So you need to detox THC and learn how to get weed out of your system fast?
Then you’ve no doubt come to the right place.
No matter if your reasons are passing a drug test, or if you simply want to know how to get THC out of your system fast to become clean and free of toxins..
On this page you’ll learn everything you need to know, mainly being;
- What actually works to pass your drug test in 2018, without sugarcoating.
- The best and fastest ways of getting clean after marijuana use.
But perhaps more importantly:
You won’t get any of the bullshit claims that are so common because of people trying to sell you their miracle THC detox drink and make a quick buck in this industry. WAY too many people get to discover this the hard way when they test positive…
Now, before getting into the meat of a drug test detox;
(If you’re really impatient.. –>I’d like the meat now, please. Show me what works best!)
I think it’s a bit sad that using this plant, that has been held in such high regard throughout history all over the world going back thousands of years, has become such a taboo thing. Even illegal in many places. Arguably without good enough reasons!
That you should HAVE TO detox from weed after enjoying your weekend. For some people it’s either that, or constantly worrying about unsuspected, random drug tests.
But it is what it is..
..and at least, by learning proper marijuana detox methods, you can avoid letting society dictate how you spend your free time.
For the sake of simplicity, let’s start with the basics of weed detox!
Table of Contents
- 1 The Basics of THC Detox
- 2 How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System?
- 3 How Do Detoxification And Detox Remedies Work?
- 4 Natural Things You Can Do To Aid Your Detoxification Process
- 5 Here’s how to get weed out of your system fast and pass your drug test
The Basics of THC Detox
Marijuana, the plant of focus on this website, goes by many names. So does the use of it and the cigarettes filled with it.
To avoid any confusion as to what we’re detoxing from here (and also because it’s such a long and hilarious list!)..
These are common words we use for our beloved green friend and the consumption of him/her;
marijuana, weed, THC, cannabis, grass, pot, green, bhang, hashish, hash, dope, hemp, herb, ganja, ganj, Mary Jane (MJ), Acapulco Gold, doobie, doobage, doob, bone loco weed, Panama Red, Maui Wowie (Maui Waui), sinsemilla, sensimillia, twig joint, spliff, blunt, roach, reefer, wacky baccy, whacky tobacco, cheeba, bud, buddha, chronic, dank, marihoochie, mull, yarndie, kif, leaf, blow, smoke, black, tea, stuff, dagga, charas, jimmy, exotic cheroot, toke tube, bowl, dabs, sativa, indica.
This list is in no way complete, so feel free to make use of the comment section to suggest additional names for our mutual friend.
Marijuana may or may not make you stupid, but one thing is for sure from seeing this list above. It clearly doesn’t tamper with your creativity or imagination!
Moving on to more serious matters:
Most of us feel profound and immediate effects after smoking or consuming marijuana.
When these subside, there will still be marijuana metabolites remaining. Chemical remnants and residue that are still inside your body.
These are called cannabinoids and are what can be detected in your blood, urine, hair, saliva and finger nails.
Drug tests screen for the dominant and psychoactive cannabinoid compound tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), more commonly known as THC, and its metabolites.
THC-COOH is the main metabolite and is stored in fat cells of your body.
THC and its chemical residues are also the targets when detoxing from weed.
How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System?
Although stored to a degree in organs such as the heart, brain and liver, the fact that the metabolites of marijuana are mainly stored in fat cells is what allows them to be detected for so long after use. That is, if no steps towards detoxing THC are taken.
This is also the reason detoxing from cannabis use is trickier and takes so much longer than say from heavier drugs such as cocaine, heroin, opium, LSD, MDMA/extacy, GHB.
As an interesting sidenote, marijuana is classed as a Schedule 1 drug just like extacy, heroin, LSD and GHB. It’s thus considered just as heavy in the eyes of the law, with jail as a possible consequence!
It is however legal for recreational use in Washington, Alaska and Colorado, and as medical marijuana in nearly half of the states. Sadly, for many on medical marijuana legally, a pre-employment drug test can punish you still!
How it compares to other drugs in reality aside from duration in your system is up for debate however..
