Since the legalization of marijuana in many states, employers have imposed stricter drug testing regulations on their employees. Many people try to get around these tests using a variety of THC flushes, pot detoxes, and more. Some people also want to try a detox because they’re looking to reset their tolerance or improve their health.
At Green Gone Detox, we want to help you stay safe while detoxing your body effectively. Explore the top THC detox myths here to avoid dangerous methods that just don’t work.
Myth: Just Drink Tons of Water
Many people have heard that drinking tons of water is the best way to flush THC from their system. They will try to drink liters and gallons of water to ensure that any evidence of cannabis usage is eliminated.
While there is some truth to this pot detox method, for the most part, THC is too large to pass through the nephron membrane to get out through your urine. Most of the time, the only thing that drinking a lot of water will do is remove other, smaller contaminants from your system. While drinking a lot of water is healthy, it can also be dangerous in cases of excessive consumption.
Drinking too much water can lead to hyperhydration, diluting electrolytes and sodium in your bloodstream. This causes fluid to move into your cells and makes them swell — a very dangerous reaction in areas like your brain, heart, and lungs. In the most extreme cases, water intoxication from a THC flush attempt can lead to death.
Myth: Buying Fake Urine
You might have seen advertisements online for fake urine that can be used as a pee substitute during a drug test. There are even some cases where people mix up their own creation to use in a desperate attempt to pass.
Busted: Lab Tests Can Tell
If you think that these tests can be fooled by substitute substances, you’re going to be disappointed. Part of the lab test is a chemical analysis that clearly shows the molecular makeup of the liquid they’re testing. Even if the technician doesn’t notice anything odd about your substitute liquid, the chemical test will certainly catch it!
Myth: Flush THC with Household Products
Some people think that everyday household items can help you flush THC from your system. We’ve heard stories about people drinking undiluted bleach or white vinegar to help them pass urine testing. Some people even believe that highly acidic products or vitamin B3 will dilate your blood vessels and detox pot faster.
Busted: Anecdotal Old Wives’ Tales
There is absolutely no scientific evidence that shows consuming vinegar or other high-acidity liquids will impact cannabis metabolites — it merely causes a change in your urine’s pH levels. Drinking bleach is a great way to end up in the hospital, while safer liquids may still land you with stomach cramps or diarrhea. The ingredients in these household products, like sodium hydroxide, sodium chloride, and sodium polyacrylate, don’t interact with cannabis metabolites at all.
We also know that vitamin B3 does not affect the THC content in your urine. Dilating your blood vessels in and of itself doesn’t flush THC from your body, and even drinking a ton of water in combination with vitamin B3 still won’t be enough to make a measurable difference. Taking too much of this vitamin can also have uncomfortable side effects, including dry skin, dehydration, and fever.
Myth: Intense Exercise Leads to Fast Pot Detox
This theory operates on the basis that fat cells store THC (true), so the more fat you have, the more THC you can store, and the longer it takes to detox. Exercising can help boost your metabolism, causes you to drink more water, and burns fat cells — all of which can be good for your detoxing efforts.
Busted: It Doesn’t Work As Quickly As You Think
Exercising and keeping fit is a great way to flush your body of toxins and stay healthy, but it’s not a magical solution to flush THC out of your body. To make sure exercising works to help you detox, you should start several weeks in advance and stop using cannabis. Since drug metabolites are excreted through your urine, you should also stop any attempts to detox at least 48 hours before your test to decrease the THC level in your urinary tract.
Myth: Testing Positive Due to Secondhand Smoke
If all else fails, some people have tried claiming they tested positive due to secondhand smoke. They were in a room full of heavy smokers and through the contact their body processed some drug metabolites which are now showing up in their urine.
Busted: Accurate Measurements
The urinalysis for marijuana measures the amount of drug metabolites in your system pretty accurately. In fact, below 50 nanograms per milliliter, you’re considered drug free. Studies over the last 30 years have looked at secondhand smoke specifically and found that even in cases where subjects were exposed to secondhand cannabis smoke for over 10 hours, most samples still only showed .5 to 1 ng/mL! On the high end, one subject exposed to secondhand smoke made it up to 25 ng/mL — still not enough to register on a test. Even more importantly, this concentration almost immediately starts to fade and is gone within hours.
Flush THC with Green Gone Detox
Do detox pills work? This is another strategy that many cannabis users try when they want to reset their tolerance or flush THC from their system. The truth is that it depends on the pill. Some companies simply provide you with diuretics or water pills that definitely will not work. At Green Gone Detox, we’ve put a lot of scientific research into the formulation of our detox pills, and we’re confident in their effectiveness.
One of the ways we determine how quickly our detox pills do work is calculating an estimate of how much cannabis is in your system. This estimate can help us determine how long you need to undergo the detox process to comprehensively flush cannabis metabolites from your system. Try the calculator today to learn more!