Experts reveal, how long does marijuana actually stay in your system…


What exactly is weed or marijuana?

So somebody told you they smoked up a Houdini. Ever wondered what that was?  A Houdini is, much like weed or pot or grass, another slang term for marijuana (derived from Spanish) or cannabis. The origin of Houdini is based on the reality-altering characteristic of Marijuana. Marijuana or weed has been around since time immemorial, probably millions of years. It has existed since the time humans were hunters and gatherers to ancient China, journeying to the west as early as the Vikings. It is conspicuous in its method of use and its effects on the body.

Effects of Weed

The “feel-good” side

This green drug can lead to a heightened sense of “feeling good”. This is sometimes described as a “high”, characterized by a sense of time slowing down and a general predisposition to giggling and an altered sense of perception that can be amusing. Medically, it can increase appetite for people who are suffering from AIDS or recovering from cancer.

The “other” side

It also, however, leads to sleep deprivation, loss of coordination, hallucinations, and loss of memory. In addition to this marijuana can be addictive. Frequent users have developed tolerance towards the drug and have also become dependent on it. They have also exhibited withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug.  These are reasons enough for many companies and organizations to screen their employees for the presence of the drug in their system.

The Prime Mover

The chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for the intoxicating effect on the body is referred to as tetrahydracannabinol or THC. The average THC content in Marijuana has increased over the years from just 1% in 1972 to 3 to 4% in 1990s to as much as 13% in 2010, with some retail marijuana having a concentration of 30% or so. This increase is generally brought about by genetically modifying the plant in some way or altering the duration of the harvest. This variation in the potency of the drug makes it very difficult to analyze its effects on short and long-term use.

How It is Generally Consumed?

Weed is generally smoked, rolled from its grassy form using rolling papers. Empty cigarettes may also be filled with weed in certain cases.  It can also be ingested as it is also available in edible forms as candy or jelly or mixed with milk (as bhang).

Smoking: The Quicker Way

When marijuana is smoked or inhaled through a vaporizing source (like a hookah), and the smoke reaches the lungs, the THC is absorbed over the surface of the alveoli or air sacs in the lungs. These air sacs allow for gas exchange, and through them; THC makes it to the bloodstream. This process is remarkably fast, taking just seconds and the bio-availability of THC is high.

Ingesting: The Slower Method

When ingested, the edible marijuana is broken down in the stomach and the THC is absorbed into the blood. But THC does not reach the bloodstream for as long as 1.5-3 hours. Since the absorption of THC from the stomach is slower, the metabolites, the products of the metabolism of THC, will last longer in the bloodstream and urine when ingested as opposed to when smoked. Sometimes they may last as long as 90 days.

Testing for Weed

Primary Indicators

When THC is broken down in the liver, the metabolites remain in the bloodstream of the individual. These metabolites serve as an indicator of the presence of the drug in the system. There are as many as 80 metabolites that can be detected during the testing process which will be described later.

Factors that Impact the Window of Detection

Drug Use Pattern

The window of detection for metabolites by testing urine, blood and saliva samples is determined by two things, in particular, the frequency of drug use and the quantity of the drug consumed. Generally, it is observed that with a higher frequency of drug use and larger quantities, the window of detection or the time that weed remains in your system is extended. When consumed in lesser quantities and in fewer occasions the detection window is reduced.

Method of Intake

The method of intake also affects the time available for detection. If candies or brownies, for instance, laced with marijuana are ingested then the metabolites will be present in the urine sample for a much longer period of time than if marijuana is smoked or inhaled.

Physical Constitution

The quantity of fat accumulated in an individual’s body is also an important factor in determining how long the metabolites remain in one’s system. The fatter an individual, the longer the time that these metabolites remain in his/her body.

Drug Tolerance

Some individuals may be more tolerant of a drug than other individuals. The greater the tolerance to marijuana, the lesser is the time for which the drug can be detected.

Metabolic Rate

Since our primary indicators are metabolites, it would make sense that the metabolic rate of the individual also determines the detection window for them. It has been observed that the higher the metabolic rate, the lower will be the time available for detection.

