How to Flush THC Out of Your System?

Medically reviewed by Michael Matthews, M.D.
19 February 2020
Whether you want to get rid of THC due to an impending drug test or improve your cannabis experience, read on to know how to flush THC out of your system.
19 February 2020
17 min read
How to Flush THC Out of Your System?

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  • 1. What is thc?

Cannabis is amazing and partying with friends is even more fun until you remember that interview you’re supposed to attend. It’s your dream job, and drug tests are a given. Slowly, the fact that you ingested a lot of THC sinks in, and you panic. Or, you’re bored of how you’re not experiencing the “high” you previously did. If there’s a lot of THC in your system, cannabis is no longer pleasurable since your body is now immune to it.

No matter what the reason, if you’re wondering how to flush THC out of your system, you’re at the right place.

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But, before we get into how to remove cannabis from your body, it’s best to understand how THC works. Note that THC is deposited into the fat tissues of your body once you use marijuana. The amount of time required to eliminate THC depends on several factors including:

Usage – Obviously, the more you smoke marijuana, the more THC your body ingests. This doesn’t apply to CBD strains or low-THC strains, but if you’re smoking more than 2-3 blunts of high-THC strains every day, it’s bound to increase. Strains with a lot of THC like the Gorilla Glue, for instance, will definitely increase the amount of THC in your body. 

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Metabolism – Every individual’s rate of metabolism differs. The faster your metabolism, the higher the chances of THC leaving your body quickly. Depending on your weight, height, gender, age, and fitness, your body metabolizes THC in different ways.

Fitness – THC gets stored in the body’s fat cells. Thus, if you work out and stay fit, you have a good chance of removing THC as quickly as possible.

Potency – Strains that contain enormous amounts of THC will definitely affect the amount of time THC remains in the human body. Therefore, try strains with more CBD or low-THC strains to improve your chances.

Also, understanding THC and what it really does may help you get rid of it quickly.

What is THC?

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Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is a cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant. Cannabis contains more than a hundred cannabinoids but the most popular ones are THC and CBD. Our body also contains endocannabinoids that function similar to THC.

In short, THC is a chemical compound produced by the cannabis plant. It’s natural and reacts with the cannabinoid receptors present in the human body. Depending on the amount of THC ingested, these reactions may be beneficial or harmful because of the side effects. The side effects are temporary even if you consume loads of THC but they range from nausea, hallucination, and anxiety to paranoia.

THC is famous for producing the psychoactive effects recreational users love. It’s responsible for the “high” you experience whenever you smoke or consume marijuana edibles. If the dosage is right, you will feel elated and sated – very similar to the effects of anandamide (an endocannabinoid produced naturally in the body) but if abused, the side effects will be imminent.

Although THC is proven to contain many medicinal properties, many people may feel uncomfortable with the psychoactive effects even if it’s temporary. Whether it’s a drug test or you simply want to remain devoid of THC, there are several methods you can use to flush THC out of your system. Many people get rid of THC simply because it enhances the experience when they start smoking again. When your body completely removes THC, indulging in cannabis again makes it seem like a pleasurable experience.

Note that none of these methods have been proven unless you get a detoxification kit that’s tested to actually remove THC. However, these methods will certainly help you fasten the process of detoxification. Depending on your usage levels and other factors mentioned above, it may take almost 15-30 days for the THC to exit the system.

So, now that we got the basics out the way, let’s focus on how to actually flush THC out of your body.

1. Complete abstinence

Obviously, the best method to ensure that you eliminate THC is to stop smoking or consuming cannabis. Once you stop, the body will naturally remove THC slowly. For some people, this process may take only a fortnight while it may take about 45 days for you. Additionally, complete abstinence means just that – immediate and complete abstinence. If you smoke a joint or two here and there, it simply defeats the purpose of removing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC from your system.


2. Drink loads of water

While it’s not proven whether drinking water can actually remove THC, it makes sense to drink water since it helps dilute THC metabolites readily present in your body. Depending on your body weight, you can consume as much water as you want. Generally, drinking about 3-4 liters of clean water a day not only helps dilute THC but will also make your skin glow and offer other health benefits.

Also, THC exits the body through sweat and urine. Naturally, you will sweat and pass a lot more urine when you drink more water. Water also helps to normalize your bowel movement, and since THC will also exit through excreta, drinking at least 10 tall glasses of water every day will definitely help.

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3. Detox kits

There are several detoxification kits available today. Choose kits that are specifically meant to flush the remainders of cannabis from your body. The only problem is that some kits may not work as advertised at all. Thus, it’s your responsibility to do some research before purchasing kits.

On the other hand, kits from companies like Testclear may actually help. They have several detoxification programs available from 3 to 10 days and you can choose any depending on how fast you want to get rid of THC.

It’s also believed that drinking cranberry juice can help. In addition, squeeze a big slice of lemon in your water whenever you drink to fasten the process of detoxification. Adding a few tablespoons of vinegar will also help although it’s not palatable. Use vinegar in small quantities or it might alter the pH levels of your body and create other issues.

4. Hit the gym

Okay, there are mixed explanations on this one. Some researchers state that working out may actually increase the levels of THC in your body. It makes complete sense since the body starts burning fat and also releases cannabinoids in the bloodstream. Plus, working out makes you sweat more and sweating is a way to flush out THC again.

Yes, working out actually releases more THC in the bloodstream but it’s only temporary. So, working out just before a drug test will actually backfire. However, if a drug test isn’t a concern and you simply want to remove THC, working out will definitely reduce the amount of THC in your body. Simply put, THC is stored in the fat cells, and working out burns fat. This means that you’re indirectly burning THC.

5. Take supplements

Vitamin B reduces to a great extent when you consume alcohol or cannabis. Niacin, in particular, has the ability to remove toxins from your body pretty quickly. Additionally, it helps your skin glow and makes you look younger! Simply use vitamin B supplements available along with niacin to help your system remove THC as soon as possible. Supplements like vitamin C, magnesium and calcium may also help in the process.

Many people use herbal supplements processed using cayenne pepper and milk thistle but none of these methods have been tested and proven. It’s believed that green tea may help you to a good extent to remove toxins from the body and THC may also exit since you’re drinking more water.