Is it Possible to Detox from Weed in One Week?
As the cannabis industry continues to grow in Canada, so does the interest in weed detox or detoxification. A key reason many are interested in detoxing their body from marijuana is to pass a drug test. Often, the drug test is a random screening, which means that immediate cleaning is needed. But, is it possible to detox from weed in one day? One week? How long does it really take to rid THC from your body? What factors affect whether someone can weed detox quickly or not? And more importantly, is there a weed detox method that works for everyone? Below, we will cover the answers to these questions.
There are many products on the market today that promise to detox from weed within a week, three days, and even instantly. Yet, detoxing the body is not a snap-the-fingers-and-it-is-done kind of process. In fact, it is a process that takes a bit of time.
In a recent article of ours, 10 Ways to Detox from weed, we discussed the most promising ways to dispel THC from the body. In this article, we are going to explain the whys and wherefores of the process.
By better understanding how THC becomes trapped in the body, how testing technology detects it, and how the body eliminates the compound, our readers will be better equipped for rapid weed detox, even within a week.
What Does It Mean to Detox from Weed?
To detox from weed simply means to clean one’s system of the active component in marijuana, THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical compound that is isolated in most drug tests.
Most drug tests also have cut-off levels, which means that when detoxing the body, not all the THC must be eliminated…only enough to register below the cut-off point.
There are many ways to weed detox, some excellent, others less so; and not every method works for every person. But why?
A large part of the reason lies in how THC molecules are absorbed by the body and stored in fat cells. Unless the fat cells are burned off, they remain in the body and therefore, so does the THC compound. This helps explain why THC has been detected in urine up to 77 days after use!
If a person smokes marijuana and then gets the munchies, they are adding both to the THC levels in their body as well as increasing the substance required to store the THC in their system, fat. Logically, someone who has a high amount of body fat tissue will store more THC in their body. So, the only way to effectively detoxify the body from THC is to burn the fat in which the THC is stored. Get exercising!
Is there a Weed Detox that is Guaranteed to Work?
Some commercial detox products state they are guaranteed to work, but the fact is that no method can be guaranteed. Why not?
For a weed detox guarantee to be valid, it would have to work for everyone. The fact is that not everyone will consume the same quantities of cannabis, so they will not retain the same levels of THC in their blood, urine, and other bodily systems.
Those who consume larger quantities, more frequently, or in stronger doses will naturally keep larger quantities of THC in their fat cells. Those who use marijuana less often or in lower doses will retain less.
In addition, there is evidence that slender people will naturally excrete THC more quickly and metabolism may even play a role. Higher metabolisms will burn fat more quickly, naturally detoxing the body faster than someone with larger stores of fat.
Is it Possible to Detox from Weed in One Day?
No, it is not possible to detox from weed in one day. Because detoxification requires burning the fat in which THC is stored and facing facts, fat was not stored in the body in a day…nor will it be removed in a day. Furthermore, there is no way to know which fat cells (the ones with THC or the ones without) were burned.
This cannot be stressed enough. Because THC, the component which is to be cleansed from the body, clings to fat cells, the ONLY way to detox from weed is to burn the fat.
We do this naturally as we go about our daily activities, which is why a drug test will detect THC in the urine; as we burn calories throughout the day, we burn a little fat. Some will enter the bloodstream, some will be excreted via sweat, and some through our urine; even the oils (fat) in our hair will retain the compound.
So, while a day is not long enough to detox from weed, a week is reasonable in some cases.
How Long Does Weed Stay in the Body?
As mentioned before, THC has been detected in urine up to 77 days in some chronic users of cannabis. That is between two and three months, but that is far from common.
Aside from considering how often, how much, and how potent the cannabis, the type of test helps us better understand how long THC remains in the body.
Whereas urine testing detects THC up to 77 days, blood and saliva testing will detect marijuana metabolites only up to seven days. But, hair follicle testing can detect the use of cannabis for up to 90 days.
Thus, THC can remain stored in the body for up to three months (90 days).
How to Detox from Weed in a Week
Detoxing the body from THC within a week is possible, but the time it takes depends on several factors. A person who has a low body-mass index (BMI) will store and retain less THC than someone with more fat on their body.
Also, someone who is an infrequent user can expect to detox from weed within a week; this is especially so if the person only used cannabis once.
Yet, of all the methods for weed detox used today, perhaps the one which can most effectively eliminate THC from the body is exercise.
Two words of caution before detoxing:
First, be sure to consult with a physician before starting any exercise regime if overweight, over 40, have high blood pressure, or have not exercised seriously in the last six months.
Second, DO NOT exercise within 24 hours of taking a urinalysis (drug test). There is evidence that exercise increases concentrations of THC immediately following the workout. Exercising will help detox from weed but doing so too close to a drug test will almost certainly result in a less-than-favorable outcome.
For a complete list of the most effective ways to eliminate THC from your body, refer to the article Top 10 Ways to Weed Detox.