Detoxing from Marijuana: How Long Does Pot Stay in Your System?

Just as the highs of different drugs last for varying amounts of time, detoxing completely from different drugs can depend on many different factors. For example, when detoxing from marijuana, how long does pot stay in your system?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, also known as pot, weed, reefer, dope, ganja, etc., is legal for medical or recreational use in many states and is one of the most commonly used drugs in America. The drug can be consumed in many forms, from ingesting edibles to smoking resins, joints and vapes, all of which could be available at a local dispensary near you.

Despite the fact that cannabis continues to gain legal status, however, it is – like alcohol – a drug with serious potential for addiction. More and more, people are entering detox and residential treatment to deal with marijuana abuse.

Why is marijuana addictive?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the chemical compound in marijuana that causes the high. Some of its effects include altered perception, reduced anxiety, increased appetite and mild hallucinations. More importantly,  THC also messes with your brain’s reward system and the release of dopamine (the “happiness” hormone), which is what makes it addictive over time.

A fatal marijuana overdose is unlikely. However, despite popular belief, the drug can be addictive since users may develop a psychological dependence on it.

Marijuana can also cause a lack of motivation, financial issues or problems with your relationships. If you’re finding marijuana is having a bad effect on your life, it may be time to quit. 

When you’re ready, how do you detox from marijuana?

The effects and timeline of clearing THC from your system will depend on multiple factors, such as the frequency and quantity of your consumption, and the amount of body fat you have. Physical withdrawal symptoms for marijuana detox are generally not as severe as for other drugs, but it still helps to have professional medical support as you navigate the process.

How do you know when it’s really gone from your system for good? Hair tests can detect the chemical compound for up to 90 days, while a urine test can indicate the presence of THC for as many as 30 days. Saliva tests may show it in your system for up to 72 hours, while blood tests are the least sensitive, detecting THC for as few as 4 hours after your last hit.

Do you think your marijuana use may be negatively affecting your life? Are you experiencing problems at work, school or life in general because of your marijuana consumption?

Call us today at The Mend to discuss whether entering residential treatment may be the right move right now.

Or, if you’re not sure whether it’s time to quit, check our easy 10-question quiz HERE.

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