If you've got an upcoming drug test, you may be considering going through a THC detox so you'll be clean for your test. But doesn't detoxing from marijuana take a while? Let's go through your options and see what you can realistically achieve.
How Long Does a Permanent THC Detox Take?
THC (the active ingredient of weed) is notoriously hard to detox from, more so than with many harder drugs. The problem gets worse for long-term regular users, because THC is entering the body faster than the body can remove it. It can take weeks or even months to be clean enough to pass a urine drug test.
Everyone's body is unique, and people have varying lifestyles, so it's impossible to predict exactly how long a detox will take. As a basic rule, though, a longer history of regular marijuana use means a longer detox, while a more active and healthier lifestyle helps reduce the detox time.
If you're an occasional user, it's possible to do a full THC detox in a week. It varies from person to person, but let's say that occasional means a maximum of once per week. Taking a weeklong course of supplements can help to support your liver and kidneys during the detox period.
If you're a heavy user, you can still go for a permanent THC detox. However, you need to recognize that it might be some time before you test negative. Below are some tips to get you through any drug tests while you're still detoxing.
Temporary THC Detoxes
Temporary THC detoxes don't give you a full-body cleanse. Instead, they give a certain part of the body a rapid cleanse so you can safely submit a sample.
It's usually quite easy for weed users to pass a saliva test. Unless you've smoked in the past day or two, you usually won't need to worry. That said, if you could be tested at any moment, you probably want a go-to solution ready. Investing in a bottle of detox mouthwash can literally save your career.
Passing a urine test can be a problem for marijuana users. Even people who have been exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke can fail a urine drug test the next day.
The quickest way to get clean urine is to buy a good detox drink. This will give your urinary system a rapid flush, so you'll have THC-free urine in about an hour, with the effect lasting for a few hours. Be sure to pick out a product that's right for you, because most products are formulated for a particular body mass and level of drug use. For example, the QCarbo Easy Cleanser is aimed at occasional users weighing 180 pounds or less. If you use marijuana more often, or if you weigh more than 180 pounds, you should go for the QCarbo Plus with Super Boost tabs instead.
These tests are always a problem, because they can potentially detect any drug use in the past 90 days, even when you've fully detoxed. This is because THC metabolites are permanently locked into the hair shafts. The only way to remove them is to either shave off all your hair (including body hair) or invest in a special detox shampoo.