- Daniel Miller
- Updated: Jun 2, 2023
Dr. Daniel Miller’s Expert Approach to Weed Detox
In this piece, we’ll explore ways to detoxify your body from THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.
This includes two methods: permanent detox and same-day cleansing.
We’ll also discuss various products, such as pills, drinks, and kits, that can assist in this detoxification process.
Rest assured, the techniques explained here apply to both delta-9 and delta-8 THC, the two primary forms of THC found in cannabis.
Two Ways to Detox from Weed
A permanent detox is a method that completely removes THC metabolites from your body. It requires at least a week to be effective and cleanses not only your urine but also your blood and saliva.
However, THC will still be present in your hair follicles unless a detox shampoo is used.
This approach is ideal for individuals intending to quit marijuana usage, those wanting to pass a drug test and have ample time for a permanent detox, people considering a tolerance break, and those interested in a lifestyle change.
Same Day Detox/Cleansing
In contrast, same-day detox is a temporary solution that flushes THC out of your system in a shorter period—typically within 24 hours or less.
This method primarily cleanses the urine, reducing the THC concentration below detectable levels. While this doesn’t eliminate THC from your body entirely, it ensures you’ll test clean for a limited duration. You don’t need to quit using marijuana for this method.
Same-day detox is recommended for those who need to pass a drug test on short notice and do not wish to quit using marijuana. It’s also useful for those who don’t have the time for a complete, permanent detox before a drug test.
In the following sections, I’ll delve deeper into each detox method, providing detailed instructions to make the process as straightforward as possible.
I promise to provide you with scientifically-backed, unbiased information that will help you make informed decisions about your health and lifestyle.
How Marijuana is Processed by the Body
THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis that induces the “high” sensation. Around 70% of the consumed THC is trapped by fat cells in the body.
When the body requires energy, it breaks down these fat cells, releasing the stored THC into the bloodstream. This is a slow and gradual process. Some of the THC from the bloodstream is recaptured by other fat cells, while the rest travels to the liver.
In the liver, THC is metabolized, meaning it is broken down into smaller substances known as metabolites. These metabolites are then excreted into the bladder and the intestines.
Interestingly, around 70% of THC metabolites are directed towards the intestines.
Here, part of them are reabsorbed into the bloodstream via a process called enterohepatic circulation. The remaining THC metabolites in the intestines are excreted along with feces.
The THC metabolites in the bladder, on the other hand, are excreted with urine.
How Drug Tests Detect Marijuana Usage
Drug tests typically employ the Immunoassay method to detect drug usage. This method uses antibodies to identify the presence of selected drugs or their metabolites in the body.
For marijuana, the standard cutoff level for a positive test is usually 50ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter) for THC.
However, the Federal/Department of Transportation (DOT) has a slightly different guideline. If a drug test yields a concentration above the standard cutoff level, it’s considered ‘presumptive positive’. A confirmatory test is then carried out, with a lower cutoff level of 15ng/ml. If this secondary test also shows a concentration above the confirmatory test cutoff, the result is reported as positive.
Now that we understand how marijuana is processed by the body and how drug tests detect its usage, let’s dive deeper into the two detox methods and how they can assist in this process.
Permanent THC Detox
A permanent detox involves removing all THC from your system through a combination of strategies, such as increasing the breakdown of fat cells to release THC into the bloodstream, accelerating THC metabolism in the liver, and enhancing the elimination of THC metabolites from the intestines.
Eating a balanced diet can help your body utilize its fat stores for energy, thereby releasing THC into the bloodstream for excretion. Although there is abundant information on healthy diets online, I will share some general recommendations here.
- Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
- Incorporating a variety of protein foods like seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds.
- Minimizing the consumption of added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.
- Staying within your daily calorie needs.
For more detailed information on healthy diets, consider the following resources:
- Healthy diet recommendations by world health organization https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/healthy-diet
- Center for disease control. Healthy eating tips: https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/features/healthy-eating-tips/index.html
- Center for disease control. Healhy drinks: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html
- Center for disease control. How to cut calories: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/cutting_calories.html
- Healthy recipes: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/eat/recipes.htm
Exercise aids in burning calories. When you expend more calories than you consume, your body begins to use stored fat for energy. As fat cells break down, they release stored THC into the blood, expediting its excretion.
