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Cannabis 101

The marijuana detox: Myths, facts, and tips

April 7, 2017

How to detox from weed

So the time has come for a cannabis detox. Perhaps you need to pass a drug test for a new job, or maybe you’ve decided to take a T-break (tolerance break) and want to flush your system before beginning anew. Whatever the reason, there are a few ways to approach a cannabis detox, as well as certain things you’ll want to avoid.

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What is detoxing from weed?

Taking a break from marijuana can help cleanse your body.
A detox is the process of abstaining from consuming a substance in order to cleanse the body of any trace. In this case, the goal would be a THC cleanse. By abstaining from consuming cannabis, the body is able to flush THC from the system.

This process may be simple for some and difficult for others; it often depends on how heavily you’ve been consuming cannabis and whether or not you were doing so for medical purposes. For heavy and/or medical consumers especially, the marijuana detox process may give rise to unpleasant symptoms, some of which include:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased appetite
  • Insomnia

There’s some debate over whether or not these effects can be considered withdrawal symptoms, or rather simply a result of discontinuing a medicine that once helped alleviate the aforementioned discomforts. But we can all agree that they’re unpleasant; luckily, Leafly has some recommendations for how to alleviate them in the first part of this series.

What’s the fastest way to detox for a drug test?

Cranberry juice is not a good detox drink for marijuana

There’s a lot of bunk information out there with “quick fixes” for detoxing. Most of them are bogus and will not accomplish the results you seek. Some faulty methods to avoid include:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Detox teas
  • Vinegar
  • Niacin detox
  • Bleach (do not, under any circumstances, ingest bleach)


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Most “quick fix” methods are based in myth and should not be trusted. Don’t default to questionable and unreliable methods. If you’re wondering how to pass a drug test for cannabis without taking a cleansing break, know that detoxification is a lengthy process. No vitamin, juice, tea, or chemical will magically flush the body of cannabis overnight or in a short period of time.

How to get THC out of your system

Exercise is a great detoxing method to cleanse your body of marijuana

Now that we know what doesn’t work, let’s delve right into what does.

The best option for a full weed cleanse is using natural methods that can take up to six weeks to flush the system of cannabis. This is the most effective, fool-proof way to flush THC from the body. In addition to the guidelines outlined below, there also exists a number of products aimed at detoxification.

How to pass a drug test naturally

The best method to flush your system of cannabis will always be a natural cleanse. Although it takes the longest, it is by far the most thorough and effective. There are several methods of natural detox, all of which may be used in conjunction. Most are pleasurable and good for the body, making them positive habits to practice for good health whether detoxing or not. Consider the following for an all-natural detox experience.

1. Abstain

This is pretty obvious, but in order to detox from marijuana, it will be necessary to halt all consumption of cannabis. Whether you choose to go cold turkey or ease into it, the process of detoxification cannot truly begin until cannabis is fully out of the picture.

2. Exercise

First and foremost on the list is to get up and move. As discussed, THC is stored in the fat cells of the body. This means that for those who have more fat, it will take longer to detox. Exercise such as cardio and weight training will help burn fat and increase metabolism, thus speeding up the detox process.

A happy bonus to this method will be an increase in production of anandamide, which is the body’s natural “bliss” molecule. If you’ve ever experienced a “runner’s high,” you know the euphoric sensation this endocannabinoid provides. Thus, exercise will help you decrease detectable cannabinoids while simultaneously soothing the transition with endocannabinoids.


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3. Drink water

Drinking plenty of water during this period will assist with cleansing the body. No need to overdo it–drinking excessive amounts will not speed up the process, but staying well hydrated will increase health and help your body expel toxins of all kinds.

4. Practice a healthy diet

Avoiding foods that are high in sodium, sugar, and fat will aid in the weed cleanse process. These types of foods, such as red meat and junk food, increase water retention and slow metabolism, which is in direct opposition to the body’s ability to shed THC metabolites. Instead, opt for a nutritious, healthy diet of vegetables, lean meats, fruits, and plenty of leafy greens.


