A lot of patients taking niacin for some health issues. Niacin or Vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid helps to prevent heart problem, high cholesterol, nervous system diseases like Alzheimer’s syndrome, bone and joint pain, diabetes, and even air loss treatment. Some of the weed smokers claim that niacin helps them to pass marijuana drug test and flush the metabolites out. Let’s do a little research, is it true or only the next urban legend.
Where can we find niacin
There are two primary sources of the niacin:
Food — in eggs, all kind of meats and cheeses. A little amount also available in whole grains, leafy greens, some fruits, and vegetables.
Dietary supplements — as a part of the multivitamin complex or as a “mono” supplement. Doses vary from 100 to 500 mg.
Why is niacin considered as a weed detox?
One of the ways of niacin action is the mobilization of fat cells. The blood vessels dilate, and toxins realized from body fat to the bloodstream and then flushed from the system through urination. To get faster and more potent effect recommended combining niacin with exercises and sauna. That’s why weed users believe that niacin helps them to “burn” fat and flush THC out. However, there is still no proven scientific evidence that niacin in high doses (more than 1000 mg) combining with sauna and workout could flush the system from fat-soluble drugs like weed. Although the more proven methods exist.
What're the feelings?
When the detox process at its peak, you can feel the warmth, that spreads in your body. You get the same feeling like after a workout. You have energy and brain clarity, and this remains during few hours after taking niacin. Reported that dosage 100 mg of niacin is enough to get this effect.
Does the “secret recipe” for niacin detox?
“Advanced” users claim that you also should drink a huge amount of water (4 liters per 4-6 hours). That combination is potentially dangerous. Moreover, if you have any health issues, for example, heart problem of high blood pressure such method of “detox” could cause you to death. Using something safer and wiser.
What happens if you take too much niacin?
The daily niacin requirements for adult males 19 and older is 16 mg every day, and for adult women in the same age is 14 mg. While niacin overdose considered that could not cause death itself, there are some side effects if it was consumed in large doses.
Dose more than 35 mg causes a moderate reaction includes the red and itchy skin on the face and upper part of the body. This effect is growing after a workout, exposure to sunlight, and if you drink alcohol or eat spicy food. Also, the skin becomes dry, and itching then erupts rash and headache.
Dose more than 3000 mg causes a severe reaction. Symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, increasing blood sugar, blurred vision, stomach, intestine and even brain bleeding. Also reported about the liver disorders and rising uric acid if a person is overdosing niacin regularly.
Avoid high doses of niacin without doctor’s supervision. Share, if you have any experience with niacin.