Drug screening in the United States is finally changing. In several states, it is, or soon will be, against the law for a company to refuse someone employment or fire them based on a positive screening for marijuana.
Unfortunately, even in liberal states such as California, it is currently the case that you could lose your job for using weed on a day off. Employers typically use urinalysis to test for illicit substances (though, cannabis is legal in many states), but some firms also still use saliva tests.
From a marijuana user’s perspective, the saliva test is better because you can pass it even if you smoked weed within the last few days. With a urine test, there’s a chance the THC metabolites will remain in your system for up to a week, or even longer if you’re a frequent user.
The situation means that ‘detox drinks’ remain popular. The idea is to consume these beverages with excessive amounts of water in hopes of ‘fooling’ the lab technicians performing the test. However, it’s likely that you will fail a test anyway if you consume marijuana frequently. Nevertheless, some individuals want to try and take drastic action.
There are plenty of reasons to undergo a marijuana detox even if you are not anticipating a drug test. If you don’t have a specific timeframe, there are plenty of ways to detox organically.
Why Would I Want to Detox?
Besides ensuring you don’t get caught out by a future drug screening, perhaps you feel that marijuana is no longer having the same effect as it used to. In this case, you can take a ‘tolerance break,’ also known as a T-break.
Over time, regular cannabis users could build up a tolerance to the herb, which means it takes more weed to produce the same effects as before. Tolerance is a huge problem if you’re using marijuana for medical reasons. With a T-break, you can reverse the effects by steering clear of weed for a while.
When you detox, you cease consuming a substance to ensure the body is cleansed of all traces.
The ultimate goal of detoxing is to flush all THC out of your system. Although this process can reduce tolerance and may help you pass a drug screening, there are potential side effects. For example, if you are using cannabis medically and need to take a T-break, you will no longer have access to the substance you use to help you. Plenty of people also experience insomnia, decreased appetite, anxiety, headaches, irritability, and even depression.
The most ‘organic’ way to detox from THC is to avoid marijuana consumption altogether. However, it can take days, or even weeks, for the psychoactive compound to leave your system entirely. In this guide, we outline fifteen other organic detox methods to accelerate the process.
How to Detox from Weed Naturally
If you are wondering how to detox from weed naturally, there are a few options. It’s worth noting that most detox methods are not 100% effective, particularly if you have a deadline. The detox process takes time, and results may vary depending on how much THC is in your system.
Nevertheless, the below sections cover how to detox from weed naturally in a safe way. These are often much better than potentially harmful detox drinks, and they can be just as effective when done correctly.
1 – Hot and Cold Showers
Water is arguably the most potent detox weapon at your disposal, which is why it will feature on this list more than once. Alternate hot and cold showers are uncomfortable (occasionally downright painful) at first, but once you get used to the process, you’ll wonder why you took so long to come around to the idea.
Once you’re in the shower, begin with a 60-second burst of hot water followed by 30 seconds of cold water. If the cold cycles become an issue for you, causing symptoms like hyperventilating, begin with lukewarm water and ensure it gradually gets colder as you adjust to this form of hydrotherapy.
Complete between three and five cycles of hot/cold showers each day. Eventually, you’ll grow to love the cold cycles because they’ll prove stimulating and invigorating, especially in the morning. Make sure you end with a cold cycle but do so in a warm bathroom because your body must stay warm afterward. By alternating hot and cold showers, you increase circulation, boost metabolism and immune function, and encourage lymphatic flow.
Interestingly, hot showers could help ease the effects of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition that has symptoms including vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain.
A study by Habboushe et al., published in the Basic Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology journal in June 2018, looked at New Yorkers who used weed at least 20 times a month.
One-third of the volunteers experienced cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome or at least the symptoms associated with the condition. These particular users reported feeling a variety of symptoms that were mysteriously relieved with the aid of hot showers. One theory posits that hot water works because it produces a sensory signal that distracts the body from its pain signals.
A review of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome from 2021 also noted this phenomenon, with 67% of respondents in a survey claiming that hot showers relieved their symptoms.
2 – Dry Skin Brushing
Most people have never even thought about brushing their dry skin, but it is a health and beauty tip recommended by experts. It tones the skin, opens pores to release toxins, removes dead skin cells, improves blood circulation, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Once again, it stimulates the lymphatic system, which cleans toxins and debris from your body to help it work more efficiently.
