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How Long Does THC Stay In Your System: Everything You Need To Know

How Long THC Stay System

Cannabis has been a storm breaker in recent months due to studies showing promising results for its uses in the medical industry. Due to this, cannabis has gain a mass amount of media attention, medical professional attention and even government attention. Cannabis is increasingly growing in popularity, so much so that governments are lining up to begin the legalisation process for both medicinal and/or recreational purposes.

The only issue regarding the legalisation of cannabis is that after a government legalises the drug, they need to consider drug testing. If drug testing is not altered, demonizing cannabis consumers in the workplace could result in a loss for local businesses. Especially with roughly 13 percent of US citizens admitting to regular cannabis consumption in the workforce.

Cannabis is the only chemical that accumulates in your body fat and because of this it stays in the system longer than almost all other chemicals in the body. The effects of smoking marijuana quickly fade, (this is known as the marijuana detection window), but that’s not to say that your system is free of all cannabis traces. Although false positives are common in many different forms of chemical testing, marijuana is rarely falsely detected due to high technological advancements in testing.

So how long is it present for? Well, to understand this we need to dig a little deeper and take different testing methods into consideration. These testing methods including:

  1. Urine Testing:
    This is the most common way to test the body for THC, This is because not only is it one of the cheapest methods of testing but it can also be detected long after the use of cannabis. Urine testing doesn’t involve the accurate testing of THC but rather the testing of THC metabolite which is also called THC-COOH . Through this method of testing, the length of time will vary depending on how heavily or lightly the user ingested cannabis. For example:

    • Singular use: 7-10 days
    • Frequently: 15-20 days
    • Regularly: 30 days
    • Heavily: Up to 3 months (90 days).
  2. Blood Testing:
    This is a common testing method for road traffic cops. But it’s also good to know that THC metabolites do not stay in the blood for very long so this method of testing is not as common as the urine test

    • Singular use: 1 day
    • Frequently: 3 days
    • Heavily: 7 days
  3. Saliva Testing:
    Saliva testing is generally uncommon, especially when looking for THC. However, this method is often used by road traffic cops for a quick way to find out if drivers are under the influence. Other than that, it’s not a great method and this is because your mouth/saliva is the first place for THC to leave and THC spend the shortest time here. For example

    • Singular use: 24 hours
    • Frequently: 3 days
    • Heavily: 1 week
  4. Hair Testing:
    Cannabis metabolites can actually be detected in your hair. It’s not common however, because it is expensive due to the amount of effort that is required for hair testing. Hair testing can trace cannabis 1 week after consumption.

All of the above are just guidelines. If you are smoking or consuming cannabis in other ways, it’s essential to research the laws and regulations regarding cannabis in your country. If cannabis is a schedule 1 or an A class drug in your country and you are found with cannabis on your person and or if you test positive with cannabis in your system, prosecution and fines will be set in place. You should never try to pass a drug test or tamper with one. This is also against the law.

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