Wondering if you should be worried about a potential drug test? What if you’re using CBD not THC? This time on the High End Dabzation blog we’re going to give you a brief rundown to answer your concerns about how long does marijuana stay in your system and more!
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System
When it comes to weed and how long it hangs around in your system, it depends on a few different factors - the big one is dose, how often you smoke or ingest it, and the other is where in the system you’re looking. The more you smoke, the more frequently, and the potency of the marijuana all contribute to how long it will stay in your system.
Most often, cannabis is usually detectable in bodily fluids for up to 30 days after the last use,though it can be detected in hair for several months. We know, this probably isn’t as precise as you’d like your answers but it’s the answer – there’s a range!
For those who are daily users marijuana can be detectable in systems for several months, some even seeing it come up 90 days later!
How Long is Marijuana Detectable via Drug Testing?
Drug testing measures for marijuana use by looking for it’s by-products or metabolites. These are what your body creates when marijuana has been used, the metabolites are present after the immediate use as the body breaks down the substance and they’re present in the body long after the effects of the vape or edible have passed. Here’s how long it breaks down, based on types of testing.
These metabolites are fat-soluble, meaning they bind to the fat molecules present in your body. This causes them to take some time to break down and leave your system.
The most common type of drug testing people experience is urine testing. According to the Mayo Clinic the metabolites are detectable in urine as such:
Occasional users (up to 3x/week): 3 days
Moderate users (4x/week): 5 to 7 days
Chronic users (daily): 10 to 15 days
Chronic heavy users (multiple times a day): more than 30 days
Blood testing is used in lab settings or to specifically determine recent use. Usually it leaves the body in one or two days, however of course frequent, heavy use can increase that length of time in the blood.
Saliva testing has a similar rate to urine, like so:
Occasional users: 1 to 3 days
Chronic users: 1 to 29 days
Testing hair follicles is a heavy duty way to test for drugs. After use, marijuana makes its way to hair follicles through the small blood vessels. Those trace amounts will sit in the hair and allow testing to detect marijuana use for months.
How Long Does it Take for Marijuana to Metabolize?
Marijuana when smoked, vaped, or otherwise ingested, THC is absorbed into the bloodstream. It is then stored (temporarily) in fatty tissues and organs. It is broken down in the liver, where more than 80 metabolites are produced as the THC is broken down.
What Can I Do to Speed Up the Metabolization?
Unfortunately… not much! Some people swear by drinking lots of water and staying hydrated or exercising and eating healthy – and they might! Being healthy helps all of your body’s functions work as they should, but it’s not going to turbocharge your metabolism.
What About CBD? How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?
CBD typically hangs around your system for 2-5 days, but that range isn’t consistent across everyone! For some CBD stays in their system for weeks – like marijuana it depends on a few factors: how much you use, how often you use it, and your individual body. Everyone’s body is different!
For the most part, people don’t have to worry about drug tests for CBD and as marijuana becomes legal recreationally in more and more states, drug testing will shake up with it! Using marijuana while operating heavy machinery should be a no go of course, but not every desk jockey needs to be tested.