One of the most searched sentences on Google is: how long does weed stay in your system? Whether people are searching this sentence for a drug test purpose; a buddy just got pulled over or you just got a new job, the answer is very important to anyone searching. Unfortunately, there is no quick or universal answer to this question because there are a number of variants that affect the answer and there are a large number of drug tests out there for detection, including at-home drug tests.
The Chemical In Weed Detected In Drug Tests
The reason why weed appears in drug tests is due to tetrahydrocannabinol, which is also known by its more common name, THC. Once THC is ingested it is broken down into molecules known as metabolites.
There is not just 1 metabolite in the body that breaks weed down, there are up to 80. This means that even long after a high has worn off, the body is still filtering out the chemicals. Metabolites are stored in body fat until it can be filtered out through the process of defecation or urination.
Does CBD Show Up In Drug Tests?
Simple answer, no! There is an exception to every rule however and while you have a better chance at winning the lottery; you can fail a drug test even if you are only using CBD products, but it is almost impossible.
Where you get your CBD products is a factor in the THC content found in the product. Hemp oil is a product of THC, but users would need to ingest over 1000-2000 mg each day over a long period of time to show a positive result. All of this also depends on the way the hemp is extracted.
Know the CBD company you are getting your products from and they will let you know their purity standards and if they have tested positive for any THC content.
Typically, a positive drug test has to go through two rounds of testing. Since the THC found in any CBD/Hemp oil product is so tiny, it would never pass through to a second drug test which is made to specifically search for THC-COOH.
Factors That Affect Weed In Drug Tests
There are a few factors that come into play when determining how long weed stays in your system. These factors include:
- Frequency of use
- Test used
- Exercise regimen
- Water consumption
- Eating habits
- THC content
- Strain used
Those who have a poor lifestyle typically have a slower metabolism, thus extending the life of weed in their system. Users who are active and lead a healthy lifestyle are going to have weed detectable for a shorter amount of time.
Since weed is stored in the fat the body, the more body fat someone has is going to increase their chances of showing a positive drug test over a longer period of time, versus someone who is skinny and has less body fat. To be frank, the heavier a person is, the more likely they are to fail a drug test because they have more areas for the THC to be stored.
If you are a one time consumer but have a significant source of body fat, you may test positive vs your friend with less body fat who smokes occasionally might test negative.
There is no scientific window of exact times for how long marijuana stays in your system, but rather a closely studied educated guess with a long list of factors that can sway results.
Is There a Way to Trick a Drug Test?
Sad to break it to you, but no, there is no sure-fire way to trick a drug test. Being dehydrated will increase the THC levels in urine so it is suggested users drink lots of water to flush the body out. Urine also helps the body get rid of the metabolites that store the THC, so that is one helpful way of ridding the system of weed.
If users over-hydrate, the test will come back as inconclusive and it will have to be done again. While this won’t come back as the negative result users are hoping for, it will give more time to let the weed get out of the system naturally.
Fasting can be one of the best ways to rid the body of weed. When people fast the body starts to burn fat as a way to survive and fuel the body. When fat is burned metabolites are burned and thus ridding the system of weed detection.
If you want to kick it up a notch, hit the gym during the fasting and force the body to really attack its fat source.
Do Online Detox Remedies and Kits Help?
No, these are mostly scams and don’t actually trick a drug test. Often times these kits simply want you to drink lots of water and flush your system with vitamins that are subtracted from the drug test results as it is.
Overloading your system with vitamins won’t overshadow the THC traces found in it. Those who are not used to getting a full serving of vitamins, fruits, or vegetables a day might actually become sick as a side effect of detox kits. Going from no nutrients or vitamins to an overload of them is going to be a lot for the body to process at one time.
Frequency Of Marijuana Use + Test Used
How long does weed stay in your system if you smoked once? This is a very good question and it brings up a very significant point: a person’s marijuana use is going to play a factor in how long it stays detectable in the system.
The type of test done is also going to play an important role in how it can detect THC. Most old school tests are done via urine, but as more frequent users surface, more advancements in tests are being done. This is because even if weed is legal in a state, an employer still has the right to legally keep a drug free workspace. Yes, even though its legal, employers can classify weed as a drug.
How Long Weed Stays In Your System – Broken Down Per Drug Test and Per User Frequency
Weed stays in your system for a urine test approximately:
- 3 days minimum and up to 13 days at the longest -for smoking one hit of weed or if you smoked just once. Rule of thumb is to play it safe and assume even if you smoked just once, weed can be detected within 7 days of use.