When it comes to the duration marijuana remains in your body, one could argue that for most people this is irrelevant to passing your drug test. What matters is rather for how long the pot can give a positive test result.
THC and its metabolites, like most medicines, have a half life in the body (of 1 to 2 weeks). This means that the concentration will get lower and lower, but it won’t be gone completely for a very, very long time. Most drug tests in the U.S. give a positive result if the concentration is above 50ng/mL, although some labs do use 20ng/mL as the cut-off point, which makes a pretty huge difference, allowing less than half the concentration compared to the most common test.
There is a big difference of accumulated toxins between chronic users and those having just smoked at a single occasion.
This study showed traces in a urine drug test after four weeks of abstinence from weed. The general consensus is that it can remain detectable naturally from anywhere between a couple of days (single use) and up to several months (chronic heavy user) in your urine. This is no different from my own experience helping other people get clean. It is actually not uncommon at all for the heavy smoker to have detectable levels on a urine test for 2-3 months after quitting. That’s especially true for those who don’t actively put effort into proper detoxification.
In your blood, traces generally remain for a few days tops, but can stay for a week or longer in chronic and heavy users. It gets stored in the fat cells and then released over time into the blood.
In your hair weed use can be detected from months back. A typical hair drug test for daily, chronic users goes three months back.
Your saliva generally holds detectable amounts of THC residue for 1-2 days, but in some regular smokers for a week or up to 10 days.
Exactly how long detectable amounts of THC will stay in your system is impossible to say for certain however. It depends on several factors, such as:
- The time since you last smoked weed
- How frequently you smoke
- In what quantities
- The strength/potency of your weed and strain
- Your metabolism
- What you eat
- Your body fat percentage
- How much you exercise and sweat
- Your weed detoxification efforts
All of these individually can have a large impact on your marijuana detox duration.
You can probably see why it’s hard to set a general marijuana cleanse timeline..
How Do Detoxification And Detox Remedies Work?
Detoxing from weed serves the purpose of flushing the body of THC and its detectable metabolites.
This speeds up the possible withdrawal period and also allows you to pass a drug test a lot sooner than if you were not actively trying to detox.
Your body detoxifies naturally all by itself. But it takes time..
Something you don’t always have enough of if you have a drug test coming up any time soon.
In such cases you may need to help your body along a little bit.
Common ways of action to aid the weed detox process have to do with increasing the amount of fluids you excrete through urinating and sweating. For example, many THC detox supplements have diuretic properties.
Many remedies also increase your metabolism to speed up your body’s natural toxic substance clearing mechanisms.
Supplying your body with proper nutrition will also help it do what it’s supposed to do more efficiently.
A word of caution however is that attempts at detoxing THC too rapidly can alter your urine sample in ways that can make it seem suspicious and unacceptably diluted or contaminated for a urine drug test. this by affecting its density, specific gravity and creatinine levels, in the end meaning you’ll need to be tested again.
Additional measures may have to be taken to be on the safe side.
Another often overlooked way that rapid detox measures can aid in is by shortening the withdrawal period. This is mainly useful for heavier users who are addicted and having trouble with detoxing weed or even tapering off.
The withdrawal is basically the period it takes the body while detoxing to get back into its normal balanced state. Speeding up the detox process will thus help achieve this state faster.
During this period some people experience physical, psychological and emotional symptoms. Weed acts as a numbing agent and when suddenly being without it facing reality and ones feelings can get rough at first.
Note however that most people when quitting weed only experience minor physical discomfort from which they quickly recover, if any discomfort at all.
More or less common symptoms can include: insomnia and sleeplessness, depression or euphoria, vivid dreams and nightmares, night sweats, mood swings, anger and irritability, fear or anxiety, loss of the sense of humor, increased or decreased sex drive, loss of concentration, headaches, body odor, coughing up phlegm, loss of appetite, digestion problems and cramps, nausea and vomiting, tremors and shaking, dizziness, kidney pains, hormone changes, impotency, low immunity and chronic fatigue.
Natural Things You Can Do To Aid Your Detoxification Process
Before we get into the fastest and most efficient methods that involve marijuana detox products..
