fast enough to bear any trace of THC.

But then again, as the present article points out, many other parameters can also determine in which manner your body processes cannabis. Besides, that is without mentioning retakes, additional “double check” tests, etc. Better safe than sorry!

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