Detoxing from THC is not rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cakewalk either – at least not for the new kid on the block.
Combine the urgency of having to make a decision, soon, about how to get a recent history of smoking pot to mesh with a future vision of you having a job, or a better job, and you got the uncomfortable dilemma of many a weed smoker today in a nutshell.
So let’s solve your problems, together.
Table of Contents
- 1 First Things First
- 2 Basics: How Cannabis Detoxification And Detox Remedies Work
- 3 The Successful Weed Detox
- 4 How To Flush Weed Out Of Your System Fast, Recap & Bonus Tricks
First Things First
To take first things first, you first have to make sure it’s a urine test you’re facing. If it’s not..:
If you’re not sure, chances are it’s still urine, since that’s the most common drug test type for THC by far.
Secondly, you wanna make sure you actually need the detox, and that you aren’t naturally out of the woods already on the THC contamination front, detox or none.
This depends on a whole bunch of factors such as individual metabolism, diet, fitness and exercise habits etcetera, and thus can never really be determined too precisely.
More than anything however, it depends on the strength, amount and frequency of having smoked weed, as well as the time between cessation of pot use and that of taking the drug test.
Test sensitivity matters too, but for the standard pre-employment or work-related test it’s nearly always set at 50ng/ml.
How long weed stays detectable in your system can vary between a day/few days and several months, and it is actually not uncommon at all for heavier users to test positive on a urine test for THC 2-3 months or sometimes even longer, after quitting.
Some general expected timelines to get clean naturally, with some lee-way thrown in to be on the safer side, I’d say would be:
- Very infrequent light smoker: 2-10 days
- Medium weed consumption: 10-30 days
- Heavy or very heavy/frequent consumption: 30-120 days
Obviously there aren’t just three levels of consumption but a spectrum rather, which again is affected by all those other factors from above as well, so guesstimates is all one has to work with when it comes to these matters.
Do keep in mind that these numbers get considerably more optimistic when effort is put into proper detox though, rather than just waiting it out au naturel with your fingers crossed. Hence the reason for this page.
Basics: How Cannabis Detoxification And Detox Remedies Work
This is just a quicike for the basics on detox. Soon come the actual practical ways.
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 marijuana, where the purpose is flushing said toxins out of the body.
And faster elimination of the toxins is what allows you to pass a drug test a lot sooner than if you were not actively trying to detox.
Your body actually detoxifies naturally and automatically all by itself, constantly. But it takes time, and in amounts you may not always have.
And that’s when detox could help your body expel those THC toxins a little more rapidly.
Common weed detox methods have to do with nutrition, boosting metabolism, increasing the amount of fluids you excrete through urination and sweating, as well as making you poopieroop more.
The Successful Weed Detox
Now, let’s take a look at the steps of a successful weed detoxiroxi.
You’ll want to combine healthy natural detox-promoting habits with effective detox products for best results.
Besides abstaining from further weed consumption, the main natural ones are:
Eat the right foods
Your food choices can make your marijuana detox faster and smoother, or have the opposite effect.
You want nutritious food rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants so that your body can function optimally.
You also want fiber that will help redirect THC out of your body through stools, thus reducing reabsorption of it from inside the intestines. So no junk food for you.
Legumes and whole grains are good for fiber. Fruits and vegetables in general are great for detoxing.
Anything with mild laxative effect is good to get that poopiroop moving as well, and the toxins with it.
Am I telling you to swap one drug for another here? Nope.
But do drink enough water. Rather a bit much than too little, a successful detox depends on it.
It’s the medium used to flush toxins out, with the exception of that poopieroopie, of course. Unless you’ve got diarrhea.
It’s less what you drink than that you stay well hydrated, so tea and coffee is fine too, just don’t let it keep you up at night.
Move that butthole
Exercise is great for detoxification.
In boosting metabolism along with ideally making you sweat, this kills two birds with one stone. So get moving.
Another way to get some sweat going would be the sauna. Thus, not necessarily a bad idea on a detox.
A hot bath does similar things. Just because you don’t notice the sweat, it doesn’t mean the sweat doesn’t notice you.
Another somewhat season-dependent way is sunbathing, if sufficiently hot outside.
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 relaxation. A stressed out body does not detox as efficiently as one that is chilled out.
The Best Marijuana Detox Products
With those natural tools serving as a strong foundation, it’s time to add some detox products to the mix, to really speed things up. Vroom vroom.
These come in two different categories, a common source of confusion.
One of these categories includes the regular detox drinks, while the other consists rather of several day long courses of either pills or liquid/powder concoctions.
They are not the same though, which is what confuses many.
The same day drinks mainly serve the purpose of diluting and covering up some of the THC metabolites and needs to be taken at the day of your test.
Relying on this type of product alone can often be detrimental to successfully passing your drug screening. You still want to use it to optimize your odds, but rather as a complement to proper extended detox.
Because it’s the second category of detox products that actually help cleanse and remove the toxins from your body, as opposed to just masking and covering them up.
You’ll want to first lower your THC toxin levels as much as possible up until the day of your test, and then mask and cover up whatever is left a bit, making the last part of the equation (detox drink) much more likely to have its desired effect.