I’d like to list a few things you can start doing right now to greatly aid your body’s natural marijuana detox capacity and hence make it faster overall.
You will notice that they all have to do with the processes mentioned above in some way, since that is how all detox works.
These are great if there is still some time until your drug test.
If it is within a week or two (or longer if its a urine test and you’re a regular smoker) you may want to use these only to complement your weed detox and focus more on the products mentioned later as to not take any unnecessary risks.
Eat the right foods
There are foods that will make your marijuana detox faster and smoother.
On the other hand:
There are also foods that will do the opposite and actually slow down your detox.
Since THC is fat soluble you’ll want to avoid fatty foods like the plague since this fat can absorb the THC and give it new opportunities to re-enter your blood-stream and tissues.
You want nutritious food rich in antioxidants so that your body can work optimally and fiber that will help redirect THC out of your body through stools and help lessen reabsorption of it from inside the intestines (sorry, but that means no junk-food).
Legumes and whole grains are good for fiber. Fruits and vegetables in general are great for detoxing.
Consider foods that are rich in the vitamin niacin such as avocados, tuna and potatoes.
Niacin is a real “flushing-vitamin” and thus good when you want to clear your system.
Foods that have lots of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and vitamin C are helpful. Citrus and lemon juice comes to mind. Tomatoes, melons, bananas, leafy green veggies, herbal teas etc.
The classic cranberry juice, golden seal, Palo Azul tea and even vinegar can also be of benefit, but only as part of your diet to detox over time. Don’t trust the myths about these ones, they will not make you pass your test.
But enough about food:
Drink, Drink, Drink
Am I telling you to swap one drug for another here? Of course not!
I am however telling you that no detox can be effective if you don’t drink enough.
Water is what our bodies use to aid in transporting and flushing things out. That includes toxins, which includes THC metabolites.
Without sufficient fluid there can be very little movement. And that’s bad.
Drinking a lot is the best way to ensure that you’re excreting as much fluids as possible in the form of urine and sweat. And with this fluid the stuff that you want to get rid of.
It also helps cleanse your kidneys.
What you drink isn’t as important as it is that you stay hydrated in general. Water is awesome, but juices and other low-fat beverages will do the trick as well.
In general the more you drink the better, but this can be over-done as well. Just make sure you get the recommended eight glasses of water a day and then some.
As mentioned earlier, increased excretion of fluids works wonders for detoxing.
Sweating is the best way of accomplishing this.
And exercising happens to be the best way of getting sweaty in this case.
This is due to the added benefits of increased metabolism (another factor in a successful THC cleanse) and burning fat tissue.
And THC resides in fat cells, remember? So burning some fat will only do you good!
Ideally you combine cardio with strength training. Some swimming or running as well as some weight lifting and you’re all set! (Easier said than done, I know..)
Warning: Don’t exercise the same day you’re taking a cannabis drug test, since exercise can temporarily increase your blood THC levels by releasing it from fat cells.
I already mentioned the best way to get the sweat running down your cheeks which is to work out. However, it also happens to be the one that requires the most work…
If you’re a feeling a bit lazy like me sometimes, there are other means to sweat.
Visiting a sauna is a great way to aid perspiration. Doesn’t take much effort on your part but you’re guaranteed to sweat a lot!
Another somewhat season-dependent way is sunbathing. This only works if it’s really hot outside of course. But when it does work, it works great.
A lot of your body’s natural detoxification actually takes place while you are sleeping.
Proper rest also ties in with allowing your body to function optimally.
So get enough sleep, and try to relax. A stressed out body does not detox as efficiently as one that is relaxed.
If you’re having trouble remembering all of these, try to remember the word DEERS where the letters stand for Drink, Eat, Exercise, Rest and Sweat.
Here’s how to get weed out of your system fast and pass your drug test
Obviously the best way of passing a drug test is actually being clean and sober, not smoking weed at all. But that’s boring.
So, let’s get in to the right and most time-efficient ways of detoxing marijuana. The way that I detox marijuana myself and which has helped countless of people test clean.
