Here’s what you need to know about THC and drug tests
Around the country there is a groundswell of support for the legalization of marijuana, and the people of Washington and Colorado have already voted for the drug’s legalization. However, the rate at which marijuana is legalized and the rate at which marijuana use gains wider acceptance in society are following different tracks. This is causing THC and drug tests to become a concern to more and more people
Legal or illegal, employers and law enforcement agencies are still going to subject certain individuals to THC testing. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active chemical in marijuana and is the agent actively tested for in the body. As a result, it is important to know how long THC will linger in the body and how to pass a test following use.
THC’s Life Cycle in the Body
First and foremost, understanding how long THC will linger in the body requires knowing how it behaves in the body. THC binds itself to receptors on nerve cells in the brain resulting in altered activity levels in the brain.
Overall, THC is a fat-soluble compound that is stored in the fat cells within your body. This means that the life cycle of THC in a user’s body can vary wildly from one person to the next based upon the following factors:
- Body fat ratio
- Amount of THC ingested
- Frequency of use
Cleansing the Body
When it comes to THC and drug tests, and passing a test, there are more wildly speculative ideas available than there is concrete advice on cleansing the system of THC before of a test. A lot of health shops and other providers will tell marijuana users that a fluid cleansing kit is the way to go, but the reality is that beating a test for THC is a complicated process.First off, it is important to understand the variety of tests used to detect THC. The three most commonly used tests include the saliva, urine, and hair follicle test. Each test works differently and has different strengths and weaknesses as follows:
- Saliva test: Common and difficult to beat. A saliva test generally only detects marijuana use within the past one to 12 hours.
- Urine test: Used to measure the marijuana metabolite THC-COOH in the body. For light users, a urine test may be passable in as little as one day following use, while heavy users have reported getting busted on a urine test as long as 30 days following last use.
- Hair follicle test: Not widely used and controversial. While it can detect marijuana use dating further back, not everyone has THC bind to hair follicles, so the test is inaccurate at times.
Beating each of these tests is difficult because each test has different windows of effectiveness and measures a different region of the body. Passing a THC drug test requires the application of the knowledge provided above about the timeline each test covers, and some helpful tips for passing THC through the body.
The next time marijuana users find themselves facing a drug test, the best bet for passing the test is to follow some of these methods for eliminating THC from the body and beating the test:
- Build up creatinine levels: The presence of creatinine in urine is a sign that it hasn’t been diluted, so ingest more red meat or take creatinine supplements starting three days before a test.
- Cranberry juice: While this natural diuretic alone won’t do the trick, in conjunction with other methods it can help rid the body of toxins and foreign substances while normalizing other nutrient levels.
- Take B2, B12, or B-complex: These vitamins add color back to urine and make it less likely a urine test will appear visually suspect as diluted.
- Sweat it out: Consider visiting a local spa or fitness center to spend some time in a sauna. When sweating in a sauna, blood vessels and capillaries dilate and allow blood to reach fatty tissue to extract THC from the body through sweat glands.
- Increase activity levels: Better yet, increase overall activity levels to not only ramp up sweat output but boost metabolism. This will not only allow the body to sweat out remnants of THC, but it will burn off the THC as the body uses up fat for energy while exercising.
If all else fails and individuals still have concerns about passing a drug test, they can always pee smarter. What does this mean? Make sure to urinate at least once before going to take a urine test. When it is time to submit a urine sample for testing, begin by peeing into the toilet and then into the sample cup “midstream” to increase the likelihood that the sample contains a lower concentration of THC metabolites.
At the end of the day, don’t fall for the gimmicks of a detox and/or cleansing kits. These may work from time to time, but the best bet for average users is to actually pass THC through the body using the methods suggested above. These methods offer a more natural approach and are less likely to draw suspicion while providing real results.
EDITOR NOTE: If you are using medical marijuana (legally or illegally) for therapeutic reasons, there is a great alternative that is THC free. CBD (Cannabidiol) derived from hemp. CBD is noted as the most potent healing component of cannabis, and hemp is from the cannabis family of course. With CBD from hemp, you get all of the healing properties of medical marijuana, and even some beneficial calming effects, without the THC or the worry of passing a THC test. Learn out more about CBD and all of its many benefits at an article we posted HERE…and, as always please share these articles with others.