- 5-7 days for moderate or users – those who smoke 4 times a week
- 10-15 days for chronic users – those who smoke daily
- 30 days shortest and up to 100 days at the longest for chronic heavy users – those who smoke multiple times a day
Urine testing is still to this day, the most common method used for drug tests. Most users are going to be safe after the 30-day mark to clear a drug test via urine.
If you’re an infrequent user, you should haven’t to worry about weed in your system being detected by a urine test if it’s been over a week since last consumed.
How to Pass a Urine Test
While nothing will 100% help you pass a urine test if you have recently indulged in marijuana, there a few things that can help. Number one obviously being to drink tons of water. The length of THC in your system can speed up through the intake of water.
The second method involves the popular fruit pectin method, which is a starch that is obtained from the cell walls of produce. Fruit pectin can be found in pill form, jams, preservatives, and dried fruit products. Pectin is not the same as gelatin, so keep that in mind before downing a pack of jello.
Fruit pectin contains a large amount of fiber, which means anything in your body at the time will be discarded out with the pectin via feces and not through urine. The more pectin a person takes means the more feces a person will produce, which means more THC filtered that way than being filtered through urine.
If you don’t want to take fruit pectin you can also try taking anything with a high source of fiber including beans, broccoli, berries, chia seeds, or pears.
Weed stays in your system for a blood test approximately:
- 1-2 days- for first-time or moderate users
- 25 days- for chronic or chronic heavy users
Blood tests are typically used when police or parole officers are trying to see if a person is currently under the influence or recently consumed marijuana.
If people are ever taken to the hospital they will also test their blood for marijuana as well so they know exactly what is in the system before they administer any serious drugs. It is also important that surgeons and anesthesiologists know what is in the system before they operate.
As we already covered; weed is broken down and stored into the fat of a person’s body, but some of it can also be stored in the tissues. When it is first stored in the tissue it can re-enter the bloodstream and be broken down for a second time where it will then turn into metabolites and may remain in the bloodstream for days.
Weed stays in your system for a saliva test approximately:
- 1-3 days- for first-time or occasional users
- 1-29 days – for chronic or heavy chronic users
Weed can enter saliva through smoke or from being exposed to smoke, but it only stays in the system if it is inhaled or ingested. This means that those who are around smoke but have not personally used marijuana will still test positive for weed via a saliva test for up to a day.
A saliva test is the only test that will detect second-hand weed smoke.
In states where marijuana is legal, parents should be cautious about smoking around their children. Saliva tests are done by law enforcement when someone is pulled over as a way to see if the driver is under the influence. A child can get pulled over, test positive for weed, and get taken into custody even though they haven’t smoked any weed. This leaves the parent with the pain of getting their child out of custody for their own smoking habits.
Consumers who use marijuana via oil or topical lotions will not show positively in a saliva test.
Weed stays in your system for a hair test approximately:
- 90 days- for first-time users or heavy chronic users
A hair test is often done by employers because it is the test that can detect weed in the system the longest. Weed reaches the hair follicles through small blood vessels and the trace amounts grow out as the hair grows.
Human hair grows 1/2 an inch per month and therefore one hair strand can be a window into weed habits. If consumers plan it out correctly, they can shave their heads after the full 90 days to get rid of any weed use altogether. However, if that user goes in bald, they will most likely take a hair strand from another place. In this case, consumers are better off shaving fully head to toe.
Smoking very recent to your hair test is most likely going to show a negative for any weed use. Because hair grows so slow, the THC in the hair follicle won’t be noticeable on the hair strand yet because it will still be in the bulb attached to your scalp. If they are able to extract the bulb with the hair sample, then that will be a different story. The bulb does not always come out with the hair strand though, so there’s a 50/50 chance.
How Long Does Synthetic Weed Stay In Your System?
Synthetic, K2, and Spice results are unpredictable and erratic. They have caused a wide range of side effects in consumers like seizures, heart palpitations, nausea, and even death. At the end of the day, many companies now search for synthetic weed in their drug tests which makes the use of this weed worthless.
How Long Does Weed Stay In Your Body’s System?
Consumption plays a big part in how long weed stays in your system. Smoking weed is actually going to stay in your body for a shorter amount of time: ingesting weed stays in your system longer.
When you smoke weed, it enters your system right away and your body automatically starts to metabolize it. Ingesting weed allows the THC to slowly enter your bloodstream over a long period of time. This means it takes longer to process because the THC can not only get embedded in your body fat but in the tissue as well.
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