Detox: 6 Quickest Ways To Get THC Out Of Your System

Hoping to detox from cannabis in a hurry? Compounds from the plant can stay in your system for quite a while. Here’s how you speed up the cleansing process.

Feb 23, 2017

Hoping to detox from cannabis? Whether you’re looking to clean yourself up or want to pass a drug test, there are a few tricks that may speed up the process. Yet, it’s important to note that none of these methods are an exact science. Cannabis can be detected in your system longer than most other substances, which makes detoxing particularly challenging. However, if you’re in a hurry, here are the 6 quickest ways to get THC out of your system.

What’s the fastest way to get THC out of your system?

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Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to detox cannabis from your system in a hurry. The best way to get THC, the primary psychoactive in cannabis, out of your system is to simply abstain and wait.

Yet, there are shortcuts that many use in an attempt to pass a urine test, such as synthetic urine, detox drinks, and detox pillsWhen purchasing synthetic urine, however, make sure you’re purchasing high-quality products. Quick Fix Urine, for example, is laboratory designed to mimic human urine perfectly.

Heavy consumers likely face a substantial risk of not passing some types of tests without at least a week of abstinence, if not more. THC is stored in fat body fat, which means that it takes some time to purge the cannabinoid from your system.

As you burn fat, there is evidence that THC is re-released back into the bloodstream. Depending on how much cannabis you consume and how often, you can test positive for THC and THC metabolites several days after consuming.

For chronic consumers, metabolites of the herb have been detected in urine for up to 77 days after last consumption. Though, taking over two months is not common.

On average, here’s how long you’ll have to abstain from cannabis to pass the standard drug test:

  • Urine: 3 to 77 days (10 to 30 days for regular consumers)
  • Blood: 1 to 7 days
  • Hair: 90 days
  • Saliva: 1 to 7 days

There are a few factors that influence the amount of time it takes to detox. These include:

  • Your individual metabolism
  • Frequency of exercise
  • Body mass index (BMI) (the higher the number, the longer it will take)
  • How often you consume cannabis
  • The potency of the cannabis consumed
  • The amount of cannabis consumed
  • The parameters of the test

Detoxing is serious business. Everyone’s body responds differently to the various possible detoxing methods. It’s important to pay attention to how your body responds to your efforts and use natural materials that you know are safe. Always consult a medical professional if you run into any complications, or are considering trying a vigorous detox regimen.

For those looking to detox in a hurry, here are six of the fastest ways to get THC out of your system:

1. Fruit Pectin

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The fruit pectin method is a simple DIY detox often used by those facing blood, urine, or saliva tests. Fruit pectin is a type of fiber that provides the gel consistency to jams and jellies. For this method, people mix a packet of fruit pectin with an electrolyte drink the day of a test.

The idea here is that the high-fiber pectin discourages THC metabolites from passing into the urine or bloodstream. Rather, the fiber is supposed to help remove fat-soluble THC out of the body through bowel movements. While people often try fruit pectin to boost their odds before a test, this method will not likely be strong enough for heavy consumers.

This method is also likely to cause digestive distress, such as constipation. Human digestive systems cannot break down many fibers, so excess fiber is excreted via stool, capturing fatty compounds on the way. While this is a trick that people use to pass drug tests, this is perhaps not healthy, proven, or even safe. Fruits and vegetables are natural sources of fiber, including pectin. Eating a healthy diet is an excellent way to consume safe amounts of pectin naturally.

To learn more about the fruit pectin method, take a look at the full article here.

2. Detox Drinks

Detox drinks are the most popular ways to pass a drug test. Detox drinks will basically help dilute urine and theoretically remove toxins from the body. Basically, like most of the common detox methods, many of these drinks contain natural diuretics, laxatives, high doses of vitamins, and medicinal herbs.

Some detox drinks may be more effective than others and everyone’s body will respond differently to the materials. These drinks are often used a few hours prior to a drug test, pending package directions. One of the most popular varieties is Rescue Detox ICE, which comes in 17 and 32-ounce varieties.

3. Exercise

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If you have a week or so before a drug test, some exercise earlier in the week can help you burn through fat cells that are holding on to THC.

Exercise is perhaps one of the best ways to detox from THC for those hoping to get clean without facing a drug test, as it burns the very cells that contain THC.