Age

Metabolism is lowered with age. This means that the older a person is, the greater will be the chances of detecting the metabolites in his/her system over an extended period of time.

pH Level of Urine

It has been observed that the pH level of the urine also affects the detection window. As the acidity of the urine increases, the time for which the metabolites remain in the system also reduces.

Where is Marijuana Stored in the Body?

The Blood

Depending on the frequency of use, the metabolites can remain in the bloodstream from as short a time period as 2 days to about a week.

The Urine

When THC reaches the liver, it is broken down into two separate water-soluble metabolites 11-hydroxy-THC and carboxy-THC which then enter the urine of the individual during the process of excretion from the body.

The Fatty Cells

The THC from marijuana is present in the fatty cells for several weeks after use and is generally revealed through testing of the urine samples of the subjects involved. If the person does regular exercise, the THC is transferred to the bloodstream from the fat cells. For this reason, a blood test can also help determine the extent to which THC is stored in the fat of an individual.

The Hair

Scientists generally believe that hair, also being a region of regenerative growth for the body, may contain traces of THC which would help detect the use of marijuana. But a study conducted in Germany found traces of THC and THC-COOH in non-users of marijuana. This may be due to their interaction with smokers and transference by physical contact.

Drug Test Methods: Evidence

Study of Urine Samples

The LabCorp’s Drugs of Abuse Reference Guide states that depending on the usage of the drug, the metabolites that exist in the urine may continue to be there from as short a time period as two days for a first-time user to as long as twenty days for a chronic user.

Study of Blood Concentration Levels

In 2009, the journal Addiction studied the blood concentration levels for metabolites in 25 frequent cannabis users with a 7-day abstinence period. Of the 25 users, 16 users had tested positive in one or more tests and on the final day of abstinence, 6 users still tested positive.

Study of Hair Samples

In a more recent study published in Drug and Alcohol Review, the researchers concluded that analysis of hair sample is useful in understanding cannabis consumption. In 77% of heavy users and 39% of light users, THC was detected. They did not detect THC or THC-COOH in non-users of marijuana. However, though they concluded that the test may be useful, it may not be particularly good at detecting light users of cannabis. As stated earlier, hair testing methods are slightly inconclusive.

Is There a Way to Metabolize It Faster?

There are a number of marijuana detox remedies and kits that are available on the Internet. Though a number of suggestions may be found online on how to evade detection by metabolizing the drug faster, none of them are very reliable given the accurate testing methods and several possibilities discussed earlier. An example of such evasion is the use of hydration to lower the content of metabolites in the urine. The dilution is then masked by consuming vitamins and herbal supplements. But this will only help if the method of detection is based on the testing of urine samples.

Final Words

Marijuana is a substance that has been in use since a very long time and has attracted a lot of research recently. In this article, we have tried to understand how it is consumed, its effects on the body, and how long it stays in the body. With the varied and accurate testing methods available, it is possible today to detect marijuana by studying various samples. Despite this, it may or may not be conclusive. Nevertheless, it is still wise to restrict the use of marijuana to only medical reasons.

Want to live a healthy lifestyle?

Subscribe to free FactDr newsletters.

REVAMP YOUR

If you're enjoying our website, we promise you'll absolutely love our new posts. Be the first one to get a copy!

Get factually correct, actionable tips delivered straight to your inbox once a week.

I want the latest scoop on :

We hate spam too. We will never share your email address with anyone. If you change your mind later, you can unsubscribe with just one click

By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the FactDr Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of FactDr subscriptions at any time.

