Detox from Weed Quickly & Safely in Six Steps
Marijuana is the most widely used narcotic in the world. As with all drugs, excessive use of weed can lead to dependence and marijuana is no exception. While detoxing from weed is not nearly as severe as some drugs, it’s important to know how weed detox and best practices. Here are six steps to quickly and safely detox off marijuana.
Step 1: Understand How THC Works
The active ingredient in weed is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In order to successfully detox from weed, it’s crucial to have an understanding of how THC works in the body. Fat soluble, meaning it is stored in fat, THC can take some time to be cleared from your system. The presence of THC will continue to be in your body until the fat cells which contain the THC metabolites are used up for energy. This is why the rate at which THC is eliminated varies from person to person depending on their metabolism, frequency of use, and body composition.
Step 2: Stop Using Marijuana
The detox process cannot start until the use of marijuana has stopped. Stopping the use of weed means the cessation of pot in any forms including edibles. The longer you stay away from weed, the faster it will clear from your system.
Step 3: Stay Hydrated
Drinking lots of fluids, especially water, will help your body naturally flush out toxins - including THC. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water a day. To assist in the detox process, drinking herbal teas and diuretics like cranberry juice.
Step 4: Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients will help speed up your body’s ability to process and eliminate THC. Fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains provide sustenance and energy for your body which aids in the detox process. Avoid sugary snacks, processed foods, and excessive fats as this will slow do your metabolism and hinder your natural ability to get rid of toxins.
Step 5: Regular Exercise
Since THC is stored in fat cells, regular physical activity can help speed up metabolism and increase the rate of fat-burning in the body. This will expedite the elimination of THC metabolites and keep you in shape. Cardio and strength training will burn the most calories while increasing the body’s natural metabolic rate.
Step 6: Professional Treatment
Heavy cannabis users may need professional care to get themselves off weed and pursue sobriety. While weed is not physically addictive, it can produce psychological dependence. If you’re struggling with quitting pot or have tried in the past and relapsed, consider seeking out the help of an addiction treatment program.
If you or a loved one is struggling with marijuana and want to talk about options, call Holland Pathways today. Our experienced treatment team can provide you with resources and guidance on handling marijuana detox and help you decide if treatment is right for you.