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"I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?" ~ Willie Nelson

I guess this is the favorite quote of all the weed lovers across the globe! Oh, by the way, marijuana is also known as weed, herb grass, and even pot! No matter what you call it, or how much you enjoy getting high using the 'gift of God', the fact is that it remains in your system for a very very long time, and you can easily get caught in a drug test. Of course, there are many ways by which you can try to 'cheat the test', but sadly, the drug testing can detect that too, unless luck favors you! So, if you are wondering if the weed that you smoked last night, or even last week, is still there in your system or not, then you will have to read further to get some unexpected answers!

How Long Does it Take to be Clean?

The question appears to be very simple, isn't it? I mean we are just looking for the number of days that takes to get the weed out of the system completely, right? No, unfortunately the answer is not as simple as it seems. There are many factors that you need to take into consideration while answering the question, 'how long does weed stay in your system?' These factors include,
  • The frequency of smoking weed.
  • The rate of metabolism.
  • The overall health and body weight.
  • Tolerance level towards the toxin.
Whenever you smoke weed, it ends up getting stored in the fat cells of your body, including the brain, liver, or kidneys; which are by far the most important organs of the body! Weed contains a chemical known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a fat soluble chemical and tends to get stored in the blood and the major organs... forever! In fact, THC is also stored in your hair follicles and always remains there until you chop your hair off! When a drug test is done to detect the presence of weed in your system, the test actually detects the presence of 9-carboxy-THC which is nothing but a by-product of THC after it has been metabolized! If you are aware of the effects of marijuana in your system, then you would know that it is very difficult to determine the actual time of consumption of weed, and when exactly its effects in the body started! Therefore, professionals use an estimate which is referred to as the 'half life' to determine how long does weed stay in your system. Mentioned below are the different normal time period (half life), which takes to get rid of weed from your system.
  • Occasional Smoker: 10 days
  • Regular Smoker: Up to 45 days
  • Constant Smoker: Up to 90 days!
Now that seems like a long time!! If you have a lot of fat in your body, then the THC will stay for a longer time!

How Long Does Weed Stay in Your Blood?

As mentioned earlier, it is the THC that actually ends up getting stored in the fat cells of the body and therefore the actual question should be, 'how long does THC stay in your blood?' The time period varies from 3-90 days and the result depends upon your usage. A person who has never smoked weed before would take just 3-5 days to clean up. A person who smokes one a week would have up to 10 days and so on. So the more often you smoke weed, the more time you will take for the THC to become undetectable in your drug test. So, let us say that you are a regular smoker of weed and have waited for 45-90 days to clear the test, if you smoke weed again after the test is done, you will again have to wait for 45-90 days! So the lesser you smoke, the better it is. If you need help with quitting, this article on how to quit smoking weed will prove to be helpful!

There are many people who claim that by drinking lots of water, herbal tea, cranberry juice, and by using detox kits, one can pass the drug test and come out clean. Well, the drug tests are not that easy to fool! There is usually a urine test or a blood test, that is used to detect the presence of weed in your system. Most people drink lots of water and other liquids to dilute the urine. But do you know that the urine shows a certain range of excreted metabolites. If the range is not within the usual, then the sample is further tested and diluted urine is marked as a direct fail as an attempt to 'fool the test'! In case of blood tests, the presence of weed can be traced even after 6 months! Also, do you have any idea how long does weed stay in your hair?!!! The THC will get accumulated in your hair follicles which are growing while you smoked weed. If that hair is still present in your head, the THC can be easily detected, even if you smoked weed 10 years ago! Scary, isn't it? This could be one of the reasons why most weed smokers shave off their heads or go for chopped haircuts! So, if you smoke weed and have long hair, knowing how to get weed out of your system would be helpful!

Think for how long can you deal with the trouble of getting caught in a drug test and keep worrying about the aftereffects of smoking weed? It all depends on you! As of now, my advice to you would be this: Maintain a healthy lifestyle and try to get rid of the fat in your body. You see, THC tends to store itself in your fat cells. The more fat you have in your body, the longer it will take for you to clean up your system, and the higher are the chances for you to fail the test. Exercise on a daily basis, go for runs and swims. Drink lots of water and juices, preferably the ones made with berries. Eat a healthy diet and avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Drinking fluids will flush out the THC from your system, and the working out will help burn the body fat which has stored THC. Depending on your body fat and the frequency of smoking, you need to invest the appropriate amount of time in these activities and then take the test to have fair chances of coming out clean. All the best!