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How long does THC stay in your body?

Dani Walton
Dani Walton

How long does THC stay in your body?

Cannabis contains different compounds that interact with our body. Throughout history, marijuana has been used for different purposes such as medicinal, recreational, or spiritual and to this day it remains one of the plants most required by humanity.

The effect of the weed may disappear, but the compounds of the plant are still present in our body. This is why drug tests can detect THC which is the psychoactive element in cannabis that gives us that feeling of being dope.

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Due to the above, we often ask ourselves: how long does THC last in the body? It is good to ask yourself this, even more so when THC is still illegal in the USA as determined by the FDA. Before answering the question, we must be clear about how THC moves and interacts through our bodies. When smoking or vaporizing marijuana, THC enters the bloodstream through the lungs and eventually, that blood reaches the heart.

The heart distributes blood throughout our body which connects with the endocannabinoid system through CB1 receptors located in the brain and also through CB2 receptors that are in the spleen and in the immune system. All of this causes THC to break down into metabolites as it circulates through the blood. This type of compound is important as drug tests for THC typically look for the metabolite, 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC.

This type of metabolite, which is considered the inactive type, remains in the body for much longer, accumulating in body fat and being eliminated through urine and feces. Therefore, we recommend the use of different types of detox, whether homemade, in pills, shampoo or liquids to eliminate the traces of THC metabolites that may accumulate in your body.

What happens when you eat cannabis food or use cannabis in pills?

When cannabis is consumed in pills or as a cannabis food, the process changes a bit. This is because THC enters the blood through the intestine and the walls of the stomach, moving to the intestine where it is metabolized. The rest of the THC and metabolites go to the heart and from there, they reach the brain.

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Weed edibles have a different function than weed that is smoked. For example: a weed brownie can take 30 – 60 minutes before hitting your head and the effects are more gradual, becoming much more intense over time. The maximum point of effect is achieved after about 4 hours of ingesting foods with THC and can last up to 12 hours in some cases, depending on the resistance of the user and the power of the food that is ingested. After 24 hours, you can still feel some side effects.

It should be noted that the consumption of beverages such as a cannabis tea can produce an effect similar to that of an edible. This may be one of the reasons why medicinal ganja users consume a good volume of weed tea. We must clarify that there are several factors that influence the time that THC remains in the body. At this point, we are going to tell you about some of the factors that influence this process.

1- How much marijuana do you consume?

If you are a heavy consumer of marijuana, your body will need more time to break down THC into metabolites, therefore your body has much more work to do. People who are medium-level users of cannabis consumption will have a much faster decomposition process, although they will still have to be patient because their body will need some time to do its work.

However, sporadic or light consumers can rest assured that their bodies are going to eliminate THC quickly without hard work as in the two previous cases.

2- Amount of time you consume weed

There are several studies that affirm that chronic cannabis users tend to have a trace of THC in their body for longer. This can also generate pot withdrawal syndromes when the consumption is of an intense frequency and prolonged in time.

However, occasional or one-time users are not so affected because the body naturally tends to break down THC and to self-clean.

3- Fat body?

This factor is of vital importance because fat people will concentrate more THC in their body due to the amount of fat they have. We point this out because it is in the fat where the body accumulates THC. This is why we recommend doing sports or exercise because burning fat will help you eliminate THC from your body. In addition, by helping to eliminate THC, it also contributes to inhibiting the presence of metabolites for possible drug tests.

4- Metabolism

People with a more active metabolism have the possibility of breaking down THC more quickly and allowing the metabolites to be less detectable. At this point, we begin to deliver the answer you are looking for. At present, only estimates can be made to determine how long the THC is in the body of the user, however, there are no deadlines with certainty.

5- Exercise

According to the Medical News Today portal, a study conducted in a small number of people (14) found that exercising just before a drug test can increase the chance of a positive result.

Researchers preliminarily postulate that fat cells can release THC. For this reason, it is advisable to do sports and exercises regularly and constantly so as not to suffer with positive results in a drug test.

How long does THC last in the blood?

This depends on the doses consumed because when the ganja is smoked, it immediately enters the bloodstream and lodges in the platelets of the blood. This also depends on how often cannabis is used. Some studies affirm that the metabolite THC THC-COOH of pot can be detected up to 25 days after being consumed. The maximum accumulation of THC in the blood reaches its peak after 3 to 8 minutes of each puff.

Blood test

After a few weeks of consuming the weed, the THC does not remain in the blood for a long time. However, marijuana metabolites can be traced later. This is reflected in a study in which different marijuana users were tested. In this study, different results were obtained by virtue of a blood sample of 25 habitual consumers of weed. This analysis showed that after 7 days of abstinence, 9 people had no trace of THC in their blood, another 16 of the people studied had at least one positive test for THC in the same time.