I do want to point out however that these are by no means the only ways that works. There are many ways you can beat a drug test.
However, these methods happen to be really consistent.
It’s worth noting that I take passing drug tests very seriously and that some of the most effective THC detox products are a bit expensive. But in the end it’s all just a matter of perspective. As with most things, in the end you get what you pay for..
For example, is $200 really that expensive when compared to getting a potential job or even losing your current one and jeopardizing your future career?
In my opinion, nope, it isn’t.
First I’m going to list the THC detox products I use and always keep in personal stock (since I get tested on a regular basis).
If you’re in a position where you know you can get random drug tests without much warning, or get tested regularly, I’d suggest you do the same and stock up on the necessary THC detox products.
Trust me, it can be gold worth not having to wait a few days on shipping when you learn you have to take a urine test in a week. Time is precious and you’ll always want to get started on your THC detox plan as soon as possible if you want to eliminate risk.
(This actually happened to one of my friends who followed my advice of having an extra THC detox stock at home. He had never had a surprise drug test and suddenly got a 3-days heads up about a THC urine test at work (he’d been smoking heavily that same day). Luckily he had what he needed for his marijuana detox already. He was a nervous wreck and almost kissed my shoes out of gratitude when he was informed he had passed without any problems.)
If you know the type of drug tests you’ll need to take (urine is the most common) it gets a lot easier and less expensive to have your THC detox prepared in advance. I, however, don’t have that luxury and get different types of tests.
Anyways, here it is:
List of the best detox products (I keep these in home stock no matter what):
Toxin Rid – My definitive go-to THC detox product for easily passing urine and blood drug tests.
If there’s one product you should get for said tests, it’s this one. Do the 10 day detox when possible and leave nothing to chance.
This is the main THC detox product I recommend to my friends and combined we have passed literally hundreds of tests by now, mostly urine tests.
Note that this is not a same day THC detox and that it works best when you combine it with one (see One Shot Concentrate and Mega Clean below) in order to be 100% certain of testing negative.
The 7- and 5-day options are decent as well, it all depends on how much you’ve been smoking. A nice little peak is that you can choose to get a free marijuana at home urine drug test kit with the order when ordering any of these Toxin Rid detoxification programs.
Having a detox program ready at home for your future upcoming tests never hurts since it’s not a same day detox. It’s worth repeating that you’ll want to be able to start your detox as soon as you know you have a test upcoming. Not waste time waiting on shipping.
That being said, TestClear, the company that sells Toxin Rid (I don’t think it is sold in stores anywhere but I’m not entirely sure), having been around since 1995 know how much shipping time matters to their customers and do offer a very fast (and discrete) 1-day shipping option.
Toxin Rid actually cleanses your system, whereas same-day detox drinks work more by masking the toxins temporarily (this is why you get a few hours window to take your test after a detox drink). Thus the toxins are still inside you, which is one of the reasons relying entirely on a same-day detox drink gives such inconsistent results.
Combined, Toxin Rid will leave you with a very small amount of THC left in your body (how little again depending on how much you’ve smoked) which can be more easily masked with a good detox drink. If it isn’t below the cut-off limit already, that is.
There are other detox products that work over a number of days too (usually 7 or 10), but I’ve found most of them really lackluster in comparison to a 10-day Toxin Rid course.
Truth be told, with same-day detox drinks you do have some leeway, since Toxin Rid will have done most of the job already. You could definitely get away with a basic QCarbo or Stinger if you’ve gone through the 10-day detox. One Shot Concentrate and Mega Clean just happen to be the ones I prefer and have had a lot of experience with personally, while seeing very few negative reviews of them.
After drinking one, you wait 1 hour, and then you have a 4-5 hour window during which you should take your test.
Same day detox drinks work by attempting to mask the THC that is in your urine. Again. it’s important to remember that you should combine these with Toxin Rid for consistent results.