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Many greens increase metabolism as they are high in iron and other essential vitamins. Incorporate more spinach, kale, and other greens into your diet to assist the process of flushing out your system. Healthy fibers will also be beneficial during this period, so incorporate beans, legumes, peanuts, unenriched whole wheat, and other good fibers for an added boost.

These key detox foods will also have the added side effect of assisting in stabilizing mood and even sleep, helping ease possible withdrawal symptoms.

5. Drink more tea

Opt for teas with high levels of antioxidants, or liver-cleansing teas such as dandelion or milk thistle. This is a simple, enjoyable way to help the body along with the marijuana detox process.

6. Take care of your mental health

If you are suffering from higher levels of depression, anxiety, or even irritability while detoxing, it will be extra important to be gentle with yourself and take care of your mental health. This may mean different things for different people. For some, exercise or activities such as yoga and meditation may be a valuable resource to stabilize mood.


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For others, it may mean putting less on your metaphorical plate and allowing yourself to use the detox time as a vacation from usual stresses and agitations.

If depression and anxiety are more clinical, consider taking advantage of resources such as therapy. Whatever the reason, be kind to yourself during detox.

7. Nurture yourself

On the note of treating yourself kindly, be sure to nurture yourself during detoxification. The process of detox is already a very nurturing, healthy journey, with improvements to diet and exercise. Consider the experience a chance to take care of yourself and you may find your entire perspective of detox shifting. Think of this time as a vacation, where you give yourself permission to worry less and pamper more.


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Buy a fancy bath bomb and take a relaxing soak, spend more time with your closest friends, visit your favorite parks or nature centers for picnics or light strolls, garden, read, dance, or pick up an instrument. Whatever healthy habits make you happy, give yourself permission now to enjoy them fully.

How to detox THC with products

The following products are not all aimed specifically at removing THC, but instead at detoxifying the body in general by removing impurities and toxins. Some of these may be considered in conjunction with natural detox methods.

Note: We have not tested these products and cannot guarantee their efficacy in reducing THC and THC metabolites. Use them at your own discretion.

Bentonite clay – A popular clay, made of aged volcanic ash, bentonite clay has many detoxifying properties as it’s known for absorbing toxins, chemicals, impurities, and heavy metals. It has external as well as internal uses, and can easily be incorporated into a detox regime. Use a bentonite clay detox in a bath, on the skin, or even in a glass of drinking water.

Detox drinks – Refreshing beverages full of detox-friendly ingredients like lemon, mint, and watermelon are easy to assemble and enjoy. There’s a plethora of recipes available on sites like Pinterest.

In addition, there are plenty of pre-assembled detox drinks for weed available on the market. That said, as mentioned previously, there aren’t many “quick fixes” for the detox process, so use discretion and mind ingredients if you opt to try this route. If the goal is to find a marijuana detox drink for a drug test, remember to weigh the pros and cons before choosing this method.

Detox kit – Detox kits for THC often include various items such as herbal capsules as well as instructions about how to properly use the kit’s system to rid the body of toxins. Bio Cleanse Detox, for example, can be used as a THC detox kit and includes “90 herbal vegan capsules of Digest Power formula to stimulate the bowels and organs, 300 grams of Toxin Remover powder, to absorb the released toxins and carry them away safely, and also 30 veggie caps of vegan probiotics.” The kit also comes with instructions and a choice of either a nine or 14 day cleanse.

This article was originally published April 7, 2017. It has been updated for clarity and accuracy.

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Rae Lland is a freelance writer, journalist, and former editor for Weedist and The Leaf Online. With a focus on culture, music, health, and wellness, in addition to her work for Leafly, she has also been featured in numerous online cannabis publications as well as print editions of Cannabis Now Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @rae.lland

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  • Microking

    As a reestablished Cannabis user from my early adulthood decades ago, taking a decade break (Enhanced Stress & Anxiety) and started back up in 2011 with Medical Rec and use in mostly only the Vape form (Flower / Oil) (CBD and then THC again) I can say cannabis is a great stress reliever, pain reliever, very enjoyable and an amazing Sex enhancer! It is so much better than Alcohol in every way! But after 6 years of use, I have started to notice some negative side effects related to possible immune system suppression (Lookup NIH studies) (Which can be great for Medical issues like Auto-immune issues) and dream suppression which can effect memory and focused thinking. I would never ever suggest prohibition ever when making these comments, just my own experience and research. There are also health benefits of taking breaks, I hope many cannabis users will educate themselves on this topic and realize Yes it is an amazing plant, but over indulgence of anything can cause problems and potentially possibly health issues. Please keep these type of articles coming and well researched please. Enjoy my friends, Thank You!

