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How long does it take for weed to get out your system

Weed and its by-products, known as metabolites, stay in your system for as long as your frequency and amount of usage. When you smoke or ingest weed or any other form of drug (marijuana, cannabis, etc.) daily or multiple times in a single day, it will naturally take a longer time for the effects to wear off from your body than when you smoke or ingest in once a week or so.

Regular and high-intensity exercises, drinking a lot of water, eating dietary fibers in plenty, frequently urinating a day before the drug test and leading a very healthy lifestyle are some ways you can follow to get the impact of weed off from your system. These ways may help in giving you a favorable result when you undergo a drug test. However, there is more to these solutions than what meets the eye.

If you are a chronic user of weed, none of these solutions will work for you. You have to wait for at least 90 days before you take a drug test, because that’s the maximum time that a drug stays in your body. Abstinence from any kind of drug for at least 3 months before you are due for a drug test is the only legal way for you to pass your test.

Since there are different kinds of drug tests available in the market, are you wondering if the results will vary in each of them? Will they show different results for how long weed remains in your system? Yes, they will! This is because the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the most potent element in weed, enters your bloodstream immediately when you consume it.

However, it takes a while for the THC or the metabolites to reach your hair follicles. Also, a saliva test will show the presence of metabolites only if you have smoked or ingested weed and not when you are exposed to it. So here are the different kinds of drug tests that are conducted and a brief overview of how long it takes for weed to leave your system according to each of these tests.

Urine Test

Considered to be the most frequently conducted drug tests across the globe, a urine test will show varying levels of weed based on the amount and frequency of consumption. The more weed you smoke, the longer time it takes to leave your body. Please refer below for details:

  • People who use weed occasionally, about thrice a week – Weed remains in the urine for 3 days after usage
  • People who use weed moderately, about four times a week – Weed takes 5 to 7 days to leave their system
  • People who use weed chronically (daily users) – Traces of weed remain in the system for 10 to 15 days at least
  • Heavy weed users who use it many times in a day – Weed takes more than 30 days to entirely wear off from their system

Blood Test

The metabolites of cannabis and weed are fat-soluble; therefore, it takes a long time to leave your system, especially if you have been overusing it. A blood test is the first proof to show traces of drug in your system, because any drug is detected in your blood within seconds of usage.

  • Occasional users of weed – Weed takes around 1 or 2 days to leave the system completely
  • Chronic and heavy users of weed – Weed and traces of weed can be detected in the blood even after 25 days of usage; the time may be  extended if one uses weed many times in a single day

Saliva Test

Smoking weed, exposure to weed and ingestion of weed are the common ways in which weed can enter a person’s saliva. However, when a saliva test is taken, the presence of metabolites will be shown in it only if a person has smoked or ingested weed.

  • Occasional smoking and ingestion of weed – The drug takes around 1 to 3 days to wear off from one’s saliva
  • Chronic or heavy smoking or ingestion of weed – The drug takes a maximum of 29 days to wear off from one’s saliva

Hair Follicle Test

This is not performed very commonly; however, sometimes, authorities may ask for a hair follicle test to be conducted for thorough checking of weed in a person’s system.

  • The hair follicles are the last places where the weed and its metabolites enter; therefore, traces of weed cannot be detected immediately in this test.
  • A hair segment, which is around 1.5 inches long, grown over a period of 3 months, is a perfect sample to check for the presence of weed in one’s system. Regardless of occasional or chronic smoking, traces of weed take a maximum of 90 days to leave a person’s completely.

Though different drug tests show different time-frames, one point is common to all these tests. They show an extended presence of weed in your system, if you are a heavy or chronic smoker.

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