When marijuana is inhaled, it passes into the lung’s alveoli, which allow for the absorption of the chemical compound delta-9-tetrahydrocabbabinol (THC) into the bloodstream. The high that is achieved through the assimilation of THC lasts a few hours and remains in the body for about a week. Daily use of marijuana leads to a buildup of THC in lipid-soluble cells, which prolongs a permanent detoxification of the chemical. Many detoxification drinks and methods are available, but research has shown that permanent cleansing of THC requires time, the length of which is determined by lifestyle variables.
Stop smoking or ingesting marijuana or hashish. Abstinence from substances that contain THC enables the body to begin effectively assimilating and eliminating the chemical. Failing to stop exposure to THC leads to the body accumulating more of the substance in fatty tissues, delaying the detoxification process.
Increase the body’s basal metabolic rate by starting a daily exercise regimen. The rate at which the body processes nutrients from food in the diet is comparable to the rate at which it processes other chemical compounds, like THC. Just as consistent exercise helps the body use nutrients and calories by raising the metabolic rate, it helps the body to process THC as well. Incorporating weightlifting into an exercise routine is an effective way to keep the metabolism raised even during periods of rest, as muscles are consistently using energy to restore themselves. Exercise also helps to break up fat deposits within the body, which are areas known to harbor the majority of THC accumulation.
Drink adequate amounts of water for detoxification. Most bodily detoxification processes are regulated by fluid intake and elimination. THC is eliminated from the body primarily through urine and sweat, both of which are maintained by hydration. As THC carrying lipid-soluble cells are transformed through basic metabolism and exercise, THC and other bound chemicals are released into the body. The rate at which these chemicals are then excreted is enhanced by drinking at least six to eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day.
Maintain a healthy sleep schedule. The body performs most detoxifying and healing processes while it is asleep. Simply getting the recommended amount of sleep helps to permanently cleanse the body of THC.