How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System?

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THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) can stay in a person’s body for as long as 3 to 90 days after smoking a bong or being ingested orally.

There are numerous determining factors for how long drug toxins stay in your body that differ from person to person, such as the method of use, your health, your body weight, metabolism, fluid intake, the type of drug, and the level of exposure to the drug toxin.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, one of nearly 400 chemicals in a cannabis plant, accounts for most of marijuana’s psychoactive mind-altering and medicinal effects. The potency of the drug is determined by the amount of THC it contains which varies from plant to plant. Marijuana stays in your system for different amounts of time depending on how often you smoke it, how much you smoke, and the composure of each individual.

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If you smoke cannabis occasionally, it can remain in your system for up to 10 days. If you smoke marijuana on a regular basis, it can remain in your system for as long as 45 days. If you are a chronic cannabis smoker then THC can stay inside your system for up to 90 days.

Why is that?

Because marijuana is fat soluble. It stores in the fat cells of the body, the brain, the liver, the kidneys, and most other significant organs.

Delta-9-THC enters your bloodstream rapidly after smoking (in just few short minutes) or more slowly when ingested orally (40 minutes to 1.5 hours). It’s rapidly metabolized into inert molecules known as metabolites. These chemicals also have the word Tetrahydrocannabinol in them and are known as THC, which can be quite confusing.

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Delta-9-THC is detectable in your blood for a couple of hours, but none of the active chemical can found in your urine and none is stored in the fatty tissues like the liver and brain.

What most drug tests look for is not the lingering delta-9-thc, but the metabolites created as a byproduct. These usually linger around in your body fluids and organs for some time until it is disposed of when you go to the bathroom.

It is those metabolites that are detected in the body organs and urine, long after the effects of Delta-9-THC have worn off. These metabolites can even linger over 90 days. For occasional users, an average of 13 days was recorded. Some individuals had metabolites detectable for only three days. Others found the substances still in their urine after up to 30 days.

The only way to figure out how long cannabis stays in your system is to test it yourself. You would need to go and purchase tests kits at your local CVS. The ones at the Dollar store are worthless. You then enjoy a bowl and start testing yourself.

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Many people would believe this is a waste of their time. Fortunately, I have been able to test myself and secure a job multiple times after smoking cannabis. I figured out that cannabis stayed in my system for 15 days. It is better to know for sure than to guess. That way you can control your usage in a better way and still have a good time!

Everyone is different and some may have more cells metabolites can attach to. I’ve personally known friends who have passed tests the same day as smoking. This is just an example and I highly suggest you stay away from trying to pass a drug test after smoking the same day. I believe he happened to pass the test because he was very thin had little to no extra fatty tissues.

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