Timer and cannabis
<< Back

Getting cannabis out of your system: How long does it take?

By LucidaClub

There’s a neglected question at the back of many of our minds. How long does it take to get cannabis out of your system?” It’s time to answer that for you!

There’s no simple answer to a complicated question such as, How long does it take to get cannabis out of your system?”

While people scramble for an answer due to job interviews, or just curiosity, they must consider that there are varying factors that determine the answer.

How long does it take?

How long it takes for the last traces of cannabis to leave the body depends on you, what you use, and how you use it. How long the effects last when smoking or enjoying edibles also plays an important role in understanding how long weed swims through your bloodstream, hair follicles and various organs of the body. Studying the factors will clear up a lot of misconceptions as well.

Cannabis Tincture  and leaves

Clearing the system

Cannabis is a wonderful herb to enjoy, but eventually, there’s a reason to clean the system. Whether it’s a priority or just a cleanse for personal reasons, you must understand the time it takes for getting cannabis out of your system. This means removal from the body, and sometimes the importance even lies in how long it takes to remove traces from hair follicles and nails, as stated before. Just because you might not feel the effects of the high doesn’t mean the cannabis traces are gone. This is a possible misconception among some individuals.

On average, all things considered, it takes between 1- 30 days after your last usage, for cannabis traces to leave the system. In the case of hair, it can take several months. As mentioned, this is on average, and it varies for each person. Several other factors tell us the facts and variations of this time frame.

Factors that determine the answer

Determining how long cannabis stays in your system comes from how you respond to the herb, what type of cannabis you’ve enjoyed, and how much. Here are the factors for getting cannabis out of your system.

  • Your age plays a part in how long cannabis stays in your system. If you’re younger, your metabolism can process the cannabis faster. If older, the traces of cannabis may remain for some time.

  • Your weight, metabolism, and health issues determine how long your body retains cannabis too. Metabolism is the rate in which the body burns calories and fat. The faster the metabolism, the faster substances flow out of the system. 

  • The strength of the product and frequency of usage plays a large part in how long cannabis can be detected in your system.

Basic Metabolism factors

The metabolism, although different from person to person, basically breaks down cannabis in a particular way. THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol enters the bloodstream through the body. If THC is stored in organs such as the liver or kidneys, it can enter the bloodstream that way as well. This happens when you enjoy edible forms of cannabis concentrates. THC is broken down into more than 80 metabolites, and this is what drug tests look for. 

And of course, any traces of cannabis are eventually excreted through the digestive system, the hair, and the nails. Therefore, answering the question of how long cannabis stays in your system cannot possibly have one answer.

Variations in drug testing

As mentioned, drug testing measures THC formed metabolites. There are several ways in which the metabolites can be located, utilizing different forms of testing. 

Urine testing

Cannabis can be detected in the urine of occasional users for 3 days, or more, moderate users, 5 – 7 days, or more, and chronic users for a month or more.

Blood testing

Depending on many factors and the type of user, cannabis can be detected from 2 days to up to 25 days or more, in the blood. The more frequent the use, the longer substances can be found in the bloodstream.

Saliva testing

Like blood testing, cannabis can be detected anywhere from 1 – 2 days, up to almost a month. This also depends on how much and how heavy you smoke or intake cannabis products.

Hair testing

Cannabis can be found in the follicles of the hair for 90 days or more. Cannabis usage can be traced back three months with this sort of testing. It can be detected early if the hair is taken near the scalp.

Can cannabis be metabolized faster?

There’s not much you can do about how long cannabis stays in your system. However, there are a few things that might help you cleanse just a bit. Your body is unique, and it needs time to break down substances of different kinds and varying amounts. Everyone metabolizes cannabis in their own time.

But healthy people tend to metabolize faster, especially when drinking plenty of water, exercising, and eating healthy foods. But even so, this doesn’t afford a drastic change in metabolizing times. There are also detox remedies which claim to remove traces of cannabis from the system, but some of them are questionable. The only ones you can possibly trust are herbal supplements like vitamin B‑12 or Creatinine. These supplements are more effective when taken with plenty of water to flush the system. Again, these aren’t failsafe cleansing methods. 

In Conclusion

With so many factors contributing to how long it takes to remove cannabis from your system, this will be something you must understand from an individual standpoint. Most importantly, LucidaClub wants consumers to enjoy cannabis and benefit from its properties. So, in order to have the best experience possible, learn every aspect of usage and cleansing to reap the most from your personal cannabis adventure. Stay safe.

Need some help, or have questions?

As part of our community, we offer our members a Free consultation with our in-house Curator, Bob Langlais. Feel free t to send him a question or book a consultation with him.

All our consultations are completely confidential, no information is shared with anyone.

Book your consultation here

Send us your question