    • needabuzz

      Thanks Ryan for sharing your experience. So in the last 6 years, how much did you consume? I’m thinking “everything in moderation ” is probably good for weed too.

      • Microking

        Hey buzz, so I consumed on the Daily the last 6 years usually one or two sessions Mon-Fri in the evening afterwork and several sessions on the weekend 50/50 (flower/CO2 Oil carts) vape only (no combustion for lung health) never got into the dab level as my tollerence did get higher but was never interested in getting what I consider overboard tools that could easily burn someone not paying attention. I just recently switched to a weekend only schedule, which I feel for me is helping some of the issues I discussed and brings the tollerence level back down. Yes, agreed on the “Everything in Moderation”!

        • Uberdankness

          Yeah, I smoke a little every other day and that is a good balance for me. I don’t go to the dispensaries anymore–because all you can find is this Frankenstein Cannabis or Concentrates. I found some high mids and roll joints and I’m very mellow and happy. No bongs or pipes. This 25-30% THC flower just causes problems, whether people want to admit it or not.

          • Richard Holmes

            Yes it causes lots of issues, especially in youngsters. 30% thc is not the way. Cbdbrothers or cbdseeds I can’t recall, are creating strains of old. I remember old school 80s weed. You actually giggled and things were cloudy. Now 3tokes in and I start seeing stars. Moderation can be included into a growers schedule too. 8/8%thc/cbd is my golden ratio. Works really well for my illness. Fibromyalgia.

          • hab13

            I agree Richard same for me I like the high cbd ratios for pain relief with my back. With alot of these high thc strains I just feel stoned and out of it, with the lower thc higher cbd strains I just feel so GOOD. For me also I have kinda rotation of strains, lucky enough to have around 20 different strains so sometimes go 2 weeks or more without doing a strain and this seems to make them awesome again when I get back to them. I don’t know if anyone else feels this way but for me the best feeling from a strain comes from the first time you try it so this little trick can help with the tolerance routines that can happen. This rotation includes a couple thc only strains to mix it up as well. I do believe in the entourage effect of all the parts working together to get the best out of the plant.

  • lovingc

    Who gets 6 weeks notice of a pee test? A 3 day abstinence will do the job for most tests.

    • Keith Kropf

      I wish someone could guarantee that! I could use a nice buzz. But we have random testing at work- if I spark up on Friday night, will I test negative on Monday morning? We have a one strike and you’re out rule. I need my job right now!

      • lovingc

        I have done it on a test at a nuclear plant I was welding on. But I had to go right then. I would not chance it now but I don’t have to I am retired.

      • Uberdankness

        There are Detox drinks you can buy at Head shops for $10-20 a bottle that you can drink an hour before your test, people say it works but it’s on you.

        • needabuzz

          I wish there was some scientific evidence that they work 100%. I don’t want to risk a very well paying job on someone’s promise – and a money back guarantee – that won’t do me any good when I’m unemployed. The “golden claws of security “. Sucks, it really sucks!

          • Uberdankness

            Well, it’s really up to the user and how much effort they put into it. It really helps to quit for a week (if you can) and exercise and take Vitamin B and niacin a couple times a day and drink lots of water then buy one of those Detox drinks.