For effective dry skin brushing, use a loofah or a natural bristle brush. One great tip is to press your fingertips on the terminus, the indentation between collarbone and neck, three times before starting to brush your skin. This process begins the flow of lymph. You should also press the groin area, rib cage, and armpits three times apiece.
Use the brush to stroke downwards into the terminus and from the chest outward towards the armpits, but stay away from the nipples as they are sensitive. Brush the abdominal area above the navel toward the armpits and below the navel toward the groin. Brush your legs upwards towards the groin and the soles of your feet and palms of your hands in small circles.
It is best to dry brush your skin twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening. If you only have the chance to do it once a day, do so at night to help the body detox as you sleep.
3 – Use Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil was probably first used by the ancient Egyptians some 3,500 years ago. Proponents of the substance claim that it can increase the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system and boost blood circulation. It is also claimed that castor oil has a positive impact on the nervous system while improving your immune system.
It is claimed that castor oil has a positive impact on the nervous system while improving your immune system.
One tactic is to add castor oil packs to the whole abdomen and cover the areas where the liver and colon reside beneath. Rub the oil over your skin and then cover it with a towel and a hot water bottle for at least 60 minutes. It has been suggested that the hot water bottle’s heat can penetrate the intestines and liver to stimulate their contraction and encourage the release of toxins.
You can also consume a tablespoon of castor oil in the morning to perform a mini colon cleanse. Be careful when eating it, though, because overconsumption can lead to severe diarrhea.
4 – Vitamin C Flush
Also known as an ascorbate cleanse, a vitamin C flush could help remove toxins from the body. According to advocates of this method, you need to consume extremely high levels of vitamin C at regular intervals until your stool is watery. Vitamin C is believed to boost the immune system, help your body absorb minerals, aid the body in warding off infections, and protect the body from toxins.
As vitamin C is water-soluble, it does not get stored in the body, which makes it relatively safe to consume large amounts. Although the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 60mg/d, there is a suggestion that it should be increased because of its antioxidant and health benefits.
To perform a vitamin C flush, begin on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Dissolve up to 1.5 grams in water and consume it. A healthy person should consume 1.5 grams of vitamin C every 15 minutes. The dosage increases to 3 grams for a moderately fit person and 6 grams for unhealthy individuals. Continue until you produce watery stools. This obviously isn’t the most pleasant option, and you could suffer from severe cramps and bloating.
Although Vitamin C is often considered the star of the show, you can also use other vitamins and minerals because they also help eliminate toxins from the body and speed up the process of immune system repair. Drugs deplete all soluble vitamins in the body, especially in the early stages after abstaining. By taking a round of multivitamins, you can quickly restore the level of vitamins in your body to an average level.
Whether you have been drinking alcohol or using drugs for years, your B vitamin level will be significantly depleted. B1, B3, and B5 help turn sugar from the body into energy, while B6 and B12 help produce blood cells and keep your nervous system healthy. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, while calcium & magnesium can relieve anxiety and calm your central nervous system.
5 – Natural Colon Cleansing
The ancient Greeks are believed to have been the first to use colon cleansing. You can either purchase specific products or pay an expert to perform colonic irrigation. The latter involves a small tube being placed up your rectum while a low-pressure pump flushes several gallons of water through your system. The therapist may also massage your abdomen during the process. Eventually, you release the water like a regular bowel movement, and fluids and waste are removed from the body.
If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can purchase special powdered or liquid supplements to do the job.
If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can purchase special powdered or liquid supplements to do the job. Some must be taken through the rectum, while others are designed for oral consumption. Products include magnesium, enzymes, herbal teas, enemas, and laxatives. The risks of natural colon cleansing include mineral imbalance, vomiting, kidney failure, and a bowel perforation.
There is quite a market for THC detox drinks to help eliminate the cannabinoid from your system. However, a colon cleanse – either with the aid of a professional or via a laxative – is more effective. A study by Sharma, Murthy, and Bharath, published in the Iranian Journal of Psychiatry in 2012, found that up to 65% of cannabis is excreted through feces, and only 20% via urine. Boosting your fiber intake should also help.
6 – Garlic
Unless you’re a vampire, it isn’t a bad idea to use garlic pills to help your body detox. Garlic can eliminate THC as long as you consume a reasonably large amount each day. This is the main reason why we recommend using pills rather than trying to eat lots of raw garlic!