To get the most out of your exercise routine:
Engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. Opt for light-intensity exercises such as jogging, running, or even walking.
Some examples of effective exercises include:
- Jogging or running
- Swimming laps
- Biking at a fast pace or on hilly terrain
- Playing singles tennis or basketball
- Lifting weights
Drinking water aids in weight loss and, subsequently, the release of THC stored in fat cells. Water increases your metabolic rate, suppresses appetite, and facilitates efficient exercise.
Typically, consuming 1-2 liters of water daily supports weight loss, particularly when drunk before meals. However, be careful not to overdo it, as excessive water consumption can lead to water toxicity.
Research suggests that inadequate sleep contributes to weight gain and a higher likelihood of obesity in adults and children.
Maintaining a good sleep cycle helps regulate calorie intake, boost metabolism, and supports weight loss, facilitating THC release from fat cells. Most adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Several supplements can enhance natural THC detoxification.
Like activated charcoal, fiber absorbs THC in the intestines, thereby hastening its removal from the body. Consuming high-fiber foods can help you remove THC faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Research indicates that vinegar can assist in reducing body fat. It’s suggested that daily intake of vinegar might help diminish body fat and prevent obesity-related diseases. A typical dosage would be 15ml of apple cider vinegar twice daily with plenty of water.
Activated charcoal has shown potential in absorbing drugs in the intestines, preventing enterohepatic circulation. This means THC is not reabsorbed back into the blood and is expelled with feces. Generally, you can take 1200mg twice daily, 2-3 hours before/after meals or as directed by a healthcare professional.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort induces CYP3A4 enzymes, which are responsible for processing THC in the liver. By stimulating these enzymes, the rate of THC metabolism increases.
The usual recommended dosage is 300mg daily with food.
Why Permanent Detox Cannot Be Achieved Quickly
A permanent detox involves burning body fat to release stored THC. Before burning fat, the body must deplete glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, a process that takes several days.
Additionally, activating drug metabolizing enzymes in the liver also requires some time. Hence, a permanent detox cannot be achieved in just 2-3 days.
The minimum needed is 5 days for light users.
Same Day Detox/Cleansing
This method operates on the principles of reducing body fat breakdown and slowing down THC metabolism. The key goal is to encourage frequent urination, thereby flushing THC metabolites out of the urine. Consequently, your urine can remain clean for several hours.
What to Do
Here’s a step-by-step guide to the same-day detox method
- Activated Charcoal: Four hours before the test, ingest 5g of activated charcoal. It acts as an absorbent, trapping THC in the intestines.
- Creatine Supplement & Grapefruit Juice: Three hours before the test, mix 10 grams of creatine supplement with a glass of grapefruit juice and drink it. Creatine helps restore the creatinine levels in your urine, while grapefruit juice hampers the metabolism of THC in the liver.
- Electrolyte Drink: For the next three hours, drink 25oz of an electrolyte drink, like Gatorade, every hour. This replenishes lost electrolytes and promotes hydration.
- Vitamin B Supplement & Chocolate: Two hours before the test, take a vitamin B supplement and consume a chocolate bar or some sweets. Vitamin B will restore the color of your urine, while chocolate will help halt the breakdown of body fat.
Use Creatine Ethyl Ester because it works faster than other creatine forms. It is also advisable to do a dry run of this method at home to estimate your personal creatine dosage and timing. Utilize at-home urine test strips to ensure your creatinine level is within the normal range.
THC Detox Products
Why Use THC Detox Products?
One of the advantages of using THC detox products is their convenience. They come pre-packaged with all the necessary ingredients in the right proportions, providing a practical solution to detox from THC or prepare for a drug test.
Do THC Detox Products Work?
There is a vast range of products on the market, and admittedly, not all of them work. However, the ones that I will discuss are proven to work. They contain ingredients that align with the principles of THC detox and cleansing, ensuring efficient removal of all traces of THC.
What Type of Product to Use?
The type of product you use will depend on your goals. If you aim to cleanse from marijuana, drinks or kits would be beneficial. Kits offer a more complex and effective solution, leading to a higher success rate of passing drug tests. However, if your goal is permanent detox, kits or pills should be your choice.
Best THC Detox Kits
Fast Marijuana Detox by GreenFleets
Best quick cleanse for drug test
This is a fast-acting cleansing kit that becomes effective within 60 minutes, lasting up to 5 hours. It’s ideal for passing a drug test as it removes all toxins.