    • Cris

      3 days huh? where on Earth is that a fact??? everything I’ve read says specifically it takes 3/4 days to even start metabolising. at one week 50% will be metabolized. that’s 7 days and not even all just half. so you would think 2 weeks for some, still depends on the a.) smoker b.) what kind meaning potency of strain(s) & 3.) the most important; your body. How much body/lipid fats to burn off??? If it was as simple as 3 days I’d smoke up until the week of a pee test, but that’s just risking it

      • Cris

        all in all of my research and personal experience, it takes 3-6 weeks depending on the person

    • Larry Thomas

      Did dabs for 2 years after smoking weed for years. I am 5’11” 155 lbs. Work out everyday. Been 31 days just did a thc test strip. Still positive.

  • dujohn77

    I quit about 5 months ago because I kept having these episodes with pounding heart beat and like I was going to stroke out just sitting on the couch. Very weird, some friends said maybe it was anxiety but I’m a pretty optimistic guy. Plus, how do you have an anxiety attack while watching Southpark laughing your ass off? Has anyone ever experienced this? Anyway, I decided to stop using, I used medical grade cannabis daily for nerve pain, and overall relaxation. I don’t like alcohol ( i have a ruptured disk, L5S1), and the cannabis really took the edge off and helped me sleep. When i did stop using, the anxiety and heart palpitations were intense for about 6 weeks and I could only get relief through intense exercise like the article states. The anxiety started to tapper off slowly but I kept having heart palpitations for about 90 days, it was so annoying. All is well now, so just word to the wise, if you are a daily user and decide to quit you could be uncomfortable for while, just keep plugging away at the gym with some good intense exercise and stay hydrated, it really does help. I miss cannabis, what a wonderful plant.

    • tonymengela

      anxiety attacks are mental issues and run on the subconscious as well as the conscious thoughts. It could quite possibly be triggered even if you are having a great time. You have to comprehend that these chemicals are mind enhancing so things get triggered

      • Uberdankness

        Also have to comprehend the “Weed” today is SUPER STRONG and most people are not ready for this level of THC. Seriously, try to find mid grade weed and just smoke joints because this “Designer” weed is all Octane which causes anxiety. Most people want a mellow type high but it’s hard to find low THC high quality strains these days.

        • needabuzz

          I’m really looking foreword to growing some low THC hi terpenes cannabis so I can sit back and roll big, good tasting fatties like we used to do with our $15/oz. Mexican and $30/oz. Colombian!

          • Uberdankness

            Me too, I don’t go to the dispensaries anymore–all Frankenstein Cannabis. I find some high mids and roll joints and I’m very mellow and happy. This 25-30% THC flower just causes problems, whether people want to admit it or not.

        • dujohn77

          I agree, I would love to try a nice balanced strain with CBD and THC.

    • needabuzz

      I wouldn’t be so sure that was the cannabis. Did you see a doctor? I wouldn’t mess around with heart stuff, you could be dead before you can roll another spliff!

      • dujohn77

        I saw several doctors and specialist, wasted a lot of money on doctor visits for nothing, all checked out great. Tony is correct, the doctors concluded it was all cannabis based reactions. For some people, I guess I am one of them, cannabis effects us differently and unlocks hidden mental issues (IMO). I don’t regret anything, I just know better now not to use it daily for my nerve pain. I will try it again soon and record my reactions.

        • Keith Kropf

          Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the info.

    • Microking

      I actually have a similar issue, but It’s more isolated to the left side of my neck and can hear my Heart beat and blood pressure. It gets stronger a few days after stopping and then it gets better. I think too much THC with no CBD and other Terpenes/Canabinoids can cause anxiety and an unbalanced mentality over time in my opinion.
      Have you tried maybe a 1:1 CBD/THC strain in flower form vaped maybe only once or twice on the weekend only? Did you get same effect?

      • dujohn77

        I have not tried that Ryan, but considering it. I have read that balancing the CBD/THC does help. I will try this weekend and see how it goes. I have not had any THC in 4 1/2 months so this should be a solid test. Like most people are saying on this post and elsewhere that moderation is key with individuals like myself. I don’t think height and weight is a factor, I am 6’7″ 260lbs with athletic build. I exercise at least 5 days a week, so this leads me to believe that these symptoms are purely neurological/mental due to brain chemical make up. My brother-in-law has crohn’s disease, never exercises, and doesn’t really live a healthy lifestyle ( I try to encourage him to be healthy) and uses the same exact cannabis as I did all day and has never once experienced what I or you have. So the only logical reason has to be the chemical make up of the individual.