Withdrawal from cannabis places a significant amount of stress on the metabolic system and organs. Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may lead to low nutrient absorption and subsequent mineral deficiencies. When you supplement detox methods with vitamins, minerals, and foods such as garlic, you help return your body to a normal state and remove toxins in the bargain.
7 – Boost Water Intake
This seems like such a simple step, but you’ll be amazed at how many people fail to consume enough water on a regular basis. Those looking to pass a drug test usually drink liters, if not gallons, of water to ‘flush’ the THC from their system, but this dilutes their urine, which appears suspiciously clear during testing.
Rather than trying to drink tons of water in a blind panic before an upcoming drug screening, commit to boosting your water intake today. It will ensure your skin has a healthy glow, decrease appetite, increase energy, and flush out toxins naturally. If you drink just 500ml of water a day more than you’re doing now, you’ll probably see a positive effect.
Begin with a large glass of water in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Believe it or not, this simple tactic sends a message to the brain which says that you’re committed to being healthy for the day. Begin with 250ml of water per hour. Over a 12-hour period, you’ll consume three liters of water without realizing it.
8 – Epsom Salt Bath
There’s a lot more to a salt detox than dumping some table salt into your bathwater. You need to use Epsom salt because it contains minerals that draw toxins out of the body. Proponents of Epsom salt baths say they improve relaxation, help gain relief from sore muscles, and even promote healthy weight management.
These salts are named after the English town where a farmer discovered that the bitter water in his wells had a fantastic healing effect on rashes and injuries. In the 400 years since, millions of people have benefitted from the detox and relaxing properties of Epsom salts.
To create an Epsom salt bath, use two cups of the salt in a normal-sized bathtub with the water at a maximum temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the salt beneath the waterspout, as this process leads to faster dissolving. Soak for up to 20 minutes.
9 – Bentonite Clay
This clay has been championed as a natural detoxing agent which can be used both externally and internally. As you know, every cell in the human body excretes waste material, which will become toxic if it builds up faster than it is discharged. Apparently, when bentonite clay is activated by water, it begins a healing process and promotes the removal of toxins from the body.
It is a ‘healing’ clay that contains a high concentration of minerals such as iron, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and silica. There are several ways to use bentonite clay to detox. You can create a ‘paste’ of clay and water and apply it to your skin. Alternatively, add half a teaspoon of clay to water and drink it to improve digestion. As the clay’s effectiveness is reduced when exposed to metal, mix it with water in a glass or plastic container.
10 – Apple Cider Vinegar
One rumor circulating the Internet claims that apple cider vinegar helps you pass a drug test within a day. While it is an effective way to detox, it is not the best option as a last-minute solution. As you may know, ACV is created by crushing and squeezing apples. The liquid you get is fermented into alcohol by adding yeast and bacteria.
Acetobacter bacteria convert the alcohol into vinegar. The main component in ACV is acetic acid, which is the reason why you get a sour taste. The theory about using ACV as a last-ditch attempt to pass a drug test involves mixing a spoon of it in a glass of water and drinking an additional three gallons!
Realistically, ACV won’t help you that quickly, but it is an effective means of detoxing if you have a lot more time. It naturally detoxes your urine and gradually removes the THC metabolites stored in your fat because acetic acid helps reduce body fat. It can take up to 12 weeks for ACV to take effect, which is great if you have no specific timeframe and very bad if you have a drug test later that week!
11 – Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has recently become very popular in health circles. It’s a form of charcoal that has a larger surface area and a negative charge. As a result, it is better utilized by the body for a variety of functions – it has become a sort of staple in the beauty industry.
Charcoal has cleansing properties, which is why it is sometimes used in hospitals for patients who have been poisoned.
Charcoal has cleansing properties, which is why it is sometimes used in hospitals for patients who have been poisoned. When ingested, the charcoal molecules bind to other chemicals with a negative charge. As a result, the toxins exit the body through the feces attached to the charcoal.
While it’s probably a bad idea to consume activated charcoal on a daily basis, it might be worth trying prior to a drug test.
12 – Tongue Scraping
Tongue scraping is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. It’s exactly what it sounds like – using an implement to scrape the residue off the tongue. You will need a specially made tongue scraper to perform this technique; it looks like a bent metal stick with a flat center to perform the scrape.
