Many of us, who love to smoke weed or smoke weed everyday, have faced the following horrid words at our workplace or even school; “Random Drug Test Everybody!” Your initial reaction, in most cases is grabbing your phone and searching for “How long does weed stay in your system” and usually followed up with “How to pass a drug test”.
Before we get into how long weed stays in your system, let me address the why Drug Tests specifically target weed users over virtually any other drug on the market.
Firstly, weed is a lipid based “drug” (I use the term loosely) meaning it binds to fat cells in your body and lingers for a long time as opposed to a drug like Cocaine that will be detectably flushed from your system in a matter of days. Most other hard drugs also don’t have the same “lingering effect” as weed does, meaning that those most affected by drug tests are weed smokers.
Now, drug testing companies will tell you that they test for all drugs, which is true, however it’s only the weed smoker that can test positive even if they stopped smoking months before. Not really fair now is it?
Anyhow, let’s forget about the corrupt system that oppresses our freedom of choice and get down to answering your anxious question about how long weed stays in your system.
How long does weed stay in your System?
You can’t say for sure how long weed stays in any individual’s system because it has largely to do with the amount and frequency you smoke, additionally, weed works different on every organism, meaning that other people flush the THC from their system quicker than others.
THC accumulates over time, meaning the more you smoke and with higher frequency, the more THC you’ll have in your system which results in it being in your body longer. Understanding these variables, we can make a safe assessment of how long weed stays in your system (more or less)
Urine Testing – Weed in system
Most companies and organizations implement drug tests through a urine test. It’s the “least invasive” (I guess) according to them and can detect whether a person had done “drugs” or not. In addition it’s the cheapest method of drug testing.
Depending on how much weed you consume, will have a direct impact on how long it stays in your body. As a rule of thumb we can say that weedwill stay in your system for X amount of time based on the amount consumed + frequency:
How long does weed stay in your system – urine:
- One Time: A week roughly
- Frequent Use: Up to 2 weeks
- Regular use: Up to a month
- Heavy use: Between A month and a half to 3 months
As you can see, for stoners who smoke on the regular, these types of tests are legitimately unfair. Firstly we need to understand that the “presence” of a drug doesn’t mean that you are “currently under the influence”. In addition, Urine tests don’t test for THC but rather a THC metabolite called THC-COOH. If this metabolite is detected, then it means that a user’s body processed THC. Think about it, do you really want a job where they’ll go to the lengths of testing your urine?
How long does weed stay in your system – other ways to test for THC
Urine samples aren’t the only way to see if someone uses drugs or not. Another way to test for THC is through the saliva. Granted, the “half-life” of THC in your saliva is much shorter than the urine. These tests are typically used by the police for roadside checks and so forth (also totally unconstitutional but whatever).
Based on frequency of use and amount you can expect THC to stay in your saliva as follows:
- Single Use: Roughly a day
- Frequent Use: Roughly 3 Days
- Heavy Use: Up to a week
There are other methods that people can test for the presence of drugs namely. Blood testing and hair testing, however these two methods are not commonplace. No, the rehab industry loves piss, it’s their bread and butter…hell if they could marry it they would. This is because this will present weed the longest in the tests and require less “health regulations” than with extracting blood and is less complicated than hair testing.
Weed in your system: comparing with other substances
Now you might have picked up on the fact that I’m totally against drug testing namely because it is never the right of an employer or an organization to “know what you did” over the weekend on your own time. Regardless of the drugs you consume, you should be allowed to do with YOUR BODY/MIND as you wish, especially on your own time.
A company has all the right to fire someone who is hammered on the job, but if you’re at home smoking a joint for peace and serenity at your home, to get you fired for that action is an aggression against us all.
And here’s the “smoking gun” to my initial premise; “The Drug Testing Industry Specifically Targets Weed”. IF you don’t believe me, see how long other drugs stay in your system compared to weed:
- Amphetamines: up to 2-3 days
- Alcohol: up to 5 days
- Cocaine: up to 2-10 days
- Phencyclidine (PCP): up to 7 days
- Opiates (including heroin): up to 2-5 days
- LSD: up to 2-3 days
- Psilocybin: up to 5 days
- Ecstasy/MDMA/Molly/Sass: up to 1-3 days