        • Uberdankness

          No, his Tolerance is just much higher than yours (not really a good thing). I would just stick to mid grade and smoke joints anything else is too intense for you (and many people) because the levels of THC is so damn high these days..

        • Microking

          Good points, I know life is not fair sometimes! lol Let us know how it goes, maybe start out with a 1 or 2 vape drags and see how you feel. Make sure you supplement also, like a good B Complex and 2:1 Mag/Cal, wild sockeye salmon for brain DHA also.
          Uber – The 1:1 CBD/THC strains or even 2:1 CBD/THC strains which actually might be better for him or newbees, usually has lower % when tested, but I understand your concerns on higher %, but then again you do not need as much also, so one drag may equal four drags with lower % percentage.

          • dujohn77

            I smoked some very mild cannabis Friday evening from a small glass pipe. Everything went well and no strange reactions. I also took a long drag from a vape pen with oil cartridge when the night was done before bed and same as above, no strange reactions strait to sleep. Saturday afternoon we had a cookout and I smoked some AK something or other, it was not AK-47 but AK fill in the blank. I micro dosed throughout the day and all was well, upbeat and no anxiety, had a good time with the kids and family. I am totally convinced that micro dosing and moderation is key for someone like me. I will stick to having some self control and moderation. Thanks for the advice.

    • CrazyNDaLazDayz

      I’ve been taking fish oil, garlic, and niacin, for other personal reasons, and they alleviated my heart palpitations/flutters.

    • Samuel Espinoza

      I had the same symptoms. I quit for two years and recently started smoking like a month ago again. I regret going back to it. Today is my first day without it. I stopped again because I again started having anxiety attacks. I have a Family and they are more important than Maryjane. I also have a damaged disk L7 I think. But it’s not worth it to have episodes like this and then people think you’re going crazy or something. Weed is of the past now. It’s not what it use to be. I’m out. Family first!

  • Austin

    UA’s are the devil. Terrible idea, for anyone/anything. It just creates a system of mistrusts. What do y’all think about switching to CBD isolates for the purpose of a THC break?

  • Microking

    Thanks Guys, found my post, it wasn’t there when I looked for it previously. 🙂

    • Bryan Balmer

      Your post is still there.

    • Uberdankness

      Yes, in fact it’s at the very top of the comment section.

  • Seth Otten

    I have 2 questions: 1) If more fat = more THC absorbed, do larger smokers get higher off of a smaller amount? 2) If the rate of THC absorbed is constant, would weight even be a factor? 2 GB of data is still 2 GB whether stored on a 4 GB flash drive or a 1 TB Hard Drive. Thanks in advance for any input!

    • Uberdankness

      No, THC is “stored” in fat cells but doesn’t make you higher. How much THC in your blood stream is what matters. In fact, what I found is people who are larger need more smoke to get high.

      • Hawk

        They need more because it does not stay in the blood stream as long with someone who is higher body fat %, it binds to fat cells in the organs, people with less body fat will test lower after 6 hours or so than someone with higher body fat but during those 6 hours it will be higher as it has less to bind to and stays in the blood until removed by the kidneys then bladder. If a person has only 2% body fat which is extremely hard to get to and maintain will get higher and the high will last longer but not much longer it’s not going to make too many trips through the kidneys before being removed.

    • needabuzz

      Interesting questions. Also, if you smoked a lot while you were gaining weight (maybe years ago), and you lose a bunch in the last few weeks, will you test positive? I think I read that you can. I sure wish we knew more about the testing.

  • tonymengela

    umm KIDNEY WOOD or Palo Azule will indeed flush your system of THC and cleanse you rapidly aided with things above its even faster. this article is lacking

  • Nicholas Broughton

    What about taking like a cbd isolate to help with the symptoms?