It works for all kinds of immunoassay urine tests and suits any body mass. The kit includes a single-panel drug test, a healthy detox guide & meal plan, and is available online for $59.99.
ToxinRid 10 Day Detox Kit
Best permanent detox for heavy users
This is a comprehensive detox program designed to completely remove all THC from the system. It’s particularly beneficial for heavy and regular users.
The kit includes 150 toxin rid pills, 1 oz of dietary fiber, and 1 fluid oz of detox liquid. It’s simple to use, with clear instructions, and backed by numerous positive reviews.
Although pricier at $189.95, it’s guaranteed to work when used as directed, making it a worthwhile investment for those looking to pass an important drug test.
How to Use: The instructions detail a precise regimen of taking tablets with water, consuming detox liquid, and maintaining a healthy diet. An optional step involving a fiber supplement mix is recommended if you have a drug screening scheduled soon after completing your detox program.
Premium 7 day detox kit by GreenFleets
Best price for permanent detox
The Premium 7 day detox kit by GreenFleets is a go-to choice for those looking for a budget-friendly yet effective detox solution. It promises to permanently rid your body of marijuana and other toxins, giving you a clean slate in just seven days. This product is FDA registered and made in the USA, ensuring quality and safety.
A comprehensive solution, it cleanses not just your urine, but your blood and saliva too. Additionally, the kit includes a healthy detox guide and meal plan, along with detailed step-by-step instructions to make your detox journey easier.
It’s also important to note that it’s legal and not detectable by labs. This kit offers great value at just $66.98.
How to use
Start by taking one tablespoon of the Stinger Detox drink in the morning and one at night before meals. If the taste is too potent, you can mix it with water or juice. Avoid dairy products such as milk and cheese thirty minutes before use.
For best results, abstain from all exposure to toxins during the detox week. One hour before your test, take the Test Pass Chewable Detox Pills with 32 ounces of water. Be sure to urinate several times before going to your test. This product is to be used as a dietary supplement only and should be refrigerated after opening.
ToxinRid 5 day detox kit
Best permanent detox for light users
The Toxin Rid 5 day detox kit is ideal for light users, promising to remove all THC from your system in a relatively short timeframe. This all-natural detox solution costs $109.95 and comes with a money-back guarantee, providing peace of mind if the product doesn’t work.
The kit includes pre-rid tablets, dietary fiber, and a liquid detox, all working together to purify your body of toxins.
How to use
Begin by taking three tablets every hour for five hours daily for five consecutive days. Be sure not to exceed 15 tablets per day, and always take the tablets at the same time for maximum effectiveness.
Ensure you drink at least half a gallon of water daily and incorporate fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean meats into your meals. Two hours after your last set of pills on the final day of the detox plan, take the detoxifying drink. Refrain from eating or drinking for the next two hours.
The dietary fiber supplement can be used one hour before your test if needed. Mix it with water, wait 15 minutes, then drink 16 ounces of water. Urinate two or three times in the next hour before taking your test.
Nutra Cleanse 5-Day Extreme Detoxification Program
Alternative to Toxin Rid 5 day detox
The Nutra CLeanse 5-Day Extreme Detoxification Program is a quick detox solution that promises to deliver results in a span of five days. This product markets itself as suitable for heavy users, but there is skepticism about its effectiveness for this group. So, realistically, it may be better suited for light users.
While the Nutra Cleanse kit includes a detox diet menu and two drug test kits, some users have reported it to be not very effective. Therefore, potential buyers should proceed with caution when considering this product.
This kit is priced at $109.95 and comes with a 100% Money Back Guarantee.
How to use
The Nutra Cleanse regimen involves taking several capsules over the course of five days. On the night before (or the morning of) starting your cleansing program, take all four capsules of the Pre-Cleanse formula with 24oz of water at least an hour after dinner.
For the next five days, take six capsules of the Morning Formula with 24oz of water at least an hour before your morning meal, and take six capsules of the Evening Formula with 24oz of water at least an hour after your evening meal.
After completing the five-day cleansing program, take the eight Post-Cleanse Clean Capsules.
Best THC Detox Drinks
When it comes to THC detox drinks, there are several choices in the market. I will present three of the most reliable options I have come across in my research:
Clear Choice Rescue Cleanse
In my opinion, the Rescue Cleanse detox drink offers an excellent balance between efficiency and price. After consuming it, you’ll enter the ‘Clear Zone’ within an hour and stay there for up to five hours.
