Published online 2023 May 26.

THC Detox in 24 Hours – Insights by a Drug Test and Toxicology Specialist

PMID: 3012946 DOI: 10.1s2940072

ED: Welcome, dear readers, to this important conversation regarding fast ways to detox from marijuana.

With us today is Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, an expert in Toxicology from Stanford University and Occupational Health from Harvard University.

His extensive background in researching the impacts of drugs, especially marijuana, on human cognition and job performance puts him in a unique position to shed light on our topic today.

Through his insights, we hope to better understand the complexities of marijuana detoxification.

Is it really possible to detox from THC in 24 hours?

ED: Now, let’s dive right into the heart of the matter. Dr. Wilson, many individuals have this question: is it really possible to detox from THC in 24 hours?

JW: I appreciate the straightforward question, Edward. However, it’s not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I must say, fully detoxifying from THC in a 24-hour period is a bit of a stretch.

THC, which is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, accumulates in your body’s fat cells. Consequently, complete elimination from the body takes time, often more than 24 hours, even with the use of detox supplements and products.

JW: That said, if you find yourself in a predicament where you need to “detox” rapidly, for example, in the event of an impending drug test, there’s a method you can utilize.

This approach, however, doesn’t eliminate THC traces from your body but instead assists in producing a ‘clean’ urine sample for a short window of time. It’s crucial to note that this is not a solution for permanent detoxification, but rather a temporary fix.

ED: I see. Could you explain why it isn’t feasible to permanently remove marijuana from the system within 24 hours?

JW: Absolutely, Edward. The answer lies in how our body processes THC, which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that’s primarily responsible for the ‘high’ sensation.

Marijuana metabolism scheme

When you consume marijuana, about 70% of the THC is captured by the body’s fat cells. Later, when the body breaks down these fat cells for energy, THC is gradually released back into the bloodstream. This process is quite slow.

From the bloodstream, a portion of THC is captured again by other fat cells. The rest of it is metabolized in the liver, where it breaks down into metabolites. These metabolites then travel to the bladder and the intestines.

Interestingly, about 70% of THC metabolites are excreted into the intestines. But here’s the catch – part of these metabolites get reabsorbed back into the bloodstream through a process known as enterohepatic circulation. The remaining THC metabolites are excreted via feces, and those in the bladder are expelled via urine.

To fully purge THC from your system, you’d need to stimulate the breakdown of body fat cells, thus releasing more THC into the blood. But before your body starts burning fat for energy, it must first deplete glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which can take several days.

Similarly, speeding up the metabolism of THC in the liver so that it can be metabolized and excreted faster also takes time.

JW: So, to give you a time frame, light users might need a minimum of 15 days for the body to completely detox from THC, while heavy users may require around 30 days.

This, of course, can vary depending on a range of factors such as body mass, metabolism rate, and the amount and frequency of marijuana use.

How to remove THC from your system fast

ED: I see. It’s interesting to know that there’s a short-term solution, even though it doesn’t entirely remove THC from the system.

So, if someone needs to detox quickly, possibly for a drug test, what would be your suggestion?

JW: In such cases, a quick cleanse could be a viable option. This method essentially works in the opposite manner to how permanent detoxification does.

It aims to halt the breakdown of body fat and slow down the metabolism of THC, encouraging frequent urination that flushes THC metabolites out of the urine. Thus, the urine will appear ‘clean’ for several hours.

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ED: That sounds promising. Could you guide our readers through this process?

JW: Absolutely, Edward. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Four hours before the test, ingest 5 grams of activated charcoal. It can absorb THC in the intestines.
  • Then, three hours before the test, mix 10 grams of creatine supplement with a glass of grapefruit juice and consume it. The creatine will help restore the natural creatinine levels in your urine, while grapefruit juice aids in slowing down THC metabolism in the liver.
  • For the next three hours, drink about 25 ounces of an electrolyte drink like Gatorade every hour.
  • Two hours before the test, take a Vitamin B supplement and consume a chocolate bar or sweets. Vitamin B helps restore the natural color of your urine, while the chocolate bar aids in halting the breakdown of body fat.

A few important tips to consider:

Use creatine ethyl ester as it tends to work faster. It might be useful to do a dry run of this method at home to determine your personal creatine dosage and timing.

Additionally, using at-home urine test strips can help you check if your creatinine level is within the normal range.

How can you verify if you’re doing it correctly?

ED: I can see how this might seem complicated to some. How can our readers make sure they’re doing this correctly?

JW: You can use urine test strips to ensure your urine parameters are within normal ranges.

For specific gravity and creatinine, the typical lower cut-offs are 1.003 and 20 mg/dL, respectively. Make sure you’re above these levels.

You can also use pH test strips to check that your urine’s pH falls within the acidic range of 5 to 6. To confirm that you’re testing negative for THC metabolites, you can use THC metabolite test strips.

I strongly recommend doing at least one “test run” ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the protocol and check your urine specific gravity, creatinine, and THC metabolite levels.

If needed, you can adjust parameters, including the dose of creatine ethyl ester and hydration rate.

Keep in mind, the maximum rate that your body can produce urine is 800-1000 mL per hour, so avoid exceeding this!

A simpler and more convenient method to detox from THC quickly

ED: Is there a simpler way to do this? Could one just drink copious amounts of water to flush the drug metabolites from the bladder?

JW: Technically, yes, drinking a lot of water could help flush out drug metabolites. However, this method has its drawbacks.

If you don’t slow down THC metabolism in the liver, new metabolites will be rapidly excreted into the urine, meaning the concentration of THC metabolites could quickly exceed detectable levels.

Furthermore, your urine will become diluted, appearing pale, and altering the specific gravity and creatinine levels.

These changes could be detected during a urine validity test, requiring you to submit another sample.

To avoid this, it’s important to also take electrolytes, vitamin B, and creatine to maintain the natural properties of your urine.

ED: Indeed, for our readers who might find these steps a tad complex, are there any alternative methods available?

JW: Certainly, Edward. There are commercially available products like marijuana cleansing drinks that claim to assist with the process.

However, in our lab, we have found that using THC detox kits can be more effective. The most effective kit we’ve come across is the Fast Marijuana Detox Kit from Green Fleets.

JW: This kit begins working within 60 minutes and can be effective for up to 5 hours. It’s legal, not detectable by labs, and works for all types of immunoassay urine tests.

Importantly, it is effective regardless of body mass.

The kit includes a single panel drug test, enabling users to test themselves before the actual test.

Additionally, it comes with a healthy detox guide & meal plan. While it can only be purchased online, it offers a money-back guarantee.

For its effectiveness and comprehensive offering, the price tag of $59.99 seems reasonable.

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ED: That’s insightful, Dr. Wilson. To conclude, could you summarize your advice for our readers regarding marijuana detoxification?

JW: Absolutely. To sum up, permanent detoxification from marijuana takes time. Light users may need at least 15 days, while heavier users may require at least 30 days.

It’s crucial to understand that there’s no way to permanently detox from weed in 24 hours.

JW: If you find yourself needing to detox within a 24-hour window, you can cleanse marijuana out of your system temporarily. For that, you can follow the protocol I explained earlier, or consider using a product like the Fast Marijuana Detox Kit from Green Fleets.