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How to Detox from THC

How can we ‘detox’ from cannabis, and specifically the cannabinoid THC? This article covers ways to help flush your system of cannabis.

Jason SanderJason Sander · Apr. 16, 2021 · 4 min read
How to Detox from THC

Here are some facts, myths, and pointers to help you detox from THC and other cannabinoids.

Whether you are applying for a new job that requires a drug test, are taking a tolerance break, or whatever the reason - sometimes you need to detox from THC. And with 420 right around the corner, some employers will make their employees take surprise workplace drug tests. While the ethics of this practice is debatable, it’s a topic we’ll save for a future article. Here we are focusing specifically on detoxing from the cannabinoid THC.

Defining Your THC Detox

Essentially speaking, detoxing refers to removing substances from the body and abstaining from consumption. If you’re an occasional consumer, this process will likely be simple and straightforward. If you’re a chronic cannabis consumer, meaning daily, the process is more complicated. For a daily consumer or a medical patient, detoxing from THC can come with some unpleasantries, including irritability, a decrease in appetite, trouble sleeping, and increased mental health issues.

Whether the above should be considered withdrawal symptoms or a mere result in the discontinuation of medicine is up for debate, and we won’t speculate on that here.

It is of the utmost importance to point out that the phrase ‘detoxing’ from THC is a misnomer because science tells us that the toxicity level of THC is extremely low. No fatal overdoses have ever been recorded from consuming cannabis. We’ve covered many times how as consumers, we should put our words to work and use the right terminology when it comes to cannabis, and why it matters - so we won’t hop on our soapbox here.

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

THC can stay in your system anywhere from 72 hours up to a month, or more in rare cases. How long THC stays in your system is based on a few factors, like:

  • How Much Cannabis You Consume and How Frequently
  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Your Lifestyle - Exercising and Eating Habits
  • Your Metabolism

People who eat healthily, exercise regularly, and have a low BMI tend to flush their bodies faster. However, detoxing from anything is a great time to increase your exercise frequency, eat better and drink more water!

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Avoiding fatty foods and junk food can help speed up the detox process as well. Foods that are high in sugar, unhealthy fat, and sodium will slow your metabolism because they retain more water. A diet of leafy greens and other veggies, lean meats, and fruits is your best choice. Again, the natural way to flush THC out of your system is to eat well, exercise, and simply abstain - but that’s easier said than done, of course.

Bunk Detoxes

When you need to flush your system from just about anything, there exists a plethora of misinformation and claims that are simply not backed by science. Again, another topic for another article. But for the sake of this article, here are a few bunk detox methods that are not backed by any kind of real science:

  • Vinegar Detox Teas and Drinks
  • Detox Teas and Drinks
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Niacin or Goldenseal

While the above might be healthy for your body for other reasons, there is currently no solid science to support the notion that any of it will help you flush THC from your system any faster.

Pay Attention to Your Mental Health

When we take a break from consuming cannabis, it can have a significant impact on our mental health. Cannabis is a natural mood booster for many consumers, and cutting yourself off from it can cause depression, mood swings, and other mental health ailments. Pay attention to your mental health and consider adopting practices like meditation, or remove yourself from stressful situations if possible.

Taking a tolerance break can be a good thing for any of us. It saves money because not only are you buying less, but you will also need less to ‘feel it’ when you start back up again.

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Jason Sander
Jason SanderJason is a versatile writer and marketer with over ten combined years of experience working with clients in various industries. He couples this expertise with six years of writing for the cannabis sector as well as a passion for the business side, and the science behind the plant medicine.
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