written and photographed by Kimberly Harris
Passing a drug test for cannabis can be an essential part of getting a job or being on a team. Even though I’m of age and live in a cannabis-legal state, companies still have the right to deny hiring me if I test positive for THC in a drug test. That uncertainty and restriction about having to pass a drug test for cannabis is conflicting. Cannabis had become a part of my lifestyle for years and kicking it was just like trying to get rid of any habit—difficult. So, for this High Recommendations, we’re going to learn how to detox.
Stop Cannabis intake.
As soon as possible, I stopped my cannabis intake to begin detoxing. The first week was the hardest. I felt no physical symptoms of withdrawing, but I did have a mental battle with myself to stop. I had to constantly remind myself of how important detoxing was. I also want to be stronger than a substance.
If smoking is a part of a daily routine it’s more difficult of a habit to kick. I’ve had to pick something else to replace that time like making a cup of coffee, taking an extra-long shower or stretching. I choose things that help me relax and start my day with a positive attitude.
Stay occupied and focus on hobbies.
To not be tempted to smoke in my off time, I learned to keep myself busy throughout the day. I attached myself to school, work or another hobby if I found myself with extra time. Keeping busy helped with my cravings and desires. I loved to come home after a long day and wind down with a bowl. That habit has been replaced with working out. I can hold a lot of anxiety and stress that builds up inside of me, especially after a day of work, school and completing assignments. Doing cardio, yoga and lifting weights helps to release that build of stress instead.
2 to 4 weeks is how long it takes for THC to leave the body, supposedly.
Various articles online told me that how quickly THC flushes through my system would depend on how much I weighed and how often I smoked. After intake, THC is stored in fat so the more fat someone has the easier it is for THC to linger in the body. As a 120lb girl, I wasn’t worried about THC storing in my fat cells. I was more worried about being a daily smoker for the past 4 years. Just to be safe, I gave myself a month and a few weeks of zero intake to let the THC naturally detox out of my system.
Drink lots and lots of water.
Drinking water is a way for people to detox their body and flush out their systems naturally. I started to increase my water intake. I made it a goal of mine to fill up and finish my 32 oz water bottle twice a day. I knew I was doing it right by how many times I was going to the bathroom throughout the day.
Detox drinks help but aren’t always reliable.
If a test is urgent or soon, using a detox drink is a method of cleansing your system quickly. Detoxes are uncertain because it’s hard to know if a detox drink will flush 100% of the THC in your system. Friends who have drank a detox to pass a drug test guided me to purchase one at a smoke shop or a dispensary. They also told me to drink a lot of water with a detox. I feel comfortable with drinking 32 oz of water before and after taking the detox.
-Pee before going to the drug test, so that it’s not the first pee of the day in the cup. The first pee of the day can hold a lot of what your body processes overnight, so it can have a higher level of THC than pees that happen later in the day.
– CBD products can have traces of THC in them. THC helps promote CBD’s benefits for the body, so finding straight CBD products might not be as helpful or worth it.
– Detoxing is a practice rather than a quick remedy. It’s more efficient to use the tips I provided consistently and over a long period of time to get a full THC detox.
– Abstaining from intaking cannabis for a long period of time is the only way to be certain about passing a drug test. Sometimes drug tests come up with little to no warning, so a detox drink can be helpful in urgent situations but aren’t always reliable.