    • Microking

      This could help pain sufferers from my experience, but isolates are missing the natural Terpenes in the plant and other synergistic canabinoids. I feel that the “creator” had a plan with this plant and that taking components of it away is what Pharamceutical companies do with drugs they make from plants and we see all the side effects from that. Also, with no breaks Tollerence would get to a level where it may not work as well over time.
      I wish more people would look for Integrative/Functional medicine doctors and find out the causes of some of these pain/health issues.

  • Goldenpuff2

    What on earth is the matter with people? ‘Detoxing’ for pot? You would think everybody thought this was some new thing crawling out of the closet. It is not. We’ve been smoking pot for how many thousands of years and what? 2017 you suddenly need to ‘detox’ from it? Choose your words carefully. Pot is NOT TOXIC. What IS Toxic is calling it that with that terrible connotation. Fact is, no matter how many ‘detox’ kits you buy, it takes a certain amount of time for stuff to clear your body and that’s all there is to it. ps If you are smoking/ingesting sooooooooooooo much pot that you are drooling, you are doing it wrong.

    • Uberdankness

      Relax dude, it is a real concern for people. THC levels 10-15 years ago were around 7-10% now it’s 20-30% and 80-90% with dabs yes it’s an issue! Weed has been genetically altered into this Super Frankenstein BS herb, people want to chill-out not Freakout!

      • Indica’s… stay away from Sativas if you’re prone to paranoia/anxiety/stress.

        Indica’s are more like being drunk, body buzz sort of stuff, and nothing in your head or chest (anxiety/tension)

        Sativa’s will give you anxiety, especially if you’ve experienced this “anxiety” before. Your brain will remember what it felt like and instantly “go there” when it feels the similar effects of cannabis taking hold. Switch to lower % strains, hybrids with higher CBD, or just straight Indica’s. Stay away from concentrates, they’re for addicts. If you really want to get fucked up, just make/buy an edible or sprinkle some keef on your bowls/blunts/bongs.

        I used to get this paranoia and anxiety when I was a little younger, then I stopped giving a shit about what people in the outside world think about me and that seemed to help, along with simply getting older.

        • Uberdankness

          Good info, I did start doing that and now I’m pretty happy with the effect..I like a 3:1 CBD blend to really relax and only a third of a joint sets me on a nice mellow high..I do indicas sometimes but the munches get intense and I’m tring to lose weight..; )) Anyhow cheers my fellow smoker!

        • Steele Dutchess

          I cannot get near a sativa or even a sativa hybrid . I HAVE to have 100% indica and I started in the early 70’s. However I am taking a break now as I have been using it to get me safely down from a Dr. Rxed’ 8 mgs of benzos a day . I am not well but had to stop the cannabis for now , I was smoking so much that only keef dipped works now . @15 a J it is $$ .

      • Samuel Espinoza

        Yes, I agree, people want to smoke and chill not smoke and thrill or freakout. I’ve smoked cannabis since 1996 and never felt any psychotic episodes until now, starting back in 2017. I’m at the moment trying to get rid of the thx stored in my fat cells. I DONT RECOMMEND SMOKING ON THE DAILY ANYMORE WITH THIS NEW THC OUT THERE. Everyone is freaking out after smoking too much. It wasn’t like that before!

      • Jonathan Little

        I guess I’m the only one the feels like bud is getting weaker as the industry finally progresses

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    • Al metzger

      Detoxing for a test!

    • Will Buffington

      Detoxing is not a legitimate scientific concept, it really just means “getting rid of stuff you don’t want in your body that is only there because you put it there”

      So when you say detoxing from weed, you really just mean you want to pass a drug test or reset your tolerance.

      You are attaching much unintended meaning into the use of the word “toxic”

      • Dusty Foot

        As a scientist I can wholeheartedly tell you, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

        You should actually look into the science of marijuana and it’s affects on the brains development before commenting on the subject.

        • YES amen
          BC edibles can be very harmful and YES toxic if kids consume too many or even adults consuming too much. So yes it’s a thing.

          • Mike Okhertz

            You’re right, kids should drink alcohol instead. It’s legal so it must be safe.