If you don’t, you still have at least 1/3 chance or so of failing your test. Just take a look at the ~40% 1-star reviews for pretty much any drug detox drink on Amazon (type marijuana detox drink in the field). They are from people who fell prey to false claims and failed their test due to using a simple detox drink product alone (this includes the same-day detox drinks that are the most heavily marketed ones in the industry such as QCarbo and Stinger, most other brands are EVEN LESS reliable). Many of the positive reviews are also from people who would have likely passed their test with or without a detox drink but since they drank it before they give it all the credit and then rate it highly.
Of these two that I use, the One Shot Concentrate is my favorite. It’s really small and convenient to bring with you. Most importantly though, it is still very powerful at masking drug metabolites.
It’s of the Clear Choice brand (www.testnegative.com) which is one of the pioneers in the industry, having been around since 1993 (yep, that’s 22 years!) and is boasting a 200% money back guarantee.
Mega Clean is decent as well. I’d say it’s equally effective at masking drug traces in your urine. The main advantage of Mega Clean however is that you can get it together with Toxin Rid, since they’re both sold by TestClear. There are smaller sizes of Mega Clean as well. If you already did a 10-day Toxin Rid detox, even the smallest $20 Ready Clean should be sufficient. I’m just being overly cautious and thus prefer the Mega Clean.
At home THC urine drug test kit – This is used to test your urine at home and see if you pass.
They come in packs of 10 or more and are dirt cheap on Amazon at less than $1 per test. I’d say having a few of these can be really useful.
Due to the low cost to value, I’d go as far as to say everyone detoxing to pass a urine test should get some of these.
There are several brands that will get the job done but this is the one I use and it’s FDA-approved.
You can use it to test your detox progress, or use it as assurance. I for one prefer to be certain I’ll pass before taking a high-stakes drug test. It’s a good way to lessen anxiety before your urine test.
Note however that, although surprisingly accurate, they do not quite compare to a lab examination of your urine sample. so use common sense and make sure you detox even though your strip came out negative, just in case.
As a reminder, if you choose to use Toxin Rid, you can get a home urine drug test kit included for free when ordering to test for the standard THC presence limit. In that case getting these may be overkill unless you want to test yourself more than once.
Certo drug test method ingredients – This method is what I use in combination with Toxin Rid to pass blood tests.
Many people use this for urine tests in place of a same day THC detox drink, and I’d say it’s relatively effective when combined with Toxin Rid in advance.
On par with many THC detox drinks, although a tad bit less convenient and with a greater risk of your urine sample being too diluted should they test for that.
Aloe Rid Detox Shampoo (<- the old version) – this is for hair follicle drug tests only and is the most highly regarded THC detox shampoo among people who have actually passed the hair test themselves, including myself.
Many forums will have success stories attesting to this.
It is a vital part of the Macujo method which is considered (and has been for a good while) the best way to pass this test at the moment.
It comes with Ultra Clean (see below) since they work in conjunction with each other, and it needs to be the old version to work. TestClear sells this one and I’m sure they would gladly answer any questions about it in their support live chat that I mentioned earlier.
Ultra Clean Shampoo – this is my main same day shampoo for hair follicle drug tests, to be used on the day of the test.
It is one of the most popular and recognized shampoos for THC detox, mainly for its synergy with Aloe Rid.
It is no miracle on its own however and needs to be combined with Aloe Rid (which is also why it is included when ordering Aloe Rid). So combine it with using Aloe Rid in advance if you’ve had anything more than a couple of joints in the last three months.
Don’t gamble with your hair drug tests, they are highly accurate tests. Using this product solo would be doing just that, and at your own risk.
Oral Clear Gum – An awesome product for saliva drug tests.
Use it before your mouth swab drug test to hide any traces of THC. It takes only 30 seconds to clear your saliva of toxins and then leaves you with a half an hour window to leave your clear oral sample.
It is also strong enough on its own in that you don’t need any other supplementary detox products.
And did I mention it’s a GUM (it’s actually the only gum on the market)? Super convenient and discrete.
I used to get by with using mouth washes together with a short (3-5 days) Toxin Rid detox but this product is actually way better in several ways:
The problem with most mouth washes is that you need to be gargling and swishing it around for a while, spit it out somewhere, wait a few minutes, and then you have up to a 15 minute window where you must leave your saliva sample for it to be clean.