Myself I consider detox products sort of an investment, because although true that the truly effective stuff for the purpose does cost you some dough, not getting a job costs you infinitely more in comparison. And not just from an economic aspect, either.
Therefore, I don’t recommend anything other than the best for anyone detoxing for a pre-employment test.
Toxin Rid is the absolute go-to THC detox product for urine tests.
How many days to go for varies, but I’d say for medium or heavy smokers the 10 day kit is always the safest bet. Really don’t want to leave too much to chance.
It’s from an industry pioneering company (TestClear) having been around since mid nineties, with discreet and quick shipping options. As a nice peak you can also have an at home THC test kit included for free.
You can get Toxin Rid here.
There are a bunch of different same day detox drink brands that would do the trick here when the main job’s already been done by Toxin Rid, but Mega Clean is certainly among my top picks, with the added bonus that it can be ordered from the same website and company as Toxin Rid, saving some hassle.
Again very recommended as a safety net, to mask whatever toxins left. If any. Either works.
On their own though, these types of drinks are bound to get a lot of negative reviews all over the internet, since on their own they’re rarely enough.
Simply put, after drinking it, you wait an hour or so, pee at least once, and then you have a 4-5 hour window of improved passing chance during which you should take your test.
These can be used to test your urine at home and see if you pass.
This is a great way to get increased peace of mind and to track your detox progress.
I’d always recommend that one has passed an at home test before taking the actual drug test, as a precaution. Because there’s actually a plan B, should push come to shove.
But more on that in a second.
These home tests often come in packs of 10 or more and are dirt cheap on Amazon at less than $1 per test. So get some.
The linked one is FDA-approved and actually surprisingly accurate.
Still wise to detox properly though, always, unless you are both outside the general natural detox timelines mentioned early on this page, and got a negative at home test result to boot.
Now, as for plan B:
This is basically a very reliable powdered urine kit.
Back in the day urine substitution was always a good way to pass a urinalysis, but times change. Now the internet is filled with aged and misleading information on how well this or that synthetic urine works.
But fact is that the right synthetic urine still works and helps people pass their urine drug tests on a daily basis.
Since drug testing companies have gotten better at detecting whether the pee is fake or not over the years, much more emphasis falls on quality of the fake urine product. And Sub Solution would be my top pick of the crop.
Use it for unsupervised tests when there’s not enough time to detox. For random drug tests for example, having some lying at home can be a life-saver. Or job-saver.
It’s also good to have some on hand if you just can’t seem to pass your own at home test kits while the real one lies right around the corner. An acceptable plan B.
Synthetic urine can also be an advisable first option for the heaviest of users.
This is because, if you’ve smoked decent amounts of weed daily for a long time, a lot of THC metabolites will have built up in your system.
Getting rid of all that in a short enough time span is not always possible, no matter what detox measures you take, since it resides in fat cells and needs time to be released.
We could be talking 30-45 days even with vigorous detox efforts (although still a big improvement over 3-4 months without those), hence synthetic urine becomes a feasible solution to circumvent this issue.
Now, there are several reasons why Sub Solution in particular beats out the competition here, but for those, check out my guide on the topic, rather.
How To Flush Weed Out Of Your System Fast, Recap & Bonus Tricks
- Make sure it’s a urine test and that you need to detox.
- Start doing as much of the healthy natural habits as you can find the motivation to.
- Start taking Toxin Rid as soon as possible.
- Test yourself with the at home drug testing kit strips.
- On the day of your test, one to a couple of hours before it’s time, drink your Mega Clean. Don’t forget to pee at least once before your test, so that the new urine in your bladder will be from after Mega Clean is downed.
- Keep synthetic urine in mind as an alternative, should things look too grim without it.
And as the cherry on top, some bonus tips and tricks:
– When you pee in the cup, use your mid-stream urine. The first pee coming out generally has a slightly higher concentration of toxins, so you want that to go in the toilet, and urine from after that point to go in the cup.
– If possible, don’t exercise on the day of your test. Not a dealbreaker, but since this can acutely release extra THC metabolites into the system that won’t be cleared before your test, none is better. Any other day it’s still great for detoxing faster though.
– Don’t go overboard on drinking liquids the day of your test, especially when downing a same day detox drink (like Mega Clean) before your test. The combined amount of liquid could make your submitted urine too diluted to be accepted, and thus you’re generally best off drinking just normal amounts during the day, and nothing more after gulping down your detoxification drink.
– When using the home drug testing kits, similar rules apply when it comes to overdilution, since that can produce a false negative (seen as overdilution and invalid on a real lab test) and have you think you’re good to go when in reality, you might not be clean enough yet. Since your home test is private anyways, it’s pretty clear who you’re fooling here if you overdilute.
– To clarify on when to take Toxin Rid, it doesn’t have to be the exact 10 days leading up to a drug test, but rather any 10 days between quitting weed use and that said test. This is again because it actually removes toxins from the body, and hence once gone, they’re gone, whether they were removed two weeks ago, or yesterday.
Now, may the force be with you.