There are many reasons why Marijuana remains in your system for so long. Some of those factors include the rate of cannabis consumption and your metabolism.
The problem is that compared to other drugs or even alcohol, marijuana stays in your body much longer and can be detected weeks later.
What is So Special About THC?
Most of us are familiar with THC. It is the active ingredient in marijuana that gives us the HIGH effect. What most people don’t know is that it is fat-soluble and remains in the body’s fat, clinging on to cells for as long as it can.
But, why does it stay there for so long, you ask? Well, fat cells usually aren’t something you burn quickly. How many of you workout? Or even drink enough? Probably none of you. If you are not burning that fat, then the THC is going to stick around and stay for as long as it can.
Furthermore, if you are a regular user, then the chances of getting THC out of your system is very slim, even if you do workout.
Sure you can drink lots of water to try to flush it out of your system, but if you are smoking every other day, or frequently, the chances are that your body is constantly high in THC.
How to Detect THC?
There are many ways to test if THC is still in your system, but the most common way is urine testing. It is simple, cheap and fast.
The only problem with urine testing is that it doesn’t really test THC, but rather a different chemical called THC-COOH, which is actually a metabolite of THC. It is produced when the liver breaks down the THC. While it may not be such a bad thing, the THC-COOH stays in your body for much longer and will appear on different drug tests.
Did you know that according to the National Drug Court Institute frequent users can expect to test positive for 7-10 days following their last use.
Furthermore, if you smoke cannabis, then know this; Your mouth absorbs THC when you smoke, and it will remain in your saliva. Studies show THC can be detected in saliva for up to 24-34 hours after marijuana use.
THC duration also depends on the following:
- Cannabis Potency
- Frequency of consumption
- Amount consumed
- Testing Used
THC is an amazing substance. It makes us feel good and recent research is showing signs that THC may cure cancerous diseases by altering your genes. With that in mind, if you are required to take a drug test make sure you cut back on smoking for a while as the THC-COOH could still be lingering around in your body.
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