 

 

 

Related Posts

Trending Topics

anal sex
Anal Sex : Tips from experts on how to be kinky yet safe Whether it irks you or stokes your fantasies, anal sex has always been an intriguing…
Clitoris: Why is it called the gateway to toe-curling female orgasms? The word clitoris comes from the Greek word kleitoris or “little hill.”  Many compare the…
Female Masturbation: Tips on how to turn up the heat during a solo mission As a female, do you find yourself constantly wondering as to what is the best…
diverticulitis diet
Diverticulitis diet: The right way to eat if you suffer from the disease Are you suffering from diverticultis but clueless about your diet ? Read this complete plan…
Find the G spot: The top sex positions that guarantee an orgasm There has been a long debate as to whether the G-spot actually exists as a…
Penis pump: Pump your way out of erectile dysfunction One of the options to treat erectile dysfunction is by the use of a penis…
The science behind daith piercing: Can it really cure migraine? Since the ear has several pressure points, it is believed that daith piercing activates the…
Chromium Picolinate: An essential mineral supplement for faster weight loss Did you know that about 1.6 million deaths were directly linked to diabetes globally? How…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of…
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders?…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking…
passion fruit juice
Passion fruit: How one exotic fruit can help you fight infections and cancer! Passion fruit: Why does this exotic fruit have such an enticing name? And how can…
Top 6 remedies to treat a razor burn at home Symptoms of razor burn include bumps on the skin, redness, and irritation of the skin.…
lifestyle diseases
The Big 5 lifestyle diseases: How your everyday living might be killing you You'd be shocked to know how unhealthy and potentially fatal your everyday routine could be.…
stress depressed anxiety
Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling…
Muscle relaxers: Think twice before popping prescription drugs for muscle pain The market is brimming with OTC muscle relaxers. But these come with a host side-effects.…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in…
What is the average penis size and why should you care? Scientifically speaking, the average size of the penis depends on numerous factors such as genes,…
occupational hazards types
Occupational Hazards: How to vouch for your health at your workplace Occupational hazards affect millions worldwide. Chemical spills, faulty wires, deadly pathogen, and work-stress can happen…
yoga health benefits
How to practice yoga for astounding health benefits Can a 5000-year-old system be the ultimate body healer? Did you know yoga can make…
sleep deprivation
Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you…
Maltitol: Things you must know about this artificial sweetener Sugar alcohols are produced by fruits and vegetables. Maltitol is an artificially produced sugar alcohol…
Tamarind: The top health benefits of this staple Asian ingredient Did you know this sweet and sour pulpy fruit does more than just add a…
CLA: A breakthrough weight loss supplement with minimal side effects Tried every weight loss supplement in the market with no substantial gain? Why not try…
social media adddiction
Your health in the age of Social Media: Why is digital detox a necessity? Did you know that more than 400 million people are dangerously addicted to social media?…
Lectin: The common link of proteins between peas and people Lectins are a type of protein that are found majorly in legumes. Most people are…
Milk Thistle skin
Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes…
waterchestnut
Water Chestnuts: The tastiest ways to include this healthy tuber in your diet Water chestnut is not a nut after all. It is a tuber (much like the…
autoimmune diseases facts
Autoimmune Diseases: Find out if your body is attacking you right now Did you know your body can harm itself? What are autoimmune diseases and why does…
Juice Plus: Can you really replace actual fruits with pills?  Juice Plus supplements intend to fill nutritional gaps present in our daily diet. But how…
Orgasms: How to perfect the art of achieving intense bursts of pleasure (every time!) Orgasms are dependent not just on the sexual activity but on your partner as well.…
Pumpkin Seeds: Why pumpkins are more than just for pies! Pumpkins have been long associated with Halloween carvings and delicious pies. But did you know…
DASH Diet: What to eat in a “Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension”? If you or your loved one is suffering from chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), dash…
Epley maneuver: Why is this the best protection from the symptoms of vertigo? Epley maneuver is an exercise that can treat the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo…
Chondroitin spine health
9 amazing ways chondroitin can help you bounce back to health Chondroitin is naturally found in meat, especially in the connective tissues of animals. Chondroitin works…