This detox drink is specifically designed for those with a medium to large body mass (200lb+) and frequent exposure to toxins.
At a reasonable price of $60, it is a strong contender for the best detox drink on the market.
Mega Clean Detox Drink
The Mega Clean detox drink is another reliable option. It boasts similar effectiveness to the Rescue Cleanse drink, though it does come with a higher price tag.
It’s recommended for those with heavy toxin exposure and also begins to minimize toxin levels within an hour of consumption.
The drink remains effective for up to five hours, with maximum effect observed at three hours. This product is ideal for individuals with higher toxin levels or larger body mass.
It is available in tropical fruit or wild berry flavor and is priced at $70.
Herbal Clean QCarbo Plus with Super Boost Tablets
The Herbal Clean QCarbo Plus with super boost tablets is another budget-friendly choice, although it may not be as potent as the two previous options.
It is best suited for occasional users and can effectively flush out THC, cocaine, and opiates. This detox solution starts working within an hour of consumption and remains effective for up to five hours.
The fact that it’s legal and not detectable in lab tests, coupled with a money-back guarantee, makes it a safe bet for many. The price for this detox solution stands at $40.
How to Use THC Detox Drinks to Pass a Drug Test
While there is a variety of THC detox drinks available on the market, the instructions for their use are fairly consistent. It’s crucial to remember that these guidelines should be followed carefully to maximize the effectiveness of the detox process.
Before you even open your detox drink, you should stop consuming all toxins and unnecessary medications for at least 48 hours.
This will give your body a head start on the detoxification process. To enhance the effectiveness of the detox drink, it is best to consume it on an empty stomach.
Therefore, I recommend not eating or drinking anything else four hours prior to consumption. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, you may eat something light like toast or crackers.
Consuming the Detox Drink
The next step is to consume the detox drink. For the best flavor, refrigerate before opening. Make sure to shake the bottle well to mix up any settled ingredients. Then, drink the entire contents at a continuous but comfortable pace. Don’t rush it, but don’t take all day either.
Once you’ve finished your detox drink, it’s important to give your body time to process it. After about an hour, the drink should take effect.
During this hour, I recommend that you urinate frequently. This is a critical step in the cleansing process as it helps to flush out toxins from your system. Continue to avoid food and beverages other than water.
After one hour, you should be in the clear zone for up to five hours. Do remember that maximum effectiveness is usually achieved within the first hour.
One important thing to note is that detox drinks are not intended for daily use. It’s best to use this type of product no more than twice a month. Furthermore, this product is not recommended for prolonged use.
While detox drinks are generally safe, some people may experience side effects like nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, or cramping. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, I recommend discontinuing the use of the product immediately. If symptoms persist, seek medical assistance.
Homemade Weed Detox Drinks
In addition to commercially available detox drinks, some common household items can also aid in the detoxification process. While not as potent as specially formulated detox products, these homemade solutions can provide some support when used in combination with a comprehensive detox routine.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a staple in many households, known for its numerous health benefits. One such benefit is its ability to aid weight loss and burn body fat. This function can be particularly useful for THC detox, as THC is stored in body fat.
By promoting fat burning, ACV can help release stored THC into the bloodstream, where it can be eliminated through natural detoxification processes. Studies suggest taking 30ml of ACV, mixed with water, twice daily.
It’s crucial to remember, though, that ACV alone isn’t a magic bullet for THC detox. It’s most effective when combined with other detoxification methods.
Green tea is another excellent option for homemade detox. Not only can green tea improve fat breakdown (thereby aiding in the release of marijuana metabolites), but it also acts as a diuretic, helping to flush THC from the bladder.
For best results, consider drinking green tea daily as part of your THC detoxification routine. Similar to ACV, remember that green tea works best when it’s a part of a broader detox strategy.
Lastly, lemon juice can be another handy tool in your detox arsenal. Known for its weight loss benefits, lemon juice can assist in reducing body fat and, consequently, THC stored in the body. For best effect, consider drinking a glass of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice in the morning.
How We Selected the Best Products
Choosing the right THC detox products can be a daunting task given the multitude of options available on the market. Here’s a look at the key factors we considered to ensure we recommend only the most effective, safe, and trustworthy products.
