Youíre probably here because youíve heard a rumor that yellow root can cleanse the body of THC (the active ingredient of weed) in just a few days. If youíve got a drug test soon, this probably sounds too good to be true. After all, it normally takes at least a week for even light weed users to detox properly and a month or longer for heavy users. As always, weíll try to give you the facts, so you can make up your own mind.
What Is Yellow Root?
Yellow Root is a common name for two similar plants that grow natively in North America. The most common of these is also known as goldenseal. This was used first by the Cherokee Indians to treat a range of illnesses from indigestion to cancer and heart problems.
Itís still used these days in herbal medicines to treat some ailments, but its effectiveness hasnít really been investigated properly. There is some evidence that itís a remedy for diarrhea, though.
Why Would Yellow Root Cleanse the Body of THC?
One of the alleged properties of yellow root is that it stimulates the liver. In theory, this would help a detox, but your liver would need to work at superhuman levels to reduce a 30-day detox to a few days. Weíll also mention another important factor later.
The most likely source of the myth comes from the world of horseracing. On occasions, owners and trainers have used it to try to mask the presence of morphine in their racehorses. All these attempts seem to have failed, yet the myth still made its way into the world of human drug testing.
In short, although it may help a long-term detox, itís extremely unlikely that it can cleanse your body of THC in a few days. Similarly, the myth that it will mask the presence of THC in urine also seems to be unfounded.
Why Yellow Root Is not a Magic Solution
Thereís a good reason why yellow root wonít cleanse your body of THC in just a few days. THC is fat-soluble, so it gets stored in your body fat as time goes on. If you smoke enough weed often enough, THC continues to build up in the body fat. This is why it takes so long to detox from weed, especially for heavy users.
So, no matter how well your liver is functioning, it canít even touch the THC thatís locked in the fat cells. Only time and exercise can release these. That said, it might be helpful as part of a thorough detox program, but donít expect too much.
Are there Other Options?
Permanently cleansing your body of THC is always going to take some time. Occasional weed users can probably get themselves clean with a 7-day detox program. Heavier weed users, however, will probably need to rely on a temporary detox solution, such as a detox drink or detox pills. You can also get the best of both worlds with a two-step detox kit (which is also available for people over 200 pounds).