about mediterranean diet
Why you should be adopting a Mediterranean style of diet today Ever wondered why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy? One simple solution to lowering risk…
How do neutrophils protect you from fatal bacterial attacks? During an infection, certain enzymes alert the mature neutrophils.  Neutrophils then travel through the bloodstream…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the…
eating myths debunked
8 ‘healthy eating’ myths you believed until now Is a zero-carb diet really healthy for you? Are organic products worth their cost? Did…
nutritional yeast bread
Nutritional Yeast : How can a fungi culture be good for your body? Nutritional yeast: How a simple culture of fungi can transform your skin, digestion, immunity ,…
Coconut sugar: What is it and is it healthier than table sugar? In the long list of things that the wonderful coconut gives us, coconut sugar is…
How can Kegels help you overcome weak pelvic muscles & incontinence? Kegel exercises are pelvic floor strengthening exercises that can help you overcome incontinence issues that…
Echocardiogram
Echocardiography – ECHO Echocardiography (commonly known as ECHO) is an imaging modality (similar to ultrasonography) used to visualize…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know…
boost immunity tips
Step up your defence: 15 proven tips on how to boost your immunity Want to naturally build up a stronger immunity? Tired of frequent colds and runny nose?You…
Spirulina: Battle diabetes and cholesterol with this blue-green algae Spirulina, a species of salt water algae, has now become a billion dollar industry. How…
Improve sex life
9 best tips from around the world for better sex life How can the pungent-smelling garlic pack in a punch to your libido? How could something…
chia seeds weight loss
Chia seeds: How to consume this staple Aztec food to get a leaner body Chia seeds: What is the actual reason for its sudden popularity? Why are celebrities swearing…
low fodmap plan
Troubled with IBS? Here’s a complete roadmap to the low FODMAP diet Leaky & inflammatory gut troubling you? No medicine bringing you relief from the pain? Why…
BRAT Diet: What is the right way to follow this diarrhea-relieving diet? BRAT diet, a simple diet consisting of just bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, can help…
Chest X-Ray A chest x-ray is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays to visualize the structures inside…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and…
paleo keto diet
Paleo vs. Keto: Which diet plan is best suited for your body goals? Is eating like a caveman the right way to go? Can you really eat fats…
TBHQ: A carcinogen lingering in your child’s favorite snacks TBHQ - Why you should shun the practice of eating instant noodles or microwave popcorn…
Kava: Is it the healthy substitute for alcohol you have been waiting for? Native to the beautiful South Pacific islands, Kava is a famous beverage rooted in the…
Oxidative Stress: Understanding the most lethal phenomenon happening in your body right now Free radicals cause damage to the body, which is known as oxidation.  The amount of…
General adaptation syndrome: Understanding stress, one step at a time The struggle of the body to produce hormones during a stressful situation is the main…
Top natural diuretics: The instant benefits you can get from nature’s water pills Since diuretic drugs are known to cause side effects, it is better to choose a…
These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency…
aspartame or sugar
Aspartame – Hidden truths about this storm in a teacup Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, has gone under the scanner on several occasions for allegedly doing…
vital organ diseases
Common diseases that could cripple your vital organs Brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and liver - these vital organs are indeed vital for your…
dandelion health benefits
Dandelion: Little parachutes of health and wellness for your whole body Dandelions are not just bright looking blossoms that cheer your mind. These are powerpacked with…
Bromelain: 11 reasons why you should start adding pineapple to your pizza! If you didn't love pineapples already, here are some of the top health benefits that…
Anhedonia: Does the chronic inability to feel joy affect you too? How often do you feel dragged down by an invisible force? Do you feel an…
Goji berry: A traditional Chinese berry that packs the best of antioxidants Goji berry is an ancient berry that is considered to be power-packed with nutrients and…
ANTI-MICROSOMAL-ANTIBODY-(AMA)
Anti-Microsomal Antibody AMA Test AMA or anti-microsomal antibody test is a blood test that measures the activity of AMA…
Screening_BETATHALASSEMIA
Beta-Thalassemia Screening Beta-thalassemia screening procedures involve both prenatal and post natal diagnostic methods to determine if a…
hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are…