        • Mike Okhertz

          Hey mister scientist, how come adults whose brains are fully developed are being put in prison for consuming a plant? You should actually look into that and provide the science behind it.

          • AlamanacDreams

            People being put in prison has nothing to do with science and everything to do with the failed war on drugs. Its not legal for kids to drink alcohol because it isn’t safe, partly because it has an effect on their brain development like marijuana does. Just because you disagree with Dusty Foot doesn’t mean they are wrong.

    • Dusty Foot

      You haven’t got a clue wtf you’re talking about.

  • for pee tests just use certoclear it works everytime

    • RW

      It works every…..never. Certoclear is BS

  • 0athkeeper

    Wow, what a load of horseshit is this excuse for an article!! Clearly this she writes in volume as this was clearly “cranked out” and she has little knowledge of the the human body and how it works.

  • Kelley_Lucero

    I smoke daily, but only low grade commercial weed or home grown, and no more than about half a joint a day. I have Meniere’s and osteoarthritis and weed helps both, but I don’t like to get high AF, so I don’t smoke much kush. After all these years, I’m still a lightweight. I applied for second job and got an interview. It went great and they really liked me. They offered me the job, then they mentioned the pre-employment UA. Yikes! I stopped using and have been drinking a lot of water and tea and exercising more, but I will only be 7 days clean before the test. I bought some Rescue Detox Cranberry Ice, at the recommendation of the guy working behind the counter for heavy users. My question, which you may not be able to answer, is would I really be considered a heavy user? Daily, yes, but heavy?

    • Lisa Lee

      Make sure you drink about a half a gallon of water in the morning and don’t take your UA until after the third time you’ve peed. Then you should be fine.

  • Jason Revelation

    I always sub. Took a pair dark colored boxer briefs and sewed the fly shut from the back and halfway on the front, just enough to slip the bottle and heat pack in. Makes a perfect pocket right in front of your junk. You cannot be touched, that is against the law. I have had techs ask me to turn my pockets inside out, take off my jacket and lift up my pant legs to show my socks, and run my hands through my waistband, but 99% of the time they simply ask to remove all items from your pockets. Again, you cannot be touched or observed. The only exceptions are probation/parole UA’s and Department of Transportation employees. In these cases, you can be observed going right into the cup. For DOT they can make you humiliatingly pull your pants down to your knees and lift your shirt and spin in a circle to check for prosthetics like the whizzinator. Worse then a goddamn convicted criminal. I’m facing the DOT return to duty test after seasonal layoff. I am an extreme heavyweight user; 1 gram of 85% THC wax vaped every 3-4 days, all day long. A bit excessive, I know. NEVER at work though. 6 foot, 200 lbs, slight spare tire but fast metabolism. Not much exercise lately. I have 2 weeks to get clean. While I understand and agree with the need to keep tweaker truck drivers off the road, there REALLY needs to be a test that only tests for CURRENT cannabis intoxication. What I smoked last night to help me fall asleep so I can be aware and rested should be of no consequence to anyone.

    • Jason Revelation

      Now for my rant: The United States is virtually alone in the developed world in permitting employment-at-will and random drug testing. (..but we’re FREE, right?) Canada recently held that the implementation of random alcohol testing for employees in safety-sensitive positions was an invasion of privacy and an invalid exercise of management rights. The Court held that without “evidence of enhanced safety risks, such as evidence of a general problem with substance abuse in the workplace,” such testing was an “unjustified affront to the dignity and privacy of employees,” and therefore impermissible. Belgium and Finland, prohibit the contracting away of basic privacy rights, including drug testing. In Poland and the Czech Republic, drug and alcohol testing is also generally prohibited. Pre-employment screening is permissible in some countries (the United Kingdom), but is strictly limited in others. In France, for example, pre-employment drug-screening is generally prohibited unless an occupational physician recognizes and recommends such testing. In fact, drug and alcohol testing is strictly limited in most European countries, as well as many other countries around the world, including countries as diverse as Chile, Colombia and South Africa. Unjustified testing can result in fines, and even criminal sanctions in several European countries. In other countries, such as India and China, drug and alcohol testing is generally not done, either because many of the substances that might be prohibited in the U.S. are widely and legally available, or substance abuse counselors and rehabilitation programs are scarce or nonexistent. Bottom line, we for some reason have accepted an unacceptable amount of invasion of privacy in the form of drug testing, more invasive than any other county in the world. And it’s not even that effective; as demonstrated above they are very easy to cheat. Companies enforce testing rules to get a better rate on their insurance, bottom line. If things don’t change within the next decade, I am seriously considering ex-patrioting to a more sensible county and America can go on deluding itself that it is “free”.