Timing it perfectly is stressful. What if the test gets delayed by just 10-15 minutes? Your mouth wash just lost its effect.. What if it’s a random test and you can’t suspiciously start swishing your mouth wash on the spot, let alone wait 5 minutes for it to take effect..
It says in the instructions that no abstinence period from drugs is required, but I’d recommend that you still abstain at least a day just to be sure. It’s from the Clear Choice product line at www.testnegative.com.
Sub-Solution powdered urine kit – This is basically a reliable powdered urine kit with a hot advantage (this is a bad, yet intended, pun and you’ll likely get it soon).
Many people try to pass their drug tests with various synthetic urines. That was always a good way to pass a while back, but times change. Now the internet is filled with aged misleading information on how well this or that synthetic urine works.
Synthetic urine still works and helps people pass every day, but supervision has become stricter in many places. Drug testing companies have also gotten better at detecting if the pee is fake or not. I’d really only trust Sub-Solution, Purine and possibly QF as substitute for my piss.
I use this for unsupervised tests in the cases where I’ve had very little time, if any, to do my drug test detox. Usually I then test positive on my home urine drug test strip as well.
A One Shot Concentrate or Mega Clean alone before the test will simply have too big of an error margin and won’t cut it for me.
If the drug screening is unsupervised this is a piece of cake and thus a good option. If it’s supervised it gets a lot trickier. It can sometimes still be doable under supervision but detox is strongly preferred.
Synthetic urine can also be advisable as the first option for really heavy users. This is because, if you’ve smoked weed daily for a long time, a lot of THC will have built up in your system. Getting rid of all that in a short time span is not always possible, no matter what detox measures you take, since it resides in your body’s fat cells and is released over time. Thus spending money on detox in these cases can be a gamble with no guarantee it will be enough to get you clean in time. Synthetic urine avoids that problem.
What Sub-Solution has over the competition is mainly the possibility to heat your urine instantly on the spot with a chemical powder. So you don’t have to wait 15-30 minutes for your heating pad to heat it up, but can simply mix a little heating powder into it. So if your urine isn’t the right temperature once you’re in the booth leaving your sample, you’re not screwed.
It is of the Clear Choice brand and is covered by a 200% money back guarantee by www.testnegative.com.
But before deciding on synthetic urine, you better check out Synthetic Urine – The Adult-only Guide On How To Pee. This will help you decide if it’s a good idea for your test and how to do it.
Steps to pass the different marijuana drug tests
I highly suggest you also take a look at the complete guides for passing the various drug tests. You can find them below as well and they get in to the best ways of passing the four drug tests in much more depth.
To summarize, below is what to do to pass your drug tests, based on experience and on well-documented methods across the web with lots of happy success stories. Any marijuana detox products mentioned are covered in the list of products I use above.
Mandatory THC detox when possible: Abstain from weed for as long as possible, preferably more than a week, Toxin Rid 5 to 10 day detox depending on time, One Shot Concentrate/Mega Clean same day of test, avoid exercise right before test.
Recommended complement: DEERS (Short for Drink Eat Exercise Rest Sweat, see paragraph on natural marijuana detoxification aids above for further detail), test yourself with a home urine drug test kit.
Optional: Sub-Solution (powdered synthetic urine) for unsupervised test
Sidenote: Some think they can get away by just claiming the result was a false positive, but in reality those are so rare that excuse is never going to work out.
Mandatory THC detox when possible: The Macujo method (Aloe Rid most important), Ultra Clean Shampoo on the day of test.
Optional: Hair Confirm follicle home test to test yourself.
Mandatory THC detox when possible: Abstain from weed for 1-2 days, Oral Clear right before test.
Recommended complement: Brush teeth thoroughly and use regular mouthwash daily, DEERS.
Mandatory THC detox when possible: Abstain from weed for 3-7+ days, Toxin Rid 5 to 10 day detox, do the Certo method before test, avoid exercise right before test.
Recommended complement: DEERS
What are your thoughts on THC detox and drug tests? Got any well-kept secrets on how to get weed out of your system fast to add?