How Long Does Weed Stay In Your System?

Whether you are an occasional or habitual user, the effects of smoking pot can last much longer than the peaceful easy feeling you get after toking up does. While the high can kick in within just a few seconds of the first puff, and will just last an hour or two at best, the chemical components that make marijuana so potent will remain in your system for much longer. This can be disconcerting if you have to undergo tests for various reasons, whether because of your job or other requirements.

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For How Long Can Marijuana Be Detected?

“With water soluble drugs, traces can be eliminated within days through increased fluid intake and urination, but THC the active component of marijuana remains in fat cells for a lot longer”

Unlike many other drugs that are far more dangerous, cannabinoids in pot are not water soluble, but are fat soluble; this means that it remains in your system for a lot longer. With water soluble drugs, traces can be eliminated within days through increased fluid intake and urination, but THC the active component of marijuana remains in fat cells for a lot longer. Drug screening tests for cannabis check for the presence of carboxy-THC, which is a metabolite from the breakdown of marijuana. Research on reintoxication with THC indicates that the duration for which weed use can be detected will depend on your rate of metabolism, percentage of body fat, and to some extent by stress levels and diet.

“A study published in the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring suggests that marijuana use can be detected for up to a 100 days after consumption”

Stopping your marijuana use will not help to remove THC from your body immediately, as THC levels can actually reach their peak days after marijuana use stops. Unfortunately, unlike alcohol, there’s no telling how fast THC will be metabolized or for how long trace amounts will remain detectable in urine or blood. However, a study published in the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring suggests that marijuana use can be detected for up to a 100 days after consumption.

Marijuana Presence In Urine

Urine testing is the most common method of testing for cannabis use. Frequency of consumption is perhaps one of the biggest influencing factors on levels of THC metabolites in the body. Based on findings from the National Drug Court Institute, the timeline for marijuana presence in urine based on consumption patterns may be described as follows:

Occasional Pot Users

If you only smoke weed occasionally, you have nothing much to worry about. The cannabinoids are unlikely to remain in your system for much longer than 1 to 3 days. Within a week, your body should be free of all traces of marijuana, at least with current methods of detection through urinalysis.

Frequent Pot Users

Frequent users will test positive for at least a week to 10 days following their last use, but are unlikely to show any cannabinoid presence after this period. Once again, this only holds true with urine tests.

Chronic Pot Users

Heavy users of pot should be worried not just about the ill effects of excessive pot consumption, but also about the presence of THC metabolites in their system. Traces of cannabinoids are likely to be detectable for a month or even longer after you smoke your last joint. In some cases, traces can even be found up to 3 months after last use. The longest recorded duration for detection in trials to date is 67 days.

Marijuana Presence In Blood

Contrary to popular belief, urine tests are more effective at detecting marijuana consumption. Presence of THC metabolites in blood are harder to detect as their concentration decreases rapidly after consumption, due to fast absorption into tissues. In chronic users however, fat or body tissues may already be saturated with THC, so levels in blood may remain high for several days as THC molecules leech into the bloodstream as your liver continues to metabolize them. Once again, the presence of marijuana is only likely to be detectable for a maximum of a 3 months following chronic use, but this may vary depending on body fat percentages.

If you want to flush cannabinoid traces out of your system it would help to follow practices that are anyway healthy. While they’re not guaranteed to work, you could try to keep the fat off by exercising and eating healthy. An active lifestyle will also help boost your body’s metabolism, allowing for faster breakdown and elimination of marijuana derivatives from the body. Likewise, maintaining good hydration will speed up elimination of wastes and will also dilute urine. Of course, the most effective way to ensure that you have no marijuana in your system would be to stop consumption altogether.

This post is part Of TheHealthOrange’s initiative to provide our readers an unbiased view towards Marijuana consumption. We recognize the fact that Marijuana use is fast becoming a lifestyle choice world over and we hold a Neutral Stand On The Issue. However we Would Like To Warn Our Readers That possession & consumption of Marijuana is illegal in India and TheHealthOrange n no way endorses the same.

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