Reputation is a significant factor when selecting any product. We looked for products from companies that specialize in THC detox, as general detox products may not be as effective for removing THC from the body.
Additionally, products from lesser-known or less reputable companies may contain untested or potentially dangerous ingredients that could lead to a failed drug test.
Transparency is crucial in any industry, and the detox product market is no exception. Unfortunately, many companies use misleading marketing tactics, making unsubstantiated claims about their products.
We prioritized products from companies that are clear about how their products work and whose claims are grounded in science.
During high-stress situations like facing a drug test, it’s easy to feel compelled to splurge on a product. However, a higher price tag doesn’t always translate into higher quality. We carefully performed a cost-benefit analysis, examining the product’s ingredients to determine whether the price tag is justified.
The THC market and the corresponding THC detox industry are growing rapidly, resulting in a wide array of products. We recommend only those products that we’ve reviewed, as they come from reputable companies known for their effective THC detox offerings.
Customer feedback can provide valuable insights into a product’s effectiveness and potential side effects. We evaluated products with favorable reviews and contacted actual users to verify the authenticity of these reviews and the efficacy of the products.
Some ingredients, while effective for detox, can cause harmful interactions or health issues. We ensured the products we selected contain only safe, natural ingredients.
What To Look For When Choosing the Best Detox For THC
Choosing a suitable THC detox method isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario; it requires careful consideration of various factors. Let’s delve into a few essential factors you should consider:
Contrary to popular belief, your body weight doesn’t significantly influence how much THC is stored in your fat cells. Even people with lean bodies possess sufficient fat tissue to store THC.
However, a key difference is that individuals with a lower body fat percentage often have faster metabolisms.
This means their bodies are more adept at using fat cells for energy and burning them quickly, leading to a more rapid metabolism and excretion of THC.
Frequency of Use
The duration needed to detox from THC is proportional to the amount of THC in your body. Frequent users, or those using products with a high THC content, will require a longer detox period. In this case, you should opt for more potent products designed for heavy users. On the other hand, occasional users might only need products intended for light users.
Type of Drug Test
The type of drug test you’ll need to take is a crucial consideration. If you’re preparing for a urine drug test, the methods explained in this article are applicable.
However, if you need to pass a saliva or mouth swab drug test, you’ll need to look for detox mouthwashes.
Hair drug tests are the most challenging to pass and may require the use of a highly effective THC detox shampoo.
How Long Does It Take to Detox From THC
Detoxing from THC depends on several factors, such as frequency of use, body weight, metabolism rate, and the type of detox product used.
Generally, occasional marijuana users may detox from THC within seven days. Regular users might require up to 30 days or more.
Athletes and lean individuals, with their lower body fat and faster metabolic rates, tend to metabolize and excrete THC more quickly.
Differences Between a THC Detox and a THC Cleanse
It’s crucial to understand the difference between a THC detox and a THC cleanse. A cleanse offers a temporary solution and is mainly suitable for passing a drug test.
It doesn’t remove THC from your body but instead triggers frequent urination to flush THC from your bladder, making your urine clean temporarily.
In contrast, a permanent detox aims to remove all THC from your system, necessitating a minimum of five days for the process.
Regular marijuana users might require a longer period. This method is more comprehensive and offers a permanent solution, as opposed to a cleanse that offers a temporary reprieve.
Understanding how to effectively detoxify THC from your system is crucial, especially if you need to prepare for a drug test. It’s important to remember that the best method for you may vary depending on your body weight, frequency of use, and the type of test you’ll be undergoing.
In terms of same-day detoxification, my top recommendation is the Fast Marijuana Detox Kit. This kit is an ideal solution for those who require a quick cleanse. It’s not a permanent solution, but it has proven to be effective for temporary detoxification, thus assisting many individuals to successfully pass their drug tests.
However, if you are a heavy user looking for a more permanent detox solution, the 10-Day Toxin Rid program would be your best option. This program is comprehensive, targeting THC deeply ingrained in your system.
For light users, the Toxin Rid 5 Day Detox Kit will likely be sufficient. It’s designed for less frequent users, ensuring an effective cleanse without the need for an extended detox program.
Remember, the detox process requires time and commitment. Regardless of which product you choose, it’s imperative that you follow the directions correctly for the best results. Always stay informed, keep hydrated, and take care of your health as you undergo the detox process.