Effective tongue scraping requires you to do it in the morning. There will be a build-up of plaque, which contains toxins, including THC metabolites. While the ancient practice was not intended to pass a drug test, it does provide the other benefits of fresh breath and oral health.
Of course, tongue scraping is useless for a urinalysis. However, it may help you pass a saliva test.
13 – Grapetox
Detoxing using grapes has become somewhat of a trend recently. In the 1920s, an author called Johanna Brandt wrote The Grape Cure, suggesting that a diet of grapes cured her stomach cancer. This might be an exaggerated claim, but the idea behind the Grapetox is alive and well. In fact, most detox drinks come in a grape flavor.
Modern scientists highly debate the grape method; it has been chiefly disproven. If you want to try it, it involves consuming only grapes, grape juice, and water for three days. Please note that side effects of this method include constipation, headaches, and dizziness.
14 – The Werewolf Diet
The Werewolf method is one of the more peculiar detox strategies. It involves timing your detox to correspond with the moon phases, which is why it is sometimes called the Moon Diet Plan.
The claim is that those following the Werewolf Diet can lose six pounds in just 24 hours. Whether this is true is debatable, but if successful, it could help you pass a drug test.
To perform this diet, you must endure a juice and water fast during the Full Moon and New Moon phases. Apparently, the body is better at detoxing during these phases.
A huge downside is that, unless your drug test is the week after the Full Moon, this probably won’t help.
15 – Cryotherapy
Athletes often undergo cryotherapy because it is supposedly good for the body in multiple ways. The process involves fat burning and sweating, two functions that are crucial to passing a drug test. Plus, cryo-chambers can reduce inflammation.
The extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen stimulates mitochondrial function, destroying fat cells. In part, this is why it is used as a weight-loss tool.
Upon emerging from the cryo-chamber, the body is exposed to room temperature again, which causes vasodilation. This boosts metabolism, which means you start to burn fat.
In theory, cryotherapy could provide a form of rapid detox. The disadvantages are that it is not an approved method for detoxing before a drug test, and it’s very expensive.
Best Ways to Improve Your Chances to Natural THC Detox
While the above methods involve flushing the system, none of them are fully effective. What’s more, some of the quirkier methods have unpleasant side effects. You must ask yourself whether it’s worth getting sick just to perform a THC cleanse.
There are a few other ways to do a natural THC detox. The following three methods are ideal for cleansing the body and removing THC without putting yourself at risk. Plus, one have them has a 100% success rate, proving that a natural THC detox is the way to go.
1 – Abstain
This method is guaranteed to help you pass a drug test. If you don’t use marijuana, then you cannot fail a drug test. If you are in a job that has a zero-tolerance policy, where you know you will be subjected to regular testing, then it’s best to avoid cannabis altogether.
Alternatively, if you do dabble with cannabis and you have a surprise drug test, abstain as soon as possible. The sooner you stop using THC, the better the chance you have of passing a drug test. Remember, the more you use, the longer it will take for metabolites to leave your system.
2 – Exercise
Exercise can help you detox to a certain extent. Since metabolites are stored in the fat cells, fat-burning activities like cardio and HIIT may help you shed some of those toxins. It can be somewhat effective, but it’s not ideal if your drug test is happening soon. Exercise is a suitable method if you have a few weeks to detox before the test.
3 – Urinate
This is similar to the above method, which involves water intake. You will expel THC metabolites in urine and feces, hence why urinalysis is the common testing method. If you have time, try and flush out as many metabolites as possible by staying hydrated.
Furthermore, make sure that the test is not your first pee of the day. Try to go to the bathroom as many times as possible before the test, as more metabolites will be expelled in the morning. Plus, try to give your sample mid-stream, and don’t start peeing in the cup straight away, as mid-stream contains the fewest metabolites.
Final Thoughts on Natural Ways to Detox
Natural detox methods are abundant, and they are often safer than using things like detox drinks. Organic detox methods not only flush out metabolites but also improve your energy levels, mood, and general wellness.
There is some debate about the efficacy of dieting and other traditional detox methods – some of them are downright strange. However, methods like abstinence, exercise, and staying hydrated are somewhat effective. Whether they are successful or not, they are certainly a lot better than other suggestions like drinking bleach.
WayofLeaf encourages you not to rely solely on any of the methods from this article. They are not guaranteed to help you pass a drug screening.