Exercise is a little tricky, however. As mentioned above, THC is re-released into the bloodstream as you burn fat. If you have an impending drug test, it is not recommended to exercise 24 hours or so before the test. One small 2013 study found that exercise may increase blood plasma THC concentrations up to 15%.

Whether or not this THC is metabolized and can influence a drug test is unclear. However, for now, it’s better to skip the gym on the day of your test.

4. Sauna

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This tip is more pseudoscience than fact. But, hey, sometimes it helps to explore all of your options.  To be clear, there is no evidence that sweating will efficiently detox you from THC.

However, trace amounts of THC are excreted in sweat. In heavy consumers, cannabis can be detected in a sweat test for up to one week after consumption.

Saunas and sweating considered healthy for detox all around. Early studies have shown that routine sauna use can help eliminate the build-up of harmful compounds like uric acid, sodium, and lactic acid.

A 2012 paper found that repeated sauna use was helpful in detoxifying police officers who had been exposed to methamphetamine manufacture. The officers were given nutrition therapy that included B vitamins, exercised, and used the sauna with periodic hydration and electrolyte breaks for up to four hours each day. Another early paper from 1982 successfully used repeated sauna treatments and B vitamins detox participants exposed to fat-based toxins and xenobiotics.

But, is the sauna an effective way to detox from THC? Other options like diet and abstinence are far more effective, scientifically-proven options.

There are also some major caveats to using a sauna. Saunas may aggravate heart conditions, and it can be difficult for people to develop a tolerance to intense heat. It’s also important to stay hydrated and be cautious with the sauna. It would be beneficial to drink an electrolyte drink like coconut water after soaking up the heat.

5. Dilution

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Dilution isn’t so much about flushing THC from your system as it is about covering your bases during a urine test.

If you find out you’re being urine tested for cannabis, it may be helpful to drink an adequate amount of water.

Dilution is a simple method people use while detoxing from THC, though it can be tricky, ineffective, and unreliable.

Many stuck with a urine test emergency feel that they are better off purchasing some sort of synthetic urine and hoping for the best. However, at least one state now has penalties if you are caught using synthetic urine.

To properly dilute, some people drink as much water as is comfortable and try to reintroduce key compounds into their diets to make the urine appear more concentrated. If your sample is too diluted, you will fail the test. The compounds often reintroduced in detox drinks include:

  • Creatine
  • B vitamins (coloration)

After using the dilution method,  it is generally recommended to collect a mid-stream urine sample. Don’t collect a sample from the beginning or the end of the stream, as both of these likely have higher concentrations of THC metabolites.

One risk of dilution is developing an electrolyte imbalance. Drinking too much water can also drain the body of key electrolytes, like sodium and potassium.

6. Healthy diet

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One way to clear THC from your system? Go for lots of high-fiber leafy greens several days before a drug test. Eating a high-fiber diet is essential for clearing THC out of your system.

Fruits and vegetables are natural sources of fibers like pectin. This natural fiber helps get your digestive tract moving and helps you better eliminate fat-based substances.

Believe it or not, most of the THC and THC metabolites are excreted during bowel movements. If you’re trying to detox from THC, staying regular is important.

It’s not advisable to use laxatives, which can have negative health consequences. Rather, a high-fiber diet should get things moving. Magnesium is also a natural stool softener which is safe in mild to moderate doses.

Fruits and vegetables are also nutrient dense foods that contain micronutrients that may aid in the detox process. When picking quality sources of dietary fiber, it’s better to opt for vitamin-rich vegetables over less complex fiber sources like breakfast cereal.

Some helpful supplements to try a few days before a test include:

  • B vitamins
  • Zinc
  • Psyllium husk
  • Activated charcoal
  • Magnesium

It’s important to note that these supplements do not mask any THC in your system and should always be used according to package directions. Instead, many of these vitamins and supplements are useful for supporting natural biological processes.

For example, B vitamins may be helpful for the body’s natural detox process and add color to urine. Activated charcoal also may be helpful as it pulls toxins and fat-based compounds out of the digestive tract. Psyllium husk is a supplementary fiber that can also help pull fats out of the digestive system. While fiber tends to slow down movement through the intestines, magnesium has the opposite effect. It is often used as a laxative, loosening stool. However, don’t take to much!

Disclaimer: The information in this article is meant for helpful and educational purposes. It should not be used in place of medical advice. Always talk to a medical professional before experimenting with intensive detox practices like the sauna, detox drinks, or vitamin supplements. 

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