At the end of the one-week period, 6 of the people under observation tested positive for THC in their body and all of the people studied had traces of the metabolite THC-COOH. In this guide, we want to show you how long the THC remains in different points of your body.

How long does marijuana stay in urine?

The urine test to detect marijuana use is one of the most popular and it focuses on the detection of the metabolite THC-COOH, specifically in the cutoff concentration. What is cutoff concentration? It is the amount of THC-COOH metabolite in a certain amount of blood. As a general rule, the most typical cutoff concentration point is 50 nanograms per milliliter (ng / mL). An investigation based on a review determined that the possibility of detecting THC and other cannabinoids in the blood of pot users does not exceed 30 days.

This study also adds other data such as the fact that a chronic cannabis user will not concentrate metabolites after 10 days of having used marijuana for the last time. The above following the rule of the cut-off concentration point of 50 nanograms per milliliter (ng / mL). Despite this, in some cases, metabolites can be detected after 21 days of the last consumption of weed. This is in chronic users when a lower concentration point of 20 ng / ml is applied. If you are an occasional user, do not worry because when the same maximum cut-off point of 20 ng / ml is applied, it has been determined that it is almost impossible for a drug test to detect metabolites in a person’s body after 7 days of consuming cannabis.

Do you still have questions about marijuana in your urine?

To help ease your mind, we tell you that another review has indicated that the metabolites of the web in chronic users can be detected up to a period of 30 days, while in moderate users, 10 to 15 days. On the other hand, the occasional cannabis users should not worry because the metabolites are only kept for 5 to 7 days and cannot be detected in urine after this period.

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Another of the most typical tests for detecting drugs in people’s bodies is hair analysis. For this reason, it is valid to ask yourself: how long does THC and its metabolites last in the hair? It is claimed that THC can be transferred to the hair follicles of non-cannabis users through sweat, hand contact, or exhaling smoke. For this reason, it is estimated that tests to detect THC metabolites through hair are not very effective due to their low precision.

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In these cases, if a person smokes pot next to you and exhales that smoke, touching your hair, it may be possible that in a test to detect THC, your sample will be positive. This sampling showed that when giving 50 milligrams of THCA to a certain number of people studied, they did not show positive samples for THC, however, THC-COOH was detected in the hair.

After using the weed, through hair tests, THC can be detected up to 90 days. In an analysis of 136 people carried out in the USA, samples of THC were found in 39% of sporadic users and in 77% of chronic users. In addition, no traces were found in non-users of weed. This shows that it is more likely to find positive tests for THC in hair samples, depending on the level of consumption of marijuana by the user. On the other hand, this study assumed that hair samples are not effective for testing sudden cannabis users.



Can THC metabolites be detected in saliva?

This is also possible which is why saliva tests are so popular. As determined, in chronic weed users, it is possible to obtain metabolite samples until 29 days after consuming pot. Regarding occasional consumers, this changes to 1 to 3 days after consuming weed.

For the best experience in your cannabis adventures, we recommend using cannabis responsibly so that you don’t have problems in the future. Remember that if you need to take a drug test, whether for hair, saliva, blood or urine, stop using it beforehand for a couple of weeks. Also, you can combine abstinence from cannabis consumption with other initiatives such as improving your diet, exercising, increasing your water consumption, and avoiding places where weed is consumed in order to avoid your test coming back positive.

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Dani Walton

Dani Walton is a highly accomplished cannabis expert and entrepreneur hailing from the Bay Area. With an impressive track record spanning over 20 years, Dani has amassed a wealth of experience in the cannabis industry. Her journey has taken her across the globe, as she traveled with the executive team of Harborside for more than 11 years, passionately advocating for the positive impacts of the cannabis plant.

During her tenure at Harborside, Dani excelled in managing wholesale and distribution for Harborside's farm, while also playing a pivotal role in the development of their in-house brand, Key. Following her departure from Harborside, Dani embarked on a new venture, co-founding NXTLVL, a women-owned concentrate delivery service that quickly gained recognition and Agris Farms. A beautiful 5 acre light dep farm located in Woodland, near Sacramento.

Her extensive knowledge encompasses the latest consumer trends, cannabis sales, extraction techniques, cultivation methods, new brands and products, as well as the evolving science of cannabis medicine. Recognized as a respected authority in the industry, Dani has served as a judge for esteemed cannabis competitions such as Chalice, High Times, Dab- A- Doo, The Organic Cup and The Emerald Cup. Her expertise and insights have been sought after by renowned publications and media outlets, including Forbes, The Guardian, The Independent, and many others.

With her remarkable background and unwavering commitment to advancing the cannabis industry, Dani Walton stands as a true pioneer and an influential figure in the field.

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