Let’s face it. If you’ve ever smoked weed, you’ve probably googled the following question: “how long does THC stay in your system?” And typical responses range from “results may vary” to “30-ish days, who knows?” Unfortunately, both answers are accurate for the most part.

There are too many variables to consider for a precise estimate, but scientists generally believe that THC stays in the systems of habitual smokers for longer than those who only smoke occasionally. Infrequent cannabis consumers may only need 3-4 days to produce a negative urine test. For frequent users, it may take up to 21 days to produce a negative urine test.

There are other factors that may influence your drug test results as well. Since THC is stored in the body’s fat cells, if a user is dehydrated or exercises, chances for a positive test result may increase–even if they haven’t smoked in 21 days. CBD users are less likely to test positive for THC since standard testing only covers how THC metabolizes in the body.

Typically, CBD users are likely to skate through a drug test since most tests look for psychoactive cannabinoids like THC. But you’re not completely off the hook since hemp oil contains a marginal amount of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. The only foolproof way to pass a drug test would be to abstain from smoking–and even abstain from being around people that are smoking around you.

If you’re trying to increase the chances of passing a drug test, then your best would be to pair your detox with diet and exercise. Even better if you throw some fasting into the mix since fasting burns fat cells at a higher rate. Not condoning unhealthy behavior, but in a pinch, these techniques can potentially help. Good luck out there!

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