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For How Long Can THC Be Detected in Our System?

Factors Determining the Time to Flush Out the Weed From Our System

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Whether you are a medical or recreational marijuana user, occasional or a regular consumer, it doesn’t hurt to know how long does the drug stay in your body. Because there might come the time when you could be asked to take the marijuana drug test by your insurance company, employer or a roadside police officer.

The answer to this question does not come in one simple and precise answer. There are a number of factors that determine the time you need to flush out the weed from your system.

For example: how much cannabis you consume, how often and how potent is it, when did you use it and how fast is your metabolism, even your body mass index… All of these things matter.

Depending on Marijuana Consumption

Your consumption habits influence the way you process THC and how long it stays in your body. On some occasions, it can take up to three months to flush it out. Here are the most important factors when it comes to consumption.

Depending on Frequency of Use

Once a day or once a month? It makes a lot of difference… Also, the duration of your overall marijuana experience plays a major role. Have you started smoking a couple of months ago or ten years ago? Long time users will have more difficulties in getting rid of THC than a one-time smoker for sure.

In this table chart by Greencamp, you can find the information on how long does THC stay in urine, blood, hair, and saliva, depending on the frequency of use. But please, keep in mind that every person is different. These numbers are approximate and take them with caution.

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Potency of Marijuana

If you are using strains with higher THC levels, you will need more time to get the substance out. When using more potent marijuana, you increase the number of THC metabolites in your blood, which means you need more time to flush them out.

Method of Consumption

How long will THC stay in your blood also depends on the way you used it. If you prefer smoking, know that this way THC enters the blood faster but also leaves faster. On the other hand, if you consumed edibles, it will take more time to feel the effect of marijuana. Since it takes more time to gradually start ingesting marijuana, it will stay longer in your blood.

Depending on Individual Characteristics

As mentioned previously, metabolizing cannabinoids largely depends on certain characteristics of every individual.


What is interesting is that people with a faster metabolic rate and with lower body mass index will get rid of THC much faster than others.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

After THC is metabolized into THC-COOH, it is stored in fat cells in our body, where it stays for some time and eventually goes out through urine. So, the lesser your body weight and fat percentage — the faster you flush THC out.

Workout Routine

Exercise is proven to speed up the metabolism, so it’s logical that working out and sweating can help get the substance out of your system. Bonus tip: If you have to take the test, work out hard, but only up to two days before taking the test. During your exercise, you burn fat, meaning the THC metabolites are released into the urine.

If you have to take a drug test, the best way to avoid an unpleasant situation and positive results is to simply stop using cannabis for some time. If you don’t have the time, you can try a combo of a healthy diet and exercise, but we can’t guarantee you’ll pass. 

For more articles like this, please visit Greencamp.com

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