MANUKA HONEY child
Manuka Honey: What is it and why should you choose this over regular honey? Manuka honey is a specific type of honey produced by honey bees that collect nectar…
bananas exercise
10 health reasons why you should go “bananas” over bananas! Bananas:The world's most popular fruit comes with a host of unbelievable health benefits. Find out…
Cordyceps: How the Caterpillar fungus works as a proven cancer-shield Strange as it may sound, but cordyceps or "caterpillar fungus", a fungus variety native to…
Rick Simpson’s Oil: The truths and controversies of this cannabis product Rick Simpson's Oil is an extract from the much-controversial plant, Cannabis. What is the actual…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the…
sodium chloride
Halotherapy: How inhaling salt can work wonders for your body Halotherapy is quickly gaining popularity amongst those with respiratory diseases. It has shown promise in…
carrageenan seaweed
Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple…
tips for perfect sleep
Stop hitting the snooze button: 8 proven steps to perfect sleep Are you tired of not getting enough sleep? All your efforts for a sound sleep…
sugar toxic health
Sugar: 7 new shocking truths revealed about the sweet poison Can drinking soda bring you closer to death? Is sugar slowly poisoning you and your…
cold flu sinus treatment
How to beat the common cold, flu, and sinus infection instantly? Can you guess some of the easiest tricks to treat cold and sinus infections? How…
improve digestion weight loss
Power up your gut: 8 proven steps on how to improve your digestion Did you know you have a colony of bacteria in your gut that help you…
MCT oil athletes
MCT Oil : The kind of fats you should be eating MCT oil or Medium Chain Triglycerides is the new buzzword in the fitness industry. What…
erectile dysfunction treatment
Erectile Dysfunction: Effective tips to help you get back on charge Erectile dysfunction is a common male sexual dysfunction. Don't stress out. Just follow these amazing…
dandelion weight loss
Caralluma Fimbriata: How to eat this cactus to lose weight Caralluma fimbriata is a miracle cactus that can be safely consumed by most for losing…
Psyllium Husk: More than just an effective natural laxative Psyllium husk, or isabgol, is a popular natural laxative . But did you in addition…
What is the right way to take a pregnancy test? A pregnancy test is undertaken to determine if you have conceived. A home pregnancy test…
Surgery or home-remedy; what is the right way to treat a burn The treatment of a burn injury depends on its severity. You can save a life…
glucose-tolerance
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test – GTT Glucose tolerance test (or Oral GTT) is used to detect the onset of diabetes or…
testosterone-blood-test
Testosterone test Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males; produced in the testes and adrenal glands.…
quinoa salad
Quinoa : A prodigious superfood you need to include in your diet today! Quinoa - what is so special about this native South American grain that has taken…
Fluoride: An indispensible mineral or a potential toxin ? Fluoride, the main ingredient of toothpaste, has shown a great potential as a cleanser. However,…
Drinking water benefits
8 reasons why you should grab a bottle of water now! Did you know you don't have to be thirsty for hours to be dehydrated?You could…
xylitol gum
Xylitol : Is this the right sugar substitute for you? Discovered during World War 2 owing to sugar shortage, xylitol has become a common name…
black seed oil benefits
Black Seed Oil: What secret benefits could it bestow on your health? Black seeds or nigella seeds are tiny packets of health brimming with amazing benefits. Find…
Exercises or diet? Find out the healthiest way to gain weight Tired of being called skinny all the time? Looking for healthy ways to beef up?…
Mood swings
The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling…
Vagus nerve: 7 health benefits of stimulating the “gut-brain” connection As a matter of fact, there are two vagus nerves namely the left and the…
V for Vagina: How well do you know this extraordinary part of the female anatomy? Vagina - a simple part of the human anatomy that has often created a feeling…
Endoscopy Endoscopy is a procedure where an illuminated probe with a camera attached to it is…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the…

Related Posts

Want to live a healthy lifestyle?

Subscribe to free FactDr newsletters.

REVAMP YOUR

If you're enjoying our website, we promise you'll absolutely love our new posts. Be the first one to get a copy!

Get factually correct, actionable tips delivered straight to your inbox once a week.

I want the latest scoop on :

We hate spam too. We will never share your email address with anyone. If you change your mind later, you can unsubscribe with just one click

By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the FactDr Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of FactDr subscriptions at any time.