      “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -Goethe

      • CrazyNDaLazDayz

        Wow, I never knew that. What a sad country we are in the US. It is a complete 100% invasion of privacy. Something needs to be done.

  • Patient Safety

    Great article … thank you! However, it was really more pointed at “passing a test” as opposed to a “t break”. What are some great resources for how to do a T-Break and are there any studies around the need of this for CBD. I find that CBD works better than ANY pharmaceutical pill. (I have severe nerve pain due to a loss of my axon nerves in my feet … due to an allergic reaction to the flu shot that paralyzed me a couple years ago … but that is another story for another forum.)

    Sure … I mix it with THC … but that is just for fun … I find the CBD has the same impact with our without …

    What I am looking for is an approach to get the cannabis out of my brain and honestly nervous that I am going to have to go back to the Oxy crap my doctor prescribes.

    So … how long is best practice? (I already do everything on the good list as part of my diet (except the fat parts as natural fat is actually really good for you … and I am about 7% body fat due to it.))

    Anyone have links to actual studies that have been done (I know, not by our government, but there are less “Prohibition” governments … just can’t find any great links to studies …

  • Diddy kong 🐒

    Hey guys I’m looking for some guidance on detoxing. I am a 24 year old male I have a very active metabolism and weigh 167 and standing at 5/11. I have been a heavy smoker for years occasionally smoking 2-3 joints daily. And on weekend there’s no real way to measure the amount consumed (weed spoiled). I only consume flower I am not a fan of concertrates. What would be yalls advice for me as far as a time line to clean the system and natural methods to help clean. This is a self improvement experiment and possibly preparing for future drug test. I appreciate y’all taking the time to respond

  • Dusty Foot

    I would strongly disagree with the notion that only heavy users experience those withdrawals. I’m day 3 of detox and have all of those symptoms and my consumption is approximately 1.3 grams per week. About 5 modest bowls a day which I would never consider heavy usage.

  • John Roberts

    Passing a drug test is easy if 1) you have the time and 2) you’re healthy. Cheating isn’t smart and you always run the risk of getting caught, the labs are too sophisticated to fall for synthetic urine or someone elses urine. Dilution and diuretics are helpful (mentioned below) but they’re not guaranteed. The best thing you can do is “amplifying” your body’s naturally occurring detoxification functions; below are a few ways to do this:

    Abstain from inhaling or ingesting weed– Obvious enough.

    Eat a low carb and low sugar diet – A diet like this forces the body to metabolize fat (where THC metabolites are stored) instead of glucose.

    Drink at the very least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day; this will help flush your system.

    Drink green tea; green tea is a diuretic and will help speed up your metabolism.

    Exercise and hit the sauna, steam-room or jacuzzi.

    Lastly, get a 5 day detox kit from if you have the time to spare. Their not full proof (most things arent) but their certainly helpful and can take a couple days off the detox process.

  • Christopher Ford

    I would have to disagree about the vinegar. Not sure about white vinegar, but I do know personally that apple cider vinegar do work. I’ve had levels over 200 and with 2 days it’s down to double digits.

  • Steve

    Great article

  • kae

    I’m trying to make sure i can pass an at home test that my parents might do when i get home next week. I haven’t been smoking as much, never did it every day. Stopped ingesting it completely a few days ago, just a a hit or two off of my oil cartridge. is there something easy and cheap i could pick up at a store to just help me make sure its out of my system by the time I go home?

    • AlamanacDreams

      No easy and cheap solution aside from drink lots of fluids, eat keto, and exercise. Which is mentioned in the article.